General News Archive - March 15, 2006


With tracts of the ocean as little known as Mars, discoveries of a stunning richness of life in the depths are spurring calls for more protection from trawlers, oil drillers and prospectors.


American military uniforms are being made under substandard working conditions in domestic sweatshops that the Pentagon is failing to police, an apparel workers union said on Tuesday.

Negotiations on rebuilding New York City's World Trade Center site ran past a deadline set by the state's governor on Tuesday without a resolution between the developer of Ground Zero and New York officials over who would construct specific buildings at the site.

The creation of a new U.N. human rights body the United States opposes may be adopted, killed or watered down on Wednesday in a tense 191-nation General Assembly session.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Negotiations between the developer of the World Trade Center site and New York officials broke off on Wednesday after the sides missed a deadline to resolve who would construct which buildings at Ground Zero.

By Jerry Norton and Achmad Sukarsono JAKARTA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice praised Indonesian democracy and leadership on Wednesday but urged the world's fourth most populous country to make greater efforts to reform its armed forces.

Palestinians promised a wave of demonstrations and strikes on Wednesday to protest Israel's seizure of the leader of a radical group from a West Bank jail.

By Tatiana Siegel LAS VEGAS (Hollywood Reporter) - Former Vice President Al Gore is drumming up interest in his upcoming environmental documentary by screening it for movie theater owners at their annual convention in Las Vegas.

Saddam Hussein's former intelligence chief Barzan al-Tikriti, once one of the most feared men in Iraq, took the stand on Wednesday to testify in his own defense on charges of crimes against humanity.

MANILA (Reuters) - A Philippine judge ordered four U.S. marines, accused of raping a 22 year-old Filipino woman, to appear in court next week to submit their pleas, marking the start of their trial.

Word of the Day
  • A woman chauffeur.
  • A woman who operates an automobile.
The word 'chaffeuse' comes from French, and is the feminine form of 'chauffeur'.