International News Archive - March 26, 2006

By Orathai Sriring BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thousands of anti-government protesters marched to Bangkok's busy shopping district on Sunday in a second day of demonstrations aimed at ousting Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germans began voting in three regional elections on Sunday that are widely expected to shore up support for Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition but also herald new pressure for tricky reforms.

By Iain Rogers BERLIN (Reuters) - Voting began on Sunday in three German regional elections that are expected to shore up support for Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition but also herald new pressure for tricky reforms once they are over.

SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - An Indian soldier was killed and seven wounded when Muslim guerrillas attacked an army convoy on Sunday on the outskirts of Srinagar, Kashmir's summer capital, the army said.

By Richard Balmforth KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine began voting on Sunday in a crucial election that seems certain to see a resurgence of Russia-backed forces and mark a step back from the pro-West ideals that piloted the "Orange Revolution" liberals to power.

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - In its search for better relations with the Islamic world, the Roman Catholic Church is turning a spotlight on the role that culture can play in fostering understanding between peoples of different faiths.

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union has demanded the release of a Belarussian opposition leader arrested during a rally to protest against last week's election victory of President Alexander Lukashenko, EU president Austria said.

By Pascal Fletcher DAKAR (Reuters) - Nigeria, other West African governments and the U.N. must quickly deliver former Liberian President Charles Taylor to his war crimes trial and prevent any violence by his allies, Human Rights Watch said on Sunday.

By Marcel Michelson PARIS (Reuters) - French students meet on Sunday to decide how to continue their fight against a new youth jobs law ahead of mass protests and a call for a general strike on Tuesday.

CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian girl who had an operation more than a year ago to remove the head of her underdeveloped twin has died following an infection in her brain, her doctor said on Sunday.

Word of the Day
  • A young chicken: also used as a pet name for children.
The word 'chickabiddy' may come from 'chick' plus 'biddy', a name used in calling a hen or chicken.