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International News Archive - March 03, 2006

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Hamas is firm in its refusal to recognize Israel, a senior member of the Palestinian militant group said on Friday ahead of Moscow talks at which the Russian government was expected to press Hamas to embrace peacemaking. "The issue of recognition is a done issue.

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - China is flooding Beijing's Tiananmen Square with police ahead of Sunday's opening of the annual session of parliament and rounding up people the government fears might disrupt proceedings.

By Nopporn Wong-Anan BANGKOK (Reuters) - Supporters of Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra poured into Bangkok from around the country on Friday to pack what he hopes will be a huge rally later in the day to counter an intense campaign to oust him.

By Zeeshan Haider ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan braced for U.S. President George Bush's arrival on Friday, as an Islamist organized strike took hold and security was high after a suicide car bomber killed a U.S. official and two other people.

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Two Sri Lankan men accused of grabbing a gold chain from a woman caught in the 2004 tsunami before letting her be swept to her death will be put on trial for murder, officials said on Friday.

CAIRO (Reuters) - Palestinian leaders still suspect Yasser Arafat died of poisoning, President Mahmoud Abbas said in an interview published on Friday.

By Zeeshan Haider ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan braced for U.S. President George Bush's arrival on Friday, as an Islamist organized strike took hold and security was high after a suicide car bomber killed a U.S. diplomat and two other people.

BEIJING (Reuters) - A top Chinese Communist Party leader vowed on Friday that Beijing would block any moves toward Taiwan independence but would work for a peaceful solution to the stand-off.

By Ismail Sameem KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Five foreign troops were wounded, at least one seriously, in an attack on an armored vehicle in southern Afghanistan on Friday, the U.S.-led military force in the country said. A U.S.

By Loucoumane Coulibaly ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Ivory Coast's president has signed a decree allowing the extradition to France of Youssef Fofana, the suspected leader of a gang that tortured and killed a Jewish man near Paris, the justice minister said on Friday.

Word of the Day
bretelles
  • In dressmaking, straps running from the belt in front over the shoulders to the belt in the back, with more or less elaboration of trimming and outline. They usually broaden at the shoulder and narrow toward the waist.
The word 'bretelles' comes from a French word meaning 'braces'.