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International News Archive - September 19, 2005

By Mark Chisholm and Teruaki Ueno BEIJING (Reuters) - North Korea agreed on Monday to give up all of its nuclear weapons and programs in a landmark agreement that caps two years of negotiations aimed at defusing a high-stakes crisis.

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia will pull 2,600 soldiers out of Aceh province on Tuesday as it steps up the withdrawal of troops under a peace agreement that ended decades of conflict with rebels, an army spokesman said.

By Mark Chisholm and Teruaki Ueno BEIJING (Reuters) - North Korea promised on Monday to give up its nuclear weapons and programs in a landmark agreement aimed at defusing a high-stakes crisis which skeptics said was long on words and short of action.

By James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) - Sick, dysfunctional, irreparably broken and led by a man unfit to clean toilets -- Australia's main opposition Labor Party has been thrown into disarray by a trusted ex-leader now savaging his old comrades.

By Jahabar Sadiq SERI KEMBANGAN, Malaysia (Reuters) - Rescue workers used sniffer dogs and thermal-imaging devices to search rubble on Monday in Southeast Asia's first coordinated disaster-response drill, which simulated a building collapse after an earthquake.

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand's ruling Labor party began talks on Monday with potential allies to lay the foundations for a new center-left government, after it pipped the National opposition by one seat in a nail-biting election.

(Corrects day of the week in the third paragraph.) A corrected version follows: JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia will pull 2,600 soldiers out of Aceh province on Tuesday as it steps up the withdrawal of troops under a peace agreement that ended decades of conflict with rebels, an army spokesman said.

By Sami al-Jumaili KERBALA, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi Shi'ite pilgrims descended on the holy city of Kerbala in their hundreds of thousands on Monday as they prepared to celebrate a religious festival under threat of war declared by Sunni Arab radicals.

ZAGREB (Reuters) - A device exploded inside the British embassy in the Croatian capital Zagreb on Monday, slightly injuring one person, an embassy spokeswoman said. "An explosive device appears to have detonated in the post-room around 7:30 (a.m./0530 GMT).

By Michelle Nichols CANBERRA (Reuters) - Almost 900 detainees held in Australia's controversial immigration detention camps harmed themselves during the past three years, Department of Immigration figures obtained by a Sydney academic showed on Monday.

Word of the Day
barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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