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2006-07-18 01:10:31

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Emperor Akihito's younger son's wife, who is pregnant with a possible heir to the throne, needs a Caesarean operation and the baby, due in late September, may be born early, Kyodo news agency said on Tuesday, quoting a palace doctor. Kyodo said earlier that Princess Kiko, 39, had symptoms of placenta previa, a complication in which the placenta becomes implanted at a location lower than normal in the uterus. No male has been born into Japan's imperial...

2006-07-18 00:58:03

TOKYO (Reuters) - The wife of Japanese Emperor Akihito's younger son, who is pregnant with a possible heir to the throne, has signs of problems with the placenta, Kyodo news agency said on Tuesday, quoting the Imperial Household Agency. Kyodo said that Princess Kiko, 39, whose baby is due in late September, had symptoms of placenta previa, a complication in which the placenta becomes implanted at a location lower than normal in the uterus. No male has been born into Japan's imperial...

2006-07-13 06:09:42

By Andrew Hammond JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - The first Saudi Arabian film festival opened this week, but the silver screen remains so controversial in the conservative kingdom that the word "cinema" does not even appear in the title. "The Jeddah Visual Show Festival" kicked off on Wednesday night with two hours of home-grown short films. The public can see the films three times a week for a month. Public movie screenings are taboo in Saudi Arabia, where puritanical scholars...

2006-06-17 08:47:25

By Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) - Prince Victor Emmanuel, who lived in a former papal palace as a boy and spent his life among Switzerland's jet set, woke up in a jail cell on Saturday, arrested as part of a probe into prostitution and corruption. The 69-year-old son of Italy's last king was one of 13 people detained in northern Italy on Friday in the investigation. He was taken to a jail in southern Potenza, where the probe is based. The arrest came as a shock even for a country...

2006-06-15 07:45:36

By George Nishiyama TOKYO (Reuters) - As a child, Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito led a lonely, stifled existence. Imperial staff decreed what he ate and whom he met, and even a short trip outside the palace required huge security and elaborate planning. Now some people, including the crown prince himself, say Japan's imperial household needs to modernize, abandoning ancient practices which have forced members of the royal family to sacrifice personal ambition and suppress their...

2006-06-14 07:20:00

By Andrew Hammond RIYADH -- The stock market rose. The stock market fell. But Migbil al-Anezi was only concerned about the lack of water and electricity in his shanty Nadhim district on the outskirts of Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh. While half of the country's 17 million Saudis have been counting their losses following the bourse's crash earlier this year after a spectacular rise in 2005, others only hope for more largesse from a state awash with cash thanks to record oil prices. "There are...

2006-06-09 14:17:50

By Vicki Allen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House of Representatives on Friday took a symbolic jab at Saudi Arabia, accusing the kingdom of fueling religious extremism and violence, as it passed a $21.3 billion foreign aid bill. The bill for next fiscal year, which is $600 million above the current level but $2.4 billion less than President George W. Bush sought, cleared the House easily on a 373-34 vote. The Senate has not yet taken up its version of the bill. Decrying Saudi Arabia...

2006-06-02 07:27:52

By Andrew Hammond RAJAJIL, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - The stones of Rajajil form a striking pattern against the clear desert sky, the fallen and tilting sand-colored slabs conjuring up visions of England's Stonehenge. Nobody really knows why the 50 groups of about five pillars each are clustered on the edge of the Nafud desert in northwestern Saudi Arabia. Local legend says they are a lost tribe punished by God. Whatever their origin, local authorities hope the standing stones and...

2006-05-24 14:10:00

By Andrew Hammond RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia said on Wednesday it had taken measures to limit the power of controversial religious police who hardline clerics say make society more moral but many accuse of interfering in people's lives. Interior Minister Prince Nayef decreed that public prosecutors would deal with all cases concerning "harassment," stopping the ultraconservative kingdom's unique morality squad from detaining suspects for hours, the state media said. "The role of the...

2006-05-14 15:44:22

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has postponed plans to replace male sales assistants in lingerie shops, saying it wants to give outlets more time to prepare for the move which has irritated the influential religious circles. The government, which wants more women to work as part of its efforts to reduce reliance on foreign labor, took the decision last June and businesses were given a year to prepare for implementation. "Based on pleas by shop owners ... that they were unable to...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • 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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