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2006-08-16 16:24:06

By Dan Wilchins NEW YORK (Reuters) - Family members of September 11 victims listened on Wednesday to the dying words of a woman trapped in the World Trade Center from newly released audio tapes and demanded more information and steps to avoid future disasters. "I'm going to die, aren't I?" Melissa Doi, a 32-year-old financial manager for IQ Financial Systems, asked an emergency services operator in a call from the 83rd floor of the World Trade Center's south tower just before it...

2006-08-11 09:04:55

By James Mackenzie PARIS (Reuters) - Paparazzi photographs of Socialist presidential hopeful Segolene Royal in a turquoise bikini have raised eyebrows in France and underlined the spread of celebrity culture into France's traditionally sober political coverage. This week's edition of celebrity magazine "Closer" included a cover picture of Royal on holiday in bathing suit, cap and sunglasses as part of a survey of "50 stars at the beach." Its rival VSD followed up with a similar...

2006-07-29 14:46:41

PARIS (Reuters) - French actor Jean Reno, star of such films as "The Big Blue," "Leon" and "The Da Vinci Code," married model and actress Zofia Borucka on Saturday in a hilltop village in the south of France. The wedding, witnessed by Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy and singer Johnny Hallyday, took place in the town hall of Les Baux de Provence, near Avignon, a day before the star's 58th birthday. The ceremony was conducted by the mayor of Les Baux, Gerard Jouve, a friend of the...

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...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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