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International News Archive - June 27, 2008

By The Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) - Roadside bombs killed four U.S. soldiers in northern Iraq, the military said Wednesday, in a spike of violence that pushed to at least nine the number of Americans who have died here this week.

The Romanian government has become involved in a controversy over an 11-year-old rape victim should be allowed to have an abortion in Britain. Florina Vranceanu is 20 weeks pregnant, past the legal limit to end a pregnancy in Romania.

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo Kyoto, June 27 Kyodo - The Group of Eight foreign ministers agreed that North Korea's nuclear declaration made Thursday needs to be verified, Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura said Friday.

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap SEOUL, June 27 (Yonhap) - The Seoul city government started Friday forcefully removing tents set up at City Hall Plaza by activists, who have been protesting for nearly two months the resumption of US beef imports, city officials said.

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap SEOUL, June 27 (Yonhap) - South Korea restarted quarantine inspections of US beef on Friday in line with a new import agreement, as the US product was expected to hit local store shelves as early as next week.

World News IN BRIEF *JERUSALEM The Israeli Foreign Minister, Tzipi Livni, right, a strong rival of the Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, has urged him to order "an immediate military response to every violation" of the Gaza ceasefire.

World News IN BRIEF *BAGHDAD Bombs killed 38 people in Iraq yesterday, including 20 at a tribal council meeting in Anbar province just days before the US military transfers control of security for the vast western region to Iraqi forces.

Gaza militants fired two rockets into southern Israel on Thursday, further straining a shaky, week-old truce as Israel kept vital Gaza border crossings closed in response. The rocket attack is the second since the cease-fire took effect. (c) 2008 Rocky Mountain News.

Foreign ministers of the Group of Eight nations stressed Friday that North Korea's disclosure of its nuclear activities needs to be fully verified.

Text of report in English by Slovene news agency STA, Khanty-Mansiysk, 27 June: EU and Russia formally endorsed Friday the start of talks on a wide-ranging new Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, which will replace the existing, decade-old accord, and is expected to put the weighty relationship on a new footing.

Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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