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2005-10-15 06:20:33

By Mariam Karouny and Hiba Moussa BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Millions of Iraqis walked to vote in a historic referendum on Saturday, casting ballots on a new constitution designed to reshape the country after Saddam Hussein, but which many fear may tear it further apart. Amid intense security, including a ban on all traffic, relatives and friends walked together to vote in Baghdad, Basra, Kirkuk and other cities, although in some western regions, where Sunni insurgents are strong, turnout...

2005-10-15 03:04:40

By Mariam Karouny and Hiba Moussa BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqis flowed to the polls in an historic referendum on Saturday, with up to 15 million voters set to decide on a controversial new post-Saddam Hussein constitution that backers hope will unite the torn country. Amid intense security, including a ban on all traffic, voters headed on foot to polling stations across Baghdad as they opened at 7 a.m. (0400 GMT). They are due to close at 5 p.m., unless attacks cause delays and some are...

2005-10-15 01:36:25

By Mariam Karouny BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqis headed to the polls in an historic referendum on Saturday, with up to 15 million eligible voters deciding on a controversial new post-Saddam Hussein constitution that its backers hope will unite the torn country. Amid intense security, including a ban on all traffic, voters flowed on foot to polling stations across Baghdad as they opened at 7 a.m. (0400 GMT). They are due to close at 5 p.m., unless attacks cause delays and some are kept...

2005-10-06 06:55:10

KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - Gunmen shot dead five Iraqi Oil Ministry security guards who were driving to the northern city of Kirkuk on Thursday, police said. Lieutenant Jawaad Abdullah said they were shot in the town of Uthaim south of Kirkuk. The attack came a day after a car bomb critically wounded six security guards for the state-owned North Oil Company in Kirkuk, an oil center. In Baghdad, a suicide bomber in a car killed 10 people and wounded eight others when he blew himself up...

2005-09-15 13:10:05

By Marie-Louise Moller UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Home-grown units could replace some of the foreign troops in Iraq by the end of this month but no timetable exists for a pullout of U.S.-led forces, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said on Thursday. Talabani caused controversy last week when he first told the Washington Post the United States could withdraw as many as 50,000 troops by the end of the year and then aligned himself with President George W. Bush's view that a withdrawal...

2005-09-03 07:21:44

KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - All exports of Iraq's Kirkuk crude oil through a major pipeline to Ceyhan on Turkey's Mediterranean coast were stopped on Saturday after a bomb blast set the pipeline on fire, an oil ministry source said. "The blast halted all exports, it stopped them completely," the source told Reuters. The pipeline was hit by an explosion early on Saturday and caught fire for several hours, a guard on the pipeline, who declined to be identified, told Reuters. The pipeline...

2005-08-30 03:52:55

KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - Gunmen have killed a security official in Iraq's North Oil Company and a companion traveling with him in a car, a police source said on Tuesday. The killing on Monday night appeared to be part of a campaign to undermine Iraq's oil industry, the biggest source of income for the U.S.-backed government. Insurgents have also blown up pipelines in their bid to topple Iraq's new leaders.

2005-08-26 04:11:46

By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Insurgents sabotaged an exporting oil well in Iraq on Friday, stepping up pressure on the U.S.-backed government struggling to steer Iraq through a political crisis over a draft constitution. In an all too familiar scene in a country with the world's third largest oil reserves, flames threatened to halt output from the well, which pumps 7,000 to 10,000 barrels per day (bpd) and feeds a pipeline to Turkey. An Iraqi oil official said firefighters...

2005-08-20 07:39:00

By Luke Baker and Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. concessions to Islamists on the role of religion in Iraqi law marked a turn in talks on a constitution, negotiators said on Saturday as they raced to meet a 48-hour deadline under intense U.S. pressure to clinch a deal. U.S. diplomats, who have insisted the constitution must enshrine ideals of equal rights and democracy, declined comment. Shi'ite, Sunni and Kurdish negotiators all said there was accord on a bigger role for...

2005-08-20 10:27:20

By Luke Baker and Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. diplomats have conceded ground to Islamists on the role of religion in Iraq, negotiators said on Saturday as they raced to meet a 48-hour deadline to draft a constitution under intense U.S. pressure. U.S. diplomats, who have insisted the constitution must enshrine ideals of equal rights and democracy, declined comment. Shi'ite, Sunni and Kurdish negotiators all said there was accord on a bigger role for Islamic law than Iraq...


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barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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