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General News Archive - May 28, 2006

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A strong quake measuring 6.7 in magnitude rocked the South Pacific island nation of Tonga on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The New Britain region of Papua New Guinea was also shaken by a 6.2 magnitude quake, the USGS reported.

By Scott Malone MANSFIELD, Massachusetts (Reuters) - Branching off from his rock'n' roll roots, Bruce Springsteen kicked off his summer U.S. tour on Saturday with songs made famous by folk musician and activist Pete Seeger and strong political overtones.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's presidency has urged the government to send a high-level delegation with wide-ranging powers to the southern city of Basra, in the grip of a Shi'ite power struggle that threatens oil exports.

By Achmad Sukarsono BANTUL, Indonesia (Reuters) - Rescue workers dug desperately for survivors on Sunday as residents returned to ruined homes on Indonesia's densely populated island of Java a day after a powerful earthquake killed nearly 3,300.

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Israeli aircraft raided a Palestinian militant base in eastern Lebanon on Sunday, witnesses and a security source said, hours after rockets fired into northern Israel wounded an Israeli soldier.

By Paul Tait SYDNEY (Reuters) - Two strong earthquakes shook the South Pacific on Sunday but there were no reports of major damage or injury and seismologists said they did not signal an increase in seismic activity in the quake-prone region.

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Israeli aircraft fired missiles at a Palestinian militant base in eastern Lebanon on Sunday, witnesses and a security source said, hours after rockets fired into northern Israel wounded an Israeli soldier.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, comatose since suffering a stroke in January, was moved on Sunday from a Jerusalem hospital to a long-term care clinic near Tel Aviv, a hospital spokesman said.

WALVIS BAY, Namibia (Reuters) - Hollywood stars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have had a baby daughter, People magazine said on Sunday.

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Israeli jets fired missiles at a second Palestinian militant base in Lebanon on Sunday, security sources said. Witnesses saw smoke rising from the Naameh base just outside Beirut, run by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command.

Word of the Day
bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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