International News Archive - August 30, 2006

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Four people ended up in hospital and another four were injured after feathers flew in a dispute over a racing pigeon on Wednesday, Australian police said.

BEIJING (Reuters) - One of China's new trains to Tibet, the world's highest railway, derailed on Tuesday, disrupting the line for five hours and delaying thousands of passengers, state media said.

BEIJING (Reuters) - Time is running out to reach an agreement on Tibet's future which, if not sorted out by 2008, could become a blemish on the Beijing Olympics, a French parliamentary delegation said on Wednesday.

MANILA (Reuters) - Deposed Philippine President Joseph Estrada is likely to have to wait until next year for a court verdict on charges he stole up to $80 million from state coffers while in power.

BEIJING (Reuters) - The inland Chinese province of Shaanxi has ordered university canteens to cut food prices to less than 13 U.S. cents a dish to ensure poorer students get enough to eat, Xinhua news agency said on Wednesday.

LONDON (Reuters) - Three British Muslims are due in court on Wednesday, accused over a suspected plot to blow up U.S.-bound airliners. Police must also decide whether to charge, free or ask permission to keep five other suspects in custody.

By Opheera McDoom and Irwin Arieff KHARTOUM/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States and Britain plan to push for a vote on a U.N. resolution sending peacekeeping troops to Darfur, despite a fresh rejection by Sudan on Tuesday of any deployment of U.N. troops there. The U.S.

By Summer Said CAIRO (Reuters) - Naguib Mahfouz, winner of the 1988 Nobel prize for literature and best known for his Cairo Trilogy, died on Wednesday in Egypt after suffering from a bleeding ulcer, doctors at an interior ministry hospital said.

TOKYO (Reuters) - The Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) on Wednesday named the country's capital Tokyo as its candidate to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. The International Olympic Committee will accept bids from 2008 with a final decision on who will host the 2016 Games to be made in 2009.

By Daniel Wallis KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda's army on Wednesday has not yet chosen the safe routes northern rebels are supposed to take from the bush to camps in south Sudan as part of a truce that may mark the end of one of Africa's longest wars.

Word of the Day
  • A woman chauffeur.
  • A woman who operates an automobile.
The word 'chaffeuse' comes from French, and is the feminine form of 'chauffeur'.