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General News Archive - June 23, 2008

Zimbabwe presidential candidate Morgan Tsvangirai said Sunday he's pulling out of Friday's national elections, handing victory to President Robert Mugabe. A free and fair election is impossible, Tsvangirai told CNN, saying the political violence in the election run-up had to be stopped.

WIMBLEDON, England _ How healthy are the Williams sisters ... finally? Healthy enough that they're not only both ready to buzz the Wimbledon singles draw, with a chance to meet in the final, but they're once again going to try to reprise their Wimbledon doubles triumphs of 2000 and 2002.

Text of report by Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website on 23 June [Media release from the office of Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith] The decision by the president of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, Morgan Tsvangirai, not to contest the presidential run-off election on 27 June demonstrates the extremes to which the brutal Mugabe regime has pushed Zimbabwe.

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Aramis Ramirez finished 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI, and Ryan Dempster hurled eight-plus innings to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 7-1 win over the Chicago White Sox, completing the three-game sweep at Wrigley Field.

Text of report by South Africa-based Zim Online website on 23 June [Report by Wayne Mafaro:"Zim Govt Eager To Claim Easy Victory"] HARARE - Zimbabwe's government appeared eager on Sunday to claim an easy victory, urging opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai to notify electoral authorities of his decision to withdraw from next Friday's presidential run-off election so that President Robert Mugabe could be declared winner.

U.S. comedian and social commentator George Carlin has died from heart failure in California, Entertainment Tonight reported. Carlin, 71, died at 5:55 p.m. Sunday at Saint John's Hospital in Santa Monica, his publicist said.

By Jim Landers, The Dallas Morning News Jun. 23--JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia -- Saudi Arabia said Sunday that it would supply enough oil to meet global demand for the rest of the year but differed sharply with the Bush administration by blaming speculators for sharp price increases.

By Greg Toppo A supposed "pregnancy pact" that drew worldwide attention to eight teenage girls at a Massachusetts high school may be fiction, the city's school board chairman says. He says none of the girls has confirmed any pact on the record.

Text of report by South African Radio 702 website on 23 June [Unattributed report: "Leaders Urge SA To Clamp Down on Mugabe"] International leaders have urged South Africa to take strong action against Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe.

Text of report by Kenyan privately-owned TV station KTN on 23 June [Presenter] The international community is piling pressure on the Zimbabwean government to postpone the presidential run-off scheduled for this Friday, following the withdrawal of opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday.

Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'