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International News Archive - June 30, 2005

By Magdalena Morales PUERTO LA CRUZ, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuelan PresidentHugo Chavez on Wednesday accused the United States of meddlingin his efforts to create an energy alliance with Caribbeanneighbors and said he may one day have to cut ties withWashington.

By Magdalena Morales PUERTO LA CRUZ, Venezuela (Reuters) - Oil exporterVenezuela signed an energy cooperation pact on Wednesday with13 Caribbean states, including Cuba, in a move thatstrengthened Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's politicalchallenge to U.S. influence in the region.

By Stuart Grudgings MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Gloria MacapagalArroyo remained in deep trouble on Thursday as her opponentsplanned street protests to step up calls for her to quit andspeculation swirled she would sack several ministers.

HANOI (Reuters) - A 73-year-old Vietnamese has died frombird flu, taking the country's toll to 39, 19 of them since thevirus returned in December, state-run media reported onThursday.

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Six years after the Indonesianarmy and allied gangs waged a scorched-earth campaign in EastTimor, a U.N.-appointed panel concluded that Jakarta'sprosecution of suspects was seriously flawed.

By Stuart Grudgings MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Gloria MacapagalArroyo remained in deep trouble on Thursday as opponentsplanned protests over election cheating allegations and aminister quit in what could be the start of a cabinet revamp.

By Michael Perry SYDNEY (Reuters) - Amnesty International called on Thursdayfor an end to Australia's mandatory detention of illegalimmigrants, saying that many asylum seekers spent years inremote, razor-wire camps before they were recognized asrefugees.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharonsaid he had ordered "every necessary step" to be taken toprevent Jewish ultranationalists from trying to derail his Gazawithdrawal plan through violence and road blockades.

BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Thursday approved theappointment of veteran troubleshooter Rafael Hui as Hong Kong'sdeputy leader after the territory's new chief executivenominated his long-time friend to be his second in command.

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Six people died in the Pakistani cityof Lahore and about 500 were sick after drinking water that wascontaminated by sewage believed to have seeped into the city'ssupply lines, an official said on Thursday.

Word of the Day
tourtiere
  • a meat pie that is usually eaten at Christmas in Quebec
The word 'tourtiere' comes from the French tourte, or passenger pigeon.
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