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International News Archive - August 20, 2006

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian and wounded three others on Sunday at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank, Israel Radio said. An army spokesman had no immediate comment on the incident.

HANOI (Reuters) - Flooding, landslides and lightning have killed 15 people and left one missing since Friday night in Vietnam, bringing the country's toll in a week of torrential rain to 42, reports said on Sunday.

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Both Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger rebels might still say they want peace despite a return to large-scale fighting, but in reality they may have got the war that they wanted after four years of ceasefire.

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea will send 100,000 tonnes of rice through its Red Cross to flood-ravaged North Korea in a one-time aid package that also includes building materials and equipment, the government said on Sunday.

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Dozens of Nepali women stripped naked and plowed their fields in west Nepal, hoping to appease the gods and get some much needed rain, a newspaper report said on Sunday.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - It was one of Baghdad's last remaining pleasures, but even eating ice-cream is now too risky. "I have brought my family just once this season.

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea will send 100,000 tonnes of rice through its Red Cross to flood-ravaged North Korea in a one-time aid package that also includes building materials and equipment, the government said on Sunday.

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Defense Minister Elias al-Murr said on Sunday the army would be tough in dealing with any attempt to breach the U.N.-brokered truce that halted a 34-day war between Israel and Hizbollah. "The army will be very tough in dealing with such an issue," he told a news conference.

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's relations with Japan would remain at low ebb as long as Japanese leaders continued visiting a Tokyo shrine for war dead, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Sunday, driving home Beijing's displeasure.

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The president is locked in a sex scandal, the justice minister is quitting over a purported stolen kiss, the prime minister is haunted by a property deal and the country's top general is under fire for stock trading. Welcome to Israel, after the war.

Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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