Quantcast

Latest Constitutional monarchies Stories

2006-04-04 21:25:38

By David Gray NADI, Fiji (Reuters) - Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao received a pig and whale's tooth in a traditional Fijian welcome on Wednesday and in return offered a sweeping package of economic aid to Pacific island states that support a one-China policy. Wen said China will grant zero-tariff treatment to those islands, cancel their debt that matured at the end of 2005, provide three billion yuan in preferential loans and make all seven island states with diplomatic ties approved...

2006-03-17 18:32:37

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Women and girls are far more vulnerable to AIDS than men and need their own U.N. agency to defend them, just as the U.N. children's fund UNICEF protects young people, a top U.N. envoy said on Friday. "What has happened to women is such a gross and palpable violation of human rights that the funding must be found," said Stephen Lewis, Secretary-General Kofi Annan's special envoy for AIDS in Africa. "We must right the wrong." Lewis, just back from a trip to...

2006-03-17 19:20:00

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Women and girls are far more vulnerable to AIDS than men and need their own U.N. agency to defend them, just as the U.N. children's fund UNICEF protects young people, a top U.N. envoy said on Friday. "What has happened to women is such a gross and palpable violation of human rights that the funding must be found," said Stephen Lewis, Secretary-General Kofi Annan's special envoy for AIDS in Africa. "We must right the wrong." Lewis, just back from a trip to Lesotho...

2006-03-16 18:20:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congress is likely to approve a free-trade pact with Oman this year despite the furor over a state-owned Arab company managing American ports, a Democratic congressman said on Thursday. "My prediction on Oman -- if I was a betting man, I'd bet it would happen," Rep. Gregory Meeks, a New York Democrat, said in remarks to the USA Engage business coalition, which lobbies against the use of unilateral U.S. sanctions. But Meeks, one of only 15 Democrats in the House of...

2006-02-24 17:44:48

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will resume talks in March on a free-trade pact with the United Arab Emirates despite an uproar over Bush administration approval of a deal to allow an UAE company to operate terminals at six U.S. ports, a U.S. trade official said on Friday. "UAE remains an important priority for us," Shaun Donnelly, assistant U.S. trade representative for Europe and the Middle East, told reporters. "It's very important in building over time...

2006-02-08 02:18:04

By James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia and New Zealand vowed to work to build a single economic market on the back of strengthening trade ties on Wednesday, but stopped short of endorsing a single currency. New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark said both countries wanted to build on the 23-year-old Closer Economic Relations (CER) agreement, which has freed up trade between the neighbors. But Clark and Australian Prime Minister John Howard said there were no plans for a...

2006-01-17 03:02:30

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia has deported all the 131 Thai Muslims who fled their homeland last year to escape rising violence in Thailand's troubled south, state news agency Bernama said on Tuesday. The group, which had been in Malaysian custody since last August, was the largest to have fled to Malaysia from southern Thailand, where more than 1,000 people have been killed in two years of separatist unrest. "No more issues. All have been sent back. Both sides are very happy,"...

2006-01-04 07:00:51

By Borys Kit LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Stephen Gaghan invaded Oman. The "Syriana" director didn't do it intentionally, of course -- unless he's really an undercover CIA agent. But while making his political thriller in the United Arab Emirates, Gaghan, his crew and an armed camel train strayed into that country's southeastern neighbor and squared off with the Omanian army. Like the characters in his movie, he discovered how easily one can get lost among the invisible...

2005-10-12 12:29:38

By Marie-Louise Moller LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - Thousands more illegal migrants are heading for Spain's north African enclaves, whose razor-wire borders hundreds have already stormed to get into the European Union, the bloc said on Wednesday. The EU's top immigration official said the problem of African migrants gate-crashing the outposts of Melilla and Ceuta or finding other ways to reach Europe was enormous, and it was time to act. In recent weeks, hundreds of migrants have tried to...

2005-10-11 12:15:55

RABAT (Reuters) - Morocco on Tuesday flew 140 illegal migrants home to Senegal and agreed with Spain to host an African-European meeting to stem the surge in illegal migration from Africa to the prosperous European Union. A further 400 illegal migrants are expected to be deported later in the day to Senegal and Mali, according to authorities in the northeastern city of Oujda, near the border with Algeria. Morocco on Monday sent home 280 migrants from Senegal. It was the first...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
Related