General News Archive - October 28, 2005

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saddam Hussein's half-brother and co-defendant in a trial on charges of crimes against humanity has asked to his captors to free him so that he can seek treatment for cancer, an Arab newspaper said on Friday.

By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa plans to stamp out operators who allow the "canned hunting" of lions and other game raised by humans and shot in small spaces, part of an effort to clean up the multimillion-dollar hunting industry.

By Matt Spetalnick JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel vowed on Friday that it would not be restrained in the hunt for Palestinian militants in spite of a U.S. call to move cautiously and renew contacts with the Palestinian leadership.

By Robert Birsel MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - Authorities in Pakistani Kashmir are confident they can get enough food into the devastated region before winter sets in but doubt all survivors of the October 8 earthquake can find shelter.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - An early morning fire in a Times Square budget hotel sent hundreds of guests into the streets on Friday, according to witnesses and the New York Fire Department.

By Lindsay Beck BEIJING (Reuters) - China and Thailand said on Friday suspected human cases of bird flu were false alarms but the U.N.'s health agency said it had no details on the Chinese case and wanted more information.

By Adam Entous WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff and other top White House officials braced for criminal charges on Friday from the federal grand jury investigating the leak of a covert CIA operative's identity.

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The independent panel investigating the U.N. oil-for-food program for Iraq has issued a report that prosecutors in 66 countries can use against 2,200 companies accused of diverting $1.8 billion to Saddam Hussein's government.

By Alan Elsner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bitter debate about how to teach evolution in U.S. high schools is prompting a crisis of confidence among scientists, and some senior academics warn that science itself is under assault.

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Truck manufacturer Volvo, cited in a U.N. report on kickbacks to Saddam Hussein's government, said on Friday it did not allow bribes but noted payments to work in Iraq were considered normal at the time.

Word of the Day
  • an ornament or knob in the shape of a flower
  • In architecture, a floral ornament; specifically, the large conventional flower usually placed in the center of the abacus of a Corinthian capital or classic ceiling-caisson; also, the floreated termination of a Gothic finial.
[ "The word 'fleuron' comes from French."]