General News Archive - February 16, 2006
Repairing flood damage to 95,000 single-family homes in New Orleans is expected to cost $8 billion to $10 billion, but flood insurance will cover only half these costs, according to a study released on Wednesday by the Mortgage Bankers Association.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il was showered with praise at home for his 64th birthday on Thursday but for the outside world the day underscored lingering questions about succession and an unresolved nuclear crisis.
Japan said on Thursday it had yet to decide when to withdraw its non-combat ground troops from Iraq despite a report that it was discussing with Washington and London its plans to start pulling them out next month.
Please read in new headline .... Calif. court sides with Jackson's ex-wife in custody battle ....instead of ... California court upholds Jackson's custody of kids. Please read in first paragraph ...
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An appeals court on Wednesday refused to reinstate an order granting Michael Jackson sole custody of his two children with ex-wife Debbie Rowe.
By John Ruwitch HONG KONG (Reuters) - A Macau bank that the United States accused of helping North Korea launder money has ended all business with the isolated state and asked Washington to drop a proposed rule that would limit its business, its lawyers said on Thursday.
KABUL (Reuters) - Taliban rebels raided a remote security post, killing one policeman and wounding four, in the latest incident in a wave of violence that has raised alarm as thousands of peacekeepers prepare to deploy to the country.
PARIS (Reuters) - French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said on Thursday Iran was pursuing a clandestine military nuclear program. "No civilian nuclear program can explain the Iranian nuclear program.
French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said on Thursday Iran was pursuing a clandestine military nuclear program.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Six Iraqi civilians were killed and 13 wounded when a car bomb ripped through a crowded Baghdad market on Thursday, police said. The blast in the Shi'ite district of Shula occurred at about 11 a.m., police said.
- A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.