General News Archive - September 12, 2005

By Kieran Murray NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Signs of renewed life spread in New Orleans on Monday even though flood waters from Hurricane Katrina still swamped parts of the city and the hunt for storm dead was far from over. President George W.

By Lindsay Beck BEIJING (Reuters) - A U.S. citizen freed after being held in China for almost 100 days on suspicion of spying said his release was probably due to Chinese President Hu Jintao's upcoming visit to the United States.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee opens its first Supreme Court confirmation hearing in 11 years on Monday with its top Republican and Democrat vowing a close examination of chief justice nominee John Roberts.

By Nidal al-Mughrabi NEVE DEKALIM, Gaza Strip (Reuters) - Jubilant Palestinians planted flags on the rubble of Jewish settlements and set synagogues ablaze on Monday as Israeli troops pulled out of the Gaza Strip after 38 years of occupation.

By Aya Takada TOKYO (Reuters) - The head of a panel considering whether to reopen the Japanese market to U.S. beef said on Monday he would prepare a draft report on U.S. beef safety by the panel's next meeting, a comment that suggests a decision is near.

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - President George W. Bush visited New Orleans on Sunday in his third trip to the hurricane devastated region and met with firefighters, including a group from New York on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

BEIJING (Reuters) - Two Chinese democracy campaigners living in exile in the United States have filed a lawsuit against Chinese President Hu Jintao for persecution and libel ahead of his meeting with U.S. President George W. Bush.

U.S. President George W. Bush, stung by criticism over the government's slow response to Hurricane Katrina, on Monday takes his most extensive tour of waterlogged New Orleans, ruined by the storm two weeks ago.

SEOUL (Reuters) - The United States is ready to seek a negotiated settlement at multilateral talks on dismantling North Korea's nuclear weapons programs, the top U.S. negotiator to the discussions said on Monday.

By Adam Tanner HAMILTON, Montana (Reuters) - Montana's Bitterroot Valley, surrounded by mountains, has long offered a respite from the modern world, an area of small-town values with rivers beloved by fishermen and a thriving log cabin business.

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'