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International News Archive - August 14, 2006

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia abandoned on Monday plans for tougher new asylum laws, designed to ease Indonesian concerns, after a revolt by government lawmakers ensured Prime Minister John Howard could not pass the legislation.

GAZA (Reuters) - An Israeli air strike killed one Palestinian and wounded two in the northern Gaza Strip on Monday shortly after at least one rocket was fired into Israel from the area, doctors said. The Israeli army said it had targeted militants who had launched the rocket.

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui plans to visit Japan next month, a representative of his political party said on Monday, a move likely to upset China because it sees Taiwan as a wayward province.

TOKYO (Reuters) - A rare power outage caused by an industrial accident plunged much of Tokyo into chaos for about three hours on Monday, darkening offices, trapping people in elevators and disrupting transport and computer systems.

By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - South Korean poli

By Paul Tait SYDNEY (Reuters) - South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon on Monday urged patience in attempts to lure North Korea back to talks about its nuclear weapons ambitions rather than risk a "negative" response from the secretive state.

KABUL (Reuters) - Four NATO soldiers and three Afghan civilians were wounded in Kabul on Monday in a bomb blast blamed on the Taliban, officials said.

PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria (Reuters) - Four foreign oil workers were kidnapped by armed men from a bar in Nigeria's southern oil city of Port Harcourt, bar workers said on Monday.

By Corinne Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, facing a backlash over his handling of the Lebanon war, will address parliament on Monday to begin a fight for political survival hours after a U.N.-brokered truce took effect.

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - An Israeli air strike killed three Palestinians in the northern Gaza Strip on Monday shortly after two rockets were fired into Israel from the area, Palestinian doctors said. The Israeli army said it had targeted militants who had launched the rockets.

Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'