General News Archive - December 07, 2005

Osama bin Laden has vowed never to be taken alive and once gave his bodyguard a pistol with two bullets to shoot him if it appeared that he might be caught, according to a new book of interviews with people who know the al Qaeda leader.

By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Republican favorite John Campbell won the race for a congressional seat in one of California's most conservative districts on Tuesday, capping a special election watched nationwide for its bitter debate over illegal immigration.

By Gideon Long LONDON (Reuters) - Rukhsana Naz was 19 when her mother pinned her to the floor of their family house and her brother strangled her with a length of plastic cable. Sahjda Bibi, 21, was preparing to celebrate her wedding when her cousin stabbed her 22 times with a kitchen knife.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush will detail progress in Iraqi reconstruction on Wednesday as he tries to counter deep mistrust of his Iraq policy before elections in the war-ravaged country next week.

New Orleans-born musicians Branford Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr. are backing a new housing program to lure blues and jazz artists who fled the city in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

By Jim Christie SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A slowing of the hot U.S. housing market will cause "inevitable" weakness in the national economy, but a recession does not appear likely, a report by the UCLA Anderson Forecast predicted on Wednesday.

LONDON (Reuters) - The United States and Caribbean, which are still trying to rebuild from this year's devastating storms, should brace themselves for another busy hurricane season in 2006, a leading windstorm forecaster has warned.

By Saul Hudson KIEV (Reuters) - The United States is concerned about a proposed Russian law restricting foreign funding of pro-democracy bodies and charities, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Wednesday.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. mortgage applications rose for the first time in a month, mostly driven by a robust rebound in home refinancing volume even as interest rates rose, an industry trade group figures showed on Wednesday.

TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) - Mexico has closed a boot camp for troubled U.S. teenagers south of this city on the California border and deported 13 youngsters whom workers are suspected of abusing, health authorities said on Tuesday.

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.