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General News Archive - October 10, 2005

By Robert Birsel MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - Rescuers searched frantically for survivors of Pakistan's massive earthquake on Monday as the death toll marched past 20,000, while thousands of people spent a second chilly night in the open. The U.S.

By Richard Waddington ZURICH (Reuters) - The United States proposed on Monday deep cuts in farm subsidies and the future elimination of agricultural tariffs in a bid to unblock world trade talks and meet an end-year deadline for a deal.

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli soldiers shot dead three Palestinians near the Gaza border on Monday in violence that added to speculation that Israeli and Palestinian leaders would be forced to postpone a summit planned for Tuesday.

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Israel's Robert Aumann and American Thomas Schelling won the 2005 Nobel economics prize on Monday for their "game-theory analysis," which can help resolve conflicts in trade and business -- and even avoid war.

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Israel's Robert Aumann and American Thomas Schelling won the 2005 Nobel economics prize on Monday for their "game-theory analysis," which can help resolve conflicts in trade and business -- and even avoid war.

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Darfur rebels have released 36 African Union hostages but are still holding two more in the western Sudanese region, an AU spokesman said on Monday. The AU had blamed a breakaway faction of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) for the kidnappings.

SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria will ban imports of poultry and poultry products from its Black Sea neighbors Turkey and Romania due to bird flu, the head of the country's national veterinarian office said on Monday.

By Noah Barkin and Markus Krah BERLIN (Reuters) - Conservative leader Angela Merkel will become Germany's first woman chancellor under a deal that sees Gerhard Schroeder step aside but gives his Social Democrats top posts in a new government, sources said on Monday.

NICOSIA (Reuters) - Aviation authorities in Cyprus said on Monday they had grounded a Boeing aircraft run by budget carrier Helios Airways after the plane carrying British tourists had to turn back twice with technical problems.

By Jill Serjeant LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - With over 100 shows and $50 million in prize money, reality TV has become America's fast track to fame, wealth and even true love. But if you want a piece of the action, you'll need perseverance, nerves of steel and plenty of time on your hands.

Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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