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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
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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