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Last Build Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2008 14:58:35 +0200


Georgia Says Russian Tanks Violated Truce
TBILISI, Georgia, Aug. 13 -- Russian tanks have moved into the central Georgian city of Gori in apparent violation of a new ceasefire agreement, according to Georgian officials and eyewitnesses who reported black smoke rising over the town.

Bomb in northern Lebanese city kills 18
TRIPOLI, Lebanon -- A bomb ripped through a bus carrying civilians and members of the Lebanese military during Wednesday morning rush hour in the northern city of Tripoli, killing 18 people and wounding 46, security officials said.

Official: 3 Western women killed in Afghan attack
PUL-E-ALAM, Afghanistan -- A militant ambush of a U.S. aid organization's vehicle Wednesday killed an American aid worker along with a British-Canadian and a Trinidadian colleague, officials said.

Al-Qaeda Said to Use Regional Strife to Tighten Grip in Pakistan
Al-Qaeda has exploited recent political turmoil in Pakistan to strengthen its foothold along the country's border with Afghanistan, a top U.S. counterterrorism official said yesterday in an assessment that also warned of a heightened risk of attack during the upcoming U.S. election season.

Beijing Is All Dressed Up, But No One Is Going
BEIJING, Aug. 13 -- Chinese Olympic organizers acknowledged Tuesday they were struggling to handle an unforeseen and baffling problem inside Summer Games venues and at the showpiece Olympic Park.

12 Killed In Clash At Protest In Kashmir
NEW DELHI, Aug. 12 -- At least 12 people were killed and more than 100 were injured Tuesday when Indian security forces fired into crowds of protesters, the latest escalation of violence stemming from a land dispute in the Indian-administered part of Kashmir.

U.S. Imposes Sanctions On Iranian Companies
The Bush administration has imposed economic sanctions on five Iranian companies that it has accused of helping the country pursue its ambitions to develop a nuclear weapon.

In Russia, Nationalist Pride Prevails
MOSCOW, Aug. 12 -- Along Moscow's famously colorful Arbat Street on Tuesday, there was a striking unanimity of views about Russia's brief, one-sided war with Georgia. While many people said they regretted the loss of life, the conflict appeared mainly to have stoked nationalist pride and anger that...

Deficit for July Exceeds Wall Street Prediction
The federal budget deficit soared in July, pushed higher by economic stimulus payments and $15 billion in outlays to protect depositors at failed banks.

In Apparent Truce, U.S. Sees Russian Fear of Global Reproof
The Bush administration suggested yesterday that an apparent cease-fire in Georgia came about because Moscow feared it would be banished from Western-dominated international economic and political institutions if it did not stop its "aggression" in the former Soviet republic.