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2008-07-06 06:00:02

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo [By Miya Tanaka] Toyako, Japan, July 6 Kyodo - Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda is expected to seek cooperation from US President George W. Bush in dealing with North Korea and climate change issues as they began a bilateral meeting Sunday afternoon ahead of the Group of Eight summit in Japan's northern island of Hokkaido. Fukuda arrived in the Lake Toya resort area earlier in the day, hoping to demonstrate his...

2008-07-02 12:01:05

By Kyodo News International, Tokyo Jul. 2--BRASILIA -- Japan and Brazil will later Wednesday agree on the enhancement of cooperation in biofuels and trade amid a sharp rise in prices of natural resources worldwide, Japanese officials said. Akira Amari, the first Japanese industry minister visiting Brazil in 24 years, will attend a meeting of a ministerial-level working group on ethanol and strike a deal with Brazil to make the South American country increase its supply of biofuels...

2008-06-27 09:03:03

CALGARY, Alberta, June 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Gran Tierra Energy Inc. (AMEX: GTE; TSX: GTE), a company focused on oil exploration and production in South America, today announced that it had successfully drilled the Popa-2 exploration well in the Rio Magdalena Block in central Colombia, and was preparing to initiate well testing operations. Gran Tierra Energy initiated drilling of the Popa-2 exploration well in the Rio Magdalena Block in the Middle Magdalena Basin, on May 8, 2008,...

2008-06-20 09:00:44

The proposed joint venture between Hungarian oil company MOL and Czech power generator CEZ has received all the necessary approvals from the European Commission and from relevant anti-monopoly authorities in Ukraine, Serbia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. The establishment of the joint venture (JV) company is expected to be completed during summer 2008. The MOL-CEZ strategic alliance is reportedly continuing according to schedule and intentions declared in the preliminary phase of the project are...

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2008-05-31 17:05:00

The discovery of a previously unknown Amazon Indian tribe in the western Amazon rainforest, in the Brazilian state of Acre, demonstrates the threats such "lost" tribes face from contact with outsiders. The Brazil-Peru border area is one of the last habitats on Earth for such groups, with more than 50 out of the 100 non-contacted tribes believed to live in the area. Brazil's Indians now number about 350,000, but were 5 million during the time the first Europeans arrived.   Contact...

2006-08-27 03:45:48

By Paul Tait SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia will likely lower recruitment standards to let overweight people and mild asthmatics join up as it tries to boost troop numbers to combat regional instability, the nation's top soldier said on Sunday. Prime Minister John Howard last week unveiled a A$10 billion ($7.6 billion) plan to add two new battalions, or 2,600 troops, to the Australian army despite falling armed forces numbers. Lieutenant-General Peter Leahy, head of the Australian...

2006-08-24 03:11:18

By James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia announced a A$10 billion ($7.6 billion) plan to increase the size of its army on Thursday so it could respond more quickly to emergencies caused by growing instability in small Asia-Pacific nations. Prime Minister John Howard said the army would seek an extra 2,600 troops, on top of the 1,500 extra forces announced earlier in the year, to provide two more battalions. He said the rapid deterioration of law and order in the Solomon...

2006-08-15 05:58:00

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany gave its strongest signal yet on Tuesday that it will send troops to join a U.N. peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon, a move that is likely to prove divisive in the country 60 years after the Holocaust. Chancellor Angela Merkel has so far been non-committal on the matter but Eckart von Klaeden, foreign policy spokesman for Merkel's conservatives (CDU-CSU) in parliament, said it was a question of "how" rather than "if" Germany would contribute. "I think...

2006-08-04 02:09:59

By Ahmad Pathoni JAKARTA (Reuters) - More than 200 Islamic militants from Southeast Asia have been sent on missions to attack Israel's interests and countries that support the Jewish state, their leader said on Friday. The fighters have been trained to carry out suicide bombings to revenge Israel's military strikes on the Palestinian territories and Lebanon, said Suaib Didu, chairman of the Jakarta-based ASEAN Muslim Youth Movement (AMYM). "We will limit our targets to Israel's...

2006-07-25 11:24:43

By Madeline Chambers BERLIN (Reuters) - The prospect of German soldiers heading to the Israeli border region as part of an international force has sparked a fierce debate about what Germany's role in the Middle East should be some 60 years after the Holocaust. While some politicians, including Defense Minister Franz Josef Jung, have left the door open to a contribution to a force, many Germans argue it is still too soon for their troops to get so close to the Jewish state. There is...


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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