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General News Archive - August 24, 2005

By Hugh Bronstein QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) - Ecuador oil protesters, whose attacks choked off petroleum exports from the country, said they expect to sign a deal with private energy companies on Wednesday, bringing the crisis to an end.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Officials in nine northeastern U.S. states have reached a preliminary agreement to freeze power plant emissions at their current levels and then reduce them by 10 percent by 2020, the New York Times reported on Wednesday, citing a confidential draft proposal.

By Dan Williams HOMESH, West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli troops should be out of Gaza in late September, ahead of schedule, its army chief said after wrapping up early the evacuation of 15,000 settlers and supporters from the strip and the West Bank.

By Mark Heinrich JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli military forces are expected to be out of Gaza in mid-September, completing a pullout from the territory after 38 years of occupation, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said on Wednesday.

By Aya Takada TOKYO (Reuters) - Members of an independent panel considering whether to allow U.S. beef to return to Japanese tables said on Wednesday they were worried that lax U.S. animal feed controls could allow mad cow disease to spread.

KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. and Afghan government soldiers killed six suspected Taliban militants and seized bombs in a raid on a rebel storehouse, a provincial official said on Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States remains concerned about Iran's nuclear program despite reported findings by scientists that bomb-grade uranium traces found in Iran came from contaminated Pakistani equipment, the State Department said.

In WASHINGTON story headlined "U.S. evangelist calls for assassination of Chavez" please read in paragraph 15 ...Chavez was first elected in 1998... instead of ...Chavez was first elected in 1988... . A corrected story follows: By Jackie Frank WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative U.S.

By Mark Trevelyan, Security Correspondent BERLIN (Reuters) - A Moroccan man jailed in Germany may face yet another trial -- his third -- after the prosecution and defense both appealed against the latest verdict in the longest-running court case linked to the September 11 attacks.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Heavily armed insurgents attacked Iraqi police checkpoints with rocket-propelled grenades in western Baghdad on Wednesday and heavy clashes broke out, police and witnesses said.

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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