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International News Archive - January 18, 2006

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon underwent a surgical procedure overnight to change a respiratory pipe after a technical problem was found, the hospital treating him said on Wednesday.

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - An international conference on Afghanistan this month will unveil a five-year blueprint on security, human rights, development and narcotics, a senior U.N. official told the Security Council. Jean Arnault, the top U.N.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Gunmen killed 10 Iraqi guards and kidnapped at least one Malawian engineer in an attack on a convoy in Baghdad on Wednesday, an Interior Ministry source said.

BEIJING (Reuters) - A bird flu conference in Beijing wrapped up on Wednesday with total pledges of $1.9 billion from donor countries and organizations, including the United States, European Union and the World Bank.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The Iranian envoy in Baghdad said on Wednesday Iraqi vessels had encroached into Iranian waters and Tehran was investigating Iraqi accusations that Iran had kidnapped a coastguard patrol after a clash in the incident.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Gunmen ambushed a private security team in Baghdad on Wednesday, killing 10 Iraqi guards and kidnapping a Malawian engineer working for the Iraqna mobile telephone operator, an Interior Ministry official said.

By Saeed Ali Achakzai SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A Taliban commander said on Tuesday hundreds of his guerrillas were ready to launch suicide attacks across Afghanistan to drive out foreign forces.

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong-il returned home from a visit to China, official media reported on Wednesday, confirming speculation about an eight-day trip. North Korea typically does not comment on Kim's rare trips overseas until he has returned.

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong-il returned home on Wednesday from a visit to China, where he told Chinese leaders he would work with them to overcome obstacles blocking nuclear talks, the official KCNA news agency said.

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's security service warned in December that al Qaeda had threatened the country over over its peacekeeping troops in Afghanistan but said on Wednesday the alert was over.

Word of the Day
obdormition
  • Sleep; the state or condition of being asleep.
  • The state or condition of numbness of a part due to pressure on a nerve: as, the obdormition of a limb.
The word 'obdormition' comes from a Latin word meaning "to fall asleep".
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