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General News Archive - February 22, 2006

By Frank Jack Daniel SAN JUAN DE SABINAS, Mexico (Reuters) - Mexican rescuers dug for a fourth day on Wednesday to reach 65 miners trapped in deep, unstable coal shafts and asked victims' families not to lose hope, despite making little progress.

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers said six men in army uniform attacked one of their front-line posts on Wednesday, killing a rebel three hours before direct talks seen key to averting war began in Switzerland.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An explosion destroyed a sacred Shi'ite shrine in the Iraqi town of Samarra north of Baghdad on Wednesday, the U.S. military said. The military said the cause of the explosion was being investigated.

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels said six men in army uniform attacked one of their posts on Wednesday, an act they said questioned the government's sincerity at peace talks in Switzerland later in the day.

By Krittivas Mukherjee MUMBAI (Reuters) - Malaysia said on Wednesday seven people living near an area with bird flu were being treated in hospital, while India nervously waited to see if a group of 12 in quarantine were the country's first human victims of the virus.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, called on Wednesday for protests over the blast that destroyed a Shi'ite shrine in the town of Samarra.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Bombs wrecked the dome of a major Shi'ite shrine in the Iraqi city of Samarra on Wednesday in an apparent sectarian attack that sparked demonstrations and a call from the top Shi'ite cleric for "suitable" protests.

GENEVA (Reuters) - Sri Lankan government officials and senior Tamil Tiger rebels began two days of talks in Switzerland on Wednesday aimed at halting a slide back into war.

NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) - About 2,000 Shi'ite protesters in the southern Iraqi city of Najaf called for revenge after a bombing shattered a sacred Shi'ite shrine, a Reuters witness said. "Rise up Shi'ites. Shi'ites take revenge. Rise up Shi'ites.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Bombs wrecked the dome of a major Shi'ite shrine in the Iraqi city of Samarra on Wednesday in an apparent sectarian attack that sparked demonstrations and calls for revenge by angry crowds.

Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.