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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
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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