International News Archive - May 03, 2006

Bolivia's leftist government said on Tuesday it would forge ahead with its sweeping energy nationalization despite international concern over the move by President Evo Morales.

By Chris Buckley BEIJING (Reuters) - A battle between Beijing and the Vatican over control of church posts flared on Wednesday as China's state-backed Catholic church installed another bishop without papal blessing.

By Pascal Fletcher NDJAMENA (Reuters) - Voters in Chad trickled to the polls on Wednesday in a one-sided election expected to keep President Idriss Deby in power, despite an opposition boycott and a rebel threat of violence.

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Piracy attacks worldwide rose slightly in the first three months of 2006, with the waters around Somalia, Nigeria and Indonesia especially vulnerable, an ocean crime watchdog said on Wednesday.

By Mabvuto Banda BLANTYRE (Reuters) - Four more senior members of Malawi's main opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) have been arrested on charges of plotting to assassinate President Bingu wa Mutharika, police said on Wednesday.

By Rosemarie Francisco BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - The Philippine Supreme Court gave President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo a legal boost on Wednesday when it upheld her order declaring emergency rule after the discovery of an alleged coup, a source said.

By Michael Perry SYDNEY (Reuters) - Rescuers began digging a small rescue tunnel on Wednesday to free two Australian miners trapped a kilometre underground for eight days, using a small digital camera to help direct the excavation.

By Joe Ariyaratnam JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - People stayed off the streets in Sri Lanka's north on Wednesday after gunmen killed two in an attack on a Tamil newspaper, prompting calls by journalists for greater protection.

By Pascal Fletcher NDJAMENA (Reuters) - Chad's President Idriss Deby led his supporters to vote on Wednesday in a one-sided election expected to keep him in power, brushing aside an opposition boycott and a rebel threat of violence to disrupt the polls.

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. pressure on North Korea can squeeze its finances but may not reform Pyongyang, South Korea's top policy maker on the North said on Wednesday in comments that highlight recent friction with Washington.

Word of the Day
  • The parings of haberdine; also, any kind of fragments.
The word 'gubbings' is a variant of the word 'gobbon', meaning 'a portion, gobbet.'