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International News Archive - August 10, 2006

By Peter Apps KANTALE, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's military mounted a major offensive on Tamil Tiger territory in the island's restive east on Thursday, the rebels said, as the worst fighting since a 2002 truce interrupted aid flows.

MANILA (Reuters) - Strong winds and giant waves, boosted by a southwest monsoon, wiped out hundreds of shacks on stilts and left thousands of people homeless in the southern Philippines, local government officials said on Thursday.

More than half a million Chinese have fled their homes in the path of a super typhoon, the strongest to threaten the country in 50 years, as it churned relentlessly toward the southeast coast on Thursday.

By Peter Apps KANTALE, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Three troops died and dozens were injured as Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers fought against what they said was a major military offensive on Thursday.

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels said on Thursday more than 50 civilians were killed and 200 were injured in their territory in the island's east during what they called a major army offensive to capture a water supply.

By Peter Apps KANTALE, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels said on Thursday more than 50 civilians were killed 200 injured in their territory in the island's east during a major army offensive to capture a disputed water supply.

(Corrects paragraph six to say elections are late next year, not this year) ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani opposition parties plan to move a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz on August 23, opposition lawmakers said on Thursday.

By Nick Macfie and Guo Shipeng BEIJING (Reuters) - More than 1.3 million Chinese have fled their homes in the path of a super typhoon, the strongest to threaten the country in 50 years, as it churned relentlessly toward the southeast coast on Thursday.

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani opposition parties plan to move a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz on August 23, opposition lawmakers said on Thursday.

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States and France were still at odds on Thursday over when and how Israel should withdraw from Lebanon, delaying a U.N. resolution aimed at ending the five-week war between Israel and Lebanon-based Hizbollah guerrillas.

Word of the Day
bellycheer
  • Good cheer; viands.
  • To revel; to feast.
The word 'bellycheer' may come from 'belle cheer', "good cheer".
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