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General News Archive - January 13, 2006

By John O'Callaghan MANILA (Reuters) - A Philippine judge issued arrest warrants on Friday for four U.S. Marines charged with raping a Filipino woman, but he said diplomacy should settle a debate over custody of the soldiers now detained at the U.S. embassy. The Philippines, a former U.S.

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Tight security around a five-star hotel in southern China on Friday fed speculation that North Korean leader Kim Jong-il is visiting as diplomatic efforts to restart talks on the North's nuclear program quickened.

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Newly released military documents show U.S. Army investigators closed a probe into allegations an Iraqi detainee had been abused by a shadowy military task force after its members used fake names and asserted that key computer files had been lost.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran said on Friday it would end voluntary cooperation with the United Nations over its nuclear program, including snap checks of atomic sites, if Tehran was referred to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions.

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Cellist Yo Yo Ma will soon become a U.N. peace envoy but actor Brad Pitt is not yet on the list to get the same honor as his Oscar-winning friend Angelina Jolie. U.N.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's criticisms over U.S. treatment of suspected militants may cloud her attempt to restore trust in German-American relations when she meets U.S. President George W. Bush on Friday.

By Parisa Hafezi TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran said on Friday it would end voluntary cooperation with the United Nations over its nuclear program, including snap checks of atomic sites, if Tehran was referred to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton announced on Thursday an initiative with nine drug companies he said would cut the cost of HIV/AIDS testing and treatment in 50 developing countries and help save hundreds of thousands of lives.

By Yereth Rosen ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - Alaska should buy a share of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, the 800-mile energy artery that has been shipping North Slope crude for the past three decades, Gov. Frank Murkowski said on Thursday.

LONDON (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council may consider imposing sanctions on Iran if it fails to comply with demands over its nuclear program, but may look at other measures first, Britain said on Friday. "I am not necessarily saying there will be a U.N. sanctions regime.

Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.