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International News Archive - October 30, 2005

HYDERABAD, India (Reuters) - The death toll in a train accident in southern India rose to 109 on Sunday as rescue workers searched for more bodies at the crash site, railway officials said.

ZANZIBAR (Reuters) - Rival supporters threw stones and fought each other outside several polling stations when voting began on Sunday in a volatile leadership election in Tanzania's Zanzibar islands.

By Ade Rina and Tomi Soetjipto JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian police beefed up security patrols on Sunday in the Poso area, plagued by sectarian violence for years, after mysterious assailants in black beheaded three teenage Christian girls.

By Chris Buckley BEIJING (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong-il expects the next round of six-party talks on the North's nuclear programme to begin as scheduled and is committed to their success, a Chinese official said on Sunday.

By Yousuf Azimy KABUL (Reuters) - Final results from Afghanistan's parliamentary polls in September are being delayed because of complaints of fraud, the country's election commission said on Sunday. The results were originally set to be announced on October 19.

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Walid al-Mualem was touring the Gulf on Sunday to drum up Arab support on the eve of a United Nations meeting to discuss possible sanctions against Damascus.

GAZA (Reuters) - Islamic Jihad militants have agreed to halt rocket attacks on Israel from the Gaza Strip unless there are more Israeli air raids on the territory, a Palestinian official said on Sunday.

GAZA (Reuters) - Islamic Jihad militants have agreed to halt rocket attacks on Israel from the Gaza Strip unless there are more Israeli air raids on the territory, a Palestinian official said on Sunday.

By Christian Oliver TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranians on Sunday accused western countries of exploiting their president's bellicose remarks about Israel to turn up the heat on Tehran over its disputed atomic program.

By Andrew Cawthorne and Helen Nyambura ZANZIBAR (Reuters) - Zanzibari troops beat opposition supporters and fired a live bullet and tear gas on Sunday during an election on the Tanzanian islands marred by clashes and fraud allegations almost as soon as polls opened.

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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