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International News Archive - June 14, 2008

Taliban suicide bombers cracked open the jail in Kandahar, freeing 1,150 Afghan prisoners Friday, including 400 militants. A spokesman for the Taliban said two suicide bombers and 30 fighters on motorcycles and armed with Kalashnikovs were involved in the attack, The Independent reported.

By The Associated Press HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) - President Robert Mugabe's regime struck at his rivals Thursday only two weeks before Zimbabwe's presidential runoff, twice detaining his challenger and jailing the No. 2 opposition leader to face treason charges.The U.S.

By The Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) - New U.S. proposals have failed to overcome Iraqi opposition to a proposed security pact, two lawmakers said Thursday, and a senior government official expressed doubt an agreement could be reached before the U.S.

Text of report by Sohail Khan and Khalid Iqbal headlined "Mammoth anti-Musharraf rally in Islamabad" published by Pakistani newspaper The News website on 14 June Islamabad: Hundreds of thousands of anti-Musharraf marchers converged on federal capital early Saturday [14 June] demanding reinstatement of the deposed judges in no time.

Text of report by independent German news agency ddp Cologne (ddp) - Even after the "no" vote of the Irish on the EU reform treaty of Lisbon, Luxembourg's Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker argues for continuing the ratification process.

Text of report by independent German news agency ddp Berlin / Dublin (ddp) - For the present, the EU Reform Treaty has come to grief on the rocks of the Irish "no" vote.

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Taliban militants staged a brazen bomb and rocket attack on the main prison in southern Afghanistan late Friday, blowing down the gate and helping hundreds of suspected insurgents flee, officials said.

Iranian leaders say they won't negotiate away their uranium enrichment activities in exchange for benefits being offered by Western nations.

By Brian Ferguson TALEBAN militants stormed a prison in Afghanistan last night, blowing open its main gates with a car bomb and freeing more than 1,000 inmates.

By George Kerevan WE ALREADY have an example of what happens when an EU treaty is rejected by the voters - very little. It is three years since the voters of France and the Netherlands upset the EU political apple cart by rejecting the original European Constitution.

Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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