General News Archive - August 19, 2008

By Anne Penketh European leaders will attempt to bury their differences and send a tough message to Moscow at an emergency meeting of Nato today, where there will be calls to freeze ties between the Western alliance and Russia in the aftermath of the war in Georgia.

The Pakistani ruling coalition that engineered President Pervez Musharraf's resignation must show it is ready to lead, political analysts said.

By Helene Cooper, C.J. Chivers and Clifford J. Levy Helene Cooper reported from Washington, C.J. Chivers from Georgia and Clifford J. Levy from Moscow. Anne Barnard and Ellen Barry contributed reporting from Moscow; Andrew E.

By Paul Wiseman and Richard Wolf The Bush administration and key members of Congress praised Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's decision to resign Monday, even as experts on the nuclear-armed, terrorist-infested nation warned of possible short-term political instability. U.S.

By Salman Masood The new governing civilian coalition that engineered the ouster of President Pervez Musharraf faces some tough challenges following Musharraf's resignation, political analysts said Monday, chief among them the deteriorating economy and the continued threat from a resurgent Taliban.

Georgian newspaper Rezonansi has asked Georgian pundits to comment on the implications of the conflict with Russia. Political analyst Ramaz Saqvarelidze said that Russia's actions could lead to a new cold war.

The extent of damage Georgia received during the recent Russian military incursion isn't as widespread as first indicated, a tour of western Georgia showed.

The French government said Tuesday 10 of its soldiers died in fighting near Kabul, while U.S. and Afghan forces killed several insurgents in other clashes.

By Kim Sengupta; Shaun Walker Russian forces continued to occupy swaths of Georgia yesterday, despite a promise by President Dmitry Medvedev to withdraw his forces. Russia was also accused of reinforcing its military presence in South Ossetia.

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency); subheadings as received [Xinhua "Analysis" by Rao Bo, Li Jingchen: "Uncertainties Linger After Musharraf's Resignation"] ISLAMABAD, Aug.

Word of the Day
  • A bereavement by loss of parents or children; the state of being orbate; orbation.
The word 'orbity' ultimately comes from a Latin word meaning 'bereaved'.