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2006-01-13 23:33:54

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Doctor and surgeon Ayman al-Zawahri is the brains behind Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda network and most recently its public face, repeatedly denouncing the United States and its allies in widely aired video messages. U.S. sources said a U.S. airstrike in Pakistan on Friday targeted bin Laden's second-in-command, but it was unclear if Zawahri had been killed and it would not be known until the remains of those killed were examined. Pakistan said it was...

2006-01-09 00:50:00

BEIJING -- China's military has cut back its troops by 200,000, the official mouthpiece of the People's Liberation Army said on Monday, reinforcing its high-tech military ambitions to overtake rival Taiwan. The Liberation Army Daily said the two-year program to slim China's military was finished on schedule at the end of 2005, and troop numbers were actually down by 230,000, or just over 9 percent. China had 2.5 million serving military in 2003 when the cuts started. In 1987, it had about 4.2...

2005-12-28 15:38:00

By Oliver Bullough MOSCOW (Reuters) - Negligence and incompetence by Russian police and officials contributed to the bloodbath at a school in the southern town of Beslan last year, the head of a parliamentary investigation said on Wednesday. Alexander Torshin, who headed the parliamentary commission of inquiry into the September 2004 hostage siege, stressed that terrorists were mainly to blame for the killings of 331 hostages, half of them children. He declined to blame senior...

2005-12-28 11:45:55

By Oliver Bullough MOSCOW (Reuters) - Negligence and incompetence by Russian police and officials contributed to the bloodbath at a school in the southern town of Beslan last year, the head of a parliamentary investigation said on Wednesday. Alexander Torshin, who headed the parliamentary commission of inquiry into the September 2004 hostage siege, stressed that terrorists were mainly to blame for the killings of 331 hostages, half of them children. He declined to blame senior...

2005-12-28 06:54:17

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The head of a probe into Russia's bloody Beslan school attack said on Wednesday that local police had ignored instructions to strengthen security around schools which, if taken at the time, could have averted the tragedy. Alexander Torshin, heading the parliamentary commission investigating the September 2004 seizure of hostages, said there had been many "mistakes and shortcomings." Torshin said that in August of that year Russian Interior Ministry chiefs had told...

2005-12-21 06:50:38

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain must hold an independent inquiry into claims an Iraqi hotel worker was beaten to death by its soldiers, a top court ruled on Wednesday, rejecting a government attempt to avoid the probe. The Ministry of Defense had argued that the military justice system alone should deal with the death of Baha Mousa, who died in British military custody in southern Iraq in 2003. But the Appeal Court in London backed a High Court ruling from last year that Mousa's family...

2005-12-15 05:42:58

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The head of a probe into Russia's Beslan school tragedy has said terrorists alone were to blame for it, remarks that suggested bureaucrats accused of failing to stop the raid could be exonerated. Some 330 people -- half of them children -- died after Chechen gunmen took them hostage in a school in southern Russian for three days in September 2004. Most died in a series of sudden explosions and firefights at the end but it is still not clear what sparked the...

2005-12-08 15:19:01

By Paul Tait and Seif Fouad BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An Islamic insurgent group said on Thursday it had killed a U.S. hostage who, if the claim is confirmed, would be the first foreign captive killed in Iraq for four months and the first American in more than a year. The reported killing came after a suicide bomber killed 30 people in an attack on a crowded bus in central Baghdad, the latest chapter in Iraq's bloody insurgency just a week before Iraqis vote in parliamentary elections. A...

2005-10-13 04:29:49

By Richard Balmforth MOSCOW (Reuters) - Gunbattles raged in a town in Russia's turbulent Caucasus region on Thursday after about 150 armed men, described as "religious extremists," staged lightning raids in which security forces killed 50 of the attackers. Emergency services quoted by Itar-Tass news agency reported many civilian casualties after a morning of mayhem in Nalchik, main city of the Muslim Kabardino-Balkaria region, which is near rebel Chechnya. Moscow radio said the dead...

2005-08-30 03:52:55

KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - Gunmen have killed a security official in Iraq's North Oil Company and a companion traveling with him in a car, a police source said on Tuesday. The killing on Monday night appeared to be part of a campaign to undermine Iraq's oil industry, the biggest source of income for the U.S.-backed government. Insurgents have also blown up pipelines in their bid to topple Iraq's new leaders.


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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Autumnal Equinox -- In astronomy, is the equinox at the beginning of autumn in the northern hemisphere: the moment when the sun appears to cross the celestial equator, heading southward. The equinox occurs around September 22-24, varying slightly each year according to the 400 year cycle of leap years in the Gregorian Calendar. In the southern hemisphere, the equinox occurs at the same moment, but at the beginning of spring. There are two conventions for dealing with this: either the...

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Word of the Day
mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.