General News Archive - January 14, 2006

By Mark Lamport-Stokes HONOLULU (Reuters) - Michelle Wie missed the cut by four strokes at the Sony Open on Friday, despite firing a gutsy, two-under-par 68 in the second round.

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Mehmet Ali Agca, the man who shot Pope John Paul II in 1981, must report to police until authorities decide if he is eligible for military service, NTV television reported Istanbul's Governor Muammer Guler as saying.

BERLIN (Reuters) - Former Syrian vice president Abdel-Halim Khaddam, a fierce critic of President Bashar al-Assad, told a German magazine he was forming a government in exile and believed Assad would be forced from power this year.

By Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Confusion rippled around the court trying Saddam Hussein on Saturday after the chief judge made clear he wanted to step down, casting an already turbulent process into further disarray.

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgium said on Saturday it had hospitalized a person who had come down with the flu after returning from the region in Turkey hit by the deadly bird flu.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran will not be deflected from its right to develop nuclear technology by referral to the UN Security Council for possible sanctions, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Saturday.

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahri, was not in a village near the Afghan border that was hit by a U.S. airstrike early on Friday morning, a senior Pakistani government official said on Saturday.

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgium is testing a man, probably a journalist, for deadly bird flu after he felt ill when he returned from the Turkish province worst hit by the disease, the Health Ministry said on Saturday.

ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. airstrike in Pakistan targeted al Qaeda's second-in-command, U.S. sources said, but Ayman al-Zawahri was away at the time, according to a senior Pakistani official on Saturday.

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A man in Belgium has tested negative for bird flu after falling ill upon his return from the Turkish province worst hit by the disease, Belgian Health Minister Rudy Demotte said on Saturday.

Word of the Day
  • A woman chauffeur.
  • A woman who operates an automobile.
The word 'chaffeuse' comes from French, and is the feminine form of 'chauffeur'.