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2005-11-04 03:10:33

By Franck Prelvel LE BLANC-MESNIL, France (Reuters) - Rioters set fire to at least 150 vehicles in an eighth night of unrest in the impoverished suburbs of northeastern Paris as exasperated local officials criticized politicking by national leaders. Rioting erupted again late on Thursday despite hopes that festivities ending the fasting month of Ramadan would calm rioters, many of them Muslims of North African origin protesting against race bias they say keeps them in a second-class...

2005-11-03 19:00:43

By Franck Prelvel LE BLANC-MESNIL, France (Reuters) - Young rioters set fire to at least 50 vehicles in an eighth night of unrest in the impoverished suburbs of northeastern Paris as exasperated local officials criticized politicking by national leaders. Rioting erupted again late on Thursday despite hopes that festivities ending the fasting month of Ramadan would calm rioters, many of them Muslims of North African origin protesting against race bias they say keeps them in a...

2005-11-02 19:40:44

By Swaha Pattanaik PARIS (Reuters) - Violence broke out in Paris suburbs for the seventh night running overnight on Thursday, compounding pressure on Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin's government to act quickly to restore order. Youths went on the rampage in nine areas in poor suburbs ringing the French capital to the north and the east, setting alight about 40 cars, two buses, and dustbins, as well as causing damage to at least one school and a shopping center. Hundreds of...

2005-11-02 02:41:19

PARIS (Reuters) - Dozens of vehicles were set ablaze in a sixth night of rioting in poor Paris suburbs, officials said on Wednesday, as youth unrest caused mounting strains within France's conservative government. A heavy police presence kept a tense order in Clichy-sous-Bois, where the clashes broke out last week after two teenagers of African origin were electrocuted while apparently fleeing the police. But the street fighting spread to other parts of the poor suburbs ringing the...

2005-11-01 08:13:11

By Paul Carrel PARIS (Reuters) - French youths rioted in a Paris suburb for the fifth night running on Tuesday, raising fresh questions about Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy's "zero tolerance" policy toward the violence. Eleven vehicles were burned out and a policeman lightly injured in the latest overnight disturbances in the northeastern Paris suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois, where passions were raised a day earlier when a tear gas grenade was fired into a mosque. The violence began...

2005-10-31 16:08:22

By Paul Carrel BOBIGNY, France (Reuters) - French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy defended his tough anti-crime policies on Monday after a fourth night of riots in a Paris suburb in which tear gas was fired into a mosque during evening prayers. Sarkozy vowed to investigate the tear gas incident and repeated his "zero tolerance" policy toward violence that began when two teenagers were electrocuted to death after clambering into a power sub-station while apparently fleeing police....

2005-10-31 04:56:47

By Anna Willard PARIS (Reuters) - Police and youths clashed in a fourth night of rioting in a northeastern suburb of Paris ahead of a Monday morning visit by Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy. Groups of young people hurled rocks and set fire to cars during the night, television pictures showed. LCI television said six police officers were hurt and 11 people were arrested. The violence began four days ago among residents of Clichy-sous-Bois, which has a large immigrant population,...

2005-10-29 08:42:49

By Laure Bretton PARIS (Reuters) - Hundreds of French youths fought with police and set cars ablaze in a Paris suburb on Saturday in a second night of rioting which media said was triggered when two teenagers were electrocuted while fleeing police. The teenagers were killed and a third seriously injured on Thursday night when they were electrocuted in an electricity sub station as they ran away from police investigating a break-in, media reported. Firefighters intervened around 40...

2005-07-21 08:59:55

By Mohammed Sudam SANAA (Reuters) - Nine people were killed and 20 injured in a second day of violent clashes on Thursday between Yemeni security forces and rioters protesting at fuel price hikes. In the capital Sanaa, tanks and armored vehicles took up positions around the presidential palace, government ministries and oil offices. It was the first time tanks have been seen in Sanaa since the rioting broke out on Wednesday. Protesters clashed with anti-riot police and security forces in...

2005-07-20 16:00:00

LONDON -- Scientists are questioning the safety of a Star Wars-style riot control ray gun due to be deployed in Iraq next year. The Active Denial System weapon, classified as "less lethal" by the Pentagon, fires a 95-gigahertz microwave beam at rioters to cause heating and intolerable pain in less than five seconds. The idea is people caught in the beam will rapidly try to move out of it and therefore break up the crowd. But New Scientist magazine reported on Wednesday that during tests...


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  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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