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International News Archive - May 17, 2006

GAZA (Reuters) - Gunmen shot dead a Hamas militant in a drive-by shooting on Wednesday in a Gaza refugee camp, medics and Hamas sources said.

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea urged communist North Korea on Wednesday to follow Libya's lead and seize the chance for a better future by abandoning its pursuit of nuclear weapons and improving ties with the United States.

By Atef Sa'ad NABLUS, West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli troops killed two Palestinian militants in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday and gunmen shot dead a member of Hamas's military wing in mounting internal violence in the Gaza Strip.

JAKARTA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization has confirmed bird flu in five family members in North Sumatra, a senior health ministry official said on Wednesday.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A suicide attacker in Afghanistan rammed a car packed with explosives into a vehicle of a U.N. mine-clearing agency on Wednesday, killing himself and wounding the agency driver, police said.

WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz on Wednesday brushed aside yet another newspaper report suggesting he may soon be forced out due to a conflict with his Law and Justice party.

By Rupam Jain Nair AHMEDABAD, India (Reuters) - Doctors and medical students blocked roads and skipped work across large parts of India on Tuesday as protests spread against a controversial government move to reserve more college seats for lower castes.

By Rachel Sanderson and Massimiliano Di Giorgio ROME (Reuters) - Italy's incoming prime minister Romano Prodi will formally take power on Wednesday after protracted coalition bickering over cabinet posts and more than a month after his narrow general election victory.

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia's defense forces have built up a huge stockpile of unusable bombs, bullets and missiles, prompting the government on Wednesday to order a review of how it buys and maintains its ammunition.

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - The Palestinian interior minister declared a new Hamas-dominated police force operational on Wednesday, defying President Mahmoud Abbas in a powerful challenge that could stoke more internal bloodshed.

Word of the Day
postliminy
  • In Roman antiquity, the return of a person who had been banished, or taken prisoner by an enemy, to his old condition and former privileges.
  • In international law, that right by virtue of which persons and things taken by an enemy in war are restored to their former status when coming again under the power of the nation to which they belonged.
The word 'postliminy' comes from a Latin word meaning 'threshold'.