General News Archive - August 14, 2008

By Anne Penketh America and the EU have sent forceful messages of political support to the Georgian government as they endorsed a French- brokered peace plan following Georgia's humiliating rout at the hands of the Russian army.

PRESIDENT George Bush sent US forces into Georgia last night - and warned Russia not to stand in their way. Pressure on Russia to end the crisis was dramatically hiked up as America launched a "vigorous and ongoing" campaign.

Russia's permanent representative at the United Nations, Vitaliy Churkin, has written an official letter to the President of the UN Security Council explaining Russia's stance on the Georgian-South Ossetian conflict.

By Jim Michaels WASHINGTON -- President Bush on Wednesday turned up the pressure on Russia to halt its invasion of Georgia by announcing that the U.S. military is sending humanitarian aid into the former Soviet Republic's capital.

By Donna Leinwand and Alan Gomez Police in Little Rock are trying to figure out why a man walked into the Democratic Party headquarters there, calmly asked for the state party chairman and fatally shot him. Police Lt.

By Mike Dodd BEIJING -- The man who saved Michael Phelps' chance for eight gold medals finally got a piece of individual hardware for himself this morning (Wednesday night ET).

By Paul Overberg and Emily Bazar The number of minorities in the USA is growing so briskly that non-Hispanic whites will lose their majority status in 2042, years before demographers had previously projected, according to Census data released today.

Excerpt from report by corporate-owned Russian news agency Interfax Tbilisi, 14 August: The city of Gori, which is located not far from the Georgian-South Ossetian border, is controlled jointly by representatives of the Georgian police and Russian forces, Russian Defence Ministry representative Maj-Gen Vyacheslav Borisov has told Georgian journalists.

By Ellen Barry Sabrina Tavernise contributed reporting from Gori; Andrew E. Kramer from Tbilisi; Michael Schwirtz from Zugdidi, Clifford Levy from Moscow, Anne Barnard from Moscow; Graham Bowley from New York; and Justyna Mielnikiewicz from Gori.

From wire reports BEIJING Kosuke Kitajima of Japan swept the breaststroke events in his second straight Olympics late Wednesday , winning the 200-meter race at the Beijing Games. Kitajima became the first swimmer to claim both the 100 and 200 gold medals at consecutive games.

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