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General News Archive - July 31, 2006

By Jeremy Laurence KABUL (Reuters) - NATO forces took over security from a U.S.-led coalition in restive southern Afghanistan on Monday, embarking on one of the alliance's biggest ground operations in its history.

By Sue Plemming JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Monday she believed a ceasefire to end fighting between Israel and the Hizbollah guerrilla group in Lebanon could be forged this week.

PARIS (Reuters) - Tour de France winner Floyd Landis, who tested positive for testosterone on his way to victory in cycling's showpiece event, should find out shortly if the counter-analysis he has requested confirms the result.

By Jeremy Laurence KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A bomb in a police car killed at least eight people in Afghanistan on Monday as NATO forces took control of security in the south of the country to begin one of the biggest ground operations in the alliance's history.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Gunmen wearing camouflaged uniforms of Iraqi security forces kidnapped 25 people from a company in central Baghdad in broad daylight on Monday, police sources said.

By Hussein Saad TYRE, Lebanon (Reuters) - Villagers flying white flags from cars, buses and pickup trucks flooded out of south Lebanon on Monday after U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice won from Israel a brief suspension of devastating air strikes.

By Anne Thompson LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Mel Gibson has apologized for acting "completely out of control" during his recent confrontation with Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies, but he may have trouble living down anti-Semitic comments that he allegedly made at the time.

By Aseel Kami and Omar Ibadi BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Gunmen wearing uniforms of Iraqi security forces kidnapped 25 people from an office in central Baghdad in broad daylight on Monday, police said.

By Hussein Saad TYRE, Lebanon (Reuters) - Civilians fled battered border villages in south Lebanon on Monday and some fighting flared after the United States won from Israel a brief suspension of devastating air strikes.

By Aseel Kami and Omar Ibadi BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Gunmen wearing uniforms of Iraqi security forces kidnapped 25 people from an office in central Baghdad in broad daylight on Monday, police said.

Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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