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International News Archive - May 22, 2006

By Ben Blanchard XINING, China (Reuters) - Ishmael is a big fan of Osama bin Laden. "He is a hero," he said, stroking his beard.

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A senior leader of Nepal's Maoist rebels has arrived in Kathmandu to meet government leaders and said on Monday he had "big hopes" for proposed peace talks.

By George Nishiyama SAPPORO, Japan (Reuters) - TV cameras followed Shinzo Abe's every step, and families out for a day in the park snapped his photo with mobile phones, many rushing to shake the hand of the man who now leads the race to be Japan's next prime minister.

By Claudia Kade BEIJING (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel raised divisive issues of Iran and human rights at meetings in Beijing on Monday after her trip got off to an unexpectedly relaxed start strolling in the park with Premier Wen Jiabao.

By Nopporn Wong-Anan BANGKOK (Reuters) - More than 100 government schools in Thailand's rebellious Muslim far south were closed on Monday after villagers abducted and beat two women Buddhist teachers, leaving one in a coma, officials said.

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Capping a year of tributes to his predecessor, Pope Benedict goes to Poland this week to urge John Paul's countrymen to defend their Christian heritage as they integrate into an increasingly secularized Europe.

KARACHI (Reuters) - A 14-year old Pakistani girl has died a month after being shot four times in an attempted "honor killing" in the southern city of Karachi, police said on Monday.

GENEVA (Reuters) - The head of the World Health Organization, Lee Jong-wook of South Korea, died on Monday after suffering a blood clot on the brain, the United Nations agency said. Lee was 61 and had been WHO director-general since 2003. "I am sorry to tell you that Dr.

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Indian police are watching out for possible suicides by brokers and investors after a steep market slide wiped out billions of dollars in share values, officials said on Monday.

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan has released three members of the east's main political party, a key opposition demand before peace talks can be held in neighboring Eritrea to end the simmering revolt, a party official said on Monday.

Word of the Day
snash
  • To talk saucily.
  • Insolent, opprobrious language; impertinent abuse.
This word is Scots in origin and probably imitative.