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General News Archive - July 11, 2005

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel will ask the United States for $2.2 billion to pay for its planned withdrawal from the occupied Gaza Strip, one of the largest-ever aid requests by the Jewish state, Israeli political sources said on Monday.

By David Brunnstrom KABUL (Reuters) - The body of a U.S. commando, the last of a group of four who went missing in Afghanistan last month, has been found and recovered, CNN reported, quoting a senior U.S. defense official.

By David Brunnstrom KABUL (Reuters) - The body of a U.S. Navy SEAL commando who was the last of a group of four that went missing in Afghanistan last month has been found and it appears he was killed in action, the U.S. military said on Monday.

By Nopporn Wong-Anan PHUKET, Thailand (Reuters) - Thailand must press Myanmar's military rulers to free democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi and other political dissidents, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Monday.

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel will ask the United States for $2.2 billion, one of the largest aid requests by the Jewish state, to pay for its planned withdrawal from the occupied Gaza Strip, Israeli political sources said on Monday.

By David Brunnstrom KABUL (Reuters) - The body of a U.S. Navy SEAL commando who was the last of a group of four that went missing in Afghanistan last month has been found and it appears he was killed in action, the U.S. military said on Monday.

By Nopporn Wong-Anan PHUKET, Thailand (Reuters) - Thailand must press Myanmar's military rulers to free democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi and other political dissidents, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Monday.

LONDON (Reuters) - The first two victims of last week's London bombings were formally identified on Monday. Susan Levy, 53, a mother-of-two from Hertfordshire, north of London, was named by police while University College London (UCL) said its employee Gladys Wundowa had also been killed.

By Andrew Gray LONDON (Reuters) - A government minister warned Britons on Monday not to expect quick breakthroughs in the hunt for the suspected al Qaeda bombers who killed at least 49 people in the worst peacetime attack on the capital.

By Mark Trevelyan and Mike Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Suspected al Qaeda militants behind the London bombings may well have come from a previously unknown local cell and yet had access to military explosives, European security officials familiar with the probe said.

Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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