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International News Archive - July 14, 2006

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese civil rights campaigners called on the government on Thursday to free a blind rural activist, whose campaign against forced abortions attracted worldwide attention, and investigate reports of torture.

By Guled Mohamed MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia's interim government said on Friday it had postponed peace talks scheduled to take place in Sudan over the weekend because the Islamist movement running Mogadishu violated a ceasefire and could not be trusted.

GAZA (Reuters) - The Israeli army pulled out on Friday from the central Gaza Strip as part of an offensive launched last month to free an abducted soldier, the army said. "IDF forces (Israeli Defense Forces) have currently completed their activities in the area," the army said in a statement.

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's navy rained mortar shells on Tamil rebel positions in the island's restive east on Friday, after suspected snipers killed one sailor and injured another as sporadic attacks raise fears of renewed war.

By Nopporn Wong-Anan BANGKOK (Reuters) - Campaigners trying to oust Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra were forced to scale back their protests on Friday after the royal palace made it clear they must stop dragging the king into a long-running political crisis.

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Israel bombed the offices of Hamas lawmakers, destroyed a bridge and fired a tank shell that killed one Palestinian on Friday as part of a Gaza Strip offensive aimed at forcing militants to release a captured soldier.

By Guled Mohamed MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia's interim government decided on Friday to boycott peace talks due to take place in Sudan at the weekend in protest at alleged ceasefire violations by the Islamist movement running Mogadishu.

TOKYO (Reuters) - With their troops in the midst of a withdrawal from Iraq, a poll showed most Japanese now believe Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi was right to send the forces on their riskiest mission since World War Two.

By Lesley Wroughton DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - The World Bank has reached a final agreement with Chad on the management of its oil revenues which significantly increases government spending on projects benefiting the poor, bank President Paul Wolfowitz said on Friday.

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - World powers will next week press Sudan to accept a United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur amid reports of increasing violence in the province.

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'.