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International News Archive - August 11, 2008

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NEW DELHI: If the home ministry has its way, a person wanting to buy a SIM card will have to provide the names of two existing mobile phone customers as guarantors.

By Campbell Robertson and Suadad al-Salhy Ali Hameed and Mohammed Hussein contributed reporting from Baghdad and an Iraqi employee of The New York Times from Diyala. * Eight people were killed and at least 50 wounded in a wave of bomb attacks across Iraq on Sunday, security officials said.

By From news reports President George W. Bush worshiped at a Beijing church on Sunday in a bid to press for wider religious freedom in China and met the country's Communist leaders for what Bush promised would be "candid" discussions.

By Robert H. Reid Associated Press BAGHDAD -- Iraq's foreign minister insisted Sunday that any security deal with the United States must contain a "very clear timeline" for the departure of U.S. troops.

By RUKMINI CALLIMACHI By Rukmini Callimachi and Bradley S. Klapper The Associated Press TENKOTO, Senegal A reef of gold buried beneath this vast, parched grassland arcs across some of the world's poorest countries. Where the ore is rich, industrial mines carve it out.

By Associated Press TENKOTO, Senegal -- A reef of gold buried beneath this vast, parched grassland arcs across some of the world's poorest countries. Where the ore is rich, industrial mines carve it out. Where it's not, the poor sift the earth.

By Frank Bajak Associated Press LA PAZ, Bolivia -- Voters vigorously endorsed President Evo Morales on Sunday in a recall referendum he devised to try to break a political stalemate and revive his leftist crusade, partial unofficial results showed.

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Unfazed by sharp criticism from President Bush, Russia battled Georgian forces on land and sea, reports said late Sunday, despite a Georgian cease-fire offer and its claim to be withdrawing from South Ossetia, the separatist Georgian province battered by days of intense fighting.

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U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney said Russia faces serious consequences with the United States and its allies if it continues attacks against Georgia.

Strong quake rocks Andaman Islands HONG KONG, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- A strong earthquake measuring 6. 0 on the Richter scale struck Andaman Islands, Indian Ocean, at 0845 GMT Sunday, the Hong Kong Observatory said in a bulletin released here.

Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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