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
  • In dressmaking, straps running from the belt in front over the shoulders to the belt in the back, with more or less elaboration of trimming and outline. They usually broaden at the shoulder and narrow toward the waist.
The word 'bretelles' comes from a French word meaning 'braces'.