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General News Archive - April 10, 2006

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military is conducting a propaganda campaign to overstate the threat to stability posed by the al Qaeda leader in Iraq, The Washington Post reported on Monday.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. economy bounced back in the first quarter but growth will slow through 2006 as the housing market cools and consumers become a little more cautious, a survey of top forecasters showed on Monday.

By Robin Emmott LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Ollanta Humala, a former army commander who campaigned to put Peru's economy in state hands, clung to a slim lead on Monday in a tight three-way race for president, official results showed.

By Mariam Karouny BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's biggest Arab Sunni bloc said on Monday its rejection of Ibrahim al-Jaafari as prime minister was final, stepping up pressure on his Shi'ite Alliance to break a deadlock over forming a unity government.

PARIS (Reuters) - France will replace a controversial youth job law with measures to help the most disadvantaged young people find work, President Jacques Chirac's office said on Monday.

By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. soldiers who shot dead a Reuters television soundman in Iraq last year breached their rules of engagement and the killing was "unlawful," an independent investigation commissioned by Reuters has found.

By Elizabeth Pineau PARIS (Reuters) - France will scrap a planned youth job contract that has provoked weeks of protests and a political crisis, President Jacques Chirac said on Monday.

By Adel Abu Nimeh JERICHO, West Bank (Reuters) - Israel suspended formal security ties with the Palestinians on Monday in a bid to further isolate the new Hamas government one day after declaring it a hostile entity.

By Mariam Karouny BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Pressure from Kurdish and Sunni leaders looked increasingly likely on Monday to force Iraq's Shi'ite alliance to drop Ibrahim al-Jaafari as its choice for prime minister to break a deadlock over a new government.

By Elizabeth Pineau PARIS (Reuters) - French President Jacques Chirac on Monday scrapped a planned youth job law that provoked weeks of protests, in a climbdown opponents celebrated as an unqualified victory.

Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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