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International News Archive - August 16, 2005

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - Senior North Korean communist party officials held an unprecedented meeting with South Korean parliamentarians on Tuesday but skirted talks on Pyongyang's pursuit of nuclear weapons and international efforts to stop it.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said an outbreak of bird flu in Chelyabinsk was dangerous to humans as teams of sanitary workers destroyed birds to prevent the westward spread of the deadly virus across its territory.

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesia's military and Acehnese rebels on Tuesday cautiously welcomed a peace pact but each expressed doubts the other would stick to the deal.

MADRID (Reuters) - Seventeen Spanish troops were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Tuesday, Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported on its Web site.

MADRID (Reuters) - Seventeen Spanish troops were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Tuesday, a Defense Ministry spokesman said, confirming media reports. The helicopter went down south of Spain's base at Herat, the spokesman said.

MADRID (Reuters) - Seventeen Spanish troops were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Tuesday, a Defense Ministry spokesman said. The helicopter went down south of Spain's base at Herat, the spokesman said. The cause was unknown, he said.

By Arjuna Wickramsinghe COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Tuesday recalled parliament from recess to endorse a state of emergency declared after the assassination of her foreign minister raised the specter of renewed civil war.

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - Senior North Korean communist party officials held an unprecedented meeting with South Korean parliamentarians on Tuesday but skirted talks on Pyongyang's pursuit of nuclear weapons and international efforts to stop it.

RABAT (Reuters) - Moroccan police are holding 13 men suspected of planning attacks in Morocco with the help of an Algerian Islamist rebel group, a senior government source said on Tuesday.

By Tume Ahemba LAGOS (Reuters) - The number of Nigerians living with HIV/AIDS who are receiving subsidized life-saving drugs has risen five-fold to about 50,000 in three years, a government anti-AIDS body said on Tuesday.

Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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