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2006-03-16 18:20:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congress is likely to approve a free-trade pact with Oman this year despite the furor over a state-owned Arab company managing American ports, a Democratic congressman said on Thursday. "My prediction on Oman -- if I was a betting man, I'd bet it would happen," Rep. Gregory Meeks, a New York Democrat, said in remarks to the USA Engage business coalition, which lobbies against the use of unilateral U.S. sanctions. But Meeks, one of only 15 Democrats in the House of...

2006-02-24 17:44:48

By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will resume talks in March on a free-trade pact with the United Arab Emirates despite an uproar over Bush administration approval of a deal to allow an UAE company to operate terminals at six U.S. ports, a U.S. trade official said on Friday. "UAE remains an important priority for us," Shaun Donnelly, assistant U.S. trade representative for Europe and the Middle East, told reporters. "It's very important in building over time...

2006-02-17 16:25:49

By Saul Hudson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged reluctant Arab nations on Friday to threaten to isolate Iran unless it bows to international pressure to curb its suspected nuclear weapons programs. Her appeal to Iran's neighbors came before she visits Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates next week to lobby them to join a U.S. campaign against Iran, which has won increasing support from Europe, Russia and China. "I would hope that...

2006-02-17 16:24:57

By Saul Hudson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged reluctant Arab nations on Friday to threaten to isolate Iran unless it bows to international pressure to curb its suspected nuclear weapons programs. Her appeal to Iran's neighbors came before she visits Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates next week to lobby them to join a U.S. campaign against Iran, which has won increasing support from Europe, Russia and China. "I would hope that...

2006-02-11 06:11:57

KUWAIT (Reuters) - A U.S. military-chartered airplane carrying American troops skidded off the runway at Kuwait airport on Saturday but there were no casualties, a U.S. army spokeswoman said. Airport sources said the plane may have skidded due to rain on the runway. "I can confirm that there are no injuries," Major Amanda Azubuike told Reuters, adding the McDonnell Douglas MD 11 sustained damage and the incident was being investigated. She said there were U.S. soldiers aboard the...

2006-02-09 15:53:52

KUWAIT (Reuters) - A private Kuwaiti satellite television station said on Thursday that it had received a new video showing American hostage Jill Carroll who is being held in Iraq. The station, Al Rai TV, said it would air the video at 2100 GMT. It said Carroll looked healthy and was wearing a headscarve. She said that she had written a letter confirming she was being held by what she called the mujahideen in Iraq and appealed for help in meeting their demands. She did not elaborate.

2006-02-07 07:35:46

By Christian Oliver and Alireza Ronaghi TEHRAN (Reuters) - Traders in Tehran's maze-like bazaar may have mixed feelings about Iran's atomic ambitions but they have weathered war and sanctions in the past and many are confident they can do so again. Iran was sent to the U.N. Security Council last week for failing to convince the world its nuclear ambitions are entirely peaceful, but there was no panic among the piles of Persian carpets, sacks of turmeric and mountains of tea....

2006-01-05 06:37:31

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - A four-story building housing Muslim pilgrims collapsed in the holy city of Mecca on Thursday and the United Arab Emirates said four of its citizens had been killed. The UAE's state WAM news agency said the pilgrims were killed while passing in front of the building as it crumbled. Saudi civil defense officials said an unknown number of people were injured.

2006-01-04 07:00:51

By Borys Kit LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Stephen Gaghan invaded Oman. The "Syriana" director didn't do it intentionally, of course -- unless he's really an undercover CIA agent. But while making his political thriller in the United Arab Emirates, Gaghan, his crew and an armed camel train strayed into that country's southeastern neighbor and squared off with the Omanian army. Like the characters in his movie, he discovered how easily one can get lost among the invisible...

2005-12-31 15:47:42

DUBAI (Reuters) - A little-known Sunni rebel organization says it has abducted nine Iranian soldiers to pressure Tehran to free imprisoned members of the group, Al Arabiya television said on Sunday. A caller speaking for the Jundollah (God's Soldiers) said the soldiers were seized near Iran's border with Pakistan, and demanded the release of 16 group members, the satellite television channel said. Iranian officials were not immediately available to comment. In July, the group said...


Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.