International News Archive - August 26, 2008

Text of report in English by Paris-based Sudanese newspaper Sudan Tribune website on 26 August Sudanese troops today attacked the largest displaced camp located in South Darfur leaving scores dead and many more injured.

LEADING ARTICLE Pakistan and Afghanistan face the same Taliban threat Even by the notoriously low standards of South Asian politics, Asif Ali Zardari, the leader of the Pakistani People's Party, is a compromised figure, dogged by corruption charges.

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap [Yonhap headline: "N. Korea Threatens To Halt Denuclearization Unless Removed From US Terror List"] Seoul, Aug.

Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev has said he has signed the decrees to recognize the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Text of report in English by Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs website on 26 August [MFA Newsletter: "Behind the Headlines: Israel Releases Palestinian Prisoners"] On 25 August 2008, Israel released 198 convicted Palestinian terrorists.

By Kim Sengupta Israel freed 198 Palestinian prisoners yesterday amid scenes of jubilation in the West Bank.

By Shaun Walker Russia has raised the stakes in the political fallout over its war with Georgia, as both houses of the Russian parliament voted unanimously to recognise the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

[Speech by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to the First National Conference of Bani Lab tribal chiefs and notables held at the Al-Rashid Hotel, Baghdad; broadcast carried as speech is in progress - live.] Al-Iraqiyah Television at 1205 gmt on 25 August 2008 interrupts its regular newscast to carry live a speech by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki at a the First National Conference of the Bani-Lam Tribe in Baghdad.

By Isabel Kershner Israel on Monday released 198 Palestinian prisoners in a move intended to bolster President Mahmoud Abbas, hours before Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived in the region to try to nudge forward halting Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts.

By Carlotta Gall The Afghan council of ministers decided Monday to review the presence and status of international forces, including NATO and the United States, after a series of military operations that have caused heavy civilian casualties.

Word of the Day
  • The parings of haberdine; also, any kind of fragments.
The word 'gubbings' is a variant of the word 'gobbon', meaning 'a portion, gobbet.'