General News Archive - December 12, 2005

ATHENS (Reuters) - An explosion rocked a central Athens post office, close to Greece's Finance Ministry, on Monday, causing some damage, a police official told Reuters. It was not immediately clear if there were any casualties in the blast at the city's main Syntagma Square.

ATHENS (Reuters) - An explosion rocked a central Athens post office close to Greece's Finance Ministry on Monday, causing some damage but no casualties, a police official told Reuters.

By Richard Waddington HONG KONG (Reuters) - European Union trade chief Peter Mandelson urged World Trade Organization (WTO) ministers on Monday to put the needs of poorest countries at the top of the agenda for a six-day conference opening on Tuesday.

By Karolos Grohmann ATHENS (Reuters) - An explosion rocked Greece's Economy Ministry in central Athens on Monday, causing some damage but no casualties, a police official told Reuters.

Iraq's al Qaeda and other militant groups branded landmark elections as ungodly and vowed to keep up their jihad to turn the country into an Islamic state, according to an Internet statement dated Monday.

BEIRUT (Reuters) - At least four people were killed and several others wounded when a car bomb exploded in a Beirut suburb on Monday, witnesses said.

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian charged with plotting to bomb Sydney's electricity grid and defense sites had his pre-trial hearing adjourned on Monday while the government and court decides how much evidence will be kept secret.

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A car bomb exploded in an industrial suburb in mainly Christian east Beirut on Monday, killing four people and wounding others, police and witnesses said. The explosion destroyed an armoured car as it was driving in the Mekalis area.

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A car bomb destroyed the car of staunch anti-Syrian member of parliament and journalist Gebran Tueni in Beirut on Monday, killing four people, but it was not clear if he was in the car, security sources said.

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian truck driver's admission he carried guns and ran drugs across the outback did not make him guilty of murdering a British tourist and abducting his girlfriend in 2001, a trial judge said on Monday.

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."]