General News Archive - December 18, 2005

By Caren Bohan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush is expected on Sunday to tout last week's Iraq election as a hopeful sign for the U.S. mission there in a prime-time address aimed at quelling Americans' anxiety about the war.

By Sophie Walker and John Ruwitch HONG KONG (Reuters) - Weary trade ministers inched toward a compromise deal curbing rich nations' farm subsidies on Sunday as anti-globalization protesters marched again in Hong Kong, a day after violent clashes with riot police.

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congo's first national democratic poll in 40 years started slowly on Sunday and tempers flared among people queuing to vote on a constitution aimed at ending decades of dictatorship, war and chaos.

HONG KONG (Reuters) - World Trade Organization (WTO) member countries agreed in a draft declaration on Sunday to end farm export subsidies progressively by 2013, potentially removing one obstacle to a full trade deal next year.

please read in first paragraph "A draft deal put to WTO states" instead of "WTO member countries agreed in a draft declaration" A corrected version follows.

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A draft deal put to World Trade Organization (WTO) states on Sunday calls for a progressive end to agricultural export subsidies by 2013 and goes some way toward meeting demands of its poorest states for favourable treatment.

By David Brunnstrom KABUL (Reuters) - On the eve of the opening of the first Afghan parliament in decades, MPs and ordinary Afghans hope that for all its flaws and despite renewed Taliban threats it will help end the nation's long cycle of violence.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's denial of the Holocaust is a matter for academic discussion and the West should be more tolerant of his views, Iran's foreign ministry spokesman said on Sunday.

By Richard Waddington and William Schomberg HONG KONG (Reuters) - A draft plan to keep World Trade Organization (WTO) free trade talks on track won the grudging accord of a key developing state group on Sunday, but there was no immediate response from Brussels or Washington.

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congo held its first national democratic poll in 40 years on Sunday but pockets of violence marred the vote on a new constitution aimed at ending decades of dictatorship, war and chaos.

Word of the Day
  • To befool; deceive; balk; jilt.
  • An illusion; a trick; a cheat.
The word 'begunk' may come from a nasalised variant of Scots begeck ("to deceive, disappoint"), equivalent to be- +‎ geck.