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General News Archive - April 05, 2006

MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) - Voters in at least 22 Wisconsin cities and villages approved ballot measures calling for an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, returns showed on Wednesday.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The trial of Saddam Hussein for the killings of 148 Shiites two decades ago resumed on Wednesday, a day after the court announced he would face new charges of genocide against the Kurds in the late 1980s.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Saddam Hussein lashed out at Iraq's Interior Ministry just after his trial resumed on Wednesday, accusing it of killing thousands of Iraqis.

By Ed Cropley BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra stepped aside on Wednesday and let a deputy assume the top spot as politicians tried to find a way out of a long-running crisis.

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - It will not be easy convincing American lawmakers to approve a landmark nuclear deal with India, but the administration is convinced the pact would strengthen the global non-proliferation regime, a senior U.S. official said.

By Peter Henderson LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Animated movie maker IDT Entertainment has hired former MGM veteran Chris McGurk to build a live-action film studio in a sign of big plans for Hollywood by the scrappy newcomer owned by phone-card company IDT Corp..

By Mussab al-Khairalla BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Saddam Hussein returned to court on Wednesday and, in remarks likely to inflame sectarian tensions, immediately accused the Iraqi Interior Ministry of killing and torturing thousands of Iraqis.

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Katie Couric is expected to announce her departure from NBC's "Today" show on Wednesday, paving the way for her to join rival CBS and become the first woman sole anchor of a major U.S. network evening newscast, people close to the situation said.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A cameraman for U.S. network CBS was freed on Wednesday after a year in detention without charge when an Iraqi court ruled there was no evidence to support charges of terrorism against him.

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Bird flu has killed a 12-year-old boy in Cambodia, the impoverished Southeast Asian nation's sixth victim, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.

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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