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International News Archive - June 08, 2006

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said on Wednesday it saw little prospect of the European Union lifting its arms embargo on China in the near future.

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines raised the alert level on one of its most active volcanoes and warned residents on Thursday to stay away from the mountain after its crater belched ash clouds.

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A 5.1 magnitude undersea earthquake struck off the western Indonesian island of Sumatra on Thursday, but the state meteorology and geophysics agency said it would not generate a tsunami nor cause damage.

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger rebels accused each other of attacks on Thursday, as talks on the safety of the island's Nordic unarmed ceasefire monitoring mission began in Oslo.

LONDON (Reuters) - The death of Iraqi al-Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is a very important moment for Iraq and a blow to al Qaeda everywhere, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Thursday. "The prime minister has told cabinet that this is a very important moment in Iraq.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran is ready to discuss mutual concerns to end misunderstandings with the world, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a speech on Thursday in which he spoke of possible talks over Iran's nuclear program.

By Tom Ashby LAGOS (Reuters) - Five South Korean gas workers kidnapped by militants in Nigeria will be released on Thursday after a plea from the jailed militant leader in whose name the men were abducted, the kidnappers said.

AMMAN (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met Jordan's King Abdullah on Thursday in a visit aimed at reassuring him that plans to reshape the occupied West Bank would not destabilize the Hashemite Kingdom.

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger rebels accused each other of attacks on Thursday, as talks on the safety of the island's Nordic unarmed ceasefire monitoring mission began in Oslo.

By Mark John BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO vowed on Thursday to go ahead with a plan to nearly double its peacekeeping troops in Afghanistan despite escalating violence there, but called on donors to do more to help rebuild the shattered country.

Word of the Day
obdormition
  • Sleep; the state or condition of being asleep.
  • The state or condition of numbness of a part due to pressure on a nerve: as, the obdormition of a limb.
The word 'obdormition' comes from a Latin word meaning "to fall asleep".
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