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General News Archive - January 26, 2006

A man armed with a gun seized four women hostage at a branch of the Bank of America in a rural central Californian town after robbing it of about $100,000, one of the hostages told Reuters by telephone.

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Afghanistan has not seen the extremes violence that Iraq has had to endure but parts of the south and east are still plagued by bloodshed, more than four years after U.S. forces invaded to drive the Taliban from power.

U.S. President George W. Bush said General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. should develop more appealing products rather than look to Washington for help with their heavy pension burdens, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush said General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. should develop more appealing products rather than look to Washington for help with their heavy pension burdens, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

By Alistair Bell MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico denied on Wednesday that its troops were involved in a border incident in Texas where police chased drug smugglers, apparently dressed in Mexican army uniforms, who became stranded in the waters of the Rio Grande.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration is working on a civilian nuclear energy plan that would reprocess spent nuclear fuel from other countries in a break from long-standing U.S. policy, The Washington Post reported on Thursday.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. military in Iraq said five women would be among 420 detainees to be released on Thursday and Friday. The release of all Iraqi women detainees was a condition for the release of U.S.

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California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's approval ratings are up modestly after tumbling last year, helped by state residents' support for his budget plan and his proposal for $222 billion in public works spending, a report released on Thursday said.

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Hamas has apparently won the Palestinian parliamentary election, a senior official of President Mahmoud Abbas's long-dominant Fatah faction said on Thursday.

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Hamas claimed victory on Thursday in the Palestinian parliamentary election, an upset win over President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction that could reshape Middle East politics and jeopardise peacemaking with Israel.