International News Archive - April 04, 2006
LONDON (Reuters) - Iraq's interim Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari has rejected growing pressure on him to resign, saying Iraqis must be left to choose their leader democratically.
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (Reuters) - Central American governments could wipe out violent street gangs in two months by treating them like opponents in a war, El Salvador's police chief said on Tuesday.
By Lamine Chikhi ALGIERS (Reuters) - Like millions of other Algerian families, Jahida Aziz, 43, and her 50-year-old husband Ammar have waited for at least 20 years to buy a place of their own.
By Ed Cropley BANGKOK (Reuters) - Foes of Thai Prime Thaksin Shinawatra, exulting in his stunning promise to quit, were trying on Wednesday to resolve key questions barring his way to the exit after weeks of street protests calling for his head.
By Jon Boyle PARIS (Reuters) - French unions are due to meet senior figures from President Jacques Chirac's right for talks on Wednesday on a contested youth jobs law, bolstered by huge street protests demanding it should be scrapped.
By David Gray NADI, Fiji (Reuters) - Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao received a pig and whale's tooth in a traditional Fijian welcome on Wednesday and in return offered a sweeping package of economic aid to Pacific island states that support a one-China policy.
By Saul Hudson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States wants to increase humanitarian assistance to Palestinians and help them control an outbreak of bird flu even though it will not give aid to a Hamas-led government, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Tuesday.
By Ed Cropley BANGKOK (Reuters) - Digesting his stunning promise to quit, opponents of Thai Prime Thaksin Shinawatra tried to work out on Wednesday how best to ensure the exit of a leader they think is down but not out.
BEIJING (Reuters) - China is to close all small coal mines by the end of next year and aims to reduce major accidents by 25 percent over five years in a drive to clean up the world's deadliest mining industry, state media said on Wednesday.
TOKYO (Reuters) - North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan, a close aide to leader Kim Jong-il, is preparing to visit Japan to attend a private forum next week, Kyodo news agency reported on Wednesday.