International News Archive - July 09, 2008

By Indrani Bagchi NEW DELHI: Why is India a persistent target for the Taliban in Afghanistan? India is one of the largest donors of reconstruction projects in Afghanistan, and has regained a substantive part of the strategic foothold it lost in the country when Pakistan-backed Taliban took over.

By Paul Wiseman RUSUTSU, Japan -- The world's richest countries agreed Tuesday to support a 50% reduction in worldwide greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 -- but environmentalists and developing countries denounced the move as a mushy compromise that would do little to stop global warming.

Text of report in English by Turkish news agency Anatolia ISTANBUL (A.A) - 09.07.2008 - An armed attack outside the US Consulate General in Istanbul killed at least three police officers on Wednesday.

By Ali Daraghmeh Associated Press NABLUS, West Bank -- Israeli troops stormed the shopping mall in this West Bank city Tuesday and ordered it to close, saying the popular facility is linked to the militant Islamic group Hamas.

Text of report by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [By reporters Qian Tong and Qi Wei: "President Hu Jintao Meets French President Sarkozy"] Toyako, 9 Jul (Xinhua) - State President Hu Jintao met with French President Sarkozy at Toyako in Japan's Hokkaido on 9 July.

One peacekeeper was killed and 19 others were wounded in a militia attack in Sudan's Darfur region Wednesday, say U.N. officials. Six other members of the international peacekeeping patrol are missing, Shereen El Zorba, a spokeswoman for the U.N. African Union Mission in Darfur told CNN.


Funding for one of the world's leading radio astronomy centers has now been secured, according to Manchester University, the site’s owner.

By ED JAMES IRAN'S president said yesterday that he does not see the possibility of a war with the United States or Israel, dismissing military threats by the two countries as a "funny joke".

Seven peacekeepers were killed and 22 more were wounded in a militia attack in Sudan's Darfur region Wednesday, U.N. officials said. Seven of the wounded soldiers were listed in critical condition, the United Nations said in a news release. The attack began about 2:45 p.m.

Word of the Day
  • A woman chauffeur.
  • A woman who operates an automobile.
The word 'chaffeuse' comes from French, and is the feminine form of 'chauffeur'.