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General News Archive - August 19, 2005

By Mark Trevelyan HAMBURG, Germany (Reuters) - Moroccan Mounir El Motassadeq received a seven-year jail sentence on Friday after being found guilty in a German court of belonging to a terrorist group.

By Jonathan Saul and Mark Heinrich GADID, Gaza Strip (Reuters) - Israeli troops stormed one of the last pockets of resistance to a Gaza withdrawal on Friday, bursting through burning barricades and surrounding a settlement synagogue where protesters were holed up.

DUBAI (Reuters) - A blast hit Aqaba port on Friday, Jordan's interior minister said, Al Arabiya TV reported. The television quoted Interior Minister Awni Yarfas as saying that the cause of the apparent blast was not immediately known.

AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordan's Interior Minister Awni Yarfas told Reuters on Friday a blast had been heard at Aqaba port and authorities were investigating. There was no immediate report of damage.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An explosion was heard in the southern Israeli port and tourist city of Eilat shortly after an explosion was reported in the nearby Jordanian report of Aqaba, Israel Radio said. Israel's Army Radio said it appeared to be a rocket attack.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A Katyusha rocket hit the southern Israeli port and tourist city of Eilat on Friday shortly after an explosion in the nearby Jordanian port of Aqaba, Israeli media said. There were no reports of casualties in the Israeli blast.

DUBAI (Reuters) - A rocket was fired near a U.S. vessel stationed at Jordan's Aqaba port but caused no damage to the vessel or injuries to U.S. sailors, U.S. Commander Jeff Breslau said. "I can confirm that a rocket flew over the bow of USS.

By Jonathan Saul and Mark Heinrich GADID, Gaza Strip (Reuters) - Israeli troops stormed one of the last pockets of resistance to withdrawal from Gaza on Friday, dragging settlers and their supporters screaming and sobbing from a settlement synagogue.

GUAM (Reuters) - Three people were injured when the front landing gear of a Northwest Airlines plane carrying 318 passengers collapsed on landing at Guam international airport on Friday, officials said.

By Sonia Oxley MOSCOW (Reuters) - The $100-billion International Space Station could end up on the scrap heap if NASA's shuttle flights do not return to normal soon, scientists say. NASA said on Thursday its next shuttle flight would not be until March, six months later than planned.

Word of the Day
jument
  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.
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