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International News Archive - June 05, 2006

By Michael Perry YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Children returned to school for final exams across Indonesia's earthquake-stricken Java island on Monday as survivors, frustrated by a lack of aid, tried to rebuild homes with scraps of wood and salvaged bricks.

By Opheera McDoom EL-FASHER, Sudan (Reuters) - The Darfur rebel leader who signed a peace deal with the Sudanese government last month says U.N. peacekeeping troops should deploy in the violent west, disagreeing with Khartoum.

By Evelyn Leopold FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council descends on Sudan for the first time on Monday to try to convince the Khartoum government that a U.N. peacekeeping operation in Darfur was not tantamount to an invasion force.

GAZA (Reuters) - An explosion tore through a car in Jabalya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip on Monday and ambulances raced to the scene, medics and witnesses said.

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech President Vaclav Klaus said on Monday he had asked rightist opposition leader Mirek Topolanek to begin talks on forming a government after a weekend general election that produced a stalemate.

GAZA (Reuters) - An explosion tore through a car in Jabalya refugee camp in the Gaza Strip on Monday and ambulances raced to the scene, medics and witnesses said. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

GAZA (Reuters) - An explosion tore through a house in Jabalya refugee camp in the Gaza Strip on Monday, killing a Hamas militant, local residents said. The cause of the blast was not immediately known. Earlier reports said a car had blown up.

By Jan Lopatka PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech President Vaclav Klaus asked the rightist opposition on Monday to begin talks on forming a new government as the country looked for a way out of the stalemate produced by the weekend's election.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Gunmen in police uniforms abducted up to 50 employees of various Baghdad transport companies on Monday, police and Interior Ministry sources said.

ATHENS (Reuters) - A helicopter landed in the middle of the high security Athens Korydallos prison, picked up two prisoners and flew away in a Hollywood-style escape that has left Greek police stunned.

Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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