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General News Archive - April 11, 2006

By Y.P. Rajesh and Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepali troops opened fire and baton-charged protesters who burned tires, chanted slogans and clashed with government forces on Tuesday before a fresh curfew took hold on the sixth day of mass protests against the king.

By Philip Pullella and Rachel Sanderson ROME (Reuters) - Center-left leader Romano Prodi claimed a knife-edge victory in Italy's election on Tuesday, but Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's allies disputed the result and the specter of political paralysis hung over the country.

By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Ibrahim al-Jaafari's stubborn fight to stay on as the main Shi'ite Alliance's choice for Iraq's prime minister looked all but certain to end as a party in the bloc said on Tuesday it was ready to offer a replacement.

By Tom Heneghan PARIS (Reuters) - France's students and trade unions prepared a victory parade on Tuesday to mark the demise of a hated youth jobs law, with politicians and analysts split over whether the hope of labor market reform was dead too.

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Ariel Sharon's tenure as Israel's prime minister came to a symbolic end on Tuesday at a cabinet meeting that formally designated Ehud Olmert to replace the comatose stroke victim.

By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Massive street marches to protest a proposed crackdown on illegal immigration have energized U.S. Hispanics and may signal a new day of Hispanic political involvement.

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's center-left coalition is projected to win a slim majority in the Senate after most ballots from overseas voters were counted, Sky Italia television said on Tuesday.

By Y.P. Rajesh and Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepali troops opened fire and baton-charged protesters who burned tires, chanted slogans and clashed with government forces on Tuesday before a fresh curfew took hold on the sixth day of mass protests against the king.

Please read in 7th paragraph ... The center-left had no doubt ... instead of ... The center-right had no doubt ...

By Philip Pullella and Silvia Aloisi ROME (Reuters) - Romano Prodi's center-left claimed victory in Italy's election on Tuesday but his tiny margin raised the specter of political paralysis and Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's allies demanded a review.

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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