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
  • Stoppage; cessation (of labor).
  • A standing still or idling (of mills, factories, etc.).
The word chomage comes into English from French.]