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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
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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