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General News Archive - February 27, 2006

By Jane Barrett TURIN (Reuters) - Before the Winter Olympics, most of Turin griped about the Games -- the traffic chaos while a new subway was built, the dust from building sites, the sense that those millions would be better spent on them than on sport.

By George Nishiyama TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will urge Iran to ease international concerns over its nuclear ambitions in order to avert United Nations sanctions during a three-day visit by Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Six months after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, two-thirds of the $3 billion dollars raised by charities to aid storm victims has already been disbursed, The Washington Post reported on Monday.

By Lindsay Beck BEIJING (Reuters) - China, which executes more people than any other country, is to hold open trials for a large number of death penalty appeals in an effort to better regulate executions, a legal scholar said on Monday.

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian man who became the first to be found guilty under tough new anti-terrorism laws is to appeal against his conviction on charges of receiving funds from an associate of Osama bin Laden, his lawyer said on Monday.

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi forces on Monday killed five suspected militants believed to be linked to an al Qaeda attack on the world's biggest oil processing plant and arrested one other, the Interior Ministry said.

By Andrew Hammond RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi forces on Monday killed five suspected militants believed to be linked to an al Qaeda attack on the world's biggest oil processing plant, the interior ministry said.

AMMAN (Reuters) - Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein has ended his hunger strike for "health reasons," his chief lawyer Khalil Dulaimi said on Monday.

By Adam Entous JERUSALEM (Reuters) - International envoy James Wolfensohn said the Palestinian Authority faces financial collapse within two weeks now that Israel has cut off tax transfers in response to Hamas's election victory.

By Haider Salaheddine and Mussab al-Khairalla BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Authorities lifted an extended curfew in Baghdad on Monday as the Iraqi capital returned to relative normality after a week of sectarian violence that claimed more than 200 lives.

Word of the Day
snash
  • To talk saucily.
  • Insolent, opprobrious language; impertinent abuse.
This word is Scots in origin and probably imitative.