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International News Archive - August 10, 2005

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Thousands of companies among the 4,500 that bought oil and sold goods to Iraq under a U.N. program are being investigated for kickbacks, bribes and illegal surcharges, a key investigator said on Tuesday.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon would lose a leadership battle in his Likud party against rival Benjamin Netanyahu if a vote was held now, two opinion polls showed on Wednesday.

By Stuart Grudgings MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine legislators began hearing impeachment complaints and fresh allegations of election fraud against President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Wednesday as a months-old scandal continued to paralyze her administration.

By Andrew Cawthorne NAIROBI (Reuters) - Singled out by Western powers for its tolerance of corruption, Kenya is losing the battle on graft and must "spill blood" soon, a member of President Mwai Kibaki's government said in comments published on Wednesday.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Taliban guerrillas have executed an Afghan woman after accusing her of spying for U.S.-led forces, officials said on Wednesday.

DORASAN, South Korea (Reuters) - North and South Korea successfully tested a hotline on Wednesday aimed at helping avoid naval confrontations in the Yellow Sea by allowing direct contact between the two militaries.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The head of Russia's prison service on Wednesday denied that former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky had been deprived of news, and said the magnate's relocation to a larger, more crowded cell was a routine measure.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Taliban guerrillas have executed an Afghan woman after accusing her of spying for U.S.-led forces, officials said on Wednesday.

By Peter Apps SONGUENE, Mozambique (Reuters) - For villagers in drought-stricken southern Mozambique, this year's food shortages are the worst many can remember, but aid workers fear the world may not respond until it is too late.

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - Women's groups across Asia urged Tokyo on Wednesday to make a sincere apology and compensate women forced into sexual slavery in brothels run by the Japanese Imperial Army before and during World War II.

Word of the Day
tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.