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General News Archive - August 18, 2005

By Steven Scheer KFAR DAROM, Gaza Strip (Reuters) - Thousands of Israeli troops surrounded settlers and ultranationalist supporters barricaded inside synagogues on Thursday in two key bastions of resistance to Israel's Gaza withdrawal.

RAMADI, Iraq (Reuters) - Insurgents opened fire on the governor of Iraq's Anbar province and a group of prominent Sunni Muslim clerics as they were meeting in Ramadi on Thursday, causing casualties, witnesses said.

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A senior Pakistani naval officer said on Thursday the country was fully committed to the war on terror and was reviewing the U.S.-led initiative to stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction.

By Steven Scheer KFAR DAROM, Gaza Strip (Reuters) - Israeli troops dragged weeping Jewish settlers from their homes in a hardline enclave on Thursday and surrounded bastions of resistance impeding Israel's pullout from Gaza after decades of occupation.

By Mark Trevelyan, Security Correspondent BERLIN (Reuters) - Terrorist plotter or innocent fall guy? After nearly four years of investigations and two long trials, Moroccan Mounir El Motassadeq will learn his fate on Friday from a Hamburg court where he stands accused of belonging to a terrorist group and aiding and abetting the September 11 attacks.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Four U.S. troops were killed in a roadside bomb blast north of Baghdad on Thursday, the U.S. military said in a statement. The soldiers, from a unit based in Tikrit, were killed in the town of Samarra, 100 km (62 miles) north of Baghdad, the statement said.

COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) - Pope Benedict arrived in his German homeland on Thursday on the first international trip of his pontificate, a visit to the World Youth Day attended by hundreds of thousands of young Catholics.

KABUL (Reuters) - Two U.S. soldiers were killed and two wounded on Thursday in Afghanistan's southern province of Kandahar when a roadside bomb blew up their armored vehicle, the U.S. military said. The vehicle was part of a convoy supporting a road construction project, the U.S.

By Philip Pullella COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) - Pope Benedict expressed joy on Thursday to be in his native country and among hundreds of thousands of enthusiastic young Catholics, as he began the first international trip of his pontificate.

By Luke Baker BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S., British and U.N. diplomats pressed Iraqi leaders in their make-or-break negotiations over a constitution on Thursday, determined to get a draft finalized by the new August 22 deadline.

Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'