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General News Archive - August 03, 2008

By David Usborne After a week-long manhunt that ranged from Bermuda to Peru, police find father and daughter after tip-off The fugitive father who fled Boston with his seven-year-old daughter a week ago, sparking reports that he was stealing her away to a tropical hideaway aboard a spanking new yacht, was arrested by police yesterday in the much more mundane surroundings of a rented flat in Baltimore.

By Anne Penketh Diplomatic Editor Ahmadinejad ignores world powers' deadline for suspending enrichment Iran's President has issued a defiant warning to his country's "enemies" as Tehran ignored a deadline from world powers hoping to curb Iranian nuclear ambitions.

By Ibrahim Barzak Four people were killed and at least 40 injured yesterday in the worst day of internal fighting in Gaza for weeks. Amid loud explosions and gunfire in Gaza City, Hamas security forces took control of a Fatah stronghold and arrested dozens of people.

NEWS IN BRIEF :: US The number of Americans infected by the Aids virus each year is much higher than the US government has previously estimated, new statistics have revealed.

The Traverse City Film Festival in rural Michigan got some major Hollywood glitz Saturday when Madonna showed her documentary about Malawi orphans.

Visiting president Bashar Assad has said that his visit to Iran was not in connection with the nuclear issue. Assad made the remarks in a joint press conference with President Mahmud Ahmadinezhad at the end of his two-day visit to Tehran.

By Fred Tasker, The Miami Herald Aug. 3--The U.S. HIV epidemic is sharply worse than previously estimated, with thousands more people infected than realized, according to a new government way of calculating cases, officials said Saturday.

Western negotiators have given Iran more time to respond to pleas that it suspend its nuclear enrichment program or face new sanctions, sources said Sunday. The deadline for Iran's compliance was Saturday, but Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ignored the timetable.

North Korea says it will expel South Korean workers and tourists from a scenic resort in the north that has been used as a reconciliation gesture.

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "2nd Ld-Writethru: Olympic Torch Relay Ends First Leg in Quake-Hit Sichuan Province"] GUANG'AN, Sichuan Province, Aug.

Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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