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General News Archive - March 03, 2006

By John O'Callaghan and Rosemarie Francisco MANILA (Reuters) - President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo ended a week-old state of emergency in the Philippines on Friday, as widely expected, after her security chiefs said the threat from coup plotters had receded.

Palestinian Hamas officials arrived in Russia for first talks with a major foreign power on Friday but poured cold water on hopes of a peace breakthrough by saying they were firm in their refusal to recognize Israel.

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Gunmen have freed an American working for the United Nations who was kidnapped in southern Somalia over a business dispute, the Somali government said. Robert McCarthy, 47, who works for the U.N.'s children's agency (UNICEF), was released on Thursday to the custody of U.N.

By Alastair Macdonald and Mariam Karouny BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi troops and police patrolled the deserted streets of Baghdad on Friday after the government imposed a daytime traffic curfew to avert violence between Sunnis and Shi'ites on the Muslim day of prayer.

U.S. President George W. Bush arrived in one of India's premier technology cities, Hyderabad, on Friday as its large Muslim population shut down markets and businesses in the old quarters in protests over his visit.

JAKARTA (Reuters) - The fate of talks on North Korea's nuclear plans lies in Pyongyang's hands and U.S. steps on illicit financial acts there are against the crime and not the country, the U.S. envoy to the talks said on Friday.

The FBI has joined Pakistani police to hunt down the planners of a suicide car bomb attack that killed four people, including an American diplomat, outside the U.S. consulate in Karachi, officials said on Friday.

By Tabassum Zakaria and Palash Kumar HYDERABAD, India (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush met village women and entrepreneurs in a premier Indian technology city on Friday as its large Muslim population shut down markets in the old quarters in protests over his visit.

VIENNA (Reuters) - Talks between the European Union's top powers and Iran ahead of a U.N. atomic watchdog meeting ended on Friday only with an agreement to meet on Monday, ministers said.

Please read in 1st paragraph ... ended on Friday with no agreement ... instead of ... ended on Friday only with an agreement to meet on Monday Adding clarification in paragraph 2. A corrected story follows: VIENNA (Reuters) - Talks between the European Union's top powers and Iran ahead of a U.N.

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