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International News Archive - May 21, 2006

By Michele Kambas NICOSIA (Reuters) - Divided Cyprus elects a new parliament on Sunday set to boost the popularity of a leadership striving to wring concessions out of Turkey through Ankara's already troubled European Union entry talks.

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's main opposition party retained its parliamentary seat in a key by-election President Robert Mugabe's ruling party had hoped would show it regaining lost ground in urban centres.

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia is prepared to recognize Indonesian rule over troubled Papua province in a security treaty being planned by the two nations, Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said on Sunday.

By Sheikh Mushtaq SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - Minutes after a bomb exploded recently in Kashmir and wounded Indian soldiers, a senior member of an Islamist rebel group called local newspaper offices to claim responsibility for the blast.

By Ellie Tzortzi PODGORICA, Serbia and Montenegro (Reuters) - Montenegrins began voting on Sunday in an independence referendum which could dissolve their union with Serbia and make the small Adriatic republic Europe's newest state.

By Sayed Salahuddin KABUL (Reuters) - Drugs, poverty and frustration with the Afghan government are fuelling an insurgency by Taliban militants, who appear to be growing stronger just as more foreign forces are arriving to try to improve security.

By Tsegaye Tadesse ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Mengistu Haile Mariam, accused of a 17-year reign of terror in Ethiopia, faces a long-awaited genocide verdict on Tuesday in a sign of Africa's new resolve to bring ex-leaders to account for past abuses.

By Sheikh Mushtaq SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - Several people were injured when a gunfight broke out in the heart of Indian Kashmir's main city on Sunday near a public rally, witnesses said. Hundreds of people had gathered to attend a rally organised by the ruling Congress party.

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The Israeli cabinet authorised on Sunday the release of 50 million shekels ($11.18 million) in frozen Palestinian taxes in a bid to ease a deepening fiscal crisis in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, officials said.

By Sheikh Mushtaq SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - Seven people including an Islamist militant were killed and over a dozen wounded when a gunfight broke out at a rally in the heart of Indian Kashmir's main city on Sunday, police and witnesses said.

Word of the Day
cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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