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General News Archive - August 23, 2006

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Iran's standing in the Middle East has been bolstered by President George W Bush's "war on terror" and its power will continue to grow unless stability is restored to its neighbors, a top think tank said on Tuesday.

By Yereth Rosen ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - Republican Gov. Frank Murkowski was headed for an overwhelming defeat on Tuesday, making him the first incumbent Alaska governor in 20 years to be unseated in his party's primary election, according to preliminary results.

By Alistair Lyon, Special Correspondent BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese army troops beefed up their deployment on the Syrian border on Wednesday as European Union nations debated joining a U.N. force to take over south Lebanese flashpoints from Israeli troops and Hizbollah fighters.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The trial of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and six co-defendants resumed on Wednesday. Saddam faces charges of genocide over the killing of tens of thousands of Kurdish villagers in a campaign that devastated northern Iraqi in 1988.

MIAMI (Reuters) - Debby, the fourth tropical storm of the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season, strengthened slightly overnight, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Wednesday.

KABUL (Reuters) - NATO troops killed 11 Taliban insurgents planning an ambush in southern Afghanistan, while separately, one of four Canadian soldiers wounded in a suicide attack died of his wounds, a NATO spokesman said on Wednesday.

By Gleb Garanich SUKHA BALKA, Ukraine (Reuters) - Investigators have found the black boxes of a Russian airliner which plummeted into a field in Ukraine with 170 people on board after flying into a severe thunderstorm.

By Yereth Rosen ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - Republican Gov. Frank Murkowski lost his bid for a second term on Tuesday, making him the first incumbent Alaska governor in 20 years to be unseated in his party's primary election.

By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An Iraqi Kurd told Saddam Hussein's genocide trial on Wednesday she was horribly burned and lost three children after aircraft bombed her mountain village with chemical weapons. "I lost my sight. My children lost their sight ...

MAHMUDIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - Local Iraqi officials have appointed a prosecutor to investigate the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl and the killing of her family, for which five U.S. soldiers are already charged in a U.S. military court.

Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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