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International News Archive - June 21, 2006

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Former Liberian president Charles Taylor was in jail in The Hague on Wednesday awaiting the start of his war crimes trial after a flight from Sierra Leone.

NABLUS, West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli soldiers shot dead a senior Palestinian militant on Wednesday during a raid to arrest suspects in the West Bank city of Nablus, medics and Israeli military officials said.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - One of Saddam Hussein's chief defense lawyers, Khamis al-Obaidi, has been killed by "terrorists," Iraqiya state television said on Wednesday. It gave no details.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi police confirmed on Wednesday that one of Saddam's chief defense lawyers, Khamis al -Obaidi, had been killed and said the lawyer had been kidnapped in Baghdad. Police said Obaidi was shot dead and his body was found in the capital.

SINJAI REGENCY, Indonesia (Reuters) - Landslides and floods on Indonesia's eastern Sulawesi island have killed 87 people and the toll could rise further, officials said on Wednesday.

KIEV (Reuters) - Liberal forces behind Ukraine's "Orange Revolution" said on Wednesday they had agreed to form a coalition government after nearly three months of talks and would sign an agreement within two days.

GENEVA (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned on Wednesday that the world was "sleepwalking" toward nuclear proliferation and must urgently revive efforts to halt the spread of nuclear weapons.

SINJAI, Indonesia (Reuters) - Landslides and floods on Indonesia's eastern Sulawesi island have killed 114 people and the toll could rise further, officials said on Wednesday. A search-and-rescue operation was underway after two days of heavy rain in several parts of South Sulawesi province.

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A roadside bomb in Pakistan's North Waziristan region on the Afghan border killed three paramilitary troops and wounded three on Wednesday, a government official said.

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers on Wednesday insisted that Nordic truce monitors from European Union countries must be replaced in light of an EU ban against the rebels, Norwegian envoys said after visiting their stronghold.

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drawcansir
  • A blustering, bullying fellow; a pot-valiant braggart; a bully.
This word is named for Draw-Can-Sir, a character in George Villiers' 17th century play The Rehearsal.
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