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2005-11-29 06:13:10

BERLIN (Reuters) - Kidnappers in Iraq have threatened to kill a German woman and her driver unless Berlin stops cooperating with the U.S.-backed Iraqi government, German state television ARD reported on Tuesday. A German Foreign Ministry spokesman traveling with Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in Washington the woman had been missing since Friday and that a crisis unit had been set up to secure her safety. "The German government is working on getting the hostage out of...

2005-11-23 14:29:55

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon plans to shrink the U.S. troop presence in Iraq, currently 155,000, to about 138,000 after the December 15 Iraqi elections and is considering dropping the number to about 100,000 next summer if conditions allow, defense officials said on Wednesday. But officials said a variety of planning scenarios, including the possibility of no cut in troop levels, are being reviewed based on political and security conditions in Iraq and progress...

2005-11-23 14:27:59

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon plans to shrink the U.S. troop presence in Iraq, currently 155,000, to about 138,000 after the December 15 Iraqi elections and is considering dropping the number to about 100,000 next summer if conditions allow, defense officials said on Wednesday. But officials said a variety of planning scenarios, including the possibility of no cut in troop levels, are being reviewed based on political and security conditions in Iraq and progress...

2005-11-22 08:45:00

By Hiba Moussa BAGHDAD - For students at Baghdad University, one question dominates. Should they stay and try to build lives and careers amidst the chaos and violence in Iraq, or abandon the country for opportunities abroad? Thousands of Iraqis fed up with two years of fighting are wondering the same thing. "I should definitely leave as soon as I graduate," said Hayder Mohammed, a 22-year-old English student, standing chatting in the corridor before a lecture on 19th century English...

2005-11-22 08:21:27

By Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Once a bitter enemy, Iran is emerging as a trade lifeline for Iraq as Baghdad seeks to rebuild an economy shattered by years of sanctions, neglect and corruption under Saddam Hussein and since his overthrow. As Iraq picks up the pieces, it is becoming a key market for its neighbours, especially Iran which it fought from 1980-88. Many Iraqi business people say it is easier to get goods like vegetables from Iran than from some parts of Iraq itself,...

2005-11-22 07:39:51

By Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Once a bitter enemy, Iran is emerging as a trade lifeline for Iraq as Baghdad seeks to rebuild an economy shattered by years of sanctions, neglect and corruption under Saddam Hussein and since his overthrow. As Iraq picks up the pieces, it is becoming a key market for its neighbours, especially Iran which it fought from 1980-88. Many Iraqi business people say it is easier to get goods like vegetables from Iran than from some parts of Iraq itself,...

2005-11-21 17:31:15

By Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Once a bitter enemy, Iran is emerging as a trade lifeline for Iraq as Baghdad seeks to rebuild an economy shattered by years of sanctions, neglect and corruption under Saddam Hussein and since his overthrow. As Iraq picks up the pieces, it is becoming as a key market for its neighbors, especially Iran which it fought from 1980-88. Many Iraqi business people say it is easier to get goods like vegetables from Iran, than from areas within Iraq...

2005-11-17 12:35:00

By Vicki Allen WASHINGTON -- A Democratic congressional leader on defense called on Thursday for an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, increasing pressure for a change in Bush administration policy just days after the Senate asked for a plan to end the war. "The U.S. cannot accomplish anything further in Iraq militarily. It is time to bring them home," said Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania, the senior Democrat on the House of Representatives subcommittee that oversees military...

2005-11-15 13:55:07

By Charles Aldinger WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Tuesday joined President George W. Bush's counter-offensive against Iraq war critics, retracing what Rumsfeld called the "actual history" of U.S. involvement in Iraq. Bush has twice in recent days ripped into Democrats who have accused the Republican president and other top administration officials, including Rumsfeld and Vice President Dick Cheney, of manipulating intelligence on weapons of mass...

2005-11-15 13:58:50

By Vicki Allen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Showing mounting discontent among Republicans over progress in the Iraq war, the U.S. Senate resolved on Tuesday that Iraqis should start taking the lead in their own security next year to allow a phased withdrawal of U.S. troops. But the Republican-led Senate rejected Democrats' demand for Republican President George W. Bush to submit a plan and an estimated timetable to withdraw U.S. forces, a step Bush has vehemently opposed. The Senate's...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'