International News Archive - August 14, 2008

Having made a statement with his disproportionate use of brute force, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev halted his nation's military invasion of Georgia, Tuesday. The invasion allegedly was in retaliation for Georgian attacks on separatists in South Ossetia and Abkhazia. There is some truth to that.

By Christopher Torchia; Matti Friedman OUTSIDE GORI, Georgia - Russian troops and paramilitaries rolled into the strategic Georgian city of Gori on Wednesday, apparently violating a truce designed to end the conflict that has uprooted tens of thousands and scarred the Georgian landscape.

By Cara Anna BEIJING - One little girl had the looks. The other had the voice. So in a last-minute move demanded by one of China's highest officials, the two were put together for the Olympic opening ceremony, with one lip-synching "Ode to the Motherland" over the other's singing.

By Matthew Lee 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.

Text of report in English by Afghan independent Pajhwok news agency website Kabul, 14 August: Hours after the killing of its three Western women staffers and an Afghan driver in a gun attack, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) said it had suspended aid work in Afghanistan for an indefinite period of time.

By Anne Barnard and Ellen Barry Andrew E. Kramer reported from Tbilisi, Michael Schwirtz from Senaki, Georgia, and Justyna Mielnik from Gori.

By Robert F. Worth and Tom Rachman A bomb hidden in a briefcase exploded on a bus in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli during morning rush hour on Wednesday, killing at least 10 people and wounding 30 others, the Lebanese Army said.

Text of report by state-funded Georgian Public Television Channel 1 on 14 August [Presenter] Explosions are expected in Gori. There are reports that the Russian military are going to blow up hardware left there by the Georgian side. At the moment, Security Council Secretary Kakha Lomaia is in Gori.

From wire reports OUTSIDE GORI, Georgia A Russian military convoy defied a cease-fire agreement Wednesday and rolled through a strategically important city in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, which claimed fresh looting and bombing by the Russians and their allies.

By ROBERT F WORTH By Robert F. Worth The New York Times TRIPOLI, Lebanon A bomb hidden in a briefcase tore through a bus packed with Lebanese army soldiers on their way to work Wednesday morning, killing 18 people, including nine soldiers, and wounding more than 40 people.

Word of the Day
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.