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International News Archive - October 10, 2005

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A strong explosion shook the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Monday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties, residents said.

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian highlighted China's military expansion to drum up support for an arms package in his National Day speech on Monday, warning that the self-ruled island cannot count on others to defend it.

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Darfur rebels have refused to release 18 African Union hostages and have kidnapped a rescue team in the western Sudanese region, the AU said on Monday.

By Philip Blenkinsop BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's bitter leadership feud between Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and conservative leader Angela Merkel is expected to be settled on Monday after a new round of talks to agree the shape of a coalition government.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - At least four Afghans were killed by a strong explosion that shook the volatile southern city of Kandahar on Monday, police said. Among the victims were a former senior factional commander, Agha Shah, Kandahar police chief Colonel Mohammad Hakim said.

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Darfur rebels have kidnapped a rescue team sent to secure the release of 18 African Union hostages in the western Sudanese region, the AU said on Monday.

By Tomi Soetjipto DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - Scores of Balinese wearing traditional costumes on Monday urged the immediate execution of three Indonesian militants sentenced to death over the 2002 nightclub bombings that killed 202 people.

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's conservatives have reached a deal with the Social Democrats (SPD) under which conservative leader Angela Merkel will become the country's next chancellor, German media reports said on Monday.

By James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) - Donor nations rushed doctors, helicopters, water and tents to quake-devastated Pakistan on Monday as the death toll from the disaster topped 20,000.

By Philip Blenkinsop BERLIN (Reuters) - German conservative leader Angela Merkel will become the country's first woman chancellor under a deal struck with Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's Social Democrats (SPD), senior sources from the leading parties said on Monday.

Word of the Day
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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