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International News Archive - May 27, 2006

By Philipp Halstrick and Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - A knife-wielding German teenager attacked people leaving a gala ceremony to dedicate Berlin's new central rail station shortly before midnight on Friday, injuring 26 before being arrested, police said.

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - The Nepali government and Maoist rebels said they had agreed to end attacks on each other's bases and stop recruitment, and vowed to work for peace in the Himalayan nation where a civil war has killed thousands.

NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki met leading Iraqi cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani on Saturday during a visit to one of the country's holiest cities.

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By Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's military junta imposed another year of house arrest on opposition leader and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi on Saturday despite stiff international pressure for her release, a government source said.

DHAKA (Reuters) - Indian border guards shot dead two Bangladeshis on Saturday along the country's northern Dinajpur frontier, taking the number of Bangladeshis killed in such incidents in the past week to eight, security officials said.

By Khaled Farhan NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki met leading Iraqi cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani on Saturday in one of Iraq's holiest cities and thanked him for promoting unity between Iraq's groups.

TOKYO (Reuters) - China is unlikely to take part in an Asian security drill scheduled to begin off Shanghai on Saturday, following a misunderstanding over the purpose of the exercise, the Japan Coast Guard said.

By David Fox DILI (Reuters) - Gangs of youths allied to feuding East Timor police or army units went on the rampage in parts of the capital on Saturday, torching houses and vehicles as Australian and Malaysian peacekeeping troops stepped up patrols.

KOLKATA, India (Reuters) - Thousands of striking medical students and doctors in India, spurning an appeal by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, kept up their protest on Saturday against higher college quotas for lower castes.

Word of the Day
negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.