International News Archive - August 12, 2006

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The Israeli army said on Saturday it had started broadening its ground offensive in south Lebanon and its forces were pushing toward the Litani river.

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Israeli aircraft fired rockets at a convoy of hundreds of cars carrying people fleeing southern Lebanon on Friday, killing at least seven and wounding 36, witnesses and medical sources said.

JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels said on Saturday they had broken through army defenses in the island's far north and were advancing on the government-held Jaffna peninsula, in the fiercest fighting since a 2002 truce.

CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (Reuters) - Police have detained seven suspected members of a shadowy Islamist militant group in the Bangladesh port city of Chittagong, police said on Saturday.

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council's authorization to deploy 15,000 foreign troops to help Lebanon's army halt the month-long war in the Mideast offers the first real hope for a reduction in violence after a month of bloodshed in Lebanon and Israel.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Iran is pressing Shi'ite militias to step up attacks against the U.S.-led forces in Iraq in retaliation for the Israeli assault on Lebanon, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq told The New York Times in an interview.

JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels broke through military defenses in the island's far north and overran army bunkers on Saturday, truce monitors said, as the fiercest fighting since a 2002 truce spread.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres on Saturday welcomed a U.N. resolution calling for an end to hostilities between Israel and Hizbollah and said the deal vindicated Israel's month-long military campaign.

By Rupam Jain Nair SURAT, India (Reuters) - Rescuers and residents used bulldozers and plastic buckets to clear debris and hunt for bodies on Saturday in a major commercial center in western India, one of the country's worst-hit areas during week-long floods.

SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - Hundreds of people took to the streets of Kashmir on Saturday shouting anti-India slogans after troops killed two civilians believing they were separatist militants.

Word of the Day
  • A serpent whose bite was fabled to produce intense thirst.
The word 'dipsas' comes from a Greek word meaning 'thirst'.