General News Archive - August 15, 2008

By Mary Dejevsky As Russian forces started to hand over control of the Georgian town of Gori yesterday, you could detect a note of surprise, even disappointment, in many media reports. So the all-out Russian invasion of plucky little democratic Georgia might not be going to happen after all.

Nastia Liukin of the United States won the Olympic women's all-around gymnastics gold medal Friday in Beijing. The silver went to American Shawn Johnson. The bronze was won by Yang Yilin of China.

By Katrin Bennhold and Andrew E. Kramer Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will ask Georgia to sign a cease-fire plan agreed to this week, with the aim of securing full Russian withdrawal from Georgia, President Nicolas Sarkozy of France said after a two-hour meeting with Rice.

By Jill Lawrence WASHINGTON -- Onetime rivals Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton announced a detente Thursday: They will both be nominated for president at the Democratic National Convention this month in Denver.

By Marlen Garcia BEIJING -- Nastia Liukin delivered a trademark stellar balance beam routine in the Olympic all-around finals. She had the leaps of a ballerina and a perfect landing on her dismount this morning (Thursday night ET) at the National Indoor Stadium.

By Vicki Michaelis BEIJING -- With 200 more meters of otherworldly swimming, Michael Phelps could clinch the greatest Olympic performance ever.

By Jane Perlez Additional reporting by Salman Masood in Islamabad.

By Paul Newberry Associated Press BEIJING -- Michael Phelps hung on the lane rope in a familiar pose, admiring another world record while his rivals gasped for breath. Make it 6-for-6 at the Beijing Games. Next up: Mark Spitz and the grandest of Olympic records.

By David Nowak and Christopher Torchia Associated Press TBILISI, Georgia -- The foreign minister of Russia said Thursday that Georgia could "forget about" getting back its two breakaway provinces, and the former Soviet republic remained on edge as Russia sent tank columns to search out and destroy Georgian military equipment.

Statements purportedly helping John Edwards in a sex scandal blooming as he ran for president apparently had campaign ties, The New York Times says.

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