General News Archive - February 15, 2006

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will seek to establish his anti-inflation credentials when he delivers the central bank's semi-annual report to Congress on Wednesday after just two weeks on the job.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A government database of alleged international terrorism suspects or associates includes 325,000 names, four times more than when the central list was created in 2003, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday, citing counterterrorism officials.

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Protesters ransacked outlets of a Norwegian phone firm, a U.S. fast food restaurant and banks in northern Pakistan on Wednesday in fresh violence sparked by cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in European newspapers.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A bomb blast killed at least three children in Baghdad on Wednesday as they walked to school, Interior Ministry sources said.

Young Australians have been making the pilgrimage to the Indonesian resort island of Bali for decades, lured by the cheap cost of living, tropical sun and beaches and exotic Asian culture.

China is being forced on the defensive over its media censorship policies, fending off attacks from United States and even, unexpectedly, its own aging Communist Party officials.

By Nellie Andreeva LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Queer as Folk" star Gale Harold has landed the lead in the high-profile drama pilot "Vanished." Over the course of a season, Fox's "Vanished" will chronicle the disappearance of a senator's wife.

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Two people died, including a young boy, during violent protests in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday against cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad published in European newspapers, a security official said.

Iran has confirmed to Russia that a delegation will come to Moscow for nuclear talks on February 20, an official at the Russian Embassy in Tehran said, the Interfax news agency reported on Wednesday.

Envoys of Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, arrived in China on Wednesday for secretive talks on allowing more autonomy for the Buddhist region, Tibet's government-in-exile said.

Word of the Day
  • A serpent whose bite was fabled to produce intense thirst.
The word 'dipsas' comes from a Greek word meaning 'thirst'.