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General News Archive - June 29, 2006

By Caren Bohan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush hopes to strengthen already close ties with Japan in meetings with Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on Thursday where Bush will thank his Pacific ally for his support in Iraq and discuss shared concerns about North Korea.

By Jon Hurdle WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Wilkes-Barre residents waited anxiously on Thursday to learn if protective levees would withstand rising floodwaters that threaten to swamp the historic town.

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Israel seized Hamas cabinet members in the occupied West Bank on Thursday as it prepared to broaden a military offensive in the Gaza Strip, piling pressure on Palestinian militants to release a kidnapped soldier.

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Israel seized Hamas cabinet ministers in the occupied West Bank on Thursday as it prepared to broaden a military offensive into the northern Gaza Strip, pressuring Palestinian militants to release a kidnapped soldier.

By Saul Hudson MOSCOW (Reuters) - Foreign ministers from the G8 leading industrialized countries met on Thursday for talks widely expected to focus on how to press Iran to respond quickly to proposals to defuse a crisis over its nuclear program.

By Jon Hurdle WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Water levels in the flooded Susquehanna River unexpectedly receded early on Thursday, removing the threat of catastrophic flooding in the historic town of Wilkes-Barre.

By Saul Hudson MOSCOW (Reuters) - Foreign ministers from the G8 leading industrialized countries discussed on Thursday how to persuade Iran to respond quickly to proposals aimed at defusing a crisis over it nuclear program, an EU official said.

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Israel seized eight Hamas cabinet ministers and dozens of officials on Thursday and prepared to step up its Gaza military offensive to pressure Palestinian militants to free a kidnapped soldier.

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Star Jones Reynolds, co-host of "The View," was barred on Wednesday from the show she helped build into a daytime television fixture a day after catching her colleagues and the network off guard by announcing plans to leave in July.

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese warship equipped with a high-tech radar tracking system has been ordered home early from naval exercises because of fears that North Korea plans to launch a ballistic missile, Kyodo news agency said on Thursday.

Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.