International News Archive - March 31, 2006

DHAKA (Reuters) - The World Bank said it planned aid of around $3 billion for Bangladesh over the next four years to improve the investment climate and help the poor while building on recent improvements in governance.

By Teruaki Ueno TOKYO (Reuters) - The leader of Japan's main opposition Democratic Party said on Friday he would resign to take responsibility for a botched attempt to discredit Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's ruling party.

By Nopporn Wong-Anan BANGKOK (Reuters) - Leaders of a campaign to oust Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra launched a last-ditch bid on Friday to keep him out of a snap election, urging judges to order the Election Commission to disqualify him.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh ruled out any talk of the Hamas-led government he heads recognizing Israel or ending the fight against the Jewish state until Israel commits to withdrawing from Palestinian land.

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - An eight-year-old child died overnight of injuries suffered during clashes between Kurdish protesters and police in Turkey's troubled southeast, security forces said on Friday, bringing the death toll to four.

By Jodie Ginsberg DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland will mark two anniversaries in April. The first -- 100 years since the birth of playwright Samuel Beckett -- has provoked little drama.

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - At least 11 schoolchildren and a teacher were wounded on Friday when suspected Maoist rebels set off an explosion at a school in west Nepal, the army said.

By Mark John and Nicola Leske BRUSSELS/AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - U.N. prosecutor Carla del Ponte will tell the European Union on Friday that Serbia is still not fully cooperating with the Hague tribunal, potentially forcing a suspension of talks on closer EU ties.

By Mert Ozkan DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - Six people have been killed so far in days of clashes between Kurdish protesters and police in Diyarbakir, the main town of Turkey's troubled southeast, its mayor said on Friday. An eight-year-old child died overnight in hospital.

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A senior aide to U.N. chief war crimes prosecutor Carla del Ponte denied an earlier statement that she will tell the European Union on Friday Serbia is still not fully cooperating with The Hague tribunal. "It is an incorrect statement," the aide said.

Word of the Day
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.