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2005-09-25 03:41:39

By Alice Hung TAIPEI (Reuters) - Thousands of Taiwan people, mostly from pro-independence groups, marched through the streets of Taipei on Sunday to back a US$11 billion special arms budget aimed at fending off China but blocked by the parliament. Even though the government slashed the budget from $18 billion to $15 billion and finally $11 billion, the opposition parties, with a slim majority in parliament, said the advanced weapons were still too expensive, unnecessary and against...

2005-09-13 21:16:26

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Taiwan failed on Wednesday for the 13th straight year to get a seat at the United Nations, a move that has been blocked annually since 1993 by archrival China and its allies. A committee of the U.N. General Assembly rejected two proposals that the question of U.N. membership for Taiwan be put on the agenda for the assembly's 60th session, which opens on Wednesday. The assembly's General Committee, a panel on which all 191 U.N. members have a voice, made...

2005-09-12 03:04:13

BEIJING (Reuters) - Two Chinese democracy campaigners living in exile in the United States have filed a lawsuit against Chinese President Hu Jintao for persecution and libel ahead of his meeting with U.S. President George W. Bush. Wang Dan, a student leader of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, and Wang Juntao, branded a "black hand" mastermind of the pro-democracy movement, said in a statement the Chinese government had persecuted them by rejecting their applications to renew their...

2005-08-19 08:16:54

By Lindsay Beck BEIJING (Reuters) - China has detained a U.S. citizen on suspicion of spying for ideological foe Taiwan, keeping him under house arrest without charge for nearly three months, the U.S. embassy in Beijing said on Friday. Chinese-born Xie Chunren, 56, was arrested in the southwestern province of Sichuan on May 31 after he traveled there from the United States, the embassy spokeswoman said. "He is currently under residential surveillance under suspicion of espionage for...

2005-08-13 02:48:04

BEIJING (Reuters) - China, which views Taiwan as a breakaway province, said on Saturday the self-ruled island's 13th successive bid to join the United Nations was doomed to failure. Taiwan has tried to join the United Nations every year since 1993, but each time China and its allies, supporting Beijing's "one China" policy, have kept the door shut. "The nature of the proposals is that the Taiwan authority is trying to air 'two Chinas' or 'one China, one Taiwan' and 'Taiwan...

2005-08-11 01:23:44

TAIPEI (Reuters) - After holding months of live-fire war games to highlight a perceived growing military threat from giant neighbor China, Taiwan's military gave its people a taste of virtual war on Thursday. Two computer games featuring missile strikes against the world's tallest building in downtown Taipei and a naval blockade around the island's major ports were on display at a defense exhibition on Thursday, the latest in a string of campaigns to promote a controversial $15 billion arms...

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  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'