General News Archive - August 09, 2006

By Chris Michaud RED BANK, New Jersey (Reuters) -

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Political appointees, CIA officers and former military personnel would not face prosecution for humiliating or degrading wartime prisoners under amendments to a war crimes law drafted by the Bush administration, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Two crew members were missing after a U.S. Marine helicopter crashed in the restive province of Anbar west of Baghdad, the U.S. military said on Wednesday.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A U.S. Marine helicopter carrying a crew of six crashed in the restive province of Anbar, west of Baghdad, the U.S. military said on Wednesday, adding that four crew members survived and the other two were missing.

By Kieran Murray MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - After a month of huge street protests, the battle for power in Mexico goes back to the ballot box on Wednesday with a partial recount of votes in a tight presidential election that has split the country.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Two U.S. servicemen were missing in Iraq's restive Anbar province after their helicopter crashed, the U.S. military said on Wednesday. The military said the helicopter went down with six crew aboard on Tuesday and that the other four survived and were in a stable condition.

By Alister Bull BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Almost 2,000 bodies were brought to Baghdad's morgue last month, an official said on Wednesday, recording the highest number since an attack in February on a Shi'ite shrine that sparked a wave of sectarian bloodshed.

By Alistair Lyon, Special Correspondent BEIRUT (Reuters) - Israeli troops thrust deeper into Lebanon on Wednesday and were reported to have lost four dead to Hizbollah rocket fire as Israel's inner cabinet debated whether to order a bigger advance before any U.N. move to end the war.

By Michael Winfrey BEIRUT (Reuters) - Humanitarian efforts in southern Lebanon stalled for a second successive day on Wednesday as aid workers tried to reach the area, avoiding artillery and air strikes after Israel banned movement there.

By Paul Majendie EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Playwrights and comedians at the world's largest arts festival have boldly marched into the minefield of religious extremism this year to explode myths and destroy taboos.

Word of the Day
  • Growing in low tufty patches.
The word 'cespitose' comes from a Latin word meaning 'turf'.