International News Archive - July 15, 2008

By The Associated Press PARIS (AP) - Embattled Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert declared Sunday that Israel and the Palestinians have never been closer to making peace - even as a widening corruption probe brings him closer than ever to being ousted from office.

By The Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) - The Israeli government said it will swap prisoners with the Lebanese guerrilla group Hezbollah on Wednesday, closing a chapter between the enemies two years after they fought an inconclusive war.

By The Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A multi-pronged militant assault on a small, remote U.S. base close to the Pakistan border killed nine American soldiers and wounded 15 Sunday in the deadliest attack on U.S. forces in Afghanistan in three years, officials said.

Excerpt from report by state-owned TBC (Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation) radio on 15 July There have been mixed reactions to the decision by the chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, to indict Sudanese President Umar al-Bashir for war crimes.

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo Phnom Penh, July 15 Kyodo - Some 30 Thai soldiers on Tuesday entered Cambodia's territory in the vicinity of a disputed temple but some later crossed back over the border, a government official said Tuesday.

By Shashank Bengali McClatchy Newspapers JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Describing a systematic government campaign to decimate the people of Darfur, the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor on Monday charged the president of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, with genocide and war crimes and called for his arrest.

A security threat Tuesday forced former British Prime Minister Tony Blair to cancel a visit to the Gaza Strip, prompting him to return to Jerusalem instead.

By Steve Bloomfield The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court charged Sudan's president, Omar al-Bashir, with genocide yesterday, accusing him of masterminding a campaign to "destroy" three tribes in Darfur, killing 35,000 people and persecuting 2.5 million refugees in the process.

By Terri Judd Three men accused of plotting to kill thousands of people in suicide attacks on transatlantic jets have admitted conspiring to cause explosions.

Tropical Storm Bertha showed signs of regaining hurricane status Tuesday after brushing Bermuda and moving northeast, U.S. forecasters said. At 5 a.m., Bertha, with sustained 70 mph winds and gusts up to 85 mph, was centered 190 miles north-northeast of Bermuda, the U.S.

Word of the Day
  • To befool; deceive; balk; jilt.
  • An illusion; a trick; a cheat.
The word 'begunk' may come from a nasalised variant of Scots begeck ("to deceive, disappoint"), equivalent to be- +‎ geck.