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General News Archive - April 01, 2006

Citing polling that suggests opposition to same-sex marriages is receding, gay rights advocates expressed confidence on Friday that such weddings would spread, despite a ruling by Massachusetts' highest court that bars homosexuals from other states from marrying there.

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinian Prime Minister and Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh on Saturday ordered all gunmen and security forces involved in deadly clashes in the Gaza Strip to get off the streets.

By Mariam Karouny BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Senior members of Iraq's ruling Shi'ite Alliance bloc called publicly for the first time on Saturday for Ibrahim al-Jaafari to step down as prime minister to break months of deadlock over a national unity government.

By Sue Pleming and Gideon Long BLACKBURN (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met Muslim leaders in northwest England on Saturday in a trip during which protesters expressed anger that an architect of the Iraq war was on their home turf.

By Mariam Karouny BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Leaders of Iraq's ruling Shi'ite Alliance bloc called publicly for the first time on Saturday for Ibrahim al-Jaafari to step down as prime minister to break weeks of deadlock over a national unity government.

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) - All 19 people aboard a Brazilian domestic flight were killed when it crashed in the mountains of Rio de Janeiro state, rescue services and the airline said on Saturday.

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Gunmen from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement fired off guns in a show of force in Gaza on Saturday, defying orders from Prime Minister and Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh to stay off the streets.

LONDON (Reuters) - Rock star Chris Martin has joined forces with Britain's right-wing opposition to unseat British Prime Minister Tony Blair, after his Hollywood wife Gwyneth Paltrow met the Conservative leader's wife at yoga class.

By Brandy Brubaker, The Dominion Post, Morgantown, W.Va. Apr. 1--Michelle Michael insists she's not a killer, her defense attorney said Friday. Michael's attorney, Tom Dyer, said his client has told him that she is not the one who killed her husband, James Andrew Michael.

Please read in fifth paragraph, "faces 11 counts" instead of "faces 17 counts." A corrected story follows. MIAMI (Reuters) - A son of former Liberian President Charles Taylor has been charged with passport fraud and is in U.S. custody, a spokeswoman for the U.S.

Word of the Day
swell-mobsman
  • A member of the swell-mob; a genteelly clad pickpocket. Sometimes mobsman.
Use of the word 'swell-mobsman' dates at least to the early 1800s.