General News Archive - July 03, 2006

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Osama bin Laden has training bases in Somalia and is intent on plunging the Horn of Africa country into further chaos, Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi said late on Sunday.

AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordan said on Monday Saddam's eldest daughter Raghd and her children were guests of the royal family and did not engage in any political activities.

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinian militant groups that abducted an Israeli soldier gave Israel less than 24 hours on Monday to meet their demands for the release of Palestinian prisoners, threatening unspecified consequences if it refuses.

By Kieran Murray MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The specter of political chaos hung over Mexico's young democracy on Monday after two rival presidential candidates both claimed victory in a bitter election that divided the country between left and right.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A woman apparently at the center of a rape-murder probe by the U.S. military in Iraq was only 15 and voiced fears about soldiers' advances before she and her family were killed in March, the Washington Post said on Monday.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's main Sunni political bloc boycotted parliament for a second straight day on Monday and said the walkout would last until a colleague was freed by gunmen who seized her in a Shiite area of Baghdad two days ago.

A year after suicide bombers brought carnage to London, Britons will remember the victims of the July 7 attacks this week amid continuing worries that Islamist militants could strike again.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert rejected on Monday an ultimatum by Palestinian militants, who abducted an Israeli soldier, for Israel to release Palestinian prisoners.

By Nidal al-Mughrabi BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip (Reuters) - Palestinian militants who abducted an Israeli soldier gave Israel less than 24 hours on Monday to meet their demands to release Palestinian prisoners, threatening unspecified consequences if it refused.

DETROIT (Reuters) - Chrysler Group expects to have 70 percent of its planned executive job cuts completed by the end of this year, Chief Executive Tom LaSorda said in an interview with The Detroit News on Monday.

Word of the Day
  • 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.'