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International News Archive - June 25, 2008

A water lily painting by Claude Monet, one of the last in private hands, sold for more than $80.5 million Tuesday in London, doubling the record for the artist.

FRENCH president Nicolas Sarkozy was rushed to safety after a shot rang out at the end of his state visit to Israel yesterday. Armed security men bundled him on to his plane, fearing a terror attack.

ZIMBABWE'S opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai was fleeing troops when he took refuge in the Dutch embassy in Harare, it emerged yesterday. Senegal's president Abdoulaye Wade revealed the details as he admitted hopes of Robert Mugabe and Tsvangirai sharing power were dwindling.

Text of report in English by Saudi newspaper Arab News website on 25 June [Editorial: "French contribution to Mideast peace"] French President Nicolas Sarkozy laid it on the line to his hosts when he addressed the Israeli Knesset on Monday.

By Carlos H. Conde What Rodel Laborte could not forget was the screaming of his fellow passengers. As the strong waves and wind tossed around the 24,000-ton ferry - "like a paper boat," he said - pandemonium broke out.

By Alissa J. Rubin An explosion apparently caused by a bomb in a district council building in the Sadr City neighborhood of Baghdad killed two American soldiers, at least six Iraqis and two civilians working for the U.S. military on Tuesday, the American command said.

By David Miliband I was asked this question repeatedly when I was in the United States last month. We've been pursuing the diplomatic track for several years, we've had four Security Council resolutions, and yet the Iranian regime is still busy installing new centrifuges.

By Isabel Kershner Three rockets fired from Gaza on Tuesday struck the Israeli border town of Sderot and its environs, causing no injuries but constituting the first serious breach of a five-day-old truce mediated by Egypt between Israel and Hamas, the Islamic organization that controls Gaza.

Text of analysis by Parviz Esma'ili on "Note" column headlined: "An analysis of the new 5+1 Group's package" published by Iranian newspaper Javan on 16 June "The recent visit by Javier Solana, the European Union's high representative for foreign affairs, to Tehran and submitting the proposed package by the group of 5+1 may be analyzed from different angles.

By DEBORAH ORR David Blundell, the chief crown prosecutor for the West Midlands, spoke rather too soon: "The special measures used in this case set a precedent. The level of anonymity used and the lengths gone to maintain it were more stringent than anything used in this country.

Word of the Day
obdormition
  • Sleep; the state or condition of being asleep.
  • The state or condition of numbness of a part due to pressure on a nerve: as, the obdormition of a limb.
The word 'obdormition' comes from a Latin word meaning "to fall asleep".
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