General News Archive - February 18, 2006

By Wafa Amr RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - The Palestinian parliament will be sworn in on Saturday with Hamas as its majority bloc, paving the way for the Islamist group to form a cabinet despite calls by major world powers to boycott it.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. Marine Corps helicopters have crashed in Africa off the coast of Djibouti and two crew members have been found alive but 10 are still missing, a Pentagon spokeswoman said on Friday.

By Bobby Ranoco GUINSAUGON, Philippines (Reuters) - Hopes faded on Saturday for a village of 1,800 people in the central Philippines engulfed by a torrent of mud and rock when a rain-soaked mountain collapsed on homes and a crowded school.

By Wafa Amr RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Hamas will take control of the Palestinian parliament on Saturday, paving the way for it to form the next government amid calls by major world powers for a boycott of the militant Islamist group.

LAGOS (Reuters) - Nigerian militants who staged a series of attacks on oil facilities on Saturday identified nine foreign hostages they had taken as three Americans, a Briton, two Egyptians, two Thais and one Filipino.

By Wafa Amr RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Hamas took over as the dominant party in the Palestinian parliament on Saturday and President Mahmoud Abbas challenged the militant Islamist group to recognize peace deals with Israel and maintain a truce.

By Asim Tanveer MULTAN, Pakistan (Reuters) - Four people were wounded on Saturday when shots were fired during a protest in central Pakistan over publication of cartoons lampooning the Prophet Mohammad, police said.

NAIROBI (Reuters) - U.S. and allied forces searched on Saturday for 10 crew members still missing a day after two Marine Corps helicopters crashed off the coast of Djibouti, the hub of U.S. counterterrorism operations in the Horn of Africa. "We always have hope of finding survivors," U.S.

LAGOS (Reuters) - Nine foreign oil workers being held hostage in Nigeria will be used as human shields by militants who intend to launch more devastating attacks on the oil industry shortly, the kidnappers said on Saturday.

By Wafa Amr RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Islamist group Hamas took over as the dominant party in the Palestinian parliament on Saturday and swiftly rejected President Mahmoud Abbas's call to pursue his peacemaking efforts with Israel.

Word of the Day
  • A person or thing gazed at with wonder or curiosity, especially of a scornful kind.
The 'stock' of 'gazingstock' comes from an Old English word meaning 'tree trunk' or 'wood'.