International News Archive - May 31, 2006

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has publicized a triple health scare for parents, warning of poisonous baby bottles, toxic children's clothes and unsafe toys.

By David Fox DILI (Reuters) - East Timor's capital was calm for the first time in more than a week on Wednesday as residents digested news that independence hero President Xanana Gusmao had assumed sole responsibility for the country's security.

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's ailing former leader Suharto left his hospital sick bed for home on Wednesday after being treated for nearly a month due to internal bleeding.

KABUL (Reuters) - Taliban guerrillas have killed at least a dozen Afghan police and abducted up to 40 others in two separate attacks in the south of the country, officials said on Wednesday.

BEIJING (Reuters) - China rebuked Taiwan on Wednesday for a national security report that said the mainland could avert looming social chaos by learning from the island's transformation into a democracy.

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's parliament is expected to consider stripping the king of his remaining parliamentary roles, a lawmaker said on Wednesday, after voting to withdraw most of his powers earlier this month.

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A new outbreak of fighting between rival militias in the Somali capital Mogadishu killed at least six people including two civilians early on Wednesday, residents said.

By Chawadee Nualkhair BANGKOK (Reuters) - While Thailand is a success story in the battle against HIV/AIDS, Myanmar and Vietnam threaten to emerge as new regional hotbeds of a disease which has killed more than 25 million people, experts said on Wednesday.

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Talks intensified on Wednesday to convince two Darfur rebel factions to sign a peace deal to end a three-year-old conflict in Sudan's violent west where tens of thousands have been killed.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Forty-two dumped bodies have been found in different parts of Baghdad over the last 24 hours -- many of them shot, bound and showing signs of torture, police sources said on Wednesday. Most of them were found in eastern Baghdad, the sources added.

Word of the Day
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'