International News Archive - August 21, 2008
By Anne Penketh Poland and the United States risked igniting a new missile crisis with Russia as their foreign ministers signed a deal yesterday to station part of a US defence shield, manned by American soldiers, on Polish soil, 115 miles from the Russian border.
By The Associated Press POTI, Georgia (AP) - Russia took the first steps toward a troop pullback from Georgia on Tuesday but at the same time paraded blindfolded and bound Georgian prisoners on armored vehicles and seized four U.S. Humvees.
By The Associated Press ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) - A suicide bomber drove a car full of explosives into a line of applicants at an Algerian police academy Tuesday, killing at least 43 people in the deadliest terror attack to jolt this energy-rich U.S. ally since the 1990s.
BRUSSELS, Belgium - NATO pulled its punches against Russia on Tuesday, suspending formal contacts as punishment for the Georgia invasion but bucking U.S. pressure for more severe penalties. The Russian Ambassador to NATO played down the impact of the emergency meeting of the Western alliance.
Text of article headlined "Glacier melts from the top" by Pakistani newspaper The Nation website on 21 August [by Dr Naeem Chishti, practising solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales] According to the BBC, the British Foreign Office has admitted its role in persuading President Pervez Musharraf to resign from his office on August 18, 2008.
Tokyo police have arrested five men on suspicion of smuggling amphetamines from China for profit, the police said Thursday.
By Audra Ang Associated Press BEIJING -- Two elderly Chinese women who applied to hold a protest during the Olympics were ordered to spend a year in a labor camp, a relative said Wednesday. Police later squelched a pro-Tibet demonstration.
Three Polish soldiers, members of the NATO force in Afghanistan, were killed when their vehicle was struck by a bomb, Polish officials said. The Polish Defense Ministry said the soldiers died Wednesday while on combat patrol in Ghazni province, CNN reported.
Text of report by Israeli public radio station Voice of Israel Network B on 21 August Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said that Israel's indirect negotiations with Syria grant Syria legitimacy while it continues to support terrorist organizations.
By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA By Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Robert Burns The Associated Press BAGHDAD Iraqi and U.S. negotiators have completed a draft security agreement that would see American troops leave Iraqi cities as soon as June 30, Iraqi and American officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday.