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International News Archive - February 26, 2006

TOKYO (Reuters) - The United States has offered to relocate 1,000 more Marines off Japan's southern island of Okinawa than it initially proposed, a local daily said on Sunday, a move apparently aimed at gaining support of local residents.

HONG KONG (Reuters) - U.S. authorities are set to seize more than US$2.67 million from Hong Kong bank accounts linked to trade in North Korean counterfeit U.S. notes and cigarette smuggling, the South China Morning Post reported on Sunday.

By Panarat Thepgumpanat BANGKOK (Reuters) - Three Thai opposition parties met separately on Sunday to debate whether to boycott a snap general election as Buddhist monks and nuns led members of the "Dharma Army" to a rally against Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

BEIJING (Reuters) - Taiwan businessmen working in China have criticised Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian for plans to scrap a council advising on eventual unification with the mainland.

By Daniel Wallis KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda's First Family was celebrating a joint political triumph on Sunday as Janet Museveni capped her husband's re-election as president by seizing a parliament seat from one of his biggest rivals.

By Allyn Fisher-Ilan JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel on Sunday cautiously welcomed a statement by the Palestinian prime minister-designate that Hamas was ready to recognize it if Palestinians were given full rights and a state in occupied lands.

By Stella Mapenzauswa BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (Reuters) - The deepening split in Zimbabwe's main opposition party signaled by one faction's election of a new chief has undermined its challenge to President Robert Mugabe's 26-year rule, analysts said on Sunday.

By John Chalmers and Dolly Aglay MANILA (Reuters) - Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo kept a tight net around suspected coup plotters and opposition newspapers on Sunday amid criticism that the state of emergency declared last week smacks of Marcos-era martial law.

MANILA (Reuters) - The head of the Philippine marines has been relieved of his command over suspicion that he supported a coup attempt against President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, two senior military officials said on Sunday.

MANILA (Reuters) - The head of the Philippine marines has been relieved of his command over suspicion that he supported a coup attempt against President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, two senior military officials said on Sunday.

Word of the Day
jument
  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.
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