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General News Archive - January 16, 2006

By Caren Bohan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Dick Cheney headed to Egypt and Saudi Arabia on Sunday for meetings with leaders that are expected to focus on counterterrorism, the Palestinian election and energy.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is assigning more than 2,000 Army military police advisers to speed up training of Iraqi police, The New York Times reported on Sunday.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration ha

By Mark Heinrich LONDON (Reuters) - The United States and European Union hope to enlist Russian and Chinese support for robust diplomatic steps against Iran over its contentious nuclear program when the U.N. Security Council powers meet on Monday.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has left south China for Beijing where he will meet top leaders, a newspaper said on Monday, with discussions likely to include the fate of six-party talks on the North's nuclear program.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A U.S. helicopter crashed just north of Baghdad on Monday, witnesses and the military said, in what appeared to be the second shooting down of an American aircraft in three days. The U.S.

By Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi officials were trying to persuade the chief judge in the trial of Saddam Hussein not to resign on Sunday after he announced he would quit in protest at government interference with the court.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Ariel Sharon's Kadima party named interim Prime Minister Ehud Olmert as its acting chairman on Monday to lead it into Israel's March 28 election, a party statement said. The statement said the decision was taken due to Sharon's medical condition.

BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.N. investigators probing the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri began questioning four Syrians in Austria on Monday, diplomatic sources said. They said the four, who include the former chief of Syria's intelligence in Lebanon Lt. Gen.

BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.N. investigators probing the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri began questioning four Syrians in Austria on Monday, diplomatic sources said.

Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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