General News Archive - August 05, 2006

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli air strikes killed five Palestinians, including two militants, in southern Gaza on Saturday, as troops moved closer to a refugee camp as part of an offensive against militants, medics and witnesses said.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - There is no evidence that senior Pentagon commanders intentionally provided false testimony to about the military's actions on the morning of the September 11 attacks, according to a report by the Defense Department's watchdog agency cited in the New York Times on Saturday.

HAIFA, Israel (Reuters) - A barrage of Hizbollah rockets fired from Lebanon wounded five people north of the Israeli city of Haifa on Saturday, medics said. Police said 10 rockets smashed into the northern outskirts of Israel's third largest city, damaging cars and buildings.

By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba quickly dismissed another U.S. call for Cuban democracy as Fidel Castro's government began to break the silence that followed his surgery and provisional hand-over of power to brother Raul.

By Hussein Saad TYRE, Lebanon (Reuters) - Helicopter-borne Israeli commandos landed near the southern Lebanese city of Tyre and clashed with Hizbollah guerrillas on Saturday, Lebanese security sources said.

By Gene Cherry RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) - USA Track & Field (USATF) asked Justin Gatlin to withdraw from the national championships because of his initial positive drugs test, a source close to the situation told Reuters late on Friday.

By Hussein Saad TYRE, Lebanon (Reuters) - Helicopter-borne Israeli commandos raided near the southern city of Tyre, where seven people were killed on Saturday as world powers inched toward a deal to end Israel's 25-day-old war with Hizbollah in Lebanon.

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka will declare a cease-fire if the island's Tamil Tigers made good on a pledge to halt offensive operations in a town in the island's east and pull back, the military said on Saturday.

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers said on Saturday they had halted an offensive on a government-held town in east Sri Lanka and were pulling back to their positions -- which the military said would bring a cease-fire if true.

By Hussein Saad TYRE, Lebanon (Reuters) - Helicopter-borne Israeli commandos attacked Hizbollah guerrillas near Lebanon's southern city of Tyre on Saturday and a top U.S. official was due to meet Lebanese leaders on a possible deal to end the 25-day-old war.

Word of the Day
  • A serpent whose bite was fabled to produce intense thirst.
The word 'dipsas' comes from a Greek word meaning 'thirst'.