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International News Archive - June 28, 2006

By James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of workers attended mass rallies across Australia on Wednesday to protest against new labor laws, which are shaping up as the key political battleground for next year's national elections.

By David Fox DILI (Reuters) - Thousands of supporters of ousted East Timor Prime Minister Alkatiri turned back from a march on the capital on Wednesday, but several buildings were torched as feuding gangs clashed in Dili.

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has finally recovered the bodies of 55 coal miners trapped underground by flooding over a month ago, the government said, as a fresh accident claimed 13 lives in the world's deadliest mining industry on Wednesday.

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - The leader of the world's 77 million Anglicans, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, has said the worldwide church may have to break up amid a bitter row over the consecration of gay bishops.

SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) - China's Premier Wen Jiabao on Wednesday called for a peaceful solution to the missile and nuclear crises on the Korean peninsula, and said all sides should work to ease tensions.

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has recovered the bodies of 55 coal miners trapped by floods over a month ago, the government said on Wednesday, as the latest accident to strike the world's deadliest mining industry killed 21.

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Tamil Tiger rebels attacked two small Sri Lankan navy vessels at sea around 100 miles (165 km) north of the capital Colombo on Wednesday, setting one alight, the military said.

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - The mother of a South Korean at the center of a high-profile kidnapping case met her son for the first time in 28 years in North Korea on Wednesday for a reunion steeped in tears and political tension.

By David Fox DILI (Reuters) - Thousands of supporters of ousted East Timor Prime Minister Alkatiri turned back from a march on the capital on Wednesday, but several buildings were torched as feuding gangs clashed in Dili.

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A meeting between European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana and Iran's top nuclear negotiator has been postponed until after Group of Eight foreign ministers meet on Thursday, an EU diplomat said on Wednesday.

Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.