General News Archive - May 25, 2006

By Lindsay Beck BEIJING (Reuters) - The U.S. envoy to negotiations on dismantling North Korea's nuclear program held talks with his Chinese counterpart on Thursday, but said there could be no progress until Pyongyang agrees to come back to the table. U.S.

By Wafa Amr RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Rival Palestinian movements began a two-day 'national dialogue' on Thursday, an urgent attempt to bridge differences that have pushed the Hamas-led government and its opponents into open conflict.

By Jill Serjeant LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Gray-haired soul singer Taylor Hicks won the 2006 "American Idol" contest on Wednesday, capturing the hearts and votes of millions of viewers in the fifth edition of America's top-rated TV show.

By Wafa Amr RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Rival Palestinian factions began a two-day 'national dialogue' on Thursday with a pledge to set aside the acute differences that have pushed the Hamas-led government and its opponents into open conflict.

By Andrei Makhovsky MINSK (Reuters) - Ex-Soviet Belarus, its leaders subject to a visa ban in the West, is to bar flights over its territory by U.S. and Canadian aircraft, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

By Fredrik Dahl BAGHDAD (Reuters) - President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair were due to discuss Iraq in Washington on Thursday, a day after its new prime minister said Iraqi forces could take over security by the end of 2007.

By Wafa Amr RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - President Mahmoud Abbas laid down a challenge to Hamas on Thursday, calling on the militant Islamic group and other factions to back a Palestinian proposal that seeks a negotiated settlement with Israel.

Yahoo Inc. and Web auctioneer eBay on Thursday announced a partnership designed to boost their position against Microsoft Corp. and Web search leader Google Inc., underscoring recent speculation the two companies could eventually merge.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A power outage shut down train service between New York and Washington during rush hour on Thursday, affecting some of the most heavily traveled lines in the U.S. rail system, officials said.

By Matthew Tostevin JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Forget the talk in Washington about giving peacemaking a chance. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's trip to the White House was in reality an important step toward imposing a border unilaterally on the Palestinians. The shift in U.S.

Word of the Day
  • A pivoted catch designed to fall into a notch on a ratchet wheel so as to allow movement in only one direction (e.g. on a windlass or in a clock mechanism), or alternatively to move the wheel in one direction.
The word 'pawl' probably comes from a Latin word meaning 'stake'.