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General News Archive - October 06, 2005

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Leaders of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee called off a vote on $3 billion in cuts in Agriculture Department programs only hours before the session was to convene on Thursday. Without giving an explanation, the committee said the session was postponed indefinitely.

TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has canceled a visit to Japan planned for later this month because of a stalemate in talks on where to relocate a U.S. military base in Japan, Japanese media reported on Thursday.

By Alice Hung TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian, under pressure from Washington to pass an arms package blocked by opposition lawmakers, offered on Thursday to deliver a report in parliament to seek support for the $11 billion special budget.

By Tomi Soetjipto KUTA BEACH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesia's military will join a nationwide hunt for those behind the weekend suicide bombings in Bali, a senior officer said on Thursday, as police confirmed three more Australians were among the dead.

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Commerce Ministry has forecast a trade surplus of $90 billion to $100 billion for 2005, and the country's two-way foreign trade would hit $1.4 trillion, the International Business Daily reported on Thursday.

U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Ted Stevens said on Wednesday he supported setting 2009 as the year for completing the transition to higher-quality digital television.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Ted Stevens said on Wednesday he supported setting 2009 as the year for completing the transition to higher-quality digital television. U.S.

HILLA, Iraq (Reuters) - Rescuers sifted through the wreckage of a mosque in the Iraqi city of Hilla on Thursday after an explosion killed at least 25 on Wednesday, trying to determine if the blast was caused by a suicide bomb or dynamite.

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - Negotiators looking to end North Korea's nuclear weapons programs should brace for "long, hard and slogging" talks in drawing up a road map, a former senior U.S. official said on Thursday. Thomas Hubbard, a former U.S. envoy to South Korea and part of a U.S.

By Philip Blenkinsop BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's conservatives expect Gerhard Schroeder to agree to step aside after talks on Thursday on forming a coalition government, clearing the way for Angela Merkel to become chancellor and ending a post-election deadlock.

Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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