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2008-08-28 09:00:34

Text of report by Polish newspaper Nasz Dziennik website on 27 August [Commentary by Cezary Michalski: "Kremlin dividing up Georgia"] Russia's recognition of the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia does not change the situation on the ground, but it once again changes the political situation. Yet again in Russia's favour. Because this gesture was made by Moscow in a political vacuum created by the absence of a reaction from the West. Georgia did not have any control over the...

2008-08-28 03:00:04

Russia was condemned Wednesday by its fellow G8 members for invading Georgia and undermining its authority over South Ossetia and Abkhazia. In a joint statement, the foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States and the United Kingdom said Russia's recognition of the independence of the two states violates Georgia's territorial integrity and sovereignty. They said the action also is contrary to United Nations Security Council resolutions supported by Russia....

2008-08-28 00:00:10

By Alex Rodriguez MOSCOW - The Kremlin's decision Tuesday to recognize the independence of Georgia's two breakaway enclaves deepens what has become Washington's worst crisis with Moscow since the end of the Cold War - a crisis that has revealed the West's lack of leverage over a confident, aggressive Russia. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's declaration, announced in a nationally televised address, was immediately denounced by leaders in Washington and several European capitals. U.S....

2008-08-28 00:00:02

LEADING ARTICLE The future of two enclaves should not be allowed to spark conflict Russia's action in recognising the unilaterally declared independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia was hasty, intemperate and ill-advised. It was also utterly predictable. These two regions have tried to separate themselves from Georgia ever since the break- up of the Soviet Union, and they have twice declared independence, without convincing Russia to give them formal backing. Georgia's ill- fated attempt...

2008-08-27 18:00:03

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has dismissed the criticism of Russia's actions in Georgia contained in the speech made in Kiev by British Foreign Secretary David Miliband. He also insisted that Russia was not a party in the conflict in Georgia and that it was committed to the peace deal brokered by French President Nicolas Sarkozy - but only in what he described as its "original form". According to Lavrov, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili did not sign the deal itself but only...

2008-08-27 15:00:33

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. He was speaking in a live interview with Georgian Public TV via satellite from Denver, USA, where he is attending the US Democratic National Convention....

2008-08-27 12:00:04

By Anne Penketh; Shaun Walker East-West relations hit new low as Medvedev backs breakaway states Russia's relations with the West have plunged to a new low after President Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree officially recognising two breakaway territories in Georgia as independent states. "We are not afraid of anything, including the prospect of a new Cold War," said Mr Medvedev, after signing the decree in defiance of the US and Europe. The decision, marking a U-turn for Russian policy,...

2008-08-27 09:01:20

Text of report in English by Czech national public-service news agency CTK Prague, 27 August: The territorial integrity of Georgia and the country's reconstruction after the recent armed conflict with Russia will be the Czech government's priorities at the forthcoming EU summit on Georgia, Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg told journalists after a cabinet meeting today. Schwarzenberg said the reconstruction plan should concern the whole territory of Georgia, including the...

2008-08-27 09:00:33

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. Vitaly Churkin said Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili's attack on South Ossetia created a "new reality" that negated U.N. resolutions guaranteeing the territorial integrity of Georgia. Moscow's announcement earlier Tuesday that it was...

2008-08-27 06:00:21

By Clifford J. Levy Nicholas Kulish contributed reporting from Tallinn, Estonia, and Steven Erlanger and Tom Rachman from Paris. * Russia on Tuesday formally recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, the two enclaves in Georgia whose separatist aspirations stirred the fierce conflict this month. The step, which goes beyond Russia's military operation and is intended to consolidate its military success into permanent political gains, is viewed as highly provocative...


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2007-12-27 10:11:13

Southern Tailed Birdwing (Ornithoptera meridionalis), is the smallest species of butterfly in its genus. It is found in southern Papua New Guinea and in several areas along the south coast of Irian Jaya. It is strictly a lowland species, favouring primary rainforest. A very few specimens have also been collected at altitude in Irian Jaya, however these specimens were reared from immature stages and emerged crippled, suggesting that high altitude forests are not favoured habitats. Males...

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  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'