International News Archive - October 09, 2008

By Stephen Wilson ATHLETICS The International Olympic Committee is to retest doping samples from the Beijing Games to check for traces of a new blood-boosting drug and other banned substances.

By The Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) - The Iraqi foreign minister said Tuesday it will require "bold political decisions" to resolve the major issue standing in the way of a deal allowing American troops to remain here next year - who would try U.S.

By Eric Pfanner and Julia Werdigier Julia Werdigier reported from London. * The government of Iceland has taken extraordinary measures to stave off "national bankruptcy," as the credit crisis tightened its grip on this remote island nation in the North Atlantic.

The world population as a whole is expected to expand by 35 percent between 2008 and 2050. That continued uptrend , however, masks some very different developments in individual countries. Which of these countries will have the largest population by 2050? Answers A. Russia B. Japan C. Turkey D.

The Chinese government said it set aside about $44 million to help farmers who lose money in the country's tainted milk powder scandal.

Pacific Hurricane Norbert was 410 miles southwest of Mexico's Baja Peninsula early Thursday, moving slowly toward the Baja, U.S. forecasters said. At 2 a.m. PDT, Norbert had Category 3 winds of 125 mph with higher gusts, down from 12 hours earlier, when it had Category 4 135 mph winds, the U.S.

By MALCOLM RITTER By Malcolm Ritter The Associated Press NEW YORK Three U.S.-based scientists won a Nobel Prize on Wednesday for turning a glowing green protein from jellyfish into a revolutionary way to watch the tiniest details of life within cells and living creatures.

Text of report in English by privately-owned Jordan Times website on 9 October ["Search Under Way for 2 Missing Jordan Times Journalists" - Jordan Times Headline] By Mahmoud Al Abed and Mohammad Ghazal AMMAN -The search continued on Wednesday [8 Oct] for The Jordan Times editor and reporter Taylor Luck, 23, and freelance writer Holli Chmela, 27, who went missing during a vacation in Lebanon during the Id Al Fitr holiday.

Two U.S. journalists who were reported missing last week while vacationing in Lebanon are being held in Syria, Jordanian officials said Thursday. Holli Chmela, 27, and Taylor Luck, 23, hadn't been heard from since Oct. 1 when they left Beirut, CNN reported.


Satellite images captured before and after the 7-8 August clash between Georgia, South Ossetian separatists and Russia reveal that 424 civilian structures near Tskhinvali were damaged by 19 August – although they appeared intact in images taken on 10 August and earlier, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has reported.

Word of the Day
  • To befool; deceive; balk; jilt.
  • An illusion; a trick; a cheat.
The word 'begunk' may come from a nasalised variant of Scots begeck ("to deceive, disappoint"), equivalent to be- +‎ geck.