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International News Archive - January 16, 2006

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Canada's opposition Conservatives have taken a huge lead over the ruling Liberals and will have little trouble winning the January 23 election, a new poll said late on Sunday.

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Canada's opposition Conservatives have taken a huge lead over the ruling Liberals and will have little trouble winning the January 23 election, a new poll said late on Sunday.

By Michael Byrnes SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's monopoly wheat exporter AWB Ltd was accused on Monday of being prepared to deceive the United Nations over the terms of past oil-for-food wheat deals in Iraq, a government inquiry heard.

By Manny Mogato COTABATO CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - Peace talks with the Philippine government are largely a done deal, the chief negotiator of the largest Muslim rebel group said on Monday, even if only about half of the contentious issues had been settled.

By Alphonso Toweh MONROVIA (Reuters) - Liberia's Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is sworn in as Africa's first elected female president on Monday in the presence of U.S. first lady Laura Bush and watched over by two American warships heading a big security operation. The high-level U.S.

HONG KONG (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, keen to accelerate economic modernization but wary of opening up the country, visited China's top telephone and Internet systems maker, Hong Kong newspapers said on Monday. China has drawn an official veil over Kim's apparent trip.

By Eve Johnson and Mark Chisholm ULAN BATOR (Reuters) - Hundreds of Mongolians braved ice and snow and below-freezing temperatures on Monday to protest in the capital's vast main square against parliament's dissolution of the coalition government.

By Y.P. Rajesh NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India and Pakistan begin a new round of peace talks this week but the nuclear-armed rivals are unlikely to end a stalemate that has tarnished the process, analysts say.

DHAKA (Reuters) - A Bangladesh court has sentenced a member of an outlawed Islamist group to 15 years in prison for involvement in serial bomb attacks across the country in August, a police officer said on Monday.

By Paul de Bendern ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey stepped up the culling of poultry across the country on Monday as it battles to stamp out bird flu and Indonesia said a 13-year-old girl died of the virus at the weekend.

Word of the Day
out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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