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General News Archive - March 17, 2006

The U.S. Senate on Thursday narrowly passed a $2.8 trillion election-year budget that would continue a string of huge deficits while rejecting some of President George W. Bush's domestic spending priorities.

U.S. forces staged airborne raids on Sunni insurgents on Thursday as a first session of the new Iraqi parliament was reduced to an empty gesture by deadlock on forming a unity government seen as vital to avert civil war.

California pharmaceutical firm VaxGen Inc. has further delayed shipment to the U.S government a new version of its anthrax vaccine, an element of the U.S. bio-warfare defense program, the Washington Post reported on Friday.

The United States urged Japan and China on Friday to improve strained ties, but insisted that weekend security talks with Australia and Japan will not focus on Washington's wariness of China's rise as an Asia-Pacific power.

U.S. forces attacked suspected guerrilla targets near the northern Iraqi town of Samarra overnight in an operation to weaken a raging insurgency, witnesses said on Friday.

Chinese prosecutors and judges have agreed to drop the case against New York Times researcher Zhao Yan that was threatening to overshadow Chinese President Hu Jintao's upcoming visit to the United States.

Hamas will finalize its cabinet on Saturday and hopes to soon submit the names to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, a spokesman for the Islamic militant group said on Friday.

By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S.-led forces on Friday pressed on with a major offensive against suspected guerrilla targets near the northern Iraqi town of Samarra in their latest bid to weaken a raging insurgency, witnesses said.

By Steve Keating ANAHEIM (Reuters) - Roger Clemens was seeking a storybook ending to his Hall of Fame career when he took to the mound against Mexico at the World Baseball Classic on Thursday, in what he hinted was his final competitive appearance. However, after the U.S.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction has decided not to join a government being formed by Hamas, Fatah officials said on Friday.

Word of the Day
swell-mobsman
  • A member of the swell-mob; a genteelly clad pickpocket. Sometimes mobsman.
Use of the word 'swell-mobsman' dates at least to the early 1800s.