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International News Archive - August 13, 2005

JAMMU, India (Reuters) - Islamist militants opened fire on a Hindu family in Indian Kashmir, killing five people and wounding nine others, police said on Saturday.

By George Nishiyama TOKYO (Reuters) - In a bid to paint itself as the true party of reform, Japan's main opposition unveiled a plan on Saturday to cut down the influence of powerful bureaucrats if it took power following next month's general election.

BEIJING (Reuters) - China, which views Taiwan as a breakaway province, said on Saturday the self-ruled island's 13th successive bid to join the United Nations was doomed to failure.

BEIJING (Reuters) - A tropical storm swept ashore in southern China on Saturday bringing heavy rain a week after a typhoon tore up the east coast killing three people and causing havoc.

ROME (Reuters) - Italy, a month ahead of schedule, has started reducing its presence in Iraq by drawing down the first 130 forces in a planned 300-troop withdrawal, a Rome-based military source said on Saturday.

QALQILYA, West Bank (Reuters) - Dozens of members of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah faction, some of them armed, stormed into a government building in the West Bank on Saturday to demand jobs, witnesses said.

By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - With a deadline just 48 hours away, some Iraqi lawmakers said they were about to clinch a deal on a constitution on Saturday while others were pessimistic, highlighting deep divisions in Iraqi politics.

By Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - Groups behind the July London bomb attack that killed 52 people and a failed attempt to strike again soon after appear to have been acting independently of an al Qaeda mastermind abroad, a newspaper reported on Saturday.

By Lin Noueihed BEIRUT (Reuters) - A United Nations investigator intends to question Syrian officials directly as part of a probe into the killing six months ago of Lebanese former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri, a U.N. official said on Saturday.

CALCUTTA, India (Reuters) - A state-run Indian arms manufacturer on Saturday rejected a complaint by Nepal that it supplied the kingdom faulty assault rifles which led to heavy losses in a gunbattle with Maoist rebels this month.

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Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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