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A signal of surrender or defeat; a sign that one going to yield or give up. (From the literal white flag originating in military use, which signaled a protective truce or ceasefire so that negotiations could be arranged.) The president's speech today was seen by many as a white flag regarding his controversial stance on the immigration debate. We've been in negotiations for weeks, but it looks like the other company might finally be ready to wave a white flag.
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They are reported to be flying white flags over Port Stanley.
The question now emerge is whether Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama engage in the firing on a White Flag convoy with the intent to assist in the capture and murder of Libyan Leader Muammar Qaddafi?
Living with White Flags over the years," he says, "these things in my life would come to me, like Abraham's tent, which for me was a good way to describe a longing that I have about a world I'd like to help create.
Civilians Killed Holding White Flags in Gaza, published on Thursday, is HRW's third publication in five months condemning Israel's actions during the Gaza conflict, following allegations over white phosphorous and drones.
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on Israel on Thursday to investigate seven incidents in which it said Israeli troops shot dead Palestinian civilians who were flying white flags during the war in Gaza in January.
Summary: Israeli soldiers shot and killed 11 innocent Palestinian civilians, including four children, who were in groups waving white flags during the Gaza assault, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday, adding
The workers held A4-sized placards with the slogan Scotland's Workers Deserve Better and held aloft red and white flags.
White flags, more than 120,000 of them, covered a large area, each one standing for six or seven of the Iraqis killed since the war began.
As sure as those red and white flags fluttering out of car windows, people will swing the occasional sickie from work to watch a big match during the World Cup.
Fans are being encouraged to bring white flags to wave in mass protest against the way we have surrendered our position in the Premier League without any fight.
There are seasonal flags like the Toronto Maple Leaf's flag that flies until the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs most years, and white flags that are presented when you surrender.
On cars,T-shirts,footballs, and incessantly on the television,Isee white flags with red crosses.
A GIRL from Northern Ireland is starting a campaign to get people around the world to hang up white flags in protest against the war.
Morale is low in the Iraqi army and many soldiers are already preparing white flags in order to surrender.
The idea of the campaign was for motorists to display little white flags from their cars.