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2005-09-19 10:09:59

By Matt Spetalnick JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon flew home on Monday to a battle for his political survival after collecting diplomatic dividends at the United Nations for a pullout from the Gaza Strip. Sharon faces a showdown with hardline rival Benjamin Netanyahu trying to unseat him as head of their rightist Likud party, a move that could bring down the government, force early elections and keep peacemaking with the Palestinians on hold. In a show of...

2005-09-11 02:58:43

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's cabinet declared an end to military rule in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, effectively giving the green light for a final evacuation of troops after 38 years of occupation. A cabinet communique said ministers also approved removing forces from Gaza's flashpoint southern border with Egypt, where Egyptian troops are deploying. After the authorization by a unanimous cabinet vote, the army was expected to begin completion of its pullout within hours once...

2005-09-09 18:41:18

Pakistan is home to 2 million Afghan refugees who fled a communist coup and Soviet occupation in 1978. A study by researchers from the Johns Hopkins University found that Afghan refugees under the age of 29 years experience more injuries than their older counterparts and children in developed countries. In what is believed to be the first study of its kind of Afghan refugees, the authors recommend that injury prevention strategies be implemented in refugee camps. The study is published in the...

2005-08-31 05:49:49

By Aamir Ashraf PARACHINAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan has extended a deadline due to expire on Wednesday for the closure of Afghan refugee camps in a rugged tribal region as more than 100,000 refugees are still being processed for repatriation. The government announced a plan to close the camps in the Kurram and Bajaur agencies bordering Afghanistan after expressing concern that al Qaeda-linked militants could use them as havens from which to launch attacks on both sides of the...

2005-08-23 12:12:16

By Tabassum Zakaria DONNELLY, Idaho (Reuters) - President George W. Bush said on Tuesday the next step after Israel's withdrawal from Gaza would be establishing a working Palestinian government there and suggested more confidence-building was needed before jumpstarting the "road map" peace process. "Of course you want to get back to the 'road map,"' Bush told reporters. "But I understand that in order for this process to go forward there must be confidence: confidence that the...

2005-08-23 09:43:21

By Matt Spetalnick and Dan Williams SANUR/HOMESH, West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli forces dragged protesters out of two West Bank settlements on Tuesday to complete a removal of Jewish settlers under Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to pull out of some occupied territory. Predictions of long, tough resistance by ultrarightists proved wrong just as they did in Gaza where troops cleared out 8,500 settlers from all 21 enclaves in less than a week as part of the move to "disengage" from...

2005-08-22 14:27:38

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas phoned Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Monday to say he hoped the pullout of Gaza's settlers would open a new page in relations and the two agreed to meet soon, Sharon's office said. Saeb Erekat, the chief negotiator, told Reuters the two leaders said they were happy the evacuation of settlers, completed on Monday, had gone so smoothly and quietly. He said Abbas reaffirmed his commitment to pursuing peace as...

2005-08-22 12:56:21

SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - President George W. Bush on Monday welcomed Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip as a historic step that he said would help the effort toward peace in the Middle East. "In the heart of the Middle East, a hopeful story is unfolding," Bush said, adding, "peace is within reach in the Holy Land."

2005-08-21 11:36:11

By Matt Spetalnick SANUR, West Bank (Reuters) - Taking a page from Palestinian protests, hardline Jewish settlers masked their faces with bandannas as they defiantly confronted Israeli troops on Sunday outside a doomed West Bank settlement. Troops and radical youths exchanged blows and insults in a bizarre cat-and-mouse chase across parched fields and olive groves, foreshadowing a possibly fierce last stand by rightist opponents of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's "disengagement...

2005-08-18 23:42:48

By Mark Heinrich NEVE DEKALIM, Gaza Strip (Reuters) - Israeli forces cleared the last Jewish settlers and protesters from Gaza resistance strongholds on Friday, breaking the back of their opposition to ending nearly four decades of occupation. The army said it had finished evacuating Neve Dekalim, the biggest settlement, and Kfar Darom, scene of the worst clashes between security forces and opponents of uprooting the first enclaves from land that Palestinians seek for a state. On...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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