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General News Archive - December 31, 2005

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An organization with close ties to Rep. Tom DeLay was funded largely by corporations associated with former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, the Washington Post reported on Saturday, citing tax records and quoting former associates of the group.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An organization with close ties to Rep. Tom DeLay was funded largely by corporations associated with former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, the Washington Post reported on Saturday, citing tax records and quoting former associates of the group.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday said it is conducting an investigation into the deaths and illnesses of dogs who consumed food made by the privately owned Diamond Pet Foods.

GAZA (Reuters) - About 50 masked gunmen occupied a Palestinian government office in the Gaza Strip on Saturday to demand jobs, witnesses and a spokesman for the gunmen said.

BAQUBA, Iraq (Reuters) - Five people were killed when their car was hit by a roadside bomb outside the local offices of one of Iraq's main Sunni Arab political parties on Saturday, police said.

GAZA (Reuters) - About 50 masked gunmen occupied a Palestinian government office in the Gaza Strip for several hours on Saturday to demand jobs, witnesses and a spokesman for the gunmen said.

MILAN (Reuters) - Gazprom has told Eni that gas supplies could be at risk because of its ongoing dispute with Ukraine over prices, a spokesman for the Italian oil and gas firm said on Saturday, confirming newspaper reports.

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Transport problems have delayed until early next week the withdrawal of Indonesia's last police reinforcements from Aceh province, the final stage in a pullout of tens of thousands of soldiers and police under a landmark peace deal, police said.

By Tabassum Zakaria CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) - President George W. Bush on Friday signed legislation extending key provisions of the anti-terrorism USA Patriot Act until February 3 and a bill that bans cruel and inhumane treatment of prisoners, despite initial resistance to both measures.

By Mohammed Assadi RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - About 20 Palestinian candidates have dropped out of the race for next month's parliamentary election to protest a threatened Israeli ban on voting in East Jerusalem, officials said on Saturday.

Word of the Day
zill
  • One of a pair of round metal cymbals attached to the fingers and struck together for rhythm and percussion in belly dancing.
The word 'zill' comes from a Turkish word meaning "cymbals".
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