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General News Archive - August 20, 2005

KABUL (Reuters) - A former Taliban commander now loyal to the Afghan government of President Hamidf Karzai has been gunned down in the capital, officials said on Saturday.

By Goran Tomasevic NEVE DEKALIM, Gaza Strip (Reuters) - Israeli forces have now evacuated more than 85 percent of Gaza's Jewish settlers and all should be out by Monday, after nearly 40 years of occupation, police said on Saturday.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islam will be "the main source" of Iraq's law and parliament will observe religious principles, negotiators said on Saturday after what some called a major turn in talks on the constitution and a shift in the U.S. position.

GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinian parliamentary elections, the first to be contested by Islamic militant group Hamas, will be held on January 25, President Mahmoud Abbas said in an official decree on Saturday.

By Tim Castle LONDON (Reuters) - London's police force has reviewed its controversial "shoot-to-kill" policy and left it largely unchanged despite the killing of a Brazilian mistaken for a would-be suicide bomber, Scotland Yard said on Saturday.

By Alonso Soto CHICAGO (Reuters) - Union leaders from around the globe gather in Chicago next week to craft a joint strategy to boost unionization in the developing world, and especially to target the U.S.-based retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

By Tom Heneghan and Alexandra Hudson COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) - Germany's chancellor and his challenger in next month's poll made pilgrimages to a Catholic youth festival on Saturday to meet an election winner of a different sort, their visiting countryman Pope Benedict.

U.S. concessions to Islamists on the role of religion in Iraqi law marked a turn in talks on a constitution, negotiators said on Saturday as they raced to meet a 48-hour deadline under intense U.S. pressure to clinch a deal.

By Luke Baker and Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. concessions to Islamists on the role of religion in Iraqi law marked a turn in talks on a constitution, negotiators said on Saturday as they raced to meet a 48-hour deadline under intense U.S. pressure to clinch a deal. U.S.

CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) - President George W. Bush said on Saturday U.S. troops in Iraq were fighting to protect Americans at home from terrorism like the September 11 attacks four years ago.

Word of the Day
saggar
  • A ceramic container used inside a fuel-fired kiln to protect pots from the flame.
The word 'saggar' may come from 'safeguard'.
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