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International News Archive - February 12, 2006

By Darren Schuettler BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's charismatic Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra once basked in the adulation of the middle class. But on Saturday, they marched in the tens of thousands in a bid to force him out. "I thought he was great.

A Hong Kong laboratory recognized by the World Health Organization has confirmed two more human bird flu deaths in Indonesia, raising the toll from the virus in the country to 18, a Health Ministry official said on Sunday.

TIKRIT, Iraq (Reuters) - The Iraqi army freed three Iranian Shi'ite pilgrims who were among a group of 12 kidnapped by gunmen in the Iraqi town of Samarra on Saturday night, Iraqi army officials said on Sunday.

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister John Howard said on Sunday there was no exit date for his country's troops in Iraq.

TIKRIT, Iraq (Reuters) - Gunmen abducted 11 Iranian pilgrims, killing one and their Iraqi driver before releasing three women in the group, one of the freed women said on Sunday.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's ruling Islamist Shi'ite alliance began a vote on Sunday to pick a candidate for prime minister, opening the way for the formation of a government nearly two months after polls, alliance sources said.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's ruling Shi'ite Islamist alliance nominated on Sunday incumbent Ibrahim al-Jaafari as candidate for prime minister in the first full-term government since the fall of Saddam Hussein, an alliance official said.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's Foreign Ministry on Sunday played down a threat by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to pull out of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty if the country feels it is coming under unfair pressure.

CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (Reuters) - Cargo deliveries at Bangladesh's Chittagong port, which handles 80 percent of the country's external trade, resumed after truckers called off their two-day strike after only nine hours on Sunday, port officials said.

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said it was investigating new allegations of abuse by its soldiers in Iraq on Sunday after a newspaper released what it described as videos showing soldiers savagely beating Iraqi teenagers.

Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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