General News Archive - July 03, 2005

By Mark Egan and Claudia Parsons PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Americans at the Live 8 concert inPhiladelphia on Saturday were told a simple message -- Africansare created equal too.

By Claudia Parsons and Paul Majendie PHILADELPHIA/LONDON (Reuters) - More than a million peoplegathered in cities across the world on Saturday for Live 8, thebiggest music concert ever held to pressure rich nations to domore for the poor.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Egypt's ambassador to Iraq waskidnapped late on Saturday in Baghdad, an Egyptian diplomatsaid on Sunday. "He was buying a newspaper on Saturday evening when twoBMWs full of gunmen blocked his way and kidnapped him," thediplomat told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

By David Brunnstrom KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. forces searched for a sixth day onSunday for a missing team of soldiers in eastern Afghanistan,the U.S. military said, while a news report said U.S. aircraftcarried out fresh air strikes against militants. The BBC quotedunidentified U.S.

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict said on Sunday hehoped this week's meeting of world power leaders in Scotlandwill bring genuine and long-lasting relief to Africa.

By Paul Radford SINGAPORE (Reuters) - In the bad old days it was notentirely unknown for unscrupulous cities bidding to stage theOlympics to offer bribes or favors to secure votes.

By David Brunnstrom KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. aircraft blasted militant positionsin eastern Afghanistan on Sunday as U.S. forces searched for asixth day for soldiers missing since just before a helicoptercoming to their aid was shot down, police said.

SVETLOGORSK, Russia (Reuters) - The Group of Eight (G8)industrialized states are on course to reach a deal on globalwarming at their summit next week, French President JacquesChirac said on Sunday.

By Swaha Pattanaik PARIS (Reuters) - Very high oil prices risk weighing onFrench economic activity and any joint initiative that wouldhelp drive them lower would be a step in the right direction,French government spokesman Jean-Francois Cope said on Sunday.

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syrian forces killed an Arab Muslimmilitant among a group trying to cross the border into Lebanonand arrested 34 others, the official Syrian news agency SANAsaid on Sunday. It said two soldiers were also killed in the clash. It didnot say when the incident happened.

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'