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General News Archive - August 13, 2006

By Yara Bayoumy BEIRUT (Reuters) - The United Nations said Israeli and Lebanese leaders had agreed a ceasefire would take effect at 0500 GMT on Monday to end the month-old war, but fighting raged on Sunday as Israeli forces met fierce resistance from Hizbollah guerrillas.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel is willing to discuss a possible release of Hizbollah prisoners in exchange for freeing two Israeli soldiers abducted by Lebanese guerrillas last month, the Haaretz newspaper reported on Sunday.

By Yara Bayoumy BEIRUT (Reuters) - The United Nations said Israeli and Lebanese leaders had agreed a ceasefire would take effect at 0500 GMT on Monday to end the month-old war, but fighting raged on Sunday as Israeli forces met fierce resistance from Hizbollah guerrillas.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel is willing to discuss a possible release of Hizbollah prisoners in exchange for freeing two Israeli soldiers abducted by Lebanese guerrillas last month, the Haaretz newspaper reported on Sunday.

By Paul Majendie LONDON (Reuters) - Interior minister John Reid warned on Sunday that another attempted terrorist attack on Britain was "highly likely" after police said they had thwarted a plot to blow up transatlantic airliners.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran welcomed on Sunday a planned ceasefire to halt the month-long war between Lebanon's Hizbollah and Israel but described the U.N. Security Council's call for disarming the Iranian-backed group as "illogical." The U.N.

LONDON (Reuters) - The Archbishop of York, the second most senior cleric in the Church of England, is to camp inside his cathedral and forego food for a week in solidarity with those caught up in the Middle East conflict.

By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - A Cuban newspaper on Sunday published the first photographs of Fidel Castro since his stomach surgery and the Cuban leader said he had stabilized "considerably" but was not out of the woods.

By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A Shi'ite leader has called for neighborhood committees to provide security in their own districts, casting further doubt on the ability of Iraqi and U.S. forces to reduce violence levels in Baghdad.

By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A Shi'ite leader has called for neighborhood committees to provide security in their own districts, casting further doubt on the ability of Iraqi and U.S. forces to reduce violence levels in Baghdad.

Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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