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International News Archive - September 01, 2006

By Bappa Majumdar KOLKATA, India (Reuters) - Thousands of protected birds are being killed in India's West Bengal state to meet demand from drummers who want to decorate their instruments with feathers, officials and activists said.

By Asim Tanveer DERA BUGTI, Pakistan (Reuters) - The body of an elderly rebel chieftain killed during a clash with Pakistani security forces last weekend was hastily buried on Friday in his hometown in Pakistan's restive southwest province of Baluchistan.

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister John Howard has called on migrants, particularly Muslims, to integrate into Australian society by quickly learning English -- sparking warnings his comments may lead to race riots.

By George Nishiyama HIROSHIMA, Japan (Reuters) - Shinzo Abe formally entered the race on Friday to be Japan's next prime minister, saying his country must forge a stronger role on the world stage and better ties with Asia.

By Asim Tanveer DERA BUGTI, Pakistan (Reuters) - An elderly rebel chieftain whose killing by Pakistani security forces last weekend sparked violent protests was hastily buried on Friday in his hometown in Pakistan's restive southwest province of Baluchistan.

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Princess Kiko, pregnant with a possible heir to the Chrysanthemum throne, is to give birth on Wednesday, an official at the Imperial Household Agency said on Friday.

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Friday Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was committed to implementing a U.N. resolution on Lebanon that includes an embargo on illegal arms shipments.

By Adrian Croft LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair called for an end to speculation about when he will leave office, sparking renewed calls on Friday for a departure timetable from critics within his party.

By Allyn Fisher-Ilan KIRYAT SHMOMA, Israel (Reuters) - "Where there's a will, there's a way," reads a sign posted on a wall to try to hide rocket damage in a school for disabled children in the northern Israeli town of Kiryat Shmona.

By George Nishiyama HIROSHIMA, Japan (Reuters) - Shinzo Abe announced his candidacy on Friday to be Japan's next prime minister, a post he looks certain to win, and said he wanted his country to forge a stronger role on the world stage and improve ties with Asia.

Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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