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International News Archive - February 05, 2006

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers have rejected government plans for peace talks in Geneva on February 15 because of reported abductions of pro-Tiger aid workers, and want talks in late February instead, a rebel source said on Sunday.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A roadside bomb killed six Afghan policemen and wounded five colleagues on Sunday in the southern province of Kandahar, a provincial official said.

QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - Tribal militants fired more than 100 rockets into a town near Pakistan's largest gas field in the troubled province of Baluchistan, killing eight people, officials said on Sunday. The rockets hit the town of Sui late Saturday, damaging 16 houses.

Iranian media on Sunday reflected mixed views on the way officials were handling the country's nuclear standoff with the West, with some reformist politicians and newspapers urging the government to tone down its stance.

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict welcomed Italy's leading anti-abortion group to his weekly blessing on Sunday, saluting its work in a world where, he said, selfishness and hedonism often undermined the sanctity of life.

By Mark John and Noah Barkin MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has delighted Washington with her commitment to NATO "primacy," which will embolden U.S. officials in their push to revamp the 47-year-old military alliance.

By Mirwais Afghan KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A roadside bomb killed six Afghan policemen and wounded five on Sunday in the southern province of Kandahar, a provincial official said.

ANKARA (Reuters) - An Italian Roman Catholic priest was shot dead in his church in the Turkish Black Sea city of Trabzon on Sunday, police said. They gave no more details, but CNN Turk television said police were looking for a young man aged about 17 years old seen fleeing the scene.

By Tom Perry SAFAGA, Egypt (Reuters) - Rescuers pulled more survivors from the Red Sea on Sunday from an Egyptian ferry which caught fire and sank on Friday, but hundreds of people remain missing after one of Egypt's worst marine disasters.

By Shahid Gul Yusufzai QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - A bomb exploded on a bus in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least 13 people and wounding 20, the latest incident in worsening separatist violence in troubled Baluchistan province, officials said.

Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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