General News Archive - April 20, 2006

ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG has filed its CERA drug to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for marketing approval in the United States as a treatment for renal anemia, the firm said on Thursday.

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon has released its most extensive list of foreign terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo Bay, providing the names and nationalities of 558 detainees who went through a hearing process there. The U.S.

By Ibon Villelabeitia BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's political leaders, under pressure from Washington, were set to meet in parliament on Thursday in hopes of breaking a deadlock over the formation of a unity government seen as the best hope to avert civil war.

By Luke Pachymuthu SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Brent crude oil jumped to a fresh record high above $74 a barrel on Thursday after a steep drop in U.S. gasoline stocks fueled fears of tight summer supplies at a time of growing anxiety over Iran's exports.

RABAT (Reuters) - Large Arab investment funds will funnel about $50 million into projects to ease the hardships of the Palestinians but the money will not go to the cash-strapped Hamas-led government, fund heads said on Wednesday.

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepali police fired rubber bullets and tear gas on Thursday to prevent thousands of people marching into the capital Kathmandu where a strict curfew was in force to block a pro-democracy rally, witnesses said.

By Ibon Villelabeitia BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, whose nomination for a second term has held up forming a new government, said on Thursday his Shiite Alliance should decide whether he should resign to end the deadlock.

By Ibon Villelabeitia BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said on Thursday his Shi'ite Alliance should decide whether he should resign to end the deadlock over the formation of a new government.

DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Corp. on Thursday posted its sixth straight quarterly loss as the automaker struggled to cut high labor and health care costs in the face of a steepening decline in U.S. sales.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia on Thursday rejected a request from the United States for its engineers to halt work on Iran's Bushehr nuclear power station. Russia's state atomic energy agency is contracted to help Iran build the $1 billion reactor. A senior U.S.

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'