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International News Archive - February 08, 2006

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Statistics point to a sharp rise in the use of synthetic drugs among young Turks. Social and economic changes, drug prices and tourism are blamed for a trend that has also altered traditional smuggling patterns in the mainly Muslim country.

By Achmad Sukarsono JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's government and top Islamic leaders on Wednesday urged Muslims protesting against controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad to stop rallies from spinning out of control.

By James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia and New Zealand vowed to work to build a single economic market on the back of strengthening trade ties on Wednesday, but stopped short of endorsing a single currency.

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India is sending paramilitary police to Afghanistan to protect civilian workers after an engineer was killed by the Taliban militia last year and another national died in a blast, an official said on Wednesday.

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - At least 11 people were killed in South Africa when a bus left the road and crashed in a storm, the latest in a series of accidents to strike the country's bus companies, local media said on Wednesday.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A car bomb exploded in central Baghdad as the Iraqi education minister's convoy passed by on Wednesday but he escaped injury, Interior Ministry sources said. Two of Abdul Falah Hassan's bodyguards were wounded and a civilian bystander was killed, the sources said.

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An ultra-Orthodox Jew who stabbed and wounded three marchers in a Jerusalem gay pride parade last summer was sentenced on Wednesday to 12 years in prison after being convicted of attempted murder.

By Jon Herskovitz and Lee Jin-joo SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's movie industry ground to a halt on Wednesday, as dozens of stars and hundreds of film workers protested against a government move to cut protection for the industry to smooth free trade talks with the United States.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A car bomb exploded in central Baghdad as the Iraqi higher education minister's convoy passed by on Wednesday but he escaped injury, Interior Ministry sources said.

Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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