General News Archive - October 04, 2008

By Sean Farrell Wells Fargo, the biggest bank on the US West Coast, stunned the market yesterday by agreeing to buy all of Wachovia for about $15bn (8.43bn), beating an offer from Citigroup made just days before.

Text of editorial headlined "Fighting the militants" published by Pakistani newspaper Dawn website on 4 October Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the foreign minister of Pakistan, has been a largely anonymous figure in the weeks since the US stepped up attacks inside FATA [Federally Administered Tribal Areas] in September.

Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) - Hall-of-Fame running back and social pariah O.J. Simpson was found guilty on all 12 counts of his armed robbery and kidnapping trial late Friday night.

O.J. Simpson remained in custody in Las Vegas Saturday after being found guilty on all 12 counts in his armed robbery and kidnapping trial.

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan | Two suspected U.S. missile strikes Friday on villages close to the border with Afghanistan killed at least 19 people, most of them militants, Pakistani intelligence officials said.

By ANICK JESDANUN By Anick Jesdanun The Associated Press NEW YORK Newspapers that carried an advertising supplement in recent weeks containing a DVD critical of radical Muslims have faced complaints from readers and questions about whether newspapers should offer a platform to everyone willing to pay for distribution.

By RICHARD SIMON By Richard Simon and Nicole Gaouette Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON The House of Representatives approved the $700 billion Wall Street bailout Friday, setting in motion the biggest government intervention in the financial system since the Great Depression .

Text of report by state-run North Korean news agency KCNA [KCNA headline: "Comrade Kim Jong Il Watches a Football Match by University Students on the Occasion of the 62d Founding Anniversary of Kim Il Sung University"] Great leader Comrade Kim Jong Il, general secretary of the Korean Workers' Party and chairman of the DPRK National Defence commission, watched a football game of university students on the occasion of the 62d founding anniversary of the Kim Il Sung University, which is the highest hall of Juche education science.

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo Beijing, Oct. 4 Kyodo - North Korean leader Kim Jong Il attended a soccer match at a university in Pyongyang, the country's official media reported Saturday, marking his first public appearance since Aug. 14.

By Julie Hirschfeld Davis Associated Press WASHINGTON -- They held their noses and voted "yes." Now lawmakers in both parties -- along with President Bush -- are waiting to see whether their historic $700 billion bailout for the financial industry can stabilize the tottering economy and prevent a broader meltdown.

Word of the Day
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The word 'friseur' comes from French friseur, from friser ("to curl, frizz").