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2006-08-30 00:02:02

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (Reuters) - Despite U.S. efforts to stop left-wing Nicaraguan politician Daniel Ortega from returning to power, a poll released on Tuesday showed he maintained a six-point lead over rival presidential candidates. Ortega, who headed the socialist Sandinista government in the 1980s, had the support of 29 percent of those surveyed, according to a poll by Cid-Gallup. Twenty-three percent said they backed conservative banker and former Foreign Minister Eduardo...

2006-08-29 22:21:33

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (Reuters) - Despite U.S. efforts to stop left-wing Nicaraguan politician Daniel Ortega from returning to power, a poll released on Tuesday showed he maintained a six-point lead over rival presidential candidates. Ortega, who headed the socialist Sandinista government in the 1980s, had the support of 29 percent of those surveyed, according to a poll by Cid-Gallup. Twenty-three percent said they backed conservative banker and former Foreign Minister Eduardo...

2006-08-27 00:36:28

SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has proposed South Korea assume wartime command of its troops from the United States in 2009, the South Korean defense ministry said on Sunday. That timeframe compares with Seoul's goal of taking command by 2012. In a letter to Seoul earlier this month, Rumsfeld also called for an "equitable" sharing of defense costs, the ministry said in a statement. "No decision has been made yet regarding the timing of wartime command...

2006-08-25 15:22:08

By Anthony Boadle HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba will hold a summit of 116 developing nations in two weeks, but the man who championed their cause for decades, Cuban leader Fidel Castro, is not expected to host the event. Diplomats in Havana believe Castro is under doctors' orders to stay in bed after intestinal surgery in late July and will not be strong enough to meet 40 to 50 heads of state expected for the meeting. His younger brother, Raul Castro, Cuba's acting president since July...

2006-08-21 07:52:37

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. and South Korean troops began military drills on Monday that are likely to increase regional tensions already high due to the North's July 5 missile launches and reports it is preparing for a nuclear test. The annual exercises, dubbed Ulchi Focus Lens, have been held without major incident in South Korea for decades. Yet the North has branded them a prelude to invasion and nuclear war, vowing to boost its own nuclear deterrent in response....

2006-08-21 01:24:12

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea has arrested a suspected North Korean spy who entered the country at a time when tensions are running high on the peninsula, a parliamentary official said on Monday, The arrest comes after North Korea defied international warnings and test fired seven missiles on July 5, and news reports from the United States last week said North Korea may be preparing to conduct its first nuclear weapons test. The official with the parliamentary Intelligence Committee,...

2006-08-20 23:59:19

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea has arrested a suspected North Korean spy trying to enter the country at a time when tensions are running high on the peninsula, Yonhap news agency reported on Monday. The arrest report comes after North Korea defied international warnings and test fired seven missiles on July 5. News reports from the United States last week said North Korea may be preparing to conduct its first nuclear weapons test. South Korean intelligence agencies were not...

2006-08-09 03:21:01

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's planned takeover of wartime command of its troops from the United States will not weaken their alliance or lead to a pullout of the U.S. military from the country, a South Korean official said on Wednesday. Seoul, facing some criticism at home for a possible loss of national security through the move, has said it would be in the country's best interests to obtain wartime control of its troops. "It is far from the truth to claim that the...

2006-08-07 07:10:00

By Tom Armitage BERLIN -- A vast open space almost the size of New York's Central Park, complete with one of the world's biggest buildings, might be a sought-after asset in the heart of any other metropolis. But in Berlin, a city where space is plentiful and property cheap by European standards, the huge Tempelhof airport with its imposing terminal threatens to pose a problem for city authorities when it is closed to air traffic next year. No one seems to know what to do with the giant,...

2006-08-02 15:11:50

By Caren Bohan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some U.S. presidents sought his overthrow, most have tried to isolate him and a few tried to engage him. But Cuban President Fidel Castro -- now ailing and at least temporarily sidelined -- has confounded them all. Since leading the revolution that toppled dictator Fulgencio Batista in 1959, Castro has been Washington's nemesis through the tenure of 10 U.S. presidents including President George W. Bush. The move by Castro, 79, to hand power to...