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General News Archive - May 04, 2006

By Alice Hung TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's independence-leaning president turned down Washington's offer of a refuelling stop in far-flung Alaska on Thursday, a day after the island's closest ally scotched his plans for an overnight stay in New York.

SAN AGUSTIN, El Salvador (Reuters) - Friends and relatives of Cruz Hernandez's gathered on Wednesday to celebrate her 128th birthday, a milestone that might make her the world's oldest person.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in an interview published on Thursday that he intended to ask Palestinians to vote by referendum on any peace deal with Israel, sidestepping the Hamas-led government.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A roadside bomb exploded near a courthouse in Baghdad on Thursday, wounding at least 25 people, police said. Interior Ministry sources said the bomb targeted civilians.

By Ek Madra PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodia approved on Thursday the domestic and international judges who will try Pol Pot's top surviving henchmen for the 1970s Khmer Rouge genocide, in which an estimated 1.7 million people died.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A bomb that exploded near a Baghdad courthouse on Thursday killed at least nine people, police said. Police said the blast also wounded 46 people.

Vice President Dick Cheney, in some of the Bush administration's harshest criticism of Moscow, said opponents of reform were trying to turn the clock back and urged the country to stop using energy supplies for blackmail.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A roadside bomb exploded near a courthouse in Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least nine people. Police said the blast also wounded 46 people. Interior Ministry sources said the bomb targeted civilians.

By Matt Spetalnick VILNIUS (Reuters) - Vice Presi

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's new government was set to be sworn in on Thursday with a plan to decide the Jewish state's permanent borders with or without Palestinian agreement.

Word of the Day
zill
  • One of a pair of round metal cymbals attached to the fingers and struck together for rhythm and percussion in belly dancing.
The word 'zill' comes from a Turkish word meaning "cymbals".
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