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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
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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