General News Archive - August 20, 2008

By Ian Johnston IT WAS hailed as "definitive evidence" that Bigfoot existed.

By Anne Penketh Nato linked the future of the alliance's relations with Moscow to the pullout of troops from Georgia yesterday and warned that "there can be no business as usual under present circumstances." Speaking after emergency talks of Nato foreign ministers in Brussels, the secretary-general, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, said: "The future of our relations will depend on the concrete actions Russia will take to honour the words of President (Dmitry) Medvedev to abide by the six-point peace plan, which is not happening at the moment." Ministers suspended meetings of the Nato-Russia council, a consultative body set up in 2002, as long as Russian troops were in Georgia.

By Kathy Kiely RALEIGH, N.C. -- Days, perhaps hours, before an expected announcement of his running mate, Barack Obama offered some clues Tuesday as to what he's looking for, suggesting that his pick might be an independent-minded person with a strong populist streak.

Text of report in English by Polish national independent news agency PAP Warsaw, 20 August: Poland is one of the USA's best friends, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday after a meeting with President Lech Kaczynski.

By Marlen Garcia BEIJING -- Nastia Liukin's twists and turns had the grace of a ballet dancer. Every flip was carefully choreographed and repeatedly rehearsed to get the most out of her lean body. This is how Liukin put her stamp on the Olympics and her sport.

A three-run home run by Crystl Bustos in the ninth inning Wednesday gave the United States a 4-1 win over Japan in the Olympic softball semifinals. The unique medal-round formula, however, created a situation in which the Americans and Japanese will meet again Thursday for the gold medal.

By Brian Knowlton Elisabeth Bumiller contributed reporting from Orlando, and John M. Broder from Albuquerque.

By Juliet Macur In her final chance for a gold medal at these Olympics, Shawn Johnson of the United States hopped up on the balance beam and sparkled in her blue and red leotard, her face unsmiling and serious. Three times, she had finished second at these Games.

By MATTHEW LEE By Matthew Lee The Associated Press BRUSSELS, Belgium NATO pulled its punches against Russia on Tuesday, suspending formal contacts as punishment for the Georgia invasion but bucking U.S. pressure for more severe penalties.

By Carlotta Gall and Sangar Rahimi New York Times News Service KABUL, Afghanistan -- Taliban insurgents mounted their most serious attacks in six years of fighting in Afghanistan over the last two days, including a coordinated assault by at least 10 suicide bombers against one of the largest American military bases in the country, and another by some 100 insurgents that killed 10 elite French paratroopers.

Word of the Day
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.