International News Archive - May 05, 2006

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Former Indonesian president Suharto was in an unstable condition after being admitted to a hospital in Jakarta due to internal bleeding, his doctor said on Friday. "He was admitted yesterday around 6:30 p.m. The complaints were similar to the previous ones.

By Michael Perry SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian rescuers struggled on Friday to cut through solid rock a kilometer underground to free two gold miners trapped for nine days, while above ground media groups scrambled to secure rights to their survival story.

MANILA (Reuters) - Five leftist lawmakers, holed up in the Philippine Congress since February to avoid arrest, said on Friday they would try to end their confinement after a court dropped charges linking them to an alleged coup plot.

By Mohammed Assadi RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Supermarket owner Mohammad al-Amin used to have no problem selling food to Palestinian government workers on credit. Not any more.

By Paul Tait BA, Fiji (Reuters) - Fiji's prime minister clashed with the military on the eve of a racially charged election in the unstable South Pacific nation after the armed forces chief urged his troops on Friday not to vote for the government.

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet Ehud Olmert when the Israeli prime minister returns from a trip to the United States, a senior Abbas aide said on Friday.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The office of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Friday said no meeting had been planned between the Israeli leader and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Earlier, a senior Abbas aide said the two men would meet when Olmert returned from a trip to the United States.

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert about reviving peace talks, a senior Abbas aide said. Saeb Erekat said Abbas and Olmert would also meet when the Israeli leader returned from a trip to the United States.

By Pawel Sobczak WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's ruling right is set to clinch a majority after seven months of weak minority rule, bringing into government people who had vehemently opposed the ex-communist country's pro-Western course.

BEIJING (Reuters) - Some Chinese tourists have been warned that while spitting, slurping food and jumping queues may merely disgust people at home, they are sometimes not tolerated abroad, Xinhua news agency said on Friday.

Word of the Day
  • A young chicken: also used as a pet name for children.
The word 'chickabiddy' may come from 'chick' plus 'biddy', a name used in calling a hen or chicken.