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International News Archive - August 01, 2005

NAIROBI (Reuters) - The wreckage of an aircraft carrying Sudan's former rebel leader and now Vice President John Garang has been located in southern Sudan where it crashed en route from Uganda, a diplomatic source in Nairobi said. "The wreckage is in southern Sudan. It was found by local people.

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - The Sudanese presidency confirmed on Monday that southern leader and vice president John Garang died in a helicopter accident. In a statement quoted by state television, it said Garang, six of his companions and a crew of seven had died.

TOKYO (Reuters) - The head of Japan's main opposition party said on Monday a vote is unlikely this week on bills to privatize the giant postal system, rejection of which could prompt Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to call a snap election.

By Khaled Abdel-Aziz and Daniel Wallis KHARTOUM/KAMPALA (Reuters) - Sudan's First Vice-President and former rebel leader John Garang, who signed a deal this year to end Africa's longest civil war, died in a helicopter crash in southern Sudan, State TV said on Monday.

By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - China, whose military buildup alarms the Pentagon, marked Army Day on Monday with a pledge never to engage in expansionism but warned self-ruled Taiwan against formally declaring statehood. The U.S.

BOMBAY (Reuters) - Torrential rain again pounded India's financial capital Bombay on Monday after severe floods triggered by a record downpour last week killed nearly 1,000 people in and around the city.

By Stuart Grudgings MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine officials dismissed on Monday as "fantastic" new allegations of election fraud against Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who is facing an impeachment case amid the worst crisis of her four-year presidency.

KABUL (Reuters) - A United Nations convoy was ambushed in southern Afghanistan, the latest violence ahead of next month's parliamentary elections, and two people were injured, a U.N. spokesman said on Monday. A driver for the U.N.

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia will grant amnesty to rebels from the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) by the end of this month after the signing of a peace agreement, the country's information minister said on Monday. Indonesia is scheduled to sign the agreement with GAM on Aug.

By Dominic Evans RIYADH (Reuters) - King Fahd bin Abdul-Aziz of Saudi Arabia, who died on Monday, forged strong ties with Washington to steer his conservative kingdom through two turbulent decades but a violent Islamist backlash clouded his final, ailing years.

Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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