International News Archive - August 02, 2006

KABUL (Reuters) - A blast in a car killed at least one man and wounded two more in the Afghan capital on Wednesday, police said. The cause of the explosion was unclear, said Ali Shah Paktiawal, a senior police official for Kabul. The blast occurred on a main road to the south of the city center.

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels killed five military personnel and wounded 18 with volleys of artillery shells and mortar bombs in the island's east on Wednesday.

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine troops killed five suspected members of Abu Sayyaf, a home-grown Muslim terrorist group with links to al Qaeda, in fierce fighting on a southern island, a senior military official said on Wednesday.

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers attacked three army camps and pushed into government territory in the east on Wednesday, as an artillery duel killed at least 12 people a day after suicide bombers tried to sink a ship with 850 troops aboard.

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has turned down aid offers to help it cope with flooding that displaced tens of thousands and could push the impoverished country to famine, officials said on Wednesday.

By Mirwais Afghan KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - NATO and Afghan forces killed 18 Taliban guerrillas in a raid on a village in southern Afghanistan, where violence has escalated after NATO troops took over from U.S. forces.

By Daniel Wallis KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda said on Wednesday it welcomed a truce call by elusive Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) leader Joseph Kony, but stressed that it would only sign a ceasefire as part of a final peace agreement.

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's civil war appeared to have resumed in all but name on Wednesday as Tamil Tiger rebels attacked three army camps and pushed into government territory and the military said dozens of rebels were killed.

By Olena Horodetska KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's president will make a last-ditch attempt on Wednesday to win guarantees for his Western-leaning policies as he faces a deadline to either nominate a rival as prime minister or dissolve parliament.

By S.M. Humayun Kabir RAJSHAHI, Bangladesh (Reuters) - A rare drought in the middle of the monsoon season is threatening crops that account for up to a third of the country's staple rice output, especially in the north.

Word of the Day
  • Stoppage; cessation (of labor).
  • A standing still or idling (of mills, factories, etc.).
The word chomage comes into English from French.]