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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
out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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