General News Archive - December 09, 2005

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A pandemic of bird flu could cause a serious recession of the U.S. economy, with immediate costs of between $500 billion and $675 billion, according to two estimates released on Thursday.

By Allan Dowd VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - U.S. and Canadian prosecutors vowed on Thursday to co-operate in pursuing allegations of sexual exploitation by a polygamist group that has settlements in both countries.

By Andrew Stern CHICAGO (Reuters) - A Southwest Airlines plane landing in a snowstorm in Chicago slid off a runway on Thursday and crashed through a fence and onto a busy road, colliding with two cars. A boy in one of them was killed.

By Chawadee Nualkhair BANGKOK (Reuters) - Hawaiian crooner Don Ho is recovering in a Thai hospital after undergoing an experimental stem-cell treatment yet to be approved in the United States.

The U.S. special envoy for human rights in North Korea called the state "a hidden world of hopelessness and terror" on Friday and said Pyongyang's treatment of its citizens was a global concern.

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BEIJING (Reuters) - Thousands of North Korean refugees are working as sex slaves in China under threat of being returned should Chinese authorities catch them, the U.S. ambassador for fighting international slavery said on Friday.

By Sayed Salahuddin KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan welcomed NATO's decision to expand its peacekeeping mission on Friday, saying it would boost security, while the Taliban said more alliance troops would only increase opportunities for guerillas to attack them.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel has temporarily closed the main crossing point between Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank after a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli soldier to death at a checkpoint there, the army said on Friday.

By Panarat Thepgumpanat and Maggie Fox BANGKOK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Bird flu killed a young Thai boy, Asia's 70th victim of the deadly virus, authorities said on Friday, as two reports detailed how a pandemic could cause a serious recession in the United States.

Word of the Day
  • A poem in which the author retracts something said in an earlier poem.
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