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2006-08-23 15:56:24

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. intelligence community is ill-prepared to assess Iran's nuclear weapons capabilities and its intentions for developing weapons of mass destruction, a congressional report said on Wednesday. Noting "significant gaps in our knowledge and understanding of the various areas of concern about Iran," the House Intelligence Committee staff report questioned whether the United States could even effectively engage in talks with Tehran on ways...

2006-07-31 11:10:43

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Iranian U.N. Ambassador Javad Zarif rejected as without legal basis on Monday a Security Council demand that it suspend its nuclear activities by the end of the month or face the threat of sanctions. "Iran's peaceful nuclear program poses no threat to international peace and security and therefore dealing with this issue in the Security Council is unwarranted and void of any legal basis or practical utility," Zarif told the council. In lengthy comments...

2006-07-26 13:01:25

By James Vicini WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI has created a unit to study threats from weapons of mass destruction, its director Robert Mueller said on Wednesday, in a sign of lingering U.S fears of a chemical, biological or nuclear attack. Mueller said the creation of the unit was part of efforts to transform the agency that was widely criticized for failing to prevent the September 11 attacks. "This is a reflection of the necessity of focusing our efforts on preventing a weapon...

2006-07-25 19:19:07

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday approved by voice vote adding North Korea to a law aimed at stemming the nuclear weapons ambitions of Iran and Syria. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist introduced the bill after Pyongyang defied international warnings and tested seven missiles this month, action which Frist described as "dangerous and provocative." "North Korea's recent missile launches illustrate the threat this regime poses to the American people, the people of the...

2006-07-14 19:19:28

By Deborah Charles WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said on Friday it awarded $1.16 billion in contracts to three companies to develop equipment to scan cargo at border cities for nuclear weapons material. New York and New Jersey will get some of the first 80 devices, which were ordered "immediately" and will arrive this autumn, said Jarrod Agen, a Homeland Security spokesman. Agen said the award was not in response to a disclosure last week of a...

2006-07-14 17:25:38

By Deborah Charles WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said on Friday it awarded $1.16 billion in contracts to three companies to develop equipment to scan cargo at border cities for nuclear weapons material. New York and New Jersey will get some of the first 80 devices, which were ordered "immediately" and will arrive this autumn, said Jarrod Agen, a Homeland Security spokesman. Agen said the award was not in response to a disclosure last week of a...

2006-07-14 16:56:20

By Deborah Charles WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said on Friday it awarded $1.16 billion in contracts to three companies to develop equipment to scan cargo at border cities for nuclear weapons material. Raytheon Co., Thermo Electron Corp. and Canberra Industries were awarded the contracts for a program known as the advanced spectroscopic portal. Officials did not give the specific breakdown of the contract award but said it was divided roughly...

2006-06-30 08:18:14

By Oleg Shchedrov MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Friday "certain states" were hampering efforts to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction and other armaments, pointing a finger at the United States over space-based weapons. Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said the attitude of "certain states toward the prevention of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction is becoming increasingly politicized" and it is "getting more difficult to reach multilateral agreements."...

2006-06-29 18:32:37

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chairman of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee accused U.S. intelligence chief John Negroponte's office on Thursday of downplaying the significance of chemical weapons finds in Iraq. Rep. Peter Hoekstra, a Michigan Republican, said in a letter to Negroponte that intelligence officials at a June 21 press briefing organized by his office misled journalists about the significance of 500 munitions containing mustard and sarin nerve agents...

2006-06-29 18:28:14

By Kristin Roberts WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military has found more Iraqi weapons in recent months, in addition to the 500 chemical munitions recently reported by the Pentagon, a top defense intelligence official said on Thursday. Lt. Gen. Michael Maples, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, did not specify if the newly found weapons were also chemical munitions. But he said he expected more. "I do not believe we have found all the weapons," he told the House of...


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caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
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  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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