General News Archive - January 17, 2006

TOKYO (Reuters) - A U.S. fighter jet crashed into the sea near the southern Japanese island of Okinawa on Tuesday, a local government official said. The pilot of the F-15 plane ejected and was rescued later, Kyodo news agency reported. The crash occurred at around 10 a.m.

By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent SPARTANBURG, South Carolina (Reuters) - Republican Sen.

In the months following the September 11 attacks, the National Security Agency sent a torrent of names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses to the FBI that swamped the agency but led in virtually every case to dead ends or innocent Americans, The New York Times reported on Monday.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran on Tuesday lifted its ban on CNN after the U.S. news network apologized for misquoting President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as saying Tehran wanted nuclear weapons, a top culture ministry official said.

By Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - Members of the U.N. Security Council are at odds on how to tackle Iran's nuclear program, Germany said on Tuesday, suggesting a consensus on pursuing sanctions against the Islamic Republic may prove elusive.

SAN QUENTIN, California (Reuters) - California executed Clarence Ray Allen, its oldest condemned prisoner, by lethal injection early on Tuesday at San Quentin State Prison after last-ditch court appeals for a stay of execution failed.

By Bob Tourtellotte BEVERLY HILLS, California (Reuters) - A heady mix of political drama and romance -- both gay and straight -- won major Golden Globe Awards on Monday with "Brokeback Mountain" earning the best film drama prize and "Walk the Line" best musical or comedy.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The Iraqi government said on Tuesday nine Iraqi coastguards were taken prisoner by Iran after an incident involving a suspected oil smuggling ship in the Gulf.

Bird flu experts meeting in Beijing said on Tuesday the world urgently needed to amass a war chest to fight bird flu and prepare nations should a pandemic strain emerge.

LAGOS (Reuters) - Nigerian militants who have attacked oil facilities and kidnapped workers in the southern Niger Delta threatened on Tuesday to use more aggressive tactics against oil workers and their families from February 1.

Word of the Day
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.