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2006-05-21 01:40:00

By Ellie Tzortzi PODGORICA, Serbia and Montenegro (Reuters) - Montenegrins began voting on Sunday in an independence referendum which could dissolve their union with Serbia and make the small Adriatic republic Europe's newest state. Queues formed early at polling stations in downtown Podgorica, the provincial-looking capital of the mountainous state, with elderly men dressed in their Sunday best filling in the pink voting slips which ask simply: "Do you want Montenegro to be an...

2006-04-24 08:07:31

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will start a trip to Europe on Monday but her apparently light schedule raises the possibility she could add a surprise stop in the Middle East such as Iraq. Rice has announced she will visit Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria on a Monday-to-Friday trip although she has given few details about her itinerary. A five-day trip to three countries which are near each other would be gentle traveling for the hard-charging globe-trotter...

2006-04-23 09:39:06

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will start a trip to Europe on Monday but her apparently light schedule raises the possibility she could add a surprise stop in the Middle East such as Iraq. Rice has announced she will visit Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria on a Monday-to-Friday trip although she has given few details about her itinerary. A five-day trip to three countries which are near each other would be gentle traveling for the hard-charging globe-trotter...

2006-04-22 09:07:53

By Martin Dokoupil BUCHAREST, April 22 - Soldiers and volunteers continued to battle floodwaters and evacuate people in southeastern Europe on Saturday, but officials were optimistic the Danube and other rivers would retreat from record-high levels in the coming days. Fed by rain and melting snow, swollen waterways swamped vast tracts of land in Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary this week, driving over 10,000 people to higher ground. In Hungary, 1,200 troops and as many...

2006-04-05 21:48:46

By Andrew Quinn PLATFONTEIN, South Africa (Reuters) - Dressed in crisp olive uniforms and shiny black boots, the squad of 40 South African Bushmen took up formation with military precision, the last hope of a vanishing people. Cheers greeted this week's first class trained by Sanda Security, a new South African company that aims to preserve the Bushmen's ancient way of life by harnessing their legendary skills as wildlife trackers to provide security and stop stock theft at farms....

2006-04-04 21:25:38

By David Gray NADI, Fiji (Reuters) - Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao received a pig and whale's tooth in a traditional Fijian welcome on Wednesday and in return offered a sweeping package of economic aid to Pacific island states that support a one-China policy. Wen said China will grant zero-tariff treatment to those islands, cancel their debt that matured at the end of 2005, provide three billion yuan in preferential loans and make all seven island states with diplomatic ties approved...

2006-02-22 18:01:33

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Colombia are close to a free trade agreement after nearly two years of talks and a push last week by Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, a top U.S. trade official said on Wednesday. "We believe we are very close to finalizing an agreement," U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman told reporters. "I am hopeful we can finalize and agreement and move (pacts with) Peru, Colombia and Ecuador together" through the congressional approval process, he...

2006-02-21 17:35:36

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The United Nations World Food Program said on Tuesday it had spent nearly $100 million on food purchases in southern Africa in 2005, double the amount it spent in the region in 2004. It said the money bought more than 500,000 tons of food used to support vulnerable people across the world's poorest continent. The bulk was bought in regional breadbasket South Africa, where some 337,000 tons of food worth $62 million was purchased. "A total of 507,112 tons of...

2006-02-08 02:18:04

By James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia and New Zealand vowed to work to build a single economic market on the back of strengthening trade ties on Wednesday, but stopped short of endorsing a single currency. New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark said both countries wanted to build on the 23-year-old Closer Economic Relations (CER) agreement, which has freed up trade between the neighbors. But Clark and Australian Prime Minister John Howard said there were no plans for a...

2006-01-19 22:39:15

HEJCE, Hungary (Reuters) - Forty-four people died in the crash of a Slovak army plane carrying peacekeepers from the NATO-led force in Kosovo back home on Thursday, and just one survived, a Hungarian police official said. "Forty-four people died, this is certain, and one survived," Hungarian police spokesman Laszlo Garamvolgyi told a news conference on Friday. The crash occurred 250 km (155 miles) from the Hungarian capital Budapest and just 20 km from the Slovak base in Kosice...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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