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International News Archive - November 01, 2005

By Teruaki Ueno TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and North Korea begin their first full-fledged talks in more than three years on Thursday seeking to resolve long-standing disputes that have blocked the Asian neighbors from establishing diplomatic ties.

By Terry Friel NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Anguished and weary relatives looked for loved ones among rows of charred bodies on Tuesday as Indians marked the biggest Hindu festival of the year clouded by the worst militant attack on the heart of their nation.

By Helen Nyambura and Andrew Cawthorne ZANZIBAR (Reuters) - Security forces fought demonstrating opposition supporters in the narrow alleys Zanzibar's main town on Tuesday in a third day of violence over the Tanzanian islands' turbulent election.

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - More than 57,000 people have been confirmed killed by the devastating earthquake that struck northern Pakistan on October 8, Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said on Tuesday.

By Carol Giacomo, Diplomatic Correspondent UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - By tightening the diplomatic noose around Syria's leadership, the United States is aiming to ensure a weakened, compliant government in Damascus without the use of military force.

By Paul Carrel PARIS (Reuters) - French youths rioted in a Paris suburb for the fifth night running on Tuesday, raising fresh questions about Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy's "zero tolerance" policy toward the violence.

By Nadim Ladki BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad knows what he must do to avoid a potentially disastrous showdown with the United Nations -- move against powerful members of his inner circle, analysts said on Tuesday.

By Nadim Ladki BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad knows what he must do to avoid a potentially disastrous showdown with the United Nations -- move against powerful members of his inner circle, analysts said on Tuesday.

By Tsegaye Tadesse ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Riot police in the Ethiopian capital fired at stone-throwing opposition supporters on Tuesday, killing five people and wounding 18, in renewed protests over a disputed May election, hospital sources said.

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - More than 57,000 people have been confirmed killed by the devastating earthquake that struck northern Pakistan on October 8, Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said on Tuesday.

Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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