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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...

2006-08-01 06:52:23

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - North and South Korean troops exchanged gunfire across their heavily fortified border for the first time in about a year, a military official said on Tuesday. North Korean troops fired two shots at a South Korean guard post near the Demilitarized Zone late on Monday and South Korean troops returned six shots, an official said by telephone. "No one was injured in the incident," the Joint Chiefs of Staff official said, referring to South Korean...

2006-07-04 14:55:36

By Jim Wolf WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An Air Force facility protecting the nerve center of U.S. homeland defense at Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado, has been put on heightened alert, the military said on Tuesday, amid persistent reports that North Korea may be set to test-fire a long-range missile. The commander of U.S. Northern Command ordered the Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, which rings the bunkered operations center, to take "necessary security precautions commensurate with its...

2006-06-22 07:58:49

By Tabassum Zakaria BUDAPEST (Reuters) - President Bush paid homage to Hungary's failed 1956 uprising against Soviet rule on Thursday and hailed its commitment to democracy in a region that was long dominated by Russia. Bush visited Budapest at the end of a brief trip to Europe that highlighted improving ties with the European Union, which Hungary joined in 2004, and the importance of democracy after years of Soviet control of central and eastern Europe. Bush, who visits Russia next...

2006-06-21 18:07:38

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States would consider a North Korean missile launch over Japan a clear threat to international peace and security, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said on Wednesday. "The launch of a missile, particularly if it goes over Japanese territory, is clearly a threat to international peace and security, something we can't accept," John Bolton told CNN. He called signs of launch preparations "very serious" but acknowledged Washington does not know...

2006-06-10 05:48:42

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (Reuters) - Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega told regional observers on Friday the U.S. and Nicaraguan governments were working together to try to disqualify him from November's presidential election. Ortega, a former president and leader of Nicaragua's leftist Sandinista revolution, is seeking to return to power and has clashed in recent months with the U.S. envoy and the country's main right-wing parties. "We see a coordinated action between the United States...

2006-06-09 20:20:00

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (Reuters) - Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega told regional observers on Friday the U.S. and Nicaraguan governments were working together to try to disqualify him from November's presidential election. Ortega, a former president and leader of Nicaragua's leftist Sandinista revolution, is seeking to return to power and has clashed in recent months with the U.S. envoy and the country's main right-wing parties. "We see a coordinated action between the United States government...

2006-06-05 15:16:21

By Paul Eckert, Asia Correspondent HANOI (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld travels to Indonesia on Tuesday for a visit marking the restoration of military ties, after talks in Vietnam aimed at bolstering relations with Washington's former foe. His visit to Jakarta, the final leg of a three-country Asian tour, takes place six months after the State Department waived Congressional restrictions on U.S. military aid to Indonesia imposed in 1992 over human rights abuses by...

2006-06-04 08:28:10

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and South Korea begin free-trade talks this week that could put relations to the test as negotiators grapple with tough issues ranging from autos and agriculture to relations with North Korea. The pact has been billed as the biggest U.S. free-trade deal since the North American Free Tree Agreement and the most important development in U.S.-South Korean relations since the two countries signed their military alliance in 1953....

2006-05-19 17:44:27

By Jim Wolf WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon's spending on secret programs has hit its highest point since the end of the Cold War, a Washington-based research group said in a report released this week. Classified programs appear to account for about $30.1 billion, or 19 percent, of the acquisition funds sought in the Defense Department budget for fiscal 2007, according to the report by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment. In real terms, the 2007 request was for...


Word of the Day
maffling
  • To stammer.
  • Present participle of maffle, to stammer.
  • A simpleton.
The word 'maffle' may come from a Dutch word meaning 'to move the jaws' or a French word meaning 'having large cheeks'.