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International News Archive - August 21, 2005

By Stuart Grudgings MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo faces a crucial week as flagging opposition attempts to impeach her come to a head and a court rules on the centrepiece of her economic reform plans.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Suspected Afghan Taliban guerrillas killed a senior pro-government cleric as he was walking to a mosque in the southern province of Kandahar on Sunday, a local official said.

By Hossein Jasseb TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday defended his cabinet list to potentially hostile parliamentarians whose opposition to some top jobs could expose rifts in the conservative camp.

By Zeeshan Haider ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's ruling coalition said on Sunday it had swept the first round of local polls seen as a trial run for 2007 general elections, boosting President Pervez Musharraf's own election prospects.

By Masayuki Kitano TOKYO (Reuters) - Several Japanese ruling party rebels formed a tiny new political group on Sunday led by an outspoken governor who has been critical of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's Liberal Democratic Party.

By Andrew Hammond BAGHDAD (Reuters) - When their electricity isn't zapped by daily power cuts, Iraqis can pretend they live in a normal country with a normal cultural life by tuning into the Iraqi version of "Pop Idol." Despite collapsing public services and the constant threat of death, more than 2,000 young Iraqis signed up for the talent show when al-Sumeria TV announced the venture earlier this year.

By Andrew Hammond BAGHDAD (Reuters) - When their electricity isn't zapped by daily power cuts, Iraqis can pretend they live in a normal country with a normal cultural life by tuning into the Iraqi version of "Pop Idol." Despite collapsing public services and the constant threat of death, more than 2,000 young Iraqis signed up for the talent show when al-Sumeria TV announced the venture earlier this year.

KABUL (Reuters) - Two U.S. embassy officials were hurt by a roadside bomb that hit their convoy near the Afghan capital on Sunday, a spokesman said. The blast near Kabul came hours after a bomb attack killed four U.S. soldiers in the restive Zabul province, in the southern part of the country.

AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordan has detained scores of Arab suspects as part of the investigation into a rocket attack on U.S. warships in the Red Sea port of Aqaba, security officials said on Sunday.

By Hossein Jasseb TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad recommended his proposed cabinet on Sunday to sometimes hostile parliamentarians who must approve his choice.

Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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