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General News Archive - August 20, 2006

VICTORIA, British Columbia (Reuters) - American Aaron Peirsol set a world record in the 200 meters backstroke at the Pan Pacific Championships on Saturday while the U.S. men's team also clocked a world mark in the 4x100 freestyle relay.

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "The Simpsons" claimed U.S. television's highest honor for a prime-time cartoon on Saturday as Emmy voters shied away from giving the prize to "South Park" for an episode lampooning Scientology and Tom Cruise.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's army has fired tactical missiles and will test surface-to-sea missiles during Iranian army wargames on Sunday, state television reported. Iran's army launched wargames in the south of the country on Saturday, and said new, Iranian-built equipment would be tested.

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. and South Korean troops start military drills on Monday which are likely to increase regional tensions already high due to the North's July 5 missile launches and reports it is preparing for a nuclear test.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Police arrested three gunmen who fired on pilgrims in Baghdad on Sunday, Iraqi state television said, as hundreds of thousands massed for a sacred Shi'ite festival in which 1,000 died in a stampede last year.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran said on Sunday it would not suspend uranium enrichment, ruling out the main demand in a package of proposals backed by six nations aimed at resolving its nuclear standoff with the West.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - More than 70 Taliban guerrillas have been killed in fighting with NATO and Afghan forces in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar, a provincial police official said on Sunday.

VICTORIA, Canada (Reuters) - American Aaron Peirsol set a world record in the 200 meters backstroke and the U.S. team did likewise in the 4x100 freestyle relay at the Pan Pacific Championships on Saturday.

By Laila Bassam BEIRUT (Reuters) - Israeli warplanes flew reconnaissance missions over Lebanon on Sunday, a day after an Israeli commando raid deep into the country strained a U.N.-backed truce that ended Israel's 34-day war with Hizbollah.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Attacks in Baghdad against pilgrims gathering for a major Shi'ite religious event on Sunday killed at least 15 and wounded more than 200, the Iraqi Health Ministry said.

Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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