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General News Archive - August 17, 2006

The United States, concerned about North Korea, will double to six by the end of the year the number of its ships in the Pacific capable of shooting down enemy ballistic missiles, the head of the Pentagon missile-defense project involved said on Wednesday.

By Keith Coffman BOULDER, Colo. (Reuters) - An Am

By Nopporn Wong-Anan BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai police said on Thursday they had arrested an American in connection with the Christmas 1996 murder of JonBenet Ramsey, a child beauty queen whose grisly death triggered a U.S. media frenzy. They did not name the man, identified in U.S.

Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels launched a new attack overnight on the besieged northern Jaffna peninsula, the army said on Thursday, as a U.S. envoy visited the island to hold talks on the worst fighting since a 2002 truce.

By Nopporn Wong-Anan BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai police said on Thursday they had arrested an American suspected of the grisly Christmas 1996 murder of six-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey, which triggered a U.S. media frenzy.

By Nopporn Wong-Anan BANGKOK (Reuters) - An American primary school teacher accused of the grisly Christmas 1996 murder of six-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey says her death was an accident, a senior Thai policeman said on Thursday.

By Ross Colvin BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. troops are patrolling the streets in some Baghdad neighborhoods on foot in a new bid to win the trust of Iraqis, an unusual sight for many residents more used to seeing them travel in armored vehicle convoys.

BANGKOK (Reuters) - The American primary school teacher accused of killing six-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey at Christmas 1996 said on Thursday her death was an accident.

By Yara Bayoumy and Lin Noueihed KHARDALI, Lebanon (Reuters) - Lebanese troops deployed in south Lebanon on Thursday, linking up with U.N. peacekeepers to take control of Hizbollah strongholds as Israeli forces withdraw after their 34-day war with the guerrillas.

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Passengers were evacuated from Pacific Blue flight after it landed in Sydney from Fiji on Thursday because a threat had been made against the aircraft, Sydney Airport officials said. "The plane has been parked away from the terminal.

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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