General News Archive - July 11, 2006

By Toshi Maeda TOKYO (Reuters) - The top U.S. envoy on North Korea headed back to Beijing on Tuesday for an unscheduled visit as efforts intensified to find a diplomatic solution to a crisis sparked by Pyongyang's test-launch of missiles last week. Overnight the U.N.

By Chris Buckley BEIJING (Reuters) - The top U.S. envoy on North Korea flew to Beijing on Tuesday on an unscheduled visit as efforts intensified to find a diplomatic solution to a crisis sparked by Pyongyang's test-launch of missiles last week. The U.N.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Saddam Hussein and his lawyers again boycotted his trial on charges of crimes against humanity on Tuesday as a lawyer for a minor co-accused began summing up his case.

By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Leaving behind a region set on edge by North Korean missile launches, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi departed on Tuesday for an increasingly tense Middle East to call for more efforts toward regional peace.

By Ibon Villelabeitia BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Sectarian violence rocked Baghdad again on Tuesday, as gunmen ambushed a minibus it drove through a Sunni neighborhood bringing Shiites from a funeral and killing 10 of those aboard, police said.

By Kristin Roberts KABUL (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld arrived in Afghanistan on Tuesday in the midst of the most intense phase of Taliban violence since the Islamists were ousted from power in 2001. Rumsfeld, on his 11th trip to Afghanistan, was set to meet U.S.

By Benjamin Kang Lim and Chris Buckley BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Tuesday that a Japan-sponsored U.N. resolution to slap sanctions on North Korea over its missile tests was an over-reaction that would split the Security Council. The statement came as a top U.S.

By Miral Fahmy DUBAI (Reuters) - A group led by al Qaeda in Iraq released gruesome footage of two corpses it said were U.S. soldiers killed in June, and dedicated the video to an Iraqi girl who U.S. soldiers are accused of raping and killing. U.S.

By Aamir Ashraf KARACHI (Reuters) - Investigators have recovered the flight data and cockpit voice recorders of a Pakistan International Airlines' (PIA) plane that crashed killing all 45 people on board, a senior official said on Tuesday.

WARSAW (Reuters) - A leading Catholic priest in Poland, where the late Polish Pope John Paul II championed resistance under communism, said on Tuesday he had for 24 years spied on dissidents and clerics for communist secret services.

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'