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General News Archive - February 13, 2006

By Clarence Fernandez KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Muslim protests across the world condemning cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad are driven by fears Islam is under attack, and by the fact that it is easier to protest than to battle tough social issues, moderate Muslims say.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Taliban guerrillas ambushed a militia unit working with U.S. forces in southern Afghanistan, killing two men and capturing six, the leader of the militia group said on Monday.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Five people were killed and 35 wounded in Baghdad on Monday when a suicide bomber denotated his explosive belt as people queued up outside a bank, a police source said.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Seven people were killed and 47 wounded in Baghdad on Monday when a suicide bomber denotated his explosive belt as people queued up outside a bank, a police source said.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - A Pakistani doctor once detained on suspicion of links to al Qaeda was shot dead on Monday, sparking a protest by hundreds of Islamists, police said.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran said on Monday talks with Russia this week to discuss proposals to process nuclear fuel for Iranian reactors on Russian soil had been postponed. The proposal was put forward by Moscow to ease international concerns that Iran could enrich bomb-grade uranium.

By Carmel Crimmins MANILA (Reuters) - Security in the Philippine capital was tightened on Monday, the eve of last year's deadly bombings by Muslim rebels on Valentine's Day, as fresh rumors swirled of a coup plot against President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The former head of Saddam Hussein's office and a former top intelligence official were expected to testify in the toppled Iraqi leader's trial on Monday, a court source said.

GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinian election winner Hamas has chosen one of its own to be the next prime minister, a spokesman for the Islamic militant group said on Monday. "The prime minister will be a leader in Hamas," said spokesman Mushir al-Masri.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Saddam Hussein appeared in court on Monday for his trial after boycotting the last two hearings to protest against the new chief judge, a Reuters witness said.

Word of the Day
tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.