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International News Archive - October 06, 2005

By Mario Linares TECPAN, Guatemala (Reuters) - Raging brown floodwater and banks of mud covered chunks of Central America and southern Mexico on Thursday after days of torrential rain and mudslides killed at least 162 across the region.

BLACKPOOL (Reuters) - Outgoing Conservative leader Michael Howard called on the party to unite behind his successor and earn public respect in his farewell speech to Tory members as he closed their annual conference on Thursday.

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippine army warned officers on Thursday against testifying at an inquiry into allegations of election cheating by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo after a senator said 10 soldiers were willing to give evidence.

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore will not allow gay parades to be held in the city-state because it clashes with the views of many conservative Singaporeans, the prime minister said on Thursday.

BERLIN (Reuters) - German conservative leader Angela Merkel said on Thursday that a decision on who would lead the next government was not expected before Sunday evening.

ROME (Reuters) - More than two decades after Roberto Calvi was found hanging under London's Blackfriars Bridge, five people stood trial in Italy on Thursday accused of murdering the man known as "God's banker" for his close Vatican ties.

By Sayed Salahuddin KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan hopes neighboring Pakistan will hunt down more Taliban militants, a government minister said on Thursday, while Pakistan said it would consider handing over the insurgents' spokesman arrested this week.

By Phil Stewart ROME (Reuters) - More than two decades after Roberto Calvi was found hanging under London's Blackfriars Bridge, five people went on trial in Italy on Thursday accused of murdering the man known as "God's banker" for his close Vatican ties.

DUBAI (Reuters) - Al Qaeda has put job advertisements on the Internet asking for supporters to help put together its Web statements and video montages, an Arabic newspaper reported.

By Frank Jack Daniel GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Raging flood waters cut off large areas of Central America and southern Mexico on Thursday, hurting efforts to rescue victims of mudslides that have killed at least 164 people in the wake Hurricane Stan.

Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'