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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
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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