International News Archive - August 19, 2008

By Andrew Buncombe; Omar Waraich Andrew Buncombe and Omar Waraich on the legacy of the enigmatic general who became president PERVEZ Musharraf was the ultimate political enigma, a military dictator who promised genuine democracy, a strongman who launched a coup in what he said was a bid to end corruption.

Text of report by official news agency Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) Islamabad, 18 August: The resignation of President Pervez Musharraf on Monday [18 August] dominated the proceedings of the National Assembly after the House unanimously suspended the rules of business to discuss the development.

By The Associated Press GORI, Georgia (AP) - Russia's president promised to start withdrawing forces from positions in Georgia today, but suggested they could stay in the breakaway region at the heart of the fighting that has reignited Cold War tensions.


Iran has test-fired a new rocket capable of carrying a satellite into orbit, the Iranian state news media reported.

Text of editorial by Hoseyn Shari'atmadari headlined One piece of news and a lesson to be learnt published by Iranian daily Kayhan website on 12 August One day, in order to protect himself, a fox became friends with a camel so that in case of danger, the giant camel would protect him.

By Jeffrey Stinson TBILISI, Georgia -- The road to the airport is named George W. Bush Street. Across from historic Freedom Square, where former Soviet dictator Josef Stalin went to school, is a Marriott Courtyard.


The Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority has moved 175 settlements of Maasai herders who had encroached on the conservancy [in northern Tanzania], in a bid to conserve the environment and protect wildlife.

By JANE PERLEZ By Jane Perlez The New York Times ISLAMABAD, Pakistan Facing imminent impeachment charges, President Pervez Musharraf announced his resignation Monday, after months of belated recognition by U.S. officials that he had become a waning asset in the campaign against terrorism.

By MATTI FRIEDMAN By Matti Friedman The Associated Press TBILISI, Georgia U.S. military trainers - the only American boots on the ground - say the Georgian soldiers they knew who were sent to battle the Russians had fighting spirit but were not ready for war.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will join an emergency meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Belgium Tuesday to discuss the Georgia-Russia crisis.

Word of the Day
  • In costermongers' slang, a cheap red-skinned apple, which is rubbed hard with a cloth to give it the appearance and feeling of an apple of superior quality.
The origin of the word 'gawf' is obscure, but may come from the phrase 'go for more'.