International News Archive - July 20, 2006

DILI (Reuters) - Former East Timor Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri is suspected of arming civilians during the recent violence in Asia's newest nation and cannot leave Dili, the country's attorney general said on Thursday. "His status is a city detainee and he cannot leave the city for 15 days.

KABUL (Reuters) - An explosion rocked Kabul on Thursday, killing an Afghan man, police said. The blast came as senior NATO officials visited the city ahead of this month's expansion of the alliance's peacekeeping role in the country.

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Six-party talks to resolve a standoff over North Korea's nuclear plans may resume in Malaysia next week on the sidelines of a regional security summit, Malaysian foreign minister said on Thursday.

KABUL (Reuters) - An Afghan man was killed on Thursday when an explosion hit a vehicle in Kabul, hours after NATO's secretary-general arrived to discuss an expansion of the alliance's peacekeeping mission to the violence-plagued south.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is prepared to back a United Nations resolution giving Iran a deadline to respond to a package of incentives on its nuclear program, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying on Thursday.

GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli troops killed a Palestinian during clashes in a Gaza Strip refugee camp on Thursday, local witnesses said. The Israeli army was checking the report. Residents of the Maghazi Camp in Gaza said it was not immediately clear whether the man killed on Thursday was a militant.

By C.C. Yao ILAN, Taiwan (Reuters) - Taiwan staged its biggest live-fire army drills in about 20 years on Thursday, showcasing latest weaponry designed to combat a potential Chinese attack as Beijing builds its military might.

GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli troops killed a Palestinian during clashes in a Gaza Strip refugee camp on Thursday, local witnesses said. An Israeli army spokeswoman confirmed troops were operating in the area but was checking the report of the death.

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese farmer set himself on fire in Beijing's central Tiananmen Square on Thursday and was being treated in hospital, a human rights group said.

By Mark John KABUL (Reuters) - NATO urged the international community on Thursday not to neglect Afghanistan at a time of conflict in the Middle East and Iraq, as the alliance gears up to take over security in the violence-plagued south of the country.

Word of the Day
  • To say in too many words; to express verbosely.
  • To express in too many words: sometimes used reflexively.
  • The leading idea or a repeated phrase, as of a song or ballad; the refrain; burden.
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