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2006-02-07 08:45:00

By George Nishiyama TOKYO -- Japan's Princess Kiko is probably pregnant, officials said on Tuesday, raising the possibility of a male heir for the imperial family just as parliament is planning to debate whether women should be allowed to inherit the throne. No boys have been born into the imperial family since 1965, when Kiko's husband, Prince Akishino, the second son of Emperor Akihito, 72, was born. The current law allows only males descended from emperors to become sovereign. Shingo...

2006-02-07 00:48:06

TOKYO (Reuters) - The wife of the second son of Japanese Emperor Akihito is pregnant with her third child, Japanese media said on Tuesday, as the country debates whether to allow women to inherit the imperial throne. Public broadcaster NHK said the Imperial Household Agency was set to announce Princess Kiko's pregnancy, but officials at the agency said there were no such plans at the moment and they could not confirm the pregnancy.

2006-02-01 23:50:39

By Andrew Hammond RIYADH (Reuters) - Slowly but surely, ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia appears to be loosening the bonds of its strictly controlled society, in spite of the absence of big government initiatives on political reform. King Abdullah, a supporter of cautious reform, ascended the throne last year, but there have been no moves to dilute the absolute monarchy, turn the consultative council into anything resembling a real parliament or advance women's rights. However,...

2006-02-02 01:50:00

By Andrew Hammond RIYADH -- Slowly but surely, ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia appears to be loosening the bonds of its strictly controlled society, in spite of the absence of big government initiatives on political reform. King Abdullah, a supporter of cautious reform, ascended the throne last year, but there have been no moves to dilute the absolute monarchy, turn the consultative council into anything resembling a real parliament or advance women's rights. However, observers note a series...

2006-01-29 03:56:14

KUWAIT (Reuters) - Kuwait's parliament on Sunday unanimously confirmed Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah as emir of the Gulf state, replacing the ailing ruler who had been voted out, the speaker of the house said. Speaker Jassem al-Kharafi told members Sheikh Sabah, 77, would take the oath of office before the assembly later on Sunday. Parliament deposed ailing emir Sheikh Saad al-Abdulla al-Sabah on Tuesday and the cabinet nominated Sheikh Sabah, the prime minister, to succeed him,...

2006-01-25 21:40:00

By Andrew Hammond RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Gay teen-agers, predatory lesbians, women drinking alcohol at weddings, husbands with unsavory sexual demands. With characters like that, "The Girls of Riyadh" is not your run-of-the-mill depiction of life in Muslim Saudi Arabia, one of the world's most restricted and conservative societies. Though technically banned here, Rajaa al-Sanie's frank and sometimes shocking insight into the closed world of Saudi women is making waves four months after its...

2006-01-23 17:37:47

KUWAIT (Reuters) - Kuwait's ailing emir Sheikh Saad al-Abdulla al-Sabah will abdicate on Tuesday in favor of Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, ruling family sources said on Monday. "The emir, Sheikh Saad, will step down tomorrow," one source in the ruling family circle told Reuters. "There is a settlement, 100 percent." Sheikh Saad, who is 76 and ailing, became emir of Kuwait on January 15 after the death of his cousin. Sheikh Sabah has been de facto ruler of the...

2006-01-19 23:30:41

By Andrew Hammond RIYADH (Reuters) - Gay teenagers, predatory lesbians, women drinking alcohol at weddings, husbands with unsavoury sexual demands. With characters like that, "The Girls of Riyadh" is not your run-of-the-mill depiction of life in Muslim Saudi Arabia, one of the world's most restricted and conservative societies. Though technically banned here, Rajaa al-Sanie's frank and sometimes shocking insight into the closed world of Saudi women is making waves four months after...

2005-12-23 01:30:40

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Emperor Akihito has urged the Japanese to understand their country's history accurately, in an apparent reference to simmering disputes with China and South Korea over Japan's past militarism. Akihito made the remarks in a recent news conference, a translation of which was released to mark his birthday on Friday. "I believe it is very important for the people of Japan to strive to accurately understand this past history as well as the times that followed...

2005-12-07 17:52:07

By Caroline Drees, Security Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A prominent U.S. lawmaker urged President George W. Bush on Wednesday to put more pressure on Saudi Arabia to fight the financing of terrorism in the kingdom, home to 15 of the 19 September 11 hijackers. Rep. Sue Kelly, a New York Republican who chairs the Congressional Anti-Terrorist Financing Task Force, said she was concerned that Saudi funds could be flowing to insurgents in Iraq and to Palestinians fighting against...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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