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International News Archive - August 04, 2005

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An international organization representing police chiefs has broadened its policy for the use of deadly force by telling officers to shoot suspected suicide bombers in the head, The Washington Post reported on Thursday.

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan rebutted on Thursday Indian allegations that Islamist guerrillas were congregating in training camps close to a ceasefire line dividing the disputed territory of Kashmir.

By Lindsay Beck LHASA, China (Reuters) - The renovation of the Potala palace, once the administrative heart of Tibet, is nearly complete but the imposing red and white monument stands empty of its most important occupant.

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - At least 130 people have been killed and around 350 injured in Sudan after three days of violence following the death of former rebel leader and First Vice President John Garang, the Sudanese Red Crescent (SRC) said on Thursday.

By Paul Majendie LONDON (Reuters) - Exactly four weeks after suicide bombers struck the British capital, thousands of police took to the streets on Thursday in a high visibility security operation to reassure jittery Londoners.

BALI, Indonesia (Reuters) - A truth commission set up by Indonesia and East Timor began work on Thursday, seeking to deflect growing calls for an international tribunal to probe the tiny territory's bloody independence vote in 1999.

ROME (Reuters) - Italy will hold an extradition hearing on Aug. 17 for a man Britain believes was one of the bombers involved in a failed attack on London last month, a legal source said on Thursday. Hamdi Issac, also known as Osman Hussein, was seized in Rome last week after fleeing London.

By Ibrahima Sylla NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Mauritania's capital was calm on Thursday as the country waited for announcements from a group of officers who said they had seized power to end more than two decades of "totalitarian" rule by the president.

By Andrew Hammond BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Sharp-dressed secularists, preachers in full clerical garb, women lobbying for equal rights, and media swooping to catch them all on camera -- the writing of Iraq's constitution is a daily jamboree.

By Jon Hemming TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's new President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad promises to deliver a "new era of justice," but for now he has to pick a cabinet accepted by hard-liners who helped elect him and deal with a diplomatic row over nuclear policy.

Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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