Quantcast

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
sough
  • 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.'
Related