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General News Archive - July 30, 2005

By Joanne Morrison; WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Uzbekistan has told the United States to quit a military base that has served as a hub for missions to Afghanistan since shortly after the September 11, 2001, attacks, a Pentagon spokesman said on Saturday.

MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - The death toll from a suicide bombing in northern Iraq on Friday climbed to 40, police said on Saturday. They said the number of wounded from the attack by a suicide bomber who blew himself up among a group of Iraqi army recruits rose to 57.

By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Two astronauts will venture outside the shuttle Discovery on Saturday to test damage-repair techniques and make fixes to the International Space Station in the first of three planned spacewalks.

BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - A British consulate vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb near the southern Iraqi city of Basra on Saturday and two private security contractors were killed, a British consulate spokeswoman said.

HOUSTON (Reuters) - BP Plc. said an explosion and fire on Thursday at its massive Texas City, Texas refinery appears to have been caused by a bad pipe.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran said U.S. accusations that its President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had helped take dozens of U.S. diplomats hostage after the 1979 Islamic revolution were due to its failure to influence Iran and its elections.

BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - A British consulate vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb near the southern Iraqi city of Basra on Saturday, killing two Britons working for a private security firm, according to the UK consulate and the company.

BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - A British consulate vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb near the southern Iraqi city of Basra on Saturday, killing two Britons working for a private security firm, according to the UK consulate and the company.

By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Two astronauts stepped outside the shuttle Discovery on Saturday in the first U.S. spacewalk since 2002 and set to work testing damage-repair techniques developed after the Columbia disaster.

By Suleiman al-Khalidi AMMAN, July 30 (Reuters) - Lawyers for Saddam Hussein said on Saturday their client was attacked by an unidentified man during a court appearance in Baghdad this week, but U.S. forces guarding him denied any such incident took place.

Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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