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International News Archive - August 09, 2005

By Surojit Gupta NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India is expected to again urge Pakistan to grant it the most favored nation (MFN) status while Islamabad will push for greater market access for its goods in bilateral trade talks beginning on Tuesday.

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - People in North Korea are foraging for nuts and leaves to counter a serious food shortage but there is no danger of widespread famine or starvation, the head of the U.N. World Food Programme said on Tuesday.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will buy from Britain two Scorpio underwater rescue vehicles of the type used to rescue a stranded Russian mini-submarine from the Pacific last Sunday, Itar-Tass news agency reported on Tuesday.

GAZA (Reuters) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has suspended field operations in the Gaza Strip fearing for the safety of its staff following a spate of kidnappings of foreigners, a spokesman said on Tuesday. The decision came after two foreign U.N.

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's parliament was disrupted on Tuesday as rival lawmakers clashed over a report on anti-Sikh riots in 1984 which named ruling Congress party leaders in connection with the violence that left nearly 3,000 Sikhs dead.

LONDON (Reuters) - An outspoken British-based Muslim cleric who left the country in the wake of a government pledge to crack down on radical Islamists said on Tuesday he had merely gone on holiday and planned to return.

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - A leading Israeli rightist said on Tuesday he would seek to topple Prime Minister Ariel Sharon as head of the ruling Likud party before the next general election, due in 2006.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Four policemen were killed on Sunday fighting Kurdish separatists near the town of Urmia in Iran's restive and mountainous western borderlands, a police spokesman said on Tuesday.

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's army said on Tuesday it had found the bodies of 40 soldiers killed fighting Maoist rebels while 76 other troops were still missing two days after a fierce gun battle in the west of the country. "Forty of our men have achieved martyrdom," an army officer told Reuters.

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's new government has set up a national commission to draw up a new election law in a move widely seen as a crucial step toward political reform after the withdrawal of Syrian forces from the country.

Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'