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International News Archive - January 08, 2006

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon remains in critical condition and there has been no change in his situation, a hospital spokesman said on Sunday.

By Peter Apps JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Speeding along the rough roads of the Sri Lankan army-held Jaffna peninsula, guarded by armored vehicles front and back, convoys transporting troops near Tamil rebel-held areas take no chances.

Troops and volunteers in Japan shoveled snow from roads and roofs on Sunday as the death toll from the country's heaviest snowfall on record rose to more than 60.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A French engineer taken hostage in Iraq more than a month ago has been freed, Iraqi Interior Ministry and police sources said on Sunday. They said Bernard Planche was released by his captors near Abu Ghraib jail, west of Baghdad, and was with the U.S. military.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A French engineer taken hostage in Iraq more than a month ago has been freed, France said on Sunday, confirming reports by Iraqi Interior Ministry and police sources. Bernard Planche was released by his captors near Abu Ghraib prison, west of Baghdad, and was with the U.S.

By Achmad Sukarsono JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian rescuers on Sunday ended days of searching for bodies buried in mud from landslides that hit two separate areas on Indonesia's Java island, putting the combined death toll from the disasters at 137.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A French engineer taken hostage in Iraq last month has been freed by his captors, who appear to have panicked at a checkpoint and bundled him out of their car, Iraqi Interior Ministry and police sources said on Sunday.

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A key party allied to Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf threatened on Sunday to quit the ruling coalition if a military crackdown in troubled Baluchistan province was not halted by Friday.

By Peter Apps JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Speeding along the rough roads of the Sri Lankan army-held Jaffna peninsula, guarded by armored vehicles front and back, convoys transporting troops near Tamil rebel-held areas take no chances.

ATHENS (Reuters) - A strong earthquake shook central Athens at 1130 GMT (6:30 a.m. EDT) on Sunday, witnesses said, but there were no immediate reports of damages or casualties.

Word of the Day
tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.