International News Archive - August 01, 2008

LEADING ARTICLE It is welcome that Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has resigned. For months now his Government has been paralysed by allegations against him. Public support for him has plummeted. His Cabinet has been in open revolt.

By CLAIRE SOARES For the women of Srebrenica - wives who lost their husbands, daughters robbed of their fathers and brother, mothers who buried sons - it was a day they thought would never come, as Radovan Karadzic appeared in the dock, accused of masterminding and marshalling a campaign of genocide against the Bosnian Muslims.

By The Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) - Facing burgeoning corruption allegations and plummeting popularity, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Wednesday he will resign in September, throwing Israel into political turmoil and heightening doubts about prospects for peace with the Palestinians and Syria.Olmert said he would not run in his party's primary election Sept.

Text of report by leading private Pakistani satellite TV channel Geo News website on 1 August New York: American intelligence agencies say members of the ISI [Inter-Services Intelligence] helped plan the 7 July bombing of India's embassy in Afghanistan, according to a report published by a US daily.

By Carol Rosenberg, The Miami Herald Aug. 1--GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba -- The military commission hearing the first U.S. war crimes tribunal since World War II took secret testimony on Thursday, a first. Defense lawyers called U.S. Army psychologist Col. L.

By Isabel Kershner Helene Cooper contributed reporting from Washington and Neil MacFarquhar from the United Nations, New York * Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's announcement that he will resign after his party chooses a new leader in September injects a new uncertainty into Israeli politics and Middle East peace efforts, coming just as Olmert has been intensifying negotiations with the Palestinian Authority as well as Syria.

By Marlise Simons and Graham Bowley Dan Bilefsky contributed reporting from Belgrade.

Al-Jazeera Satellite TV in Arabic reports at 0514 gmt on 1 August that "the security services of the deposed Palestinian [Hamas] government" in the Gaza Strip arrested a number of leading Fatah figures at dawn today.

By Arthur Max Associated Press THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic had his first skirmishes with the U.N.

Text of report by private Indian television channel Zee News website on 1 August, subheading as carried Vienna, Aug 1 -- India's hectic lobbying with the IAEA Board of Governors to get its specific safeguards agreement ratified got a boost on Friday [1 August] when the nuke watchdog's chief Mohamed ElBaradei came out in support by pronouncing that the agreement with India confirms to the agency's rules.

Word of the Day
  • A person or thing gazed at with wonder or curiosity, especially of a scornful kind.
The 'stock' of 'gazingstock' comes from an Old English word meaning 'tree trunk' or 'wood'.