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General News Archive - March 22, 2006

By Inal Ersan ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Hamas leader-in-exile Khaled Meshaal said on Wednesday the Palestinian militant group will continue to fight Israel and told the United States that its Middle East policy would fuel terrorism. "Israel cannot have stability with occupation. It has to choose.

An Iraq war veteran who lost both legs in the conflict held a slim lead on Wednesday in her bid to run for the U.S. House of Representatives as a Democrat in a district held by Republicans for 32 years.

MADRID (Reuters) - Basque separatist group ETA plans to declare a permanent ceasefire from Friday, a report in the Basque newspaper Gara said on Wednesday. Gara is the group's usual vehicle for statements. The announcement was first made on Basque television.

By Ross Colvin BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Rebels blasted an Iraqi police station with grenade and mortar fire before dawn on Wednesday, killing four policemen in Madaen, south of Baghdad, police said.

MADRID (Reuters) - Basque separatist group ETA on Wednesday declared a permanent ceasefire in its struggle for independence from Spain with effect from Friday, Basque newspaper Gara said on its Web site. Gara is the group's usual vehicle for statements.

By Ross Colvin BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Rebels blasted an Iraqi police station with grenade and mortar fire before dawn on Wednesday, killing four policemen in Madaen, south of Baghdad, police said.

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has no people with physical disabilities because they are killed almost as soon as they are born, a physician who defected from the communist state said on Wednesday.

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The United States still believes the U.N. Security Council can reach agreement in coming days on a statement calling on Iran to suspend uranium enrichment activities, a senior envoy said on Wednesday.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is recalling about 643,000 rocking chairs after reports that poor construction and over-curvature of the their runners caused 45 injuries, U.S. regulators said. Wal-Mart has received 55 incident reports involving the chair.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Bush Administration is considering imposing fuel economy standards on the biggest vans and sport-utility vehicles, which could go into effect in 2011 and put pressure on struggling domestic auto makers, the Wall Street Journal said on Wednesday.

Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.