International News Archive - July 29, 2006

BEIJING (Reuters) - The death toll from an explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China has risen to 22 but more than 7,000 people evacuated after the blast have now gone home, Xinhua news agency said on Saturday.

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudanese government forces and allied militias attacked bases of a new rebel alliance in Darfur despite a cease-fire in the violent west, officials and rebels said on Saturday.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranians should call helicopters "rotating wings" and pizzas "elastic loaves," according to a decree from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that seeks to rid Persian of European loan words.

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Pro-Lebanese protesters fought with Australian police on Saturday as they tried to stop Prime Minister John Howard from leaving a hotel after he gave a speech criticizing Hizbollah as a terrorist organization.

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - An explosion hit a military barracks in Turkey's southeastern province of Van on Saturday and injured a number of people, security officials said. No further details on the explosion were available.

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - An explosion at a military barracks in southeast Turkey on Saturday was caused by gas, security officials said, while local media reported a bomb exploded in the western port city Izmir on Friday night.

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine police officers killed nine suspected members of a kidnap syndicate in a gunbattle on Saturday after a brief car chase in a province north of the capital Manila, officials said. None of the gang survived.

By Guled Mohamed BAIDOA, Somalia (Reuters) - Hundreds of mourners buried a slain Somali minister on Saturday while parliament postponed a controversial vote of no confidence on the prime minister whom some want ousted to aid peace with Islamists.

SURABAYA, Indonesia (Reuters) - An explosion at an oil well in East Java province triggered an evacuation and more than 200 people were treated for breathing problems after some lost consciousness, officials said on Saturday.

KINSHASA (Reuters) - A drone flying over Kinshasa as part of EU efforts to keep Congo's historic elections safe has crashed, setting a house on fire and injuring five people, European military sources said.

Word of the Day
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'