General News Archive - August 29, 2005
By Chris Michaud NEW YORK (Reuters) - Veteran punk rockers Green Day dominated at the annual MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, scoring seven wins including the evening's top honor of Video of the Year for "Boulevard of Broken Dreams." The group, whose members noted in accepting the big prize that they have been together for 16 years, opened the show with a performance of the song that won them six of their seven awards.
By Jon Herskovitz and Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - Six-party talks on ending North Korea's nuclear weapons programs are unlikely to resume this week in Beijing as planned, the main parties to the forum said. Pyongyang indicated at the weekend it was not ready to rejoin the discussions.
By Erwin Seba and Mark Babineck HOUSTON (Reuters) - U.S. Gulf of Mexico energy companies were contemplating their worst fears on Sunday as Hurricane Katrina, a potentially catastrophic storm, charged through offshore production areas toward southeast Louisiana.
PYONGYANG (Reuters) - North Korea on Monday blamed war games between South Korea and the United States for a delay in six-party talks resuming, but said negotiations on ending the nuclear crisis in the Korean peninsula could resume next month.
By Rick Wilking NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Gusty winds and heavy rain squalls swept across southern Louisiana on Monday as giant Hurricane Katrina bore down on the U.S. Gulf coast and threatened to swamp the city of New Orleans.
By Paul Marriott SYDNEY (Reuters) - Oil prices surged to a record above $70 a barrel before easing on Monday as one of the biggest hurricanes in U.S. history churned through the Gulf of Mexico, forcing major oil producers and refiners to shut down operations. U.S.
By Bill Barclay NEW YORK (Reuters) - Twice former winner Serena Williams will test her fitness against Taiwan's Yung-Jan Chan when the U.S. Open starts at Flushing Meadows on Monday.
KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. forces have killed a senior Taliban commander responsible for a spate of attacks in southern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said on Monday. The man, identified as Payenda Mohammed, was in command of more than 150 Taliban fighters in Uruzgan province.
HONG KONG (Reuters) - The wife of a prominent American banker in Hong Kong killed him with such an obvious lack of planning that the crime could not have been premeditated, her lawyer told Hong Kong's high court on Monday.
By Rick Wilking NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Powerful Hurricane Katrina roared toward the Louisiana coast on Monday with 150 mile per hour (240 kph) winds and a massive storm surge that threatened to swamp the historic city of New Orleans.
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