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International News Archive - September 23, 2005

By Glenn Somerville WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top finance officials from the world's richest nations were set to meet on Friday to mull the potential risks to global growth from costlier energy, with a wary eye on a storm headed for a refinery-rich U.S. region.

CANBERRA (Reuters) - A U.S. defense commander said on Friday that Indonesia must show it had taken steps to reform its military for resumption of aid and arms sales, held back because of concerns of human rights abuse by troops.

By Karima Anjani JAKARTA (Reuters) - The number of Indonesians under observation for bird flu symptoms has risen to 17, health officials said on Friday, but added that local tests confirmed a five-year-old girl who died this week did not have the virus.

LONDON (Reuters) - The widow of one of the suicide bombers who killed 52 people in attacks on London's transport system on July 7 said on Friday radical British mosques had "poisoned" her peace-loving husband's mind.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - An international lawyer for billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky said on Friday that authorities had revoked his visa and told him to leave Russia, hours after the jailed tycoon lost his appeal against a fraud conviction.

BERLIN (Reuters) - More Germans want conservative leader Angela Merkel to become the next chancellor than want incumbent Social Democrat Gerhard Schroeder, a new poll showed on Friday.

MINSK (Reuters) - A bomb blast, thought to be the work of a criminal gang, wounded 40 people outside a cafe in a town northeast of the Belarussian capital Minsk, officials said on Friday.

HYDERABAD, India (Reuters) - Helicopters and boats distributed food, water and medicines on Friday to hundreds of people stuck on rooftops in an Indian state after a storm caused severe flooding, officials said.

MANILA (Reuters) - Typhoon Damrey swept away from the northern Philippines on Friday after killing at least 16 people across the main island of Luzon, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) said.

By Nelson Graves ROME (Reuters) - Italy faced an institutional crisis on Friday when the central bank governor spurned a demand from the prime minister to quit over a takeover scandal.

Word of the Day
out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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