International News Archive - August 13, 2008

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said he would accept a Russian cease-fire agreement to end a five-day conflict.


The prospect of climate change sparking food and water shortages in the Middle East is less likely than previously thought, with new research by an Australian climate scientist suggesting that rainfall will be significantly higher in key parts of the region.

By Riaz Khan Associated Press PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- The Pakistani Taliban declared "open war" Tuesday in response to military offensives in the northwest, saying it staged a bombing that destroyed an air force truck and killed up to 14 people, including a child.

By Matthew Lee Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Scrambling to find ways to punish Russia for its invasion of pro-Western Georgia, the United States and its allies are considering expelling Moscow from an exclusive club of wealthy nations and have scrapped plans for an upcoming joint NATO-Russia military exercise, Bush administration officials said Tuesday.

By Robert H. Reid Associated Press BAGHDAD -- A female suicide bomber blasted an Iraqi convoy north of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing two people but narrowly missing a provincial governor in the second suicide attack by a woman in Diyala province in as many days. Gov.

Text of report by Lebanese Hezbollah Al-Manar TV on 12 August [Announcer-read report over video.] In an exclusive interview with Al-Manar, Syrian Vice President Faruq al-Shar'a has stressed that the Syrian leadership expresses willingness for a promising start that begins with turning the page on the detainees and missing persons from both sides.

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo Beijing, Aug. 13 Kyodo - Eight pro-Tibetan independence protesters, including a Japanese citizen, were detained by police Wednesday after staging a demonstration near the Olympic village in Beijing.

Word of the Day
  • Stoppage; cessation (of labor).
  • A standing still or idling (of mills, factories, etc.).
The word chomage comes into English from French.]