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International News Archive - June 30, 2006

By David Fox DILI (Reuters) - East Timor President Xanana Gusmao made a surprise appearance at a rally of supporters of the prime minister, who was forced quit this week, vowing a full investigation to get to the bottom of the political crisis.

SAMAWA, Iraq (Reuters) - Transport trucks carrying armored vehicles and military trucks left the Japanese military base in southern Iraq on Friday as Japan pushed ahead with its promised troop pullout.

By Wendel Broere AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende is set to hand in his government's resignation on Friday, after the ruling coalition fell apart over the handling of the citizenship of a Somali-born Dutch lawmaker.

JAKARTA (Reuters) - The editor of Playboy Indonesia and two models whose pictures appeared in the magazine's first edition are being investigated for violating indecency laws, police said on Friday. The magazine's first edition sparked protests in Indonesia in April although it had no nudity.

SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - India said its troops shot dead eight suspected Islamist militants on Friday when they tried to sneak into Indian Kashmir from the Pakistani side, the biggest infiltration bid to be foiled this year.

KUWAIT (Reuters) - Women, participating as voters and candidates for the first time in Kuwaiti parliamentary elections, failed to win any seats, results carried by state media showed on Friday.

By Nizam Ahmed DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh must be on guard against any threat to its democratic credentials, a U.S diplomat said on Friday, amid squabbling between the main parties ahead of next January's general election.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia successfully launched a Tula ballistic missile on Friday, firing it from the Barents Sea to Kamchatka in the far east as part of combat training, the navy said.

By Aseel Kami BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A cartoon in an Iraqi daily this week showed a young couple sitting at a table sipping drinks.

By Jack Kim KOSONG, South Korea (Reuters) - The family of a South Korean taken to the North 28 years ago spoke on Friday of their emotional reunion but were silent about his contested comments on life in one of the world's most reclusive states.

Word of the Day
virgule
  • A punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information.
  • A little rod; a twig.
This word comes from the Late Latin 'virgula,' accentual mark, a diminutive of 'virga,' rod.
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