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General News Archive - July 05, 2006

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinian gunmen who seized an Israeli soldier have holed up with him in an underground bunker somewhere in the Gaza Strip, an Israeli newspaper reported on Wednesday.

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Crucial talks due on Wednesday between the European Union and Iran on incentives to a end a nuclear stand-off have been postponed for a week, an Iranian official said. "The meeting has changed to the next week.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - North Korea launched a total of 10 missiles, the head of Russia's General Staff was quoted as saying on Wednesday, but he could not confirm how many of them were intercontinental weapons.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. and Iraqi forces raided a hospital in the Sunni insurgent stronghold of Ramadi west of Baghdad on Wednesday, saying it was being used as a safe haven for rebel fighters to launch mortar and sniper attacks on them. U.S.

By Parisa Hafezi BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Iran said on Wednesday crucial talks between the European Union and Iran on incentives aimed at ending a nuclear stand-off have been postponed for a week, giving no immediate official reason for the delay. "The meeting has changed to the next week.

KUWAIT (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Wednesday he would demand an independent Iraqi inquiry into the suspected rape and murder of a teenager and the killing of her family by U.S. soldiers.

By Parisa Hafezi BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Iran said on Wednesday crucial talks between the European Union and Iran on incentives aimed at ending a nuclear stand-off have been postponed for a week, giving no immediate official reason for the delay.

By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Astronauts on the shuttle Discovery awoke to their first full day in space on Wednesday and prepared to inspect their orbiter for damage after launching from Florida on a flight NASA hopes will get the troubled U.S. space program back on track.

By Ibon Villelabeitia BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's prime minister called on Wednesday for an independent inquiry into the alleged rape and murder of a teenager and killing of her family by U.S. soldiers and a review of foreign troops' immunity from Iraqi law.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Baghdad's central morgue received 1,595 bodies last month -- the highest number since the February bombing of a Shiite shrine sparked a wave of sectarian killings, a morgue official said on Wednesday.

Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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