General News Archive - July 26, 2005

By Lindsay Beck, BEIJING (Reuters) - It has seen endless intrigue and secret meetings where scheming mandarins plotted palace coups.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four Boy Scout leaders died in an electrical accident on the first day of the organization's National Jamboree gathering near Bowling Green, Virginia, the Boy Scouts of America said in a statement on Monday.

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The Egyptian ambassador to Pakistan on Tuesday denied reports that Pakistani nationals were involved in the weekend bomb attacks in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh that killed at least 64 people.

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepali children are being killed, illegally detained, tortured and raped in a brutal civil war in the impoverished nation that has claimed thousands of lives, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.

By Irene Klotz and Deborah Zabarenko CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Space shuttle Discovery cleared a critical countdown hurdle on Tuesday when a suspect sensor performed well during fueling, clearing the way for the first shuttle launch since the 2003 Columbia disaster.

BISHKEK (Reuters) - The United States won assurances from Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday that Washington could keep its military base in the ex-Soviet Central Asian state as long as the situation in Afghanistan required it.

By James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australian officials urged a Chinese diplomat to abandon his claim for political asylum and to say he had been on holidays to explain why he went missing from the Chinese consulate for a week, an inquiry heard on Tuesday.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - U.S. and Afghan forces have killed up to 50 Taliban fighters in attacks in the central province of Uruzgan, the provincial governor said on Tuesday.

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's political parties, reflecting rising anger at dramatic television images of police beating hundreds of protesting Honda workers, slammed the government in parliament and called the police "barbaric." On Monday, policemen were seen hitting hundreds of cowering workers with canes after surrounding them.

By Tom Doggett and Chris Baltimore WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House of Representatives and Senate negotiators finished work on Tuesday on energy legislation that aims to boost traditional oil, natural gas and electricity supplies and would double production of the gasoline additive ethanol.

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.