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International News Archive - March 21, 2006

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's Maoist rebels stormed a police post in the east of the Himalayan kingdom on Tuesday and killed at least eight policemen, officials said.

BEIJING (Reuters) - China and Russia have common ideas on a resolution to the Iranian nuclear issue, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said on Tuesday.

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - At least 21 Maoist rebels and 10 police were killed as violence escalated across Nepal on Tuesday following the end of a rebel-led road blockade, authorities said.

By Betel Miarom N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - Government troops in Chad have launched a military offensive against rebels in the east as President Idriss Deby seeks to reassert his control over the country ahead of a presidential election in May.

By Estelle Shirbon ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria began its first census in 15 years on Tuesday with President Olusegun Obasanjo, eager to avoid a repeat of previous fiascos, appealing to his countrymen to leave politics out of it.

By Zeeshan Haider ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Stung by U.S. President George Bush's refusal to grant access to American nuclear know-how, Pakistan accused the United States of discriminating against it and of upsetting the balance of power in South Asia.

By Estelle Shirbon ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria launched its first census for 15 years on Tuesday and President Olusegun Obasanjo, eager to avoid a repeat of previous fiascoes, appealed to his countrymen to keep politics out of it.

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Israel reopened the main goods crossing into the Gaza Strip on Tuesday under foreign pressure, letting truckloads of flour, rice and cooking oil pass after Palestinian officials and aid groups warned of food shortages. The U.N.

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - At least 23 Maoist rebels and 10 policemen were killed on Tuesday in escalating violence across Nepal following the end of a rebel-led road blockade, authorities said.

By Jon Boyle PARIS (Reuters) - France's ruling conservatives looked to Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin to chart a way out of a youth jobs law crisis on Tuesday as the threat of a national strike and fresh protests kept up the pressure.

Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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