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General News Archive - October 15, 2005

By Mariam Karouny BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Polls opened on time and Iraqis began casting ballots in a landmark referendum on Saturday, with up to 15 million people set to say "yes" or "no" to a new constitution that backers hope will unite the torn country.

By Robert Birsel MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - A week after South Asia's strongest earthquake in 100 years, survivors woke to a cold and drizzly Saturday morning still uncertain how they would survive the coming winter without permanent shelter.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Among the government's expenditures for hurricane relief last month was $223,000 for flip-flop sandals, three golf carts rented for $1,500 a month and playing cards, The New York Times reported on Saturday.

By Mariam Karouny BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqis headed to the polls in an historic referendum on Saturday, with up to 15 million eligible voters deciding on a controversial new post-Saddam Hussein constitution that its backers hope will unite the torn country.

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S.

By Mariam Karouny and Hiba Moussa BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqis flowed to the polls in an historic referendum on Saturday, with up to 15 million voters set to decide on a controversial new post-Saddam Hussein constitution that backers hope will unite the torn country.

By David Fox MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan raised the official death toll from the Kashmir earthquake to 38,000 on Saturday, making it one of the most devastating earthquakes to hit South Asia in recorded history.

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Lab tests in Britain have shown that an outbreak of bird flu in Romania is H5N1, the strain that is potentially highly pathogenic to humans, the Romanian state veterinary authority said on Saturday.

By Saul Hudson MOSCOW (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice courted Russian support on Saturday for the U.S. hard line over Iran's nuclear programme, but there was no public sign Moscow was shifting to back Washington's policy.

By Martin Dokoupil BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Lab tests detected the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu in samples from Romanian ducks on Saturday, confirming the virus had arrived for the first time in mainland Europe.

Word of the Day
baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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