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International News Archive - January 28, 2006

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Taliban insurgents have torched three schools in a restive southern province of Afghanistan, the latest attacks in the militants' campaign against the U.S.-backed government and its efforts to promote education.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - Scores of Islamists have been detained in central Pakistan ahead of a mini-marathon which they threatened to disrupt if women took part, police said on Saturday.

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's royalist government has gathered dozens of candidates for next month's municipal polls -- the country's first elections in years -- into "safe houses" to protect them from Maoist rebels.

TOKYO (Reuters) - Some 800 Japanese calling for an end to crimes by U.S. military personnel marched in protest on Saturday, a day after prosecutors indicted a U.S. sailor for killing and robbing a 56-year-old Japanese woman this month. The demonstrators gathered in a park near a U.S.

DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 28 - Japan needs more work on opening up its domestic markets for foreign firms, U.S. Deputy Treasury Secretary Robert Kimmitt said on Saturday.

NABLUS, West Bank (Reuters) - A faction of Fatah's al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades said on Saturday it would not observe a truce with Israel after Fatah lost to the militant Islamic group Hamas in a Palestinian parliamentary election. "The truce is not binding for us after the election.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Gunmen shot dead a prominent Iraqi academic and political analyst in his car in a Baghdad street on Saturday, police said.

By Kevin Gray BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Reuters) - The elder daughter of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was returning home to Chile on Saturday, nearly a week after she fled her country on tax charges and sought political asylum in the United States.

By Mark Trevelyan DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Britain and Germany warned Iran on Saturday it could be hauled before the UN Security Council over its nuclear ambitions, but both countries said they still hoped for a diplomatic way out of the impasse.

MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish police have arrested six people in Spain and shut down 62 international Internet "communities" that exchanged child pornography, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday.

Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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