General News Archive - April 21, 2006

By Gene Cherry RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) - A North Carolina man was executed by lethal injection on Friday by officials using a machine to ensure he did not suffer undue pain, a procedure that raised ethical questions about medical staff monitoring the death.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli troops could reoccupy parts of the Palestinian-ruled Gaza Strip if cross border violence escalates, a senior army general told the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper on Friday.

HELSINKI (Reuters) - European trade chief Peter Mandelson said on Friday the United States was demanding too much and offering too little to achieve a deal on agricultural subsidies in global trade negotiations.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - More than three years after the last "Star Trek" movie crashed at the box office, the venerable sci-fi franchise is being revived by the director of the upcoming "Mission: Impossible" sequel, Daily Variety reported in its Friday edition.

By Paul J. Gough NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - With midterm elections for the House and Senate looming in an uncertain political landscape, a new forecast finds that political ad spending in 2006 might beat the record set in 2004.

By Ransdell Pierson NEW YORK (Reuters) - A threatened strike by New York doormen and apartment workers was averted on Friday, sparing hundreds of thousands of city residents from having to hail their own taxis or take their trash to the curb.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia would approve sanctions on Iran only if it saw hard evidence that Tehran's nuclear program was not peaceful, Itar-Tass news agency quoted a foreign ministry spokesman as saying on Friday.

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodia has turned down a U.S. approach on sending troops to Iraq and Afghanistan, Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Friday. "We will not send our armed forces to Iraq because the issue there is not in the hands of the United Nations," Hun Sen told reporters.

KABUL (Reuters) - Gunmen opened fire on a patrol investigating a weapons cache in Afghanistan on Friday killing a U.S. soldier and wounding an Afghan trooper, the U.S. military said. Thirteen American troops have been killed in an intensified Taliban insurgency this year.

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - A militant leader appointed to a senior security position in the Hamas-led Palestinian government said on Friday he would not abandon the fight against Israel which has long sought to kill him.