General News Archive - February 20, 2006

NABLUS, West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli soldiers shot dead two Palestinian militants on Monday in the West Bank city of Nablus during an arrest raid for wanted gunmen, Palestinian medics said.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A bomb exploded beside a group of labourers in Baghdad on Monday, wounding at least 19 people, Interior Ministry sources said. The labourers were gathered in a central Baghdad square in search of work when the bomb went off.

LAGOS (Reuters) - Nigerian militants who have kidnapped nine foreign oil workers and cut the country's exports by a fifth continued their campaign of sabotage by blowing up a military houseboat and an oil pipeline manifold on Monday, they said in an e-mail.

By Tom Ashby LAGOS (Reuters) - Nigerian militants said they blew up a military houseboat and an oil pipeline on Monday, extending a campaign of sabotage in the world's eighth largest exporter which has already cut supplies by a fifth.

MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - At least five people were killed and 21 wounded on Monday when a bomb exploded inside a restaurant in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, police and hospital sources said.

By Atef Sa'ad NABLUS, West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli troops killed an Islamic Jihad commander and another gunman on Monday, in a flareup in violence before election winner Hamas opened formal talks on forming a new Palestinian government.

By Raja Asghar ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's main Islamist alliance vowed on Monday to hold more protests against cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad as authorities freed its leader from a day in house arrest to prevent him leading a weekend rally.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The American ambassador to Iraq issued a tough warning to Iraqi leaders on Monday, saying Washington would not tolerate sectarianism or militias in the new government and its security forces.

By Meg Clothier MOSCOW (Reuters) - Iranian and Russian officials meet in Moscow on Monday to discuss a compromise deal that may be the last chance to defuse the row over Tehran's nuclear programme before Western governments seek sanctions.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide bomber strapped with explosives blew himself up on a bus in central Baghdad on Monday and police said casualties were feared. The attack took place in the mostly Shi'ite Muslim Kadhimiya district of the capital.

Word of the Day
  • an ornament or knob in the shape of a flower
  • In architecture, a floral ornament; specifically, the large conventional flower usually placed in the center of the abacus of a Corinthian capital or classic ceiling-caisson; also, the floreated termination of a Gothic finial.
[ "The word 'fleuron' comes from French."]