General News Archive - September 09, 2005
By Paul Simao and Michael Christie NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - With President George W. Bush promising to speed help to anxious and frustrated survivors, the official death count from Hurricane Katrina exceeded 300 on Friday in the two hardest-hit regions.
By Jason Webb NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - One of the last inhabitants of a flood-hit New Orleans neighborhood dismissed calls to evacuate the ruined city as unnecessary and said Hurricane Katrina was a minor irritation compared to disasters in her homeland Belize.
The U.S. "war on terror" is saving fewer lives than just spending the money on disease prevention and research, and has probably caused deaths by taking money away from basic services, an expert said on Thursday.
By Andrew Wallenstein LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The stars lined up for Friday's live multinetwork primetime telethon will not be censored if they make any politically tinged comments, program organizers said Thursday.
By Mark John BRUSSELS (Reuters) - When the United States shunned NATO for its 2001 invasion to oust Afghanistan's Taliban rulers, it looked like another nail in the coffin of an alliance whose purpose in life had crumbled along with the Berlin Wall.
MIAMI (Reuters) - Ophelia has weakened into a tropical storm as it spins aimlessly off Florida's Atlantic Coast, the National Hurricane Center said in its 5 a.m. (0900 GMT) advisory on Friday.
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran will not be intimidated by international threats to abandon its nuclear program, which the West fears is a front for covert bomb-making, said former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on Friday.
By Kerstin Gehmlich PARIS, Sept 9 - French President Jacques Chirac left hospital on Friday, saying he was well, but doctors have advised him not to travel by air for the next six weeks after treatment for a blood vessel problem that affected his vision.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - None of the major weather models project Tropical Storm Ophelia will enter the Gulf of Mexico and threaten the U.S. oil and natural gas rigs over the next several days.
By Matt Spetalnick JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The Israeli army blew up military buildings and packed up the last of its equipment on Friday in final preparations for a pullout from the Gaza Strip early next week after 38 years of occupation.