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General News Archive - December 21, 2005

A program U.S. President George W. Bush ordered allowing warrantless spying on Americans with suspected terrorist ties unintentionally captured a small number of purely domestic communications, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.

By Leonard Anderson and Michael Erman SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Embattled power producer Calpine Corp. filed for bankruptcy late on Tuesday, weighed down by $17 billion in debt and court battles with creditors over how to use its cash.

(Corrects kind of tape, drops name of broadcaster) By Lesley Wroughton ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden may no longer be able to run the militant network and has not been heard from for nearly a year, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Wednesday.

Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden may no longer be able to run the militant network and has not been heard from for nearly a year, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Wednesday.

By Mark Heinrich VIENNA (Reuters) - European powers revive dialogue with Iran on Wednesday over suspicions it is secretly trying to make nuclear bombs, but weeks of tension have diminished hopes they will make headway in defusing the crisis.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The trial of Saddam Hussein on charges of crimes against humanity resumed on Wednesday and the former Iraqi president, who boycotted the previous session after telling judges to "go to hell," appeared in the dock.

By Mark Heinrich VIENNA (Reuters) - European powers revive dialogue with Iran on Wednesday over suspicions it is secretly trying to make nuclear bombs, but weeks of tension have diminished hopes they will make headway in defusing the crisis.

By Julie Vorman WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Both sides in a Senate debate over opening an Alaskan wildlife refuge to oil drilling expected a close vote on Wednesday over the latest attempt by Senate Republicans to pass the measure, this time by adding it to a big military-spending bill.

By Joanne Kenen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Dick Cheney will be on hand on Wednesday in case his vote is needed to break a tie on legislation to cut spending in what is expected to be a close budget vote.

By Mark Heinrich VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran reiterated its intention to develop a fully-fledged nuclear program on Wednesday as Europe's top three powers revived a dialogue with Tehran over suspicions it is secretly trying to make nuclear bombs.

Word of the Day
holluschickie
  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'
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