International News Archive - March 24, 2006

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani security forces killed up to 20 militants in the restive tribal area of North Waziristan during a clash early on Friday, the military said.

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea was set for its first woman prime minister on Friday after President Roh Moo-hyun named lawmaker and former jailed democracy activist to succeed a veteran legislator who quit over a golfing gaffe.

BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.N. envoy Terje Roed-Larsen met Lebanese officials on Friday and offered support to national talks aimed at forging a deal over Hizbollah guerrillas that the Security Council wants disarmed.

By Darren Schuettler UDON THANI, Thailand (Reuters) - Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said on Friday Thailand faced a "nightmare" if campaigners trying to oust him with mass street protests refused to respect the outcome of an April 2 snap election.

By Elisabeth O'Leary SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain (Reuters) - A ceasefire declared by Basque guerrilla group ETA came into force on Friday, spreading hope that four decades of violence and fear might finally have come to an end.

By Jon Herskovitz NAMHAE, South Korea (Reuters) - At about as far south as South Korea goes, German is spoken in a community of homes with A-frame roofs reminiscent of Lower Saxony.

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi pledged support for Palestinian militant group Hamas, which faces cuts in Western funding over its refusal to denounce violence against Israel, state news agency Jana said on Friday.

By Allyn Fisher-Ilan JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Gulping down his ration of chicken and rice at a Jerusalem soup kitchen, Shmuel Lax says he does not plan to vote in Israel's election on Tuesday.

By Jack Kimball NAIROBI (Reuters) - Five-year-old Unis Nyambura waves her yellow lollipop while waiting for treatment in a tuberculosis clinic in Nairobi's sprawling Kibera slum. Wearing starred pajama bottoms under her green-and-white dress, she grimaces as she waits for an injection.

By Adam Entous JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, whose peacemaking policies were rejected by Hamas after it won elections, said he proposed secret peace talks with Israel and believed a deal could still be reached within a year.

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.