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2006-01-11 10:49:04

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A man wielding a knife wounded seven people in an attack at a synagogue in central Moscow, Russian agencies reported on Wednesday. "An unknown man burst into a synagogue on Bolshaya Bronnaya street and started to attack the people gathered there with a knife," Itar-Tass news agency quoted a city police source as saying. Police spokesmen declined to comment on the reports. "Most people have minor wounds, but a lot of them," the source told Tass, adding that the man...

2005-12-30 07:31:28

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's foreign ministry confirmed on Friday that a top envoy had talked to Iranian officials to discuss a Russian proposal to enrich uranium for the Islamic Republic, Itar-Tass news agency reported. The foreign ministry had previously denied any formal acceptance by Iran to hold talks over the proposal, while a spokesman for Security Council Secretary Igor Ivanov also denied a telephone conversation had taken place.

2005-12-23 16:18:53

MOSCOW (Reuters) - An Azeri passenger plane with 23 people on board crashed on Friday soon after take off from the Caucasus state's capital Baku, Russia's RIA news agency reported. RIA quoted the Azeri transport authority as saying that An-142 aircraft bound for the city of Aktau in Kazakhstan with 18 passengers and five crew disappeared from radar screens 20 minutes after take-off. It was not clear if there had been any survivors. Itar-Tass news agency said the plane was An-140....

2005-10-13 03:12:44

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Emergency services said there had been "numerous casualties" among local people in the southern Russian town of Nalchik attacked on Thursday by armed insurgents, Itar-Tass news agency reported. It quoted emergency service officials in Nalchik, capital of the Kabardino-Balkaria region, as saying 31 ambulances were in the town trying to bring the injured to hospital. It gave no number for the injured.

2005-10-13 01:45:34

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Gunmen attacked a police headquarters and other government buildings in a Russian province near rebel Chechnya on Thursday and a battle was raging in the town, Russian news agencies reported. Several simultaneous attacks were launched in Nalchik, main city of the Kabardino-Balkaria region, and fighting was going on in several parts of the town, Interfax reported, quoting local police. News agencies had no details about the numbers of the attackers but described...

2005-10-08 14:20:23

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Scientists have lost an experimental "space parachute" after it came back to earth in the remote wilderness of Russia's Pacific seaboard, news agencies said on Saturday. An inflatable, heat-proof cone that deploys on re-entry into the earth's atmosphere, scientists hope the device could offer a better way of bringing cargo and experiments back from the International Space Station. It was launched on board a missile from a Russian navy nuclear submarine on Friday,...

2005-10-08 13:40:33

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The European Space Agency's Cryosat research satellite crashed into the sea after its launch rocket failed, the Russian agency that launched it was quoted as saying on Saturday. "We believe that the satellite, together with part of the rocket, fell where the second rocket stage is supposed to fall, that is in the Lincoln Sea, near the North Pole," Itar-Tass news agency quoted Russian Space Troops official Oleg Gromov as saying.

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2005-10-07 07:35:00

MOSCOW (AP) - Russia on Friday test-launched a collapsible mini-spacecraft, which is designed to carry cargo and even passengers from the international space station to Earth, a Russian space design bureau said. The Demonstrator spacecraft blasted off on a converted ballistic Volna rocket from a nuclear submarine in the Barents Sea at around 1:30 a.m. (5:30 p.m. EDT Thursday), and it later descended toward the Kura test range on Russia's Far East Kamchatka Peninsula on schedule, the Interfax...

2005-08-25 05:54:34

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The head of the government of a southern Russian region bordering Chechnya was wounded on Thursday in a blast, a spokeswoman for emergencies service said. She said that Ibrahim Malsagov was rushed to hospital after his car was destroyed by the blast in Ingushetia's key town of Nazran. Itar-Tass news agency reported two powerful blasts near a market in Nazran. Tass did not give any details and it was not immediately clear whether it was the same incident.

2005-08-09 02:07:20

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will buy from Britain two Scorpio underwater rescue vehicles of the type used to rescue a stranded Russian mini-submarine from the Pacific last Sunday, Itar-Tass news agency reported on Tuesday. It took less than four hours for the unmanned British Scorpio-45, airlifted to the Kamchatka peninsula off Russia's Pacific coast, to free the AS-28 mini-sub, stranded for three days with its seven-man crew 190 meters (625 feet) down. "The (Defense) minister has also...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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