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General News Archive - November 28, 2004

BEIJING - A gas explosion tore through a central Chinese coal mine on Sunday, trapping at least 188 miners and sending smoke billowing out the mine's air vents, the government said. The accident occurred in the state-owned Chenjiashan coal mine in Shaanxi province at 7:20 a.m.

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KIEV, Ukraine - Ukraine's parliament declared the country's disputed presidential election invalid Saturday amid international calls for a new vote, fueling what has become a political tug-of-war between the West and Moscow over the future of this former Soviet republic.

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BAGHDAD, Iraq - The Iraqi government brushed aside Sunni Muslim demands to delay the Jan. 30 election, and a spokesman for the majority Shiite community called the date "nonnegotiable." Insurgents stepped up attacks, blasting U.S. patrols in Baghdad and killing a U.S. soldier north of the capital.

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PHILADELPHIA - A tanker spilled 30,000 gallons of crude oil into the Delaware River between Philadelphia and southern New Jersey, creating a 20-mile-long slick that killed dozens of birds and threatened other wildlife, federal officials said Saturday.

BEIJING - At least 170 workers were trapped Sunday after an explosion tore through a central Chinese coal mine, sending smoke billowing out from air vents, the government said. Another 123 were rescued.

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BENTONVILLE, Ark. - Weaker-than-expected holiday shopping forced Wal-Mart Stores Inc. on Saturday to cut its projected sales increase for November by more than half, an ominous announcement for retailers as their busiest time of year begins.

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KIEV, Ukraine - President Leonid Kuchma called on opposition demonstrators to end their four-day blockade of government buildings Sunday, saying compromise was needed to solve the political crisis that has engulfed Ukraine since its disputed presidential vote.

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BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq's deputy prime minister on Sunday said that holding elections in January will be "a serious challenge" but insisted they must go ahead as scheduled. U.S. troops and Iraqi paramilitary police arrested 43 suspected insurgents in the northern city of Mosul, the military said.

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WASHINGTON - When former CIA Director George Tenet said his farewells at a two-hour ceremony this summer, a deputy noted that 40 percent of the agency's staff had worked for just one chief. It was a symbol of Tenet's endurance, seven years on the job, the second longest tenure of a director.

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BOGOTA, Colombia - Colombia's main rebel group asked followers to mount an assassination attempt against President Bush during his visit to Colombia last week, Defense Minister Jorge Uribe said. There was no evidence Saturday that rebels even tried to organize such an attack.

Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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