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Strong aftershock hits Indian islands PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 June 2008

REUTERS, NEW DELHI - A strong aftershock struck India's remote Andaman Islands on Saturday but there was no tsunami alert and there were no reports of damage, officials said.

"The magnitude is 5.7. There is no tsunami alert," Srinivas Kumar, an official at the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services, told Reuters.
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Zimbabwe counts votes as opposition slams ballot 'farce' PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 June 2008

AFP, HARARE - Counting was under way in Zimbabwe on Saturday with President Robert Mugabe certain of victory after a one-man election marked by intimidation of voters and branded a sham by the opposition and the West.

Electoral commission officials said the first results from the 210 constituencies were expected to be declared in the afternoon and the final outcome was likely to be announced by Sunday at the latest.
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Global waste meeting fails to break impasse PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 June 2008

AFP, NUSA DUA - A conference in Indonesia on the international waste trade ended without breaking a 14-year impasse over the sale of hazardous waste across borders, the host's delegate said on Saturday.

The five-day conference on the resort island of Bali ended late Friday with a coalition of countries again stalling the ban proposal, Agus Purnomo said.
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Somali Islamists snatch aid workers: UN PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 June 2008

AFP, MOGADISHU - Islamist militants kidnapped two Swedes working for the United Nations and a Somali aid worker when the fighters seized control of a town Saturday, several sources told AFP.

Local residents and aid workers said the insurgents attacked the town of Hodur, 370 kilometres (235 miles) west of the Somali capital Mogadishu, around 4:30 am (0130 GMT) but then withdrew.
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Pakistan Militants Kill 2 Afghans PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 June 2008

AP, KHAR, Pakistan

A gang of Pakistani militants executed two Afghan prisoners in front of thousands of cheering supporters Friday, beheading one man and shooting the other after accusing them of aiding a U.S. missile strike.

The executions in the Bajur region highlighted the power of local Taliban forces in lawless tribal areas near the Afghan border.
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Separatist among scores hurt in mass Kashmir protests PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 June 2008

REUTERS, SRINAGAR, India - Police fired bullets and teargas on Saturday to quell thousands of stone throwing Muslim demonstrators across Kashmir as anger grew over the transfer of forest land to a Hindu shrine trust.

Scores of people including chief of the separatist Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Mohammad Yasin Malik, were hurt when protesters clashed with police in the heart of Srinagar.
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Frail Mandela marks 90th birthday PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 June 2008

Giant London Concert

AFP, LONDON  - A star-studded cast of artists helped Nelson Mandela celebrate his 90th birthday with a giant concert in London on Friday in support of his 46664 AIDS campaign.

Queen, Amy Winehouse, Will Smith and Annie Lennox were among the performers in Hyde Park for the gig, which was broadcast around the world.
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Body of ex-president slain decades ago found PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 June 2008

REUTERS, KABUL - Afghan authorities have discovered mass graves containing the bodies of ex-President Mohammad Daud Khan, family members and aides, who were killed in a Soviet-backed coup three decades ago, his grandson said.

"Two mass graves, one containing 16 bodies and the other 12, were found. We recognised by their shoes and clothes that the graves belonged to the deceased Daud Khan, his family and cabinet members," his grandson Mahmoud Ghazi Daud told reporters on Saturday.
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Chinese woman sentenced PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 June 2008

Running of Kabul brothel

REUTERS, BEIJING - A Chinese woman was sentenced to eleven years in jail for operating brothels in Kabul, the China Daily and Chinese language media reported on Saturday.

Wang Min, a Shanghainese, was charged with operating prostitution joints that fronted as bars in the Afghan capital, and with bringing unemployed women, all over 40, from the industrial city of Chongqing on the Yangtze River to work with her.
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Obama and Clinton to make first joint appearance PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 June 2008

WASHINGTON, Fri Jun 27, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton take the first step toward healing the wounds of their bruising presidential nominating fight with a joint appearance on Friday in the symbolically named New Hampshire town of Unity.

The rally will be the first time the former rivals have shared a stage in public since Obama clinched the Democratic nomination earlier this month and began trying to mend the rifts caused by their epic 16-month campaign struggle.
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India inflation jumps again, more tightening seen PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 June 2008

NEW DELHI, Fri Jun 27,(bdnews24.com/Reuters) - India's annual inflation rate jumped to 11.42 percent in mid-June, its highest in more than 13 years, and analysts said on Friday the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) could follow up two rate increases this month with more policy tightening.

