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General News Archive - July 01, 2006

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel on Saturday rejected demands from Palestinian militants who captured an Israeli soldier to free 1,000 prisoners and end an assault on Gaza aimed at winning his release. The militants seized Corporal Gilad Shalit in a raid across the Gaza Strip's frontier last Sunday.

By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Former Japanese prime minister Ryutaro Hashimoto, an outspoken politician who jousted with U.S. officials over the auto trade and brought "Big Bang" financial reforms to Tokyo, died on Saturday at the age of 68.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A car bomb attack on a police patrol in eastern Baghdad on Saturday killed three people and wounded 10, including police and civilians, police said. The explosion, apparently in a parked car, went off close to a crowded market in the poor Shi'ite district of Sadr City.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A car bomb attack at a crowded market in a poor Shi'ite district of eastern Baghdad killed 33 people and wounded 42 on Saturday, police sources said. It was the bloodiest attack in the capital for weeks.

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Israel on Saturday rejected demands from Palestinian militants who captured an Israeli soldier to free 1,000 prisoners from its jails and kept up air strikes on Gaza aimed at winning his release.

By Richard Waddington and Sophie Walker GENEVA (Reuters) - World Trade Organization (WTO) states have failed to break a deadlock in global free trade talks and were set on Saturday to ask WTO chief Pascal Lamy to mediate a much-needed compromise, diplomats said.

By Steve James NEW YORK (Reuters) - If you look west from Germany you will see the United States stifling a yawn at the World Cup. Despite a doubling of television ratings for the first-round matches this month, before the U.S.

By Jim Loney CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA counted down to the launch of space shuttle Discovery on Saturday, hoping to fly a crucial mission whose failure could ground the shuttle fleet permanently and leave the International Space Station unfinished.

By Ali Jasim BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A car bomb tore through a crowded market in a poor Shi'ite district of eastern Baghdad on Saturday, killing 35 people and wounding 48 in the bloodiest attack in the capital for weeks.

By Ali Jasim BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A car bomb tore through a crowded market in a poor Shi'ite district of eastern Baghdad on Saturday, killing 35 people and wounding 48 in the bloodiest attack in the capital for weeks.

Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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