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International News Archive - December 20, 2005

By Michelle Nichols CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia was soul-searching on Tuesday over the racial violence that has gripped Sydney's beachside suburbs with an opinion poll showing three-quarters of Australians believe their country is racist.

HANOI (Reuters) - A Vietnamese court has sentenced a an Australian of Vietnamese origin to death by firing squad for trafficking heroin, a court official said on Tuesday. Trinh Huu was convicted on Monday in Tay Ninh, a province on the border with Cambodia, the official said.

By George Nishiyama TOKYO (Reuters) - The governor of Okinawa, host to the bulk of U.S. forces in Japan, warned on Tuesday that ignoring local anger over plans to relocate a Marine base on the southern Japanese island could hurt the U.S.-Japan alliance.

By Dean Yates and Ade Rina JAKARTA (Reuters) - An Indonesian court jailed an off-duty pilot for 14 years on Tuesday over the murder of the country's top human rights activist during a flight on the national carrier Garuda last year.

SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean university said on Tuesday it will soon start DNA testing of cells as part of its investigation into the veracity of a study by Hwang Woo-suk, the country's most renowned stem-cell researcher.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon left a Jerusalem hospital on Tuesday after being treated for a mild stroke, saying he planned to return to work soon.

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Germany has secretly released a Hizbollah member jailed for life for killing a U.S. Navy diver and returned him to Lebanon despite an extradition request from the United States, Lebanese political sources said on Tuesday.

By Nazimuddin Shaymol CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (Reuters) - Asian elephant numbers are falling because of deforestation, road-building and expansion of farmlands and plans to protect remaining populations are crucial, wildlife experts meeting in Bangladesh said.

By Mark John BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair faced an onslaught of criticism on Tuesday over the EU budget deal he brokered as European lawmakers said they could not accept it unless governments put up more cash.

By Nadim Ladki BEIRUT (Reuters) - Germany has secretly released a Hizbollah member jailed for life for killing a U.S. Navy diver and returned him to Lebanon despite an extradition request from the United States, Lebanese political sources said on Tuesday.

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pungle
  • To take pains; labor assiduously with little progress.
This word comes from the Spanish 'pongale,' put it.
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