International News Archive - March 07, 2006

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese police, coast guard and immigration officials on Tuesday raided a North Korean freighter, which media reports said had been involved in an illegal shipment of ingredients for sarin nerve gas to North Korea a decade ago.

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - The United States wants to conclude negotiations for a free trade agreement with South Korea by the end of this year, its chief negotiator to talks set to formally begin in June said on Tuesday. Assistant U.S.

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations should consider outsourcing some work or moving it to developing nations where it can be done more cheaply, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan recommended as part of a broad management overhaul.

BEIJING (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. said on Tuesday it had no involvement in the case of a Chinese journalist charged with sending subversive e-mails abroad under a pseudonym using a Hotmail account.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States would want European and other countries to join in imposing travel and financial sanctions on Iran if Tehran refuses to halt nuclear enrichment, a senior U.S. official said on Monday.

DHAKA (Reuters) - The capture of a second top Islamic militant in Bangladesh in less than a week won praise on Tuesday from media, analysts and ordinary citizens fed up with a bombing campaign that began in August and has killed at least 30 people.

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - Some police have been detained for not following orders properly after shooting protesters to death in China's southern Guangdong province in December, the provincial governor said on Tuesday.

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's latest human death from bird flu is causing alarm in Hong Kong because it is the first in a Chinese urban area and the victim probably caught the virus from supposedly healthy poultry, the city's health minister said on Tuesday.

By Ben Blanchard and Alice Hung BEIJING/TAIPEI (Reuters) - China's foreign minister sought on Tuesday to deflect concerns over the announcement of another double-digit rise in the military budget, saying the country had spent far less than the United States.

By Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The Iraqi army is investigating how a gunman managed to kill a senior Iraqi general in an attack that has fueled concern about the new, U.S.-trained Iraq military's cohesion in the face of brewing sectarian conflict.

Word of the Day
  • A person who stands up for something, as contrasted to a bystander who remains inactive.
  • One of the upright handlebars on a traditional Inuit sled.
The word 'upstander' in the first sense here is a play on the word 'bystander' and the idea of 'standing up' for something.