International News Archive - July 01, 2008

By The Associated Press HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) - Zimbabwe's longtime ruler Robert Mugabe was sworn in as president for a sixth term Sunday after a widely discredited runoff in which he was the only candidate.

By The Associated Press PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) - 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.

Text of report by South Africa-based Zim Online website on 1 July [Report by Lizwe Sebatha: "Rights Body Urges AU To Impose Sanctions on Mugabe"] BULAWAYO - A leading international human rights body has urged the African Union (AU) to impose punitive sanctions against President Robert Mugabe's government after the veteran leader's re- election in a controversial single-candidate election denounced by critics as a sham.


I suspect that when Robert Mugabe dies, his soul will end up neither in heaven nor hell. More likely, the Zimbabwean strongman's hereafter will be the same spiritual pit that holds the remains of Ian Smith, the white supremacist whom Mugabe chased from power in 1980.

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo New Delhi, July 1 Kyodo - Chinese government officials and envoys of the Dalai Lama began a second round of talks Tuesday in Beijing, a spokesman of the Tibetan government-in-exile said.

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "China Opposes Linking Tibet-Related Issues To Olympics"] Beijing, July 1 (Xinhua) - China on Tuesday expressed resolute opposition to connecting Tibet-related issues with the Beijing Olympic Games.

Militants killed more U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan in June than in Iraq for the second straight month, after a run of headline- grabbing insurgent attacks that analysts say underscore the Taliban's growing strength.

Text of report by Nepalese newspaper The Himalayan Times website on 1 July Kathmandu, 1 July: Police today arrested 42 Tibetan exiles from Fuklingkatti VDC [village development committee area] of Sindhupalchowk District near the China-Nepal border.

Portuguese officials said Tuesday the investigation into Madeleine McCann's disappearance will be shelved because of lack of evidence. While effectively ending the 14-month probe, police said their investigation could be reopened if new evidence surfaces, The Times of London reported.

Text of report by South African newspaper The Star website on 1 July [Report by Fiona Forde: "Strong AU Action on Zimbabwe Seems Unlikely"] Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt - Hopes for a tough resolution that will bring an end to Zimbabwe's political crisis were fading as the African Union summit entered its second and final day.

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.'