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International News Archive - August 05, 2006

By Peter Apps TRINCOMALEE (Reuters) - Tamil Tigers and troops exchanged mortar and artillery fire on Saturday on the 11th day of fighting in Sri Lanka's restive east, as the military sought to move thousands of displaced civilians out of harm's way.

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Land owned by Nepal's King Gyanendra may be confiscated and handed to poor farmers, a minister said on Saturday, in the latest move to remove the monarch's privileges after street protest forced him from power.

HYDERABAD, India (Reuters) - Torrential rains and flooding ravaged large areas of eastern and southern India on Saturday, with troops airlifting supplies and evacuating thousands of people to higher ground, officials said.

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have halted an offensive on government-held town in eastern Sri Lanka and are pulling back to their original positions, a Tiger source said on Saturday.

ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) - Police investigating the theft of hundreds of artworks from Russia's Hermitage Museum have arrested two suspects, Interfax news agency quoted a source close to the investigation as saying on Saturday.

BAIDOA (Reuters) - An Ethiopian delegation arrived in Somalia on Saturday to meet with top officials and help resolve a political crisis threatening the fragile interim administration, a government spokesman said.

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The deaths caused by Tropical Storm Prapiroon in south China rose to 48 on Saturday and 15 people remain missing, the official Xinhua news agency said, but the storm was weakening as it moved inland.

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Employees of retail giant Wal-Mart have set up their second trade union in China, pushing toward the Chinese labor federation's goal of unionizing every Wal-Mart store in the country.

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Employees of retail giant Wal-Mart have set up their second trade union in China, pushing toward the Chinese labor federation's goal of unionizing every Wal-Mart store in the country.

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Former Darfur rebels said on Saturday they have stopped implementing a peace deal until the government honors a promise to make Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) leader Minni Arcua Minnawi a special presidential assistant.

Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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