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General News Archive - May 05, 2006

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - September 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui was sentenced to life in prison rather than execution because some jurors saw him as a minor player in the plot, a juror told The Washington Post reported on Thursday.

By Estelle Shirbon ABUJA (Reuters) - The chance of salvaging a workable peace agreement for Sudan's Darfur region after two years of negotiations appeared remote on Friday after two of the three rebel factions rejected a proposed peace plan.

By Madeline Chambers and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair was expected to reshuffle his cabinet on Friday after his ruling Labour Party recorded one of its worst defeats in a local election since coming to power in 1997.

By Kate Holton and Katherine Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair began reshuffling his cabinet on Friday after his ruling Labour Party recorded one of its worst defeats in a local election since coming to power in 1997.

COLOMBO (Reuters) - A Tamil Tiger rebel boat exploded during a clash with the Sri Lankan navy off the island's northwestern coast on Friday, naval sources said, as peace talks remained deadlocked. "There is a confrontation at sea," a naval source said.

By Estelle Shirbon ABUJA (Reuters) - The chance of salvaging a workable peace agreement for Sudan's Darfur region after two years of negotiations appeared remote on Friday after two of the three rebel factions rejected a proposed peace plan.

By James Macharia JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Rescue officials said hopes were fading on Friday for 26 crew missing for almost two days after a ship carrying iron ore sank off South Africa's east coast.

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States defended on Friday its treatment of foreign terrorism suspects held abroad, telling the U.N.

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's air force destroyed a rebel Tamil Tiger boat off the island's northwest coast on Friday, a senior official said, adding that a second boat had been destroyed by the navy in an incident already reported.

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Word of the Day
postliminy
  • In Roman antiquity, the return of a person who had been banished, or taken prisoner by an enemy, to his old condition and former privileges.
  • In international law, that right by virtue of which persons and things taken by an enemy in war are restored to their former status when coming again under the power of the nation to which they belonged.
The word 'postliminy' comes from a Latin word meaning 'threshold'.