International News Archive - October 02, 2008

By The Associated Press ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) - Pakistan's army chief named a general considered a hawk in the fight against al-Qaida and the Taliban to head the country's powerful spy agency, asserting his control at a time of U.S.

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap Panmunjom [P'anmunjo'm], Korea, Oct.

Excerpt from report by Somalia's private commercial Radio Shabeelle on 2 October [Presenter] Deputy speaker of the Somali parliament has said Somali pirates are being supported by powerful nations so that they can use them as an excuse to invade Somali waters. Bashir Qalif Gani has more details.

Text of report by Pakistan's private television channel Geo News website on 2 October Washington: Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Wednesday [1October] that his country was being made a "scapegoat" for the international failure to contain insurgent violence in neighbouring Afghanistan.

Suicide bombers struck two Shiite mosques Thursday, killing at least 20 worshipers during early morning prayers in two areas of Baghdad, Iraqi officials said. The attacks occurred as Muslims were marking the end of the Ramadan fasting month.

By MOHAMED OLAD HASSAN By Mohamed Olad Hassan The Associated Press MOGADISHU, Somalia Somalia will allow foreign powers to use force if necessary against pirates who are holding a ship loaded with tanks for $20 million ransom, raising the stakes for bandits who are facing off against the United States and soon Moscow on the high seas.

The Associated Press MADRID, Spain Western intelligence agencies have long suspected that elements of Pakistan's spy service have aided the Taliban in Afghanistan, but a Spanish government report leaked to the media appears to be the first published assessment that spells out such cooperation .

Mongolian President Nambaryn Enkhbayar said Wednesday that the new government should intensify its efforts to boost mineral exploration in the landlocked country.


Internet use is booming in Ukraine, a business newspaper has reported. The author said that while Ukraine lags behind more developed nations in terms of Internet use, this also allows Internet-based businesses to avoid pitfalls.

Text of report in English by Taiwanese Central News Agency website [By Emmanuelle Tzeng] Taipei, Oct.

Word of the Day
  • A woman chauffeur.
  • A woman who operates an automobile.
The word 'chaffeuse' comes from French, and is the feminine form of 'chauffeur'.