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International News Archive - June 14, 2006

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Leaders of Central Asian countries headed to Shanghai on Wednesday for a security summit where they are likely to be upstaged by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as a result of his nuclear stand-off with the West.

DHAKA (Reuters) - Opposition activists fought pitched battles with police in the Bangladesh capital on Wednesday on the second day of a two-day strike to press for electoral reforms.

BEIJING (Reuters) - Flash floods have killed at least 25 people in remote towns in southwest China where 30 are missing, while the northeast is suffering sustained drought, state media said on Wednesday.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A car bomb killed two people and wounded seven in Baghdad on Wednesday, a police source said, hours after Iraqi troops stepped up security in the capital as part of what the government said was a major crackdown.

By Mohamed Ali Bile MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Fighting erupted on Wednesday for control of the strategic Somali town of Jowhar, where some warlords from a self-styled anti-terrorism alliance had taken refuge after their defeat in Mogadishu by Islamic militias.

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerrillas killed a Home Guard trooper on Wednesday, police said, in another sign of escalating violence as the rebels returned from failed talks with the Colombo government in Norway.

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador inched two points ahead of his conservative rival in a Reforma newspaper opinion poll on Wednesday.

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Islamist militiamen in Somalia captured the strategic town of Jowhar on Wednesday, seizing more territory from rival warlords whom they ousted from Mogadishu last week, residents said.

By Mohamed Ali Bile MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somali Islamist militias seized the strategic town of Jowhar on Wednesday, the last major redoubt of warlords whom they unseated from the anarchic capital last week.

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels killed at least two security forces personnel on Wednesday, the military said, as the rebels returned from failed talks with the Colombo government in Norway.

Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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