International News Archive - August 25, 2008

Text of report in English by independent, non-governmental Palestinian Ma'an News Agency website ["Israel Releases 198 Palestinian Prisoners, Including Longest- Serving Man" - Ma'an headline] Bethlehem -Ma'an -Israel began to release 198 Palestinian prisoners, including the longest-serving Palestinian inmate, on Monday morning [25 August], short of an expected 199.

By Kevin Johnson BEIJING -- To listen to the International Olympic Committee is to hear that the Games of the 29th Olympiad may now represent the standard as perhaps the best-run in the history of the Olympic movement.

TEN climbers were missing last night after a massive avalanche. At least eight others were injured by the 140ft-wide, 600ft-long wall of snow that crashed down Mont Blanc du Tacul in the French Alps. The injured climbers had dug themselves out by the time rescuers arrived.

A passenger jet carrying 90 people, including a Kyrgyz high school sports team, crashed shortly after takeoff Sunday near the Kyrgyz capital, killing 68, government officials said.

By JUAN CARLOS LLORCA By Juan Carlos Llorca The Associated Press GUATEMALA CITY A small plane carrying U.S. humanitarian workers crashed Sunday in a field in eastern Guatemala , killing 10 people, including five Americans, an aviation official and a survivor said.

By Aaron Falk Deseret News and Juan Carlos Llorca Associated Press A Bountiful man survived a plane crash that killed 10 people, including two Utahns, in eastern Guatemala on Sunday.

By Shaun Walker THE UNITED States military came within 60 miles of the Russian army in Georgia yesterday as an American warship arrived in the Black Sea port of Batumi to deliver humanitarian aid to the embattled Caucasus country.

By Jim Yardley What now for China? The Olympic closing ceremony on Sunday ended not just the Beijing Games but also nearly a decade in which the ruling Communist Party had made the Olympics an organizing principle in national life.

The authorities imposed an indefinite curfew in Indian Kashmir on Sunday before a separatist rally, the latest in a series of protests against Indian rule in the disputed Himalayan region.

Today's edition of "With the Event" is hosted by Fu'ad al-Kharsa and the topic is about US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's visit to "occupied Palestine" and the position of Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas as Palestinian factions make yet another attempt to resume dialogue in Cairo and as Israel releases 199 Palestinian prisoners.

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