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International News Archive - September 04, 2006

By Chris Buckley BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese policy makers are debating how far their country should prop up or pressure North Korea as fraying economic ties compound political distrust.

By Manny Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - Six Philippine marines and 8 Muslim rebels were killed and dozens more were wounded in the heaviest day of fighting in the latest campaign to flush out Islamic extremists from a remote southwestern island.

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai police issued a warrant on Monday to interrogate four soldiers in connection with a plot to blow up Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra that critics and the media have suggested was an elaborate political stunt.

KABUL (Reuters) - A NATO soldier was killed by friendly fire and several more wounded on Monday during a major offensive to crush a resurgent Taliban in southern Afghanistan.

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese researcher for the New York Times who was sentenced to three years jail for fraud will contest the conviction after having beat a separate charge of illegally leaking state secrets, his lawyer said on Monday.

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's military has taken control of the northeastern area of Sampur from Tiger rebels after days of fighting to secure the southern lip of strategic Trincomalee harbour, a military official said on Monday.

KARACHI (Reuters) - Pakistani and U.S. naval forces began a series of exercises on Monday aimed at improving counter-terrorism capabilities, a Pakistani navy spokesman said.

MANILA (Reuters) - Imelda Marcos, the Philippines' former first lady, may return to politics next year and run for mayor of the capital Manila, her eldest daughter Imee said on Monday.

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese researcher for the New York Times who was sentenced to three years jail for fraud will contest the conviction after having beat a separate charge of illegally leaking state secrets, his lawyer said on Monday.

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's government said it pushed Tamil Tiger rebels from the mouth of strategic Trincomalee harbor on Monday, and that it would therefore halt its offensive.

Word of the Day
bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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