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General News Archive - February 24, 2006

PHOENIX (Reuters) - A gunman was holding multiple hostages on Thursday at a National Labor Relations Board office in a central Phoenix high-rise building, police said, but a female hostage was able to escape and another was released.

U.S. President George W. Bush, under political pressure to cancel a deal for a state-owned Arab company to operate terminals at six U.S. ports, won a breathing space on Friday when the company announced a delay in implementing the U.S. takeover.

PHOENIX (Reuters) - A gunman who had taken nine hostages surrendered after a seven-hour standoff on Thursday at a National Labor Relations Board office in a central Phoenix high-rise building, police said.

By Michael Byrnes SYDNEY (Reuters) - The U.S. and British governments knew over four years ago that Iraq was demanding extra fees from importers through U.N. oil-for-food funds, an Australian commission of inquiry was told on Friday. Shipping group P & O Nedlloyd Ltd.

The U.N. General Assembly president wants a vote next week on a resolution for a new Human Rights Council but the United States has called for reopening negotiations that some fear might sink the proposal.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington defense contractor Mitchell Wade was expected to plead guilty on Friday for his role in the bribery case of Republican former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, The Washington Post reported.

Russian rescue workers said on Friday they had given up hope of finding anyone else alive under the rubble of a Moscow market roof that collapsed on top of traders, killing 57 people.

Russian and Chinese officials headed to Iran on Friday hoping to persuade it to accept a compromise proposal over its nuclear program that could avert the threat of U.N. sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The U.N. war crimes tribunal has rejected a request by Slobodan Milosevic for provisional release from detention in the Netherlands to travel to Russia for medical treatment, the court said on Friday. Milosevic is suffering from a heart condition and high blood pressure.

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague has rejected a request by Slobodan Milosevic for provisional release from detention in the Netherlands to travel to Russia for medical treatment, the court said on Friday.

Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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