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2006-09-05 19:15:12

By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Princess Kiko gave birth on Wednesday to a baby boy -- the first male heir to be born into the ancient imperial family in more than four decades, the Imperial Household Agency said on Wednesday.

2006-09-05 09:21:26

By Isabel Reynolds TOKYO (Reuters) - Ordinary Japanese couples find it hard enough to choose a name for a baby -- there are 2,928 permitted Chinese characters that can stand alone or be combined with others for shades of meaning.

2006-09-02 21:17:18

By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Conservatives keen to keep women from ascending the Chrysanthemum Throne are hoping this week will bring the answer to their prayers: the birth of Japan's first imperial male heir in more than four decades.

2006-08-29 06:23:45

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has released 9 former inmates of Guantanamo Bay where they were being held on suspicion of belonging to al Qaeda, an official said on Tuesday.

2006-08-07 22:50:13

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Princess Kiko, pregnant with a possible heir to the throne, will likely have her baby by a Caesarean operation around September 6, public broadcaster NHK said on Tuesday.

2006-08-03 08:16:49

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has lifted a ban on photography in public areas, part of a drive by the conservative kingdom's tourism organization to attract more visitors to the birthplace of Islam.

2006-08-03 01:07:27

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest crude exporter, believes oil should not be used as a weapon because it is the economic lifeline of Arab states, its foreign minister said.

2006-07-28 15:20:00

By Jim Wolf WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration spelled out plans on Friday to sell $4.6 billion of arms to moderate Arab states, including battle tanks worth as much as $2.9 billion to protect critical Saudi infrastructure.

2006-07-22 03:05:49

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Friday approved an agreement that will let Saudi Arabia buy up to $276 million in spare parts for its M1A2 Abrams tanks, M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicles, and other equipment from U.S. stocks.

2006-07-21 20:16:33

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Friday approved an agreement that will let Saudi Arabia buy up to $276 million in spare parts for its M1A2 Abrams tanks, M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicles, and other equipment from U.S. stocks.


Word of the Day
bretelles
  • In dressmaking, straps running from the belt in front over the shoulders to the belt in the back, with more or less elaboration of trimming and outline. They usually broaden at the shoulder and narrow toward the waist.
The word 'bretelles' comes from a French word meaning 'braces'.