International News Archive - September 02, 2006

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia will begin deploying 1,000 troops to southern Lebanon this month as part of a U.N. peacekeeping mission, Indonesia's foreign minister said on Saturday.

GAZA (Reuters) - Two Palestinians were killed during an exchange of fire between Israeli forces and Palestinian gunmen on Saturday, while a third Palestinian was shot dead by troops near a Gaza border crossing, the army and witnesses said.

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea accused the United States on Saturday of provoking war by carrying out an anti-missile test over the Pacific and holding military drills with South Korean forces on the divided peninsula. The U.S.

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's navy sank 12 Tamil Tiger craft overnight in a naval battle off the island's northern tip and dozens of rebels, including suicide fighters, are believed to have been killed, the military said on Saturday.

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's Maoist rebels threatened on Saturday to launch street protests to press the multiparty government for early elections to an assembly that would draw up a new constitution. "The government is lingering.

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese health official once hailed as a hero for his work in fighting the spread of SARS has been jailed for life for taking "huge" bribes from vaccine distributors, state media said on Saturday.

KABUL (Reuters) - Suspected Taliban fighters assassinated a senior Afghan police officer, his three bodyguards and a female relative on Saturday, leaving only the woman's three-month-old baby alive. "They were definitely Taliban.

By Ibon Villelabeitia BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A much-anticipated ceremony to transfer operational command from U.S-led forces to Iraq's new army was postponed on Saturday at the last minute amid confusion, a U.S. military spokesman said, citing poor planning. The event had been hailed by the U.S.

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is preparing a set of high-level alert procedures to follow in the event of a nuclear power plant accident abroad, out of concern that North Korea may carry out an underground nuclear test, Kyodo News said on Saturday, citing government sources.

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Somalia's interim government and rival Islamists resumed direct peace talks on Saturday in Sudan, pushing for reconciliation and power-sharing to avert a war in the lawless country that could destabilize the region.

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'.