International News Archive - July 27, 2006

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's air force bombed Tamil Tiger rebel territory in the island's east for a second day on Thursday amid a spat over water supplies, a military source said, but there were no details on casualties.

BEIJING (Reuters) - Floods and landslides triggered by Typhoon Kaemi have killed at least 18 people and left more than 60 missing in southern China, state media said on Thursday.

By David Clarke Tire, Lebanon (Reuters) - Car after car races north along the coastal road toward Lebanon's capital Beirut. Each vehicle is adorned with white: white flags, white T-shirts, white sheets, white plastic bags, white rags.

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - East Timor has asked the United Nations to deploy more than 800 international police to ensure stability in the troubled Southeast Asian state, Prime Minister Jose Ramos-Horta said on Thursday.

KABUL (Reuters) - All 16 people aboard a helicopter, including several foreigners, were killed in Wednesday's crash in rugged mountain terrain in southeastern Afghanistan, U.S.-led coalition forces said.

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - At least 85 people sustained minor injuries on Thursday when a commuter train jumped the tracks near the South African port of Durban, emergency services said.

KABUL (Reuters) - NATO has approved plans to take charge of security responsibilities in Afghanistan's volatile south in what will likely be one of its most testing missions ever, a spokesman said on Thursday.

By Daniel Flynn MAITA, Congo (Reuters) - "Vote on Sunday! Vote on Sunday!" men shout at villagers from aboard a 50-foot wooden canoe as it glides along the vast Congo river, packed high with boxes of voting ballots and red plastic tables and chairs.

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines may face sanctions from the United Nations for its failure to report human rights abuse in the country, the head of the state's rights commission said on Thursday.

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese activist working to help those displaced by the giant Three Gorges Dam and left paralyzed after a beating last month, inflicted the injuries on himself, a rights group cited a police investigation as showing.

Word of the Day
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.