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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
bretelles
  • In dressmaking, straps running from the belt in front over the shoulders to the belt in the back, with more or less elaboration of trimming and outline. They usually broaden at the shoulder and narrow toward the waist.
The word 'bretelles' comes from a French word meaning 'braces'.