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International News Archive - September 05, 2005

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Days before the largest gathering of world leaders in history, U.N. ambassadors struggled to overcome deep divisions on how to tackle extreme poverty, enhance human rights and approach global security in the 21st century. U.S.

TOKYO (Reuters) - Eleven hospitals in Japan's capital of Tokyo have received bomb threats, Kyodo news agency said on Monday amid heightened security ahead of a weekend general election.

MEDAN, Indonesia (Reuters) - At least 100 people are feared dead after a Boeing 737-200 crashed in the center of Indonesia's third biggest city on Monday just after takeoff, breaking into pieces and setting fire to homes and cars.

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (Reuters) - Gunmen killed two government officials on Monday in an ambush in Pakistan's tribal belt, near the Afghan border where al Qaeda-linked militants are believed to be hiding, a witness said.

TOKYO (Reuters) - Bomb threats demanding bigger academic enrolment quotas have been sent to 11 hospitals in Japan's capital of Tokyo, Kyodo news agency said on Monday amid heightened security ahead of a weekend general election.

MEDAN, Indonesia (Reuters) - A Boeing 737-200 crashed in a residential area of Indonesia's third biggest city just after takeoff on Monday, killing up to 117 people on board as well as bystanders in an inferno on the ground.

By Edward Davies MANILA (Reuters) - Opponents of Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo vowed on Monday to march on Congress to keep pressure on her ahead of an impeachment vote that she is expected to survive.

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Iran's top nuclear negotiator has put off a planned visit to Pakistan until Wednesday, after a U.N. nuclear watchdog report confirmed that Tehran has resumed sensitive atomic work.

By Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - Gerhard Schroeder appeared more relaxed and statesman-like than his election challenger in a Sunday TV clash, but an aggressive Angela Merkel held her own and remained on track to become Germany's first woman chancellor, press reports said on Monday.

By Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - Conservative leader Angela Merkel looked on track to become Germany's first woman chancellor after holding her own in a spirited U.S.-style TV clash with incumbent Gerhard Schroeder two weeks before a general election.

Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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