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General News Archive - December 06, 2005

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Former Beatle John Lennon was the master of the peacenik anthem, exhorting listeners to live in harmony and give peace a chance. He also asked us to imagine a world without possessions.

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan has ordered that a poem in which the first letters of each line spell out the name "President George W. Bush" be deleted from a school textbook.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hospitals are not prepared to handle the patients who would arrive after a disaster or a pandemic, most states have few plans in place for coping and the federal government has not taken charge of such preparation, according to a report released on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House criticized Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean on Tuesday for saying it is wrong to think the United States will win in Iraq, saying he was sending the wrong message to U.S. troops.

By Saul Hudson and Lou Charbonneau BERLIN (Reuters) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in a rare concession to U.S. critics, acknowledged on Tuesday that Washington may make mistakes in its battle against terrorism and promised to put them right if they happened.

BEIJING (Reuters) - A one-time Communist Party journalist who became known in exile as the "conscience of China" has died in hospital in the United States. He was 80. Liu Binyan died in New Jersey on Monday after a long illness from cancer, Radio Free Asia reported.

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush criticized Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean on Tuesday for saying it is wrong to think the United States will win in Iraq, calling him a pessimist trying to score political points.

By Saul Hudson and Mark Trevelyan BERLIN (Reuters) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in a rare concession to U.S. critics, acknowledged on Tuesday that Washington may make mistakes in its battle against terrorism and promised to put them right if they happened.

By Alan Elsner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Republican lawmaker on Tuesday proposed changing the U.S. Constitution to exclude non-citizens from the Census for the purpose of drawing congressional districts, a move that effectively would deny them a voice in U.S. politics.

By Alan Elsner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Republican lawmaker on Tuesday proposed changing the U.S. Constitution to exclude non-citizens from the Census for the purpose of drawing congressional districts, a move that effectively would deny them a voice in U.S. politics.

Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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