Latest Years of Lead Stories

2006-07-13 22:32:00

By Tom Pfeiffer RABAT (Reuters) - Abdennaceur Bnouhachem's work as a left-wing student activist came to an abrupt end on April 13, 1976 when plainclothed security officers cornered him in the street and bundled him into an unmarked van. Bnouhachem said he was blindfolded and driven to a detention center where he and four friends were tortured for three days. He was hung from a steel pole and beaten, then held under water until he nearly drowned. He was then transferred to a prison...

2006-02-15 13:07:33

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - Uneasy about their Mafia past and especially Hollywood's portrayals of it, Italian filmmakers have knocked down their own taboos in style with "Romanzo Criminale" that drew cheers at the Berlin Film Festival on Wednesday. Italian gangsters killing each other while remaining likeable characters has been a staple of U.S. films for decades but left Italy uncomfortable with the stereotypes. The epic "Romanzo Criminale" (Crime Novel) filled a...

2006-01-06 13:46:10

By Lamine Ghanmi RABAT (Reuters) - Morocco's King Mohammed, under pressure from human rights groups to apologize for more than four decades of past repression by the state, offered on Friday his sympathy for the victims. The 42-year-old monarch's statement was his first since a truth commission he appointed found last month that 592 Moroccans were killed between the 1960s and 1990s in a period known in the North African country as the "years of lead." The Equity and Reconciliation...

Word of the Day
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.