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2006-02-22 09:57:52

By George Esiri ONITSHA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Revenge attacks against Muslims killed at least 20 people in the southeastern Nigerian city of Onitsha on Wednesday after days of anti-Christian violence killed dozens in the mainly Muslim north. The slaughter raised the death toll from five days of religious riots fueled by political tensions in Africa's most populous country to at least 66, and possibly many more. "There are thousands of boys with cutlasses and sticks on the rampage....

2006-02-07 12:14:30

By Antonella Ciancio TURIN (Reuters) - Anti-capitalist protesters vowed on Tuesday to mount street demonstrations at the Winter Olympics and try to disrupt U.S. First Lady Laura Bush's visit to the host Italian city. The protests will target the February 10-26 Games and their multinational sponsors, a high-speed train planned for a valley near the host city Turin, a proposed Italian anti-drug law and unemployment, organizers said. "Our goal is to give voice to dissent," Turin...

2005-12-31 01:22:24

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has sacked or punished senior government officials in the country's affluent east over a pollution stand-off that turned violent, the official Xinhua News Agency said, as Beijing tries to get tough on industrial abuses. China -- which wants to portray an image of being responsive to growing peasant dissatisfaction -- has stepped up efforts to hold officials accountable for their slips-ups or misdeeds. Tang Yong, the former party secretary of Dongyang city...

2005-12-20 00:26:17

By Michelle Nichols CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia was soul-searching on Tuesday over the racial violence that has gripped Sydney's beachside suburbs with an opinion poll showing three-quarters of Australians believe their country is racist. The ACNielsen poll, published in The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper, prompted Prime Minister John Howard to say for the first time that racial tensions had played a hand in the violence, though he denied most Australians were racist. "There are...

2005-12-13 18:30:13

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A massive police operation restored calm to Sydney's beachside suburbs overnight after two nights of racial violence, with police urging community leaders to help defuse the tension. Police roadblocks checked scores of cars in suburbs scarred by racial violence and made five arrests after a series of isolated incidents, including one where four youths bashed a man with a baseball bat. Police said they were also investigating a fire which destroyed a church hall in...

2005-12-13 03:11:30

By Michael Perry SYDNEY (Reuters) - More than 450 policemen, four times the usual number, will patrol Sydney's streets on Tuesday to prevent a third night of racial violence by youth gangs who have attacked people, smashed cars and hurled rocks at police. Officials also said the state parliament of New South Wales (NSW) was being called into emergency session on Thursday to give police special powers to "lockdown" parts of Sydney, Australia's biggest city, to stop the unrest. Police...

2005-12-12 22:47:39

By Michael Perry SYDNEY (Reuters) - Seven people were injured and dozens of cars damaged in a second night of racial violence spread across Sydney, Australian police said on Tuesday, as they were given special powers to stop the unrest. Gangs of youths, mainly of Middle Eastern background, attacked several people with baseball bats, vandalised cars and were involved in rock-throwing skirmishes with police on Monday night, officials said. At Maroubra Beach, police said they found 30...

2005-12-12 00:25:23

By Chris Buckley DONGZHOUKENG, China (Reuters) - Riot police patrolled a southern Chinese township where tension prevailed on Monday nearly a week after demonstrations over land compensation were ended by police opening fire on protesters. China has confirmed police shot dead three people "in alarm" during an attack on Tuesday on a wind power plant in the Guangdong province township of Dongzhoukeng. Newspaper reports said the official who ordered the shooting had been detained. Two...

2005-12-08 14:12:16

PARIS (Reuters) - France plans to spend a million euros to lure back foreign tourists after its image was damaged by pictures of burning cars and angry youths shown on televisions around the world during recent riots. The Tourism Ministry said on Thursday it will take out advertisements in newspapers and travel websites, with one showing a couple embracing next to the Eiffel Tower. The campaign will particularly target potential visitors from United States, Japan, China, Australia...

2005-11-25 02:44:10

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing showed off a special team of crack police ahead of the 2008 Olympics on Friday with a Hollywood-style demonstration of riot control, hostage situations and explosions as the city's top policeman vowed a secure Games. With fewer than 1,000 days to go before the opening ceremony, Beijing is keen to show that it can hold a world-class event and protect the safety of the hundreds of thousands of athletes and spectators expected to attend....


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'