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General News Archive - January 11, 2006

By Bob Tourtellotte LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Epic space adventure "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith" won best overall film and best drama honors on Tuesday at the People's Choice Awards, a widely watched measure of movie, television and star appeal.

North Korea's Kim Jong-il passed through China on Tuesday on the way to Russia, a source with knowledge of the stopover said, but where precisely the secretive leader was headed on Wednesday remained far from clear.

By Jesse Hiestand LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A Belgian prosecutor with the International Criminal Court is expected to be named on Wednesday as head of the U.N. investigation into the death of a former Lebanese prime minister, U.N. officials said.

By Matt Spetalnick JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Ariel Sharon's party and his likely successor Ehud Olmert received a boost on Wednesday from polls showing they would easily win Israel's March election even without the incapacitated prime minister at the helm.

LONDON (Reuters) - The U.S. economy will grow by about 3.5 percent this year as its recovery continues and expands, U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow said on Wednesday.

Turkey stepped up efforts on Wednesday to halt an outbreak of deadly bird flu that has spread to a third of the country's provinces, killed at least two children and infected more than a dozen people.

By Philip Blenkinsop BERLIN (Reuters) - A German man who killed and ate a willing victim faces the prospect of a stiffer sentence at a retrial starting on Thursday for a crime that continues to horrify and enthral.

By Karolos Grohmann ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece denied on Wednesday that it illegally kidnapped and questioned 28 Pakistanis following the London suicide bombings last July, saying any arrests and interrogations made at the time were legal.

Iran's influential former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Tuesday the Islamic republic is not afraid of sanctions because of its nuclear fuel programme, which the West suspects is aimed at developing bombs.

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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