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General News Archive - December 17, 2005

By Heba Kandil ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Leaders of six pro-U.S. Gulf Arab states meet on Sunday to discuss Iran's nuclear ambitions and a U.N.-Syria standoff, concerned that an escalation of these disputes could rock a region already suffering from instability in Iraq.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A leader in the main Sunni Arab alliance that contested Thursday's Iraqi election said on Saturday it had been a success, citing only a few cases of ballot violations. "The election process succeeded ...

By Dominic Lau and Tan Ee Lyn HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hundreds of protesters battled past police lines in Hong Kong on Saturday to reach a building where a meeting of world trade ministers is being held, a Reuters reporter said.

By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The main Arab Sunni alliance that contested Iraq's election said on Saturday it was a success despite some violations, fuelling U.S. hopes that peaceful politics will help pave the way for a troop withdrawal. "The election process succeeded ...

BERLIN (Reuters) - The German government believes a citizen abducted in Iraq three weeks ago is still alive and in relatively good health, Focus magazine said on Saturday.

By Richard Waddington and Susan Fenton HONG KONG (Reuters) - Anti-globalization protesters fought pitched battles with Hong Kong police on Saturday outside a convention center where trade ministers from around the world were making a last-ditch effort to rescue a global pact.

By Julien Pretot VAL D'ISERE, France (Reuters) - Lindsey Kildow of the United States won a weather-affected women's World Cup downhill race on Saturday in a time of one minute 21.91 seconds.

By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The main Arab Sunni alliance that contested Iraq's election said on Saturday it had been a success, fuelling U.S. hopes peaceful politics will help pave the way for a troop withdrawal.

By William Schomberg and Dominic Lau HONG KONG (Reuters) - Anti-globalization protesters fought pitched battles with Hong Kong police on Saturday outside a convention center where feuding ministers from around the world were making a last-ditch effort to rescue a trade pact.

By Heba Kandil ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Gulf Arab leaders will call on Iran to shun nuclear weapons to avoid more instability in the energy-rich region already affected by volatility in Iraq, a senior official said on Saturday. The six-nation, pro-U.S.

Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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