International News Archive - June 30, 2008

Text of report by Israel radio on 30 June Defence officials said that the agreement on returning the kidnapped soldiers from Lebanon will be signed after Israel receives intelligence reports from Hezbollah regarding the fate of missing airman Ron Arad.

By Joel Greenberg Chicago Tribune JERUSALEM (MCT) -- After an emotional public debate, Israel's Cabinet on Sunday approved a deal with Hezbollah for the return of two Israeli soldiers believed to be dead and whose capture two years ago triggered a monthlong war with the Lebanese guerrilla group.

By From news reports A truck bomb detonated Sunday by remote control north of Baghdad killed six police officers and a member of a local group of Sunni volunteers who have turned against the insurgents, the police said.

By From news reports President Robert Mugabe was preparing to be sworn in for a new term Sunday, extending his nearly three decades in power after a discredited election overshadowed by violence against the opposition.

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo [By John Duce] Beijing, June 30 Kyodo - A group of envoys from the Dalai Lama arrived in Beijing on Monday for talks with Chinese government officials aimed at easing tension after Tibet and neighbouring provinces were hit by riots earlier this year.

BARA, Pakistan - Pakistan's new government claimed success yesterday in its first military operation against Islamic extremists, moving against warlords who were threatening to overrun the major city of Peshawar.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised news of a Israeli-Hezbollah prisoner swap, saying it showed progress in ending conflict between the two entities.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown called on the African Union to tell Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe the African country needs a new government.

By Aron Heller JERUSALEM - The Israeli government agreed Sunday to free a Lebanese gunman convicted in one of the grisliest attacks in the country's history in exchange for the bodies of two Israeli soldiers killed by Hezbollah guerrillas.

By Riaz Khan PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Pakistani paramilitary forces destroyed a handful of militant centers and uncovered alleged torture cells as they pressed ahead Sunday with an offensive against extremists near the Afghan border, officials said.

Word of the Day
  • A person or thing gazed at with wonder or curiosity, especially of a scornful kind.
The 'stock' of 'gazingstock' comes from an Old English word meaning 'tree trunk' or 'wood'.