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General News Archive - August 15, 2005

By Jonathan Saul NEVE DEKALIM, Gaza Strip (Reuters) - Israel set its Gaza pullout into motion on Monday, sealing off access to Jewish settlements in the occupied territory and giving settlers a 48-hour deadline to leave or be forcibly removed.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - About 23,000 customers of Connecticut Light and Power north of New York City remained without electric power early Monday after a weekend of severe thunderstorms.

By Jonathan Saul NEVE DEKALIM, Gaza Strip (Reuters) - Israel launched its Gaza pullout on Monday, sending police and soldiers to deliver 48-hour eviction notices in Jewish settlements where hundreds of hardliners blocked gates and vowed resistance.

By Jonathan Standing TOKYO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi marked the 60th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War Two on Monday with an apology for suffering caused by Japanese military aggression, and pledged that Tokyo would never again go to war.

By Luke Baker BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi lawmakers were weighing options to avert a political crisis on Monday, with a midnight deadline for presenting the draft of a new constitution to parliament in jeopardy.

By Jonathan Saul NEVE DEKALIM, Gaza Strip (Reuters) - Israel launched its Gaza pullout on Monday, sending soldiers to deliver 48-hour eviction notices in Jewish settlements where hundreds of hardliners blocked gates and vowed resistance.

By Brian Williams and Philip Pangalos GRAMMATIKO, Greece (Reuters) - Rescue workers on Monday recovered the body of the pilot of a Cypriot plane that crashed in Greece with all 121 passengers and crew believed dead or unconscious when the Boeing 737 plunged to earth.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Close to 50,000 electric power customers in the Western and Northern suburbs of New York were without electric power Monday morning after a weekend of severe thunderstorms. Public Service Electric and Gas Co.

Most of the bodies recovered from the Cypriot plane that crashed into a mountain near Athens with 121 people on board were "frozen solid," a Greek Defense Ministry source said on Monday.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Ali Larijani, a conservative with close ties to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has formally taken over as Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, state television reported on Monday.

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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