General News Archive - June 25, 2008

By Alan Cowell and Celia W. Dugger Alan Cowell reported from London and Celia W. Dugger from Johannesburg. Neil MacFarquhar reported from the United Nations.

LEADING ARTICLE ZIMBABWE Hope has been a stranger to Zimbabwe of late. The country has descended into a murderous dictatorship faster than anyone had imagined possible.

U.S. Sen. Barack Obama has asked key contributors to help retire the debt of his former Democratic U.S. presidential nomination rival Sen. Hillary Clinton. During the primary campaign, Clinton, D-N.Y., amassed a $10 million vendor debt.

By SANDY COHEN By Sandy Cohen The Associated Press LOS ANGELES T-Pain transformed the BET Awards into a circus Tuesday with a multi-artist medley that showed the rapper and singer's wide- ranging influence on urban music.

By HANNAH ALLAM By Hannah Allam McClatchy News Service BAGHDAD A bomb hidden in a meeting room killed two U.S. soldiers and two American government employees Tuesday at a local council office in the Baghdad district of Sadr City, according to the U.S. military. U.S.

By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS By Julie Hirschfeld Davis The Associated Press WASHINGTON A massive foreclosure rescue bill cleared a key Senate test Tuesday by an overwhelming margin, with Democrats and Republicans both eager to claim election-year credit for helping hard-pressed homeowners.

By DION NISSENBAUM By Dion Nissenbaum McClatchy News Service JERUSALEM Palestinian militants fired three homemade rockets into southern Israel on Tuesday, jeopardizing Israel's six-day-old cease-fire with Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip.


The U.S. Supreme Court ruled punitive damages were allowed in a suit over the Exxon Valdez oil spill, but lowered the award to $507.5 million from $2.5 billion.


Third-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia has been ousted by Russia's Marat Safin in the second round of Wimbledon. Australian Open champion Djokovic lost 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 to the No.75-ranked Safin on Centre Court on Wednesday.

Text of report by South Africa-based Zim Online website on 25 June [Report by Jameson Mombe: "SADC Meets on Zim as US Says Will Not Recognise Poll"] JOHANNESBURG - The United States (US) has said it will not recognise the outcome of Zimbabwe's presidential run-off election on Friday being held amid worsening political violence that has killed 86 opposition members and displaced 200,000 others.

Word of the Day
  • Stoppage; cessation (of labor).
  • A standing still or idling (of mills, factories, etc.).
The word chomage comes into English from French.]