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2005-09-16 11:32:57

By Paul Taylor UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - World leaders prepared to adopt modest reforms of the United Nations on Friday after a three-day summit that made little progress on fighting poverty and terrorism, boosting security or protecting human rights. With many leaders including President George W. Bush having left New York, those remaining voiced a mixture of hope that the biggest summit in U.N. history would give new momentum to development goals and disappointment at the meager...

2005-09-14 10:57:06

By Paul Taylor and Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan told a world summit on Wednesday that United Nations members had failed to achieve the profound reform the global organization needed on its 60th anniversary. Opening a three-day summit of some 150 kings, presidents and prime ministers, Annan hailed as a breakthrough an agreement on the responsibility to intervene to protect civilians against genocide, war crimes and ethnic cleansing. But...

2005-09-10 21:45:54

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A small group of key diplomats on Saturday inched through negotiations on a U.N. blueprint for multilateral action on a range of global problems that is to be adopted at a world summit opening on Wednesday. Just a few days before the arrival of more than 170 world leaders at U.N. headquarters, the talks shifted to a group of about a dozen ambassadors, far smaller than the so-called core group of 32 designated two weeks earlier by General Assembly President...

2005-09-05 00:38:27

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Days before the largest gathering of world leaders in history, U.N. ambassadors struggled to overcome deep divisions on how to tackle extreme poverty, enhance human rights and approach global security in the 21st century. U.S. Ambassador John Bolton was somewhat optimistic that a document could be agreed for world leaders, including President Bush, to approve at the September 14-16 U.N. summit. "I think we are still making progress. I...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.