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International News Archive - December 06, 2005

SEOUL (Reuters) - A statue of U.S. General Douglas MacArthur that has been the focus of heated protests in South Korea has been cleaned and polished for the first time in nearly 50 years, an Inchon city official said on Tuesday.

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels killed five Sri Lankan soldiers in a second claymore mine attack in the island's north in three days, the military said on Tuesday, as a surge in violence strains a 2002 truce.

SEOUL (Reuters) - A U.S. crackdown on North Korea's financial assets is blocking multilateral talks on dismantling the communist state's nuclear weapons programmes, a commentary in Pyongyang's official media said on Tuesday.

MANILA (Reuters) - The United States temporarily barred the public from its embassy in the Philippine capital on Tuesday after receiving a security threat. The embassy did not specify the nature of the "plausible threat information" in a statement on its Web site.

By Manny Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - The U.S. embassy temporarily shut its doors on Tuesday after a security threat, with Philippine police warning of potential suicide bombings by Jemaah Islamiah, a regional network of militants linked to al Qaeda.

By James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) - A row over an appointment to Australia's central bank has reopened divisions at the top of the government, and analysts said on Tuesday the controversy has hurt Treasurer Peter Costello's leadership ambitions.

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's suspended foreign minister will quit the cabinet within days, targeted by opposition parties after he was named in the Iraq oil-for-food scandal, media reports said on Tuesday.

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels killed five Sri Lankan soldiers in a second claymore mine attack in the island's north in three days, the military said on Tuesday, as violence straining a 2002 truce escalates.

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Pakistan to act swiftly to find a journalist kidnapped after reporting on a government claim that an al Qaeda leader was killed in a tribal region last week.

By Michael Perry SYDNEY (Reuters) - Nine people refused refugee protection visas by Australia in the past five years on the grounds they had committed war crimes and crimes against humanity are still living in the country, officials said on Tuesday.

Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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