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General News Archive - August 30, 2005

By Matt Daily GULFPORT, Mississippi (Reuters) - Hurricane Katrina ripped into the U.S. Gulf Coast on Monday, pummeling the historic jazz city of New Orleans with 100 mph (160 kph) winds and swamping Mississippi resort towns and lowlands where local media reported around 40 dead.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chief executives at top U.S. defense contractors have received a 200 percent pay hike since 2001 compared to a 7 percent raise for other CEOs at large companies, a study showed on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. workers are dissatisfied with the current economy and fear their standard of living is declining, according to a survey released on Tuesday by the AFL-CIO.

By Mark Wallheiser BILOXI, Mississippi (Reuters) - At least 50 people were reported dead in Mississippi while Louisiana officials scrambled on Tuesday to rescue hundreds stranded by high waters after Hurricane Katrina cut a deadly swath through the U.S. Gulf coast.

KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - Gunmen have killed a security official in Iraq's North Oil Company and a companion traveling with him in a car, a police source said on Tuesday.

Human trafficking is on the rise worldwide, with millions of women and children ending up as sex slaves, beggars and mine laborers each year, U.N. officials said on Tuesday.

BEIJING (Reuters) - Human trafficking is on the rise worldwide, with millions of women and children ending up as sex slaves, beggars and mine laborers each year, U.N. officials said on Tuesday. U.N.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. military said its forces killed an al Qaeda operative they named as Abu Islam and a number of fighters in air strikes at Karabila, close to Qaim, on the Syrian border on Tuesday.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. military said it had killed an al Qaeda militant named Abu Islam and a number of other fighters in air strikes on Karabila close to Qaim on the Syrian border on Tuesday.

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A Dutchwoman, the world's oldest person on record who swore by a daily helping of herring for a healthy life, died on Tuesday aged 115, the ANP news agency reported.

Word of the Day
baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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