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International News Archive - August 23, 2006

By John O'Callaghan MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippine lower house of Congress was due to vote on Wednesday on an impeachment motion that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will almost certainly beat with the sheer strength of her allies.

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - A nuclear weapons test by North Korea would have devastating consequences but so far remains only a possibility, South Korea's foreign minister said on Wednesday. A news report last week quoted U.S.

HANOI (Reuters) - A province in southern Vietnam has banned the import of cows, buffaloes and their manure from neighboring Cambodia to help stop the spread of foot-and-mouth disease, state media reported on Wednesday.

By John O'Callaghan MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippine lower house of Congress was due to vote on Wednesday on an impeachment motion that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will almost certainly beat with the sheer strength of her allies.

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Fighting on Sri Lanka's besieged Jaffna peninsula appeared to have hit a lull after a 12-day battle with Tamil Tiger rebels, officials said, as an aid ship sailed to feed tens of thousands cut off by the violence.

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese court has ruled two Japanese writers should pay a Nanjing massacre survivor $200,000 in compensation over their account of the 1937 attack, but their publisher rejected the finding as nothing more than meddling.

To the millions of holidaymakers who flock there every year, Thailand is the "Land of Smiles," a picture-postcard paradise of white-sand beaches, tropical sun and exotic eastern charm.

PARIS (Reuters) - One of the main tasks facing a U.N. force in Lebanon will be to ensure that no arms are smuggled across the borders to Hizbollah, French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said on Wednesday.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli police questioned President Moshe Katsav on Wednesday over allegations he coerced a former female employee into having sex with him, a police spokesman said. Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the questioning at Katsav's residence in Jerusalem could take several hours.

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A man on death row for the 2002 Bali bombings communicated with Islamic militants on the Internet while in prison to organize another deadly attack on the Indonesian resort island last year, police said on Wednesday.

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  • To give a box on the ear to.
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