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General News Archive - January 01, 2006

Data swept up by the U.S. National Security Agency's controversial eavesdropping on communications between the United States and overseas has been sent to sister federal agencies for cross-checking with other databases, The Washington Post reported on Sunday.

By Christian Lowe MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia started cutting off gas supplies to Ukraine on Sunday, a move that could hit deliveries to a winter-bound Europe on the day Moscow makes its debut as chairman of the Group of Eight industrialized nations.

By Chris Michaud NEW YORK (Reuters) - Huge crowds braved tight security and cold, rainy weather to usher in New Year's on Sunday in celebrations at New York's Times Square marked by the return of veteran television host Dick Clark.

By Barry Wood PERTH, Australia (Reuters) - The United States rallied to defeat Serbia and Montenegro 2-1 at the Hopman Cup on Sunday, after Lisa Raymond had slumped 6-2 6-4 to Ana Ivanovic.

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Masked gunmen stormed into a club for UN workers in Gaza City on Sunday and blew up the drinking hall in a new sign of spiraling unrest ahead of a Palestinian election.

By Tabassum Zakaria CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) - President George W. Bush wound down a difficult year plagued by instability in Iraq and political scandal in Washington by citing progress toward democracy in Iraq and Afghanistan and a strong U.S. economy.

By Russell McCulley New Orleans (Reuters) - Thousands of revelers packed the French Quarter to toast the arrival of 2006 on Sunday, shake a leg to music by Arlo Guthrie and bid good riddance to a year New Orleans is not likely to forget.

GAZA (Reuters) - Masked Palestinian gunmen kidnapped a foreigner in the Gaza Strip on Sunday two days after the release of three British hostages, witnesses said. The witnesses said the foreigner was abducted in the southern town of Khan Younis.

By Chris Michaud NEW YORK (Reuters) - Huge crowds braved tight security and cold, rainy weather to usher in New Year's on Sunday in celebrations at New York's Times Square marked by the return of veteran television host Dick Clark.

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Masked Palestinian gunmen kidnapped a foreigner in the Gaza Strip on Sunday two days after the release of three British hostages, witnesses said. The witnesses said the foreigner was taken away in a car from the southern town of Khan Younis.

Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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