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International News Archive - August 07, 2005

BEIJING (Reuters) - The six parties at North Korean nuclear crisis talks agreed on Sunday to take a three-week recess and plan to return to the table in the week of August 29, Chinese chief negotiator Wu Dawei told a news conference.

By Parisa Hafezi TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran on Sunday reiterated plans to resume uranium conversion this week and said it was unconcerned about referral of its nuclear case to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions.

BEIJING (Reuters) - Typhoon Matsa has weakened to a tropical storm as it has plowed north up China's coast, but eastern provinces are still bracing for torrential rains and possible floods, domestic media said on Sunday.

By Vanessa Padilla SAN RAFAEL, Mexico (Reuters) - Masked rebel leader Subcomandante Marcos emerged from the jungle for the first time in four years on Saturday to castigate Mexico's political parties as "shameless scoundrels," and said he would back none, including the leftist favorite, in the presidential election.

By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's cabinet is set to vote on Sunday to give the final go-ahead for the evacuation of the first Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip under Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's pullout plan.

By Parisa Hafezi TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran insisted on Sunday it would resume uranium conversion this week after rejecting EU incentives to end its nuclear fuel work, and said it was not worried about being referred to the U.N. for possible sanctions.

By Manny Mogato COTABATO CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - About 12,000 troops and police deployed in the southern Philippines ahead of Monday's elections, the center of allegations of vote-rigging against President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in May 2004.

By Dominic Evans RIYADH (Reuters) - Despite the advanced age of both King Abdullah and his new crown prince, the new Saudi ruler may break with precedent and avoid naming a second-in-line rather than appoint a conservative opposed to his planned reforms.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian human rights lawyer and 2003 Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi on Sunday urged her client, dissident journalist Akbar Ganji, to end a 58-day-old hunger strike undertaken in protest at his imprisonment. "I am worried about Ganji's health.

By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi prepared on Sunday for a showdown over his pet project of postal privatization after rejecting a final plea from a party heavyweight not to call an election if the bills are rejected.

Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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