International News Archive - July 26, 2008

World News IN BRIEF *WARSAW Poland's Culture Ministry has rejected a request by scientists to run DNA tests on the heart of the composer Frederic Chopin in an attempt to solve a mystery surrounding his death, in 1849 at the age of 39.

On 26 July, Wafa news agency in Arabic reports extensively on Hamas raids on Fatah institutions and a wide-scale arrest campaign of Fatah members in Gaza Strip, conducted against the background of the 25 July explosion in which five Hamas members and a child were killed.

Text of report by Serbian public broadcaster RTS TV satellite service, on 26 July [Presenter] The deadline for lodging an appeal to the decision on fulfilment of conditions for the extradition of Radovan Karadzic to the Hague tribunal expired at midnight [2200 gmt, 25 July].

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani vowed Saturday to increase anti-terrorism efforts in his country. Gilani, who is heading to the United States to meet with U.S.

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.