General News Archive - April 07, 2006

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has recorded details of more than 96 percent of its population on a police database, state media reported on Friday, supplementing Internet and other state-sanctioned surveillance.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge in Michigan refused a motion by General Motors Corp. to dismiss a lawsuit claiming it had failed in its responsibility to properly manage employees' retirement accounts, attorneys for the plaintiffs said on Friday. The suit, filed in the U.S.

GAZA (Reuters) - Hamas on Friday urged the European Commission not to suspend aid to the new government led by the Islamic militant group, saying it would be a form of "collective punishment" on the Palestinian people. "We urge Europe to adopt the language of dialogue without preconditions.

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission will announce on Monday a suspension of aid to the Palestinian government because it has not recognized Israel or renounced violence, a British official said.

By Peter Graff LONDON (Reuters) - British officials called for calm on Friday after confirmation the deadly bird flu virus had reached the country's shores in a dead wild swan in Scotland.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A suicide bomber set off his explosives-laden car outside a U.S. military base in Afghanistan on Friday, wounding three Americans in the second attack on a U.S. base in 24 hours.

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission confirmed on Friday it had temporarily halted aid payments to the Hamas-led Palestinian government pending a decision by European Union foreign ministers next week on future assistance.

By Mark Trevelyan, Security Correspondent BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's parliament gave the green light on Friday for a parliamentary inquiry into whether German spies in Baghdad helped the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 at a time when the government was publicly opposed to the war.

By Y.P. Rajesh and Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Hundreds of Nepali students fought pitched battles with police on Friday, braving tear gas, hurling stones and chanting pro-democracy slogans as a four-day general strike against the king's rule entered its second day.

By Paul Taylor BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission said on Friday it had halted aid payments to the Hamas-led Palestinian government because the new cabinet had not recognized Israel's right to exist or renounced violence.

Word of the Day
  • A person or thing gazed at with wonder or curiosity, especially of a scornful kind.
The 'stock' of 'gazingstock' comes from an Old English word meaning 'tree trunk' or 'wood'.