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International News Archive - July 07, 2008

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered an investigation into allegations that 15 civilians were killed in a U.S. military strike against militants. Among the civilians reportedly killed in Friday's U.S.

By Omar Waraich Violence returns to Pakistan's capital as bomber attacks police Militant violence returned to Pakistan's capital yesterday on the anniversary of the storming of the Red Mosque.

By LIBARDO CARDONA, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BOGOT, Colombia Freed after years as rebel-held hostages, French- Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt and four Colombian police officers sent messages of hope in a radio broadcast Sunday to captives still detained in remote jungle camps.

Text of report by state-run Iranian Arabic-language television news channel Al-Alam on 7 July [Al-Alam TV] The departure of the US forces from Iraq and the end of Iraq's [sponsorship] under the UN Chapter 7 remain a concern for Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

Text of report by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Report: "The Responsible Person of the Central United Front Work Department Answers Xinhua Reporter's Questions on the Recent Contact with Dalai Lama's Personal Representatives"] Beijing, 6 Jul (Xinhua) - In an interview with our staff reporter today, a Responsible Person of the Central United Front Work Department answered questions raised by our reporter concerning the recent contact with Dalai's personal representatives Gyari Lodi and Kelsang Gyaltsen.

Excerpt from report by privately-owned Afghan Ariana TV on 7 July [Presenter] Some Afghan experts believe that the Pakistani ISI has masterminded today's suicide attack in front of Indian embassy in Kabul. They believe it is a plot by Pakistani ISI to damage relations between the two countries.

By Tom Raum TOYAKO, Japan - President Bush today called new Russian President Dmitry Medvedev a "smart guy" who understands the issues. But the U.S. president would not go so far as to say he got a sense of Medvedev's soul, as he once famously said of Vladimir Putin after their first meeting.

Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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