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General News Archive - June 24, 2006

By Lisa Haarlander CHICAGO (Reuters) - The last thing Chicago commuters expected to see from the windows of their speeding subway train was a smiling model.

By Gene Cherry INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (Reuters) - The scene seemed so familiar. There was Marion Jones, the U.S. 100 metres champion, answering questions about her latest triumph. Except Jones had not been America's sprint queen for four years until Friday.

KABUL (Reuters) - U.S.-led forces killed 25 Taliban rebels during a raid in southern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said on Saturday, raising the number of insurgents killed to more than 50 over the past three days.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - E. Pierce Marshall, who battled Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith in the courts over his father's vast oil fortune, died unexpectedly this week, his family said on Friday.

STUTTGART (Reuters) - Up to 100 England supporters were detained in Stuttgart overnight for mostly drunken and aggressive behavior as they gathered for Sunday's second-round World Cup match with Ecuador, police said on Saturday.

TIKRIT (Reuters) - U.S. troops arrested a top Sunni Arab religious leader in the northern town of Tikrit on Saturday, said a senior provincial government official. Abdullah Hussein, the deputy governor of Salahaddin province, said U.S.

STUTTGART (Reuters) - Over 100 England supporters were detained in Stuttgart overnight for mostly drunken and aggressive behavior as they gathered for Sunday's second-round World Cup match with Ecuador, police said on Saturday.

By Mussab Al-Khairalla BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is expected to present a national reconciliation plan to parliament on Sunday aimed at defusing the Sunni insurgency and tackling sectarian violence, political sources said.

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli forces detained two Palestinians, who the army said were Hamas militants, in the Gaza Strip on Saturday in what marked the first such arrest raid in the territory since Israel pulled out of Gaza a year ago.

KABUL (Reuters) - U.S.-led forces killed around 70 Taliban rebels during clashes in southern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said on Saturday, raising the number of insurgents killed to 100 over the past three days.

Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'