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International News Archive - August 06, 2005

By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's mainstream media were nearly unanimous on Saturday in predicting a cliffhanger parliamentary vote next week on bills to privatize Japan's postal system, making the possibility of snap elections ever more real.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Some sophisticated new roadside bombs being used against U.S. and Iraqi troops are being designed in Iran and shipped from there, The New York Times reported on Saturday. Citing U.S.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Former Tehran mayor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was sworn in as president of Iran on Saturday, taking office as the Islamic Republic faces a mounting crisis with the European Union over its nuclear program.

By Teruaki Ueno and Jack Kim BEIJING (Reuters) - Six-party talks to defuse the North Korean nuclear crisis dragged into a 12th day on Saturday, with negotiators trying to break the deadlock as Pyongyang clung to the right to peaceful nuclear capability.

GUWAHATI, India (Reuters) - India airlifted tonnes of food and medicines on Saturday to the remote northeastern state of Manipur where tribesmen campaigning for a separate homeland have blocked roads and cut off supplies for nearly two months.

BEIJING (Reuters) - North Korea has rejected an offer from the United States to allow it to have nuclear programs for civilian use if it agreed to all terms of the non-proliferation treaty (NPT), a diplomatic source said on Saturday.

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by Abu Bakar Bashir, the Muslim cleric serving to 30-months in jail for his role in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombing that killed 202 people, his lawyer said on Saturday.

BEIJING (Reuters) - Typhoon Matsa battered China's eastern coast with strong winds and heavy rain on Saturday morning, killing one and forcing more than a million people from their homes, state media reported.

By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese ruling party rebels were gaining the upper hand in a fight to defeat bills to privatize the postal system next week, a ruling party heavyweight said on Saturday, making the chance of snap elections ever more real.

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union will ban imports of chickens and other birds and poultry products from Russia and Kazakhstan on Friday to help prevent the spread of bird flu, the European Commission said on Saturday. "The Commission has asked member states to approve the ban by next Friday.

Word of the Day
cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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