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International News Archive - March 04, 2006

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels accused the army of killing two of their fighters in an attack on Saturday, the first significant violence since key talks in February, but the military denied involvement.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Three Russian servicemen died in a clash with Chechen separatists when they stumbled upon the rebels' forest camp, local media reported on Saturday.

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya has defended this week's unprecedented police raid on a major media group which brought a torrent of accusations from at home and abroad that President Mwai Kibaki's government was behaving like a dictatorship.

By Vithoon Amorn BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said on Saturday his political future would be decided at the ballot box as the political opposition pressed ahead with a boycott of snap elections next month.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A roadside bomb killed an Afghan intelligence official and three bodyguards in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, officials said.

ANKARA (Reuters) - A small bomb wounded one man and damaged dozens of buildings in western Turkey on Saturday, the state-run Anatolian news agency said.

By Media Coulibaly and Alain Amontchi ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Ivory Coast on Saturday sent back to France the suspected leader of a gang that tortured and killed a Jewish man near Paris last month.

GROZNY, Russia (Reuters) - Ramzan Kadyrov, a strongman accused of mass human rights abuses, was appointed head of Chechnya's pro-Moscow government on Saturday. Kadyrov heads a militia that rights groups accuse of feeding the cycle of violence in Chechnya.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A roadside bomb killed an Afghan intelligence official, three bodyguards and one other man in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, officials said.

By James Regan SYDNEY (Reuters) - Thousands of Australians crammed Sydney's tiny gay quarter to applaud half-naked cowboys, gay rugby players and other scantily-dressed marchers in the city's annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade on Saturday.

Word of the Day
out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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