International News Archive - July 11, 2006

SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Afghanistan's Taliban said on Tuesday they would greet British reinforcements heading to the southern province of Helmand with ferocious attacks.

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's Maoists have revealed for the first time how many soldiers they have -- 36,000 -- in remarks published on Tuesday, a week after Kathmandu invited the United Nations to monitor arms of insurgents and the state army.

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels killed a Sri Lankan soldier in a mine ambush on Tuesday, the army said, while in the capital a meeting on constitutional reform began without the rebels or opposition.

GAZA (Reuters) - An Israeli aircraft fired missiles at Palestinian militants in the northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday, wounding two of them, witnesses said. The Israeli military, confirming the attack, said it had targeted rocket launchers that gunmen had set up in the area.

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - An election for a new legislative assembly began on Tuesday in Pakistan's part of Kashmir, as early voters trickled into prefabricated polling centers, tents and buildings scarred by last October's devastating earthquake.

By Kamran Haider MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - Voters filed through prefabricated polling centers, tents and buildings scarred by last October's earthquake to cast their ballots for a new legislative assembly in Pakistani Kashmir on Tuesday.

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese court jailed a farmer who reported bird flu outbreaks to the central government to three-and-a-half years for fraud and blackmail, state media said on Tuesday.

By Denis Pinchuk ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Vladimir Soloveichik had some unexpected visitors. It was a group of officials from the draft board telling him he had to report immediately for military duty. His friends have also had call-ups.

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli air strikes killed a militant and wounded several gunmen and civilians in Gaza on Tuesday as part of an offensive that Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said would only ensure Israelis have no peace.

By Lirio da Fonseca LIQUICA, East Timor (Reuters) - A rebel leader at the center of allegations against East Timor's former prime minister laid down his arms on Tuesday, a symbolic move aimed at building peace in Asia's newest nation.

Word of the Day
  • Withering but not falling off, as a blossom that persists on a twig after flowering.
The word 'marcescent' comes from a Latin word meaning 'to wither'.