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International News Archive - June 18, 2006

By Alan Crosby and Peter Laca BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Slovak leftist leader Robert Fico claimed an election victory over Prime Minister Mikulas Dzurinda on Sunday and said he would try to form a government that would aim to roll back economic and social reforms.

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A bomb detonated by a mobile telephone wounded six police and government officials in Thailand's rebellious Muslim south on Sunday, police said.

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels ambushed a police water tanker in a town in north-central Sri Lanka on Sunday, killing three constables, a senior police officer said. The claymore fragmentation mine attack took place in the town of Vavuniya, just south of rebel-held territory.

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Slovakia's leftist Smer opposition party won parliamentary elections but fell short of an outright majority, full preliminary results showed on Sunday.

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's police said suspected Tamil Tiger rebels ambushed and killed three policemen in the island's north on Sunday, while the rebels said they were also attacked.

CHANGHUA, Taiwan (Reuters) - Thousands of people rallied in central Taiwan on Sunday, marking the third straight weekend of protests calling for President Chen Shui-bian to resign over scandals involving his family and senior aides.

By Andrew Cawthorne MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somali gunman Nur Faryama has wielded an AK-47 for two decades -- since he was eight in fact.

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A bomb detonated by a mobile telephone wounded six police and government officials in Thailand's rebellious Muslim south on Sunday, police said.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Taliban insurgents ambushed an Afghan police convoy on Sunday, killing five people, an official said, the latest attack in the bloodiest phase of violence since U.S.-led forces toppled the Islamist government.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Chechnya's rebels pledged on Sunday to press ahead with their fight for freedom from Russian rule despite the death in battle of their leader.

Word of the Day
megalophonous
  • Having a loud voice; vociferous; clamorous.
  • Of grand or imposing sound.
The word 'megalophonous' comes from Greek roots meaning 'big' and 'sound'.