International News Archive - August 18, 2008

By The Associated Press ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) - No legal immunity for President Pervez Musharraf, a party in Pakistan's coalition government insisted Saturday, refusing to budge from a stance that could hurt discussions on avoiding the embattled leader's impeachment.

By The Associated Press Coalition says 30 militants killed KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- U.S.-led coalition soldiers killed more than 30 militants during three days of fighting in southern Afghanistan, the coalition said Saturday.

Text of report by South Africa-based ZimOnline website on 18 August [Report by oown correspondent: "Zim Talks To Continue after Summit: Mbeki"] JOHANNESBURG - South African President Thabo Mbeki said on Sunday the region's organ on security and politics would continue to meet with Zimbabwe's political leaders in search of a "speedy resolution" to the country's crippling political crisis.

Text of report by Muhammad Saleh Zaafir headlined "Jeddah palace not to host Pak leaders any more" published by Pakistani newspaper The News website on 18 August Islamabad: The Saudis do not want to convert Jeddah's Al-Saroor Palace into the Guantanamo Bay of exiled Pakistani leaders, observers said.

U.S. intelligence reports the Russian military moved short-range missile launchers to South Ossetia as the deadline for troop withdrawal from Georgia passed.

Abkhazia, taking advantage of Georgian troops fighting in South Ossetia, seized the Kodori Gorge region, the Georgian province's deputy defense minister said.

The Russian-Georgian conflict is being waged not only by soldiers on the ground but by media experts trying to sway public opinion, observers said. The war to persuade the world's opinion about events in Georgia has been waged by both Georgian and Russian authorities.

WWF Director General James Leape told the opening session of World Water Week in Stockholm today that a world water crisis is a key factor behind current global anxieties over faltering food supplies and rising food costs.

RUSSIAN President Dmitry Medvedev announced that Russian troops will begin pulling back from Georgia today as Western leaders pushed for a swift withdrawal from positions Russia has held for days of warfare in its small southern neighbour.

By DYER, Gwynne * "HAVE you noticed," my wife asked, "that when one of America's allies thinks it has a green light to invade somewhere, they always do it in the summer?" She was right: Iraq invaded Kuwait in August 1990; Israel invaded Lebanon in July 2006; Georgia invaded South Ossetia in August 2008.

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