International News Archive - July 28, 2006

BEIJING (Reuters) - The death toll from rainstorms triggered by Typhoon Kaemi has risen to 32 in China's south and east, state media said on Friday. More than 60 are missing.

By Jack Kim KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Asia's main security forum attended by 25 top policymakers from around the world homed in on Friday on the Middle East war and the nuclear programs of North Korea and Iran. U.S.

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's Maoist rebels extended their ceasefire by three months on Friday in a bid to support peace talks aimed at ending their decade-old insurgency that has killed thousands.

By George Thande VICTORIA (Reuters) - Seychelles islanders went to the polls on Friday at the start of a three-day presidential election dominated by concerns over economic growth and an acute foreign currency shortage in the Indian Ocean archipelago.

By George Nishiyama KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - North Korea spurned calls for a return to talks at a security forum on Friday and the U.S. Secretary of State dashed hopes she would return to the Middle East and the peace process there by delaying her departure.

By C. Bryson Hull WALIKALE, Congo (Reuters) - Voters in Congo's east say they will risk their lives to cast their ballots in historic elections on Sunday as they run the gauntlet of marauding rebels and militias. "We live in fear.

BERLIN (Reuters) - United Nations' chief prosecutor Carla del Ponte said she admired and was fascinated by former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic's court performance during his war crimes trial, a newspaper reported on Friday.

By Mohamed Ali Bile MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Another mysterious plane landed in Mogadishu on Friday, fuelling fresh war fears as the Somali capital's ruling Islamists blocked roads near the airport to unload unidentified cargo.

By Khaled Farhan NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) - Shi'ites from all over the world aspire to be buried in Najaf's sacred Valley of Peace cemetery, but the dozens of Iraqi corpses brought there every Friday bear witness only to the carnage sweeping the country.

By Guled Mohamed BAIDOA, Somalia (Reuters) - Gunmen shot dead a Somali government minister outside a mosque on Friday in a killing sure to exacerbate tensions in the violence-plagued Horn of Africa nation.

Word of the Day
  • The practice of two or more parties jointly purchasing all or part of a butchered cow and dividing the meat between them.
The word 'cowpooling' was formed on the model of 'carpooling'.