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International News Archive - October 25, 2005

By Ade Rina JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia confirmed on Tuesday a fourth person in the country had succumbed to bird flu while China said hundreds of farm geese had died, the latest outbreak of a disease that seems to defy efforts to halt its spread.

By Sayed Salahuddin KABUL (Reuters) - Guerrillas in Afghanistan ambushed a U.S. military convoy with rocket-propelled grenades and six people traveling in a car nearby were killed, a government spokesman said on Tuesday. There were no casualties among the troops.

SEOUL (Reuters) - Ten South Korean prisoners of war and 11 civilian abductees are still alive in North Korea, the South Korean Unification Ministry said on Tuesday.

By Amir Ashraf MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan and international relief agencies scrambled to deliver much-needed aid to remote parts of quake-hit Pakistan on Tuesday as experts said a narrow fair weather window was closing rapidly.

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - One of Germany's most colorful politicians of the last two decades, Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, has abruptly pulled the plug on his electrifying career.

MADRID (Reuters) - Bombs exploded near magistrates courts in four Spanish towns early on Tuesday and police said they suspected the armed Basque separatist group ETA was to blame. The explosions damaged buildings but no one was injured, officials said.

By David Clarke LONDON (Reuters) - Western military powers are being forced to rethink strategy because conflict in Iraq has shown the limits of their conventional armies, the International Institute of Strategic Studies said on Thursday.

By Amir Ashraf MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan and international relief agencies scrambled to deliver much-needed aid to remote parts of the quake-hit country on Tuesday as experts said a narrow fair-weather window was closing rapidly.

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Israel launched missile strikes in Gaza on Tuesday, targeting buildings it said were used by militants in response to renewed Palestinian rocket attacks on the Jewish state.

DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesia's police chief in Bali expressed frustration on Tuesday at the lack of progress toward finding those behind triple suicide bombings that killed 20 people on the resort island this month.

Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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