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General News Archive - June 03, 2006

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Marine commanders in Iraq knew within two days of the killings in Haditha in November that gunfire, not a roadside bomb, had killed Iraqi civilians but they saw no reason to investigate further, The New York Times reported on Saturday.

By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - British anti-terrorist police are hunting for a "dirty" chemical bomb that could be used in an attack in Britain after a major raid failed to uncover a device they believe exists, newspapers reported on Saturday.

KABUL (Reuters) - U.S.-led coalition and Afghan troops recaptured a district occupied by the Taliban, killing at least 15 militants, an Afghan official said on Saturday.

By Sayed Salahuddin KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai has sacked dozens of senior police officials days after anti-U.S. riots in Kabul, an official said on Saturday, while up to 32 Taliban fighters were killed in clashes in the south.

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Europe's foreign policy chief Javier Solana is ready to travel to Iran to present a package of incentives agreed by world powers for Tehran to give up atomic fuel work, Solana's spokeswoman said on Saturday.

By Estelle Shirbon LAGOS (Reuters) - Negotiators in Nigeria's oil-producing southern delta were seeking the release on Saturday of eight foreign workers kidnapped from an oil rig by gunmen demanding jobs and development for their community.

By Mariam Karouny and Fredrik Dahl BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq vowed on Saturday to press on with its own probe into the deaths of civilians in a U.S. raid on the town of Ishaqi, rejecting the U.S. military's exoneration of its forces.

By Michael Georgy and Fredrik Dahl BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An official at Russia's embassy in Baghdad said on Saturday a diplomat had been killed and four embassy employees kidnapped, Russia's Interfax news agency reported.

By Sayed Salahuddin KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai has sacked dozens of senior police officials days after anti-U.S. riots in Kabul, an official said on Saturday.

By Michael Georgy and Fredrik Dahl BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A Russian embassy employee was killed in Baghdad on Saturday and four others were kidnapped by gunmen who stopped their car and fired on it, Russian and Iraqi officials said.

Word of the Day
barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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