International News Archive - August 23, 2008

By Patrick Cockburn Iraqi forces to take charge of urban areas next June The United States is moving towards ending its military control of Iraq by agreeing to withdraw combat troops from Iraqi cities and towns by next June and from the rest of Iraq by 2011, according to Iraqi and American negotiators.

By The Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraq and the U.S.

Text of report by Israeli public radio station Voice of Israel Network B on 23 August Human rights activists who sailed from Cyprus to Gaza in an attempt to break through the Gaza Strip blockade are accusing Israel of using electronics to disrupt their navigation and communication systems.

By Nancy Armour and John Leicester Associated Press BEIJING -- The parents of the Chinese gymnasts are indignant, the International Olympic Committee sounds satisfied and the Beijing Games are almost over. Yet questions persisted Friday about the ages of China's gold-medal women's gymnastics team.

RUSSIA claimed to have completed its withdrawal from Georgia last night, but the US accused Moscow of breaking the terms of the ceasefire and retaining forces inside its southern neighbour.

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”).