International News Archive - May 20, 2006
KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal has named a senior minister to hold preliminary talks with the Maoists to prepare for a direct meeting between rebel chief Prachanda and Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala, a minister said on Saturday.
KOLKATA, India (Reuters) - Lightning strikes and falling trees have killed 20 people in pre-monsoon storms which lashed two Indian states, officials said on Saturday.
GAZA (Reuters) - An explosion tore through the headquarters of the Palestinian general intelligence service in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, causing several casualties, a Palestinian security source said.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A top Palestinian security official loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas was wounded in an attempt to assassinate him as he took an elevator to his office on Saturday, Palestinian security officials said.
GAZA (Reuters) - A top Palestinian security official loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas was wounded in an attempt to assassinate him as he took an elevator to his office on Saturday, Palestinian security officials said.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pro-Taliban militants killed two Pakistani troopers in a grenade attack on a paramilitary compound in North Waziristan, but one of their own men was also killed, a government official said on Saturday.
By Jonathan Wright SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (Reuters) - The Egyptian government is not in a hurry to change the country's political system, Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif said on Saturday. "It doesn't take a month or two or six. It will take years... We have the time.
CHENNAI, India (Reuters) - At least five people drowned and four were missing after a boat carrying Tamil refugees fleeing violence-hit Sri Lanka capsized on Saturday, Indian police said. The boat was on its way from northwest Sri Lanka to the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - A top Palestinian security chief and loyalist to President Mahmoud Abbas was wounded in an apparent assassination attempt on Saturday when an elevator he was taking at his headquarters in the Gaza Strip exploded.
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (Reuters) - World Economic Forum organizers faced questions on Saturday about why representatives of Iran, Syria and Hamas were not at the business gathering in Egypt.
- A morbid dread of being buried alive. Also spelled 'taphiphobia'.