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International News Archive - September 30, 2005

By Ho Binh Minh HANOI (Reuters) - The death toll from Typhoon Damrey and the flash floods it spawned in several Asian countries rose to at least 120 on Friday.

HILLA, Iraq (Reuters) - A car bomb exploded in a crowded vegetable market in the southern Iraqi town of Hilla on Friday, killing at least five people and wounding 30, police said.

HILLA, Iraq (Reuters) - A car bomb exploded in a crowded vegetable market in the southern Iraqi town of Hilla on Friday, killing at least seven people and wounding 30, police said. The attack came one day after three car bombs killed at least 60 people in the town of Balad, just north of Baghdad.

By Ho Binh Minh HANOI (Reuters) - The death toll from Typhoon Damrey and the flash floods it spawned in several Asian countries rose to at least 120 on Friday.

please read in first paragraph ... backed by Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu and former Czech President Vaclav Havel ... instead of ... backed by Nobel peace laureates Vaclav Havel and Desmond Tutu ... (making clear Havel is not a Nobel laureate). A corrected version follows.

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar has dismissed a report backed by Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu and former Czech President Vaclav Havel arguing for the U.N. Security Council to take action against the junta due to its human rights record. "The report portrays Myanmar in the most negative light.

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Suspected Muslim militants killed one policemen and wounded five in a roadside ambush on a motorcycle patrol in restive southern Thailand on Friday, a police official said.

By Muklis Ali JAKARTA (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters hit the streets across Indonesia for a second day on Friday just hours before a sharp fuel price hike was to take effect, a "bitter" policy the president said was vital to rescue the economy.

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Suspected Muslim militants killed one policemen and two itinerant Chinese workers in restive southern Thailand on Friday, a police official said.

By Hamid Ould Ahmed ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algerian voters overwhelmingly approved a partial amnesty for hundreds of Islamic rebels intended to end more than a decade of civil war, Interior Minister Noureddine Zerhouni said on Friday.

Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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