International News Archive - May 17, 2006

GAZA (Reuters) - Gunmen shot dead a Hamas militant in a drive-by shooting on Wednesday in a Gaza refugee camp, medics and Hamas sources said.

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea urged communist North Korea on Wednesday to follow Libya's lead and seize the chance for a better future by abandoning its pursuit of nuclear weapons and improving ties with the United States.

By Atef Sa'ad NABLUS, West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli troops killed two Palestinian militants in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday and gunmen shot dead a member of Hamas's military wing in mounting internal violence in the Gaza Strip.

JAKARTA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization has confirmed bird flu in five family members in North Sumatra, a senior health ministry official said on Wednesday.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A suicide attacker in Afghanistan rammed a car packed with explosives into a vehicle of a U.N. mine-clearing agency on Wednesday, killing himself and wounding the agency driver, police said.

WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz on Wednesday brushed aside yet another newspaper report suggesting he may soon be forced out due to a conflict with his Law and Justice party.

By Rupam Jain Nair AHMEDABAD, India (Reuters) - Doctors and medical students blocked roads and skipped work across large parts of India on Tuesday as protests spread against a controversial government move to reserve more college seats for lower castes.

By Rachel Sanderson and Massimiliano Di Giorgio ROME (Reuters) - Italy's incoming prime minister Romano Prodi will formally take power on Wednesday after protracted coalition bickering over cabinet posts and more than a month after his narrow general election victory.

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia's defense forces have built up a huge stockpile of unusable bombs, bullets and missiles, prompting the government on Wednesday to order a review of how it buys and maintains its ammunition.

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - The Palestinian interior minister declared a new Hamas-dominated police force operational on Wednesday, defying President Mahmoud Abbas in a powerful challenge that could stoke more internal bloodshed.

Word of the Day
  • An uxorious, effeminate, or spiritless man.
  • A timorous, cowardly fellow.
Probably a blend of meek and cock, or from meek +‎ -ock (“diminutive suffix”).