Posts Tagged ‘ france ’

Dog appears as witness in murder trial

Sep 11th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

A dog nicknamed “Scooby” has become the first animal in the world to appear as a witness in a murder trial. During a preliminary hearing the pet was led into the witness box by a vet to see how it reacted to a suspect. It is said to have “barked furiously”.



What Will the Collider Tell Us?

Sep 10th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Technology

Once it’s running at full capacity, the project’s researchers say, the $5.3 billion Large Hadron Collider, the biggest particle accelerator ever built, will be able to answer questions physicists never thought they’d get answers to, like why the universe formed the way it did and why matter has mass. Critics of the project say it could have the opposite effect, leading not to knowledge but instead humanity’s demise.



Russia Agrees to Limited Pullout From Georgia

Sep 9th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: World

Russian president Dmitri A. Medvedev announced Monday that Russia had agreed to withdraw its troops by mid-October from its positions in Georgia outside the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. But Mr. Medvedev said Russia would stand by its decision to recognize the two breakaway regions as independent nations.



Despite Pullout, Russia Envisions Long-Term Shift

Aug 23rd, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: World

The military redeployment indicates that despite the French-brokered cease-fire framework that Russia accepted, it is striving to maintain considerable economic and military pressure on Georgia, a close ally of the United States. The ultimate goal, it seems, is the ouster of its pro-Western president, Mikheil Saakashvili.



Europe Wonders if It Can Square Its Need for Russia With a Distaste for Putin

Aug 18th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: World

There is a split between “old and new Europe” — roughly Western and Eastern Europe, said Clifford Kupchan, a director of the Eurasia Group. New Europe, backed by Britain and Scandinavia, is taking a harder line toward Russia, while old Europe “will only be reinforced in its view that Georgia and Ukraine are not ready for NATO.”



Pledging to Leave Georgia, Russia Instead Tightens Grip

Aug 18th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: World

American officials have demanded that Russian troops pull back from their positions inside Georgia and that the Russian military presence in the enclaves of South Ossetia and Abkhazia be limited to the Russian peacekeeping force that was there before the conflict erupted earlier this month.



West increases pressure on Russia

Aug 18th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: World

A ceasefire continued to hold and President Dmitry Medvedev assured his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy that Russian regular forces “from tomorrow … will begin withdrawing,” the Kremlin said. However, new tensions gathered over Russia’s longer term military plans in the fervently pro-Western ex-Soviet republic.



Russia signs ceasefire deal

Aug 17th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Lead Stories, World

The deal obliges all forces in Georgia, a former Soviet republic, to withdraw to positions held prior to the Russian invasion. However, Russian troops - which routed Georgia’s small US-trained army in the fighting for control of South Ossetia - have the right to patrol “a few kilometres” deeper inside Georgia beyond the South Ossetia conflict zone.



Peace Plan Offers Russia a Rationale to Advance

Aug 14th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: World

It soon became clear that the six-point deal brokered by French President Nicholas Sarkozy had not only failed to slow the Russian advance, but had also allowed Russia to claim that it could push deeper into Georgia as part of so-called additional security measures it was granted in the agreement.



Russian forces still in control of Gori

Aug 14th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Lead Stories, World

The entire Georgian column that was headed towards Gori has now turned around and headed back towards the Georgian capital Tbilisi. Whilst some Georgian soldiers have been armed and trained by the United States military they know they are no match for the superior Russian force.