General News Archive - February 12, 2006

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon remains in critical but stable condition following emergency surgery to remove parts of a damaged intestine, Hadassah hospital said on Sunday.

By Stuart Grudgings NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - New Orleans' Mardi Gras season came to life on Saturday as thousands of revelers lined the streets for a parade that eased the pain of Hurricane Katrina with a dose of satirical humor and debauchery.

Federal agents have interviewed officials at several law enforcement and national security agencies in a criminal investigation into The New York Times' disclosure of a U.S. domestic eavesdropping program, the newspaper reported.

By Alistair Bell GUANAJUATO, Mexico (Reuters) - Left-wing Mexican presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador lashed out at conservative rivals on their home turf on Saturday by saying President Vicente Fox betrayed the hopes of millions.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A congressional report will show the U.S. government from President Bush down disregarded the threat of Hurricane Katrina and failed to take live-saving countermeasures, the Washington Post reported on Sunday.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's ruling Shi'ite bloc voted on Sunday to nominate incumbent Ibrahim al-Jaafari as candidate for prime minister in the first full-term government since the fall of Saddam Hussein, an alliance official said.

By Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Saddam Hussein and his seven co-accused are to start a hunger strike when their trial resumes on Monday, their defense team said on Sunday, citing sources inside the detention center where the eight are being held.

By Pritha Sarkar TURIN (Reuters) - American Michelle Kwan pulled out of the Winter Olympics on Sunday after suffering a groin injury during practice. Kwan, a five-times world champion, sustained a groin strain on Saturday at the Palaghiaccio practice ice rink in Turin, the U.S.

By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari looked set to keep the top job in Iraq's new government on Sunday after the ruling Shi'ite bloc nominated him to take on the same crises he has struggled to tackle.

Saddam Hussein will not go on a hunger strike on Monday, his chief defense lawyer said, retracting an earlier statement that the former Iraqi president was planning to start the protest when his trial resumed.

Word of the Day
  • The practice of two or more parties jointly purchasing all or part of a butchered cow and dividing the meat between them.
The word 'cowpooling' was formed on the model of 'carpooling'.