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2006-03-24 03:18:54

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea was set for its first woman prime minister on Friday after President Roh Moo-hyun named lawmaker and former jailed democracy activist to succeed a veteran legislator who quit over a golfing gaffe. If approved by parliament, Han Myeong-sook is expected to use her moderate image to patch up a stormy relationship between the government and opposition parties ahead of local elections. "President Roh expects the nominee, Han, will carry out...

2006-03-15 05:06:04

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean Prime Minister Lee Hae-chan officially left office on Wednesday for playing golf while a railway strike was causing transport chaos, ending a run as one of the country's most powerful premiers. President Roh Moo-hyun accepted his resignation on Tuesday amid calls for Lee's dismissal for failing to attend to the rail strike that began on March 1. He played golf instead on that day, a national holiday, with a group of businessmen, including one who had...

2006-03-14 05:18:58

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun on Tuesday accepted the resignation of his prime minister, who faced calls to step down for playing golf with businessmen while a railway strike was causing transport chaos. Prime Minister Lee Hae-chan had offered to step down earlier in the day, the presidential Blue House said in a statement. The incident comes as Roh is battling the lowest support ratings for his administration since it took power in 2003. In...

2006-03-14 04:26:38

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun on Tuesday accepted the resignation of his prime minister, who faced calls to step down for playing golf with businessmen while a railway strike was causing transport chaos. Prime Minister Lee Hae-chan had offered to step down earlier in the day, the presidential Blue House said in a statement. The incident comes as Roh is battling the lowest support ratings for his administration since it took power in 2003. In...

2006-03-13 22:58:46

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean Prime Minister Lee Hae-chan offered on Tuesday to resign for playing golf with business executives while a national railway strike was causing transport chaos, media reports said. Several newspapers and politicians have called on Lee to resign for failing to attend to the strike and instead play golf with a group that included a businessman who had been convicted of financial crimes and another under investigation for price fixing. Lee, a five-term...

2006-03-06 07:11:12

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - The United States and South Korea agreed on Monday to start a formal round of free trade talks in June, dealing a blow to farmers and unionists demonstrating against the plans. A group of about 40 rallied on Monday in Seoul as trade negotiators from the two countries agreed to hold their first official talks, aimed at bringing down trade barriers, on June 5 to June 9 in Washington. South Korea's chief negotiator, Kim Jong-hoon, told reporters four...

2006-03-06 04:27:17

SEOUL (Reuters) - Trade negotiators from South Korea and the United States met on Monday for preliminary talks on a free trade deal, amid a rally by farmers and unionists in Seoul opposed to the agreement. Seoul and Washington have already had a showdown on the issue of rice ahead of the opening of formal negotiations in May on a free trade agreement. Ambassador Kim Jong-hoon of South Korea and Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler met at South Korea's Foreign Ministry to...

2006-02-28 21:48:48

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun urged Japan on Wednesday to stop all actions that put its apology for its past war of aggression in doubt, saying Tokyo's neighbors were justifiably upset. Japan's ties with South Korea and China have been strained over Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visits to Yasukuni war shrine and cabinet members' comments that critics say justify and embellish Japan's war of aggression. "Japan has already apologized," Roh said in a speech...

2006-02-26 05:16:35

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun will hold an unprecedented live debate on the Internet next month with the public focused on reducing social disparity, the presidential Blue House said on Sunday. South Korea is the world's most-wired country and most homes are connected by broadband. Roh, a self-educated former lawyer, is himself a proficient Internet user. He will field questions from the public posted on five major Internet portals that will carry...

2006-02-06 07:02:32

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's nominee for the top policy maker job on North Korea ventured into taboo territory on Monday by acknowledging the government of the North's leader Kim Jong-il as a dictatorship. While the United States, Japan and the European Union have been outspoken in their criticism of North Korea's human rights record, Seoul has been mostly quiet on the subject with some officials saying they felt silent diplomacy was best. North Korea saves some of...


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cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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