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2009-10-02 15:45:00

Former French President Jacques Chirac said he was forced to get rid of his dog because it suffered from depression and kept biting its master's bottom. Chirac, 76, and his wife, Bernadette, 76, said the Maltese lap dog, Sumo, lived with them at the Elysee Palace for most of the former president's 12-year tenure, but the canine became depressed after moving out of the presidential home, The Daily Mail reported Friday. The Chiracs said they tried putting Sumo on anti-depressants, but the dog...

2009-02-19 10:00:00

First Ladies and Royalty from Seven Nations Collaborate on the Global Problems of Missing and Sexually Exploited Children CAIRO, Feb. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Her Excellency Mrs. Suzanne Mubarak, First Lady of the Arab Republic of Egypt and President of the Suzanne Mubarak Women's International Peace Movement (SMWIPM) in partnership with the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) convened an historic child protection conference today in Cairo. The theme of...

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2007-02-03 13:10:00

PARIS -- Forty-five nations answered France's call Saturday for a new environmental body to slow inevitable global warming and protect the planet, perhaps with policing powers to punish violators. Absent were the world's heavyweight polluter, the United States, and booming nations on the same path as the U.S. - China and India. The charge led by French President Jacques Chirac came a day after the release of an authoritative - and disturbingly grim - scientific report in Paris that said...

2006-08-25 10:49:20

By Mark John BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Friday he could raise 15,000 troops for a United Nations peace force in Lebanon as European nations overcame their reluctance to send soldiers. After Italy pledged up to 3,000 troops and France 2,000, diplomats at an emergency meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels said Spain was ready to send up to 1,200 troops and Poland a slightly smaller contingent. Belgium offered up to 400 soldiers, and diplomats...

2006-08-25 07:00:35

By Nadim Ladki BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Friday he could raise 15,000 troops for a United Nations force mandated to police a truce between Israel and Hizbollah, but France called the target excessive. European and other nations have been dithering over how many troops to dispatch on the potentially hazardous mission, despite prompting from the United States, Israel and others. Asked before talks with European foreign ministers whether he expected...

2006-08-25 03:43:09

By Mark John BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union foreign ministers will hold emergency talks on Friday on troop contributions to a U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon amid growing pressure on their countries to make firm commitments. Italy has offered up to 3,000 troops and France boosted its pledge to 2,000 on the eve of the Brussels meeting. Optimism was rising that others would raise so far meager contributions under prompting from the United States, Israel and others. "The...

2006-08-24 17:07:02

By Mark John BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union foreign ministers will hold emergency talks on Friday on troop contributions to a U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon amid growing pressure on their countries to raise their commitments. Italy has offered up to 3,000 troops and France boosted its pledge to 2,000 on the eve of the Brussels meeting, but other contributions to the potentially hazardous mission have been meager despite prompting from the United States and others. "I expect...

2006-08-24 16:44:25

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine. (Reuters) - President George W. Bush said on Thursday the French decision to provide more troops for the U.N. force in Lebanon was important to finalizing the international deployment. "I welcome President (Jacques) Chirac's decision to send a total of 2,000 troops to Lebanon and to continue to exercise leadership on the ground in enforcing United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701," Bush said in a statement. "This is an important step toward finalizing...

2006-08-20 10:06:48

By Swaha Pattanaik PARIS (Reuters) - France called on Sunday for a European Union meeting next week to co-ordinate what member countries plan to do about a U.N. force for Lebanon. "We ask that European solidarity is expressed as soon as possible about Lebanon," Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy told France Info radio, adding that he had asked EU president Finland to call a meeting in Brussels early next week. France wanted "to know what our different European partners count on...

2006-08-19 15:01:24

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Jacques Chirac on Saturday stressed the need for a clearer mandate for an enlarged United Nations peacekeeping force in Lebanon in talks with leaders from several countries, his office said. His diplomatic offensive, partly to explain Paris's decision to send only 200 additional troops to bolster the existing U.N. force, came the same day around 50 French peacekeepers arrived in south Lebanon. More were due to leave France on Sunday. Chirac spoke...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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