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General News Archive - July 06, 2006

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - A defiant North Korea acknowledged for the first time on Thursday that it had launched a missile, vowed to carry out more tests and threatened to use force if the international community tried to stop it.

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli forces seized control of former Jewish settlements in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday, effectively carving out a buffer zone after Hamas Islamist militants fired rockets into a major Israeli city.

By Irene Klotz HOUSTON (Reuters) - The space shuttle Discovery closed in on the International Space Station on Thursday, as NASA nursed hopes its troubles with the fleet's fuel tanks were nearing an end. The shuttle was scheduled to arrive at the orbital outpost at 10:52 a.m. EDT/(1452 GMT).

By Khaled Farhan KUFA, Iraq (Reuters) - A suicide car bomber blasted two coach-loads of Iranian pilgrims outside a Shiite Muslim shrine in Iraq at dawn on Thursday, killing 10 people and wounding 40, police and hospital sources said.

By Khaled Farhan KUFA, Iraq (Reuters) - A suicide car bomber blasted two coach-loads of Iranian pilgrims outside a Shiite Muslim shrine in Iraq at dawn on Thursday, killing 13 people and wounding 41, police and hospital sources said. The attack came a day after the U.S.

MIAMI (Reuters) - Conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh has been cleared of wrongdoing following his detention at a Florida airport last month, when agents found a bottle of Viagra in his luggage that was not prescribed in his name, authorities said on Wednesday.

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By Nidal al-Mughrabi BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza (Reuters) - Fierce fighting erupted between Israeli forces and Palestinian gunmen in northern Gaza on Thursday after Israel sent tanks and armored vehicles into the area to quell militant rocket fire.

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan plans to test-fire a missile capable of hitting China, alarming the island's main ally, the United States, a cable news network said on Thursday.

Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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