General News Archive - July 23, 2008

By Leonard Doyle ON A HELICOPTER tour over Baghdad, a relaxed Barack Obama was flashing his famous smile at the US commander David Petraeus, with whom he has sparred in the past.

By Donald Macintyre Barack Obama arrived last night in Jerusalem for a 24-hour visit to Israel and the West Bank after promising he would work for a negotiated breakthrough in the Middle East conflict, "starting from the minute I'm sworn into office".

By MARCUS TANNER HOW FRUSTRATED Carla del Ponte must feel. The former chief prosecutor of the Hague war crimes tribunal was desperate to see Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic in the dock before she stood down.

By Emily Ramshaw, The Dallas Morning News Jul. 23--ELDORADO, Texas -- Six men from a West Texas polygamist community -- including incarcerated sect leader Warren Jeffs -- have been indicted by a grand jury on charges including felony sexual assault of a child.

By Carl Prine, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 23--Andrea Curry-Demus waddled around her apartment wearing a faux womb. She arranged telephone calls from doctors to convince her husband she was pregnant.

By Lindsay McIntosh ON MONDAY, Christian Bale was a superhero. Through hoards of cheering fans, he swaggered up the red carpet to the European premiere of the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight, in which he plays the brooding, crime-fighting protagonist.

By Anthony H. Cordesman Having just returned from the Middle East, I find it hard to have much optimism about peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Israel sees Hamas' control of Gaza as a situation it cannot do anything about.

By Rick Jervis and Oren Dorell The winds of Dolly grew to hurricane force Tuesday and the storm was set to hit the Texas-Mexico border today with heavy rains that could cause serious flooding and levee breaks.

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By Todd Zolecki, The Philadelphia Inquirer Jul. 23--NEW YORK -- So, chew on this one for a moment: So Taguchi. Yeah, So Taguchi. The guy who has been buried so deep on the Phillies' bench that he might as well be the 26th man on a 25-man roster.

Word of the Day
  • A person in a secondary role, specifically the second most important character (after the protagonist).
The word 'deuteragonist' comes from a Greek word meaning 'an actor of second-class parts'.