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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
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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