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South Korea, US start military drills PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Reuters, Seoul- South Korean and US forces started annual military drills on Monday denounced by North Korea as a prelude to war, with Pyongyang previously saying they spoiled the prospects for nuclear disarmament talks.

The drills, called Ulchi Freedom Guardian, last until Friday and come as envoys in talks on ending the North's nuclear arms programme discuss a mechanism to verify claims Pyongyang made about its production of arms-grade plutonium.
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Georgia rebel region sacks govt, declares emergency PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Reuters, Moscow- The president of Georgia's separatist region of South Ossetia fired his government on Monday and declared a month-long emergency to cope with the aftermath of an armed conflict with the central government.

President Eduard Kokoity has sharply criticised his cabinet for their performance during the crisis which started on Aug. 8.
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Prachanda to be sworn in as Nepal PM PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Reuters, Kathmandu - A former Maoist guerrilla leader who led a decade-long insurgency against Nepal's Hindu monarchy will be sworn in on Monday as the Himalayan republic's first prime minister.

Pushpa Kamal Dahal, who still goes by his nom de guerre Prachanda - meaning "terrible" or "fierce" - was picked on Friday by a special assembly meant to write a new constitution and double as an interim parliament.
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Troops in Kashmir on alert to halt protests PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Reuters, Srinagar - Indian authorities deployed more troops across Kashmir on Monday to prevent a planned march by separatists to a United Nations office to protest against New Delhi's rule in the disputed Himalayan region.

A row over land for Hindu pilgrims visiting a shrine in Kashmir has snowballed into full scale anti-India protests, uniting separatists and reviving calls for Kashmiri independence.
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Troops begin withdrawal from Georgia, says Russian military PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Russia says it has started to withdraw troops from Georgia today under a French-brokered peace plan, report agencies.

Russian forces around the city of Gori showed no sign of moving away and even appeared to be strengthening their positions. But Colonel-General Anatoly Nogovitsyn, deputy chief of staff of Russia's military, told a daily official briefing: "The pull-out of peacekeeping forces started today."
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‘Growing clamour to remove the Hague prosecutor who wants Sudanese chief arrested’ PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

REUTERS

A coalition of human rights lawyers, academics and leading non-governmental organisations (NGOs) has begun openly to criticise the competence and conduct of the prosecutor of the international criminal court, the Argentinian Luis Moreno-Ocampo. Their concerns follow his announcement last month that it is to seek an arrest warrant for genocide against the Sudanese president, and the collapse of the five-year-old court's first trial.
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Pair charged with murders PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

British honeymooners in Antigua

Two men, aged 17 and 20, have been charged with the murders of honeymooning couple Catherine and Ben Mullany in Antigua, local police said today, report agencies.

Detective Inspector Keith Niven of the Antiguan police said the pair had been arrested and charged following several days of questioning.
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McCain campaign manager claims US network favours Obama PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

US election

The Guardian

A senior adviser to John McCain is accusing NBC news of "irresponsible journalism" and bias against his candidate, a move designed to build on the Republican's well-received performance during a joint weekend appearance with Barack Obama.

In a letter to NBC news president Steve Capus, McCain campaign manager Rick Davis asked for a meeting to discuss his "deep concerns about the news standards and level of objectivity" at the network.
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Rice, European allies to discuss Russian response PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

AP, WASHINGTON  - The U.S. will argue at a NATO ministers meeting for a unified response to punish Russia for invading Georgia, even as officials say Moscow has positioned missile launchers in the separatist South Ossetia province.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice headed to Europe Monday to talk with NATO allies about what message the West should send to Russia about the military intervention.

Amid worsening relations with Moscow, NATO foreign ministers were expected to review a range of military, ministerial and other upcoming activities planned with Russia - and decide case by case at the meeting Tuesday whether to cancel each activity.
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Obama meets oilman who funded 2004 attacks on Kerry PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Reuters, Reno- White House hopeful Barack Obama talked energy policy on Sunday with T Boone Pickens, a billionaire oil investor who funded the "Swift Boat" attacks on Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry in 2004.

Pickens, a lifelong Republican, has endorsed neither his party's candidate, Arizona Sen. John McCain, nor Democrat Obama in the Nov. 4 election and wants to make energy a top campaign issue.

