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2006-07-28 00:52:55

By Jack Kim KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Asia's main security forum attended by 25 top policymakers from around the world homed in on Friday on the Middle East war and the nuclear programs of North Korea and Iran. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, attending the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) for the first time, will hold talks on the Lebanon crisis and Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions, although North Korea itself will not take part in the talks. The unexpected arrival of Iran's foreign...

2006-07-26 09:23:17

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is encouraged by China's "affirmative steps" in freezing some North-Korea related assets, White House spokesman Tony Snow said on Wednesday. A U.S. official told Reuters the action was taken by the state-owned Bank of China and pre-dated North Korea's July 4 missile tests. "We're encouraged by the fact that the Chinese government has taken affirmative steps," Snow told reporters. The United States has tried to nudge China -- Pyongyang's...

2006-07-22 01:32:21

TOKYO (Reuters) - China has signaled its reluctance to hold five-party talks on Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions in Malaysia next week, if the reclusive communist state refuses to meet, Japanese media reported on Saturday. Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing expressed Beijing's view to a senior Japanese diplomat in Beijing on Friday, Japanese media quoted Japanese Foreign Ministry officials as saying. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill said on Friday Washington was...

2006-07-21 21:56:42

TOKYO (Reuters) - China has signaled its reluctance to hold five-party talks on Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions in Malaysia next week, if the reclusive communist state refuses to meet, Japanese media reported on Saturday. Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing expressed Beijing's view to a senior Japanese diplomat in Beijing on Friday, Japanese media quoted Japanese Foreign Ministry officials as saying. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill said on Friday Washington was...

2006-07-21 14:33:39

By Paul Eckert, Asia Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States hopes to hold an informal session of the six-nation North Korean nuclear talks next week in Malaysia, but will go ahead with five parties if the North refuses to meet, the chief U.S. negotiator with Pyongyang said on Friday. Assistant Secretary of State Chris Hill said the ASEAN Regional Forum, an annual venue for talks on security in Asia, presented a good chance to coordinate policies since North Korea...

2006-07-21 12:02:28

By Paul Eckert, Asia Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States hopes to hold an informal session of the six-nation North Korean nuclear talks next week in Malaysia, but will go ahead with five parties if the North refuses to meet, the chief U.S. negotiator with Pyongyang said on Friday. Assistant Secretary of State Chris Hill said the ASEAN Regional Forum, an annual venue for talks on security in Asia, presented a good chance to coordinate policies since North Korea...

2006-07-19 05:38:32

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - Reclusive North Korea pulled further into its shell on Wednesday, halting the reunion of families separated by the Korean War and delaying talks on forming a joint Olympic team with the South. Since North Korea test launched seven missiles on July 5, ties with its neighbor, and one of its main providers of aid, have soured. Pyongyang has drawn international condemnation for the launch. South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun warned against any...

2006-07-19 00:39:27

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea ordered a wartime mobilization of its troops and citizens hours before the U.N. Security Council approved a resolution condemning Pyongyang for testing missiles, a South Korean daily reported on Wednesday. A South Korean government official denied the report. "We understand North Korea ordered a tight alert around July 5 when they test fired missiles, but they did not issue a mobilization order," the official, who asked not to be named, said by...

2006-07-18 23:07:23

SEOUL (Reuters) - North and South Korean talks to form a joint Olympic team are likely to be delayed due to the diplomatic fallout over Pyongyang's decision to test-fire missiles earlier this month, an official said on Wednesday. The Olympic committees for the two Koreas were scheduled to hold their next round of talks on Thursday and Friday on forming their first joint team for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. "It seems like those talks will be delayed," a South Korean Olympic Committee...

2006-07-18 00:37:23

By George Nishiyama TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan has begun work on possible financial sanctions against North Korea over its missile tests, but said a decision on implementation would be taken in concert with other countries and depend on Pyongyang's behavior. Finance Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki said on Tuesday that government officials were looking into ways to impose restrictions on financial assets and fund flows to North Korea. "The purpose is to get North Korea to abandon its...


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cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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