International News Archive - August 16, 2006

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Under pressure to dispatch troops quickly to Lebanon, the United Nations wants to deploy up to 3,500 new soldiers within two weeks to oversee a fragile truce and Israel's withdrawal from the south.

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - As Sri Lankan troops and Tamil Tigers traded artillery fire again on Wednesday, analysts and executives say the worst fighting since a 2002 truce is delaying investments in the $23 billion economy.

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese police were investigating a possible arson attack at the office of a senior lawmaker known for his outspoken opposition to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visits to a controversial war shrine, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

By Dolly Aglay LAPAZ, Philippines (Reuters) - Rescue workers battled on Wednesday to stop a huge oil spill from further polluting the central Philippine coastline as fishermen, smeared in the foul-smelling sludge, returned to shore with empty nets. "This is a major disaster.

By Teruaki Ueno TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese fisherman died after a Russian patrol boat fired on a fishing boat on Wednesday, Japanese officials said, prompting Tokyo to protest what appeared to be the first fatality for 50 years in a territorial dispute.

SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - Indian soldiers shot dead five suspected Muslim militants as they tried to cross into Indian Kashmir from Pakistan on Wednesday, an army spokesman said.

By James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) - A third of the world is facing water shortages because of poor management of water resources and soaring water usage, driven mainly by agriculture, the International Water Management Institute said on Wednesday.

By Ross Colvin BAGHDAD (Reuters) - "Take cover!" yelled Captain Ryan Nystrom as gunshots rang out. The leader of the 14th U.S. Cavalry "Crazy Horse" platoon and his men crouched behind a low wall, trying to figure out where the two "pop pop" sounds had come from.

HYDERABAD, India (Reuters) - News, comment, cricket scores -- and contraception.

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese sociologist accused of a crime involving state secrets went on trial behind closed doors on Wednesday, his wife and a human rights group said, a day after the high-profile trial of a reporter for a Singapore newspaper.

Word of the Day
  • To befool; deceive; balk; jilt.
  • An illusion; a trick; a cheat.
The word 'begunk' may come from a nasalised variant of Scots begeck ("to deceive, disappoint"), equivalent to be- +‎ geck.