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General News Archive - October 18, 2005

TOKYO (Reuters) - Skyrocketing energy prices will weigh on global growth but will likely exact a much smaller toll than surging oil prices did in the 1970s, U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said on Tuesday.

By Paul Eckert, Asia Correspondent BEIJING (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld arrived in Beijing on Tuesday on a visit aimed at boosting military ties with China, a rising Asian power some Americans view warily as a potential rival.

By David Brunnstrom MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - Streams of people clambered into the hills of northern Pakistan carrying aid back to quake-shattered villages on Tuesday as clear weather helped a huge relief operation accelerate.

LONDON (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Wilma is likely to become a full-blown hurricane soon as it gathers strength in the Caribbean and aims at Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, Cuba and south Florida, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Tuesday.

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - European Union officials sought to reassure the public on Tuesday as foreign ministers held emergency talks following the disclosure that bird flu has spread to at least three southeast European countries. "We have already taken all steps necessary.

By Paul Eckert, Asia Correspondent BEIJING (Reuters) - China and the United States put aside diplomatic tensions over Beijing's military ambitions on Tuesday as U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld flew into the country for a meetings with key officials.

By Alan Wheatley, China Economics Editor BEIJING (Reuters) - World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz prodded China on Tuesday to give more power to the people for the sake of sustaining strong economic growth. Wolfowitz, a staunch conservative who served as deputy U.S.

By David Brunnstrom MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - Streams of people clambered into the hills of northern Pakistan carrying aid back to quake-shattered villages on Tuesday as clear weather helped a huge relief operation accelerate.

By Nichola Groom NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Like Blanche DuBois in the Tennessee Williams' play "A Streetcar Named Desire," the writers of New Orleans have depended on the kindness of strangers since losing homes, jobs and the city that was their muse.

By Bill Tarrant LAMTEUNGOH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Putri's baby is big. At 8.8 lb, baby Angi is, in fact, huge by the natal standards of Indonesia -- all the more remarkable since her mother has been living in a grim tsunami survivors' camp throughout her pregnancy.

Word of the Day
bellycheer
  • Good cheer; viands.
  • To revel; to feast.
The word 'bellycheer' may come from 'belle cheer', "good cheer".
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