General News Archive - April 23, 2006

By Jeffrey Jones NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Ray Nagin will defend his job as New Orleans' mayor against Louisiana Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu in a runoff after residents and evacuees voted on Saturday in the ravaged city's first post-Katrina election.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran will not abandon its work on uranium enrichment, which the United Nations has demanded be halted, even if faced with threats, the Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Sunday.

By Parisa Hafezi TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran said on Sunday it would not abandon its work on uranium enrichment, which the United Nations has demanded it halt, and was prepared to face the consequences.

By Simon Denyer and Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters defied a daytime curfew in the Nepali capital on Sunday, chanting slogans against the king on the 18th consecutive day of protests.

By Terry Friel BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Fresh mortar attacks and the discovery of six bodies in Baghdad on Sunday highlighted the security challenge still facing Iraqi leaders after they broke months of political deadlock to appoint a new prime minister.

By Allyn Fisher-Ilan JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, regarded by Palestinians as one of the most hardline members of Israel's cabinet, appeared likely on Sunday to lose his post to a dovish politician in the next government.

By Robert Birsel KABUL (Reuters) - British troops will see through their mission in Afghanistan to make it and the world at large a safer place, Britain's defense minister said on Sunday.

DUBAI (Reuters) - Al Jazeera television said on Sunday it would soon air an audio tape said to be from al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. It said the Saudi-born militant would speak on the tape about Iraq, Sudan, and the Palestinians.

GAZA (Reuters) - Fatah gunmen stormed into the Palestinian Health Ministry on Sunday, exchanging fire with a Hamas security detail, witnesses said.

DUBAI (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's leader Osama bin Laden said Western efforts to isolate the Palestinian Hamas government and the Darfur crisis in Sudan were examples of the West's "crusader war" against Islam, according to an audiotape aired on Sunday.

Word of the Day
  • A woman chauffeur.
  • A woman who operates an automobile.
The word 'chaffeuse' comes from French, and is the feminine form of 'chauffeur'.