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International News Archive - November 18, 2005

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A website purportedly set up under orders from a leading Asian militant gives instructions on how to shoot foreigners in the streets of the Indonesian capital or throw grenades at motorists stuck in traffic.

DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - An Indonesian court in Bali on Friday found an Australian model guilty of illegally receiving ecstasy pills and sentenced her to three months in jail, but she will be freed within days because of time spent in custody.

By Saul Hudson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday accused Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez of making new enemies abroad to fire up supporters at home with demagoguery such as saying Washington plans to invade his country. In a new charge, the top U.S.

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore opened its first sex exhibition on Friday with police saying they will also attend to make sure organizers and exhibitors comply with the city-state's strict laws.

COLOMBO (Reuters) - With all 9.7 million votes counted, an unofficial tally of results showed Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse beating opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe in the country's presidential election.

By Simon Gardner and Simon Denyer COLOMBO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse claimed victory in Sri Lanka's presidential poll on Friday after a Tamil Tiger boycott helped torpedo his main opponent's chances and an unofficial tally gave him a narrow victory.

By John Chalmers and Martin Nesirky PUSAN, South Korea (Reuters) - The leaders of 21 Pacific Rim economies began talks under tight security in this southern port city on Friday to shore up flagging talks on a global free trade pact and hammer out moves to fight bird flu.

RAGUSA, Sicily (Reuters) - The bodies of seven immigrants among a group trying to enter Italy illegally were found washed up on the shores of Sicily on Friday, Italian media reports said.

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan plans to toughen its gender equality law in an effort to encourage women to stay in the workforce as the population begins to shrink, a government official said on Friday.

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Hawkish President-elect Mahinda Rajapakse vowed on Friday to bring peace to Sri Lanka after beating main rival Ranil Wickremesinghe to the top job.

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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