International News Archive - August 07, 2006

By Peter Apps TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's army vowed on Monday to push on with a campaign to wrest control of an eastern water supply from Tamil Tigers, just hours after the rebels warned its continued attacks were a declaration of war.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. and Iraqi forces raided a suspected death squad in mostly Shi'ite east Baghdad early on Monday, the U.S. military said, and a police source said they fought with militia there for several hours.

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's Maoists said on Monday that peace talks with the government were close to breaking down over the contentious questions of the rebels surrendering their arms and the future of the monarchy.

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand began a week-long campaign on Monday to check every house in 29 provinces, including Bangkok's suburbs, in a bid to halt a resurging bird flu virus that has killed two people in the last three weeks.

By Peter Apps TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Residents who fled fighting in northeast Sri Lanka on foot accuse both troops and Tamil Tiger rebels of beating and seizing civilians as they escaped -- while each side accuses the other of massacres.

By Nopporn Wong-Anan BANGKOK (Reuters) - Embattled Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra kicked off his campaign on Monday for a general election re-run, handing out cows and land deeds in Thailand's poorest region.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian criminal police are trying to track down two huge safes containing classified documents that had been removed from its offices by mistake as scrap metal, Kommersant daily newspaper reported on Monday.

By Isabel Reynolds TOKYO (Reuters) - China urged Japan on Monday to stop visits by its leaders to the Yasukuni Shrine for war dead, as speculation grew that Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi would make a pilgrimage next week on the anniversary of Japan's World War Two surrender.

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Excerpts from a speech by Hizbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah blast from the speakers of Tareq Otabashi's music shop in the Syrian capital.

BAIDOA, Somalia (Reuters) - Somalia's "bloated" cabinet has been dissolved after failing to deliver during its two-year tenure and a new one will be appointed in a week, President Abdullahi Yusuf said on Monday.

Word of the Day
  • Emitting flashes of light; glittering.
The word 'coruscant' comes from a Latin word meaning 'to flash' or 'to sparkle'.