International News Archive - October 14, 2008

By Anne Penketh World Focus North Korea If you were keeping a scorecard of the nuclear brinkmanship between North Korea and the United States, today it would show game, set and match for Pyongyang over the world's only remaining superpower.

World in brief STOCKHOLM Paul Krugman, the Princeton University scholar and New York Times columnist, has won the Nobel Prize in economics for his analysis of how economies of scale can affect trade patterns and the location of economic activity.

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap [Yonhap headline: "N.K. Foreign Minister in Moscow To Discuss Nuclear, Wider Ties: Report"] SEOUL, Oct.

By Catherine Rampell Paul Krugman, a professor at Princeton University and an outspoken columnist for The New York Times and the International Herald Tribune, was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences on Monday.

By Landon Thomas Jr. and Alan Cowell Alan Cowell reported from Paris. Mark Landler contributed reporting from Washington, Katrin Bennhold and David Jolly from Paris, and Julia Werdigier from London. Vikas Bajaj contributed reporting from New York and Carter Dougherty from Frankfurt.

Text of report in English by Thai newspaper The Nation website on 14 October [Unattributed report: "Thailand will act in self -defence : Cambodia told"] If Cambodia resorts to use of force, Thailand will have to exercise its right of self-defence as provided under the Charter of the United Nations: Thai FM Tensions along Thai and Cambodian border have flared up again on Tuesday after Thailand refused to follow Cambodia's threat to withdraw its troops from an area near Preah Vihear Temple.


Famine on a scale never before seen in Zimbabwe is quickly and quietly overtaking the country, aid workers said.

Deforestation and haphazard farming techniques have turned Haiti into an ecological disaster responsible for many storm-related deaths, officials say.

Two people were killed and 50,000 residents of China's Hainan province were evacuated after four days of torrential rains caused flooding, officials said.

Word of the Day
  • An uxorious, effeminate, or spiritless man.
  • A timorous, cowardly fellow.
Probably a blend of meek and cock, or from meek +‎ -ock (“diminutive suffix”).