General News Archive - August 07, 2005

By Wladimir Pantaleone PALERMO, Sicily (Reuters) - At least 13 people were killed and 23 injured when their Tunisair charter flight crashed into the sea near Sicily on Saturday after reporting a technical fault, emergency services said.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The top U.S. Middle East commander has outlined a plan that would reduce U.S. forces in Iraq by some 20,000 to 30,000 by next spring, The New York Times reported in Sunday editions.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Gunmen killed two employees of Iraq's Ministry of Oil and wounded two others on Sunday, police said. The assailants opened fire on their car in the New Baghdad district of the capital.

By Oliver Bullough MOSCOW (Reuters) - Rescuers cut free a Russian mini-submarine ensnared in deep-sea cables on Sunday, saving its seven crew with British help, after a three-day ordeal at the bottom of the Pacific with dwindling oxygen. "The operation is finished.

TORONTO (Reuters) - Andruw Jones belted two homers, including a grand slam, while Tim Hudson notched his 100th career win as the Atlanta Braves thrashed the St. Louis Cardinals 8-1 on Saturday in National League play at Busch Stadium.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - U.S. and Afghan troops killed eight Taliban insurgents in an operation in the volatile southern province of Zabul, an official said on Sunday.

By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Discovery astronauts tested shuttle flight systems and used a laptop computer to practice landing Sunday as they prepared to return to Earth in the first shuttle flight since the 2003 Columbia disaster.

TIKRIT, Iraq (Reuters) - A suicide car bomber killed at least five people and wounded 15 in an attack on an Iraqi police headquarters in the northern town of Tikrit on Sunday, police sources said. Men volunteering to join the force had been crowding the area at the time, they added.

SANAA (Reuters) - Yemen began the trial on Sunday of four Iraqis charged with plotting to bomb the U.S. and British embassies in the capital Sanaa in 2003. The four defendants, one being tried in absentia, were also charged with spying for the government of ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

By Wladimir Pantaleone PALERMO, Sicily (Reuters) - Survivors of a plane crash that killed at least 13 people described on Sunday how they swam for their lives after the Tunisian holiday charter flight ditched in the sea off Sicily and broke apart.

Word of the Day
  • A young chicken: also used as a pet name for children.
The word 'chickabiddy' may come from 'chick' plus 'biddy', a name used in calling a hen or chicken.