International News Archive - July 13, 2008

By The Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) - Police revealed stinging new allegations against Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Friday, accusing him of pocketing tens of thousands of dollars by deceiving multiple sources into paying for the same trips abroad.The latest revelations came just after police grilled Olmert for a third time in a widening corruption probe - and made it even harder for him to hold on to his job and carry out peace talks with the Palestinians and Syria.Police said Olmert is suspected of obtaining $100,000 before he became prime minister by getting multiple sources - among them state and public organizations including charities - to pay for identical trips abroad so he could pocket the difference.The allegations were the most damaging for Olmert since police accused him in May of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash-stuffed envelopes from an American entrepreneur when he was a Cabinet minister and mayor of Jerusalem.Olmert served as Jerusalem mayor f

Text of report in English by Syrian News Agency SANA website ["Joint News Conference of Presidents al-Asad, Sarkozy, Sulayman and Emir of Qatar " - SANA headline] Paris, 12 Jul(SANA) - President Bashar al-Asad said he thanked French President Nicolas Sarkozy for inviting him and the invitation for the mini quartet summit and for his firm commitment to what has been agreed upon in Saturday's meetings.

Text of report by South African Radio 702 website on 12 July [OSC Transcribed Text] Liberian president, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf says the instability and crisis in Zimbabwe will continue to affect the Southern African region.

:: FRANCE France's President Nicolas Sarkozy, whose country holds the EU presidency, met his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al-Assad, ahead of an EU-Mediterranean summit in Paris today.


Pakistan's top diplomat said Saturday there are no U.S. or other foreign military personnel on the hunt for Osama bin Laden in his nation, and none will be allowed in to search for the al-Qaida leader.

A near-stationary Hurricane Bertha weakened to tropical storm status Sunday, 220 miles southeast of Bermuda, U.S. forecasters in Miami reported. The storm had sustained winds of 70 mph with gusts up to 90 mph, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Pope Benedict XVI says he will try to heal the scars inflicted by clergy sexual abuse during his Australian pilgrimage for World Youth Day celebrations. The Pope arrived Sunday at a military base near Sydney and was greeted by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, the Voice of America reported.

Text of analytical report by Anisa Shahid, entitled: "Attack on Indian embassy harms the country's political prestige" by independent Afghan newspaper Cheragh on 10 July Three days passed from the attack on the Indian embassy, but discussions are still continuing about it in the media.

A weakening tropical storm Bertha was packing 65 mph winds Sunday night as it slowly advanced toward Bermuda, U.S. forecasters in Miami reported.

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  • Emitting flashes of light; glittering.
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