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2006-01-05 07:21:03

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is in critical condition and will remain sedated and on a respirator for at least the next 24 hours, the chief of the hospital where he is being treated said on Thursday. "The prime minister's condition is ... still critical but stable," Dr. Shlomo Mor-Yosef, director of Jerusalem's Hadassah hospital, where Sharon underwent surgery that stemmed a brain hemorrhage, told reporters. He said Sharon would remain in "deep sedation...

2005-11-22 08:22:25

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's new president, Mahinda Rajapakse, will keep the finance and defense portfolios for himself when he unveils his cabinet later on Tuesday, his media secretary told Reuters. Rajapakse, the island's former prime minister, has previously held the labor, fisheries and highways portfolios in cabinet, but has never held the post of Finance Minister. "It is only two posts (he is keeping). One is defense, the other one is finance," said media...

2005-11-17 21:54:29

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse claimed victory on Friday in Sri Lanka's presidential poll after taking a slim lead with more than half of votes counted, his office said. "The prime minister's election office is announcing that Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse has won the election for the fifth executive president of the country," Rajapakse's media secretary Chandrapala Liyanage told Reuters, reading a victory statement. "The Prime Minister's office requests...

2005-11-07 06:12:28

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra will leave for a three-day visit to Kenya on Tuesday in pursuit of a controversial deal for African animals to stock a safari park in his home town. "They have plenty of animals that they want to give us in exchange for various Thai technical assistance programs," said a senior government official, who declined to be named. "But they don't want big publicity on this due to fears of strong protests from environmentalists," the...

2005-10-21 08:45:48

By Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - A small Asian boy frantically laces up his soccer boots at the entrance to one of London's most notorious housing estates on a sunny October morning. His mother, wearing a Muslim headscarf, stands nearby, leaning against a sign that says "Welcome" in 15 languages. The sign is a greeting to the once-shunned Broadwater Farm, where a policeman was hacked to death 20 years ago during a riot between the mostly black community and the police. Since then,...

2005-08-09 06:46:42

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Jailed Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji has broken his eight-week-old hunger strike after calls by family and friends concerned about his deteriorating health, a judiciary spokesman said on Tuesday. "Thankfully his condition is better than before ... He has recently broken his hunger strike," he said. "It seems that this was due to the requests made by other people for him to end his hunger strike." Ganji's plight has provoked comments of outrage and concern from the...

2005-08-02 08:35:49

TEHRAN (Reuters) - A gunman on a motorcycle shot dead the judge trying the case of Iranian dissident Akbar Ganji, judiciary spokesman Jamal Karimirad said on Tuesday. "Massoud Moghaddas...was shot and martyred leaving the court building," he told Reuters. "We do not know anything about the identity of the assassin." State television said Moghaddas was Tehran's deputy prosecutor. He had been presiding over the case of Ganji, a journalist who was imprisoned in 2001 following a string of...

2005-07-28 09:23:54

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani called on Thursday for the release of jailed journalist Akbar Ganji, whose family says has been on hunger strike for over six weeks, the official IRNA news agency said. Ganji, an outspoken critic of the Islamic state's clerical leadership, was jailed in 2001 following a series of articles he wrote linking officials to the murder of political dissidents. A former hardline Revolutionary Guard turned radical reformer, Ganji...

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'