International News Archive - August 20, 2008

By Deborah Orr It is estimated that worldwide, 1 million children are vulnerable to abuse by sex tourists Before Gary Glitter made his break for freedom in Thailand last night, Le Thanh Kinh, his Vietnamese lawyer, said that his client was looking forward to coming back to Britain now that his 27-month sentence for sex offences against girls of 11 and 12 is over.

By Indrani Bagchi NEW DELHI: Nawaz Sharif should be watching Pakistanis celebrating the departure of Pervez Musharraf with a sense of irony: nine years ago, when Sharif was deposed by Musharraf in a late-night airport drama, the scenes on Pakistan's streets were not very different, when Pakistanis heaved a sigh of relief after Sharif civilian government turned sour.

Former rocker Gary Glitter claimed he was having a heart attack while at the Bangkok airport and refused to board a flight to Britain, the BBC reports. Glitter was on his way from Vietnam, where he spent nearly three years in prison for sexually abusing two girls.

A suicide bombing outside a police academy in Algeria left at least 43 people dead Tuesday, authorities said. Dozens more people were reported injured and the death toll could wind up higher, The Daily Telegraph reported.

The main players in Pakistan's ruling coalition had yet to resolve their differences two days after President Pervez Musharraf's resignation.

Text of unattributed commentary headlined "Political analysis" published by Iranian newspaper Kayhan website on 19 August Last year, the American President George Bush called his Pakistani counterpart, who has now resigned, his 'brother'.

GORI, Georgia - Russia said Monday it had begun withdrawing from the conflict zone in Georgia, but it held fast to key positions and sent some of its troops closer to the Georgian capital.

Text of report by privately-owned Somali Shabeelle Media Network website on 20 August Somali pirates have seized a Somalia-bound Malaysian ship which was hired by Somali businessmen.

By Paul Wiseman and Zafar M. Sheikh ISLAMABAD, Pakistan {ndash} A suicide attack on a hospital Tuesday in northern Pakistan killed more than two dozen people, a reminder of the challenges facing the country's untested democratic government after Pervez Musharraf resigned as president.

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo Beijing, Aug. 20 Kyodo - Former Communist Party chief Hua Guofeng, who was the successor to Mao Zedong as China's paramount leader, has died in Beijing, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Wednesday. He was 87.

Word of the Day
  • An uxorious, effeminate, or spiritless man.
  • A timorous, cowardly fellow.
Probably a blend of meek and cock, or from meek +‎ -ock (“diminutive suffix”).