International News Archive - May 13, 2006

Indonesia raised the alert status of the Mount Merapi volcano to the highest level on Saturday, prompting a compulsory evacuation of thousands of residents living on the slopes, officials said.

By Paul Tait SUVA, Fiji (Reuters) - Polls began closing on Saturday at the end of a chaotic, racially charged election in Fiji, where it appeared an historically low number had voted.

DHAKA (Reuters) - At least 10 Bangladeshis were killed and dozens of others injured in lightning strikes during a violent rainstorm, weather officials said on Saturday.

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan police were hunting on Saturday for attackers who fired rocket-propelled grenades at a U.N. vehicle, killing a U.N. driver and a doctor from a German aid agency and seriously wounding a U.N. staffer. The chief U.N.

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Former Indonesian President Suharto's condition has deteriorated after further internal bleeding, but the long-time ruler is fully conscious, one of his doctors said on Saturday.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - War crimes suspect Ratko Mladic is being sheltered from arrest by members of Serbia's security services, Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Draskovic said on Saturday.

By Mohsin Raza SAROKI, Pakistan (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of mourners, mostly Islamist party activists, attended the funeral on Saturday of a Pakistani man who died in a German jail while awaiting trial for trying to murder a newspaper editor.

ABUJA (Reuters) - A pipeline blast that killed up to 200 people near Nigeria's biggest city Lagos on Friday caused a ripple of sadness but no great outpouring of emotion among Nigerians who are accustomed to such tragedies.

By Mohamed Ali Bile MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Mortars, machine guns and rockets pounded Mogadishu on Saturday in a seventh day of fierce militia fighting that has killed at least 138 people so far and which looks set to intensify.

By Oliver Bullough MOSCOW (Reuters) - Vladimir Putin said on Saturday he would name a preferred successor to follow him as Russian president and vowed to ensure a smooth handover of power when he steps down in 2008.

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.'