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2005-11-13 01:52:30

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Former rebels from Indonesia's Aceh province begin handing in weapons on Monday under the third phase of a landmark peace pact that ended one of Asia's longest running civil wars. In a statement on Sunday, the European-led Aceh Monitoring Mission said weapons would be given up at five locations along Aceh's west coast November 14-17. Under the pact, signed in Helsinki last August, Indonesia has also been withdrawing troops and police from tsunami-hit Aceh. The...

2005-10-14 07:43:07

By Katie Nguyen AKUEM, Sudan (Reuters) - Looking at the cloudless sky, Sudanese villager Nyanut Nyang knows she cannot count on the rains for a bountiful harvest of sorghum, but she can rely on a foreign-run hospital for food rations to ease her hunger. When asked how she would cope with next year's anticipated food shortages, her response is typical of many heading to the Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) feeding center in southern Sudan. "I will come back and they will assist me."...

2005-09-19 03:14:29

(Corrects day of the week in the third paragraph.) A corrected version follows: JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia will pull 2,600 soldiers out of Aceh province on Tuesday as it steps up the withdrawal of troops under a peace agreement that ended decades of conflict with rebels, an army spokesman said. On Sunday, 800 troops were shipped out after the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) fulfilled its part of the first phase of the landmark Helsinki pact by surrendering more than a quarter of its...

2005-09-19 01:59:08

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia will pull 2,600 soldiers out of Aceh province on Tuesday as it steps up the withdrawal of troops under a peace agreement that ended decades of conflict with rebels, an army spokesman said. On Sunday, 800 troops were shipped out after the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) fulfilled its part of the first phase of the landmark Helsinki pact by surrendering more than a quarter of its arsenal. "Four battalions, each consisting of 650 troops, will leave Aceh on...

2005-09-18 07:39:57

By Tommy Ardiansyah and Heru Asprihanto LHOKSEUMAWE, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesia began withdrawing troops from Aceh on Sunday following completion of an initial arms surrender by rebels, a key part of an agreement aimed at ending nearly 30 years of conflict. Soldiers joked and laughed as they carried automatic weapons before boarding a ship at a port in Lhokseumawe on Aceh's northern coast. Aceh army chief Supiadin told reporters 800 soldiers were sent off from the port on...

2005-09-16 01:04:00

By Jerry Norton BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesia will begin withdrawing thousands of troops from Aceh as soon as the rebels complete the first stage of arms surrender this weekend under a landmark peace deal, the military said on Friday. On Thursday, the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) handed in some 80 manufactured and homemade firearms in the first phase of a four-part process under the August 15 agreement with the government that ended three decades of fighting. The rebels...

2005-09-14 04:58:00

By Katie Nguyen AKUEM, Sudan (Reuters) Akol Deng Akol expected the end of Sudan's 21-year civil war to end the hunger that usually takes hold when the rains stop. But eight months after peace was agreed between southern rebels and the northern Khartoum government, Akol's home region of Bahr el Ghazal is recovering from its worst food shortage since a famine killed at least 60,000 people seven years ago. Tackling seasonal cycles of hunger is a critical challenge the yet-to-be-formed...

2005-09-14 02:36:04

By Tommy Ardiansyah LHOKSEUMAWE, Indonesia (Reuters) - More than 1,000 Indonesian police boarded a naval vessel to leave Aceh on Wednesday as part of a peace deal with rebels that will halve the number of security forces in the province. The pullout by 1,300 members of the elite police mobile brigade comes a day before Free Aceh Movement (GAM) rebels start handing over guns to foreign monitors under an August 15 peace accord that ended one of Asia's longest-running civil wars....

2005-09-13 03:14:40

By Jerry Norton BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Former rebels in Indonesia's Aceh will start handing in guns this week as elite police units begin pulling out, kicking off a key phase in implimenting a landmark peace deal ending 30 years of civil war. Decommissioning of weapons owned by the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) begins in the province on Thursday under the eyes of an international team of monitors following the August 15 peace deal. "So far, conditions in the field are very...

2005-08-31 02:00:30

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Hundreds of Acehnese rebels walked free from Indonesian jails on Wednesday under a sweeping amnesty that forms a vital plank of a landmark peace agreement signed in Helsinki this month. Some 2,000 jailed members of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) are expected to be released after President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono issued the amnesty late on Tuesday. The peace deal was agreed after GAM gave up its demand for independence in tsunami-devastated Aceh...


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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