The wholesale price index rose to 11.42 percent in the 12 months to June 14, its highest reading since annual numbers in the current series became available in April 1995, data showed.
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Colombia's Uribe calls for repeat of '06 election PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 June 2008

BOGOTA, Fri Jun 27,(bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Colombian President Alvaro Uribe called on Thursday for a rerun of the 2006 presidential election in which he won a second term, after the Supreme Court ruled it was tainted by corruption.

The Supreme Court found that a former lawmaker was bribed to support a constitutional amendment that allowed the popular president to seek an unprecedented second consecutive term.

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Three US-led soldiers and Afghan interpreter killed PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 June 2008

KABUL, Fri Jun 27, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Three members of Afghanistan's US-led coalition force and an Afghan interpreter were killed when their convoy was blown up by a bomb near the Afghan capital, the force said in a statement on Friday.

Thursday's attack in Wardak, southwest of Kabul, took the number of foreign soldiers killed in Afghanistan in June to 39, the highest monthly toll since US-led troops ousted the Taliban in late 2001.
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UK's Brown suffers humiliating anniversary defeat PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 June 2008

LONDON, Fri Jun 27, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has suffered a humiliating defeat in a mid-term election for a vacant parliamentary seat, the latest setback coming exactly a year after he took power.

A poll in the Daily Telegraph newspaper on Friday made further grim reading, saying Brown was regarded as a liability to his ruling Labour Party by two-thirds of British voters.
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Israel allows fuel into Gaza but no goods PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 June 2008

JERUSALEM, Fri Jun 27, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Israel allowed fuel to reach the Gaza Strip's sole power station on Friday, but kept border crossings used to bring in humanitarian and commercial supplies closed for a third consecutive day, Israeli officials said.

A European Union official said an estimated 600,000 liters of industrial fuel would be pumped through the Nahal Oz border terminal to Gaza's power station, enough to keep the plant running for several days.
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North Korea brings down reactor cooling tower: report PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 June 2008

SEOUL, Fri Jun 27, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - North Korea toppled the cooling tower at its nuclear plant on Friday, a South Korean broadcaster said, a move showing the North's commitment to a nuclear deal a day after submitting a list of its atomic plans.

Global powers still need to verify the claims Pyongyang made in its atomic inventory and experts say the dramatic event will leave unresolved questions about the North's declaration, such as accounting for its nuclear weaponry and proliferation.

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Thai PM survives no-confidence motion as expected PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 June 2008

BANGKOK, Fri Jun 27, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundavarej survived a no-confidence motion on Friday, as expected, after three days of fiery debate that questioned his handling of the economy at a time of stuttering growth.

However, leaders of the street protest laying siege to Government House shrugged off the result, insisting they would disperse only after the resignation of the cabinet, which they say is a proxy for ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra.
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Taiwan ends modest military drill as China ties warm PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 June 2008

TAIPEI,Fri Jun 27,(bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Taiwan quietly wrapped up a week of computer-simulated military exercises on Friday, keeping the annual island-wide training event low-key this year as relations improve with its old rival, China.

Military officials did little to publicize the first phase of the Han Kuang exercises, but one source said a 20-person US team was invited to watch.
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Toxic pesticide on Philippine ferry halts search PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 June 2008

SIBUYAN ISLAND, Philippines, Fri Jun 27, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - The Philippines stopped the search for hundreds of bodies feared trapped on a capsized passenger ferry on Friday after authorities learnt that 10 metric tons of toxic pesticide were on board.

Angry officials said Sulpicio Lines, the owner of Princess of the Stars, would be held accountable for not alerting them to the 400 boxes of endosulfan.
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Nawaz's party does well in Pakistani by-elections PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 June 2008

Islamabad, June 27 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - The party of former Pakistani minister Nawaz Sharif won the most seats in by-elections this week though voting for a seat Sharif was expected to win was postponed pending a court decision on his eligibility.

Thursday's polls were for five National Assembly and 23 provincial assembly seats. Rival activists clashed in at least three constituencies and several people were wounded.
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He said, she said: Which is it? Facebook asks PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 June 2008

San Fransisco, June 27 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Social network site Facebook will press members to declare whether they are male or female, seeking to end the grammatical device that leads the site to refer to individual users as "they" or "themself."

The Internet phenomenon, which boasts 80 million users worldwide, exploded in popularity over the past year as a convenient way for Web users to communicate and share personal details with selected groups of friends or acquaintances.
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