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2005-11-10 09:43:17

By Jon Boyle PARIS (Reuters) - France must draw the consequences of two weeks of riots and respond quickly to the problems raised by the rioters, President Jacques Chirac said on Thursday as a police chief warned of possible unrest in the heart of Paris. Violence in urban areas around France dropped for the third straight night following the adoption of emergency powers that allowed local officials to impose night curfews on youths behind a wave of firebomb attacks. The riots began...

2005-10-15 16:02:32

By Emma Ross-Thomas and Axel Bugge SALAMANCA, Spain (Reuters) - Leaders from Spain, Portugal and Latin America, ignoring U.S. concern, backed a strong call on Saturday for an end to the U.S. embargo on Cuba and for the suspected bomber of a Cuban airliner to be tried. The 22-nation Ibero-American summit stood by the wording of the resolution despite an unusual public expression of concern by the U.S. embassy in Madrid over an earlier draft. "We ask the government of the United States...

2005-10-14 17:23:56

By Emma Ross-Thomas and Axel Bugge SALAMANCA, Spain (Reuters) - Venezuela used an Ibero-American forum to bash the United States on Friday, increasing the anti-Washington flavor of the summit expected to back stronger criticism of the U.S. embargo on Cuba. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez accused the United States of harboring terrorists as controversy swirled over a Cuban-backed resolution on terrorism and a second resolution calling for an end to the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba in...

2005-10-13 17:30:04

By Adrian Croft SALAMANCA, Spain (Reuters) - A 22-nation summit on immigration and alleviating Latin America's debt burden opens in Spain on Friday, but the region's most controversial leader, Cuban President Fidel Castro, will stay away. The likely presence of Castro and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, two leftist leaders at loggerheads with Washington, had been the focus of media attention on the two-day summit of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking leaders in Salamanca, Spain. But...

2005-10-06 11:05:47

MADRID (Reuters) - An internal investigation has concluded that Spanish police did not fire shots that killed five migrants trying to enter Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta last week, Spain's interior minister said on Thursday. "It can be confirmed that Civil Guard (police) forces ... did not fire any live round with any of the weapons they were equipped with," Jose Antonio Alonso told a parliamentary committee, quoting from a police report. "They could not have caused the...

2005-09-30 09:36:58

By Gideon Long MADRID (Reuters) - The IRA's decision to scrap its weapons will put psychological pressure on ETA to call a truce with Spain but is unlikely to draw meaningful concessions from the armed Basque separatist group, analysts said. "The Basque nationalists have always looked at Northern Ireland out of the corner of their eye and this week's IRA announcement is bound to have some impact," British analyst Jonathan Power said. "It must weaken ETA's self-confidence," said...

2005-08-24 10:43:15

By Emma Ross-Thomas MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's defense minister said on Wednesday a fatal helicopter crash in Afghanistan looked unlikely to have been caused by an attack as he defended Spain's role there against fierce criticism from left and right. Jose Bono said investigators had found no evidence that an attack caused the August 16 crash, which killed 17 Spanish peacekeepers working with the NATO-led International Security and Assistance Force (ISAF). But parties on both sides...

2005-08-17 07:45:53

MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish investigators suspect an accident rather than an attack caused the military helicopter crash in Afghanistan that killed all 17 Spanish soldiers on board, officials said on Wednesday. But the armed forces still were not completely ruling out that the helicopter may have been shot down on Tuesday, a spokesman in the prime minister's office said. "Nothing has been ruled out, but the experts say that so far there is no evidence that it could have been an attack...

2005-08-16 11:48:04

In KABUL story headlined "At least 17 Spanish troops die in Afghan crash" please read in 3rd paragraph ...Spanish Defense Minister Jose Bono said... instead of ...Spanish Defense Minister Lose Bono said... A corrected repetition follows: By Sayed Salahuddin KABUL (Reuters) - At least 17 Spanish troops with the NATO-led peacekeeping operation in Afghanistan were killed on Tuesday in a helicopter crash during an exercise near the western city of Herat, a Spanish Defense Ministry...

2005-08-16 08:01:59

By Sayed Salahuddin KABUL (Reuters) - At least 17 Spanish troops with the NATO-led peacekeeping operation in Afghanistan were killed on Tuesday in a helicopter crash during an exercise near the western city of Herat, a Spanish Defense Ministry spokesman said. The helicopter went down south of Spain's base at Herat, a spokesman said. Asked if he could rule out hostile fire, the spokesman said : "We don't want to say right now what the causes could be. The causes are unknown." Major...


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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