International News Archive - March 23, 2006

About 300 opposition supporters danced and sang folk songs to overcome freezing weather overnight, keeping up protests against Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko's re-election for a fifth day on Thursday.

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - The government calls it an "unholy alliance" but Nepal's Maoist rebels and political parties are working together for the first time to turn up the heat on King Gyanendra who seized power last year.

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea appears to be signaling its desire to return to stalled six-country talks on its nuclear programs and to be interested in breaking the deadlock, South Korea's foreign minister said on Thursday. Ban Ki-moon -- a candidate for the post of U.N.

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide car bomber exploded his vehicle near the headquarters of the Iraqi police's major crimes unit in Baghdad on Thursday, killing 15 people and wounded 32 others, the Interior Ministry said.

By Wafa Amr BE'INEH, Israel (Reuters) - "Fifteen minutes of your time every four years is not too much to ask. You must vote," one Israeli Arab lawmaker shouted through his megaphone.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least 15 people, most of them policemen, were killed when a suicide car bomber blew himself up outside the headquarters of the Iraqi police's major crimes unit in Baghdad, the Interior Ministry said.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A car bomb exploded in a Baghdad market on Thursday, killing at least five people and wounding 10, police said. Police said the blast took place close to a Shi'ite mosque in the southwestern district of Shurta al-Khamisa.

By Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S.-led forces freed three Christian peace activists held hostage in Iraq on Thursday in an operation mounted two weeks after the kidnappers tortured and killed their American colleague.

By Manny Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - The trial of four U.S. Marines charged with raping a woman in the Philippines last year was postponed on Thursday after the judge said he was voluntarily withdrawing from the case.

Word of the Day
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.