International News Archive - May 11, 2006

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian communist parties took early leads on Thursday as votes were counted after polls for five state assemblies, the biggest electoral test of the ruling Congress party since it came to power two years ago.

By Helen Popper LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Brazilian energy chiefs agreed on Wednesday to start thrashing out new contracts with Bolivian officials in their first meeting since President Evo Morales nationalized Bolivia's energy industry.

GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Trade Organization (WTO) confirmed in a final ruling that the European Union broke trade rules with its six-year moratorium on approving genetically-modified (GMO) foods, diplomats said on Thursday.

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's most senior Roman Catholic clergyman Cardinal Joseph Zen rejected on Thursday suggestions from China that he persuade the Vatican to accept Beijing's appointment of bishops.

By Y.P. Rajesh NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian communists were set to sweep two out of five state assembly elections as votes were counted on Thursday, with the ruling Congress party struggling in its biggest electoral test since coming to power two years ago.

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Two Australian miners freed after being trapped deep underground for 14 days voted on Thursday with their colleagues to reopen the gold mine that had entombed them, but also called for an investigation into mine safety.

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian security briefly detained at least six journalists covering a protest on Thursday in support of judges who are facing a disciplinary committee for criticising election abuses last year, a Reuters witness said.

By Peter Apps VAVUNIYA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - International truce monitors said on Thursday they believe Sri Lankan troops are involved in killing ethnic Tamil civilians in the island's north, contrary to government denials.

BEIJING (Reuters) - The parents of a 13-year-old boy who killed himself after playing a computer game for 36 hours are suing the game's licenced Chinese distributor for 100,000 yuan ($12,500), a Chinese newspaper reported on Thursday.

By Jonathan Wright CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian security forces beat activists and arrested journalists in Cairo on Thursday during protests in support of judges facing a disciplinary committee for criticizing election abuses last year.

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'