General News Archive - July 17, 2006

By Jeremy Laurence KABUL (Reuters) - U.S.-led forces killed four suspected al Qaeda fighters during a raid in southeast Afghanistan on Monday, as the country's defense minister said Taliban resistance was on the wane.

Corrects surname of flight communicator to Swanso

By Lin Noueihed BEIRUT (Reuters) - Israeli air strikes killed 17 people in Lebanon on Monday and Hizbollah announced more rocket attacks on Israel after major world powers put the onus on the Syrian- and Iranian-backed Shi'ite group to end the fighting.

By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Astronauts on shuttle Discovery began final preparations to land in Florida on Monday as they neared the end of a mission that NASA hopes has proved it can fly space shuttles safely again.

MAHMUDIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - Gunmen stormed a market in the violent town of Mahmudiya, just south of Baghdad, on Monday, killing at least 15 people and wounding 25, police said, adding that police forces were fighting the attackers.

By David Clarke ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - United Nations Security Council members will on Monday start hammering out a detailed agreement on deploying a multilateral security force to Lebanon, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least 42 people were killed and 33 wounded when a car bomb exploded in a market in the town of Mahmudiya south of Baghdad on Monday, police sources said. Police had earlier reported that gunmen had attacked the market.

By Caren Bohan and David Clarke ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Group of Eight leaders met on Monday to give a push to world trade talks at a big-power summit strained by divisions over the Middle East.

MAHMUDIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - Over 40 people were killed in a car bomb attack and shooting at a crowded market in a violent town just outside Baghdad on Monday, police said. Witnesses in the small town of Mahmudiya, south of the capital, said they heard several explosions and heavy gunfire.

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who differ on whether to impose U.N. sanctions on Iran, expressed concern on Monday that Tehran had not responded to an incentives offer.

Word of the Day
  • A political dynamiter.
The word 'dynamitard' is related to 'dynamite', which comes from a Greek root meaning 'power' and was coined by Alfred Nobel.