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International News Archive - June 22, 2008

By The Associated Press HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) - Zimbabwe's opposition leader called on his supporters Friday to challenge President Robert Mugabe's rule in next week's runoff election despite a "wave of brutality" he says the government has unleashed.

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

By Jim Landers, The Dallas Morning News Jun. 22--JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia -- An extraordinary meeting happens here Sunday along the shores of the Red Sea when the great powers of oil -- producers, consumers, countries and companies -- try to find a formula to break the global fever of oil prices.

Excerpt from an article by Mohammad Ekram Andeshmand in Dari entitled: "The repetition of a failed policy", published by private Afghan newspaper Arman-e Melli on 19 June; original subheadings retained: Threatening After the Taleban attack on the Kandahar prison, which NATO said was a success for the group, the president of Afghanistan poured his anger on Pakistan.

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe yesterday insisted allegations of political violence in Zimbabwe were "lies". He told a rally that the Movement for Democratic Change had falsely claimed their supporters were being beaten up.

Doha Al-Jazeera Satellite Channel Television in Arabic at 0531 gmt on 22 June carries the following announcer-read report: "A delegation of IAEA experts will arrive in the Syrian capital, Damascus, today for talks with Syrian officials on Israeli-US allegations that Damascus had built a nuclear reactor, with the help of North Korea.

By ANGUS SHAW By Angus Shaw The Associated Press HARARE, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe accused the opposition of falsely claiming that their supporters were being beaten up ahead of next week's presidential runoff, state-run media reported Saturday.

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua by 2010: "Chinese Premier Says Reconstruction in Quake- Hit Shaanxi, Gansu To be Complete by 2010"] LANZHOU, June 22 (Xinhua) - The lives of quake-affected people should basically be back to normal in northwestern China's Shaanxi and Gansu Provinces in two months, and reconstruction in the two provinces should be basically completed, Premier Wen Jiabao said here on Sunday.

A team of U.N. investigators set out Sunday to visit a Syrian desert complex attacked by Israeli warplanes as a suspected nuclear reactor site.

By Foster Klug Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Pakistan's new ambassador to the United States is urging patience for those in Washington frustrated with his government's pursuit of peace deals with tribes along the lawless Pakistani-Afghan border.

Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'