International News Archive - March 25, 2006

By Nopporn Wong-Anan BANGKOK (Reuters) - Campaigners trying to oust Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra launched a last push on Saturday to topple him before a snap election with a rally aimed at persuading Thailand's revered monarch to intervene.

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - The Palestinian Authority will tell an Arab summit it needs at least $130 million a month to cover its budget if the West cuts off aid when the Islamist group Hamas takes office, Economy Minister Mazen Sonnoqrot said.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - An earthquake measuring 6.0 hit Iran's southern province of Hormuzgan on Saturday but there were no reports of casualties or damage, the official IRNA news agency reported. IRNA said the quake shook areas near the Gulf island of Qeshm off Iran's south coast at 10.58 a.m.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Freed Canadian hostages Jim Loney and Harmeet Sooden headed to Baghdad airport on Saturday to begin their journey home from Iraq, a colleague said. "They have left for the airport," Maxine Nash of Christian Peacemaker Teams told Reuters.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Freed Canadian hostages Jim L

TEHRAN (Reuters) - A strong aftershock following a 6.0 magnitude earthquake in the southern Iranian province of Hormuzgan may have caused some damage, a senior rescue worker said on Saturday.

MINSK (Reuters) - Several hundred opposition protesters confronted police in central Minsk on Saturday at the start of a rally against the re-election of Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko which they say was rigged.

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels blew up their own trawler and sank an approaching Sri Lankan navy attack boat on Saturday, leaving eight sailors missing at sea off the island's west coast, the military said.

By Estelle Shirbon LAGOS (Reuters) - Nigeria will extend a national census period by two days to compensate for initial delays, President Olusegun Obasanjo said on Saturday, after violence and logistical hitches marred the first days of the count.

LONDON (Reuters) - Freed Christian peace campaigner Norman Kember flew home to Britain on Saturday following his dramatic dawn rescue by special forces soldiers after being held hostage in Iraq for nearly four months.

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'