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2005-10-26 07:09:26

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia, Syria's close ally since Cold War times, will do all it takes to block any attempt to slap economic sanctions against Damascus, a Foreign Ministry spokesman was quoted as saying on Wednesday. The United States and France threatened Syria with economic sanctions earlier this week if Damascus did not cooperate fully with a U.N. probe into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. "Russia will do everything necessary to stop attempts to...

2005-10-16 19:55:10

By Saul Hudson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice mobilized support among major powers for diplomatic showdowns over the next few weeks with Syria and Iran on a trip that ended on Sunday. Over three days, Rice held talks with the leaders of France, Russia and Britain -- all holders of vetoes at the U.N. Security Council - on how to make the two U.S. foes meet U.N. security demands. In a show of diplomacy that reflected the Bush administration's efforts...

2005-07-21 18:27:22

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Syria's closure of its border to Lebanese trucks aims to strangle the Lebanese economy and is a sign Damascus is still trying to dominate Beirut, a U.S. official told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday. Washington was "deeply concerned" by Syria's move to ban trucks, which carry most of Lebanon's exports, from crossing its borders, said William Brencick, a political counselor in the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. "This is yet another example of Syria...

2005-07-21 14:04:22

By Inal Ersan DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syria said on Thursday its border troops had been fired on by U.S. and Iraqi forces and accused Washington, London and Baghdad of lack of cooperation in preventing insurgents infiltrating into Iraq. It was the first time Syria, which has a 600 km (375 mile) desert border with Iraq, had reported cases of U.S. troops firing on its forces. The Foreign Ministry told heads of diplomatic missions in Damascus in a letter obtained by Reuters that Syrian border...

Word of the Day
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'