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General News Archive - March 23, 2006

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese prosecutors turned back the sister of detained New York Times researcher Zhao Yan on Thursday when she tried to press for his release after charges of revealing state secrets and fraud were dropped against him.

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Two Australian fighter jets bombed and sank an impounded North Korean cargo ship on Thursday in what Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said was a strong message to Pyongyang about its involvement in drug running.

By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - The United States has informally asked Japan to suspend its plans to develop an Iranian oil field as part of world efforts to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, a Japanese newspaper said on Thursday.

By Sayed Salahuddin KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's judiciary will not bow to outside pressure over the fate of a man who faces the death penalty for converting to Christianity, a judge dealing with the case said on Thursday. U.S. President George W.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Three Western Christian aid workers have been freed in Iraq, the British embassy said on Thursday. They three are Canadians Harmeet Sooden and Jim Loney and Briton Norman Kember.

China said on Thursday, a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin left Beijing, that Beijing and Moscow are in accord on Iran's nuclear standoff with the West.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Three Western Christian aid workers have been freed in Iraq, the British embassy said on Thursday. They three are Canadians Harmeet Sooden and Jim Loney and Briton Norman Kember.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Three Western peace activists were freed from kidnappers on Thursday in an operation mounted by U.S.-led forces in Iraq, a British embassy spokeswoman said. The two Canadians and a Briton from the Christian Peacemaker Teams were snatched in Baghdad in November.

Chinese prosecutors turned back the sister of detained New York Times researcher Zhao Yan on Thursday when she tried to press for his release as a Chinese government spokesman cast doubt over whether he would be freed.

By Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S.-led forces freed three Christian peace activists held hostage in Iraq on Thursday in an operation mounted two weeks after the kidnappers tortured and killed their American colleague.

Word of the Day
cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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