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2006-01-29 05:45:00

By Mark Trevelyan DAVOS, Switzerland -- The United States should reserve the option of bombing Iran's nuclear program into oblivion, but it would be a massive military venture that would invite heavy retribution from Tehran. That seemed to be the prevailing view from four days of debate at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where Iran was absent from the line-up of leaders and ministers but figured high on the agenda. Its nuclear program, which Tehran says is for generating...

2006-01-28 14:05:29

By William Schomberg and Josiane Kremer DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Trade ministers from around the world said on Saturday they were more optimistic they could overcome their differences that are blocking attempts to strike a new global trade deal. Meeting in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos, they said there was a new sense that progress had to be made on all outstanding issues, rather than focus on the thorny subject of agriculture that has put the European Union under...

2006-01-28 13:37:48

By William Schomberg DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Trade ministers on Saturday stepped up efforts for a global trade deal, signaling a new readiness to narrow differences as a key deadline looms. While talks in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos saw no hard bargaining, ministers from 30 World Trade Organization (WTO) members renewed a pledge for a pact on lowering barriers to commerce in farm and industrial goods by the end of April. There seemed to be less friction between the...

2006-01-27 21:01:21

By Evelyn Leopold DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - The United States should keep the threat of using force against Iran as a last resort if it wanted leverage in the dispute over Tehran's nuclear program, U.S. Senator John McCain said on Friday. McCain, a prominent member of U.S. President George W. Bush's Republican Party, told a panel at the World Economic Forum that Iran needed to be referred to the U.N. Security Council, even if no one knew whether sanctions would be imposed. "We...

2006-01-27 10:13:14

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Angelina Jolie told a summit of business leaders and politicians, many driven to distraction by the Hollywood siren, to concentrate on the real issues. "I just think if I can ask anything it's for everybody in this room, including myself, to stay focused on the issues," Jolie, a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. refugee agency, told an audience at the World Economic Forum on Friday. "To follow up on Darfur, to watch what is happening in the courts, to...

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2006-01-27 00:00:00

DAVOS, Switzerland -- Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates said on Friday that beating software piracy in China and India and getting compliance up to U.S. and European levels would take 10 years. "In India and China it will be a decade before we get that level," Gates told business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos. "But as long as there is year-by-year progress, it holds a great opportunity for us in terms of scale, which helps us do more, and it's a great place where we have...

2006-01-27 06:53:23

By Ben Hirschler DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates pledged $900 million to fight tuberculosis on Friday, kick-starting a $31 billion funding drive against a disease which kills one person every 15 seconds. Tuberculosis has reached alarming proportions in Africa and other poor countries, where co-infection with HIV/AIDS makes a deadly combination. "This is a very tough disease. It is going to take all of us -- private sector, the pharmaceutical...

2006-01-26 14:46:13

By Evelyn Leopold DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Secretary-General Kofi Annan told world business leaders Wednesday the United Nations during his tenure had initiated a "new mindset" on human rights, law, the nature of war and the role of corporations. In his swan song to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Annan said his legacy after 10 years in office, which ends in December, was reaching out beyond governments to businesses, celebrities and non-profit groups to promote the United...

2006-01-26 14:40:07

By Evelyn Leopold DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Secretary-General Kofi Annan told world business leaders on Thursday the United Nations during his tenure had initiated a "new mindset" on human rights, law, the nature of war and the role of corporations. In his swan song to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Annan said his legacy after 10 years in office, which ends in December, was reaching out beyond governments to businesses, celebrities and non-profit groups to promote the United...

2006-01-26 12:46:59

By Evelyn Leopold DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Secretary-General Kofi Annan told world business leaders on Wednesday the United Nations had initiated a "new mindset" on human rights, law, the nature of war and the role of corporations. In his swan song to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Annan said his legacy after 10 years in office was reaching out beyond governments to businesses, celebrities and non-profit groups to promote the United Nations' work. Annan, who leaves office...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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