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2008-02-11 10:36:42

Each Monday, this column turns a page in history to explore the discoveries, events and people that continue to affect the history being made today. Humans had been speaking for a couple hundred thousand years before they got the inspiration or nerve to mark their ideas down for posterity. But when a Mesopotamian people called the Sumerians finally did scratch out a few bookkeeping symbols on clay tablets 5,000 years ago, they unknowingly started a whole new era in history we...

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2007-01-16 18:00:00

By TARA BURGHART CHICAGO - It was the ancient version of a last stand: Twelve clay bullets lined up and ready to be shot from slings in a desperate attempt to stop fierce invaders who soon would reduce much of the city to rubble. The discovery was made in the ruins of Hamoukar, an ancient settlement in northeastern Syria located just miles from the border with Iraq. Thought to be one of the world's earliest cities and located in northern Mesopotamia between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers,...

2006-08-29 08:08:35

By Imad al-Khozaie NEAR DIWANIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - At least 29 people were killed when a blast ripped through scavengers siphoning petrol from pools around a breach in a disused pipeline in central Iraq late on Monday, health officials said. A Reuters reporter at the rural site near Diwaniya, 180 km (110 miles) south of Baghdad, saw 15 charred and mutilated bodies, including that of a boy. The explosion wounded 26 people, who were taken to area hospitals with severe burns. "Some of...

2006-08-29 06:10:32

By Imad al-Khozaie NEAR DIWANIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - At least 29 people were killed when a blast ripped through scavengers siphoning petrol from pools around a breach in a disused pipeline in central Iraq late on Monday, health officials said. A Reuters reporter at the rural site near Diwaniya, 180 km (110 miles) south of Baghdad, saw 15 charred bodies, including that of a boy. The explosion severely wounded 26 people. "Some of the wounded have burns in 75 percent of their bodies,"...

2006-08-29 03:50:30

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Tuesday he would leave for Syria later in the day in a trip likely to rankle Washington, which charges the Arab nation with sponsoring terrorism. "Now I can say we are taking off in a few hours for the Arab Republic of Syria," Chavez, speaking through an interpreter, told a group of businessmen in Kuala Lumpur. He arrived in Malaysia on Sunday for a three-day visit to cement bilateral business ties. Chavez is a harsh...

2006-08-15 15:03:45

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States froze the U.S. assets of two Syrian officials on Tuesday, saying they had played a key role in the country's policies to support terrorism and destabilize the Middle East. The Treasury Department said it had blocked any U.S. assets held by Baath party official Maj. Gen. Hisham Ikhtiyar "for significantly contributing to the Syrian government's support for designated terrorist organizations," including the Hizbollah militia in Lebanon. A...

2006-08-09 01:23:19

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Two crew members were missing after a U.S. Marine helicopter crashed in the restive province of Anbar west of Baghdad, the U.S. military said on Wednesday. The military said in a statement four other people survived and that Tuesday's crash did not appear to have been a result of enemy action.

2006-07-12 06:35:24

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces said they had found the bodies of 20 bus drivers who had been kidnapped north of Baghdad earlier on Wednesday. Police had put the number of bus drivers kidnapped in Miqdadiya, 100 km (60 miles) northeast of the capital at 12, but Major General Ahmed al-Awad said 20 bodies had been found after gunmen snatched a group of drivers from a station. Awad told state television that security forces released three kidnap victims during a search...

2006-06-16 02:49:50

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Friday an investigation had started into the deaths last month of three men in the custody of U.S.-led forces in Iraq.

2006-06-13 08:19:42

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - President Bush was expected to be on the ground in Iraq for more than five hours and speak to U.S. troops, the White House said.


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