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International News Archive - March 27, 2006

MANILA (Reuters) - Two people were killed and seven injured on Monday when a crude bomb exploded at a small retail store in a suspected Muslim extremist attack in the southern Philippines, an army spokesman said.

TANK, Pakistan (Reuters) - Six children were wounded when their school minibus hit a land mine in a troubled Pakistani tribal area on Monday, officials in the area said.

RAIPUR, India (Reuters) - Indian Maoists, waging a violent campaign against the state in large swathes of southern and eastern India, issued a rare apology on Monday for killing 13 civilians in a land mine blast last week.

By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - China's growing military strength and its tense relationship with Taiwan are major destabilizing factors in East Asia, according to a strategy report issued on Monday by a think tank affiliated with Japan's Defense Ministry.

By Aung Hla Tun PYINMANA, Myanmar (Reuters) - Myanmar's generals are in no hurry to hand over to civilian rulers despite international pressure to speed up democratic reforms, paramount leader Than Shwe said on Monday.

By Nikolai Pavlov MINSK (Reuters) - Belarussian courts on Monday began trying opposition protesters detained when police broke up a weekend rally against a presidential election judged unfair in the West.

BERLIN (Reuters) - Seven people are being investigated over exports of German equipment that could be useful to Iran's nuclear program, prosecutors said on Monday.

By Tsegaye Tadesse ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - A blast on a minibus killed one person and injured three in Addis Ababa on Monday, the first fatality in a string of mysterious explosions in the Ethiopian capital.

MONROVIA (Reuters) - Liberia wants former President Charles Taylor to be sent directly to Sierra Leone for trial for war crimes, rather than to Liberian territory, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf said on Monday.

By Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - As he pores over plant tissue and petri dishes in a biotech seed lab in Johnston, Iowa, Luke Mehlo is half a world away from his home in South Africa.

Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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