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General News Archive - January 25, 2006

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate begins debate on Wednesday on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, a 55-year-old conservative likely to soon join the nation's highest court.

Madama Butterfly By Madeleine Shaner LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Someone once said that the term "avant-garde" meant art so advanced you can't understand it, like a chic perfume without a scent.

By Mohammed Assadi RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinians voted in their first parliamentary elections in a decade on Wednesday, a ballot that could bring the militant Islamic Hamas movement into government for the first time.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Character actor Chris Penn, younger brother of Oscar-winner Sean Penn, was found dead on Tuesday at an apartment near the Pacific Ocean in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Monica, police sources said.

South Korea's president swiped on Wednesday at U.S. hardliners rooting for the collapse of the North Korean government, but said Seoul and Washington saw eye to eye on how to end the crisis over Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions.

Iran is "positive" about setting up a joint venture with Russia to enrich uranium on Russian soil, Tehran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Five Iraqi women prisoners whose release has become linked to the case of kidnapped American journalist Jill Carroll will be freed from U.S. custody on Thursday, a Justice Ministry official said on Wednesday. Iraqi officials have been at odds with their U.S.

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Japan looks unlikely to soon lift a ban on U.S. beef reimposed after just one month following the discovery in a shipment from New York of animal parts that experts consider to be most at risk of spreading mad cow disease.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Maryland prosecutors have filed charges against an 8-year-old boy who shot and wounded a 7-year-old girl after threatening to rob her at a suburban day-care center, The Washington Post said on Wednesday.

The U.S. Treasury Department on Wednesday urged Asian countries to take action to stop Pyongyang's suspected illegal activities including counterfeiting U.S. currency.

Word of the Day
cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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