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International News Archive - October 11, 2008

World in brief NAIROBI A spokesman for the pirates holding an arms-laden tanker off the coast of Somalia has threatened to blow up the ship in three days if no ransom is paid.

By Peter Popham The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Martti Ahtisaari, the Finnish diplomat who has successfully banged heads together to end many conflicts from southern Africa to Indonesia to the Balkans.

Turkish warplanes continued to strike separatist Kurdish rebel targets inside northern Iraq Saturday, military officials said.

Text of report by Kosovo Albanian privately-owned KohaVision TV, on 10 October [Announcer] The person behind the idea for Kosovo's independence, which is gaining international recognition, former Finish President Martti Ahtisaari [UN envoy for Kosovo status talks] has won the Nobel Peace Prize.

By Associated Press ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- U.S. missile attacks on suspected militants in Pakistan's northwest near Afghanistan are undermining the war on terror and "helping the terrorists," the Muslim nation's Foreign Ministry said Friday.

Joerg Haider, a far-right Austrian politician whose party had made significant gains in last month's elections, has died in a car accident, officials said.

Pirates who have seized a Ukrainian ship and its crew have threatened to blow up the ship, which is laden with weapons, if they are not paid $8 million. "We are ready to blast the ship, the cargo and ourselves if the owners refuse to pay us ransom," a representative of the pirates said.

Washington, Oct. 11 (Jiji Press)--The United States said Saturday that it has removed North Korea from its list of state sponsors of terrorism in exchange for jump-starting six-party talks on the reclusive state's nuclear issues.

AUSTRIAN police say far-right politician Joerg Haider has died in a car accident. Police say the accident happened early this morning in the south of the country.

Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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