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2008-11-04 12:00:21

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is not expected to announce much new government spending during his inaugural State of the Nation speech, officials say. Unlike his predecessor, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who announced big capital projects, Medvedev is faced with dwindling revenues because of plunging oil prices, ballooning expenses and, in general, effects of the global financial crises, the Moscow Times reported Tuesday. Oksana Dmitriyeva, a senior State Duma deputy with the...

2008-10-13 09:00:15

By John Lichfield * Three-point strategy designed to be 'tool-kit' for restoring stability to banking system EU leaders last night agreed a sweeping rescue plan for the European financial system, based on the moves to guarantee, refloat and partially nationalise banks adopted by Britain last week. Leaders of the 15 euroland countries - accompanied by Gordon Brown - cast aside the divisions of recent days and came up with what President Nicolas Sarkozy called a "co-ordinated and...

2008-10-07 18:00:19

ST.PETERSBURG. Oct 7 (Interfax) - The state cannot restart administering the mass media, but it can use the state order to influence them, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said. "Of course, we cannot restart giving commands to the mass media - both electronic and printed," Putin told lecturers of the St.Petersburg Humanitarian Trade Unions University. "Give the bureaucrats just once chance to give commands to the mass media and we'll be at a loss what to do about this," Putin said. But the...

2008-10-02 03:00:39

By Watkins, Eric The fate of Russian oilman Mikhail Khodorkovsky has been written about before in this space and he has not been forgotten, especially in the heat of recent reports of Russia's attack on Georgia. Indeed, we have long sensed that his treatment at the hands of the regime of then-President Vladimir Putin, now Russia's prime minister, was a bad sign for the oil and gas industrywhether Russian or international. Events have borne out our foreboding: Khodorkovsky's arrest, trial,...

2008-09-29 21:00:28

MOSCOW. Sept 29 (Interfax) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will visit South Korea, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak told a press conference at the Kremlin on Monday. "I hope that Mr. Medvedev will visit South Korea soon. Mr. Medvedev gladly accepted my invitation," Lee said. (c) 2008 Daily News Bulletin; Moscow - English. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

2008-09-29 12:00:09

Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa says he has a mandate for social change after voters overwhelmingly approved new powers for the presidency. Preliminary results from Sunday's referendum balloting on a new constitution indicated that at least 65 percent of Ecuadorans voted in favor of the proposal, giving the president the power to dissolve the National Congress once each term, although such moves would also trigger presidential elections, The Washington Post reported. Political analysts...

2008-09-28 12:00:15

By Frank Bajak Associated Press QUITO, Ecuador -- Voters are expected to easily approve this chronically unstable nation's 20th constitution today, expanding President Rafael Correa's powers and letting the pugnacious leftist run for two more consecutive terms. The U.S.- and European-trained economist has staked everything on the constitutional rewrite that, while far from radical compared to similar projects in Venezuela and Bolivia, would let Correa firmly elbow aside what remains of a...

2008-09-27 09:00:23

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "Chinese President Congratulates Founding Anniversary of National Science University"] HEFEI, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) - Chinese President Hu Jintao sent a congratulatory letter to China's University of Science and Technology (USTC) Saturday for the 50th anniversary of its founding. USTC has made important contributions to the development of China's scientific and educational causes and China's...

2008-09-26 15:00:38

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin met Friday to outline business and military cooperation. At the meeting at the Russian government's Novo-Ogaryovo retreat near Moscow, Putin said the two countries were "ready to consider a joint use of atomic energy for peaceful purposes." Russia also planed to "implement agreements on cooperation between our naval forces," Putin said, Itar-Tass reported Friday. Putin pointed out that Russian gas giant Gazprom...

2008-09-26 09:00:40

As the first Commitment featured at the Opening Plenary of the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting Wednesday, Former President William Clinton announced the Adolescent Girls Initiative, an innovative public-private partnership between the World Bank, the country of Liberia and the Nike Foundation. Those present to announce the partnership included Her Excellency President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia, World Bank Managing Director Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and Maria Eitel, President of the...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.