General News Archive - April 27, 2006

British Prime Minister Tony Blair faced the challenge on Thursday of restoring his Labour Party's authority as a government after it was engulfed in scandal and crisis just a week ahead of crucial local elections.

America may still think of itself as the land of opportunity, but the chances of living a rags-to-riches life are a lot lower than elsewhere in the world, according to a new study published on Wednesday.

Gunmen killed the sister of Iraqi Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi in Baghdad on Thursday, Interior Ministry sources and two officials in his party said.

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka ceased bombing Tamil Tiger targets and reopened crossing points to rebel territory, the military said on Thursday, but it did not rule out more attacks as the island teetered on the brink of war.

GAZA (Reuters) - An Israeli missile strike killed a Palestinian militant in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, Palestinian security sources said. An Israeli aircraft fired the missile at a vehicle which the security sources said was loaded with rockets.

By Joanne Kenen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Senate panel on Thursday recommended that the heavily criticized Federal Emergency Management Agency be replaced with a new agency that would be better able to respond to disasters like Hurricane Katrina.

GAZA (Reuters) - Two Palestinian militants who survived an Israeli missile strike that tore apart a car in the Gaza Strip on Thursday were killed soon after by another missile as they ran from the scene, Palestinian security sources said.

Three Italian soldiers and one Romanian were killed on Thursday when a roadside bomb ripped through their convoy in southern Iraq, the Italian defense ministry said.

Sri Lanka stopped bombing Tamil Tiger targets and reopened borders with rebel territory on Thursday, but with the island teetering on the brink of war the police said a fragmentation mine blast killed two sailors.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Thursday she and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld found the leaders building Iraq's new government "inspiring" and urged them to create a team for all Iraqis.

Word of the Day
  • A mania for the use of printing-types; a strong propensity to write for publication.
The word 'typomania' comes from Greek roots meaning 'type' and 'madness'.