General News Archive - December 22, 2005
China sought to reassure the world on Thursday that its rapid economic growth does not pose a threat just days after announcing its economy is a sixth bigger than previously thought.
By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-led U.S. Congress was close to wrapping up its work for the year on Thursday in the wake of an unexpected string of Democratic successes on matters from energy to spending to security.
NABLUS, West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli troops shot and killed three Palestinians on Thursday during a raid in the West Bank city of Nablus, medics said.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The trial of Saddam Hussein resumed on Thursday and the former Iraqi president was in court. He entered the heavily fortified courtroom in Baghdad carrying a copy of the Koran at just before 11:30 a.m. (3:30 a.m. EST).
By Mussab al-Khairalla BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Saddam Hussein accused the White House on Thursday of lying about his alleged stockpiles of chemicals weapons and also about the claim he made on Wednesday that he was tortured in U.S. custody.
By Mussab al-Khairalla and Gideon Long BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Saddam Hussein accused the White House on Thursday of lying, citing its prewar assertions that Iraq had chemical weapons and its denial of his statement that he had been tortured in American custody.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission threatened software giant Microsoft with daily fines on Thursday for failing to comply with antitrust sanctions a year after a top European Union court rejected its appeal.
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Signs that the H5N1 bird flu virus may be developing resistance to frontline drug Tamiflu in some patients are not necessarily a cause for alarm, a senior World Health Organization official said on Thursday.
By Atef Sa'ad NABLUS, West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli troops killed three militants in a West Bank gunbattle and another Palestinian in shelling to stop Gaza rocket fire on Thursday in escalating violence that could complicate upcoming elections on both sides.
By Katherine Baldwin BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair, on a lightning trip to Iraq, promised his country's troops on Thursday they could go home once local forces were managing their own security.
- A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.