General News Archive - July 11, 2008

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap [By Yoo Cheong-mo: "Lee Proposes Full Resumption of Inter-Korean Dialogue"] SEOUL, July 11 (Yonhap) - President Lee Myung-bak [Ri Myo'ng- pak] on Friday [ 11 July] proposed that South and North Korea immediately resume dialogue across the board for discussions on the denuclearization of North Korea, implementation of the existing inter-Korean summit agreements and cross-border humanitarian cooperation.

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap SEOUL, July 11 (Yonhap) - The shooting death of a South Korean tourist to a North Korean resort on Friday, the first such incident since the unprecedented tourism programme was launched nearly 10 years ago, is a tragedy that could have been foreseen, if not prevented, considering the danger in the area that was once home to the communist nation's submarine unit, officials said.

By David Jackson WASHINGTON -- Republican John McCain rebuked his friend and adviser Phil Gramm on Thursday for saying the U.S.

By Associated Press NEW YORK -- Joe Morgan looks at what's happened to the All-Star game, and he doesn't like what he sees. The Hall of Fame second baseman remembers when the top stars played all nine innings, when the All-Stars drew huge ratings. Not anymore.

The bodies of two U.S. soldiers kidnapped in an ambush more than a year ago in Iraq have been found by U.S. military, the family of one of the soldiers said. The military hasn't publicly confirmed the discovery, but officers visited the father of Sgt. Alex R.

By Marcia Dunn Associated Press CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- In a daring spacewalk, two space station astronauts cut into the insulation of their descent capsule Thursday and removed an explosive bolt that could have blown off their hands with firecracker force.

By Stephen Labaton Top officials in Washington struggled Thursday to reassure the markets about the financial health of the nation's two largest mortgage finance companies as their stock prices plunged to their lowest levels in 17 years on fears that they could face the possibility of a government bailout.

A day after losing a bid to scuttle a rival union's new labor contract with Hollywood's studios, the leaders of the Screen Actors Guild are insisting that they are determined to negotiate a better deal, despite the studios' assertion that bargaining is over.

The Bermuda Weather Service posted a tropical storm watch Friday as Hurricane Bertha spun 310 miles south-southeast of the island. At 11 a.m., the storm was packing sustained winds of 85 mph with gusts up to 105, forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

A female South Korean tourist was shot and killed by a North Korea soldier at Mount Geumgang, the Unification Ministry said Friday. Park Wang-ja, 53, of Seoul, was shot twice in her chest and leg when running away from a restricted military zone, the Korea Times said.

Word of the Day
  • To befool; deceive; balk; jilt.
  • An illusion; a trick; a cheat.
The word 'begunk' may come from a nasalised variant of Scots begeck ("to deceive, disappoint"), equivalent to be- +‎ geck.