International News Archive - July 11, 2008

The prime ministers of Turkey and Iraq signed an agreement Thursday on border security and trade relations. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as he began a two-day visit to Baghdad, CNN reported.


Shanghai's population is approaching 19 million, a source from the municipal population and family planning commission said.

Text of report by South African Radio 702 website on 11 July As high level talks continue in South Africa in a bid to solve the Zimbabwean crisis -Zimbabwe's opposition MDC [Movement for Democratic Change] has denied that it is formally negotiating with the ruling Zanu-PF [Zimbabwe African National Union -Patriotic Front].

Commenting on international reactions to Iran's military exercise on 11 July, Tehran Friday prayer leader, Ayatollah Mohammad Emami- Kashani, said: "World media have reported that Iran tested nine medium and long-range missiles.

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap BEIJING, July 11 (Yonhap) - North Korea and its dialogue partners here came close to a compromise Friday on how to check the authenticity of the secretive nation's recent account of its plutonium inventory, a South Korean official said.

Text of report by South African newspaper Business Day website on 10 July [Comment by Thami Mazwai: "Why Tsvangirai is not Helping Zimbabwe Crisis"] MANY still recall the Robert Mugabe who won his country's independence on the lofty principle of the right of Zimbabweans to choose their own government.

By Andrea Stone An editor who transmitted an apparently doctored photo of an Iranian missile test published around the world said Thursday the gaffe shows that news organizations must be careful about using government handouts.

Text of report by Nigerian radio from Abuja on 10 July [Commentary on Political crisis in Zimbabwe and the dilemma of the African Union by Malachy Ukpong -read by] Since independence in 1980, Zimbabwe has been ruled by President Robert Mugabe who with other nationalists like late Joshua Nkomo wrestle power from the white minority community in that country.

Negotiators meeting in Beijing on North Korea's denuclearization Friday focused on a mechanism to verify the North's disclosure of its nuclear programs.

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua "Analysis" by Yu Zhixiao: "Iran Nuclear Issue Likely To Fester Rather Reach Flashpoint."] BEIJING, July 11 (Xinhua) - Despite the recent flaring of tension on the longstanding Iranian nuclear standoff, the issue is unlikely to either trigger a war or inspire a quick peaceful solution in a short time, analysts say.

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