International News Archive - August 27, 2008

Text of report by South Africa-based ZimOnline website on 27 August [Report by Wayne Mafaro and Hendricks Chizhanje: "MDC Calls for Urgent Resumption of Talks"] Harare - Zimbabwe's opposition called on Tuesday for urgent resumption of stalled power-sharing talks with President Robert Mugabe's ruling ZANU PF [Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front] party, saying only a negotiated political settlement could end deep-seated polarisation ripping the country apart.

By Thomas Fuller Anwar Ibrahim, the leader of the Malaysian opposition, easily defeated his opponent from the country's governing coalition in a closely watched special election Tuesday, returning to Parliament after a decade-long absence.

By Jane Perlez Three gunmen who attacked the vehicle carrying the chief American diplomat in the northern city of Peshawar on Tuesday were armed with assault rifles and wore long hair and beards like the Taliban, the provincial police chief said.

By Clifford J. Levy Nicholas Kulish contributed reporting from Tallinn, Estonia, and Steven Erlanger and Tom Rachman from Paris.

By Ethan Bronner Peace Now, the Israeli advocacy group, said in a report issued Tuesday that in the past year Israel had nearly doubled its settlement construction in the occupied West Bank, in violation of its obligations under a U.S.-backed peace plan.

By Carley Petesch Associated Press Russia's U.N. ambassador said Tuesday he doesn't think Russia's recognition of two separatist regions in Georgia will lead to a new Cold War, though he predicted a difficult period ahead in relations with the West.

Protest leaders in Thailand said they were prepared for arrest as Bangkok riot police squared off with thousands of anti-government demonstrators.

Georgian Parliament Speaker Davit Bakradze has said that Georgia enjoys "unconditional" support from the USA in its struggle with Russia over the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, which Moscow recognized as independent on 26 August, and is working together with US representatives on measures to be taken in response.

Haitian officials said Wednesday at least 11 people had been killed after Hurricane Gustav's landfall triggered flooding and landslides.

Canada has laid claim to a large swath of the the Arctic Ocean where it will police pollution violations, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Wednesday. Canada is expanding its territory in the region by 193,000 square miles.

Word of the Day
  • To befool; deceive; balk; jilt.
  • An illusion; a trick; a cheat.
The word 'begunk' may come from a nasalised variant of Scots begeck ("to deceive, disappoint"), equivalent to be- +‎ geck.