August 2008 Headlines

Life After the Beijing Olympics

BEIJING, China - The Beijing Olympics are the most-watched event in television history.

China's Upper Room: A Place of Blessing

CWN.com - BEIJING, China -- Just a few miles east of Tiananmen Square is one of Beijing's most popular hangouts. The locals here call it Bar Street.

Smiling 'iPhone Girl' a Hit on New Phone

When British Internet user "Markm49uk" opened his brand new iPhone 3G last week, he found a little surprise on his home screen.

China Must Provide Internet during Olympics

The International Olympic Committee said Internet access cannot be blocked during the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.

Has the Olympics Improved China's Relationships with the Rest of the World?

To say that Chinese have more knowledge of America than Americans have of China would be a severe understatement.  Despite this gap, the Olympic coverage and emphasis on Beijing has given the world a much more comprehensive understanding of China.  As of March, concerns of Olympic boycotts and human rights in Tibet were ubiquitous throughout much of the Western media.  Of course, in response, China retaliated launching boycotts of its own against companies, like Carrefour and Louis Vuitton.  Even during the Games, I had several locals tell me that they didn’t like CNN, in response to Jack Cafferty’s comments that Chinese leadership was still “a bunch of goons and thugs.” Now, with the concentrated media emphasis and even opening ceremonies, the international community was able to see the China that hundreds of millions of citizens are very proud of.   In turn, China opened its doors to thousands of “foreign friends,” getting more of a flavor of the rest of the world. Granted, many of the city’s unflattering images were hidden from the public eye, and it’s not as if every area of disagreement has simply melted away.  Instead, the Olympics provided a way for China and the international community to come together, and to begin to find common ground.

Suicide Attacks by Women on the Rise

Violence remains down in Iraq, but suicide attacks by women there are on the rise.

Obama: World Should Pressure Iran

CBNNews.com - During a campaign speech in Iowa, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said the world should put stronger pressure Iran before Israel is forced to act.

Olympic Techs Deliver Best Performance Yet

Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt weren't the only ones setting big records during the 2008 Beijing Games. Behind the scenes, this year's Olympics surpassed previous years in the technology department as well.

China's Churches Short on Resources

BEIJING, CHINA - The dramatic rise of Christianity in China is straining the resources of churches there to meet the spiritual needs of the people.

Olympian: Pro-life Hurdle Wasn't Hard

For Tasha Danvers of Great Britain, winning the bronze medal in the women's 400 meter hurdles meant more than just placing third in the world.

Missionaries Ignore Ban during Olympics

China has threatened to crack down on evangelism during these Olympic games, but many foreign missionaries are ignoring the ban.

U.S. Concerned for Human Rights in China

The recent disappearance of two Chinese human rights activists has highlighted China's poor human rights record despite government promises to the world to improve.

Beijing Strikes Tourism Gold

BEIJING, China - Beijing has invested billions in improving its image for the Olympics.

Bush OKs Deal on Iraq Troop Withdrawal

President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki spoke by phone Friday as the two countries closed on a deal that would set a course for American combat troops to pull out of all major Iraqi cities by December 2011.

Huckabee on Divided Jerusalem, Election

JERUSALEM, Israel - During his visit to Israel this week, former governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee talked with CBN News about a number of issues.

Russia Stays Despite Withdraw Promise

Russian forces have taken up positions at the entrance to Georgia's main Black Sea port city Poti, even though Russian officials say they will begin a pullout from Georgia Friday.

Biking in Beijing Gains Speed

BEIJING, China - China's red hot economy may be cooling off somewhat, but at Hanson Yan's Windspeed bike shop in Beijing, weekly sales are up by about 50 percent.

U.S. and Afghan Forces Repel Attack

U.S. and Afghan forces have fended off an assault on a major U.S. military base in Afghanistan.

China Sees a Growing Interest in Religion

BEIJING - Over the past few decades, China has experienced unprecedented economic growth. And more than 80 percent of citizens say they are happy with the direction their country is heading.

Russia Takes Captives, NATO Unhappy

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is in Europe for an emergency meeting of the NATO powers. At the top of the agenda -- how to handle Russia.

Ministry's Bibles Taken in China

A U.S. ministry is demanding that Chinese officials return hundreds of Bibles confiscated from them at an airport.

Fay Makes Landfall in Southwest Florida

Tropical Storm Fay came ashore in southwest Florida early this morning and it could bring up to 10 inches of rain and heavy flooding.

Pakistan's President to Step Down

WASHINGTON - Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf says he's resigning from office, and that could have a big impact on the war on terror.

Georgia Says Separatists Seized Villages

TBILISI, Georgia -- Georgia's Foreign Ministry said Saturday that Russian-backed separatists from the province of Abkhazia had taken over 13 villages in Georgia and a power plant.

Al Qaeda on the Run?

As we approach the seventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, a debate is raging among counterterrorism experts: what is the current state of al Qaeda?

Some Chinese Long for Ancient Way of Life

BEIJING - Whole city blocks in Beijing were razed to make way for state-of-the-art Olympic venues, new hotels, subways, and modern buildings.

Georgia Vows to Never Surrender to Russia

WASHINGTON - Georgia's president has signed a cease-fire agreement with Russia Friday, but said he will "never, ever surrender" in showdown with the former Soviet Union.

