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International News Archive - January 21, 2006

ACAPULCO, Mexico (Reuters) - Drug gangs mowed down three people in a drive-by shooting in Acapulco on Friday, a day after members of a drug cartel in the northern border town of Nuevo Laredo murdered 3 others and set their bodies on fire.

By Yahya Nabawi GHAZNI, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Hundreds of Afghans staged a protest on Saturday to denounce a wave of suicide bomb attacks, with many of the protesters blaming neighboring Pakistan for the violence.

BEIJING (Reuters) - A woman who protested against forced evictions in Shanghai, China's rapidly modernising commercial hub, has been forcibly admitted to a psychiatric hospital, a New York-based rights group said.

SANAA (Reuters) - Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh left for Germany on Saturday for a medical check-up, the official news agency Saba said, without giving further details. The president, who is in his 60s, underwent medical tests in Germany in 2001 and 2002.

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's harshest winter in decades finally caught up to Tokyo on Saturday to blanket the capital in its heaviest snowfall for five years, forcing flight cancellations and slowing trains.

ANKARA (Reuters) - The Supreme Court's decision to return the man who shot Pope John Paul II to prison shows that the Turkish legal system works and is able to correct its errors, Turkey's justice minister said on Saturday.

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine security forces have struck a truce with Muslim rebels on the southern island of Jolo, the heartland of Islamic militants, where U.S. troops are due to hold an exercise next month, officials said on Saturday.

By Nick Tattersall KHARTOUM (Reuters) - African nations were split on Saturday over Khartoum's bid to head the African Union, a move which could scuttle peace talks in Sudan's Darfur region and damage Africa's efforts to improve its image abroad.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran, which has said it is shifting its money out European accounts as the threat of U.N. sanctions mounts, will not move its currency assets to Asia, a deputy central bank governor said on Saturday. Tehran has bitter memories of its U.S.

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A Hong Kong laboratory has confirmed the H5N1 strain of bird flu killed two children from the same Indonesian family this month, a senior official at the Health Ministry said on Saturday.

Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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