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International News Archive - August 11, 2006

By Jack Kim POHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - South Korean Sim Seok-hwa is sweating in her camouflage combat fatigues while her friends are on beaches and exotic vacation spots enjoying a care-free summer. Seok-hwa is aching, her face is stained with mud and dirt clings to her hair.

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States and France were close to agreement on Friday on a U.N. resolution aimed at halting the bloodshed in Lebanon and Israel but objections from combatants could force another delay.

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - The South Korean government will send at least $10 million worth of aid to flood-ravaged North Korea and possibly much more in a one-time package that includes rice and building materials, officials said on Friday.

By Ben Blanchard XIAPU, China (Reuters) - The strongest typhoon to strike China for half a century killed at least 98 people, dozens of them villagers who had taken shelter in a concrete house that collapsed, and left 149 missing.

By Peter Apps TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sri Lanka pushed on with an offensive on Friday to win control of a waterway from Tamil Tiger rebels, as calls mounted for an independent probe into the killing of 17 aid workers in the midst of the fighting.

By Ben Blanchard CANGNAN, China (Reuters) - The strongest typhoon to hit China in half a century killed more than 100 people, dozens of whom had taken shelter in a house that collapsed, Xinhua news agency said on Friday, and the toll appeared likely to rise.

By S. Radha Kumar HYDERABAD, India (Reuters) - Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was due to visit flood-affected areas in southern and western India on Friday, and tens of thousands were evacuated as another river threatened to burst its banks, officials said.

By Tsegaye Tadesse ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia said on Friday its army had killed 13 rebels and caught other commanders of an eastern separatist movement after they crossed from Somalia.

MARJAYOUN, Lebanon (Reuters) - Thousands of civilians prepared on Friday to leave two Christian towns in south Lebanon occupied by Israeli forces this week, witnesses said. They said hundreds of cars gathered near the Lebanese army barracks in Marjayoun as U.N.

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek investigators said on Friday they found three skeletons at the site of last year's Cypriot passenger plane crash east of Athens and that they could be the remains of three people missing from the flight.

Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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