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General News Archive - January 02, 2006

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Pentagon contractor that paid Iraqi newspapers to publish positive articles by U.S. soldiers has also been compensating Sunni religious scholars in Iraq for help with its propaganda work, The New York Times reported on Monday.

By Randall Mikkelsen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New Orleans could take three to five years to regain its population of nearly half a million before Hurricane Katrina, Mayor Ray Nagin said on Sunday, in a more optimistic view than some predictions the historic jazz city may never fully recover.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A suicide attacker drove a car bomb into a convoy of Canadian troops in southern Afghanistan on Monday, killing himself and wounding a woman and a child, witnesses and a provincial official said.

GAZA (Reuters) - About 200 policemen stormed government offices in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah on Monday to protest at the failure of the Palestinian Authority to fight growing lawlessness, witnesses said.

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Tests on five people, including a dead child, for possible bird flu in eastern Turkey have proved negative, the state-run Anatolian news agency reported a Health Ministry official as saying on Monday.

By Alaa Shahine BEIRUT (Reuters) - The U.N. commission probing the killing of Lebanese ex-Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri has asked to meet Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Foreign Minister Farouq al-Shara, its spokeswoman said on Monday.

BAQUBA, Iraq (Reuters) - A suicide bomber rammed his car into a bus full of policemen north of Baghdad on Monday, killing at least five and seriously injuring another 13, a hospital source said.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A suicide attacker drove a car bomb into a convoy of foreign troops in southern Afghanistan on Monday, wounding a U.S. soldier as well as an Afghan woman and a child, officials said.

By Meg Clothier MOSCOW (Reuters) - European countries were enduring reduced gas supplies at the height of winter on Monday after Russia halted its deliveries to Ukraine, stirring fears about the use of energy as a political weapon.

By Robert Birsel MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - Rain and snow fell across Pakistan's earthquake zone for a second straight day on Monday, grounding relief flights and adding to the misery of millions of survivors camped out in tents and crude shelters.

Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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