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International News Archive - May 28, 2006

By Jason Webb MADRID (Reuters) - Along with stone lifting and all-male cooking clubs, hearty traditions in Spain's Basque Country include violent rampages by "the puppies of ETA" -- young supporters of the separatist guerrilla group.

By Benjamin Kang Lim TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian is struggling to weather a political crisis amid attacks from the opposition and even factions of his party own after his son-in-law was detained on suspicion of insider trading.

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Eight Sri Lankan tourists were feared killed after a suspected land mine exploded as they were tracking wild elephants in a national park near Tamil Tiger rebel territory, an official said on Sunday.

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's new multi-party government and Maoist rebels said on Sunday they may request the United Nations to monitor a ceasefire in the Himalayan nation after holding further talks.

By Achmad Sukarsono BANTUL, Indonesia (Reuters) - Rescue workers dug desperately for survivors on Sunday as residents returned to ruined homes on Indonesia's densely populated island of Java a day after a powerful earthquake killed more than 3,000.

By David Fox DILI (Reuters) - Frightened Timorese packed churches to pray for peace on Sunday, but gangs allied to feuding police or army units continued to rampage through the capital, evading foreign peacekeeping troops and torching homes and vehicles.

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has kicked out an Italian mountaineer who entered China without legal documents after climbing Mount Everest from the Nepalese side, Xinhua news agency said on Sunday.

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Thirteen people were killed on a South African highway after a pickup truck slammed into the back of a minibus taxi which exploded into flames, Johannesburg emergency services said on Sunday. "All the bodies were burned beyond recognition ...

DHAKA (Reuters) - Heavy rain sweeping across Bangladesh over the past two days has raised hopes for an early monsoon that weather experts say will boost agriculture.

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's chief rabbi, Michael Schudrich, was attacked in a central Warsaw street on Saturday in what the Interior Ministry said was probably a provocation meant to portray Poland as an anti-Semitic country.

Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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