General News Archive - July 29, 2006

By Susan Cornwell and Donna Smith WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House of Representatives approved a bill on Friday to overhaul the creaking private pension system and prevent more spectacular airline pension defaults, and sent the measure to the Senate for possible action next week.

By Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice headed for Israel on Saturday to discuss terms for a U.N. Security Council resolution to end its 18-day-old war with Hizbollah guerrillas in Lebanon.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House of Representatives on Saturday voted to gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $7.25 an hour and also to cut estate taxes paid mostly by the wealthy.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Four U.S. Marines have been killed in action in Iraq's restive western Anbar province, the U.S. military said on Saturday. It said the Marines -- three from the 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division and the other from Regional Combat Team 5 -- were killed on Thursday.

KABUL (Reuters) - U.S.-led coalition forces arrested four suspected al Qaeda militants in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, a coalition spokesman said. The arrests were made during an operation in Sal Kalay, a village in Khost province.

GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli aircraft bombed a suspected Hamas weapons factory and border tunnel in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, the army said.

By Michael Winfrey BEIRUT (Reuters) - A U.S. boat carrying the first American aid delivered to Lebanon by sea arrived in Beirut on Saturday with supplies for the 800,000 people displaced by Israel's 18-day bombardment.

By Daisuke Wakabayashi SEATTLE (Reuters) - A lone gunman burst into a Jewish organization in downtown Seattle on Friday, killing one woman and wounding five others in what authorities were calling a hate crime.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel on Saturday rejected U.N. calls for a 72-hour pause in fighting to enable relief workers to evacuate elderly, young and wounded people from south Lebanon and to bring in emergency aid.

LONDON (Reuters) - The task of recruiting peacekeepers for a multinational force in Lebanon has been made harder by Washington's failure to condemn the killing of four U.N. observers, the deputy secretary-general said on Saturday.

Word of the Day
  • Any of various tropical Old World birds of the family Indicatoridae, some species of which lead people or animals to the nests of wild honeybees. The birds eat the wax and larvae that remain after the nest has been destroyed for its honey.
Honeyguide birds have even been known to eat candles.