General News Archive - May 10, 2006

BEIJING (Reuters) - A prominent U.S.-based rights group has said it did not expect China to promote human rights at home despite its new position on the U.N. Human Rights Council.

By Tim Ahmann WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve is set to raise interest rates on Wednesday to the highest level in five years and may use a post-meeting statement to open the door to a pause after 16 straight, well-telegraphed hikes.

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia and Iran are committed to using nuclear power for good purposes, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday.

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A bomb hidden in a motorcycle exploded in a busy market in Thailand's restive Muslim south on Wednesday, killing two Buddhist women and a soldier and wounding 13 shoppers, police said. Both women were teachers and one was three months pregnant, police said.

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Iranians resent "incorrect decisions" by the international community, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday.

By Martinne Geller NEW YORK (Reuters) - A hurricane with only moderate intensity could wreak havoc in New York City because it has been years since the nation's financial center faced severe weather, government forecasters warned on Tuesday.

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Western countries' expressions of concern over nuclear issues are a "big lie," Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday.

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on a visit to fellow Muslim nation Indonesia, said on Wednesday that Western countries' expressions of concern over its nuclear policies were a "big lie." "I'll tell you, they are not concerned with nuclear programmes ...

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia, which has good relations with Iran and its critics, has offered to help mediate the Islamic republic's stand-off with the United States and other countries over its nuclear programme.

BAQUBA, Iraq (Reuters) - Five Iraqi civilians were killed on Wednesday when a booby-trapped car exploded as they tried to recover four corpses found inside the vehicle near the city of Baquba, police said.

Word of the Day
  • Stoppage; cessation (of labor).
  • A standing still or idling (of mills, factories, etc.).
The word chomage comes into English from French.]