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International News Archive - September 24, 2005

TOKYO (Reuters) - A typhoon, packing winds of up to 144 kph (90 mph), was approaching Japan and expected to dump heavy rain in the Tokyo area on Sunday, the Meteorological Agency said on Saturday.

By Abdel-Razzak Hameed BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - An Iraqi judge has issued arrest warrants for two British undercover soldiers who were freed after a controversial British raid in the city of Basra, an Iraqi lawyer said on Saturday.

By Jon Hemming ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Hundreds of Turkish nationalists chanting slogans and waving flags protested on Saturday against a controversial academic conference devoted to the World War One massacre of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey.

HARARE (Reuters) - Eight Zimbabwean soccer players and two officials deserted their teams after a tour of Britain, joining thousands of fellow citizens who have sought refuge abroad over a serious political and economic crisis at home.

MANILA (Reuters) - Three teenagers were killed and at least eight others wounded when a retired army sergeant threw a grenade at a group of boys at a town fiesta in the southern Philippines, police said on Saturday.

By Alan Crosby PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech Social Democrat Leader Stanislav Gross, dogged by questions about his personal finances, said on Saturday he was leaving politics to boost his party's chances in the 2006 election.

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's Social Democrats (SPD) floated an unprecedented plan on Saturday to rotate the top job in a bid to break a political stalemate after last Sunday's inconclusive election.

By Tomasz Janowski WARSAW (Reuters) - Poles vote on Sunday in a parliamentary election expected to move the European Union's biggest newcomer to the right and set the pace of economic reform.

By Hussein Ali Nur HARGEISA, Somalia (Reuters) - The self-declared republic of Somaliland said on Saturday eight al Qaeda suspects arrested days before a parliamentary election were all locals from Islamic religious circles.

ALGIERS (Reuters) - Al Qaeda-aligned Islamic militants have killed 10 people, including seven soldiers, in separate ambushes in Algeria, newspapers reported on Saturday.

Word of the Day
negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.