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International News Archive - October 07, 2008

By Patrick Cockburn THE FIRST serious talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban took place 10 days ago in Mecca under the auspices of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. During the discussions all sides agreed that the war in Afghanistan is going to be solved by dialogue and not by fighting.

World in brief PARIS The son of the late President Franois Mitterrand (below), as well as a former interior minister and several other men who were once among France's most powerful went on trial yesterday over the sale of 450m worth of weapons to Angola.

By The Associated Press DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) - The Taliban are furious about the latest apparent U.S. missile strike in Pakistan, indicating a senior militant might be among two dozen people killed, officials and residents said Sunday.

Text of report in English by Czech national public-service news agency CTK Prague, 7 October: Czech Education Minister Ondrej Liska (Greens, SZ) has smoked marijuana several times, he admitted in a recent discussion with secondary school students in Dvur Kralove, east Bohemia, the daily Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) writes today.

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo Seoul, Oct.

By John Lichfield; Tony Paterson * Leaders attempt to show unity as market crisis raises threat of new political rifts European governments were struggling last night to prevent the financial crisis from exploding into a political crisis that could shake the foundations of the European Union.

Tropical Storm Marco was headed for landfall on Mexico's east coast early Tuesday with 65 mph winds, U.S. forecasters in Miami said. At 5 a.m., the storm was about 105 miles southeast of Tuxpan, Mexico, moving toward the west-northwest near 8 mph, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

The Associated Press BEIJING China's Cabinet vowed a complete overhaul of the scandal-ridden dairy industry Monday, pledging to inspect every link from the farm to the dinner table to try to restore public trust in Chinese-made food products.

U.S. military officials disputed Iranian reports that a U.S. military jet was forced to land at an Iranian airport after violating the country's airspace.

Text of report by state-run Iranian Arabic-language television news channel Al-Alam on 7 October [News anchor] A senior military source denied in a statement to Al-Alam that the plane that was forced to land on Iranian territories is an American or a military jet.

Word of the Day
out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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