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General News Archive - March 20, 2006

By Sami al-Jumaili KERBALA, Iraq (Reuters) - Security was tightened in the sacred city of Kerbala on Monday to guard against suicide bombers or other attacks as hundreds of thousands of Sh'ite pilgrims prepared to mark the climax of a religious event.

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippine military will not go on a witch hunt as it probes the extent of soldiers' involvement in a foiled coup attempt last month, Defense Secretary Avelino Cruz said on Monday.

GAZA (Reuters) - The Islamic militant group Hamas unveiled its full cabinet list on Monday, as expected putting loyal members in charge of all key ministries including the foreign affairs, interior and finance posts.

By Olena Horodetska MINSK (Reuters) - Veteran leader Alexander Lukashenko was declared overwhelming winner of Belarus's presidential election on Monday, but his liberal rivals, denouncing the vote as rigged, vowed to stage new protests.

Three years to the day after they invaded Iraq, most American troops still believe in their mission but know that the general population has -- at best -- mixed feelings about their presence.

By Sami al-Jumaili KERBALA, Iraq (Reuters) - A Shi'ite religious ritual unfolded amid heavy security in the sacred city of Kerbala on Monday, as the spectre of a sectarian civil war stalked Iraq on the third anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion.

By Olena Horodetska MINSK (Reuters) - Belarus's leader Alexander Lukashenko, exultant after being re-elected president, said on Monday moves to stage a pro-West revolution had failed, but his liberal rival denounced the poll and called for street protests.

By Sami al-Jumaili KERBALA, Iraq (Reuters) - A major Shi'ite religious ritual unfolded amid heavy security in the sacred city of Kerbala on Monday as the specter of a sectarian civil war stalked Iraq on the third anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion.

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Senior foreign affairs officials from the five veto-holding U.N. Security Council powers and Germany meet on Monday in an effort to break the impasse over reining in Iran's nuclear ambitions.

By Olena Horodetska MINSK (Reuters) - President Alexander Lukashenko said triumphantly on Monday his re-election showed efforts to stage a pro-West revolt in Belarus had failed, but independent observers criticized the poll as neither free nor fair.

Word of the Day
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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