International News Archive - July 18, 2008

About half a million people greeted Pope Benedict XVI in Australia's biggest city at his first public appearance for World Youth Day.

By ROBERT BURNS Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, a deputy commander of the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division and U.S. military command for the Baghdad area, speaks with an Iraqi farmer Tuesday.

Former South African President Nelson Mandela planned to spend his 90th birthday Friday quietly with his family. But the festivities in Qunu, his home village in the southeast of the country, have mushroomed, the BBC reports.

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap SEOUL, July 18 (Yonhap) - The foreign ministers of the six nations involved in talks over North Korea's nuclear disarmament will meet in Singapore next week, a South Korean government official said Friday.

By Elissa Gootman Russia and China voiced concerns about the pursuit of the president of Sudan by international prosecutors, raising the possibility that the UN Security Council could intervene to forestall the prosecution, diplomats said.

By Basildon Peta His birthday has been the party that much of the world wanted to attend. But, in the end, Nelson Mandela turns 90 today with only friends and family to mark the occasion, far from the frenzy of Hyde Park concerts, in his birthplace of Qunu, a village in the Eastern Cape.

Iran's foreign minister says his government is still weighing a U.S. proposal to establish a diplomatic mission in Tehran. Manouchehr Mottaki told reporters that the request was not formally made to Iran but rather was floated through the news media, Iran's Press TV said Friday.

Israeli authorities confirmed they arrested six people in an alleged al-Qaida plot to kill U.S. President George Bush during his visit to Israel last January. Haaretz reported the suspects were all Arabs who lived inside Israel and had links to al-Qaida.

Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Friday that Tehran believes the ideas for opening an American interests section in Tehran and inauguration of a direct flight between Iran and the US are worth considering by the two sides.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Friday she hopes prospects of better relations with the United States will convince Iran to drop its nuclear ambitions. Undersecretary of State William Burns is to meet Saturday in Geneva with Iran's chief nuclear negotiator.

Word of the Day
  • Emitting flashes of light; glittering.
The word 'coruscant' comes from a Latin word meaning 'to flash' or 'to sparkle'.