General News Archive - January 28, 2006

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Danish drugmaker Novo Nordis

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - New York Stock Exchange Chief Executive John Thain declined to comment on Saturday on speculation he was interested in a merger with the London Stock Exchange. "I'm not discussing that with anyone," Thain told Reuters at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

By Wafa Amr RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Fatah gunmen called new protests in the West Bank on Saturday as tension with their Hamas rivals simmered after a day of street battles erupted in the wake of a crushing election victory by Hamas.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three in four Americans want President George W. Bush to disclose his aides' links with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, a demand the White House has rejected so far, according to a poll published on Saturday.

Iran has little chance of avoiding being hauled before the U.N. Security Council unless it changes its stance on nuclear fuel enrichment, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said on Saturday.

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - The Islamic militant group Hamas was ready to merge armed factions including its military wing to form an army to defend the Palestinian people, a senior Hamas leader said on Saturday. "We are willing to form an army like every country ...

The captors of four Western peace activists in Iraq said they were giving U.S.-led forces a last chance to free Iraqi prisoners or they would kill the hostages, Al Jazeera television said on Saturday.

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Fatah gunmen and Palestinian police, angry at Hamas's election victory, briefly took over parliament buildings in the West Bank and Gaza Strip on Saturday, firing in the air, witnesses said.

By Mohammed Assadi RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Firing into the air, Fatah gunmen stormed Palestinian parliament buildings on Saturday and demanded the party leadership resign following a crushing election defeat by Hamas.

Corrects final paragraph in story dated January 24, to read ... MDA hoped to have up to 16 interceptors in place at Fort Greely, Alaska, by now, but only half of those have been deployed.

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'.