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General News Archive - May 18, 2006

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The number of people traveling this Memorial Day weekend will rise by the smallest amount in four years as a 34 percent rise in gasoline pump prices takes a toll on pocket books, AAA said on Thursday.

By Carol Giacomo, Diplomatic Correspondent WASHIN

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a fiscal 2007 budget that would continue a string of large deficits and trigger an increase in government borrowing authority.

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday narrowly passed a fiscal 2007 wartime budget that would continue a string of large deficits and trigger an increase in government borrowing authority.

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush's nominee for CIA director faces a grilling on Thursday over the administration's domestic spying program that has raised concern among critics that the war on terrorism is encroaching on civil liberties. Gen.

KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide car bomber attacked a convoy of foreign troops in the western Afghan city of Herat on Thursday, killing himself and one foreign soldier, police said.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Nine people died in a shooting and a bombing in Baghdad on Thursday, police said. Gunmen opened fire on a minibus taking labourers to work in southwestern Baghdad, killing five people and wounding one.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Thirteen people died in a shooting and a bombing in Baghdad on Thursday, including four Iraqi policemen, police said. Gunmen opened fire on a minibus taking labourers to work in southwestern Baghdad, killing six.

KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide car bomber attacked a convoy in the western Afghan city of Herat on Thursday, killing himself and a U.S. citizen, police said. The U.S. embassy in Kabul said the dead American was a civilian State Department contractor, training Afghan police. "We can confirm a U.S.

ANKARA (Reuters) - Police have detained two people in connection with the killing of a top Turkish judge in an attack that raised tensions between the secularist establishment and the government, broadcaster NTV said on Thursday. Police were not immediately available for comment.