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2008-12-01 17:56:55

British authorities allege a visitor to Woodhill Prison tried to smuggle a can of tear gas into the facility inside his false leg. The 25-year-old man, whose name was not released, was arrested at the prison in Milton Keynes, Bucks, after guards noticed he seemed nervous as he went through security screening and asked him to remove his leg, The Sun reported Monday, noting the prison houses terrorists, rapists and killers. Prison officials said they assumed the man was trying to smuggle the...

2008-10-08 00:00:19

By Andrew Buncombe Two protesters killed during clashes with riot police inside parliamentary compound in Bangkok Army chief reassures public that his troops are unarmed and there is no prospect of a military coup THE PRIME Minister of Thailand was forced to scale a fence and flee in a police helicopter yesterday as thousands of protesters barricaded parliament in the latest twist in the country's seething political turmoil. Riot police fired tear gas in clashes with activists who had...

2006-05-30 17:30:55

By Fiona Ortiz SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Police used tear gas and water cannons to try to break up Chile's biggest student protests in decades on Tuesday as thousands of students marched to demand the government spend more of its fat budget surplus on education. Dozens of students were arrested in the capital and protest leaders said half a million students occupied hundreds of schools all over Chile calling for free bus fare, free college entrance exams, more teachers and...

2006-03-08 14:06:50

By Alexandra Valencia QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) - Ecuadorean troops fired tear gas on Wednesday to clear out oil facility strikers who have cut vital crude production at Ecuador's state oil firm by nearly three-quarters. Petroecuador's output was reduced by 72 percent to 55,696 barrels per day (bpd) after contract workers downed tools on Tuesday to demand full-time jobs and delayed payments, a company official said on Wednesday. The strike is the latest dispute to hit Ecuador's oil...

2006-02-20 11:16:54

By Andrew Cawthorne and Daniel Wallis KAMPALA (Reuters) - Ugandan riot police fired tear gas and a water cannon at opposition supporters on Monday in the latest outbreak of violence before the east African nation's first multi-party poll in 25 years. Several hundred supporters of opposition leader and presidential candidate Kizza Besigye were gathered at a Kampala rugby club awaiting his final rally in the Ugandan capital before Thursday's election when police moved to disperse...

2006-02-14 03:34:16

By Zeeshan Haider ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani police fired tear gas on Tuesday to disperse hundreds of students who entered Islamabad's diplomatic enclave to protest against the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in European newspapers. The students were driven back after they had reached the Indian High Commission, which is next to the British High Commission. They smashed car windows and attacked British bank Standard Chartered, Reuters journalists at the scene...

2005-12-17 14:43:22

By John Ruwitch and Tan Ee Lyn HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong police fought running street battles and fired volleys of tear gas on Saturday to repel hundreds of protesters trying to force their way into a building where world trade ministers were meeting. Seventy-four people were injured in the fighting, including 12 police officers, the government said. Most of the injuries were minor and most of the injured were South Korean farmers and workers who say free trade is ruining...

2005-12-07 15:45:29

By Amil Khan DAMIETTA, Egypt (Reuters) - Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets in election clashes that killed at least four people in Egypt on Wednesday, and witnesses said security forces blocked voters in many Islamist strongholds. President Hosni Mubarak's ruling party has maintained its majority in a month of voting but the Muslim Brotherhood has surprised the country by winning five times the number of seats it had in the last parliament. At least seven people have been...

2005-12-07 13:22:03

By Amil Khan DAMIETTA, Egypt (Reuters) - Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets and two men were killed in the last stage of Egypt's parliamentary elections on Wednesday in which Islamists said security forces blocked voters to limit their gains. Five people have been killed since the staggered parliamentary election started on November 9 and which ended on Wednesday in violence that has marred the whole process. President Hosni Mubarak's ruling party has maintained a majority but...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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