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International News Archive - March 14, 2006

By Ben Blanchard and Lindsay Beck BEIJING (Reuters) - China's parliament approved a plan to close the gap between urban rich and rural poor on Tuesday after one of the most robust debates over the pace of reform since the days of paramount leader Deng Xiaoping.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The bodies of 15 strangled men, with their hands and feet bound and showing signs of torture, were found in an abandoned vehicle in west Baghdad on Tuesday, Iraqi police sources said.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The bodies of 15 strangled men, their hands and feet bound and showing signs of torture, were found in an abandoned vehicle in West Baghdad on Tuesday, police said.

By Ed Cropley BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thousands of people massed outside the office of Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Tuesday, their leaders vowing the protest would go on until he quit.

JERICHO, West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli forces on Tuesday surrounded a Palestinian prison in the West Bank holding the leader of a militant group jailed over the assassination of an Israeli minister, witnesses said.

By Adel Abu Nimeh JERICHO, West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli forces on Tuesday surrounded a Palestinian prison in the West Bank and demanded that the leader of a militant group jailed over the assassination of an Israeli minister turn himself in.

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun on Tuesday accepted the resignation of his prime minister, who faced calls to step down for playing golf with businessmen while a railway strike was causing transport chaos.

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli forces killed a Palestinian security guard in clashes around a West Bank prison on Tuesday where a leading militant is being held, a senior Palestinian official said.

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun on Tuesday accepted the resignation of his prime minister, who faced calls to step down for playing golf with businessmen while a railway strike was causing transport chaos.

By Ed Cropley BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thousands of people massed peacefully outside the office of beleaguered Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Tuesday, their leaders vowing they would stay until he quit.

Word of the Day
aphotic
  • Having no light.
  • Of or relating to the region of a body of water that is not reached by sunlight and in which photosynthesis is unable to occur.
The word 'aphotic' comes from Greek roots meaning 'without' and 'light'.
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