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International News Archive - July 05, 2008

Text of "News Alert" by Geo News TV on 4 July Nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadir Khan has told a foreign news agency during an interview that Pakistani centrifuges have been sent to North Korea under the supervision of //security forces// and the consent of President Pervez Musharraf.

World News IN BRIEF *PARIS The freed hostage Ingrid Betancourt received a hero's welcome in France, led by President Nicolas Sarkozy. Ms Betancourt, who has dual Colombian and French citizenship, was held by Colombian rebels for six years.

The Associated Press BAGHDAD Gunmen on a motorcycle assassinated an official of Iraq's biggest Shiite party Friday in the southern city of Basra, police said.

The Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan The U.S. military said airstrikes by its attack helicopters hit two vehicles carrying insurgents Friday in eastern Afghanistan. The province's governor said 22 civilians, including a woman and a child, were killed.

By MUNIR AHMAD By Munir Ahmad The Associated Press ISLAMABAD, Pakistan Pakistan's army under President Pervez Musharraf supervised a shipment of uranium centrifuges to North Korea in 2000, the disgraced architect of Pakistan's atomic weapons program said Friday.

The Pakistani scientist accused of operating a nuclear proliferation ring says President Pervez Musharraf approved a sale of weapons to North Korea.

By Jenny Barchfield Associated Press PARIS -- Arriving to a hero's welcome in France, Ingrid Betancourt said Friday that she cried a lot during her six years as a prisoner in the Colombian jungle.

An Afghan lawmaker was gunned down on a day when 10 Taliban fighters were killed by their own bomb and others died in a disputed U.S. air strike, officials say. Habibullah Jan, a member of the Afghan Parliament, was killed late Friday in Kandahar province, the BBC reported.

Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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