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2006-05-04 10:59:17

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is hopeful a landmark "open skies" aviation agreement with the United States can still be signed this year despite delays in Washington to ease limits on foreign investment in U.S. carriers. The aviation pact would eliminate remaining restrictions on service and routes between European and U.S. destinations and effectively remove tight barriers for flying into London's Heathrow airport. Though the proposed changes to rules governing control of...

2006-01-12 09:35:00

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - South Korea signed up to the European Union's first satellite navigation program, known as Galileo, the European Commission said on Thursday. The program, which last month successfully launched the first of some 30 satellites to orbit the earth, challenges the United States' own navigation system, the Global Positioning System (GPS). "After the successful launch of the first GALILEO Giove-A satellite, this new agreement underlines, once again, the ever growing worldwide...

2005-12-28 09:25:00

By Richard Balmforth MOSCOW (Reuters) - The European Union launched its first Galileo navigation satellite on Wednesday, moving to challenge the United States' Global Positioning System (GPS). Russian space agency Roskosmos said the 600 kg (1,300 lb) satellite named Giove-A (Galileo In-Orbit Validation Element) went into its orbit 23,000 km (15,000 miles) from the earth after its launch on a Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur cosmodrome in the middle of Kazakhstan's steppe. "The launch of Giove...

Word of the Day
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.