General News Archive - April 17, 2006

By Sayed Salahuddin KABUL (Reuters) - U.S.-led coalition forces have launched an investigation into the deaths of seven Afghan civilians during an offensive against Taliban and other militants in the east of the country over the weekend, a statement said.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Heavy clashes erupted overnight in the Sunni Arab district of Adhamiya in Baghdad and heavy casualties were feared, residents said on Monday.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Albert Pujols belted three home runs, including a game winning two-run blast, to power the St Louis Cardinals to an 8-7 decision over the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium on Sunday.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Fighting broke out overnight in the Sunni Arab district of Adhamiya in Baghdad after gunmen attacked a police station, police and Interior Ministry sources said on Monday.

TOKYO (Reuters) - Some Federal Reserve officials are not convinced of the need to raise interest rates beyond a widely expected increase at its next policy meeting in May, the Wall Street Journal reported.

By Lindsay Beck BEIJING (Reuters) - China has issued a series of notices in the past week aimed at regulating media content in an attempt to control an increasingly free-wheeling news environment.

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Before he was elected Pope, the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was known by such critical epithets as "God's rottweiler." One year on, not only has he not bitten, he has barely even barked.

KUWAIT (Reuters) - Iran will continue to enrich uranium despite international concerns about its nuclear program, former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Monday.

KUWAIT (Reuters) - Iran will continue to enrich uranium, influential former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Monday, as concerns grow over possible U.S. military action against Tehran's nuclear program.

Saddam Hussein and seven co-accused returned to court on Monday and proceedings focused on attempts to prove the ousted Iraqi president signed documents implicating him in crimes against humanity.

Word of the Day
  • In Roman antiquity, the return of a person who had been banished, or taken prisoner by an enemy, to his old condition and former privileges.
  • In international law, that right by virtue of which persons and things taken by an enemy in war are restored to their former status when coming again under the power of the nation to which they belonged.
The word 'postliminy' comes from a Latin word meaning 'threshold'.