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General News Archive - September 22, 2005

By Michael Perry NOUMEA, New Caledonia (Reuters) - The bird flu alert in Jakarta, where four people have died and 10 people are under hospital observation, does not mean the avian flu outbreak has worsened, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - To cries of "God is Great" Iran showed off its military might on Thursday and warned potential aggressors that the Islamic state would vigorously repel any attack.

By Dan Eaton and Achmad Sukarsono JAKARTA (Reuters) - The growing number of people with bird flu-like symptoms in Indonesia does not mean the outbreak is becoming worse, and there is no sign the virus can be passed easily among people, top U.N. health experts said on Thursday.

VIENNA (Reuters) - The EU's three biggest powers have backed down from a demand that the U.N. nuclear watchdog report Iran to the U.N. Security Council this week due to fierce opposition from Russia and China, diplomats said on Thursday.

By Louis Charbonneau VIENNA (Reuters) - The European Union's three main powers have dropped a demand that the U.N. nuclear watchdog report Iran to the Security Council over its atomic plans due to opposition from Russia and China, diplomats said on Thursday.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Homosexuals, even those who are celibate, will be barred from becoming Roman Catholic priests under stricter rules soon to be released, the New York Times reported on Thursday.

By Dan Eaton and Achmad Sukarsono JAKARTA (Reuters) - The growing number of people with bird flu-like symptoms in Indonesia does not mean the outbreak is becoming worse, and there is no sign the virus can be passed easily among people, top U.N. health experts said on Thursday.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The Iraqi city of Basra said on Thursday it would not cooperate with Britain until it received an apology and compensation after a British raid to free two soldiers.

By Louis Charbonneau VIENNA (Reuters) - The European Union's three main powers dropped a demand on Thursday that the U.N. nuclear watchdog immediately report Iran to the Security Council over its atomic plans, following opposition from Russia and China.

By Mark Babineck GALVESTON, Texas (Reuters) - More than 1 million people along the Texas coast fled the approach of Hurricane Rita on Thursday as it developed into one of the most intense storms on record and threatened catastrophic damage.

Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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