International News Archive - October 08, 2008
By Andrew Buncombe Two protesters killed during clashes with riot police inside parliamentary compound in Bangkok Army chief reassures public that his troops are unarmed and there is no prospect of a military coup THE PRIME Minister of Thailand was forced to scale a fence and flee in a police helicopter yesterday as thousands of protesters barricaded parliament in the latest twist in the country's seething political turmoil.
By Andrew Buncombe Island state has chance to oust 71-year-old dictator in first free vote for 20 years A MAN nicknamed the "Mandela of the Maldives", Mohammed Anni Nasheed, concluded an exhausting and bitterly-fought presidential election campaign last night, ahead of a vote that will decide the future of the longest serving political leader in Asia.
By Michael Savage For years, Iceland had enjoyed an economic climate more favourable than its weather. But the country was leaving itself bitterly exposed, reports Michael Savage in Reykjavik THE DAYS grow ever darker in Reykjavik.
By Seth Mydans and Thomas Fuller In a day of street battles that left more than 300 people wounded, anti-government protesters surrounded Parliament on Tuesday, trapping hundreds of lawmakers inside throughout the afternoon.
By Eric Pfanner and Julia Werdigier The government of Iceland on Tuesday took extraordinary measures to try to save a financial system battered by the global credit crunch, saying it had sought an emergency loan from Russia to stave off the threat of "national bankruptcy." As the credit crunch tightened its grip on this remote island country in the North Atlantic, where a debt-fueled boom has turned to bust, the government took control of a second major bank and pegged the krona to a basket of currencies in an effort to arrest its plunge.
Text of report by Interfax-Ukraine news agency Ohrid (Macedonia), 8 October: Ukrainian Defence Minister Yuriy Yekhanurov believes that Ukrainian politicians should formulate a common position on NATO.
By Gillian Wong Associated Press BEIJING -- Lawyers advising the families of children sickened in China's tainted milk scandal said Tuesday they are facing growing official pressure to withdraw from the cases.
When Charles Shao started spending millions of dollars in 2004 to build a Chinese dairy farm that meets international quality standards, "everyone thought we were fools," he says.
By Jane Wardell Associated Press REYKJAVIK, Iceland -- This volcanic island near the Arctic Circle is on the brink of becoming the first "national bankruptcy" of the global financial meltdown.
Alcohol abuse by young, women rising in Greece ATHENS, Oct.