International News Archive - May 14, 2006

By Dolly Aglay MANILA (Reuters) - The death toll from Typhoon Chanchu rose to 32 in the Philippines on Sunday, after more bodies were found from a capsized boat, and officials said the storm had affected or displaced more than 42,000 people.

By Telly Nathalia JAKARTA (Reuters) - Former Indonesian President Suharto's condition has improved in some areas but remains critical overall, the hospital treating him said on Sunday, a day after a report of some deterioration in his status.

MORONI (Reuters) - Comorans voted on Sunday in the final round of a presidential election dominated by concerns over poverty, corruption and a yearning to break with their coup-ridden past.

MONE, Myanmar (Reuters) - Myanmar's military junta said on Sunday it wondered whether the U.S. exemption of the Karen refugees from immigration laws presaged an invasion of the southeast Asian country.

DUBAI (Reuters) - An Iraqi militant group affiliated to al Qaeda posted an Internet video of two men they said were fighters wanted by Saudi Arabia who were killed while attacking U.S.-led forces in Iraq.

By Tim Cocks MORONI (Reuters) - Comorans voted on Sunday in the final round of a presidential race dominated by concerns over extreme poverty, and corruption.

By Paul Tait NADI, Fiji (Reuters) - Fiji Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase predicted on Sunday he would be returned to office with an outright majority as officials prepared to begin counting after Fiji's chaotic, racially charged election.

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's seven main political parties are planning to strip the king of most of his powers, especially control over the army, and declare the parliament supreme, they said.

By Tom Brown PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Reuters) - Haitian President-elect Rene Preval takes office on Sunday, giving the poorest nation in the Americas its first democratically elected leader in more than two years.

By Estelle Shirbon ABUJA (Reuters) - A rebel leader from Sudan's Darfur region has rebuffed the latest proposals from African Union (AU) mediators for him to join a peace deal despite intense pressure by diplomats desperate to gain wider support for the accord.

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.'