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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
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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