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2005-08-08 15:25:18

By Sonya Dowsett UCLES, Spain (Reuters) - In the shadow of a 16th century monastery, surrounded by fields of sunflowers, archeologists dig for human remains, uncovering long-hidden evidence of the killing that followed Spain's Civil War. It is one of a number of excavations around Spain by the Association for the Recovery of Historical Memory (ARHM), a group of volunteers dedicated to identifying the victims of political violence in Spain during the 1936-39 Civil War and the ensuing...

2005-07-24 16:01:18

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain will declare a disaster zone in a region ravaged by a wildfire that killed 11 firefighters, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said on Sunday. The declaration will make the fire-blackened area in Guadalajara province, 150 kms (90 miles) east of Madrid, eligible for government aid to help it recover from one of Spain's worst environmental disasters. Zapatero made a surprise visit to the region on Sunday immediately after he returned from a trip to China....

2005-07-14 13:09:44

By Paul Majendie LONDON (Reuters) - Office workers streamed on to the streets and traffic ground to a halt as London paused in silent tribute on Thursday, a week to the day since at least 53 people were killed in suicide bomb attacks. The chimes of Big Ben boomed at midday across the city to mark the start of a two-minute silence that was observed across the country and elsewhere in Europe. Black cabs and double-decker buses pulled over as an eerie silence descended on the capital. In...

2005-07-07 09:49:27

By Phil Stewart ROME (Reuters) - Countries in Europe tightened security on Thursday after four deadly bombings in London, fearing more attacks across the continent. Italian Interior Minister Guiseppe Pisanu said all of Europe had raised its alert level. French officials reviewed vulnerable sites and Spain, where al Qaeda-linked train bombings killed 191 people last year, offered to help track down the killers. "There is (heightened alert) in all of Europe," Pisanu said. "As the violence...

2005-07-07 08:25:36

By Phil Stewart ROME (Reuters) - European nations tightened security after deadly bombings struck London on Thursday, fearing more attacks across the continent. Italian Interior Minister Guiseppe Pisanu said all of Europe had raised its alert level. French officials reviewed vulnerable sites, and Spain -- where coordinated train bombings killed 191 people last year -- offered its help tracking down the killers. "There is (heightened alert) in all of Europe," Pisanu said. "As the violence...

2005-06-30 18:28:16

By Emma Ross-Thomas MADRID (Reuters) - Spain became only the fourth country tolegalise same-sex marriages on Thursday, drawing a stingingrebuke from Spain's powerful Catholic church which urged thefaithful to oppose the law "by all legitimate means." Spain's parliament gave final approval to the gay marriagelaw, following the lead of Belgium, Canada and the Netherlandsand dealing a blow to the Catholic church in a traditionalstronghold. "Today Spanish society is giving an answer to a...

2005-06-30 10:09:49

By Emma Ross-Thomas MADRID (Reuters) - Spain legalized same-sex marriages onThursday, becoming only the fourth country to do so afterBelgium, Canada and the Netherlands and overriding fierceopposition from the Catholic Church. "With the approval of this law, our country takes a furtherstep on the road of freedom and tolerance," said SocialistPrime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, who has embarkedon a social reform program since his election last year. Supporters jumped to their feet...

2005-06-30 08:57:54

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's parliament gave final approvalon Thursday to a law legalizing gay marriage, overriding fierceopposition from the Catholic Church. Spain becomes only thefourth country after Canada, Belgium and the Netherlands topermit same-sex marriage. Applause broke out in the crowded public gallery aslegislators voted to push through the law despite its rejectionby the upper house, the Senate. "With the approval of this law, our country takes a furtherstep on the road of...


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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