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2006-08-05 08:58:46

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Former Darfur rebels said on Saturday they have stopped implementing a peace deal until the government honors a promise to make Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) leader Minni Arcua Minnawi a special presidential assistant. Minnawi was supposed to arrive in Khartoum on Saturday to kickstart the post-peace reconstruction of Darfur but refused to show up. An SLA official told reporters waiting at the airport that the rebel leader would not come until he...

2006-08-04 10:35:08

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Far from unifying the war-ravaged Democratic Republic of Congo, Sunday's historic elections have highlighted the deep division between the east and west of the vast former Belgian colony. The July 30th polls were meant to heal wounds after a brutal 1998-2003 war which tore apart Congo's aging infrastructure and killed four million people, mostly from hunger and disease. Results are still weeks away but indicators point to a landslide victory for...

2006-08-04 09:00:15

By Daniel Flynn KINSHASA (Reuters) - Accusations of foreign meddling in Democratic Republic of Congo's elections mounted on Friday after another candidate warned the international community not to intervene to keep President Joseph Kabila in power. With over two weeks still to go until the deadline for the announcement of results from Sunday's election, the capital of the former Belgian colony was awash with rumors of vote-rigging by Kabila's supporters. With heavily-armed United...

2006-08-03 07:12:25

By Daniel Flynn KINSHASA (Reuters) - A Harvard-educated doctor who lived most of the last 20 years in the United States is emerging as a potential kingmaker in Democratic Republic of Congo -- perhaps spelling trouble for President Joseph Kabila. Oscar Kashala, a Massachusetts cancer specialist, came from political obscurity this year to challenge for the presidency of the vast central African country in last Sunday's elections. Early returns from Congo's first multiparty vote in more...

2006-08-01 09:57:19

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Darfur rebels who signed a peace deal with the government killed and raped civilians to try to force them to support the unpopular accord, human rights group Amnesty International said on Tuesday. The African Union-brokered deal was signed in May by only one of three rebel factions -- the Minni Arcua Minnawi group. Tens of thousands of Darfuris have protested against the deal, saying it does not meet their demands. "Some 72 people were killed, 103 injured and 39...

2006-08-01 09:47:34

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - A Congolese opposition party and former rebel group on Tuesday denounced widespread fraud in the country's historic elections in a protest that heralded a divisive political dispute over the polls. The RCD party of presidential contender Azarias Ruberwa said unless its allegations of "systematic fraud" were cleared up it would contest the election results, due by August 20. The complaint posed an early challenge to Congolese electoral authorities...

2006-08-01 06:54:14

KINSHASA (Reuters) - A Congolese opposition party and former rebel group on Tuesday denounced what it called widespread fraud in the country's historic elections and said it could challenge the results if this was not rectified. "These irregularities are so significant that they distort the results of the vote across the national territory," the Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD), whose presidential candidate is ex-rebel chief Azarias Ruberwa, said in a statement.

2006-08-01 06:38:44

KINSHASA (Reuters) - A Congolese opposition party and former rebel group on Tuesday denounced what it called widespread fraud in the country's historic elections and said it could challenge the results if this was not rectified. "These irregularities are so significant that they distort the results of the vote across the national territory," the Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD), whose presidential candidate is ex-rebel chief Azarias Ruberwa, said in a statement.

2006-07-31 16:12:35

By Daniel Flynn and David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - A former Congo rebel leader said on Monday initial results gave him a lead in landmark presidential elections and warned he would not accept defeat by President Joseph Kabila if he felt the process was rigged. Defying calls from election authorities not to predict the results, Jean-Pierre Bemba said that preliminary counts from Sunday's vote compiled by his party's election witnesses showed he held a strong lead in six of Congo's...

2006-07-30 16:56:00

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Millions of Congolese voted enthusiastically in their first free elections in over 40 years on Sunday, hoping to end years of war, corruption and chaos that have brought the mineral-rich African giant to its knees. U.N. officials and foreign observers said turnout was high and voting was mostly orderly and peaceful at the landmark polls, aimed at turning the page on a 1998-2003 war that sucked in six neighboring states and killed 4 million people....


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  • A spider.
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'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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