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International News Archive - September 28, 2005

By Ho Binh Minh HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam issued flood warnings on Wednesday after Typhoon Damrey killed five people and shattered sections of the network of sea dykes protecting the country's second most important rice growing area.

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia hopes to hold another polio immunization drive in November to stamp out the disease, an official said on Wednesday, a day after launching a program to vaccinate millions of children for the second time this year.

BEIJING (Reuters) - Twenty-three Chinese policemen were killed in acts of violence in the first half of this year and nearly 2,000 were injured, a Beijing newspaper reported on Wednesday, adding that such attacks were on the rise.

By Ho Binh Minh HANOI (Reuters) - Flash floods spawned by Typhoon Damrey killed at least four people in Thailand on Wednesday and hard-hit Vietnam reported 22 swept away in similar torrents in its northern mountains.

LONDON (Reuters) - Junk food high in fat, salt or sugar is to be banned in schools across England within a year, Education Secretary Ruth Kelly announced on Wednesday after a high profile campaign by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines on Wednesday banned imports of wild birds as pets from 11 Asian countries to guard against the spread of bird flu.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide bomber blew himself up outside an army recruitment center in the northern Iraqi town of Tal Afar on Wednesday, police said. There were many people waiting at the scene to sign up to join the army, police said.

By Matt Spetalnick JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's Ariel Sharon has jumped to a commanding lead over Benjamin Netanyahu in a Likud leadership race after winning a party vote that had threatened to unseat him after the Gaza pullout, polls showed on Wednesday.

BRIGHTON (Reuters) - Military action against Iran over its nuclear ambitions is not on the agenda of the United States or Europe, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said on Wednesday. Straw also urged Tehran to cooperate with the West to resolve a stand-off over its nuclear program.

By George Nishiyama TOKYO (Reuters) - The new leader of Japan's main opposition party attacked Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi over his diplomatic record on Wednesday, saying Japanese diplomacy had "hit a wall." Appearing in a parliamentary debate for the first time since his election, Democratic Party leader Seiji Maehara also criticized Koizumi for focusing on postal privatization and not presenting a "roadmap" on other policy issues.

Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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