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2006-06-27 13:46:15

By Manuela Badawy HOUSTON (Reuters) - The United States needs to resume playing the role of an honest broker if it is to help end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and improve its image in the Middle East, the head of the 22-member League of Arab States said on Tuesday. "There's no doubt that this conflict cannot be resolved without an active involvement of the United States playing a role of an honest broker," Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa said during opening remarks of...

2006-06-27 10:50:06

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - The governing Hamas movement reached a political agreement on Tuesday with moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas but rejected any suggestion that the deal could imply recognition of Israel. Abbas had sought to soften Hamas's hard line toward Israel -- the movement's charter calls for the destruction of the Jewish state -- in the hope of ending a U.S.-led boycott of the cash-strapped Palestinian government by Western donor nations. Hamas...

2006-06-26 17:24:22

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel rejected a demand by Palestinian militants to release Palestinian women and youths in its prisons in return for information on an abducted Israeli soldier and threatened a punishing offensive in the Gaza Strip. With tensions on the Israel-Gaza frontier at their highest since Israeli troops and settlers quit the territory last year, militants fired rockets into southern Israel late on Monday, wounding four people, the Israeli army said....

2006-06-26 06:18:09

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Monday he had put the army on standby for a major military offensive against Palestinian militants in Gaza as officials tried to secure the release of a kidnapped soldier. Olmert warned of a "comprehensive and protracted operation" after a raid into Israel on Sunday by militants including members of the ruling Hamas movement. The gunmen killed two soldiers and carried off a third. Two attackers were...

2006-06-26 05:03:32

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Families of Palestinians jailed in Israel demonstrated in Gaza on Monday to demand that militants holding an Israeli soldier hostage trade him for the release of their relatives. The call could complicate diplomatic efforts to free Corporal Gilad Shalit, 19, who was seized on Sunday when gunmen from the ruling Hamas movement and other groups raided an army post near the southern Gaza Strip. Israel has ruled out freeing any of the 9,000...

2006-06-25 09:53:30

By Nidal al-Mughrabi RAFAH, Gaza Strip (Reuters) - Palestinian militants launched on Sunday their first deadly raid into Israel from Gaza since an Israeli pullout last year, killing two soldiers and abducting another in an assault in which two attackers died. The infiltration, through a tunnel militants dug under the Gaza border fence to reach an army post, raised tensions along the frontier to their highest point since Israel completed its withdrawal last September after 38 years...

2006-06-25 03:13:09

By Nidal al-Mughrabi RAFAH, Gaza Strip (Reuters) - Palestinian militants launched on Sunday their first deadly raid into Israel from Gaza since an Israeli pullout last year, killing two Israelis in an assault on a military post in which several attackers also died. A strong Israeli military response to the raid, claimed by the armed wing of the governing Hamas group and the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) as an "earthquake reaction" to recent air strikes that killed 14...

2006-06-25 02:08:37

By Nidal al-Mughrabi RAFAH, Gaza strip (Reuters) - Palestinian militants launched on Sunday their first deadly raid into Israel from Gaza since an Israeli pullout last year, killing two Israelis in an assault in which several of the attackers also died. Tunneling across the fenced frontier, militants fired rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons in a dawn operation near the Kerem Shalom border crossing that seemed likely to draw a strong Israeli military response. "It is...

2006-06-24 16:09:50

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Elite commandos on Saturday carried out Israel's first arrests in the Gaza Strip since the Jewish state withdrew a year ago, detaining two suspected Hamas militants in a raid that signaled an apparent tactical change. The father of the men said he awoke to see Israeli soldiers scaling the walls of his compound in southern Gaza. He said they handcuffed and beat him and then searched his home, detaining his two sons and confiscating his computer....

2006-06-23 14:06:06

By Vicki Allen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate on Friday passed a bill that blocks U.S. aid from going to the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority but gives humanitarian relief to the Palestinian people and supports Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The Senate bill gives the Bush administration more discretion to provide relief to the cash-starved Palestinians than a more punitive measure passed by the House of Representatives in May. The Senate bill also would bolster Abbas, head...


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lunula
  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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