General News Archive - May 27, 2006

By MELISSA EDDY BERLIN - A knife-wielding man went on a rampage and attacked pedestrians as they left a Berlin celebration early Saturday, wounding 25 people, four seriously, police said.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Bush is leaning toward having his old friend Donald Evans take over the Treasury Department after an effort to woo a Wall Street star failed, The New York Times reported on Saturday.

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (Reuters) - An earthquake that shook the area around the ancient royal city of Yogyakarta early on Saturday has killed at least 244 people and injured many more, according to hospital staff.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and FBI director Robert S. Mueller III said this week that they were prepared to quit if the White House directed them to relinquish evidence seized in a disputed search of a House member's office, The New York Times reported on Saturday.

By Crack Palinggi YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (Reuters) - At least 266 people were killed and thousands injured when an earthquake shook Indonesia's ancient royal city and tourist center Yogyakarta and the surrounding area early on Saturday, hospital staff said.

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A 10-year-old Indonesian girl who died on Tuesday in the city of Bandung was killed by the H5N1 bird flu virus, a senior health official said on Saturday, citing results from a WHO-accredited laboratory in Hong Kong.

KABUL (Reuters) - U.S.-led troops in Afghanistan killed five Taliban insurgents, including some key leaders, in an attack on a training facility, the U.S. military said on Saturday.

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has set a preliminary trial date for a New York Times researcher accused of leaking state secrets, who has been held since September 2004 without appearing before a judge, his lawyer said on Saturday.

GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinian factions delayed talks on Saturday on a plan calling for a Palestinian state alongside Israel, as Hamas rejected a 10-day deadline set by President Mahmoud Abbas.

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Hamas on Saturday rejected a deadline set by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to accept a plan that indirectly calls for recognition of Israel, which he has threatened to put to a referendum.

Word of the Day
  • A dirge; a lamentation for the dead. The custom of singing dirges at funerals was formerly prevalent in Scotland and Ireland, especially in the Highlands of Scotland.
The word 'coranach' comes from the Scottish Gaelic corranach and Irish corānach.