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International News Archive - January 27, 2006

By Lizbeth Diaz TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) - Mexico's leftist presidential front-runner on Thursday attacked Washington's plans to build a high-security border fence that aims to crack down on illegal immigration.

By Michelle Nichols CANBERRA (Reuters) - Thunderstorms sweeping across the bushfire-ravaged Australian state of Victoria dampened some of the deadly fires with patchy rain, but lightning sparked a new blaze and threatens to wreak more havoc in the coming days.

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese police have arrested four men, two of them from the Philippines, on suspicion of smuggling explosives and guns that could be used in a terrorist attack, domestic media said on Friday.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Two policemen were killed and two wounded in Afghanistan when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb on Friday in a restive southern province where British troops will soon be based, police said. The attack happened on a main road in Helmand province.

DUBAI (Reuters) - Two German hostages held in Iraq appeared in a video aired by al Jazeera television on Friday and urged their government to help secure their release. The two men were shown with gunmen in the background.

BEIJING (Reuters) - North Korea has denied a report that a woman in its capital Pyongyang became infected with bird flu and said it had had no outbreaks of the disease, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said on Friday.

LAGOS (Reuters) - Nigerian militants believed to be holding four foreign oil workers hostage said they did not plan to release them any time soon and threatened to take more captives.

Church bells will ring on Friday to mark Mozart's birth 250 years ago, as his hometown Salzburg throws street parties and stages concerts to lead the world in celebration of a musical genius.

LAGOS (Reuters) - Nigerian militants believed to be holding four foreign oil workers hostage said on Friday they did not plan to release them any time soon and threatened a second wave of violence.

GAZA (Reuters) - Hamas will hold talks in a few days with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on a "political partnership" following its parliamentary election victory, a leader of the militant Islamic group said on Friday.

Word of the Day
bretelles
  • In dressmaking, straps running from the belt in front over the shoulders to the belt in the back, with more or less elaboration of trimming and outline. They usually broaden at the shoulder and narrow toward the waist.
The word 'bretelles' comes from a French word meaning 'braces'.