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Pakistani troops in new deadly clashes with militants PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2008

REUTERS, MINGORA, Pakistan- At least 13 people, including two women, were killed in clashes between troops and militants on Thursday in Pakistan's Swat valley, police said, taking the death toll in days of fighting to nearly 50.

The mounting casualties from renewed fighting in the scenic valley has virtually ended a peace deal the government signed in May to end a wave of violence that erupted late last year when militants tried to enforce Taliban-style rule.
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China accuses US of trying to sabotage Olympics PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2008

The Chinese government accused US politicians of displaying "evil motives" and trying to "sabotage the Olympics" today after the House of Representatives passed a resolution condemning Beijing's record on human rights, reports The Guardina..

A foreign ministry spokesman also condemned George Bush for meeting five prominent Chinese political activists just days before he attends the opening ceremony.

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Tata walks out on investment plan PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2008

Agency

Tata Group abandoned a $3 billion investment plan for Bangladesh after it failed to win commitments from the government for the supply of natural gas to the projects, it said Thursday.

``It is clear that the government will not be in a position, in the foreseeable future, to grant the projects the natural gas commitment they would require,'' the Indian conglomerate said in a statement on its website.

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Oil steady in Asia as Iran nuclear deadline nears PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2008

AP, SINGAPORE  -- Oil prices were steady Thursday in Asia after crude jumped more than $4 overnight as Iran vowed to continue its nuclear program and a U.S. agency reported America's gasoline stocks unexpectedly fell last week.

Only days remain until a deadline expires for Tehran to show it will stop expanding its uranium enrichment program, at least temporarily, or face the threat of new U.N. sanctions.

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Bentley closes in on Spurs switch PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2008

Blackburn's David Bentley could be a Tottenham player by the weekend after having a medical on Wednesday, reports BBC.

Rovers rejected offers from Aston Villa and Spurs for the England winger but the Londoners made another bid closer to Rovers' £18m valuation of him.
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Portugal´s Petit set to sign for Cologne PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2008

AFP, BERLIN - Portugal midfielder Petit is set to sign a two-year contract with newly-promoted Bundesliga side Cologne from Portuguese giants Benfica for an undisclosed amount, according to a report here on Wednesday.

The 31-year-old defensive midfielder, who announced his retirement from international football after last month's Euro 2008, was set to have a medical examination and be announced as a Cologne player on Wednesday.
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Spurs in Arshavin talks PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2008

Russian keen on White Hart Lane switch

Sky Sports

Andrei Arshavin's agent has confirmed Tottenham are in talks to sign the Russian star, but says a deal is still a way off.

Tottenham are lining up a move for Arshavin as they look to bolster their squad following the sale of Robbie Keane to Liverpool.
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Fulham sign Sweden´s Stoor PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2008

AFP, LONDON - Fulham signed Sweden defender Fredrik Stoor from Norwegian side Rosenborg on Wednesday, the English Premier League club announced.

The 24-year-old right back has joined the London side on a four-year deal and Fulham manager Roy Hodgson told the Cottagers' official website: "I am delighted that Fredrik has joined us officially today (Wednesday).
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Skirmishes can hurt India-Pakistan peace process PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2008

REUTERS, ISLAMABAD- A series of violations of a five-year-old ceasefire on the de facto border dividing the disputed Kashmir region will add to the chill forming over a peace process between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan, analysts say.

There have been three exchanges of fire across the de facto border this month alone. Firing occurred for a third consecutive day on Wednesday, marking the most serious violation yet of a ceasefire that began in 2003, months before peace talks began.
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Karadzic to face judges in The Hague on Thursday PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2008

Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic was transferred to the Dutch-based UN war crimes tribunal's detention centre near The Hague. Prosecutor Serge Brammertz said it would be months before his trial begins, France24 reports.

Radovan Karadzic, former leader of the Bosnian Serbs, was transferred to the detention unit of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) shortly before 8am local time after an overnight transfer from Belgrade.
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China 'breaking internet freedom vow' PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2008

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will launch an inquiry into internet censorship in China after accusations that Beijing was failing to live up to its promises guaranteeing unrestricted online access, reports The Independent.

