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International News Archive - June 19, 2006

By Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Reuters) - Buddhist monks chanted prayers to mark the 61st birthday of detained democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday while pro-democracy activists around the world planned protests against the military junta.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The trial of Saddam Hussein and seven co-accused on charges of crimes against humanity resumed on Monday with the prosecution team scheduled to make its closing statements. All defendants were present.

KABUL, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Taliban guerrillas have killed more than 30 people and abducted 10 in southern Afghanistan, a parliamentarian said on Monday, the latest attack in the bloodiest phase of violence in nearly five years.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al- Maliki said on Monday his forces will take over security in the southern province of Muthanna next month, where the British oversee a multinational contingent including Japanese and Australian troops.

By Peter Laca BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Slovak President Ivan Gasparovic met leftist leader Robert Fico on Monday and was expected to ask him to form a coalition government after his Smer party won an election but fell short of a majority.

By Peter Laca BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Slovak President Ivan Gasparovic was set on Monday to ask leftist leader Robert Fico to form a coalition government after his Smer party won an election but fell short of a majority.

PARACHINAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Rival Pakistani villagers battled each other for water on Monday, using rifles, mortars and rocket-propelled grenades after one group tried to divert an irrigation canal.

By Michael Georgy and Ibon Villelabeitia BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces will take control of the country's southernmost province from a British-led multinational force in July in the first move of its kind, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Monday.

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Tamil Tiger rebels said Sri Lankan air force jets flew over their territory on Monday but did not drop bombs -- despite earlier saying that they had.

By Peter Murphy ABIDJAN (Reuters) - A major conflict in Somalia could trigger a humanitarian disaster, sending hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing to neighboring countries, the head of the United Nations refugee agency said on Monday.

Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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