International News Archive - November 12, 2008

By Paul Wiseman TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Following the highest-level talks ever between China and Taiwan, Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou expressed hope Tuesday for an eventual peace accord with the two longtime rivals.

Nir Barkat, Jerusalem's secular mayoral candidate, won the municipal election Wednesday, claiming 52 percent of the vote over ultra-Orthodox Meir Porush.

Sudanese President Omar Hassan Bashir says he's ordering a cease-fire with rebels based in Darfur and will move to disarm pro-government militias.

The United Nations won't send any more peacekeeping troops to the Democratic Republic of Congo in the near term, officials said. The U.N. Security Council failed to reach an agreement on the Congo situation Tuesday despite a plea from U.N.

The United States is concerned about reported missile tests by Iran, saying they violate U.N. resolutions, the State Department said Wednesday. Besides violating U.N.

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.'