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International News Archive - February 24, 2006

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush has said he hopes to clinch an agreement with India on a landmark nuclear energy cooperation deal during his visit to New Delhi next week and get Congress to approve it on his return.

BEIJING (Reuters) - China pledged on Friday to ease curbs on tourists visiting Taiwan as part of efforts to win over the people of the self-ruled island it claims as its own.

GAZA (Reuters) - The Israeli army shot dead two Palestinian militants and wounded a third on the border with Israel in the southern Gaza Strip on Friday, local ambulance staff said.

CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (Reuters) - At least 52 people were killed and 80 were injured in a fire that gutted a textile mill in Bangladesh's port city of Chittagong, police and witnesses said on Friday.

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's rapidly growing elderly population could surge as high as 430 million by 2051, when almost one in three citizens will be 60 or over, posing a grave challenge for already strained state social welfare and pension systems, Xinhua news agency said on Friday.

GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli soldiers shot dead two Palestinian militants as they planted bombs along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel early on Friday, the Israeli army and Palestinian ambulance crews said.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Taliban guerrillas killed four Afghan soldiers in an ambush in the restive southern province of Helmand where British troops have begun setting up bases as part of an expanded NATO deployment.

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Talks between Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger rebels in Switzerland have again held off a return to civil war, analysts and diplomats said on Friday, but much would depend on whether the parties kept their word.

By Daniel Wallis and Andrew Cawthorne KAMPALA (Reuters) - Ugandan election authorities collated votes in a sports stadium on Friday, as a media tally put incumbent President Yoweri Museveni and his main rival Kizza Besigye neck-and-neck in an early sample.

CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (Reuters) - A fire that gutted a textile mill in Bangladesh's port city of Chittagong has killed at least 65 workers, many of them women, and left dozens missing, witnesses and hospitals said on Friday.

Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.