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International News Archive - July 30, 2008

By Vesna Peric Zimonjic Police battled hardline Serbian nationalists on the streets of Belgrade last night after a demonstration protesting against the planned extradition of the former Bosnian Serb leader, Radovan Karadzic.

Pakistani Taliban militants in the troubled Swat valley killed two security personnel and captured 30 more a day after their leader issued an attack warning. The Tuesday attack occurred in the violence-prone northwest tribal area near the border with Afghanistan.

Text of report by Bosnian Serb news agency SRNA Belgrade, 30 July: Lawyer Svetozar Vujacic and Karadzic's family have learnt from the media that Radovan Karadzic has been extradited.

By Nicholas Spangler and Laith Hammoudi, The Miami Herald Jul. 30--BAGHDAD -- Iraqi infantry, supported by artillery, the Iraqi air force and U.S. forces, on Tuesday began what was described as a major operation in Diyala province, northeast of Baghdad.

By Associated Press LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- The International Olympic Committee agreed Tuesday to allow Iraq to participate in the Beijing Games, reversing itself after Baghdad pledged to ensure the independence of its national Olympics panel.

South African President Thabo Mbeki traveled Wednesday to Zimbabwe for talks between that country's president and the leader of a main opposition party.

A Briton accused of the "biggest computer hack of all time" learns today whether he has escaped extradition to the US where he could face a life sentence.

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New Zealand web users rate the internet as a more important source of information than their own friends and family.

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LAUSANNE, Switzerland - The International Olympic Committee agreed Tuesday to allow Iraq to participate in the Beijing games, reversing itself after Baghdad pledged to ensure the independence of its national Olympics panel.

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba _ Al-Qaida's top terrorists were gifted linguists with college degrees recruited from Osama bin Laden's training camps, a select cadre, who could not include a Yemeni with a fourth-grade education plucked from the motorpool, a defense witness testified Wednesday.

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Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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