International News Archive - May 30, 2006

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels warned on Tuesday a European Union ban that diplomats say will freeze their assets would shake the island's teetering peace process, but said they remained committed to a truce.

By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Megumi Yokota hasn't been seen in her native Japan for nearly three decades, but nearly every Japanese knows the story of how North Korean agents kidnapped the 13-year-old girl and took her to the reclusive communist state.

TANK, Pakistan (Reuters) - Masked gunmen shot dead a pro-government tribal elder and wounded two people in Pakistan's trouble-plagued South Waziristan region on the Afghan border, government officials said on Tuesday.

By Silvia Aloisi ROME (Reuters) - Prime Minister Romano Prodi's centre-left coalition swept three big cities in Italy's local polls, comfortably passing its first test at the ballot box since its narrow victory in last month's general election.

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand will re-run its annulled general election on October 15, a cabinet minister said on Tuesday.

By Benjamin Kang Lim TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's biggest opposition party is waiting for scandals besetting President Chen Shui-bian to snowball and implicate other members of the first family before seeking his ouster, party leader Ma Ying-jeou said on Tuesday.

By Tan Ee Lyn JAKARTA (Reuters) - Scientists are worried about a sudden flurry of human bird flu cases in Indonesia, warning that a failure to control the situation may raise the chances of a virus mutation and lead to a pandemic.

SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - A policeman was killed and four people, including two civilians, were wounded in Indian Kashmir on Tuesday after suspected Islamist militants threw a grenade at a police vehicle near a crowded market, police said.

DILI (Reuters) - Gangs loosely allied to factions of East Timor's armed forces defied foreign peacekeepers on Tuesday, torching cars and buildings in the capital as the government met to decide "inevitable changes" following a week of violence.

PARIS (Reuters) - Youths clashed with police in a Paris suburb overnight and attacked the home of the local mayor in disturbances one police union said were the worst since a wave of urban riots shook France in November.

Word of the Day
  • A person or thing gazed at with wonder or curiosity, especially of a scornful kind.
The 'stock' of 'gazingstock' comes from an Old English word meaning 'tree trunk' or 'wood'.