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2006-08-29 07:16:06

By Phil Stewart ABOARD THE GARIBALDI (Reuters) - The first 800 troops of an Italian contingent in a major U.N. peacekeeping force for Lebanon set sail on Tuesday on a mission that Rome warned would be "long and risky." The aircraft carrier Garibaldi, flagship of the Italian fleet, met four other Navy ships off the Mediterranean port of Brindisi for an official send-off for the landing force of 803 plus 1,350 sailors and air defense crew taking them to Lebanon. Italy will eventually...

2006-08-29 05:46:41

By Phil Stewart ABOARD THE GARIBALDI (Reuters) - The first 800 troops of the Italian contingent for a major U.N. peacekeeping force for Lebanon set sail on Tuesday on a mission that the Rome government warned would be "long and risky." The aircraft carrier Garibaldi, flagship of the Italian fleet, met four other Navy ships off the Mediterranean port of Brindisi for an official send-off for the landing force of 803 plus 1,350 sailors and air defense crew taking them to Lebanon. Italy...

2006-08-26 15:20:24

ROME (Reuters) - Italy will send its first 800 to 1,000 troops to Lebanon on Tuesday to join a U.N. peacekeeping force there, a defense ministry source said on Saturday. Italy, which has committed up to 3,000 troops to the Lebanon mission, will send its first detachment by sea, in a convoy led by the aircraft carrier Garibaldi which will sail from the southern city of Brindisi and reach Lebanon on Friday. European Union nations have agreed to provide more than half the 15,000...

2006-08-24 17:07:02

By Mark John BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union foreign ministers will hold emergency talks on Friday on troop contributions to a U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon amid growing pressure on their countries to raise their commitments. Italy has offered up to 3,000 troops and France boosted its pledge to 2,000 on the eve of the Brussels meeting, but other contributions to the potentially hazardous mission have been meager despite prompting from the United States and others. "I expect...

2006-08-23 17:10:03

By Mark John BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union states agreed on Wednesday they must provide a major contingent within a U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon but held back from firm troop pledges until their foreign ministers meet later this week. Italy urged fellow EU countries at an envoy-level meeting in Brussels to back its pledge of 3,000 troops with more soldiers, but observers at the talks said no figures were mentioned. "There was a general view that the EU contingent needs...

2006-08-21 13:27:18

CASTIGLIONE DELLA PESCAIA, Italy (Reuters) - Italy's Prime Minister Romano Prodi has told United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan that Italy is prepared to lead a U.N. force in southern Lebanon, Prodi said on Monday. Speaking near his holiday home in Tuscany, Prodi told reporters that Annan would take a final decision on the leadership of the U.N. force this weekend.

2006-08-21 06:29:59

By Stephen Brown ROME (Reuters) - Italy is ready to lead a U.N. force in southern Lebanon if its European partners commit themselves to the operation, which the Italian opposition warned on Monday could prove to be a "kamikaze" mission. Prime Minister Romano Prodi, asked by Israel's Ehud Olmert on Sunday to lead the new multinational force of up to 15,000 troops, sought French, German and Turkish assurances this weekend that Italy would not head into Lebanon alone. "I understand we...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.