International News Archive - June 21, 2008

By The Associated Press ARGHANDAB, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghan and NATO troops backed by warplanes drove Taliban militants from villages within striking distance of southern Afghanistan's main city on Thursday, killing 56 of them, Afghan officials said.


The Olympic torch relay began today amid tight security in Tibet's sealed-off capital. Torch bearers were winding their way today through Lhasa's streets on a 6.8-mile run that will end at the hilltop Potala Palace.

World News IN BRIEF LHASA The capital of Tibet is preparing to host the Olympic torch relay today, three months after violent anti-government rioting rocked the city.

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap SEOUL, June 21 (Yonhap) - South Korea said Saturday [ 21 June] that the United States has agreed not to export beef to South Korea from cattle older than 30 months, the latest additional measure to meet concerns here over the safety of U.S beef.

Philippines officials Saturday said at least 12 people have died from drowning and landslides triggered by Typhoon Fengshen.

The passage of the Olympic torch relay through Tibet Saturday produced no overt anti-China demonstrations as an official ceremony was held in Lhasa.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice has become increasingly concerned North Korea might be seeking a new route to produce nuclear weapons, sources say.

BEIJING _ Olympic torchbearers trotted through the cordoned streets of the Tibetan capital of Lhasa Saturday as China displayed its tight grip on a region that only three months ago was ravaged by bloody rioting.

VOTERS in Zimbabwe were yesterday urged to have hope and courage in the face of violent intimidation by Robert Mugabe's regime.

Word of the Day
  • The parings of haberdine; also, any kind of fragments.
The word 'gubbings' is a variant of the word 'gobbon', meaning 'a portion, gobbet.'