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2008-07-14 06:00:14

Text of report in English by Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post website on 14 July [Report by Ya'aqov Katz: "Israel Concerned Hezbollah Will Attack After Prisoner Swap"] Fears have mounted in Israel that Hezbollah may try to carry out an attack along the northern border following the prisoner swap for abducted reservists Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser scheduled for later this week, The Jerusalem Post has learned. According to estimates, Hezbollah may use the period following the swap...

2006-09-06 04:51:38

By Alistair Lyon, Special Correspondent BEIRUT (Reuters) - Israel said on Wednesday it could gradually dismantle its blockade of Lebanon as Lebanese and U.N. forces control entry points to stop Hizbollah rearming, and the U.N. commander in the south said a breakthrough could be close. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who was in Ankara for talks on Turkey's contribution to a bigger UNIFIL peacekeeping force in Lebanon, has tried to orchestrate a deal to end an 8-week-blockade that...

2006-08-29 09:35:03

By Hussein Saad NAQOURA, Lebanon (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, visiting devastated south Lebanon on Tuesday, urged Israel and Hizbollah to move swiftly to settle disputes blocking a permanent ceasefire to be upheld by 15,000 U.N. peacekeepers. He listed as "serious irritants" the fate of two Israeli soldiers snatched by Hizbollah and that of Lebanese prisoners held in Israel, as well as an Israeli air and sea blockade of Lebanon imposed at the start of the war...

2006-08-29 08:19:40

By Hussein Saad NAQOURA, Lebanon (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, visiting devastated south Lebanon on Tuesday, urged Israel and Hizbollah to move swiftly to settle disputes blocking a permanent ceasefire to be upheld by 15,000 U.N. peacekeepers. He listed as "serious irritants" the fate of two Israeli soldiers snatched by Hizbollah and that of Lebanese prisoners held in Israel, as well as an Israeli air and sea blockade of Lebanon imposed at the start of the war...

2006-08-25 05:24:27

By Mark John BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said he was confident European countries would make major troop pledges for a 15,000-strong Lebanon peace force at an emergency meeting of EU foreign ministers on Friday. Italy has offered up to 3,000 troops and France boosted its pledge to 2,000 on the eve of the Brussels meeting. Optimism is growing that others will raise so far meager contributions under prompting from the United States, Israel and others. "I am...

2006-08-23 06:25:39

By Alistair Lyon, Special Correspondent BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon urged the United States on Wednesday to make Israel remove a sea and air blockade it imposed at the start of its 34-day war with Hizbollah fighters. Prime Minister Fouad Siniora also called on Washington to boost its financial aid to help Lebanon recover from war-related economic damage running into billions of dollars. "The United States can do more," he told a news conference. "The United States can support us in...

2006-08-22 21:27:49

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - New rules of engagement for U.N. troops in Lebanon permit soldiers to shoot in self-defense, use force to protect civilians and resist armed attempts to interfere with their duties, a U.N. document says. The 21 pages of rules, obtained by Reuters on Tuesday, adhere to the mandate laid down by the U.N. Security Council in an August 11 resolution and drafted by France and the United States. That did not call on the U.N. force, known as...

2006-08-22 18:54:13

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - New rules of engagement for U.N. troops in Lebanon permit soldiers to shoot in self-defense, use force to protect civilians and resist armed attempts to interfere with their duties, a U.N. document says. The 21 pages of rules, obtained by Reuters on Tuesday, adhere to the mandate laid down by the U.N. Security Council in an August 11 resolution and drafted by France and the United States. That did not call on the U.N. force, known as...

2006-08-20 10:06:48

By Swaha Pattanaik PARIS (Reuters) - France called on Sunday for a European Union meeting next week to co-ordinate what member countries plan to do about a U.N. force for Lebanon. "We ask that European solidarity is expressed as soon as possible about Lebanon," Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy told France Info radio, adding that he had asked EU president Finland to call a meeting in Brussels early next week. France wanted "to know what our different European partners count on...

2006-08-19 04:51:08

By Nadim Ladki BEIRUT (Reuters) - Helicopter-borne Israeli commandos raided a Hizbollah bastion in eastern Lebanon on Saturday in the first major attack since a U.N.-backed truce halted Israel's 34-day war with the Shi'ite Muslim group. Lebanese security sources said three Hizbollah guerillas were killed in a firefight. The Israeli army said it had suffered one dead and two wounded. The security sources said commandos in two vehicles unloaded from helicopters were on their way to...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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