International News Archive - July 13, 2006

KABUL (Reuters) - Six members of the Taliban have been arrested on suspicion of responsibility for a spate of bomb attacks in the Afghan capital last week that killed one person and wounded nearly 50, police said on Thursday.

BEIJING (Reuters) - Hundreds of Chinese attacked police and smashed up squad cars after a migrant was apparently beaten up for refusing to pay for a resident's permit, a newspaper reported on Thursday.

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Police detained more than 150 people for questioning in India's financial capital on Thursday as relatives began cremating or burying family members killed in Tuesday's bombings which took 186 lives.

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's Constitutional Court agreed on Thursday to consider allegations of electoral abuse by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's ruling party and the main opposition party which could lead to their being disbanded.

By Krittivas Mukherjee MUMBAI (Reuters) - Indian police said they had detained about 20 people in connection with Tuesday's bombings in the country's largest city that killed 186 people, and had prepared sketches of three suspects seen at the bomb sites.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said the 60-year dispute with Moscow over ownership of four Pacific islands is harming trade ties, and he vowed to raise the issue at Group of Eight talks this weekend.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Nineteen suspected Taliban have been killed in an air strike by U.S.-led troops in Afghanistan, a provincial official said, the latest clash in an offensive aimed at pushing back a revitalized insurgency.

Corrects Cheney's title in paragraph 3. By Oliver Bullough MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin, seeking to pre-empt rebukes over democracy from fellow members of the Group of Eight, said on Wednesday the West's criticism of Russia was a mix of Cold War thinking and neo-colonialism.

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union could resume suspended talks with Serbia even without the arrest of Ratko Mladic if it finds Belgrade's plans to catch fugitive war crimes suspects convincing, EU diplomats said on Thursday.

MADRID (Reuters) - The conservative winner of Mexico's contested presidential election said he would pay more attention to the poor after the race showed wide support for promises to fight poverty, he said in a newspaper interview.

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'