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2005-10-24 11:44:13

By Randall Palmer OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin kept up his attack on U.S. trade policy on Monday even as he prepared to meet Condoleezza Rice later in the day on her first official visit to Canada as U.S. Secretary of State. "Friends live up to their agreements," Martin said bluntly in calling on the United States to respect a ruling under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on Canadian exports of softwood lumber. When Martin took over as prime...

2005-10-15 14:09:48

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will host Britain's Foreign Secretary Jack Straw in the United States for a three-day, stage-managed tour with political overtones. Rice announced next week's trip as she flew into London on Saturday for heavyweight talks with Straw on bolstering international support for their hard line against Iran's nuclear ambitions. Jim Wilkinson, her image guru, outlined a program of U.S. events, including the two taking center-stage...

2005-10-11 22:27:13

KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she would fly to Pakistan on Wednesday to show support for a military ally hit by the deadliest earthquake in the region for a century. The top U.S. diplomat, who is in neighboring Afghanistan on a previously scheduled trip, will hold talks with President Pervez Musharraf on a visit -- planned to last less than two hours -- to the capital, Islamabad. Rice told reporters aboard her plane before landing in Kabul that her...

2005-09-27 10:49:11

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived in Haiti on Tuesday for a one-day visit aimed at showing U.S. support for November elections in the violent, poor Caribbean country. During her visit, Rice will meet leaders of the interim government and representatives of the United Nations mission in Haiti whose more than 7,000 peacekeepers have been battling to secure the country ahead of November 20 elections. The legislative and presidential...

2005-09-26 14:04:14

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will visit Haiti on Tuesday to show U.S. support for upcoming elections in the troubled Caribbean country, the State Department said on Monday. The legislative and presidential elections set for November 20, are the first in Haiti since ex-President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was driven into exile on February 29, 2004 after a bloody uprising. He had been under strong pressure from Washington and Paris to quit. Haiti, run by...

2005-07-19 21:31:36

By Saul Hudson DAKAR (Reuters) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned Israel and the Palestinians the deadline for the Jewish state to withdraw from Gaza was looming and they needed to hammer out how to implement the mid-August pullout. On a visit hastily added to a planned Africa trip, the top U.S. diplomat will fly to the region later this week seeking to stem violence that threatens the withdrawal and to inject a sense of urgency into the sides' coordination. "Obviously time is...

2005-07-15 14:17:54

By Saul Hudson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will visit the Middle East next week to prod Israel and the Palestinians to stick to the plan for the Jewish state to withdraw from Gaza despite a surge of violence. The top U.S. diplomat will make her third trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories since February as a 5-month-old truce has apparently collapsed after a suicide bombing and air strikes and rocket attacks in the last few days. "We're closely...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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