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International News Archive - June 26, 2008

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap SEOUL, June 26 (Yonhap) - South Korea said Thursday it will start quarantine inspections of US beef from Friday as the government officially lifted its ban on imports despite lingering public concerns over mad cow disease.

By Choe Sang-Hun The government this week will remove the last legal barrier blocking American beef imports from reaching South Korean store shelves, officials announced on Wednesday, following weeks of demonstrations set off by fears that the meat may not be safe from mad cow disease.

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo Pyongyang, June 26 Kyodo - The US State Department's top Korea expert arrived in Pyongyang on Thursday afternoon, ahead of a series of events expected to end a six-month stall in the six-way process for denuclearizing North Korea.

ROBERT MUGABE'S latest reign of terror in Zimbabwe is a naked assault not just on his own citizens, but also on democratic institutions everywhere.

Internally displaced Zimbabweans were outside the South African Embassy in Harare, seeking help as conditions in Zimbabwe deteriorate, opposition leaders say.

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo Seoul, June 26 Kyodo - South Korea on Thursday welcomed North Korea's submission of a list of its nuclear programmes to China.

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Nelson Mandela accused President Mugabe of a "tragic failure of leadership" last night, as southern Africa turned its back on the Zimbabwean leader.

Leviathan Energy founder Dr. Daniel Farb arrived in Israel just three years ago, and he believes he can make his mark on the country's renewable energy market in about the same amount of time.

Text of report in English by independent, non-governmental Palestinian Ma'an News Agency website ["De Facto Government Accuses Al-Aqsa Brigades of Violating Gaza Truce and Threatens Action" - Ma'an headline] Gaza, 26 June: The de facto government in Gaza warned all Palestinian groups against violating the ceasefire agreement on Thursday.

President Robert Mugabe faced deeper international isolation on Wednesday, with African states demanding that a discredited runoff election be postponed and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela rebuking the Zimbabwean leader for the first time.

Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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