General News Archive - July 29, 2005

By Erwin Seba HOUSTON (Reuters) - A fire at BP Plc.'s giant Texas City refinery, the country's third-largest, was put under control on Thursday night, forcing down a secondary unit but unlikely to disrupt production elsewhere at the plant, the company said.

By Jon Herskovitz VIENTIANE (Reuters) - It has been all smiles and handshakes in the Lao capital this week for the foreign minister of North Korea, a country branded by the Bush administration as part of an "axis of evil." Paek Nam-sun may represent one of the most reclusive countries in the world, but he has been a busy man at the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting, holding a string of one-on-one discussions with his counterparts.

By Paul Majendie LONDON (Reuters) - London's police chief said detectives took "an incredible risk" using a stun gun to arrest a suspected suicide bomber wanted for trying to attack the British capital's transport system.

By Erwin Seba HOUSTON (Reuters) - A fire on Thursday at BP Plc.'s Texas City refinery, the country's third largest, forced it to shut 3 desulphurisation units but did not disrupt production elsewhere, BP said.

By Jodie Ginsberg DUBLIN (Reuters) - Britain began demolishing one of its Northern Ireland army watchtowers -- symbols of its military presence -- on Friday after a pledge by republican guerrillas to end their armed campaign revived peace efforts in the province.

By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Astronauts on shuttle Discovery were set to make another inspection of Discovery's wings and belly on Friday for possible damage from flying debris that struck the spacecraft shortly after launch.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's foreign ministry summoned the U.S. embassy's deputy chief of mission on Friday to protest the broadcast by a U.S. television channel of an interview with Chechen rebel leader Shamil Basayev.

By JoAnne Allen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a rare break with President Bush, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist will throw his support behind a bill to expand research on stem cells derived from human embryos, The New York Times reported on Friday.

By Richard Waddington GENEVA (Reuters) - Sudan must end the "climate of impunity" fueling sexual violence in its turbulent Darfur region and bring those accused of rape to trial, the United Nations said on Friday.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The Iraqi Special Tribunal trying Saddam Hussein on Friday released photographs of the toppled leader being questioned on the suppression of Kurdish and Shi'ite uprisings in 1991. The photographs were taken during a hearing in Baghdad on Thursday, the tribunal said.

Word of the Day
  • A volcanic mudflow.
The word 'lahar' comes from Javanese.