International News Archive - July 31, 2008

By Vesna Peric Zimonjic Radovan Karadzic, one of the world's most wanted fugitives, makes his long-awaited first court appearance today following a dead-of- night secret transfer to a UN jail cell in The Hague.

Text of report by leading private Pakistani satellite TV channel Geo News website on 30 July Swat: More than 48 Taleban militants including 10 commanders have been killed in a fierce clash in the troubled Swat valley in the northwest, while five personnel of security forces were martyred, according to military sources.

By The Associated Press 7 Bosnian Serbs guilty of genocide SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) -- The Bosnian war crimes court convicted seven Bosnian Serbs of genocide Tuesday in the 1995 massacre of Bosnian Muslims at Srebrenica and handed down prison sentences ranging from 38 to 42 years.

Text of report by South African newspaper Business Day website on 31 July [Report by Dumisani Muleya: "Zimbabwe talks 'to resume at weekend'"] President Thabo Mbeki met Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and opposition leaders yesterday in a bid to secure a crucial power- sharing agreement which is expected to be finalized next week.

By George Jahn Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran -- More than 100 nonaligned nations backed Iran's right to peaceful uses of nuclear power on Wednesday, an endorsement sought by Tehran in its standoff with the U.N. Security Council over its refusal to freeze uranium enrichment.

Text of report by official news agency Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) Islamabad, 31 July: Pakistan on Thursday [31 July] condemned the bomb explosion outside its consulate in Herat and said the government of Afghanistan is responsible for the safety and security of its personnel in Kabul and other cities.

Text of report in English by Paris-based Sudanese newspaper Sudan Tribune website on 29 July The UN Security Council met behind closed doors to discuss extending the mandate of the joint UN-African Union (AU) force in Darfur which is due to expire on 31 July.

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "1st Ld: China May Expand Industry, Traffic Control for Cleaner Air during Olympics"] Beijing, July 31 (Xinhua) - Beijing and the neighbouring areas may impose stricter measures to curb industrial and vehicle emission in case of serious air pollution during the Olympics, according to China's environmental watchdog.

Text of report by South Africa-based Zim Online website on 31 July [Report by Jameson Mombe: "Zimbabwe Talks Resume on Sunday: Mbeki"] HARARE - Talks between Zimbabwe's feuding political parties will resume next Sunday, South African President Thabo Mbeki said on Wednesday.

By ANGUS SHAW By Angus Shaw The Associated Press HARARE, Zimbabwe Zimbabwe announced Wednesday that it is knocking 10 zeros off its hyper-inflated currency - a move that turns $10 billion into $1.

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'.