International News Archive - May 18, 2006
KABUL (Reuters) - Taliban insurgents attacked a town in the southern Afghan province of Helmand and 13 policemen and 40 Taliban were killed in nine hours of fighting, the province's deputy governor said on Thursday.
By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's parliament was set to pass a special resolution on Thursday that aims to curtail the king's powers and wrest control of the army from the monarch.
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A typhoon slammed into south China on Thursday killing eight people and forcing the evacuation of more than 900,000, Xinhua news agency said, while Vietnam was searching for 99 fishermen missing at sea.
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian riot police closed down parts of central Cairo on Thursday as a precaution against demonstrations in solidarity with two judges facing disciplinary action for talking about election abuses.
BEIJING (Reuters) - The multi-millionaire head of a Chinese private tuition firm has been sentenced to death for paying gangs to attack competitors in a bid to win their business, a newspaper said on Thursday.
By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan has tightened restrictions on foreign press traveling to Darfur and has not issued any travel permits to its violent western region since a peace deal was signed earlier this month.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Despite a recent surge in violence, the government of Sri Lanka remains committed to talks with Tamil rebels, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said on Thursday.
By Tom Heneghan PARIS (Reuters) - A senior French arms industry executive has admitted writing an anonymous letter at the heart of a dirty tricks scandal shaking the government, but denied it was to help Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin smear a rival.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni at a Middle East economic conference in Egypt on Sunday, a Palestinian official said on Thursday.
By Tom Perry and Yara Bayoumy CAIRO (Reuters) - Plainclothes security men beat, kicked and clubbed protesters demonstrating in support of Egyptian judges and judicial independence in Cairo on Thursday.
- The navel or umbilicus.
- In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
- A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.