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2006-01-18 15:37:28

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - South Korea's foreign minister voiced hope on Wednesday that North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's visit to China would spur nuclear disarmament talks and had taught him something about economic reforms. Ban Ki-moon, one of several candidates to succeed U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, was commenting on Kim's just-ended China visit, which included a visit to a crop research institute. "We hope the North Korean leader and senior officials of...

2006-01-18 05:47:02

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong-il returned home on Wednesday from a visit to China, where he told Chinese leaders he would work with them to overcome obstacles blocking nuclear talks, the official KCNA news agency said. North Korea typically does not comment on Kim's rare trips overseas until he has returned. The official KCNA news agency said Kim had paid an unofficial visit to China from January 10 to 18 at the invitation of President Hu Jintao. KCNA issued a...

2006-01-18 05:28:18

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong-il returned home from a visit to China, official media reported on Wednesday, confirming speculation about an eight-day trip. North Korea typically does not comment on Kim's rare trips overseas until he has returned. The official KCNA news agency said Kim had paid an unofficial visit to China from January 10 to 18 at the invitation of President Hu Jintao. Chinese authorities have yet to comment. Various media reports had said Kim spent...

2006-01-18 06:50:00

By Martin Nesirky SEOUL -- North Korea's Kim Jong-il returned on Wednesday from an officially secret but widely reported trip to China, where Pyongyang said he told leaders he would help remove obstacles blocking talks on his nuclear arms program. North Korea typically does not comment on its leader's rare trips abroad until he is safely back home. The North's official KCNA news agency said Kim had paid an unofficial visit to China from January 10 to 18 at the invitation of President Hu...

2006-01-17 11:03:10

By Chris Buckley BEIJING (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong-il appeared to have left China on Tuesday after meeting Chinese leaders in Beijing to discuss six-party talks aimed at ending Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program. South Korea's Yonhap news agency cited a source in Beijing as saying Kim, who reports said was also looking at trade and commerce on his visit to China, headed toward Pyongyang on a special train. Another source said the North Korean leader was expected to...

2006-01-16 21:32:58

By Chris Buckley BEIJING (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong-il was likely meeting top Chinese leaders in Beijing on Tuesday and by touring China's brazenly commercial south he signaled hopes of enriching communist ties with business, analysts said. Kim's very presence in China is unconfirmed, but many reports -- including in Hong Kong papers controlled by the mainland -- say he spent recent days peering under the hood of China's trade juggernaut in southern Guangdong province,...

2006-01-16 02:55:00

HONG KONG (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has left south China for Beijing where he will meet top leaders, a newspaper said on Monday, with discussions likely to include the fate of six-party talks on the North's nuclear program. Kim's luxury train left the southern boomtown of Shenzhen on Sunday night after he spent part the day at China's top telephone and Internet systems maker, Hong Kong's Ta Kung Pao (www.takungpao.com) reported on its Web site. Beijing and Pyongyang have...

2006-01-16 01:49:52

HONG KONG (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, keen to accelerate economic modernization but wary of opening up the country, visited China's top telephone and Internet systems maker, Hong Kong newspapers said on Monday. China has drawn an official veil over Kim's apparent trip. His previous visit in April 2004 was marked by heavy security and was confirmed only after he had returned home. Beijing and Pyongyang have declined to confirm that Kim is even in China, but...

2006-01-15 23:19:56

HONG KONG (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, keen to accelerate economic modernization but wary of opening up the country, visited China's top telephone and Internet systems maker, Hong Kong newspapers said on Monday. China has drawn an official veil over Kim's apparent trip. His previous visit in April 2004 was marked by heavy security and was confirmed only after he had returned home. Beijing and Pyongyang have declined to confirm that Kim is even in China, but...

2006-01-15 03:28:58

BEIJING (Reuters) - The leader of isolated North Korea spent the weekend touring the cradle of China's economic boom, but Kim Jong-il is unlikely to go home without meeting top Chinese leaders to discuss how to resume stalled nuclear talks. Rumours began to swirl early last week that the leader of the reclusive Stalinist state was making one of his rare overseas visits, but sightings in southern China have given way to more concrete speculation over why he is here. Kim's choice of...


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  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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