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General News Archive - October 10, 2008

Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso has turned down a U.S.-supported North Korean nuclear verification offer, sources told the Financial Times. The Times, quoting two sources familiar with the decision, reported the new Japanese prime minister did not accept the offer despite U.S. urging.

By David Jackson WASHINGTON -- Democrat Barack Obama's campaign said Thursday that he is planning a half-hour prime-time ad on network TV on Oct. 29 to promote his presidential bid.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Trying to head off a potentially embarrassing state ethics report on GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, campaign officials released their own report Thursday that clears her of any wrongdoing. Sen.

By George Jah n Associated Press VIENNA, Austria -- North Korea moved closer Thursday to relaunching its nuclear arms program, announcing that it wants to reactivate the facility that produced its atomic bomb and banning U.N. inspectors from the site. The U.S.

By GEORGE JAHN By George Jahn The Associated Press VIENNA, Austria North Korea moved closer Thursday to relaunching its nuclear arms program, announcing that it wants to reactivate the facility that produced its atomic bomb and banning U.N. inspectors from the site.

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Finland's former president Martti Ahtisaari won the Nobel Peace Prize Friday for his mediation in hot spots around the world, the Nobel Foundation announced.

Crude oil prices headed toward $80 per barrel Friday as fears of a global economic slowdown mounted. The economic downturn has pulled oil 44 percent below its peak above $147 in July.

By ROSEMARY ROBERTS I got an e-mail from a reader the other day after I wrote a column saying Sarah Palin had neither the national nor international experience to be a heartbeat away from becoming president. The reader adamantly disagreed.

U.S. President George Bush sought to reassure Americans Friday that the financial crisis will be resolved and market stability will be restored. "This is an anxious time," Bush said.

The tainted-milk scandal in China has gone far to damage the positive image so carefully cultivated by China's leaders at the Beijing Olympics. And it is a powerful reminder of how poorly capitalism, as well as socialism, blends with repressive one-party rule. The facts are horrifying.

Word of the Day
ponerology
  • An interdisciplinary study of social injustice.
The word 'ponerology' was coined by Andrzej Łobaczewski, a Polish psychiatrist. It comes from a Greek word meaning "evil".