General News Archive - August 26, 2008

TBILISI. Aug 25 (Interfax) - The Russian parliament's decision on Abkhazia and South Ossetia is an attempt to annex Georgian territories, said Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.

By Zarar Khan ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan's ruling coalition was at risk of collapsing today if its junior partner carries out a threat to quit unless judges ousted by ex-president Pervez Musharraf are restored immediately.

Excerpt from an article in Pashto entitled: "Civilian casualties drive people to the mountains," published by pro-government Afghan newspaper Weesa on 24 August Civilian casualties in Afghanistan are those incidents that make the patience of the people run thin repeatedly.

World News IN BRIEF *BAGHDAD Iraq and the US have agreed that a planned security pact would require all American troops to leave by the end of 2011, the Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, said.


Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Monday that all foreign troops must leave Iraq by the end of 2011. It was the Iraqi leader's toughest public statement since the U.S. and Iraq began negotiations over a security agreement last March.


Starbucks is on the brink of rolling out a serious reinvention of its breakfast food. Details of the chain's long-anticipated move into better-for-you food -- so hush-hush that it had its own code name, Morning Source -- will be unveiled today.

Text of editorial entitled "Dismissal of national army officers" published by Afghan newspaper Daily Afghanistan, part of the Afghanistan newspaper group, on 25 August Following an arbitrary bombardment by coalition forces in Shindand District of Herat Province, which left more than 90 civilians dead, President Hamed Karzai ordered the dismissal of two army commanders.

By Martha T. Moore DENVER -- Michelle Obama, whose husband calls her "the star" of their family, introduced herself Monday to the Democratic convention in a heartfelt speech invoking the dreams of her father and the hopes of her husband for the nation.

By Bill Keveney and Brian Mansfield American Idol's judging trio is now a quartet.

Text of report by Hungarian privately-owned liberal newspaper Nepszabadsag website, on 22 August [Commentary by Endre Aczel: "Cold War?"] The end of the eight-year Bush era will go down in history as the time when the right to the cold war rhetoric, forgotten for almost 20 years, was reasserted.

Word of the Day
  • A person in a secondary role, specifically the second most important character (after the protagonist).
The word 'deuteragonist' comes from a Greek word meaning 'an actor of second-class parts'.