General News Archive - February 14, 2006


President George W. Bush's signature education policy has in some cases benefited white middle-class children over blacks and other minorities in poorer regions, a Harvard University study showed on Tuesday.

DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - An Indonesian court on Tuesday sentenced a second Australian man to die by firing squad for trying to smuggle heroin from the resort island of Bali in a high-profile drugs case.

By Sayed Salahuddin KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai will call on neighboring Pakistan to tackle the Taliban with the same vigor it has shown in dealing with al Qaeda when he visits Pakistan this week, officials said.

An Indonesian court on Tuesday sentenced two young Australian men to die by firing squad for attempting to smuggle heroin from the resort island of Bali, verdicts that could strain ties with Canberra.

The government may waive up to $7 billion in royalty payments from companies pumping oil and natural gas on federal territory in the next five years, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, citing administration officials and budget documents.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Tehran on Tuesday confirmed it had restarted some work on uranium enrichment, a process the West fears could be used to build nuclear weapons.

SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Afghanistan's Taliban guerrillas are gaining strength and will step up attacks against government and foreign troops when spring comes next month, a Taliban commander said on Tuesday. The Taliban claimed responsibility for a blast on Monday that the U.S.

EU finance ministers gathered on Tuesday as Germany revealed that economic growth screeched to a halt in the last three months of last year, raising questions about a long-awaited recovery in Europe.

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea on Tuesday stepped up pressure on North Korea to end suspected counterfeiting and money laundering, saying Pyongyang must turn its pledge of co-operation into action.

By Zeeshan Haider ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani police fired tear gas on Tuesday to disperse hundreds of students who entered Islamabad's diplomatic enclave to protest against the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in European newspapers.

Word of the Day
  • An uxorious, effeminate, or spiritless man.
  • A timorous, cowardly fellow.
Probably a blend of meek and cock, or from meek +‎ -ock (“diminutive suffix”).