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General News Archive - July 12, 2006

By Jack Kim PUSAN, South Korea (Reuters) - South and North Korea held formal ministerial talks on Wednesday for the first time since Pyongyang sparked a crisis with missile tests as a rift among regional powers widened despite U.S. calls for unity.

BALAD, Iraq (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld arrived in Iraq on Wednesday on a visit that comes amid waning support in the United States for the war and questions about when U.S. troops might start returning home.

By Krittivas Mukherjee MUMBAI (Reuters) - Millions of people packed trains and buses to get to work in India's biggest city on Wednesday, as the country's financial hub shook off seven bombs on its vital commuter rail network that killed at least 183 people.

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Israel targeted Hamas's top commanders in a Gaza air strike on Wednesday that killed six Palestinians and reduced to rubble a three-storey building where the militants were believed to be meeting.

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Hizbollah guerrillas captured two Israeli soldiers in attacks from Lebanon on Israeli border posts on Wednesday, Hizbollah television said. It said the Islamic Resistance, the military arm of Hizbollah, announced the capture in a statement.

By Krittivas Mukherjee MUMBAI (Reuters) - Millions of people packed trains and buses to get to work in India's biggest city on Wednesday, as the country's financial hub shook off seven bombs on its vital commuter rail network that killed at least 183 people.

By Kristin Roberts and Ross Colvin BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld flew into Baghdad on Wednesday for security talks with Iraqi leaders as worsening sectarian violence has renewed fears of all-out civil war.

By Karamallah Daher MARJAYOUN, Lebanon (Reuters) - Hizbollah guerrillas abducted two Israeli soldiers in attacks from Lebanon on Israeli border posts on Wednesday, Hizbollah television said. Israel's Channel 10 Television reported the army had said two soldiers were missing from the border area.

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union joined the United States on Wednesday in warning Iran it faced U.N. Security Council action if it did not cooperate in efforts to end a stand-off over its nuclear program.

By Chris Buckley BEIJING (Reuters) - North Korea shows no sign of responding to efforts to persuade the reclusive nation to ease tensions over its missile tests and return to multilateral talks, a senior U.S. envoy said on Wednesday.

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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