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International News Archive - July 31, 2006

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's four-year ceasefire is now void and the island's two-decade civil war is back on, a top Tamil Tiger rebel told Reuters on Monday as the guerrillas and the military entered a sixth straight day of fighting. S.

By Y.P. Rajesh DHAKA (Reuters) - India and Pakistan expect to resume a peace dialogue on Monday that has been severely strained after New Delhi blamed Islamist militants across the border for train bombings in Mumbai earlier in July.

By James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister John Howard said on Monday he would seek a fifth straight term, ending his ambitious deputy's leadership hopes and cementing his place as one of the world's most successful conservative leaders.

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's four-year ceasefire is now void and the island's two-decade civil war is back on, a top Tamil Tiger rebel told Reuters on Monday as the guerrillas and the military entered a sixth straight day of fighting. S.

By David Clarke KAIFOUN, Lebanon (Reuters) - Al-Waad al-Sadek is 10 days old. He was born high in the hills above Beirut, in a block of apartments housing nearly 900 people who have fled Israel's bombing of the Lebanese capital.

BELGRADE (Reuters) - Serbia will reject independence as a solution for Kosovo and continue to consider the province part of its territory, Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica said in comments published on Monday. "The policy of Serbia would be to declare that Kosovo is part of Serbia.

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's two-decade civil war is back on, a top Tamil Tiger said, as seven soldiers and three rebels were killed on Monday in the first army advance on rebel-held territory since a 2002 ceasefire. S.

GAZA (Reuters) - An Israeli tank shell killed a 16-year-old Palestinian civilian in Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza on Monday, Palestinian emergency services said.

By Paul Simao PIETERMARITZBURG, South Africa (Reuters) - A South African judge on Monday postponed the graft trial of former Deputy President Jacob Zuma as defense lawyers called for the case to be dismissed.

By George Thande VICTORIA (Reuters) - Seychelles President James Michel was re-elected on Monday in a close race that extended his party's 30-year rule but immediately prompted opposition claims of vote-buying in the Indian Ocean islands. "I'm very happy.

Word of the Day
out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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