General News Archive - March 24, 2006

Abortion rights supporters planned to launch an attack on Friday on a new South Dakota abortion law designed as a direct challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion 33 years ago.

By Adam Entous JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The Bush administration is expected to wait until after a Hamas-led government is in place to make final decisions on the fate of U.S. aid programs, U.S. diplomats said on Thursday.

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese woman was executed on Friday for trafficking 31 children, the Supreme Court said, after another two men were sentenced to death earlier this week for kidnapping and selling baby boys.

Afghanistan faced increasing international pressure to resolve the case of a man who could face the death penalty for converting to Christianity, but many ordinary Afghans said he should be put on trial and punished.

By Oleg Shchedrov MINSK (Reuters) - Belarussian leader Alexander Lukashenko, ignoring his Western critics, on Friday sent in riot police to break up days of opposition street protests against his re-election.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A bomb planted near the entrance to a Sunni mosque in a town northeast of Baghdad exploded as worshippers were leaving midday prayers on Friday, and police said casualties were feared.

AMRITSAR, India (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called on Friday for a "treaty of peace, security and friendship" with Pakistan that would replace decades of hostility with a common quest for progress.

STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - A huge explosion destroyed a French university building in the eastern city of Mulhouse on Friday, injuring several people, the fire brigade said.

By Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi leaders were holding their first formal talks in several days on Friday as Washington kept up pressure on them to form a national unity government that can avert civil war.

By Katie Nguyen NAIROBI (Reuters) - A Kenyan judge postponed the destruction of a record 1.1 tonne cocaine haul for a week from Friday to give Western experts time to verify the cache, which diplomats fear may have been tampered with.

Word of the Day
  • The parings of haberdine; also, any kind of fragments.
The word 'gubbings' is a variant of the word 'gobbon', meaning 'a portion, gobbet.'