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General News Archive - January 20, 2006

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Tackling a subject many people in New Orleans might consider a bad joke, experts laid out plans on Thursday to boost the effectiveness of government, much of which collapsed in the chaos of Hurricane Katrina.

By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's defense minister accused Iran and Syria of being directly responsible for Thursday's suicide bombing in Tel Aviv which wounded 30 people, newspaper reports said on Friday.

By Bob Tourtellotte PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) - The Sundance Film Festival opened on Thursday with founder Robert Redford looking back on 25 years of independent film and recalling a time when he stood on street corners and begged people to come see the movies.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Arabic television stations broadcast an appeal on Friday from the father of American journalist Jill Carroll as a deadline set by kidnappers who have threatened to kill her approached.

By Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - One of Iraq's most influential Sunni Arab leaders called on Friday for American journalist Jill Carroll to be freed, and her father made an appeal on Arabic television stations as her kidnappers' deadline expires.

By Parinoosh Arami TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran is moving its foreign assets to an undisclosed destination, apparently to shield them from any U.N. sanctions over its nuclear program, the central bank governor was quoted as saying on Friday.

LAGOS (Reuters) - Nigerian militants who have waged a month-long campaign of sabotage and kidnapping against the oil industry said on Friday they would resume their attacks on the world's eighth largest oil exporter very shortly.

Japan has found risk material that could cause mad cow disease in beef imported from the United States, just a month after a ban on imports of the meat was lifted, a farm ministry official said on Friday.

By Parinoosh Arami TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran is moving its foreign assets to an undisclosed destination, apparently to shield them from any U.N. sanctions over its nuclear program, the central bank governor was quoted as saying on Friday.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will soon be taken off respirators although there are no signs of emergence from his more than two-week-old coma, a senior aide said on Friday.