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International News Archive - September 14, 2005

By Paul Tait WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand's rough and tumble election campaign gathered pace on Wednesday as the latest in a raft of changing opinion polls showed the main opposition National party surging ahead just three days before the vote.

By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - This week's huge election victory for Japan's ruling party will boost momentum to revise the nation's pacifist constitution, although it will take time to clear logistical and political hurdles to enact the changes.

By Terry Friel KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A pick-up van crammed with a dozen or so Afghan women, covered head-to-toe in burqas of black, blue or green, pulls up on the edge of the dusty street and they troop single file into a basement.

By Tommy Ardiansyah LHOKSEUMAWE, Indonesia (Reuters) - More than 1,000 Indonesian police boarded a naval vessel to leave Aceh on Wednesday as part of a peace deal with rebels that will halve the number of security forces in the province.

By Peter Graff LONDON (Reuters) - Protesters outside British oil refineries and depots on Wednesday failed to block fuel supplies despite threats of demonstrations against high prices that had triggered queues at filling stations.

JAKARTA (Reuters) - An Indonesian court on Wednesday sentenced a second Islamic militant to death for helping plot and carry out last year's suicide car bomb attack outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta.

By Christian Lowe MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Moscow court began hearing an appeal on Wednesday by jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky against his conviction for tax evasion and fraud amid speculation it would be quickly rejected.

By Katie Nguyen AKUEM, Sudan (Reuters) Akol Deng Akol expected the end of Sudan's 21-year civil war to end the hunger that usually takes hold when the rains stop.

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's peace bid with the Tamil Tigers needs a fresh approach, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse said on Wednesday, vowing if elected president to invite his opponents to join forces to negotiate with the rebels.

By Jerry Norton KRUENG RAYA, Indonesia (Reuters) - As he impales coconuts on a sharp blade and twists them to remove the husks, M. Nur Taib says things are looking up. The 35-year-old father of three lost his house and his job when last December's tsunami slammed into Indonesia's Aceh province.

Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.