International News Archive - August 04, 2008

By Andrew Buncombe A RELIGIOUS pilgrimage turned into a disaster when at least 145 people - most of them women and children - were killed as a crowd of thousands stampeded at a Hindu shrine in northern India.

By Donald Macintyre About 30 Palestinians among the 180 who had fled Gaza into Israel after a lethal internal battle in the east of the Strip were sent back to Gaza yesterday and then detained by Hamas forces.

By The Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) - More than 1,000 Sunni Arabs and Turkomen rallied Saturday against Kurdish demands to incorporate the oil-rich area around Kirkuk into their autonomous region, on the eve of a special session of parliament aimed at defusing the crisis.The dispute over Kirkuk and its vast oil wealth has blocked passage of legislation providing for provincial elections this year, a major U.S.

By The Associated Press GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Hamas forces battled Fatah-linked fighters with mortars and machine guns in a crowded Gaza neighborhood Saturday, leaving at least nine dead in the worst Palestinian infighting in nine months.About 80 people were injured, 12 of them children, hospital officials said.Loud explosions and gunfire could be heard throughout the day in the Gaza City neighborhood of Shijaiyeh, a stronghold of the Fatah-allied Hilles clan.

Al Qaeda confirmed Sunday that Abu Khabab al-Masri, a chemical and biological weapons expert, was killed with three other militants in a suspected U.S. airstrike in Pakistan's border region last week, Reuters reported from Dubai. Masri, 55, who carried a $5 million U.S.

By From news reports About 30 pro-Fatah Palestinians who had fled to Israel after fierce clashes in the Gaza Strip were sent back to the enclave Sunday by Israel, and Hamas, the Islamist group that controls Gaza, said its forces had immediately detained them.

By Associated Press BEIJING -- A small group of protesters has clashed with police near Tiananmen Square in China's capital, saying they were evicted from their homes to make way for reconstruction ahead of the Olympic Games.

By Anna Johnson Associated Press CAIRO, Egypt -- Al-Qaida confirmed Sunday the death of a top commander accused of training the suicide bombers who killed 17 American sailors on the USS Cole eight years ago.

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "1st Ld-Writethru: Beijing Olympic Organizers Confident of worry-Free Games"] BEIJING, Aug.

Palestinian supporters of the Fatah faction who fled to Israel from Gaza during weekend fighting will be transferred to the West Bank, officials said Monday. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak reportedly made the decision late Sunday, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz said.

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.