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Venezuela seeks observation satellite in five years PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Reuters, Caracas - Washington-foe Venezuela plans to launch an observation satellite within five years to map its territory, President Hugo Chavez said on Sunday.

Venezuela's first satellite, named after independence hero Simon Bolivar, is for broadcast and telecommunications purposes and is due to be launched from China in November, Chavez said.
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Iraq pilgrims head home, suicide bomber strikes PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Reuters, Baghdad/Kerbala, Iraq- Hundreds of thousands of Shi'ite pilgrims streamed home from Iraq's shrine city of Kerbala on Sunday at the end of an annual holy rite that passed without the factional violence that marred it last year.

But a major suicide bomb attack on US-backed neighborhood guards in a Sunni Arab area of northern Baghdad served as a reminder of entrenched violence in the country.

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Pakistanis jubilant over Musharraf`s resignation PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Multan, Pakistan,Aug 18 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Pakistanis danced in the streets on Monday after beleaguered President Pervez Musharraf announced his resignation, with many ordinary people hoping his departure would bring improvement to their lives.

After ruling Pakistan single-handedly for nearly nine years, the former army chief and close ally of the United States announced his resignation in a televised address in the face of an impending impeachment by the ruling coalition government.
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Implications of Musharraf`s resignation PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

ISLAMABAD,Aug 18 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Nuclear-armed Pakistan's beleaguered President Pervez Musharraf announced his resignation on Monday in the face of an impending impeachment motion by the ruling coalition government.

Musharraf, 65, came to power in a 1999 coup and has anchored Pakistan's alliance with the United States, especially since Pakistan signed up for the US-led campaign against terrorism after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
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Russia prepares to start Georgia pullout PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

GORI, Georgia, Mon Aug 18,(bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Russian troops with armored cars mounted checkpoints on a major Georgian highway on Monday, ahead of a promised withdrawal from parts of the country under an international ceasefire plan.

Soldiers in helmets inspected the boots of cars and asked drivers for identification on the main road from the capital Tbilisi to the central town of Gori. Armored vehicles and tanks stood nearby in fields, covered by camouflage tarpaulins.
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Facts about Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Islamabad,Aug 18(bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Pakistan's beleaguered President Pervez Musharraf resigned on Monday in the face of an impending impeachment motion by the nuclear-armed nation's ruling coalition government.

Here are some facts about Musharraf:

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'Fierce' ex-Maoist chief becomes first Nepal PM PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Kathmandu,Aug 18 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Two years ago, the chief of Nepal's former Maoist rebels was on the Himalayan nation's most wanted list with a price of more than $70,000 on his head.

But on Monday, Prachanda, who still goes by his nom de guerre meaning "fierce", was sworn in as Nepal's first prime minister, having jettisoned much of his Marxist rhetoric to embrace democracy and private investment.
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India fears Musharraf exit will unleash new tensions PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

New Delhi,Aug 18 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Coincidence or not, as Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's influence waned this year, there was a spike in firing across the Indian border, a bomb attack on India's Kabul embassy and diplomatic spats over Kashmir.

Now he has been forced to resign, India fears that relations between the two nuclear rivals could now get even worse.
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Musharraf`s speech PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

ISLAMABAD, Aug 18, (bdnews24.com/Dawn)- President Pervez Musharraf began his address to the nation at 13.13 PST at the President's House in Islamabad, saying "Today is a day of an important decision for me." Proceedings began with recitation from the Holy Quran at 13.10 pm. President Pervez Musharraf said the nation is aware of the crisis it is going through.

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The strongman and the war on terror PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Pakistan, August 18 (bdnews24.com/BBC News)-- The resignation of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is a sign of how the `war on terror' is changing.

Mr Musharraf was once the lynchpin of Pakistan's alliance with the United States in President George Bush's "war on terror", but the days of a single strongman laying down and executing the policy are gone.
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Analysts' View: Reaction to Musharraf's resignation PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

ISLAMABAD, Mon Aug 18, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf announced his resignation on Monday in the face of an impending impeachment motion by the ruling coalition government.

Following are the views of analysts and officials. ASAD
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