General News Archive - August 18, 2008

Former US ambassador to the UN Richard Holbrook, who is currently visiting Georgia, has said that he witnessed "many terrible things" the Russian army did in Georgia during the recent hostilities.

Text of report by corporate-owned Russian news agency Interfax Moscow, 17 August: All the records for information provocation were beaten on Sunday [17 August], when it was announced that Russian peacekeepers were to be withdrawn from the Georgian-South Ossetian conflict zone, the deputy head of the Russian General Staff has told journalists.

Text of report by Israeli public radio station Voice of Israel Network B on 17 August Iran announced that before dawn it successfully launched into space a rocket capable of carrying a communications satellite. The name of the rocket is Ambassador of Hope and it weighs 20 kg.

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's resignation Monday left the question of his future unanswered. He had been facing the threat of impeachment from the ruling coalition as well as charges of misconduct. But until Monday, he had refused to quit.

By Christine Brennan BEIJING -- One of the reasons we fall in love with Olympic athletes is that they never overstay their welcome. They drop into our lives for two weeks every four years, then they drop right out again. They don't play a 162-game schedule.

By Dennis Cauchon Most tourists are gone, but local residents remain as the Florida Keys prepared for the arrival of Tropical Storm Fay later today.

South Florida was bracing Monday for the arrival of Tropical Storm Fay, with schools closed, tourists evacuating and the National Guard on alert.

Tropical Storm Fay was drenching western Cuba early Monday and headed for South Florida, where evacuations and school closures were announced. The storm brought flooding to Haiti and the Domincan Republic on the weekend, and at least six people died.

A hurricane warning was posted for Florida's southwestern coast midday Monday as Tropical Storm Fay left Cuba and headed north. At 11 a.m., forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Fay was located 70 miles south-southeast of Key West, moving north-northwest at 13 mph.

An Egyptian radio commentary by Hasan al-Ashmawi on 18 August dealt with the resignation of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. The commentary was entitled: "After Musharraf's resignation, Pakistan to enter new stage of democratic ruling".

Word of the Day
  • Stoppage; cessation (of labor).
  • A standing still or idling (of mills, factories, etc.).
The word chomage comes into English from French.]