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General News Archive - December 23, 2005

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Talk about a working mother. A Christmas Island frigate bird named Lydia recently made a nonstop journey of just over 26 days and covering nearly 2,500 miles - across Indonesian volcanoes and some of Asia's busiest shipping lanes - in search of food for her baby.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Friday U.S. combat forces in Iraq would be reduced by two brigades by early next year, but troops involved in training Iraq's new military would be increased.

By Chris Reese and Claudia Parsons NEW YORK (Reuters) - Subway trains and buses were rolling again in New York on Friday after transit workers ended a three-day strike that caused havoc in America's most populous city at the height of the holiday season and which may have cost the economy $1 billion.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Eight Iraqi soldiers were killed and 17 wounded when gunmen stormed a checkpoint in a restive area north of Baghdad on Friday, police said.

By Matthew Tostevin JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel has given a green light for intensified airstrikes inside the Gaza Strip to enforce a buffer zone meant to stop Palestinian militants from firing rockets, officials said on Friday.

MILAN (Reuters) - A Milan court has issued a European arrest warrant for 22 CIA agents suspected of kidnapping an Egyptian cleric from the city in 2003, a judicial source said on Friday.

By Mark Heinrich VIENNA (Reuters) - The talk was polite but the positions as irreconcilable as ever, suggesting that renewed EU-Iran dialogue this week may only have put off an inevitable showdown over Western suspicions Tehran seeks nuclear weapons.

By Deepa Babington BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Guerrillas stormed an Iraqi army post on Friday, killing 10 soldiers and wounding 20, as Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told U.S. combat troops their numbers would fall as Iraqi forces were trained to take over.

By Deepa Babington BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Guerrillas stormed an Iraqi army post on Friday, killing 10 soldiers and wounding 20, as Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told U.S. combat troops their numbers would fall as Iraqi forces were trained to take over.

By Chris Reese and Claudia Parsons NEW YORK (Reuters) - Subway trains and buses were rolling again in New York on Friday after transit workers ended a three-day strike that caused havoc in America's most populous city at the height of the holiday season and which may have cost the economy $1 billion.

Word of the Day
plim
  • To swell, as grain or wood with water.
The word 'plim' is probably a variant of the word 'plum'.
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