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International News Archive - July 29, 2008

World News IN BRIEF *BELGRADE Radovan Karadzic's lawyer predicted the government would try to take the war crimes suspect to the UN tribunal in The Hague before a huge anti-government rally in the Serbian capital today.

Beer sales have fallen sharply since last year. Total beer sales are down 4.5 per cent compared with the same quarter last year, while beer sales in pubs are down 10.6 per cent, according to the UK Quarterly Beer Barometer by the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA).

Text of report in English by Thai newspaper The Nation website on 29 July Thailand and Cambodia have agreed to a troop adjustment in the disputed area near Preah Vihear temple.

By Isabel Kershner Tension between the rival Palestinian groups Hamas and Fatah spread Monday from Gaza to the West Bank, with reports of the Fatah- dominated Palestinian Authority security forces detaining more than 50 activists and academics associated with Hamas.

Typhoon Fung Wong makes landfall in east China FUZHOU, July 28 (Xinhua) -- Typhoon Fung Wong, the eighth tropical storm to hit China's coast this year, made landfall in the southeastern Fujian Province on Monday, according to the provincial observatory.

On 29 July, Cambodian Government-run Phnom Penh Television Kampuchea in Cambodian at 0450 gmt carried, before its midday newscast, a one-minute video recorded news conference on the Preah Vihear Temple issue given by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen to a crowd of reporters following a meeting with visiting Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister Kimura Hitoshi in Phnom Penh on the morning of 29 July.

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After three days of grimly gray, hazy skies, the delicate sound of thunder early this morning accompanied overnight rain in the host city of the 2008 Olympic Games.

Text of report by Serbian pro-government broadsheet Politika, on 24 July [Commentary by Slobodan Antonic: "After Oric and Haradinaj"] Radovan Karadzic's arrest was celebrated not only on the streets of Belgrade. It was openly celebrated in some of the Belgrade media as well.

Seven ethnic Serbs were given prison sentences of up to 42 years in prison Tuesday for participating in the massacre of Bosnian Muslims at Srebenica. A panel of Bosnian, Dutch and U.S. judges convicted the seven after a two-year trial. Four defendants were acquitted, The Times of London reported.

By Kim Gamel BAGHDAD - Suicide bombers, including at least three women, struck Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad and Kurdish protesters in the northern city of Kirkuk on Monday, killing at least 57 people - a brutal reminder that mass gatherings remain vulnerable despite vast gains in security.

Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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