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International News Archive - March 01, 2006

By Manny Mogato and John Chalmers MANILA (Reuters) - Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo sought on Wednesday to placate critics of the emergency rule she imposed after the discovery of a coup plot, saying she wanted to lift the order as soon as possible.

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani helicopter gunships and ground forces attacked a militant hideout near the Afghan border on Wednesday killing up to 30 people, according to a senior official in the North Waziristan tribal region.

By Peter Apps KARAKADAICHANI, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Residents of this thin strip of rebel territory look across to government-held land, just a few hundred meters away across a no-man's land of mined scrub and lagoons, and regard it with a mixture of envy and fear.

By Darren Schuettler BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's main opposition leader rejected on Wednesday talks with Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to end a growing political crisis and denied that the opposition was inviting a coup by boycotting elections. "It's too late.

Two Tibetan Buddhists jailed for "splittism" have had their sentences reduced, but a rights group said on Wednesday that one year after China introduced new regulations on religious rights, freedom to worship remains restricted.

TASHKENT (Reuters) - An Uzbek court sentenced an opposition activist to 10 years in prison on Wednesday on embezzlement and tax evasion charges in a case her supporters say was politically motivated.

Please read in first paragraph ... March 1 ... instead of ... Feb 28 . A corrected repetition follows. By Alastair Macdonald and Aseel Kami BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Mortar and gunfire kept Baghdad on edge overnight on Wednesday after a bloody day of sectarian attacks when U.S. President George W.

AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordanian Islamist inmates loyal to al Qaeda are holding up to eight police officers hostage and were negotiating for their release, official sources said on Wednesday.

By Alastair Macdonald and Aseel Kami BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Mortar and gunfire kept Baghdad on edge overnight on Wednesday after a bloody day of sectarian attacks when U.S. President George W. Bush told Iraqis to choose between "chaos and unity" but dismissed talk of civil war.

By Haji Mujtaba MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani helicopter gunships and ground forces attacked a militant hideout near the Afghan border on Wednesday killing up to 30 people, according to a senior official in the North Waziristan tribal region.

Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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