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General News Archive - January 31, 2006

The number of foreign soldiers in Iraq will fall below 100,000 by the end of the year, Iraq's national security adviser told The New York Times in a report posted Monday on the paper's Web site.

Federal Reserve officials, meeting one last time under Alan Greenspan's guiding hand, are expected on Tuesday to raise U.S. interest rates for a 14th straight time, while signaling uncertainty about the future.

By Sue Pleming LONDON (Reuters) - The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council agreed on Tuesday that the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog should report to the Council this week on what Iran must do to cooperate with the agency.

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists have found blood stem cells hiding out in the edges of bone marrow, and said on Monday their finding could help ease lifesaving stem cell transplants for diseases such as cancer.

KABUL (Reuters) - A U.S. military court found a second soldier guilty of mistreating detainees in Afghanistan in July and sentenced him to six months in detention, the U.S. military said. Sergeant Kevin D.

Al Jazeera television aired a video tape from an Iraqi militant group Monday showing U.S. hostage Jill Carroll and said she appealed for fellow Americans to press for the release of Iraqi women held by U.S.-led forces.

Despite his push for democracy in the Middle East, President George W. Bush is not expected to involve the United States in pressing more vigorously for political change in Iran, according to Republicans who have been urging a stronger approach.

LONDON (Reuters) - A maritime rescue was under way in the Channel between France and Britain on Tuesday after a chemical tanker collided with a bulk carrier ship overnight, Britain's Maritime and Coastguard Agency said in a statement.

By Ross Colvin BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The United States will not give in to the demands of the kidnappers of reporter Jill Carroll, a U.S. military spokesman said on Tuesday, after a new video was aired in which she called for Iraqi women prisoners to be freed.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran will not bow to Western demands that it halt atomic research and development, the deputy head of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Javad Vaeedi said on Tuesday.

Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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