International News Archive - May 01, 2006

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Riot police broke up a peaceful Labor Day march in the Cambodian capital on Monday, drawing criticism from rights activists and the opposition who reject the official line that the dispersal was to prevent traffic jams.

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's navy said it came under attack from the Tamil Tiger rebels early on Monday and five sailors were wounded in an exchange of fire off the northeastern coast. "They have opened fire and attacked our Dvora," said navy spokesman D.K.P.

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Two Australian miners trapped a kilometer (more than half a mile) underground following an earth tremor six days ago may have to wait another two days to be rescued, officials said.

By Manny Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters took to the streets of the Philippine capital on Monday in annual Labor Day demonstrations marked by a heavy police presence and government jitters that things could turn violent.

SUVA (Reuters) - Racial tensions bubbled to the surface in Fiji on Monday when the indigenous prime minister clashed with the army after suggesting political unrest was possible if his ethnic Indian opponent wins this week's election.

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pro-Taliban militants have shot dead a cleric they suspected of informing for Pakistani security forces fighting al-Qaeda guerrillas and their Taliban allies in the Waziristan tribal region, officials said on Monday.

YANGON (Reuters) - Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy has been hit by a spate of resignations it blames on pressure from Myanmar's military junta, which has threatened to ban the party.

By Omar al-Ibadi BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Whenever minibus driver Hussein Khalaf starts his engine he wonders whether it will be his last run through Baghdad.

By Lindsay Beck COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's navy said it came under attack from the Tamil Tigers' sea wing on Monday and elsewhere at least seven were killed in violence blamed on the rebels amid rising fears of a return to civil war.

By Trirat Puttajanyawong BANGKOK (Reuters) - A Thai court agreed on Monday to hear a petition to annul inconclusive April 2 general elections which left parliament unable to meet to choose a new prime minister and set off a major constitutional crisis.

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'.