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General News Archive - May 20, 2006

By Jeffrey Jones NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - New Orleanians will choose a mayor on Saturday to lead the battered city's recovery through the next hurricane season and beyond after one of America's most closely watched civic election campaigns.

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By Lutfi Abu Oun and Mariam Karouny BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Bombs killed 24 people in Iraq on Saturday, including 19 in a Shi'ite district of Baghdad, hours before Iraq's parliament was to inaugurate a national unity government aimed at halting a slide toward civil war.

BERLIN (Reuters) - Afghanistan is on the brink of becoming a narco-state with drug cartels now posing a greater threat to the country's future than Taliban insurgents, NATO's top military commander in Europe said on Saturday.

By Robert Birsel KABUL (Reuters) - Fresh fighting erupted in southern Afghanistan on Saturday after a man claiming to be top Taliban commander Mullah Dadullah dismissed a report he had been captured in heavy fighting this week.

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan may begin withdrawing its noncombat troops from southern Iraq as early as next month, winding down the country's riskiest mission since World War Two, a newspaper reported on Saturday.

By Robert Birsel KABUL (Reuters) - Heavy fighting erupted in southern Afghanistan on Saturday and both international and Afghan government forces suffered casualties, military officials said.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Some members of the largest Sunni political bloc in parliament staged a walkout after Shi'ite Prime Minister-designate Nuri al-Maliki read out his proposed cabinet list to the assembly on Saturday.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's parliament on Saturday approved the line-up of a government of national unity proposed by Prime Minister-designate Nuri al-Maliki. Maliki, a Shi'ite Islamist, read out his program to the 275-seat assembly after its approval of his cabinet.

By Mariam Karouny BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's parliament finally approved a new national unity government on Saturday, ending months of deadlock as bomb attacks that killed 24 people served a grim reminder of the security challenges it will face.

Word of the Day
bretelles
  • In dressmaking, straps running from the belt in front over the shoulders to the belt in the back, with more or less elaboration of trimming and outline. They usually broaden at the shoulder and narrow toward the waist.
The word 'bretelles' comes from a French word meaning 'braces'.