General News Archive - August 23, 2008

By The Associated Press EMPORIA, Va.

By The Associated Press ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) - Suicide bombers killed 59 people at a huge arms factory Thursday in one of Pakistan's deadliest terror attacks, adding to turmoil from political squabbling that is threatening to tear apart the ruling coalition now that Pervez Musharraf has quit as president.The twin bombings, which also wounded 70 people, hit one of Pakistan's most sensitive and heavily guarded military installations, underlining the threat posed by Islamic militants to the Muslim world's only nuclear-armed nation as well as its war-ravaged neighbor, Afghanistan.Just hours before the blasts, which were claimed by the Pakistani Taliban as a response to army attacks on militants, a key party in the government coalition threatened to quit in a power struggle that has dismayed many Pakistanis and the country's Western backers.Workers were streaming through two gates of the sprawling factory complex in Wah, 20 miles west of Islamabad, during a shift change about 2 p.m.

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "Obama Names Biden as VP Candidate"] WASHINGTON, Aug.

Presumptive U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama Saturday confirmed he has chosen Delaware Sen. Joe Biden as his running mate. A text message from the campaign of the Illinois senator bearing the news was sent out to field workers early Saturday, CNN reported.

By CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER READ THE FIRST five paragraphs of the NATO statement on the Russian invasion of Georgia and you will find not a hint of who invaded whom. The statement is almost comically evenhanded. "We deplore all loss of life," it declared, as if deploring a bus accident.

Text of report headlined "Qura'an was witness to pact on judges return" published by Pakistani newspaper The News website on 23 August Islamabad: "Bring in the Holy Qura'an," Asif Ali Zardari ordered one of his aides at the Zardari House on the evening of August 5, 2008 when he realised that once-bitten Nawaz Sharif was this time reluctant to believe in his word of mouth.

Tropical Storm Fay made its sixth landfall over the Central Florida panhandle Saturday, with another five inches of rain likely, forecasters said. The National Hurricane Center said Fay was packing sustained winds of 45 mph and would most likely keep its strength over the next two days.

The United States won both 1,600-meter relays Saturday, helping take some of the sting off a disappointing Olympic track effort by the Americans.

Georgian officials Saturday said Russian troops have withdrawn from major portions of the country but are keeping some checkpoints running.

Dong Min Cha of South Korea and Maria del Rosario Espinoza of Mexico won the last two taekwondo gold medals awarded at the Beijing Olympics Saturday. Cha scored three points in the first round to defeat Alexandros Nikolaidis of Greece in the over 80-kilogram weight class.

Word of the Day
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.