General News Archive - May 09, 2006

By Labib Nasir GAZA (Reuters) - Nine people were wounded in a second day of fighting between gunmen from President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah and Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh's Hamas on Tuesday, the most serious Palestinian internal strife since Hamas won power.

By Michael Perry SYDNEY (Reuters) - Two Australian miners trapped in a small cage deep underground for 14 days walked out of the mine on Tuesday, triumphantly thrusting their arms into the air after rescuers freed them shortly before dawn.

By Irwin Arieff UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Irania

By Nopporn Wong-Anan BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's top courts will supervise new elections to ensure they are free and fair after the April 2 poll boycotted by the main opposition parties was declared unlawful, a Supreme Court spokesman said on Tuesday.

By Irwin Arieff UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Rights champions hope for a new beginning at the United Nations on Tuesday when the world body elects 47 nations to its new Human Rights Council, even if some of the worst abusers end up winning seats.

DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - The trials of four Islamic militants linked to last year's suicide bombings in Bali -- which blasted through three restaurants and killed 20 people -- started on the resort island on Tuesday.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Nuri al-Maliki said on Tuesday he expected to be able to form a government within the next couple of days. "Maybe today or tomorrow, we will complete the formation of the government," the Shi'ite Islamist told a news conference.

By Carol Giacomo and Sue Pleming UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Foreign ministers of major powers failed to come up with a joint strategy for dealing with Iran after Tehran sought to influence the negotiations with a stunning last-minute diplomatic maneuver, officials said.

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's President Chen Shui-bian has decided to avoid the United States on his journey home from a Latin American visit, as officials played down the fall-out of the diplomatic spat between the island and its closest ally.

By Mariam Karouny BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Nuri al-Maliki said on Tuesday he expected to be able to form a national unity government within the next couple of days, ending five months of stalemate since a December election.

Word of the Day
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.