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International News Archive - July 21, 2006

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinian medics said Israeli shelling of a home in Gaza on Friday killed a Hamas militant and three civilians, as tanks and troops withdrew from a refugee camp following a three-day assault.

By Guled Mohamed and Mohamed Ali Bile MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Ethiopian troops were moving closer to the Somali capital Mogadishu on Friday amid fears of all-out war in the volatile Horn of Africa nation where Islamists have risen to power, witnesses told Reuters.

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam could join the World Trade Organization by November this year after "narrowing the remaining differences" in its latest round of multilateral trade talks in Geneva, the Trade Ministry said on Friday.

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - New eastern members of the European Union are angry that the European Commission has again stalled retaliation against the United States for continuing to impose visa requirements on their nationals, diplomats say.

By Guled Mohamed and Mohamed Ali Bile MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia's Islamists rallied the nation for war on Friday as Ethiopian troops were said to be moving closer to Mogadishu to create a buffer between the capital's Muslim rulers and the fragile interim government.

BELGRADE (Reuters) - Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica will attend top-level talks with Kosovo's ethnic Albanian leaders on the fate of the breakaway province next week in Vienna, the government said on Friday. Kostunica had kept U.N.

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany rejects parts of a letter sent this week from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to German Chancellor Angela Merkel that call into question Israel's right to exist, a government spokesman said on Friday.

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - The United Nations World Food Program is willing to help the victims of widespread flooding in North Korea but wants to thoroughly assess the damage and monitor the aid it gives, a WFP official said on Friday.

GENEVA (Reuters) - International aid operations in refugee camps in the Zalinge area of Sudan's Darfur region have been suspended after three water workers were killed by a mob, the United Nations' refugee agency said on Friday.

By Louis Charbonneau BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany rejects parts of a letter from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Chancellor Angela Merkel which called into question Israel's right to exist, a government spokesman said on Friday.

Word of the Day
negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.