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International News Archive - August 24, 2005

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel and Egypt have finalized an agreement for Cairo to post police along its border with Gaza, an Israeli official said on Wednesday. "With the Egyptians a full agreement has been reached," Amos Gilad, who helped negotiate the deal, told Army Radio.

TOKYO (Reuters) - Six-party talks aimed at dismantling North Korea's nuclear weapons program are likely to resume next week as planned, China's top envoy to the discussions said on Wednesday.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's new President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has ordered the removal of dozens of expensive Persian carpets from his office to preserve his modest image, newspapers reported on Wednesday.

By Aung Hla Tun BANGKOK (Reuters) - Rumors swirled in army-ruled Myanmar and neighboring Thailand on Wednesday that junta strongman Senior General Than Shwe has been removed by the powerful army commander.

By Tomi Soetjipto JAKARTA (Reuters) - The outbreak of polio in Indonesia could spread to other countries in the region, but a plan to vaccinate 24 million children next week should halt its progress, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.

By Paul Carrel PARIS (Reuters) - European powers are still keen to talk to Iran about its sensitive nuclear program despite calling off an Aug 31. negotiating meeting, French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said on Wednesday.

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Now that Jewish settlers have been pulled out of the occupied Gaza Strip, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon could face a "disengagement" of his own.

By Aleksandras Budrys MOSCOW (Reuters) - The bird flu virus which has swept six Russian regions has been found in a wild duck in another Siberian province, officials said on Wednesday, but the agriculture minister said that its spread had been curbed.

By Yoko Nishikawa TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian countries will not ignore U.S. interests when they hold an inaugural regional summit but they do not think President George W. Bush should be invited as an observer, a top ASEAN official said on Wednesday.

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain on Wednesday unveiled the criteria it will use to bar foreigners it believes inspire terrorism as part of a broad crackdown on Islamist preachers after last month's bombings in London.

Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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