International News Archive - July 22, 2008

By Basildon Peta Zimbabwe's President, Robert Mugabe, and his opposition rival, Morgan Tsvangirai, have given themselves a fortnight to reach a deal to resolve Zimbabwe's political crisis.

BAGHDAD _ Sen. Barack Obama received a fresh boost Monday to his troop withdrawal plan from the Iraqi government, which directly affirmed for the first time that it shares Obama's goal of pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq by the end of 2010.

Text of report by London-based opposition newzimbabwe.com website on 22 July [Report by Lebo Nkatazo: "Mugabe, Tsvangirai and Mutambara Sign Agreement"] Robert Mugabe, Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara on Monday put their signatures to a memorandum of understanding document that paves the way for power sharing talks between Zimbabwe's main political parties.

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap [Yonhap headline: "US Hopes To Discuss N.

Text of report in English by Thai newspaper The Nation website on 22 July [Unattributed report from the "Breaking News" section: "Cambodia calls for UN Security meeting on border dispute with Thailand"] Cambodia Tuesday urged the UN Security Council to urgently hold a meeting to mediate its border dispute with Thailand, it was reported.

Talks on governance in Zimbabwe should begin soon, mediators say, now that an agreement on the talks' framework has been reached.

By MIKE MELIA By Mike Melia The Associated Press GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba The judge in the first American war crimes trial since World War II barred evidence on Monday that interrogators obtained from Osama bin Laden's driver, ruling he was subjected to "highly coercive" conditions in Afghanistan.

Text of report by state-controlled Russian Channel One TV on 22 July [Presenter] The presidents of Russia and Venezuela will take the implementation of joint projects in the oil and gas sphere under their personal control.

Excerpt from report by state-owned Russian television channel Rossiya on 22 July [Presenter] The Russian companies Gazprom and LUKOil as well as the Russian-British TNK-BP will explore oil deposits in Venezuela.

Text of report by Qatari government-funded, pan-Arab news channel Al-Jazeera satellite TV on 22 July [Aziz Al-Marnisi video report] Salim Hamdan, a former Yemeni driver of Al-Qa'idah Organization Leader Usamah Bin-Ladin, who has been detained at the Guantanamo Bay for six years, has denied charges of conspiracy and supporting terrorism levelled against him by the Pentagon.

Word of the Day
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.