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International News Archive - May 23, 2006

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's leftist presidential candidate, who recently pledged to soften his rhetoric toward President Vicente Fox, on Monday used strong language to again accuse Fox of breaking electoral law.

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned the Sudan government that its restrictions on vital supplies and relief workers distributing them in Darfur constituted a violation of international humanitarian law. In a report sent to the U.N.

BANGKOK (Reuters) - The international community must keep pressure on Myanmar's generals to implement real political reforms and begin talks with the opposition, a senior U.S. diplomat said on Tuesday.

BAQUBA, Iraq (Reuters) - Gunmen in a car killed three men and wounded seven among a crowd of workers looking for day laboring jobs on farms north of Baghdad on Tuesday, police said. The attack at Aswad, near Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) northeast of Baghdad, appeared to be sectarian in motivation.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli forces on Tuesday captured a top Hamas militant accused of masterminding several suicide bombings during a more than 5-year-old Palestinian uprising, an army spokeswoman said.

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Nuclear rivals India and Pakistan started a fresh round of talks on Tuesday over the Siachen glacier in Kashmir, where thousands of troops are holed up in freezing temperatures in a costly standoff.

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra formally took back the reins of power on Tuesday, chairing a cabinet meeting almost two months after he came under fire from critics and announced he was taking a break.

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Former Indonesian President Suharto is suffering from another internal bleeding problem, a senior doctor said on Tuesday, almost three weeks after he was admitted to a hospital for similar complaints.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli forces on Tuesday captured a top Hamas militant accused of masterminding several suicide bombings during a more than 5-year-old Palestinian uprising, an army spokeswoman said.

By Jalil Hamid KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Aung San Suu Kyi's release from detention, if ever, would have little impact in Myanmar because support for her opposition party has fallen, the military-ruled country's police chief said on Tuesday.

Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'