General News Archive - August 28, 2008

LEADING ARTICLE The future of two enclaves should not be allowed to spark conflict Russia's action in recognising the unilaterally declared independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia was hasty, intemperate and ill-advised. It was also utterly predictable.

By Alex Rodriguez MOSCOW - The Kremlin's decision Tuesday to recognize the independence of Georgia's two breakaway enclaves deepens what has become Washington's worst crisis with Moscow since the end of the Cold War - a crisis that has revealed the West's lack of leverage over a confident, aggressive Russia.

Russia was condemned Wednesday by its fellow G8 members for invading Georgia and undermining its authority over South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

By Jenny Haworth IMPROVED treatments for schizophrenia and motor neurone disease could be available within two decades thanks to Scottish experiments using a new type of stem cell.

By Dan Vergano Call it "Extreme Makeover, the Cellular Edition." A team of biologists has turned mouse pancreas tissue into specialized cells, the same ones that go missing in juvenile diabetes.

By Jill Lawrence DENVER -- Putting the bitter primary season behind him, former president Bill Clinton declared Wednesday night that Barack Obama is "ready to lead America and restore American leadership in the world." Minutes into his speech, Clinton said the next president needs to "rebuild the American Dream and restore America's standing in the world.""Barack Obama is the man for this job," he said, to roars from the packed hall.

By William M. Welch DENVER -- Taking his spot on the Democratic ticket Wednesday night, vice presidential nominee Joe Biden launched a forceful assault on Republican John McCain and said the nation "needs more than a good soldier" as president.

By Stephen Graham Associated Press ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistani troops drove off a Taliban attack on a fort and pounded another band of militants holed up in a health center, officials said Wednesday as fighting spread to a third area of the tribal belt along the Afghan border.

By David Usborne THE MESSAGE from Hillary Clinton to supporters in Denver was as neon as the tangerine pantsuit she wore to the ball.

By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN By Michael Kunzelman and Tamara Lush The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS On the eve of Hurricane Katrina's third anniversary, a nervous New Orleans watched Wednesday as another storm threatened to test everything the city has rebuilt, and officials made plans to evacuate people, pets and hospitals in an attempt to avoid Katrina- style chaos.

Word of the Day
  • A serpent whose bite was fabled to produce intense thirst.
The word 'dipsas' comes from a Greek word meaning 'thirst'.