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International News Archive - March 10, 2006

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - Missiles test-fired by North Korea this week are "a quantum leap forward" from its previous weapons with greater reliability and precision, the commander of the U.S. military in South Korea said. Speaking before the U.S.

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese police are investigating two separate cases of suspected group suicide after nine people were found dead in parked cars, the latest in a series of such cases.

By Shahid Gul Yusufzai QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - Twenty-six people traveling to a wedding in southwest Pakistan were killed on Friday when their vehicle hit a land mine near Pakistan's main natural gas fields. The blast happened in Dera Bugti district of Baluchistan province.

PARIS (Reuters) - France is looking for a political solution to the dispute over Iran's nuclear ambitions rather than seeking to punish Tehran, French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said on French radio on Friday.

SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. and South Korean troops will stage a major joint exercise later this month, the U.S. military said on Friday, referring to annual drills that Pyongyang has in the past criticized as a dry run for an invasion.

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - No tsunamis, no bombs and no sharks. Just crystal clear waters, swaying palm trees and white sandy beaches -- the governor of China's tropical island of Hainan thinks his province has it all.

By Ed Harris ASMARA (Reuters) - Legal experts from Ethiopia and Eritrea flew to London on Friday for talks with international mediators to discuss demarcating their common border, officials said.

By Christian Lowe MOSCOW (Reuters) - Local elections across Russia on Sunday will be the biggest test of public opinion since President Vladimir Putin was re-elected two years ago, but his opponents say they will also be a new low point for democracy.

DHAKA (Reuters) - One of Bangladesh's top Islamist militants, captured last week, has confessed to involvement in a wave of bomb attacks that killed at least 30 people, a senior officer of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) force said on Friday. Lt. Col.

By C. Bryson Hull and Tsegaye Tadesse ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - The African Union met on Friday to decide the future of its peacekeeping mission in Darfur, with international donors pushing for a handover to the United Nations against vehement opposition from Sudan.

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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