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General News Archive - February 25, 2006

The Philippines marked 20 years of freedom from dictator Ferdinand Marcos on Saturday under a state of emergency as President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo confronted an alleged plot by communists, soldiers and politicians to oust her.

MANILA (Reuters) - The search for survivors from a deadly Philippine mudslide was called off as rescue workers gave up hope for nearly 1,000 people buried under a huge crust of earth and debris, a senior official said on Saturday.

SAN JOSE, California (Reuters) - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appealed on Friday to fellow Republicans to rally to his re-election campaign despite concerns they have with his moving to the political center and his expensive public works initiative.

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is considering withdrawing its non-combat ground troops from Iraq in two phases between April and June, and may announce the plan next month, the Nihon Keizai newspaper said on Saturday.

By Michael Georgy and Lin Noueihed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A car bomb attack on a Shi'ite holy city, the slaying of a family of 12 and a gunbattle near the home of a top Sunni Muslim clerical leader heightened fears on Saturday that Iraq may be pitching toward civil war.

LONDON (Reuters) - British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said on Saturday U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had agreed to pay a visit to his home town in northern England to repay a trip he made to Alabama last year.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia wants to complete building a nuclear power station in Iran as soon as possible, the country's top nuclear official said on Saturday, the Itar-Tass news agency reported.

By Louis Charbonneau and Alireza Ronaghi BERLIN/TEHRAN (Reuters) - U.N. nuclear experts arrived in Iran on Saturday after Tehran promised answers to outstanding questions about work the U.N. fears could be linked to atomic "weaponisation," Western diplomats said.

By Louis Charbonneau and Alireza Ronaghi BERLIN/TEHRAN (Reuters) - U.N. nuclear experts arrived in Iran on Saturday after Tehran promised answers to outstanding questions about work the U.N. fears could be linked to atomic "weaponisation," Western diplomats said.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's largest Sunni Muslim bloc said on Saturday it would consider ending its boycott of talks on the formation of a new government after the Shi'ite prime minister promised to protect all places of worship. "The Iraqi Accordance Front ...

Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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