International News Archive - August 15, 2008

By Christopher Torchia and Matti Friedman 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 ANNE PENKETH ANALYSIS Condoleezza Rice, the US Secretary of State, was in the invidious position yesterday of having to thank the French President for securing the ceasefire agreement intended to halt Russia's bitter war with Georgia.

By Albert Aji Syria and Lebanon agreed Wednesday to establish full diplomatic relations for the first time, taking a step toward healing tensions that have fueled decades of turmoil in Lebanon.

By Jane Perlez New York Times News Service ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Faced with desertions by his political supporters and the unsettling neutrality of the Pakistani military, President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan is expected to resign in the next few days rather than face impeachment, Pakistani politicians and Western diplomats said Thursday.

By ROBERT FISK Bomb attack in Tripoli has exposed the brutal infighting in the country's second city Abdullah got it about right. Picking his fingernails in the ticket office of the local bus station, he lowered his eyes.

Text of the article by Latvian newspaper Diena on 15 August [Article by Pavils Sirovs: "During conflict Putin shows he still runs Russia"] Analysts say that the conflict in Georgia has removed any doubt as to who is the true ruler of Russia, because during the conflict, Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev was forced to play a secondary role while Prime Minister Vladimir Putin became the main hero in the events.

Text of report by commercial, news-based 5 Kanal TV on 15 August [Presenter] Poland has made itself vulnerable to attack by agreeing to the deployment of the US anti-missile system, Russian military experts have said. Moscow takes a dim view of the agreement between the USA and Poland.

Text of report by Russian state news agency ITAR-TASS Moscow, 15 August: "Plans of a small fuehrer" were hiding behind Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili's beautiful words about developing democracy in the country, says a statement of the Union of Georgians in Russia addressed to the Ossetian people, received by ITAR-TASS today.

Word of the Day
  • Any of various tropical Old World birds of the family Indicatoridae, some species of which lead people or animals to the nests of wild honeybees. The birds eat the wax and larvae that remain after the nest has been destroyed for its honey.
Honeyguide birds have even been known to eat candles.