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International News Archive - January 23, 2006

DHAKA (Reuters) - The head of a Bangladeshi Islamist group blamed for a wave of bomb attacks has been arrested in a neighbouring Indian state, newspapers said on Monday.

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels ambushed and killed three soldiers in Sri Lanka's restive east on Monday, just as a Norwegian peace broker flew in to begin a last-ditch peace bid to avert a slide back into civil war.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A blast rocked the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Monday but there were no casualties or damage, police said. U.S. forces rapidly sealed off the area of the blast. U.S. military spokesmen were not immediately available for comment.

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Searchers have yet to locate a Turkmen helicopter that disappeared three days ago with seven crew aboard during a flight home after helping with earthquake relief efforts in Pakistan, aid officials said on Monday.

By Manny Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippine military said on Monday it had begun an investigation to unmask soldiers who may be taking part in a plot to unseat President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, but senior commanders sought to play down the threat.

DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesian prosecutors on Monday sought life in jail for a young Australian charged with heroin trafficking, the first sentencing demand against nine Australians on trial in the high-profile case.

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels ambushed and killed three soldiers in Sri Lanka's restive east on Monday, as a Norwegian peace broker flew in to begin a last-ditch bid to avert a slide back into civil war.

KUWAIT (Reuters) - Kuwait's cabinet has asked parliament to hold a special session on Tuesday to vote on whether the new emir, who is largely incapacitated by illness, is fit to rule, a lawmaker said on Monday.

By Margarita Antidze TBILISI (Reuters) - Gas started flowing to Georgia on Monday after an explosion shut off supplies from Russia which Georgian officials accused of deliberately triggering an energy crisis in its small ex-Soviet neighbor.

KUWAIT (Reuters) - Kuwait's cabinet has asked parliament to hold a special session on Tuesday to vote on whether the new emir, who is largely incapacitated by illness, is fit to rule, a lawmaker said on Monday.

Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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