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General News Archive - March 07, 2006

Japan's government on Tuesday endorsed legislation requiring foreigners to be photographed and fingerprinted on arrival as part of measures to prevent terrorism.

Growing U.S.-Russian tensions including differences over Iran and the Palestinian militant group Hamas are expected to be aired in talks on Tuesday between Russia's foreign minister and the Bush administration.

For once, Israeli politicians aren't so quick to promise peace. Broadcast campaigns for March 28 elections kicked off on Tuesday with little of the past rhetoric by Israel's high-flying hawks and doves on how best to end conflict in the Middle East.

HILLA, Iraq (Reuters) - Four explosions rocked the Iraqi city of Hilla south of Baghdad on Tuesday, and police said at least two of them were car bombs. One of the car bombs caused no casualties. The effects of a second car bomb in the city center were unclear.

The U.S. Justice Department asked a federal court on Monday to dismiss a lawsuit charging that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld bears responsibility for the torture of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Eight in 10 Americans believe that recent sectarian violence in Iraq has made civil war likely, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll released on Monday.

Israel could target Hamas leaders, including Palestinian Prime Minister-designate Ismail Haniyeh, if the militant group resumes attacks in the Jewish state, Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said on Tuesday.

DUBAI (Reuters) - Al Jazeera television aired on Tuesday a video showing three of four Christian peace activists held hostage in Iraq and said the men had called on Gulf Arab leaders and their own governments to help free them.

U.S. drivers saw gasoline prices soar an average 7.7 cents a gallon over the last week, while truckers paid the most for diesel fuel since November, the government said on Monday.

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Interim Prime Minister Ehud Olmert vowed on Tuesday to reduce spending on Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank after an Israeli election his party is expected to win, underscoring plans to quit isolated enclaves.

Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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