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International News Archive - August 29, 2006

KABUL (Reuters) - At least one Afghan civilian was killed in a suicide bomb attack on a NATO convoy in the country's volatile south on Tuesday, the latest incident in the worst upsurge of violence since the Taliban were ousted five years ago.

By Grant McCool HANOI (Reuters) - A jailed Vietnamese cyber-dissident due for release under a government amnesty would need medical care after his expected return home on Tuesday or Wednesday, his wife said.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, comatose since suffering a stroke in January, was transferred out of an intensive care unit on Tuesday after doctors successfully treated his double pneumonia.

By Gul Yousafzai QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - Suspected rebels blew up a gas pipeline and electricity pylons in the gas-rich Pakistani province of Baluchistan as supporters of a rebel leader killed at the weekend prepared to hold prayers for him.

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese financial newspaper has said it will support two of its journalists being sued for defamation over a news report that alleged mistreatment of workers at a China plant manufacturing iPod music players.

By Daniel Wallis KAMPALA (Reuters) - A truce that could spell the end of one of Africa's longest and most brutal wars came into effect on Tuesday, Uganda's military said.

By Thomas Grove ANTALYA, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkish police have launched a hunt for two suspected bombers after a blast killed three people and wounded dozens in the coastal city Antalya, Milliyet newspaper reported on Tuesday.

GAZA (Reuters) - Israel's air force struck a group of Palestinian gunmen in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, wounding at least eight people including bystanders, medics and witnesses said.

By Gul Yousafzai QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - Gunmen and security forces exchanged fire in the Pakistani city of Quetta on Tuesday as rioting erupted after prayers were held for a rebel leader killed at the weekend, police said. Several people were wounded, police said.

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Tuesday he would leave for Syria later in the day in a trip likely to rankle Washington, which charges the Arab nation with sponsoring terrorism.

Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.