General News Archive - December 16, 2005

A South Korean scientist whose work is under intense scrutiny has told colleagues he can produce stem cells but those made in a landmark 2005 study are contaminated, Yonhap news agency said on Friday.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A strike deadline passed on Friday without a walkout by workers in New York's transit system that the city's mayor said could cost $400 million a day.

Joseph Caro promised to salvage his mother-in-law's silverware from the ruins of her flood-ravaged New Orleans home, but he fears there will be no such rescue for his native city.


Nineteen years after Congress passed a law to help end rivalries between the U.S. military services, the Air Force, Navy and Army have made strides in working together better, although more work remains to be done, top Air Force officials said on Thursday.

By Jim Wolf WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The futuristic F-22A "Raptor" fighter jet, designed to dominate the skies well into the 21st century, joined the U.S. combat fleet on Thursday, 20 years after it was conceived to fight Soviet MiGs over Europe.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Nearly half of Israelis would support giving up parts of Arab East Jerusalem under any eventual peace deal with the Palestinians, a poll published on Friday showed.

By Jon Herskovitz SOGWIPO, South Korea (Reuters) - South Korea failed to persuade the North it should return to multilateral talks on ending its nuclear programs but the two sides agreed on Friday on railway links, family reunions and Red Cross meetings.

By Nopporn Wong-Anan BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's bid to bring thousands of tsunami survivors and their families to a "song and dance" memorial service has drawn far fewer people than expected and triggered criticism that the event is in bad taste.

By Paul Tait and Luke Baker BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Millions of ballot papers were being counted and recounted on Friday as Iraqis celebrated a peaceful election that saw rebellious Sunni Arabs join in for the first time, pushing turnout close to 70 percent.

KABUL (Reuters) - A car bomb exploded in the Afghan capital Kabul on Friday near a building where a new parliament is due to meet for the first time next week, killing a suicide attacker and one other person, police said.