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General News Archive - April 02, 2006

By Steve Ginsburg INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) - UCLA will face Florida for the NCAA men's basketball championship after easing to comfortable victories in the semi-finals on Saturday.

DUBAI (Reuters) - A Bahraini cruise boat that capsized off Bahrain's coast killing at least 57 people last week was not licensed to sail, an official said.

By Dean Goodman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Punk rock rules with America's youngsters, who voted Green Day their favorite group at the Kids Choice Awards on Saturday.

By Sue Pleming and Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw made a surprise visit to Baghdad on Sunday to press Iraqi leaders to form a new government and avert a civil war.

By Dean Yates JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel took its first steps toward forming a new government on Sunday when the president began meeting political parties for talks likely to focus on an expected coalition led by interim Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice began talks on Sunday with Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, who is under pressure from the United States and sections of his own Shi'ite Alliance to step down.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A Taliban insurgent shot dead four Afghan policemen as they slept after pretending to be a traveler looking for a place to spend the night, police said on Sunday.

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people from around the world flocked to the Vatican on Sunday to mark the first anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul and pray that he be made a saint soon.

DOHA (Reuters) - U.S. ally Qatar plans to hold landmark elections next year for the Gulf country's first parliament as part of democratic reforms.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A U.S. military helicopter lost south of Baghdad on Saturday is believed to have been shot down and its two pilots are feared dead, the U.S. military said on Sunday.

Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.