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International News Archive - August 25, 2005

TOKYO (Reuters) - A powerful typhoon was beating a path toward Tokyo on Thursday and was forecast to make landfall near the Japanese capital in the evening, bringing with it strong winds and heavy rainfall that was snarling transportation and disrupting oil shipments.

TOKYO (Reuters) - The next round of six-party talks aimed at dismantling North Korea's nuclear weapons program is likely to make more progress than the previous round, China's top envoy to the forum was quoted as saying on Thursday.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Six-party talks aimed at dismantling North Korea's nuclear weapons program are unlikely to resume next week, Russia's Interfax news agency quoted a North Korean diplomatic source in Beijing as saying on Thursday.

By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Six-party talks aimed at dismantling North Korea's nuclear weapons program may resume on September 2 and are likely to make more progress than the previous round, China's top envoy to the forum was quoted as saying on Thursday.

KARLSRUHE, Germany (Reuters) - Germany's highest court removed the final hurdle on Thursday to a September 18 federal election, dismissing complaints that Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's path to an early vote was unconstitutional.

By Muin Shadid TULKARM, West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli troops killed five Palestinians in an overnight West Bank raid, the army's first deadly strike since it removed Jewish settlers from occupied lands this week. Palestinian militants vowed revenge.

By Muin Shadid TULKARM, West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli troops killed five Palestinians in an overnight West Bank raid, the army's first deadly strike since it removed Jewish settlers from occupied lands this week. Palestinian militant leaders vowed revenge.

ROME (Reuters) - The Italian Red Cross treated "four presumed Iraqi terrorists" at its Baghdad hospital in order to secure last year's release of two kidnapped Italian aid workers, a senior Red Cross official was quoted as saying on Thursday.

By Diana Niedernhoefer KARLSRUHE, Germany (Reuters) - Germany's highest court removed the final hurdle on Thursday to a September 18 general election that polls suggest will oust Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and bring the conservative opposition to power.

By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear weapons program may resume on September 2 and are likely to make more progress than the previous round, China's top envoy to the forum was quoted as saying on Thursday.

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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