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International News Archive - February 02, 2006

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Two days after after a ferry sank in heavy seas in Indonesia's east, nearly 40 people were still missing, a rescue official said on Thursday, although estimates of the number of people on the ship have varied widely.

JOH AIRONG, Thailand (Reuters) - A bomb-rigged truck exploded near a city hall in Thailand's restive largely Muslim south on Thursday, killing two of its passengers and wounding one, police said.

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Preliminary lab tests for the feared H5N1 bird flu came up negative for three people in Hong Kong who were isolated after a chicken they had kept was found to have been infected with the deadly virus.

DHAKA (Reuters) - Hundreds of Pakistani refugees clamoring to be repatriated clashed with police in the Bangladesh capital on Thursday and up to 30 people were injured and 20 detained.

KFAR SHOUBA, Lebanon (Reuters) - U.N. peacekeepers retrieved the body of a Lebanese shepherd on Thursday, a day after he went missing in south Lebanon during Israeli shooting in the area, security sources said. The incident threatened to escalate tension along the Israeli-Lebanese border.

KUPANG, Indonesia (Reuters) - Two days after a ferry sank in heavy seas in Indonesia's east, nearly 40 people were still missing, a rescue official said on Thursday, although estimates of the number of people on the ship have varied widely.

BEIJING (Reuters) - Four executives from a firecracker company have been detained in connection with explosions in the central province of Henan that killed 36 people celebrating the first day of the Lunar New Year, state media said on Thursday.

By Achmad Sukarsono JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia, which suffered the most from the Indian Ocean tsunami, dismissed on Thursday a report that accused several governments of failing to meet human rights standards in relief efforts.

PARIS (Reuters) - The Paris newspaper France Soir has sacked its managing editor after the daily printed caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad that have sparked protests and boycotts in the Muslim world.

JOH AIRONG, Thailand (Reuters) - Three bombs exploded in Thailand's restive Muslim south on Thursday, killing three people and wounding six, police and hospital staff said.

Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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