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International News Archive - August 27, 2006

QUETTA, Baluchistan (Reuters) - Authorities in the Pakistani city of Quetta imposed an indefinite curfew and called in troops on Sunday after violent protests followed the killing of a Baluch nationalist rebel leader.

By Simon Gardner TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - The first foreign nationals and aid workers to be evacuated from Sri Lanka's besieged north sailed into this eastern port on Sunday, only to be met by volleys of rockets and artillery amid fresh fighting.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A car bomb exploded outside the offices of the state-run newspaper al-Sabah in Baghdad on Sunday, killing two people and wounding 20 others, police said. Police said the car was parked in a lot outside the building and more than 20 cars were destroyed or on fire.

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli forces killed two gunmen overnight in Gaza and wounded seven Palestinians, including two journalists in an air strike on a Reuters vehicle that the army said it failed to identify, residents said on Sunday.

By Serajul Islam Quadir DHAKA (Reuters) - A half-day general strike paralysed part of Bangladesh's northern region on Sunday after six people died, apparently shot by security forces, during violent protests the previous day over a coal mine planned by a British company.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A loud blast shook central Baghdad and black smoke was seen rising near a hotel complex on Sunday, witnesses said. Sustained gunshots were heard minutes after the blast some 100 meters from the Palestine hotel. There was no immediate word on casualties.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A car bomb in central Baghdad killed five people and wounded 10 on Sunday, police said. The blast, which shook central Baghdad and sent columns of black smoke into the air, took place on Saadoun Street, a busy commercial area, police said.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A car bomb exploded outside the offices of the state-run newspaper al-Sabah in Baghdad on Sunday, killing two people, wounding 20 and causing extensive damage to the building, police said.

By Paul Tait SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia will likely lower recruitment standards to let overweight people and mild asthmatics join up as it tries to boost troop numbers to combat regional instability, the nation's top soldier said on Sunday.

By Ross Colvin BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A car bomb blasted a state-run newspaper on Sunday as police reported finding 20 bodies in Baghdad, one day after Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki again called on ethnically and religiously divided Iraqis to unite.

Word of the Day
aphotic
  • Having no light.
  • Of or relating to the region of a body of water that is not reached by sunlight and in which photosynthesis is unable to occur.
The word 'aphotic' comes from Greek roots meaning 'without' and 'light'.
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