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General News Archive - December 15, 2005

By Gideon Long BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqis began voting on Thursday for their first four-year parliament since the fall of Saddam Hussein, with young and old walking to polling sites as a blast echoed across central Baghdad shortly after the start.

By Gideon Long BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A steady stream of Iraqi voters walked to polling sites nationwide on Thursday to elect their first full-term parliament since Saddam Hussein's overthrow, ignoring sporadic violence such as a mortar attack in Baghdad.

By John Ruwitch HONG KONG (Reuters) - Want to learn a thing or two about free trade? Read the works of renowned 18th century economist Adam Smith, or simply visit Hong Kong.

By Gideon Long and Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqis turned out in large numbers on Thursday for a largely peaceful election that sharply contrasted with a bloody polling day last January.

GENEVA (Reuters) - The world's largest disaster relief agency on Thursday appealed for $335.4 million (430 million swiss francs) to help it mitigate the deadly effects of hunger, hurricanes and epidemics over the next two years.

By Luke Baker and Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Only scattered insurgent attacks marred Iraq's election on Thursday as disgruntled Sunni Arabs joined the vote, determined to have more say in government.

By Teruaki Ueno TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan plans to spend up to $1.2 billion for an ambitious project to develop a next-generation interceptor missile with the United States, Japanese defense ministry officials said on Thursday.

STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - The European Parliament agreed on Thursday to set up a probe into allegations that the CIA used European states to illegally transport and detain terrorism suspects. The inquiry comes in the wake of allegations that the U.S.

LONDON (Reuters) - The barge that bore the body of British World War Two leader Winston Churchill down the River Thames during his state funeral 40 years ago failed to sell at auction on Thursday.

By Paul Hughes TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's strident anti-Israel rhetoric may be part of a strategy aimed at boosting his own standing at home and Iran's role in the region.

Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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