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General News Archive - July 10, 2006

By Ivan Stoyanov IRKUTSK, Russia (Reuters) - Russian investigators reconstructed the last moments of Sibir airlines flight 778 on Monday while passengers' relatives prepared for the grim task of identifying their loved ones among at least 122 people who died.

By Lutfi Abu Oun and Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Two car bombs blasted a Baghdad area that is a stronghold of Shiite militia fighters on Monday, a day after gunmen stormed through a Sunni area and killed over 40 in a dramatic escalation of sectarian violence in the city.

By George Nishiyama TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan pushed on Monday for a U.N. Security Council resolution that would impose sanctions on North Korea for test-launching missiles last week and urged China to do its best to get Pyongyang back to talks on its nuclear ambitions.

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - An Israeli air strike killed one Palestinian militant and wounded three others in the Gaza Strip on Monday after the Jewish state vowed an open-ended offensive to free an abducted soldier and halt rocket attacks.

By Irene Klotz HOUSTON (Reuters) - Space shuttle Discovery got a clean bill of health from NASA managers on Sunday, as they declared it "absolutely clear" to make a scorching return to Earth with no concerns about damage to the spacecraft's heat shield.

By Lutfi Abu Oun and Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Two bombs blasted a Baghdad area that is a stronghold of Shiite militia fighters on Monday, a day after gunmen stormed through a Sunni area and killed over 40 in a dramatic escalation of sectarian violence in the city.

By Dean Yates JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Monday rejected international criticism of Israel's offensive in Gaza, saying operations to press militants to free an abducted soldier and end rocket fire would go on indefinitely.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - One of Saddam Hussein's less well known co-defendants returned to court on Monday as the defense prepared its final summing up in the trial for crimes against humanity.

MULTAN, Pakistan (Reuters) - A Pakistan International Airlines' Fokker passenger plane crashed on Monday killing all 45 people on board, the police chief in the central city of Multan said. "Everyone is dead. I am standing at the site," police chief Iftikhar Babar told Reuters.

By Jane Merriman LONDON (Reuters) - Three former bankers are set to be extradited to the United States on Thursday to face fraud charges related to collapsed energy company Enron after the failure of last-minute appeals for them to be tried in the UK.

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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