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General News Archive - August 21, 2008

By Mike Rowbottom Usain Bolt ran to the limits of his ability last night to become sprinting's new Superman, writes Mike Rowbottom It was hard to know which was the most arresting sight here in the "Bird's Nest" stadium last night - that of the trackside clock registering 19.30sec at the conclusion of the Olympic 200 metres final, or that of the man who had stopped it there to better Michael Johnson's monumental mark of 19.32, actually heaving for breath.

Text of commentary by Neda Bahari in International Desk, headlined "The after-shocks of a five-day war" published by Persian daily Iran website on 14 August International Desk, Neda Bahari: All the signs and evidence clearly show that the hard battle between Tbilisi and the Kremlin in South Ossetia, which apparently has come to a halt after orders by [Russian President ] Medvedev, is not going to finish very soon.

By Brian Skoloff Associated Press PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Emergency crews launched airboats into submerged streets Wednesday to rescue central Florida residents trapped by rising floodwaters from a stalled Tropical Storm Fay, which soaked the state for a third consecutive day.

By Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Robert Burns Associated Press BAGHDAD -- Iraqi and U.S. negotiators have completed a draft security agreement that would see American troops leave Iraqi cities as soon as June 30, Iraqi and American officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

By Associated Press NEW YORK -- As soon as Mike Pelfrey emerged from the dugout for the ninth inning, the Shea Stadium crowd roared its approval. The big right-hander had come close before, but this time he was determined to finish the job.

By Jimmy Golen Associated Press BEIJING -- The Chinese and the wretched Beijing weather were no match for Misty May-Treanor and "Six Feet of Sunshine." May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh won their second consecutive gold medal in beach volleyball today, playing through a steady and sometimes driving rain to beat China in straight sets and extend their winning streak to 108 matches in a row.

By Harold Heckle Associated Press MADRID, Spain -- A jetliner heading to the popular Canary Islands vacation resort crashed during takeoff Wednesday, turning a wooded area off the end of a runway into a hellish scene of charred bodies and smoldering wreckage.

Text of report by Hungarian privately-owned conservative newspaper Magyar Nemzet, on 16 August [Interview with Gyorgy Nogradi, security policy expert, by Levente Sitkei; place, date not given: "New Cold War in Georgian- Russian Disguise - Gyorgy Nogradi says 'historical' sins will trouble conscience of anonym adviser to Tbilisi leadership - battles are not about South Ossetia"] [Levente Sitkei] If you are small and weak, you will not start banging your neighbour's door who happens to be a wrestling champion, but Georgia's President [Mikhail Saakashvili] did exactly that.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was in Baghdad Thursday on an unannounced trip to review the status of talks on the future of U.S. troops in Iraq.

By HAROLD HECKLE By Harold Heckle The Associated Press MADRID, Spain A jetliner heading to the Canary Islands crashed during takeoff Wednesday, turning a wooded area off the end of a runway into a hellish scene of charred bodies and smoldering wreckage.

Word of the Day
saggar
  • A ceramic container used inside a fuel-fired kiln to protect pots from the flame.
The word 'saggar' may come from 'safeguard'.
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