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General News Archive - February 11, 2006

More than one-third of the 2.5 million applications for individual assistance after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita were "potential duplicates," suggesting that FEMA was the victim of extensive fraud, The New York Times reported on Saturday.

By Douglas Busvine MOSCOW (Reuters) - Expensive oil and gas took center stage as finance ministers from the world's wealthiest nations met on Saturday for talks in Russia, whose vast resources are regarded as part of the problem as well as the solution.

JERUSALAEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, incapacitated by a January 4 stroke, underwent emergency surgery on Saturday for digestive complications, Jerusalem's Hadassah hospital said.

By Douglas Busvine MOSCOW (Reuters) - Finance ministers of the world's wealthiest nations complained about high oil prices at talks in Russia on Saturday but said they nonetheless believed economic growth would be good again this year.

By Mariam Karouny BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's ruling Shi'ite alliance is expected to nominate Vice President Adel Abdul Mahdi for prime minister of the first full-term government since the fall of Saddam Hussein, a senior alliance official said on Saturday.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Doctors do not expect Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, incapacitated by a stroke he suffered last month, to survive an emergency operation on Saturday, a hospital source said.

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, incapacitated by a stroke on January 4, was undergoing emergency surgery for digestive complications on Saturday and a hospital source said he was likely to die by the end of the day.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rounded on the West on Saturday, accusing European countries of being Israeli puppets for publishing newspaper cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad.

Iran may reconsider its membership of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) if it feels its enemies are using the accord to put unfair pressure on it, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Saturday.

KUWAIT (Reuters) - A U.S. military-chartered airplane carrying American troops skidded off the runway at Kuwait airport on Saturday but there were no casualties, a U.S. army spokeswoman said. Airport sources said the plane may have skidded due to rain on the runway.

Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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