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General News Archive - June 19, 2008

Hamas has vowed that no rockets will be fired from Gaza into Israel during the Egyptian-brokered truce, while Israel has vowed to end its targeting of militants in the territory.Israel has also agreed to ease a blockade of Gaza that has driven almost 1.5m Palestinians deeper into poverty and destitution.It is unclear if the ceasefire will last, with ongoing violence yesterday underscoring just how fragile the truce could be.

By Mike Kern, Philadelphia Daily News Jun. 19--AT TORREY PINES, Tiger Woods finally proved what a lot of folks had been saying for some time. That he could beat his competition playing on one good leg. Turns out, his injured left knee was much worse than he allowed the world to know.

By Jo Mannies, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jun. 19--SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Sen. John McCain left little doubt Wednesday about the role Missouri and its voters will play in the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's campaign schedule. "Missouri will be a battleground state.

By NEDRA PICKLER By Nedra Pickler The Associated Press WASHINGTON Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Wednesday he would bring Osama bin Laden to justice in a way that wouldn't allow the terrorist mastermind to become a martyr, but he may be killed if the U.S.

By Susan Kuczka, Chicago Tribune Jun. 19--With sandbags protecting their homes, residents living near the Chain O' Lakes could do little more Wednesday than wait and see if their emergency preparations to fight floodwater had been successful.

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap SEOUL, June 19 (Yonhap) - President Lee Myung-bak [Ri Myo'ng- pak] said Thursday his administration will secure a firm US Government guarantee to prohibit American private exporters from sending beef from cattle older than 30 months to South Korea in an effort to address public fears over mad cow disease.

LEADING ARTICLE MIDDLE EAST Fragile and limited in its stated goals as it is, the Gaza ceasefire due to start at 6am today is potentially the most positive development in the Israel-Palestinian conflict for a long time. And not only for the respite it will bring on both sides of the border.

The following editorial appeared in the Dallas Morning News on Wednesday, June 18: ___ At least 100,000 angry people took to the streets of Seoul, South Korea, last week to denounce their government, the pro-American administration of President Lee Myung-bak. It all started over U.S. beef.

Palestinian militants fired 50 rockets and mortars toward Israel on Wednesday, and Israel responded with airstrikes in Gaza just hours before a truce was to take effect, illustrating how fragile the cease-fire would be. "I hope it will succeed," Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said.

By PAUL KANE By Paul Kane The Washington Post WASHINGTON The White House and leading House Democrats agreed Wednesday on an emergency spending bill that would provide more than $162 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and create an education benefit for veterans of those battlefields.

Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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