International News Archive - May 09, 2006

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Two million babies each year die on the day they are born in developing countries due to a lack of simple measures such as providing tetanus immunization and skilled midwives, the Save the Children charity said on Tuesday.

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's foreign minister urged Iran to cooperate with the global nuclear watchdog and also said the deepening dispute over Iran's atomic activities should be defused by negotiations, Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday.

By Sue Pleming NEW YORK (Reuters) - Middle East peace brokers meet on Tuesday to hammer out how to deal with a Hamas government, with pressure growing to pay beleaguered Palestinian Authority workers and Washington trying to hold its tough line on direct aid.

BHUBANESWAR, India (Reuters) - A four-year-old from the slums of eastern India dubbed "marathon boy" after he ran for seven hours in sapping summer heat may be forced to hang up his training shoes by officials worried his health is at risk.

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A top United Nations official met Nepal's new Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala on Tuesday and offered to help the Himalayan kingdom's efforts to end a decade-old Maoist insurgency in which thousands have died.

BEIJING (Reuters) - More than 3,000 local tourists got lost in the crowds on Beijing's vast Tiananmen Square over the week-long May Day public holiday, a newspaper said on Tuesday.

NAIROBI (Reuters) - The latest flare-up in fighting between Islamic militia and a self-styled "anti-terrorism" alliance of warlords in Somalia's capital Mogadishu has killed at least 35 people, sources on both sides said on Tuesday.

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - At least 12 children were killed in Nepal on Tuesday when a bus carrying 23 students to school plunged into an irrigation canal, police said. The accident took place in Sunsari, about 300 miles east of the capital, Kathmandu.

SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - Indian soldiers in Kashmir on Tuesday shot dead a suspected Muslim militant, who police said was behind bomb blasts in the Hindu holy city of Varanasi in March that killed 15 people and wounded dozens.

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar has accused the U.S. and British embassies of violating diplomatic protocol by conducting free training courses for members of Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party, a state newspaper said on Tuesday.

Word of the Day
  • One who brings meat to the table; hence, in some countries, the official title of the grand master or steward of the king's or a nobleman's household.
The word 'dapifer' comes from Latin roots meaning 'feast' and 'bearer'.