Furious reporters are finding that their internet access is inadequate. Attempts to use the network to access the website of Amnesty International, which has just released a damning report on human rights in China, proved fruitless yesterday.
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Spain to cut speed limit in bid to reduce oil imports PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2008

REUTERS

Spain has launched an ambitious plan to reduce energy consumption and save millions of euros on oil imports by cutting the speed limit to 50mph and handing out millions of low-energy use light bulbs.

With the introduction of a broad swathe of measures between now and 2014, Spain's socialist government hopes to reduce Spain's oil imports by 10% per year, cutting consumption by 44m barrels and saving €4.14bn (£3.25bn).
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UN loses $10m aid PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2008

Burma exchange rate scam

The UN has admitted losing about $10m (£5m) to the Burmese regime while delivering emergency aid to the country in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis because of a distorted official exchange rate, reports The Indepdent.

The UN's senior humanitarian aid official said it had suffered the "significant" loss because the junta enforced an artificial exchange rate that was at least 15 per cent lower than the genuine rate.

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Hamas, Fatah both violate human rights: report PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2008

REUTRERS, JERUSALEM- Palestinian security forces loyal to Hamas and Fatah have both carried out serious human rights abuses over the past year, including arbitrary arrests and torture, according to a report on the bitter power struggle.

Human Rights Watch, in the report released on Wednesday, cited a pattern of politically motivated arrests, mock executions and severe beatings in detention centers run by Hamas Islamists in the Gaza Strip and President Mahmoud Abbas's secular Fatah faction in the West Bank.
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North Korea food crisis worst in a decade: UN PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2008

REUTERS, BEIJING- Parts of North Korea are experiencing their worst levels of hunger in nearly a decade, the UN World Food Program said on Wednesday as it called on donors to provide urgent assistance over the next few months.

Jean-Pierre de Margerie, the World Food Program's (WFP) country director for North Korea, said a food security assessment conducted last month showed that parts of the country could fall into a humanitarian emergency ahead of the autumn harvest.
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Woman `US spy' killed in NW Pakistan PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2008

REUTERS, MIRANSHAH, Pakistan

Militants shot and killed an Afghan woman accused of being a US spy in Pakistan's North Waziristan region, and dumped her body in a sewer, a witness and intelligence officials said on Wednesday.

The pro-Taliban militants in North and South Waziristan have killed dozens of people they accused of being Pakistani government supporters or spies for US forces based in neighbouring Afghanistan.
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Mugabe says wants crisis talks to succeed PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2008

REUTERS, HARARE- Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe said on Wednesday crisis talks with the opposition were going well and he wanted negotiations aimed at solving the country's political impasse to succeed.

Mugabe's comments came as Zimbabwe's central bank took steps to shore up the worthless currency in the country suffering economic collapse, announcing a redenomination of the Zimbabwe dollar by cutting 10 zeros from the currency.
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Chinese teacher sent to labour camp for earthquake photos PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2008

A Chinese teacher has been sent to a labour camp over his internet photographs of schools that collapsed in the Sichuan earthquake, a rights group said today, reports AP.

Liu Shaokun was ordered to serve a year of "re-education through labour", according to Human Rights in China. The system does not require a formal charge or criminal trial and there is no appeal.
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Syria-Israel talks over, next round in August: source PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2008

REUTERS, ISTANBUL- A fresh round of indirect peace talks between Israel and Syria, mediated by Turkey, ended on Wednesday and a fifth round is due next month, a senior source close to the talks told Reuters.

Israel and Syria launched the talks in May but have not yet agreed to hold face-to-face negotiations.
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British NASA hacker to face US trial PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2008

REUTERS, LONDON- A British computer expert lost his appeal on Wednesday against extradition to the United States where he is accused of "the biggest military hack of all time" and could face up to 70 years in prison.

Gary McKinnon was arrested in 2002 after US prosecutors charged him with illegally accessing computers, including the Pentagon, US army, navy and NASA systems, and causing $700,000 worth of damage.
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Charge framing to be decided Aug 12 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2008

MiG-29 Case

Staff Correspondent

A Dhaka court Thursday concluded charge framing proceedings in a graft case involving the controversial purchase of MiG-29 warplanes, against former prime minister

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