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General News Archive - October 14, 2005

By David Fox MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - Survivors of the Kashmir earthquake spent a sixth night in the open in the worst-hit city of Muzaffarabad, kept awake by the rumble of aid trucks and an aftershock early on Friday that set dogs howling. The aftershock, at around 2 a.m.

By Oleg Shchedrov NALCHIK, Russia (Reuters) - Russian security forces said on Friday they had saved a group of hostages and killed their Chechen captors who held them overnight in a town in the Caucasus following a huge rebel raid that killed dozens.

By Jalil Hamid PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (Reuters) - An Iraqi Sunni leader said on Friday he expected Iraqi voters to reject a new constitution, saying last-minute amendments to the charter still fell short of his expectations.

By Aine Gallagher BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU experts opened crisis talks on the spread of bird flu on Friday, a day after health officials confirmed what many had long feared -- the arrival of the deadly H5N1 strain on Europe's doorstep.

By Oleg Shchedrov NALCHIK, Russia (Reuters) - Russian security forces said on Friday they had all but wiped out the remnants of a rebel force that tried to storm a Caucasus town in an attack that raised doubts about the Kremlin's control in the region.

By Omar al-Ibadi BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A nationwide security clampdown virtually emptied city streets and highways across Iraq on Friday on the eve of a referendum on a new constitution. Iraqi officials moved ballots into polling centers, but most shops were shuttered and there was little traffic.

By David Fox MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - Thunderstorms followed by cold weather promised more misery for survivors of the Kashmir earthquake at the weekend as the focus of international aid efforts turned on Friday from rescue to relief.

PARIS (Reuters) - The United States and France intensified pressure on Iran on Friday to return to negotiations over its suspected nuclear arms programs and reasserted the threat to refer Tehran to the U.N. Security Council. "We hope the Iranians will return to the table ...

By Darren Schuettler HANOI (Reuters) - The spread of Asia's deadly bird flu to Europe is a "troubling sign" and the world must work faster to prepare for a potential flu pandemic, U.S. Health Secretary Mike Leavitt said on Friday.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Rebels who try to attack Russian targets in future will be decisively crushed, President Vladimir Putin said on Friday after his security forces killed scores of gunmen who attacked the southern town of Nalchik.

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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