International News Archive - August 08, 2008

[Passages within double slant lines in Urdu] Islamabad PTV News in English at 1249 gmt on 7 August continues to carry a "press briefing" by Senator Asif Ali Zardari and Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif live from Zardari House in Islamabad. Audio/ video reception is fair to good.

Karachi Geo News television in Urdu at 1600 GMT on 7 August relays live regularly scheduled "Today with Kamran Khan" program.

By Jane Perlez New York Times ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- A move by Pakistan's usually fractious governing coalition on Thursday to impeach President Pervez Musharraf left the country on the brink of a political crisis that threatened to paralyze the government at a critical moment when the United States is demanding greater action against militants based here.

By Mike Melia Associated Press By Mike Melia Associated Press GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- A U.S.

Text of report by state-run Iranian radio on 7 August [Presenter] Despite America's efforts to impose sanctions on Iran and despite its exploitation of the UN Security Council to this end, the Statistical Office of the EU has announced that exports from the EU countries to Iran have increased by 18 pre cent in the last five months compared to the same period last year.

Russia's opposition Union of Right Forces party has called on Russia and Georgia to solve the conflict between Georgia and its breakaway region South Ossetia via diplomatic talks, the Interfax news agency reported on 8 August, quoting a statement the presidium of the party's federal political council published on the same day.

By ED JAMES PRESIDENT George Bush arrived in Beijing last night amid an atmosphere of tension with China's leaders over his high profile criticism of the country's human rights record.

By Linda A Moore As a city that ranks first in fat and crime, Memphis now has a No. 1 to be proud of. The Memphis Zoo has been named the top zoo in the country by TripAdvisor, a Web site (Trip Advisor.com) that features travel- related reviews from regular citizens.

Word of the Day
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.