Phelps to Resume Quest for Gold

The man with the most gold medals in Olympics history Michael Phelps will resume his quest for gold Thursday night with the 200 Individual Medley.

The Faces Behind the Beijing Games

BEIJING, China - Beijing has spared no expense to present the most extravagant Olympics ever.

Georgia: Russia Controls Third of Country

Georgia's president said Thursday that Russian forces already control a third of Georgian territory, as they conitnued to move toward the country's second largest city.

China Makes Strides in War with Pollution

Beijing has made massive strides in cleaning up the city in the lead up to the Olympics. But China's war with pollution is only just beginning.

Bush Turns Up Heat on Russia

President Bush demanded that Russia withdraw its forces from Georgia, even as he promised a massive U.S. humanitarian aid effort to the embattled former Soviet republic.

World's Most Dangerous Woman in U.S. Custody

I first heard the name "Aafia Siddiqui" back in May 2004, when then-Attorney General John Ashcroft held a press conference with F.B.I. Director Robert Mueller identifying seven top Al-Qaeda members that the U.S. wanted in custody. At the time, fears of an impending terrorist attack during the run up to the 2004 presidential election were extremely high, and some of the suspects Ashcroft named, including Siddiqui, were thought to be involved in plots on the U.S. mainland.

Russia Intimidating Other Soviet Regions?

Some analysts believe Russia may also be trying to intimidate other former Soviet regions like Ukraine.

U.S. Captures Top Female Terrorist Suspect

The U.S. may have captured one of the most important terrorism suspects yet -- a mother of three with a degree from one of the top universities in the nation, and ties to al Qaeda.

Al-Qaeda Leaders's Aide Killed

Pakistani officials say they are investigating whether a suspected militant reported killed in ongoing clashes in a nearby tribal region was a senior al-Qaeda commander.

Georgia Agrees to Truce Plan with Russia

 WASHINGTON - Georgia's president has agreed to a ceasefire plan with Russia, which calls for both countries to move back to their original positions.

China Steps Up Olympic Security

BEIJING, China - Most people will never notice them, but they are there - 300,000 spy cameras with face-recognition technology tucked away from plain sight during the Olympic Games.

Violence in Afghanistan Up from Last Year

The number of insurgent attacks in Afghanistan during the first six months of this year are 50 percent higher compared to the same period last year.

Olympic Volunteers Press toward the 'Gold'

BEIJING, China - The opening ceremony for the 2008 Olympics kicks off August 8 in Beijing. And hundreds of thousands of young Chinese hope to be part of the event.

Opening Ceremonies Open China to the World

Seven years ago, when Beijing won the bid to host the Olympics, I was in Tiananmen Square and completely overwhelmed by the sheer pride and emotion from thousands of spectators.  Within a matter of days, taxi drivers received English tapes in order to communicate with future Olympic visitors, and the pace of construction seemed to speed up overnight.

Islamic Militants Threaten Holy War in China

As China celebrates the opening of the Olympics, an Islamic militant group is threatening to attack the Beijing Games.

China's Couples Welcome 08-08-08

BEIJING, China - Shen Lina and Wang Bin have been waiting for this moment for years.

China's Road to the Olympics

BEIJING, China - China's road to this international stage began July 13, 2001 when Beijing won the bid to host the 2008 Olympic Games.

OB Aids China's Aftershock Survivors

YAOJIN, China - This week another huge aftershock rattled Sichuan Province in China.

Bush Calls for Greater Freedoms in China

President Bush delivered some strong words for China ahead of the Beijing Olympic Games.

Olympic Torch Makes Final Stretch in Beijing

The Olympic torch is winding its way through Beijing, just two days before the start of the summer games.

Iraq May Have $79B Budget Surplus

CBNNews.com - The Iraqi government may end the year with a $79 billion budget surplus -- thanks to oil revenues and money unspent on their national rebuilding effort, congressional auditors say.

Fox News Cameraman Hailed as Hero

A Fox News cameraman is being hailed a hero after saving the life of an injured Marine in Afghanistan, after being injured himself in a roadside bomb attack, Monday.

Olympics Challenge China to Lose Weight

BEIJING, China - As millions of Chinese catch Olympic fever, fitness is becoming a bigger part of their lives.

USA Field Hockey Team Goes for Gold

BEIJING, China - Olympic opening ceremonies are Friday night and one United States team will be there after a 12 year absence from the Games.

Can Olympics Boost China's Image?

Chengdu, CHINA - The 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing are about more than just sport for China.

Torch Returns to China Following Aftershocks

SICHUAN PROVINCE, China -- The Olympic torch began its tour of China's earthquake-ravaged Sichuan province.

Rwanda's P.E.A.C.E. Initiative Gaining Ground

KIGALI, Rwanda -- It has only been 14 years since the horrific genocide in Rwanda. If ever there was a nation in need of reconciliation and peace, it is this tiny African nation.

Some Web Sites Unblocked for Olympics

Chinese organizers of the Olympic games unblocked some Internet sites at the main press center and media venues on Friday. But other Web sites are still off limits for journalists in Beijing covering the games.

Dozens Killed in India Temple Stampede

CBNNews.com - NEW DELHI - Varying reports on the number of victims killed at a Hindu shrine in northern India Sunday range from 123 to 145.

Hamas VP's Son Becomes a Christian

A popular member of the terrorist group Hamas has apparently converted to Christianity.