August 18th, 2010
07:39 AM ET

World update: Pakistan's Zardari in Russia for summit

An update from the CNN newsdesk in London on some of the stories we're following on Wednesday:

Russia summit - Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev convenes a summit on regional security on Wednesday. Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Tajikistan President Emomalii Rahmon are attending, along with Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari, who is making the trip despite being criticised for continuing his visit to Europe in the midst of his country's floods.

Muslim 2010 - CNN’s Atika Shubert attends Al-Madrasa, a center for Islamic study in Spain which is open to all faiths. While it runs traditional activities like hiking and the arts, it also introduces the principles of Islamic traditions like Ramadan fasting and Arabic to its attendees.

South Africa strike - State workers are due to go on strike indefinitely from Wednesday throughout South Africa. They are striking over a long-running wage dispute after recent talks failed to reach an agreement between government and unions.

Package holidays - On Tuesday, the third major UK package holiday company in as many months folded. Do lower Internet prices and “stay-cations” mean that the package holiday company is now obsolete? Jim Boulden investigates.

NOT the Daddy - Following the exhumation of his body for DNA samples, the paternity suit involving the late chess champion, Bobby Fischer, has ended after he was found not to be the father of a nine-year-old girl from the Philippines.

Greece fires - Forest fires are burning on the three Greek islands of Zakynthos, Kephallonia and Lefkada. It’s not thought the fires are threatening any inhabited areas at this point.

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  1. acmed Shams

    Maywe never forget how brutal and dictatorial the Taliban are and why US forces are so needed there
    Please watch this. Seriously.

    August 18, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ajay

    Pakistan President Zardari Interrupts Vacation to Investigate Flood Damage to Personal Property

    August 23, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |