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International News Archive - August 31, 2005

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan warned of flash floods and landslides as a typhoon headed for the island on Wednesday, with heavy rain and strong winds forcing some schools and offices to close.

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Hundreds of Acehnese rebels walked free from Indonesian jails on Wednesday under a sweeping amnesty that forms a vital plank of a landmark peace agreement signed in Helsinki this month.

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A pro-Syrian figure questioned by U.N. investigators as a suspect in the killing of Lebanese former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri was freed on Wednesday, but four generals will appear before a magistrate.

PRISTINA, Serbia and Montenegro (Reuters) - Kosovo President Ibrahim Rugova, the ethnic Albanian pro-independence leader undergoing medical tests in Germany, is "seriously ill," a senior foreign diplomat said on Wednesday. The 60-year-old president was flown to a U.S.

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday invited Kashmir's main political separatist alliance for peace talks, aiming to resume a dialogue stalled for a year.

By Aamir Ashraf PARACHINAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan has extended a deadline due to expire on Wednesday for the closure of Afghan refugee camps in a rugged tribal region as more than 100,000 refugees are still being processed for repatriation.

By Shaban Buza PRISTINA, Serbia and Montenegro (Reuters) - Kosovo President Ibrahim Rugova was reported to be seriously ill on Wednesday, raising concern about a possible succession just weeks before talks he hopes will lead to independence.

By Aamir Ashraf PARACHINAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan has extended a deadline due to expire on Wednesday for the closure of Afghan refugee camps in a rugged tribal region as more than 100,000 refugees are still being processed for repatriation.

A powerful typhoon lashed Taiwan on Wednesday, sparking worries of flash floods and landslides and forcing offices and schools to close.

By Lin Noueihed BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon released on Wednesday one of five pro-Syrian figures under suspicion in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri and referred the other four to a Lebanese magistrate. U.N.

Word of the Day
holluschickie
  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'
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