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International News Archive - August 29, 2008

By Gerri Peev RUSSIA has issued a stark warning over what it says is a build- up of Nato ships in the Black Sea, as tensions rise to their highest level since the outbreak of hostilities in Georgia.

By Robert H. Reid Associated Press BAGHDAD -- A senior official in Nouri al-Maliki's government was in custody Thursday suspected of ties to Iranian-backed Shiite militias and plotting a June bombing that killed 10 people, including four Americans, Iraqi authorities said.

By FISNIK ABRASHI By Fisnik Abrashi and Jason Straziuso The Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan Afghan officials said Thursday that a deadly U.S.-led special forces raid on a remote western village last week was based on misleading information provided by a rival clan.

By ROBERT H REID By Robert H. Reid The Associated Press BAGHDAD A senior official in Nouri al-Maliki's government was in custody Thursday, suspected of ties to Iranian-backed Shiite militias and of plotting a June bombing that killed 10 people, including four Americans, Iraqi authorities said.

Aides to a pivotal Shiite official in Iraqi politics say he has been arrested in Baghdad by U.S. forces for alleged connections to extremist Muslim militia. Ali Lami, who led the purge of Saddam Hussein loyalists from government posts, was arrested by U.S.

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By HOWARD CAMPBELL KINGSTON, Jamaica - The spinning core of Gustav was expected to move back over open water today, a day after bearing down on southern Jamaica. The tropical storm hit Jamaica on Thursday, drenching the island with heavy rain that triggered landslides and flooding.

MOSCOW. Aug 29 (Interfax) - The Russian Foreign Ministry said it believes that the G7 statement condemning Russia's recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia justifies Georgia's aggression.

Brussels. Aug 29 (Interfax) - The European Union, whose summit, opening September 1, will be devoted to the Georgian issue, will probably not impose sanctions on Russia, a high-placed diplomatic source told Interfax in Brussels on Friday.

Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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