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International News Archive - August 23, 2005

By Philip Blenkinsop BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's divided far-right parties thought unity would bring success, but they are unlikely to make their mark in September's general election as the hard left wins over many of the frustrated voters they once wooed.

By Stuart Grudgings MANILA (Reuters) - Gloria Macapagal Arroyo moved to tighten her grip on the Philippine presidency on Tuesday, using her overwhelming majority in Congress to frustrate opposition attempts to impeach her over allegations of wrongdoing.

By Camilla Hall CAIRO (Reuters) - Frightened tourists have been slow to return to Egypt's south Sinai since bombs killed more than 64 people in the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh last month, dragging the regional economy into the doldrums, hoteliers said on Tuesday.

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Five men armed with guns and machetes ambushed and robbed nine tourists returning from an evening game drive in Kenya's world famous Maasai Mara game reserve, police said on Tuesday. One of them was injured with a machete cut.

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's far south is on high alert after one person was killed and three were infected by a pig-borne disease that has killed nearly 40 in the southwest, suggesting dangerous meat is being traded across the country.

By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Beaming with pride, Iraqi leaders walked past a giant ceramic mural from Saddam Hussein's days into the parliament chamber before a midnight deadline with a draft constitution, declaring democracy had triumphed.

By Tan Ee Lyn HONG KONG (Reuters) - First, it was a deadly bacteria in pigs, then it was a suspected cancer-causing chemical in fish. Now people in Hong Kong are wondering what's left to eat. "There are just fewer and fewer things left to buy in the market.

By Raushan Nurshayeva ASTANA (Reuters) - A bird flu outbreak in seven northern Kazakh villages is dangerous to humans and threatening the west of the sprawling country, the Agriculture Ministry said on Tuesday.

By Marie-Louise Gumuchian ZINDER, Niger (Reuters) - Facing criticism that the United Nations acted too slowly to avert starvation in Niger, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan visited one of the worst affected areas on Tuesday to draw more attention to the crisis.

By Luke Baker BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's once-dominant Sunni Arab community was left with a stark choice on Tuesday -- rally behind a Shi'ite-Kurdish draft constitution within 72 hours, or try to defeat it at a referendum in October.

Word of the Day
megalophonous
  • Having a loud voice; vociferous; clamorous.
  • Of grand or imposing sound.
The word 'megalophonous' comes from Greek roots meaning 'big' and 'sound'.