General News Archive - April 26, 2006

Mourners bearing candles marked the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster on Wednesday, honoring those who died from its effects as leaders pledged to ensure it would never happen again.

By Will Dunham BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld flew in to Baghdad on Wednesday, dispatched by President George W. Bush to show support for Iraq's new prime minister in his efforts to form a unity government. Heavy security measures snarled traffic around the capital.

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's incoming government is likely to offer Maoist rebels a ceasefire, political leaders said on Wednesday and urged the insurgents to end a fresh blockade of the capital.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Twelve suspected Iraqi militants and a woman were killed in a U.S. raid and air strike on a house in a town just south of Baghdad, the military said in a statement on Wednesday. As U.S.

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's military launched new strikes on Tamil Tiger areas in the island's northeast on Wednesday, a day after a deadly suicide bomb attack blamed on rebels shattered an already fragile ceasefire.

TOKYO (Reuters) - An architect at the center of a Japanese scandal over fabricating data on buildings' ability to withstand earthquakes was one of eight people arrested in connection with the case on Wednesday.

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's Maoist rebels have lifted a blockade of the capital and other major centers until Friday, their leader said on Wednesday.

LONDON (Reuters) - Police closed off parts of west London on Wednesday and called in explosives officers after being alerted to several suspect packages. Police advised motorists to avoid the Shepherds Bush and Hammersmith Grove areas of the city.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran has asked the U.N. nuclear watchdog to explain why Tehran should abide by international atomic protocols when it gets so little in return, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made an unscheduled visit to Baghdad on Wednedsay just after Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld arrived in Baghdad in a show of support for Iraq's new leadership.

Word of the Day
  • A pivoted catch designed to fall into a notch on a ratchet wheel so as to allow movement in only one direction (e.g. on a windlass or in a clock mechanism), or alternatively to move the wheel in one direction.
The word 'pawl' probably comes from a Latin word meaning 'stake'.