International News Archive - August 06, 2008


The five Olympic rings, made out of flowers, stand near the Potala Palace -- the Dalai Lama's old residence -- in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa.

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo [By John Duce] Beijing, Aug. 6 Kyodo - A series of small protests were held in Beijing on Wednesday as demonstrators attempted to evade the massive security operation in place for the Olympic Games.

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) BEIJING, Aug.

OFFICIALS are investigating reports that two Britons have been detained in China after unfurling Tibetan flags and two banners outside the Bird's Nest Olympic stadium in Beijing, the British Embassy in Beijing said today.

TWO Britons were arrested today for displaying Free Tibet banners near the Olympics stadium in Beijing. The British Embassy in the Chinese capital said it was investigating and making efforts to get access to the pair, who are members of the group Students for a Free Tibet.


A U.S. military jury Wednesday convicted Osama bin Laden's driver of war crimes - making him the first war-on-terror captive convicted by contested tribunal at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Iraqi lawmakers Wednesday delayed for the third time a vote on the provincial election law after failing to agree on governance in Kirkuk.

Today's episode of "With the Event" programme discussed the military coup in Mauritania. The programme hosted today an expert in Maghreban affairs, Sadek Bouguetaya, a Mauritanian writer from Damascus, Ould Maaloum; and a Mauritanian MP, Jamil Ould Mansour.

BAGHDAD _ After weeks of late-night negotiations and under intense U.S. pressure, Iraqi lawmakers failed to pass a much-debated provincial elections law Wednesday before adjourning for the month.

Word of the Day
  • Any of various tropical Old World birds of the family Indicatoridae, some species of which lead people or animals to the nests of wild honeybees. The birds eat the wax and larvae that remain after the nest has been destroyed for its honey.
Honeyguide birds have even been known to eat candles.