International News Archive - August 13, 2006

BEIJING (Reuters) - The disgraced chief prosecutor of a district in northwest China has been executed for stabbing his wife to death in her sleep, the Beijing News reported on Sunday.

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Heavy fighting and artillery fire raged on Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna peninsula on Sunday as the army said it had pushed back a Tamil Tiger rebel offensive in the heaviest fighting since a 2002 truce.

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A moderate earthquake shook areas along India's northeastern border with Bangladesh early on Sunday, but there were no reports of damage or casualties, the Indian Meteorological Department said. Officials said the 5.0 magnitude quake was recorded at 2:16 a.m.

By Palash Kumar NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Alarmed by the Mumbai blasts, a terror plot in Britain and a U.S. warning of a likely al Qaeda attack, India has stepped up security to its highest levels in years for this week's independence day anniversary.

By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - Cubans wished Fidel Castro a happy 80th birthday on Sunday even though the ailing leader has not been seen or heard in public since ceding power to his brother two weeks ago after stomach surgery.

TOKYO (Reuters) - A majority of Japanese believe that their country should not have the capability to make pre-emptive strikes, according to a survey published on Sunday.

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka said on Sunday it had received an offer of peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels and was keen to oblige after the first ground fighting and heaviest violence since a 2002 ceasefire.

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka said on Sunday it received an offer of talks with Tamil Tiger rebels two days ago and was keen to agree, but with fighting continuing in the north the prospect of any imminent negotiations still seemed faint.

By Manuel Tecson LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - Mount Mayon, a volcano in the central Philippines, showed signs a major eruption was imminent as it belched smoke and spewed burning rocks and mud, scientists said on Sunday. Four explosions have been recorded since Saturday.

By Chris Buckley BEIJING (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's expected visit to a Tokyo war shrine next week promises to unleash fury in Beijing, and yet even as the visit looms both sides have been working to ease tensions after he steps down.

Word of the Day
  • The parings of haberdine; also, any kind of fragments.
The word 'gubbings' is a variant of the word 'gobbon', meaning 'a portion, gobbet.'