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General News Archive - October 20, 2005

By Joanne Kenen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-led House of Representatives on Thursday plans to approve legislation giving the U.S. gun industry sweeping protection from civil lawsuits, giving the powerful gun lobby a victory on one of its top priorities.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush is expected to put pressure on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday to do more to end militant attacks against Israeli targets now that Israel has withdrawn from the Gaza Strip.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A roadside bomb attack on a U.S. convoy has killed three American soldiers in Iraq, the U.S. military said on Thursday. A statement said the blast on Wednesday night near the town of Balad, north of Baghdad, also wounded one soldier.

MIAMI (Reuters)- Hurricane Wilma, which weakened to a still fierce Category 4 storm after breaking intensity records in the Caribbean Sea, prompted widespread evacuations as it neared the Gulf of Mexico early on Thursday.

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Three Indonesian militants on death row for playing major roles in the 2002 Bali bombings have refused to request a presidential pardon and are ready to face the firing squad, a prosecutor said on Thursday.

By Jill Serjeant LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A coalition of environmental groups sued the U.S. Navy on Wednesday over the use of sonar, saying that the ear-splitting sounds can cause mass whale and dolphin strandings and internal bleeding.

By Y.P. Rajesh NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A top U.S. official arrives in India on Thursday to push a landmark nuclear deal between the two nations, but the talks face likely hurdles over New Delhi's need for fresh reassurances from Washington.

By David Brunnstrom MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - The devastating earthquake in Pakistan's northern mountains is turning into one of the toughest relief operations the world has ever known, international aid officials said on Thursday.

By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Arab League chief Amr Moussa, who has said Iraq is on the verge of civil war, began his first postwar visit to Baghdad on Thursday on what officials say is a mission to promote national reconciliation.

By David Brunnstrom MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - The devastating earthquake in Pakistan's northern mountains is turning into one of the toughest relief operations the world has ever known, international aid officials said on Thursday.

Word of the Day
lambent
  • Licking.
  • Hence Running along or over a surface, as if in the act of licking; flowing over or along; lapping or bathing; softly bright; gleaming.
This word comes the Latin 'lambere,' to lick.
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