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General News Archive - September 20, 2005

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More large U.S. companies have fair-minded policies toward gays than ever before, continuing a trend that began in the 1990s, a gay rights group said on Tuesday.

By Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Rita picked up its pace as it raced toward the Florida Keys and the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, three weeks after Hurricane Katrina swamped New Orleans and hammered the U.S. Gulf Coast.

VIENNA (Reuters) - Veteran Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal has died in Vienna at the age of 96, the Simon Wiesenthal Center said on Tuesday in a Web site statement.

LONDON (Reuters) - British forces smashed a prison wall with an armored vehicle to free two undercover soldiers in Basra, south Iraq, but discovered they were being held elsewhere and released them, the Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.

VIENNA (Reuters) - Simon Wiesenthal, the veteran Nazi hunter who helped bring over 1,100 Nazi war criminals to trial, has died in Vienna at the age of 96, the Simon Wiesenthal Center said on Tuesday.

By Martin Nesirky and Jack Kim SEOUL/BEIJING (Reuters) - North Korea jeopardized a six-nation deal on giving up its nuclear arms just one day after it was struck by vowing on Tuesday to keep the weapons until Washington provides civilian atomic reactors. The U.S.

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain sent in troops to free two undercover soldiers in Basra in southern Iraq after discovering they had been handed over by Iraqi police to local militia, the army said on Tuesday.

By Alaa Habib BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - Britain sent in troops to free two undercover soldiers in Basra in southern Iraq after discovering Iraqi police had handed them over to local militia, the British army said on Tuesday.

By Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Angela Merkel, still reeling from a bitterly disappointing election result, will ask her conservatives to back her as parliament leader on Tuesday as she gears up for tough talks on forming a new government.

Corrects spelling of name in second paragraph.

Word of the Day
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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