Monday, August 31, 2009

World News Briefs -- August 31, 2009 (Evening Edition)

A U.S. soldier from the 3-71 Cavalry fires his weapon during a gun-battle with Taliban fighters in the village of Bargematal, Nuristan province, August 25, 2009. REUTERS/Oleg Popov

U.S., NATO Must Change To Win Afghan War-Commander -- Yahoo News/Reuters

KABUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and its allies must change strategy and boost cooperation to turn around the war in Afghanistan, the top U.S. and NATO commander there said on Monday, wrapping up a much-anticipated review.

U.S. Army General Stanley McChrystal said the situation was "serious" but the 8-year-old war could still be won. He gave no indication as to whether he would ask for more troops but is widely expected to do so in the coming weeks.

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Lieberman: Israel won`t let Palestinians declare state unilaterally.

No talks without full settlement freeze: Abbas aide.

Israel launches air strike in Gaza.

Olmert becomes 1st Israeli PM to be indicted. Olmert indictment / Why are the charges so serious?

Iraq: suspected bomber recently released by US.

'Bombs hampering US-Syria resolution'.

Remnants of Iraq Air Force are found in Serbia.

Saudi tightens security to protect oil plants.

Turkey, Armenia agree to establish diplomatic ties.


With bold stand, Japan opposition wins a landslide.

2 American, 2 British troops killed in Afghanistan.

Karzai maintains lead in latest Afghan vote count.

Blast kills 15 Pakistani police recruits. Pakistan military kills 30 militants in Swat: statement.

China again decries Dalai Lama visit to Taiwan. Dalai Lama says Taiwan visit is not political.

Myanmar refugees weigh risks of returning from China.

Remains of last 2 Australia MIAs in Vietnam return.


Bongo, son of Bongo, is favourite for Gabon election. After 40 years of dictatorship, Gabon votes.

Gaddafi prepares for his 40-year spectacular - but will anyone turn up?

Ethiopian troops seize Somali town.

Millions facing famine in Ethiopia as rains fail.

In oil-rich Niger Delta, the sun never sets.

Zuma holds talks with both Mugabe, Tsvangirai to break deadlock.


Arctic Sea sailors freed after mystery detention: Reports.

Moldova elects pro-western house speaker amid turmoil.

Merkel's party loses ground in German votes.

70 years on, Poland's WWII wounds haven't healed.

Slowing price fall raises Europe recovery hopes.


Calif. wildfire heads north, threatens thousands.

Hurricane stronger, heads for Mexico's Los Cabos.

Latin American journalists face new opposition.

Ecuador's Correa to close private TV station for 'spying'.

Commandos kill eight people in northern Mexico.

New flu hit estimated 10 percent of New Yorkers.

Bolivia cries foul over Peru plans for drilling in Titicaca.


Libya says Lockerbie bomber in hospital. Lockerbie letters to be released.

Is Al-Qaida opening a Gaza front to counter Hamas?

Saudi prince defends policy on militants.

Russia 'kills al-Qaeda operative'.

Cheney offers sharp defense of C.I.A. interrogation tactics.


Meltdown 101: Why banks' struggles have worsened.

Regulators shutter three U.S. banks, bringing 2009 toll to 84.

Commercial real estate lurks as next potential mortgage crisis.

Canada to urge G20 copy "boring" financial system.

1 comment:

vijayanand said...

Baghdad city witnessed a series of bomb blasts causing a death toll of At least 97 and injuring more than 580. Death toll may further rise as still there are people caught within the crumbling masses. It is said that at least six bombs detonated in close proximity to government ministries. Eye witnesses reveal that finance and foreign ministries were the areas mainly targeted. Trucks carrying explosives were the main causative agent of the explosions. One explosion caused the breakage of windows in Iraq’s parliament building in the Green Zone government and diplomatic complex which is under the cover of tight security. A ministry employee girl who was lucky to survive was appalled by the incident. She told press that she saw the corpse of security guards, journalists etc. It is noteworthy that these gruesome chains of blasts have took place few months before the national elections which were slated to take place in January. Baghdad’s security spokesman while addressing the journalists said that another attempt prospective explosion using bomb planted in a car was thwarted by security forces and two Al-Qaeda members were detained