General News Archive - May 01, 2006
By Enrique Martel SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Legislators and government officials in Puerto Rico picked up the pace of bargaining in a bid to avoid a partial shutdown of the U.S. commonwealth's central government set for Monday.
By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pro-immigrant backers of a nationwide boycott set for Monday predict millions of immigrants will stay away from work, school and stores and rally in support of an overhaul of America's immigration laws.
By Estelle Shirbon ABUJA (Reuters) - Mediators from the African Union (AU) agreed in the early hours of Monday to give the warring parties from Sudan's Darfur region an extra 48 hours to strike a peace deal after a midnight deadline expired.
By Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel heads to the United States this week for the second time in four months, intent on mapping out a strategy for confronting Iran that will not splinter the West as Iraq did three years ago.
By Achmad Sukarsono JAKARTA (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of workers rallied across Asia on Monday in peaceful May Day demonstrations for better conditions.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Digital music service Napster on Monday said it would launch a free, advertising-supported version of its music platform. Napster said users could listen to any of more than two million tracks free and on-demand up to five times each.
LONDON (Reuters) - Oil climbed more than a dollar on Monday after a refinery fire in Italy added to fears Iran's defiant pursuit of its nuclear program and violence in Nigeria will lead to a global fuel shortage. IPE Brent crude futures stood 66 cents higher at $72.68 by 1111 GMT.
By Andrew Cawthorne BAIDOA, Somalia (Reuters) - Somali leaders expressed concern but could not confirm growing reports that Washington is financing a group of powerful Mogadishu warlords who have styled themselves as an anti-terrorism coalition.
By Estelle Shirbon ABUJA (Reuters) - Chances of a peace agreement for Sudan's Darfur region looked slim on Monday despite a 48-hour extension to negotiations, observers said, citing rebel inflexibility.
By Megan Goldin JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's new government will take office on Thursday after Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert formed a coalition to carry out his plan to redraw Jewish settlement lines in the occupied West Bank.