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General News Archive - August 14, 2005

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Five Israeli soldiers were hit by "friendly fire" near a Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, days before Israel is due to start evacuating settlers from the occupied territory, the army said.

By Isabel Reynolds TOKYO (Reuters) - Sixty years after the end of World War Two, memories of atomic bombs and defeat are fading in Japan, but pop artist Takashi Murakami believes the trauma of 1945 still overshadows the country's culture.

By Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's new constitution could be agreed on Sunday, a day ahead of schedule, but talks overnight were inconclusive, negotiators said. Kameran Qaradaghi, a spokesman for President Jalal Talabani, said progress had been made.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - On the eve of Social Security's 70th anniversary, Democrats said on Saturday they are ready to move toward revamping the financially troubled retirement program but warned against stripping away benefits to retirees and relying on private accounts for funding.

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea is willing to prove it does not have a uranium-based nuclear program, CNN quoted the country's top negotiator to six-party nuclear talks as saying.

By Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's leaders launched a new round of negotiations on a constitution on Sunday but it was unclear whether deadlock on disputes over regional autonomy and Islamic law could be broken ahead of a Monday deadline.

ATHENS (Reuters) - A Cypriot airliner carrying 110 people crashed north of Athens on Sunday, Greek state television reported. State television said there was an unconfirmed report that one of the pilots of the Helios Airlines plane had collapsed with illness just before the crash.

By Brian Williams ATHENS (Reuters) - A Cypriot airliner carrying 121 people crashed north of Athens on Sunday after losing contact with air traffic control minutes before it went down. A Greek police spokeswoman said there were no immediate reports of survivors.

ANKARA (Reuters) - A suspected al Qaeda militant arrested by Turkish police last week was quoted on Sunday as saying Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, one of America's most wanted men, was hiding in northern Iraq.

By Jonathan Saul GUSH KATIF, Gaza Strip (Reuters) - Thousands of Israeli police blocked approaches to Gaza on Sunday to keep back radical Jewish protesters in the final countdown to Israel's pullout from occupied Gaza due to begin this week.

Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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