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General News Archive - May 15, 2006

President Bush is expected to call for thousands of National Guard troops along the U.S.-Mexico border to help curtail illegal immigration as debate over the divisive issue heats up.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Afghan police killed 11 Taliban in a battle near the southern town of Kandahar in which five policemen were also killed, Afghan government officials said on Monday.

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Popular South African politician Jacob Zuma has been handed back his duties of deputy president of the ruling African National Congress a week after he was acquitted of rape charges, a newspaper reported.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Saddam Hussein returned to court on Monday and defense witnesses were expected to testify as his trial resumed on charges of crimes against humanity in the killing of 148 Shi'ites in the 1980s, a Reuters reporter said. The trial in the Baghdad started in October.

Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano erupted with clouds of hot gas and rained ash on surrounding areas on Monday, sending some nearby villagers who had been reluctant to leave scurrying for safety.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Insurgents shot down a U.S. helicopter during fighting south of Baghdad on Sunday, killing two soldiers, the U.S. military said on Monday. The incident took place near the town of Yusifiya 15 km (9 miles) south of the capital.

It may be the last mystery left about "The Da Vinci Code" -- how did a work by a near unknown author and sneered at by some of literature's leading lights become one of the best-selling novels of all time?

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Insurgents shot down a U.S. helicopter during clashes south of Baghdad on Sunday, killing two soldiers, the U.S. military said on Monday. The incident took place near the village of Yusifiya 15 km (9 miles) south of the Iraqi capital.

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union will make Iran a generous offer of technology, economic and other incentives for Iran to abandon sensitive nuclear activities, EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said on Monday.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Saddam Hussein refused to enter a plea at his trial on Monday after he was formally charged with ordering the killing and torture of hundreds of Shi'ite villagers, telling the judge he was still Iraq's president.

Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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