International News Archive - June 20, 2006

BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - A suicide bomber attacked a senior citizens' home in the southern Iraqi city of Basra on Tuesday and casualties were feared, state television reported. Police sources said the blast targeted an area where senior citizens gather to get pensions.

BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed a woman and wounded five people when he attacked a crowd of elderly and disabled pensioners in the southern Iraqi city of Basra on Tuesday, police said. The crowd were gathering to receive their monthly pension.

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers on Tuesday recommitted to the island's 2002 ceasefire and said they had told mediator Norway that they will ensure the safety of Nordic truce monitors.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A car bomb exploded in a crowded Baghdad market on Tuesday, killing seven people and wounding 18, police said. The bomb exploded among morning shoppers in the market in the eastern district of Jamila, a police source told Reuters.

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - The ruling Hamas militant group on Tuesday delayed a parliamentary showdown with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas over his call for a referendum on statehood, saying it wanted to allow more time for dialogue.

By Diyan Jari JAKARTA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization has confirmed an Indonesian teenager who died last week was infected with bird flu, a health ministry official said on Tuesday, taking the country's confirmed bird flu deaths to 39.

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador extended his lead over his conservative rival to 4 percentage points in a poll published in the Excelsior newspaper on Tuesday.

By Achmad Sukarsono JAKARTA (Reuters) - Muslims should help solve global problems including terrorism and reach out to the rest of the world if they want to be understood, Indonesia's president said on Tuesday.

By Christo Johnson FREETOWN (Reuters) - Former Liberian President Charles Taylor was flown out of Sierra Leone on Tuesday for trial on war crimes charges in the Netherlands, Sierra Leone's Vice-President Solomon Berewa said.

By Christo Johnson FREETOWN (Reuters) - Former Liberian President Charles Taylor left Sierra Leone on a chartered jet on Tuesday to face war crimes charges in the Netherlands, the special court organizing his trial said.

Word of the Day
  • The deadly nightshade, Atropa Belladonna, which possesses stupefying or poisonous properties.
  • A sleeping-potion; a soporific.
  • To mutter deliriously.
The word 'dwale' comes from an Old English word meaning 'error, doubt, delusion.'