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International News Archive - January 10, 2006

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (Reuters) - Seven Pakistani troops were killed early on Tuesday when militants fired rockets at a Pakistani paramilitary post in a troubled tribal region bordering Afghanistan, a government official said.

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese authorities are playing down the severity of the latest in a series of river pollution scares and have failed to stop further contamination, the China Youth Daily said on Tuesday.

Chinese authorities are playing down the severity of the latest in a series of river pollution scares and have failed to stop further contamination, the China Youth Daily said on Tuesday.

BEIJING (Reuters) - China declined on Tuesday to confirm that North Korean leader Kim Jong-il was making a secret visit, but suggested that rumours of such a trip may be true.

By Michelle Nichols CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia will send an extra 110 troops to Afghanistan to bolster the fight against Islamist militants, increasing its presence in the country to about 300, the Australian government said on Tuesday.

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Ordinary people in Sri Lanka's north are suffering and are fleeing their homes as Tamil Tiger rebels and the government blame each other for rising violence, the head of a Western truce monitoring group said on Tuesday.

MANILA (Reuters) - The United States will send 250 soldiers to Jolo island, a stronghold of al Qaeda-linked Muslim militants in the southern Philippines, for two weeks of joint military exercises next month, officials said on Tuesday.

Over two million survivors of last year's South Asia earthquake, many living in tents, face heavy snow this week as unusually cold weather tightens its grip across much of Asia, weather officials said on Tuesday.

By James Regan SYDNEY (Reuters) - The United States hopes a meeting of some of the world's biggest polluting nations and industries in Sydney from Wednesday will agree a "common strategy" to reduce global warming by identifying industry-specific energy reforms.

Turkey reported another case of bird flu in a patient in the center of the country on Tuesday as the authorities sealed off parts of the outskirts of major cities Ankara and Istanbul while they culled poultry.

Word of the Day
mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.