General News Archive - August 12, 2008

As the world sees it ... *Russia's brazen blitzkrieg-syle military attacks on the independent and democratic state of Georgia warrant worldwide condemnation, and much more.

By Lindsay McIntosh RUSSIAN troops advanced into Georgia yesterday, shifting the bloody conflict out of its separatist regions and prompting claims from the Georgian president that Moscow had "cut the country in half".

By Gerri Peev political correspondent GORDON Brown, the Prime Minister, has condemned Russia's actions in Georgia as "unjustified" and warned that the escalation in tension risked destabilising the entire region.

By Vicki Michaelis and Mike Dodd BEIJING -- This time, Michael Phelps made it look easy.

By Alexander Darchiev We were stunned by the U.S. reaction to Georgia's aggression against South Ossetia.

Text of report by Slovak privately-owned independent newspaper Sme website, on 11 August [Commentary by Peter Valasek, director of Centre for European Reform in London: "Georgia's desperate attempt"] Only Mikheil Saakashvili knows why he went to war in South Ossetia.

From wire reports SENAKI, Georgia Russian armored columns entered the western Georgian city of Senaki and seized a Georgian military base Monday night after issuing an ultimatum to Georgia to disarm its troops along the boundary with the separatist territory of Abkhazia.

By ROBERT JONES AMERICAN Michael Phelps today equalled the record for the most Olympic gold medals in history by claiming his third at the 2008 Games.

By GARY D'AMATO Beijing -- The post-Hamm era in U.S. men's gymnastics began with the Americans determined to prove they could still be competitive at the Beijing Olympics. They were that, and a whole lot more.

The U.S. import-export gap shrank in June in spite of an increasing gap in oil products, the U.S. Commerce Department reported Thursday. Exports in June totaled $164.4 billion, while imports totaled $221.2 billion.

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'