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International News Archive - June 09, 2006

By Alistair Bell AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico (Reuters) - The conservative tied for first place in Mexico's presidential race said on Thursday he would counter the influence of U.S. foe Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Latin America if elected.

By Alistair Bell AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico (Reuters) - The conservative tied for first place in Mexico's presidential race said on Thursday he would counter the influence of U.S. foe Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in Latin America if elected.

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan government delegates prepared to return on Friday from talks in Oslo without meeting Tamil Tiger rebels as mediator Norway asked if the two sides stood by their ceasefire and a senior rebel warned of war.

KABUL (Reuters) - Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar vowed that the killing in Iraq of al Qaeda militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi would not weaken Muslim efforts against "crusader forces," a Pakistan-based news agency said on Friday.

By Nopporn Wong-Anan BANGKOK (Reuters) - Revered King Bhumibol Aduljadej called for national unity on Friday at joyous celebrations of his Diamond Jubilee as Thais put a deep political crisis on hold.

By Jalil Hamid YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Dozens of Indonesians prayed in the shadow of the rumbling Mount Merapi volcano on Friday as it spewed smoke, and a preacher urged people to remain calm.

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - At least six people were killed on Friday in the town of Baidoa in fighting between local militiamen and bodyguards of Somalia's interim president, local journalists said.

BEIJING (Reuters) - The United States warned on Friday of a possible terrorist threat against its interests in China, especially in the three major cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican's newspaper on Friday criticized the government of the Tuscany region in Italy for deciding to provide free hormone treatment for patients undergoing sex change operations.

MADRID (Reuters) - A Moroccan man charged in connection with the Madrid train bombings has failed in a bid to claim compensation for the death of his step-daughter in the attack, Spanish court officials said on Friday.

Word of the Day
malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'