General News Archive - October 16, 2005

By Robert Birsel MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - Steady rain heaped more misery on the survivors of the Kashmir earthquake on Sunday as the more than one million made homeless spent another night exposed to the elements with only makeshift tents as shelter.

XIANGHE, China (Reuters) - The chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Christopher Cox, on Sunday pledged swift action against U.S. financial fraud but declined direct comment on teetering broker Refco Inc.


The death toll from Pakistan's earthquake rose sharply to nearly 40,000 on Saturday, with the president warning the numbers could rise even further as relief teams reach more villages in the remote folds of the Himalayan mountains. Throughout the region, homeless survivors searched desperately for blankets and tents to brace against torrential rains and temperatures that dipped to 44 degrees.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The United Nations hailed Iraq's constitutional referendum on Saturday as "incredibly peaceful," with few infringements of procedure. "The process has gone smoothly and well from a technical point of view," said Carina Perelli, the head of the U.N.

By Saul Hudson LONDON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Sunday that Iraqis had probably approved a U.S.-backed draft constitution in a historic referendum that she predicted would reduce insurgent violence.

By Alastair Macdonald and Mariam Karouny BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Washington thinks Iraqis voted "Yes" to their U.S.-brokered constitution but as poll workers counted and recounted piles of ballots across Iraq on Sunday the possibility of a Sunni minority veto lurked in the background.

By Alan Wheatley and Brian Love XIANGHE, China (Reuters) - The G20 group of rich and developing nations sounded the alarm on Sunday over high oil prices but barely touched on the role a stronger yuan could play in easing world economic imbalances.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Five U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq on Saturday when their vehicle was hit by an improvised bomb in the western city of Ramadi, the U.S. military said on Sunday. The statement gave no details beyond saying the soldiers were assigned to the 2nd Marine Division.

By Alastair Macdonald and Mariam Karouny BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqis look to have voted "Yes" to their U.S.-brokered constitution, as poll workers counted and recounted piles of ballots across Iraq on Sunday and the possibility of a Sunni minority veto receded.

By Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) - Shackled at the wrists and ankles and forced to wear earmuffs and black goggles as he was driven in a sweltering truck to a small and isolated cell, the Muslim former chaplain at the Guantanamo prison figured he knew what was coming next.

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'