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International News Archive - September 02, 2005

By Yousuf Azimy KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan security force were hunting on Friday for a British man kidnapped with his Afghan interpreter by gunmen who attacked a convoy in western Afghanistan and killed three police escorts, a provincial official said.

BEIJING (Reuters) - A typhoon killed 14 people as it swept across Taiwan and tore into China, triggering landslides and forcing hundreds of thousands to flee their homes, Chinese state media and Taiwan rescue officials said on Friday.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A car bomb killed at least one person in Baghdad on Friday, less than 3 km (2 miles) from a bridge where nearly 1,000 people died in a stampede two days ago, police sources said.

By Nopporn Wong-Anan PYONGYANG (Reuters) - It is eight o'clock on a Saturday night and darkness envelopes virtually all of Pyongyang, serving as a vivid reminder of communist North Korea's pressing energy needs. World leaders such as U.S.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Mothers who lost children in the Beslan school siege were to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday to ask why, a year on, no one has been punished for the official incompetence they say made the bloodshed worse.

By Zeeshan Haider ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Iran's top nuclear negotiator is due to visit Pakistan soon as part of Tehran's effort to head off sanctions over its controversial nuclear program.

By Alaa Shahine BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese judges questioned four pro-Syrian generals on Friday who were charged with murder over the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri, piling pressure on the president, another Syrian ally.

BEIJING (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair should push China to deal directly with the Dalai Lama when he visits Beijing next week, an international rights group said on Friday.

BEIJING (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who visits China next week, must push Beijing to deal directly with the Dalai Lama, an international rights group said on Friday.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Two soldiers were killed and three were wounded in an explosion on Friday in the Russian region of Dagestan that borders Chechnya, Interfax news agency said quoting police.

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.