General News Archive - December 13, 2005

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Most U.S. employers plan to keep hiring steady in the first quarter, marking two years of relatively consistent prospects for job seekers, a quarterly Manpower Inc. survey found. Fewer than one in four U.S.

By John Ruwitch and William Schomberg HONG KONG (Reuters) - Bitterly divided over cutting subsidies and import tariffs, ministers from around the world shifted their focus on Tuesday to delivering trade aid to poor nations as they gathered for a week of talks in Hong Kong.

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The 15-nation Security Council weighs its response on Tuesday to a U.N. investigation that accused Syria of hindering its probe into the slaying of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri.

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Ministers from the 149-state World Trade Organization began on Tuesday a six-day gathering they hope will breath new life into struggling free trade talks.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Benjamin Netanyahu has taken a commanding lead in the race for the leadership of Israel's Likud party after Prime Minister Ariel Sharon quit the post to form a new centrist movement, polls showed on Tuesday.

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The 1990s technology boom in the San Francisco Bay area lifted earnings of high-wage workers by 20 percent while low-wage workers' earnings remained flat, widening the income gap between wealthy and poor in the region, according to a report released on Tuesday.

SAN QUENTIN, California (Reuters) - Former Crips gang leader Stanley Tookie Williams was executed by lethal injection early on Tuesday at California's San Quentin State Prison as punishment for murdering four people during 1979 robberies.

By Adam Tanner SAN QUENTIN, California (Reuters) - California prison officials executed Stanley Tookie Williams, 51, the ex-leader of the Crips gang who brutally killed four people in 1979, early on Tuesday after top courts and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger rejected final appeals to spare his life.

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's top court ruled on Tuesday that British retailer Marks & Spencer can claim tax relief from losses outside its home market with certain conditions, in a judgment that could cost European governments billions of euros.

LONDON (Reuters) - Fire crews made further progress overnight in extinguishing a massive blaze at a fuel depot north of London, a fire service spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Word of the Day
  • To stammer.
  • Present participle of maffle, to stammer.
  • A simpleton.
The word 'maffle' may come from a Dutch word meaning 'to move the jaws' or a French word meaning 'having large cheeks'.