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World 06 Dec 2005 | 12:00 AM

Saddam trial resumes with hidden "Witness A"

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The first woman to testify in the trial of Saddam Hussein broke down in tears on Tuesday as, in fear of her life, she testified behind a curtain about how she was forced to strip by Iraqi prison guards.

World 05 Jun 2007 | 12:00 AM

Sri Lanka jets pound rebels as Japan envoy arrives

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan fighter jets bombed a Tamil Tiger training camp in the rebel-held north on Tuesday, the military said, as Japan's peace envoy began a visit seeking ways to arrest an escalation in the two-decade civil war.

World 06 Dec 2005 | 12:00 AM

Saddam trial resumes with hidden "Witness A"

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The first woman to testify in the trial of Saddam Hussein broke down in tears on Tuesday as, in fear of her life, she testified behind a curtain about how she was forced to strip by Iraqi prison guards.

World 07 Jun 2007 | 12:00 AM

Weeks before last Baghdad brigade ready - U.S. general

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The final extra U.S. brigade in a security crackdown to prevent all-out civil war in Iraq is unlikely to be fully operational for up to two months, the U.S. military's top spokesman in Iraq said on Wednesday.

World 26 Dec 2007 | 12:00 AM

Iraqi cabinet approves bill to free prisoners

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The Iraqi cabinet approved a draft law on Wednesday which could free thousands of prisoners, one of main demands of Sunni Arab politicians boycotting the Shi'ite-led government in Baghdad.

World 06 Dec 2005 | 12:00 AM

Saddam trial halts over witness protection hitch

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The first woman witness took the stand against Saddam Hussein on Tuesday, hidden behind a high curtain, but problems with equipment intended to distort her voice to protect her identity prompted a brief recess.

World 21 Sep 2006 | 12:00 AM

U.N. says Iraq deadlier, Italians go home

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The United Nations, citing evidence of severe torture, said Iraq had become deadlier than ever, as local Iraqi forces took charge of a southern province from departing Italian soldiers on Thursday.

World 19 Sep 2006 | 12:00 AM

Annan fears breakdown, civil war in Iraq

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, in his second gloomy message in a week, said on Monday Iraq was in danger of descending into civil war if present trends continue.

World 08 Dec 2005 | 12:00 AM

Two Gaza militants, one Israeli killed in flare-up

GAZA (Reuters) - Israel killed two militants in a Gaza air strike on Thursday in an escalating military response to a suicide bombing, and a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli to death at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank.

World 07 Dec 2005 | 12:00 AM

Empty chair as Saddam trial resumes without him

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Saddam Hussein refused to attend his trial for crimes against humanity on Wednesday, bringing the often chaotic proceedings to a halt before the presiding judge decided to press on with the televised hearing without him.