International News Archive - May 08, 2006

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A fire swept through a nightclub in the Thai resort of Pattaya killing at least eight people and injuring about 54 others, police said on Monday. The blaze swept through the "Route 999" entertainment complex shortly before opening time on Sunday evening.

By Kamil Zaheer GOTALA HAT, India (Reuters) - Farm laborer Allauddin Sheikh will vote on Monday for yet another term for the world's longest-running elected communist government in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal.

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled on Monday that the inconclusive April 2 general election was unconstitutional and a new poll should be held, one of the 14 judges told reporters after a meeting of the court.

In May 7 story headlined ... "Britain's Blair under pressure from party rebels" ... please read in paragraph 11 ... Labour's majority was slashed at the 2005 election... instead of ...at the 1995 election...

By Roli Ng MANILA (Reuters) - Five lawmakers accused of plotting against Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo marched from Congress with raised fists on Monday, ending a 71-day confinement that has seen them become anti-government heroes.

By Opheera McDoom GEREIDA, Sudan (Reuters) - As she carries her sick son, too weak to lift his own head, Mariam Bashir wonders how a peace deal for Sudan will change her life, days after she fled a bombing raid on her village in Darfur.

KABUL (Reuters) - Taliban guerrillas killed three policemen in an ambush in southern Afghanistan and three bombs exploded in an eastern town but caused no casualties, police said.

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian rescuers concerned about causing another cave-in spent all Monday preparing for the final 4.5-foot dig to free two gold miners trapped a half-mile underground for the past 13 days.

KALMA CAMP, Sudan (Reuters) - U.N. humanitarian chief Jan Egeland, aid workers and journalists were forced to evacuate a refugee camp in Darfur on Monday after a demonstration spun out of control and an aid worker was attacked.

By Paul Tait SUVA (Reuters) - Voting in Fiji's racially charged election resumed on Monday as officials sought to assure voters opening day glitches would not affect the outcome, but observers feared that the real trouble may come after ballots are cast.

Word of the Day
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.