International News Archive - July 27, 2008

By Mike Littwin John McCain is unhappy. In fact, by presidential-campaigns-in- July standards, he's working on a Category 2 mood swing. No wonder he went to Aspen to hang out with his pal, the Dalai Lama, Friday afternoon. This is a man in need of a spare mantra.

By Vesna Peric Zimonjic BELGRADE The captured Bosnian Serb leader could turn war crimes trial into farce Radovan Karadzic's defence lawyers lodged an appeal this weekend against the former Bosnian Serb leader's extradition to the war crimes court at The Hague, but the manner in which they did so made it clear that the fugitive will do his best to turn the proceedings into a farce.

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) ["2nd Ld-Writethru: Beijing Olympic Village Officially Opens To athletes"] BEIJING, July 27 (Xinhua) - The Olympic Village for the Beijing Games was officially opened Sunday morning as hundreds of Chinese athletes started checking into the 66-hectare compound.

Text of report in English by pro-Hamas Palestinian Information Centre website on 27 July [Unattributed report from Gaza: "Hamas: AMB Threats Against the Movement Are Not Unusual"] The Hamas Movement stated on 26 July that the threats made by the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the armed wing of Fatah, to eradicate the movement in the West Bank, are not startling in light of its high- level security coordination with the Israeli occupation.

RADOVAN Karadzic's lawyer has filed a last-minute appeal against his extradition to the UN war crimes court in The Hague. His lawyer Svetozar Vujacic said he lodged the motion last night, in an apparent attempt to stall the handover of the former Serbian leader to the tribunal in Holland.

Word of the Day
  • A person or thing gazed at with wonder or curiosity, especially of a scornful kind.
The 'stock' of 'gazingstock' comes from an Old English word meaning 'tree trunk' or 'wood'.