General News Archive - January 18, 2006

New Orleans officials have agreed to notify homeowners before bulldozing their hurricane-wrecked homes, clearing the way for demolitions to begin in a few weeks, according to The New York Times.

If Europeans and the United States succeed in referring Iran's nuclear program to the U.N. Security Council, sanctions or other enforcement actions would be a long way off, if imposed at all.

BEIJING (Reuters) - The United States has pledged about $334 million in aid to boost the global fight against bird flu, the U.S. delegation to a donors' conference in Beijing said on Wednesday. The money is part of a $1.2 billion total the World Bank said it hoped to raise at the conference.

By Linda Sieg and Yukari Iwatani TOKYO (Reuters) - A stampede of sell orders forced the shut-down of the world's second-biggest bourse on Wednesday as investors fled the Tokyo stock market, spooked by fallout from an investigation into Internet company Livedoor Co..

By Linda Sieg and Yukari Iwatani TOKYO (Reuters)

DUBAI (Reuters) - The abductors of U.S. journalist Jill Carroll have threatened to kill her if the United States does not free Iraqi women prisoners within 72 hours, Al Jazeera television said Tuesday.

By Twana Osman SULAIMANIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - Health officials in northern Iraq have sent samples to Jordan for testing for the bird flu virus H5N1 after a 14-year-old girl died in the Kurdish city of Sulaimaniya, officials said on Wednesday.

BERLIN (Reuters) - A draft resolution to be submitted to the U.N. nuclear watchdog asks the agency to report Iran's nuclear programme to the U.N. Security Council, according to the text, dictated to Reuters by an EU diplomat on Wednesday.

By Louis Charbonneau BERLIN (Reuters) - France, Britain and Germany began circulating a draft resolution on Wednesday that asks the U.N. nuclear watchdog to report Iran's nuclear program to the Security Council, opening the door to possible U.N. sanctions.

By Tom Ashby ABUJA (Reuters) - Militants vowed on Wednesday to extend their campaign of sabotage and kidnapping to all oil companies in Nigeria, including Chevron, and said they had already attacked platforms operated by two other companies.

Word of the Day
  • To befool; deceive; balk; jilt.
  • An illusion; a trick; a cheat.
The word 'begunk' may come from a nasalised variant of Scots begeck ("to deceive, disappoint"), equivalent to be- +‎ geck.