International News Archive - March 29, 2006

Years ago, when the Mafia wanted to influence elections in Sicily, it did not think twice about setting off a bomb or leaving a headless goat on a doorstep as a not-so-subtle message about whom to vote for.

MONTREAL (Reuters) - A Canadian soldier was killed and three others injured in Afghanistan when insurgents attacked them in the country's Helmand province, Canada's Department of National Defense said on Wednesday.

MANILA (Reuters) - A crude bomb exploded on Wednesday inside a bus in Digos City in the southern Philippines, wounding seven people, police said.

JAKARTA (Reuters) - About 100 Indonesian Muslim hardliners staged a protest outside the British embassy on Wednesday ahead of a visit by British Prime Minister Tony Blair to the world's most populous Islamic nation.

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Twelve people died when fire broke out in an illegally occupied building in downtown Johannesburg on Wednesday, emergency officials said. "We had to remove 12 bodies. They died from traumatic asphyxia," emergency services spokesman Malcolm Midgley said.

CANBERRA (Reuters) - A severe cyclone with winds exceeding 155 mph menaced northern parts of Western Australia on Wednesday, less than two weeks after a storm devastated homes and crops on the other side of the country.

ABUJA (Reuters) - Former Liberian President Charles Taylor was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday in the northern Nigerian state of Borno, on the border with Cameroon, a Nigerian police spokesman said. "He's in the custody of security agencies in Borno," said Haz Iwendi.

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Former Liberian President Charles Taylor, wanted for war crimes by a court in Sierra Leone, was arrested on Wednesday in northern Nigeria on the border with Cameroon, police said.

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has ordered the immediate repatriation of exiled former Liberian President Charles Taylor to Liberia, following his arrest at the border with Cameroon on Wednesday.

By Jonathan Wright KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Arab leaders meeting in Sudan on Wednesday expressed dismay at the Israeli election victory of a party committed to unilateral steps, after renewing their own offer of peace-for-land through international mediation.

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.