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General News Archive - July 20, 2006

Israel's latest military operations reflect a fighting machine bolstered by U.S. weaponry, jet fuel and technology transfers -- and more is on its way.

By David Clarke LARNACA, Cyprus (Reuters) - Hundreds of Americans and other foreign nationals fleeing Israeli air strikes that have pummeled Lebanon for eight days found safe haven in Cyprus on Thursday. About 40 U.S.

MIAMI (Reuters) - Southeastern Massachusetts was under a storm watch on Thursday as Tropical Storm Beryl, the second cyclone of the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season, headed north after sparing North Carolina.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Raging sectarian violence has forced a sharp increase in the number of Iraqis fleeing their homes this month, the government said on Thursday.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates has donated $900,000 to set up a training facility for health professionals working with AIDS in Africa's Great Lakes region.

By Alaa Shahine BEIRUT (Reuters) - Israeli air raids struck at Hizbollah-controlled areas of Lebanon on Thursday, the ninth day of a bombardment that has killed more than 300 people, as a token force of U.S. Marines landed to help evacuate Americans. It was the U.S.

MIAMI (Reuters) - The U.S. National Hurricane Center issued a storm warning for the vacation playgrounds of southeastern Massachusetts on Thursday, as Tropical Storm Beryl headed north after sparing North Carolina.

By Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Iraqis have fled their homes in fear of sectarian violence that has worsened since formation of a U.S.-backed national unity government two months ago, official data showed on Thursday.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran will make a statement on Thursday about its nuclear programme which is at the center of a dispute with the West, state television reported without giving details about what the statement would contain. The report said the statement would be made at around 11:00 a.m.

By Alaa Shahine BEIRUT (Reuters) - A token force of U.S. Marines landed in Lebanon on Thursday to evacuate Americans stranded by a nine-day-old Israeli bombardment that has killed more than 300 people but failed to stop Hizbollah rocket strikes on Israel. It was the U.S.

Word of the Day
maffling
  • To stammer.
  • Present participle of maffle, to stammer.
  • A simpleton.
The word 'maffle' may come from a Dutch word meaning 'to move the jaws' or a French word meaning 'having large cheeks'.