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International News Archive - January 13, 2006

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese security forces have arrested 13 suspected members of al Qaeda on charges of weapons possession, security and judiciary sources said on Friday.

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Aircraft from Afghanistan killed as many as 18 people after firing two or three missiles into a village stronghold of pro-Taliban Islamists in Pakistan early on Friday, a resident and a security official said.

LONDON (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council may consider imposing sanctions on Iran if it fails to comply with demands over its nuclear program, but may look at other measures first, Britain said on Friday. "I am not necessarily saying there will be a U.N. sanctions regime.

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea will resume importing U.S. beef in late March, after a ban of two years because of concerns over mad cow disease, but will set import restrictions, South Korea's Agriculture Ministry said on Friday.

By Parisa Hafezi TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran threatened on Friday to halt snap U.N. inspections of its nuclear facilities if it is taken to the U.N. Security Council, and Britain said the council would consider sanctions if Tehran defied international demands.

By Ingrid Melander VIENNA (Reuters) - European Union justice and interior ministers gave broad backing on Friday to a plan to create "rapid intervention teams" to help members cope with sudden influxes of illegal immigrants or asylum-seekers.

The European Union pledged $100 million in aid to boost the global fight against bird flu on Friday and Turkey stepped up the culling of birds to try to stop the deadly virus spreading further.

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon charged 13 suspected al Qaeda members on Friday with planning to launch terrorist attacks, military prosecutor Ahmed Awidat said. The charges also include possession of weapons and forging documents, Awidat said.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - A leading Iranian cleric said on Friday the Islamic republic would resist the "psychological war" launched against its nuclear program, which the West fears is a front for covert bomb-making.

By Heba Kandil MECCA, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Huge crowds and religious fervor set the stage for frequent disaster in the haj, a sacred ritual performed each year by 2.5 million Muslim pilgrims who throng to Mecca. Six times in the last decade the haj has been marred by stampedes or fire.

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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