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2006-07-28 10:52:08

LONDON (Reuters) - A cleric jailed in Britain and wanted in the United States on terrorism charges won the right on Friday to challenge his convictions for inciting racial hatred and soliciting murder. Egyptian-born Abu Hamza al-Masri, 48, was jailed for seven years in February after being found guilty of 11 of 15 charges he faced at a London court. The charges mostly referred to sermons he delivered in the late 1990s. Three of Britain's most senior judges at the Court of Appeal in...

2006-07-28 07:30:00

By John O'Donnell FRANKFURT -- For decades, Arno Lustiger remained silent about his wartime experiences. The cruelty of his Nazi tormentors, the destruction of his family and the suffering in six concentration camps were memories he tried to suppress. "I was not able to articulate what had happened," said the Auschwitz survivor, whose father and brother died in the camp. "I didn't say one word about what had happened to me for 40 years." Then in his early 60s, a near-death experience prompted...

2006-07-20 11:33:20

By Pierre Thebault ST TROPEZ, France (Reuters) - French film maker Gerard Oury, whose string of fast-paced farces in the 1960s and 1970s made him one of France's most successful film directors, died on Thursday at the age of 87, his daughter said. Oury's best-known films, often involving the bald, irascible figure of Louis de Funes, exemplified the comic virtues of high tempo and careful construction but were also often grounded in events of the day or in the recent past. In one of...

2006-06-26 19:55:51

By Brian Rohan PARIS (Reuters) - Despite top grades at law school, two years as an intern and success at the bar exam, Simon Caille faced the prospect only of temporary work and low-paid assistantships as a new lawyer in Paris. Instead, brandishing the English he picked up along the way, Simon landed an internship in New York that paid better than some entry-level salaries in Paris. Soon he had a full-time position as a lawyer for an investment bank. "That's the way it should work...

2006-06-22 07:35:00

By Kerstin Gehmlich PARIS (Reuters) - After walking her two children to their Paris school in the morning, Fatma Arbane returns to the stuffy hotel room in which her family eats and sleeps -- and worries the police will come looking for her. Fatma and her husband Hamid arrived from Algeria five years ago, hoping to find a better life in France. They have camped in shabby hotels across Paris since, unable to gain a residency permit and regularly threatened with expulsion. "I'm worried about...

2006-06-01 03:33:36

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian art dealer bought 26 letters written by French philosopher and satirist Voltaire to Catherine the Great for a mystery buyer, a local paper reported on Thursday. Alexander Khochinsky, a Moscow art dealer, told the Nezavisimaya Gazeta newspaper that he bought the letters for 583,200 euros ($750,800) at a Sotheby's auction in Paris. He declined to comment when asked if he had bought the letters at the request of a Russian state official, the paper said. But...

2006-05-29 06:34:28

By James Mackenzie PARIS (Reuters) - France remains divided over the proposed European constitution, a year after voters rejected the charter in a referendum that threw the European Union into disarray, according to a survey released on Monday. French voters shocked EU leaders last year by rejecting the charter which many feared enshrined an "ultraliberal" agenda that risked undermining Europe's strong social concerns. The rejection dismayed much of the French establishment and...

2006-05-28 13:37:20

By Mike Collett-White and Kerstin Gehmlich CANNES, France (Reuters) - Director Ken Loach's "The Wind That Shakes The Barley," a moving drama about the Irish struggle for independence in 1920, won the "Palme d'Or" at the Cannes film festival on Sunday. The Golden Palm, the highest cinema award outside the Oscars in the United States, went to one of Britain's most highly respected and socially active film makers, and was a fitting choice for a festival were political pictures stole...

2006-05-16 17:04:45

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Video images of a hijacked airliner slamming into the Pentagon taken by two security cameras on September 11 were released for the first time by the U.S. government on Tuesday. The video, released by the government in conjunction with a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the Judicial Watch legal activist group, was a longer, more complete version of still-frame images that were leaked to the news media in 2002. The front of the hijacked...

2006-05-12 17:41:12

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Convicted September 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui on Friday appealed the life sentence he received earlier this month and a federal judge's denial of his request for a new trial. In a one-paragraph statement, Moussaoui's lawyers said he wanted the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review the final judgment and sentence issued on May 4 and a court ruling denying his request to withdraw his guilty plea and set a new trial. Earlier this week, U.S. District...


Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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