International News Archive - May 02, 2006

JAMMU, India (Reuters) - India rushed hundreds of extra troops to hunt for Islamist militants in the remote mountains of Kashmir on Tuesday, after 35 Hindus were killed over two days in one of the worst massacres in the region in years.

By Nopporn Wong-Anan BANGKOK (Reuters) - A top Thai court said on Tuesday it would probably take until the middle of May to decide whether to annul the inconclusive April 2 snap general election which plunged the country into a major constitutional crisis.

PARIS (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin said on Tuesday he would not resign over an alleged smear campaign that involves top politicians. "Nothing justifies a departure today," Villepin told Europe 1 radio.

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's new prime minister, Girija Prasad Koirala, named a seven-member multiparty cabinet on Tuesday with the task of negotiating peace with Maoist rebels and curbing the king's powers.

By Tom Heneghan PARIS (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin signaled on Tuesday that his conservative government could soften a tough immigration bill after it came under criticism from a united front of Christian churches.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Two Swedes have been sentenced to prison terms in Iran, a judicial official said on Tuesday. He could not immediately give any further details. Swedish radio last month reported that two Swedish construction workers had been put on trial on suspicion of spying.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's military chief opposes a ground offensive into the Gaza Strip at present as it would not stop cross-border rocket fire by Palestinian militants, he said in remarks published on Tuesday.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - An Iranian court sentenced two Swedish men to three years in prison each after they were charged with photographing military installations, a judicial official and diplomat said on Tuesday. It was not immediately clear which charges led to their jail terms.

By Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was expected to hand in his resignation on Tuesday after losing last month's election, starting the countdown to the formation of a new government headed by Romano Prodi.

Please read in first paragraph ... its controversial nuclear program ... instead of ... controversial nuclear weapons program NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Iran's deputy oil minister said on Tuesday that there was "some possibility" of a U.S.

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.'