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General News Archive - March 06, 2006

By Chris Buckley BEIJING (Reuters) - China's economic progress is being threatened by ideological rifts and bureaucratic profiteering, a senior official economist said, as China's parliament began discussing a national development plan.

By Matt Daily HOUSTON (Reuters) - Andrew Fastow, Enron Corp's former financial chief and the architect of its most devious accounting schemes, will the take the stand this week as the star witness at the trial of his former bosses Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling.

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf stepped up a war of words with Afghanistan, deriding accusations the Taliban leader was in Pakistan as nonsense and questioning the Afghan government's leadership.

BAQUBA, Iraq (Reuters) - A car bomb exploded in a busy market in Baquba northeast of Baghdad on Monday, killing six people, including two girls under four, and wounding 20, police said, adding most of the casualties were children.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel extradited an Israeli to the United States on Monday to stand trial on charges he ran an international ring that smuggled 700,000 Ecstasy pills into New York.

The U.N. nuclear watchdog's chief said on Monday he was hopeful a deal over Iran's atomic program could be reached soon, citing a flurry of diplomacy involving Russia and European Union powers.

KARACHI (Reuters) - A Pakistan anti-terrorism court sentenced two members of an al Qaeda-linked Islamic group to death on Monday for an attack on paramilitary troops two years ago.

By Mark Heinrich VIENNA (Reuters) - The U.N. nuclear watchdog's chief said on Monday he was hopeful a deal over Iran's atomic program could be reached soon, citing a flurry of diplomacy involving Russia and European Union powers.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Scant progress has been made implementing a deal brokered last year by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to boost the flow of goods into and out of Gaza after Israel's withdrawal, the World Bank said.

The line of well-dressed young executives stretches down a hallway, past a table of Kinky Friedman talking action figures and straight up to the candidate for Texas governor in the black cowboy hat.

Word of the Day
bretelles
  • In dressmaking, straps running from the belt in front over the shoulders to the belt in the back, with more or less elaboration of trimming and outline. They usually broaden at the shoulder and narrow toward the waist.
The word 'bretelles' comes from a French word meaning 'braces'.