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International News Archive - August 22, 2005

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A rare Chinese tiger brought to South Africa to learn how to hunt has died, dealing a fresh blow to efforts to save the species from extinction.

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The families of at least 1,600 tsunami victims in Thailand may have to wait up to three years for the bodies of their loved ones to be identified, a senior forensic policeman said on Monday.

BEIJING (Reuters) - Heavy rain and landslides have killed at least 47 people across China and storms are snarling transport and flooding reservoirs, domestic media reported on Monday.

By Maria Golovnina MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia grounded all long-distance Ilyushin 96-300 passenger aircraft on Monday due to safety problems similar to one that disrupted a trip by President Vladimir Putin earlier this month, transport officials said.

By Wafa Amr RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - President Mahmoud Abbas said on Monday he hoped to persuade Palestinians peaceful dialogue was the way to statehood after an Israeli pullout from Gaza that militants claimed as a victory for armed struggle.

By George Nishiyama TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi does not plan to stay in office beyond September 2006 when his term as ruling party leader ends, even if his coalition wins next month's election, a party official said on Monday.

By George Nishiyama TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said on Monday that he is not thinking of staying in office beyond September 2006 when his term as ruling party leader ends, even if his coalition wins next month's election.

COLOMBO (Reuters) - The brother of Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga was sworn in as foreign minister on Monday to replace Lakshman Kadirgamar, assassinated by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels, the government said.

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's Roman Catholic church has for the first time allowed a former Anglican minister who is married with two children to be ordained as a priest.

By Dan Williams HOMESH, West Bank (Reuters) - If there was one name more cursed than that of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in a West Bank Jewish settlement earmarked for evacuation this week, it was that of Israel's riot police.

Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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