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General News Archive - August 14, 2006

By Alaa Shahine BEIRUT (Reuters) - A U.N.-brokered ceasefire to end the month-long war between Israel and Hizbollah guerrillas formally took effect at 0500 GMT (1:00 a.m. EDT) on Monday, but no immediate confirmation was available that it was being observed.

By Alaa Shahine BEIRUT (Reuters) - A U.N.-brokered ceasefire to end the month-long war between Israel and Hizbollah guerrillas went into effect at 0500 GMT on Monday, and Lebanese security sources said the guns had fallen silent across southern Lebanon.

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels accused the government of bombing an orphanage in rebel territory on Monday and killing 43 schoolgirls soon after a suspected Tiger front group threatened attacks in the country's south.

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Seven people were killed and 17 others were injured on Monday, when a security forces convoy escorting a Pakistan embassy vehicle was hit by a Claymore fragmentation mine, officials and bomb squad officers said.

By Jeremy Lovell LONDON (Reuters) - Britain scaled down its security alert overnight and eased a ban on airline cabin baggage imposed last week after police said they had foiled a plot to blow up airliners using liquid explosives disguised as drinks.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli troops on Monday shot a Hizbollah fighter in Lebanon who tried to open fire on them, the first casualty since a truce went into effect, an Israeli Web site reported. Ynetnews said the shooting occurred in southwest Lebanon.

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Tamil Tigers killed seven people and injured 17 in an attack on a Pakistan embassy convoy on Monday, the military said, just hours after a suspected rebel front threatened to start bombing civilians in the capital.

By Nick Mulvenney BEIJING (Reuters) - There is no way Olympic and world 100 meters champion Justin Gatlin can avoid a lifetime ban if his positive test for testosterone is confirmed, a senior IAAF official said on Monday.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli troops shot dead a Hizbollah fighter in Lebanon on Monday after he opened fire on them, marking the first casualty since a ceasefire went into effect, local media reported.

(Correcting in eighth paragraph of August 11 stor

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  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
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