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International News Archive - February 09, 2006

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepali police fired tear gas on Thursday at protesters demonstrating against controversial municipal elections described by critics as a sham, witnesses said.

TOKYO (Reuters) - The Japanese government's top spokesman on Thursday criticized as "inappropriate" a Chinese official's comments about Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, a day before bilateral official level talks were set to begin in Tokyo.

By Gopal Sharma and Terry Friel KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepali police clashed with protesters demanding King Gyanendra's ouster on Thursday, a day after a remarkably low turnout at local polls signaled a massive rejection of the monarch's seizure of power last year.

Yahoo Inc. provided evidence to Chinese authorities that led to the imprisonment of an Internet writer, lawyers and activists said on Thursday, the second such case involving the U.S. Internet giant.

By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - The United States and Japan are struggling to finalize plans to reorganize American military forces in Japan by late March, but Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's waning clout could make it tough to meet the deadline.

By Gene Cherry RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) - The scenario seems like some kind of cruel joke but it is also a challenge embraced by NHL players for the Turin Olympics.

By Vivi Lin and Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - The disgraced former Communist Party chief of a city in northern China was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday for his role in one of the bloodiest rural riots in recent years, victims and their families said.

By Gopal Sharma and Terry Friel KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepali police clashed with protesters demanding King Gyanendra's ouster on Thursday, a day after a remarkably low turnout at local polls signaled a massive rejection of the monarch's seizure of power last year.

By Ed Harris ASMARA (Reuters) - Eritrea denied on Thursday U.N. charges of smuggling weapons to rebels in Sudan's western Darfur region, as direct flights resumed between Asmara and Khartoum. U.N.

BELGRADE (Reuters) - Serbia has arrested a former Bosnian Serb army officer suspected of helping top war crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic evade justice in a new move to crack down on his network, a Serbian court official said on Thursday.

Word of the Day
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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