International News Archive - March 30, 2006

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Neighbours China and India must coax Myanmar to hasten democratic reform, ASEAN's chief said on Thursday, after an envoy from the Southeast Asian grouping failed to meet opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi last week.

A group of 40 Chinese who say they were wounded or lost relatives as a result of Japanese bombing of the city of Chongqing before and during World War Two filed a suit against the Japanese government on Thursday.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An explosion, apparently caused by a gas canister, ripped through an apartment building in the northern Israeli city of Haifa on Thursday, injuring seven people, Israeli radio stations reported.

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's education ministry sparked a protest from South Korea on Thursday by calling for school textbooks to be revised to clarify Tokyo's claim to islands disputed with South Korea and China.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A suicide car-bomber was killed in Afghanistan on Thursday when his explosives went off prematurely as he approached a Canadian military convoy, police said.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Freed American hostage Jill Carroll is in good health and being cared for in Baghdad's Green Zone diplomatic and government compound, a source in Iraq's Interior Ministry said on Thursday.

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union told Serbia on Thursday it must act "without delay" to bring top war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic to justice or run the risk of a suspension of talks on closer ties.

LONDON (Reuters) - A U.S. informant told a British court on Thursday he was involved in two plots to assassinate Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf and had bought guns, ammunition and grenades to carry out the killing.

By Cris Chinaka HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has blasted Western critics of his controversial policies and rights record, and vowed he will never retreat or surrender to a "neo-colonialist" onslaught.

By Pracha Hariraksapitak BANGKOK (Reuters) - Leaders of a campaign to oust Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra cut short their protest at Bangkok's biggest shopping mall on Thursday amid signs of a public wearying of weeks of street demonstrations.

Word of the Day
  • The parings of haberdine; also, any kind of fragments.
The word 'gubbings' is a variant of the word 'gobbon', meaning 'a portion, gobbet.'