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International News Archive - January 09, 2006

By Clarence Fernandez KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Myanmar's military regime could find itself on a collision course with the United Nations Security Council by turning a deaf ear to a growing global chorus for political reform, a UN diplomat said on Monday.

China's military has cut back its troops by 200,000, the official mouthpiece of the People's Liberation Army said on Monday, reinforcing its high-tech military ambitions to overtake rival Taiwan.

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels ambushed two army patrols in north-eastern Sri Lanka, killing one soldier, the army said on Monday as a search continued at sea for 13 sailors missing after an apparent suicide attack.

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's chief election commissioner said on Monday that long-delayed municipal elections set for February would not be postponed despite a threat from Maoist rebels to disrupt polling.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - The head of ground forces of Iran's Revolutionary Guard has been killed in a plane crash in northwest Iran, Iranian news agencies reported on Monday.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - An Iranian military plane crashed in northwest Iran on Monday, killing 13 on board, including a senior Revolutionary Guard commander, police and news agencies reported.

TOKYO (Reuters) - Heavy snowfall tailed off in Japan on Monday, but left many parts of the country buried under the deepest drifts on record with a death toll of 70 people killed.

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Forensic evidence backs up the confessions of two Thai fishermen that they raped a British student and left her to drown on the holiday island of Koh Samui, police said on Monday.

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Forensic evidence backs up the confessions of two Thai fishermen that they raped a British student and left her to drown on the holiday island of Koh Samui, police said on Monday.

By Heba Kandil MOUNT ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - More than two million Muslim pilgrims thronged holy Mount Arafat near Mecca on Monday, praying for a safe haj after a hostel collapse and warnings of a possible spread of deadly bird flu.

Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'