International News Archive - April 03, 2006

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - A breakaway faction of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers vowed on Monday to shoot dead supporters of the mainstream rebel group unless they return thousands of homes and businesses appropriated from Muslims in the 1990s.

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's top government spokesman said on Monday that Tokyo disagrees with Chinese President Hu Jintao's comment that visits to a Tokyo war shrine by Japan's prime minister were solely to blame for chilly ties between the two Asian nations.

CANBERRA (Reuters) - China's military is transparent and not a threat, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said on Monday after the United States and Japan criticized the Asia giant for not being open enough about a build-up of its defense forces.

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese victims of Japanese World War Two atrocities plan to file compensation claims in China after years of suits in Japan failed to find redress, a newspaper said on Monday.

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepali police fired tear gas shells to break up protests by students in the capital on Monday, days ahead of a planned general strike against King Gyanendra who seized power last year.

By Michelle Nichols CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia and China signed a nuclear safeguards deal on Monday that set the stage for huge uranium exports to Beijing for its power industry, but Canberra said the trade was unlikely to start for some years.

By Darren Schuettler BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thais gave Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra a major slap in the face on Monday with a strong protest "no vote" in a snap election intended to scotch an anti-corruption street campaign to kick him out.

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Three Australian men charged with being members of a terrorist organization appeared in an Australian court on Monday and were ordered to be held in custody until another hearing.

LONDON (Reuters) - A new British national crime-fighting unit modeled on the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will be launched by the government on Monday with the aim of taking on major criminal gangs.

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (Reuters) - Five people including two women were killed in a land mine explosion in Pakistan's restive tribal region near the Afghan border on Monday, intelligence officials said.

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.