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International News Archive - July 18, 2006

By George Nishiyama TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan has begun work on possible financial sanctions against North Korea over its missile tests, but said a decision on implementation would be taken in concert with other countries and depend on Pyongyang's behavior.

TOKYO (Reuters) - The wife of Japanese Emperor Akihito's younger son, who is pregnant with a possible heir to the throne, has signs of problems with the placenta, Kyodo news agency said on Tuesday, quoting the Imperial Household Agency.

QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan arrested about 52 Taliban militants in raids overnight in the southwest province of Baluchistan, taking action that Afghanistan, the United States and NATO powers have long called for. "They are Taliban, and they have links with those living in Afghanistan.

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Emperor Akihito's younger son's wife, who is pregnant with a possible heir to the throne, needs a Caesarean operation and the baby, due in late September, may be born early, Kyodo news agency said on Tuesday, quoting a palace doctor.

BEIJING (Reuters) - Floods fed by torrential rains were retreating in south China on Tuesday after claiming at least 188 lives, officials said, as people coped with water shortages, ruined roads and other damage.

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Princess Kiko, who is pregnant with a possible heir to the throne, needs a Caesarean operation and the baby, due in late September, may be born early, Kyodo news agency reported on Tuesday, quoting a palace doctor.

GAZA (Reuters) - The Rafah border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt temporarily reopened on Tuesday to allow Palestinians who were stranded on the Egyptian side to return home, European monitors at the crossing said. At least 2,000 Palestinians were waiting to make the crossing.

By Teruaki Ueno TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Princess Kiko, who is pregnant with a possible heir to the throne, is likely to give birth ahead of her September due date through a Caesarean operation, the Imperial Household Agency said on Tuesday.

BEIJING (Reuters) - Thousands of Buddhists have converged on a Buddhist monastery in western China mistakenly thinking the Dalai Lama would be there, underscoring the devotion many feel toward Tibet's exiled spiritual leader.

By Ingrid Melander BRUSSELS (Reuters) - World powers will press Sudan on Tuesday to accept a United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur to replace an African Union force that has been unable to stem the violence. Sudan is set to reject the move once more.

Word of the Day
scriggle
  • To writhe; struggle or twist about with more or less force; wriggle.
  • To scribble, jot.
The word 'scriggle' is likely an alteration of 'wiggle'.
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