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International News Archive - August 25, 2006

By Ed Cropley BANGKOK (Reuters) - Sceptical Thai media questioned on Friday the government's assertion of a plot to blow up Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, but the opposition feared the incident could presage a violent election campaign.

SEOUL (Reuters) - Regional powers should not try to back North Korea into a corner over its missile tests and nuclear weapons programme but should stand firm when Pyongyang behaves badly, South Korea's foreign minister said on Friday. U.S.

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - The first aid ship to break a two week siege of Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna peninsula prepared to unload on Friday, while another Red Cross-flagged vessel left port to evacuate foreign nationals.

NAQOURA, Lebanon (Reuters) - Around 150 French soldiers arrived in Lebanon by ship on Friday, the second batch to join a U.N. peacekeeping force that is being beefed up to maintain a truce between Israel and Hizbollah guerrillas.

KOCHI, India (Reuters) - An Indian court declined on Friday to lift a regional ban on the production and sale of Coca-Cola and Pepsi products, imposed after an environment group said the drinks contained dangerous levels of pesticides.

By Mark John BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union foreign ministers will hold emergency talks on Friday on troop contributions to a U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon amid growing pressure on their countries to make firm commitments.

ALMATY (Reuters) - U.S.-based Human Rights Watch said on Friday the lives of Uzbek refugees suspected of having been abducted in Kyrgyzstan and forcibly returned to their homeland were in danger.

PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria (Reuters) - Nigerian soldiers burned hundreds of slum houses located close to the compound of an Italian oil company where at least one Italian worker was kidnapped and his bodyguard killed overnight.

DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - An Australian beauty therapist launched a final bid on Friday to overturn a 20-year sentence in Indonesia for drug smuggling, offering to present new evidence to a Bali court to help clear her name.

By Saeed Ali Achakzai SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan (Reuters) - The Taliban on Friday denied secretly talking with the Afghan government and NATO to lay down their arms in the volatile south, rejecting such reports as propaganda by weakened foreign forces.

Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.