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Iraq to play WCup qualifier after FIFA lift ban PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 31 May 2008

AFP, SYDNEY - Iraq's World Cup qualifier with Australia will go ahead this weekend after football's world governing body FIFA on Thursday "provisionally and conditionally" lifted its 12-month ban on Iraq taking part in international competition.

Sunday's match in Brisbane had been under threat after FIFA suspended Iraq following an Iraqi governmental decree last week dissolving the Iraqi National Olympic Committee (NOC) and all national sport federations.
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Japan football coach Okada drops Takahara PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 May 2008

AFP, TOKYO - Japan football coach Takeshi Okada has dropped former Eintracht Frankfurt striker Naohiro Takahara from his squad for crucial upcoming World Cup qualifiers because of poor form.

"He'd better train with his club and bring himself back into form from where he is now," Okada told reporters. "With the national team he will have limited time for training."

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Chelsea chase Scolari PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 May 2008

Portuguese Football Federation confirm Blues' manager interest

Sky Sports

The Portuguese Football Federation has confirmed Chelsea's interest in manager Luis Felipe Scolari.

Chelsea are in the hunt for a new boss after parting company with Avram Grant last Saturday and a host of bosses from across Europe are believed to be contenders for the Stamford Bridge hot-seat.
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Jankovic plays through the pain in French Open PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 May 2008

AFP, PARIS - Third seed Jelena Jankovic reached the third round of the French Open on Thursday but her hopes of lifting a first Grand Slam title were hit by an injury to her right forearm and elbow.

The 23-year-old Serb defeated Croatian-born New Zealander Marina Erakovic 6-2, 7-6 (7/5), but she needed extensive treatment to relieve the pain halfway through the second set.
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HSC, equivalent exams begin PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

Higher Secondary Certificate and equivalent examinations under nine education boards began Thursday.

More than 6.20 lakh students signed up for the exams under seven education boards, a madrasa education board and technical board, up from 5.41 lakh of the 2007 exams.
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Delwar asks govt to stop 'dialogue game' PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

BNP secretary general Khandaker Delwar Hossain asked the government Thursday to stop what he said was a game in the name of dialogue and to hold elections by releasing the two detained former prime ministers.

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ACC sues Tofail, wife and daughter PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

The Anticorruption Commission Thursday sued Awami League leader Tofail Ahmed, wife Anwara Ahmed and daughter Dr Taslima Ahmed Zaman on twin charges of graft, police said.

Golam Shahrier Chowdhury, deputy director of ACC, filed the case.
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CA voices firm commitment to UN peacekeeping PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

Chief adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed on Thursday vowed continued support for steps being by the United Nations in promoting global peace and stability.

"Our participation in peace support operations and other categories of multinational forces has created a highly positive image for Bangladesh," Fakhruddin said in his speech to mark International Day of the United Nations Peacekeepers.
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Govt dialogue with ISA ends PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

The government dialogue with Islami Shashontantra Andolan ended Thursday.

Continuing with the electoral reforms dialogue, the government sat at 10:30am with the Islami Shashontantra Andolan, a political party, after a two-day break.
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Oil down near $130 ahead of US inventory report PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 May 2008

AP News

Oil prices fell back Thursday ahead of a report expected to show U.S. inventories of crude and petroleum products grew last week.

Prices remained volatile, though, buffeted about by threats against Nigerian oil facilities, worries about falling gasoline demand in the U.S. and a strengthening U.S. dollar.

By midday in Europe, light, sweet crude contract for July delivery was down 65 cents at $130.38 a barrel in electronic trade on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

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Republic of Nepal celebrates abolition of monarchy PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 May 2008

AFP, KATHMANDU - The royal flag was taken down from Nepal's royal palace Thursday as the Himalayan nation celebrated a vote consigning its centuries-old monarchy to the history books and declaring a republic.

The country was marking late Wednesday's decision by a Maoist-dominated constitutional assembly with
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Flooding destroys 100 villages in Assam PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 May 2008

REUTERS, GUWAHATI, India - Floods triggered by heavy rain destroyed more than 100 villages and affected thousands of people in Assam over the last two days, officials said on Thursday.

Surging rivers washed away homes and many villagers were being evacuated from low-lying areas in Assam, officials said.

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Gujjars besiege Delhi over job quotas PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 May 2008

REUTERS, NEW DELHI - Thousands of protesters from the Gujjar community burned tyres and blocked roads leading to New Delhi on Thursday, bringing a battle for college and government job quotas in which dozens have died closer to the capital.

Huge traffic jams formed on highways leading into the capital. Some train services to towns outside Delhi, including several tourist destinations, were also suspended.

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Iraqi PM calls for debt waiver at global conference PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 May 2008

AFP, STOCKHOLM - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki Thursday appealed for his country's debts to be cancelled and the end of sanctions dating back to Saddam Hussein's regime, at a global conference in Sweden.

Speaking before delegations from around 100 governments and organisations, Maliki asked the international community "to end the international sanctions that were imposed on Iraq because of the previous regime and to write off debts."

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Cameras catch glimpse of world's rarest rhino: WWF PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 May 2008

AFP, JAKARTA - Hidden cameras in the jungles of Indonesia's Java island have captured rare footage of the world's most threatened rhino, boosting efforts to save it from extinction, conservationists said Thursday.

Two camera traps set up in the remote Ujung Kulon national park yielded new footage of the endangered Javan rhinoceros, said Adhi Hariyadi, leader of the project by the environmental group WWF.

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Tibetans say India choking food to stop China march PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 May 2008

REUTERS, NEW DELHI - A group of Tibetan exiles marching towards China said on Thursday that Indian police had impounded their food trucks and arrested their leaders to break up a protest walk that began almost three months ago.

Tibetan exiles, now numbering about 300, began walking on March 10 from Dharamsala, the seat of their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, to join in protests against Chinese rule inside Tibet.

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Narayanganj in NCC final PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

Narayanganj set their final clash of the 28th National Cricket Championship against Dhaka with a tense 5-run win over Rangpur in the curtailed second semifinal at Sylhet Stadium Wednesday.

Narayanganj restricted Rangpur to 92 for eight in the stipulated 20 overs after making a modest total of 97 for eight in 20 overs.
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Abahani return to winning track PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

Abahani Limited returned to the winning track in the Premier Division Hockey League when they crushed Sonali Bank 5-3 in their Super League opener at Moulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium Wednesday.

The win meant Abahani maintained their second position in the point table with 25 from 10 outings, five points behind leader Usha Krira Chakra, who beat Abahani in the last match of the first leg.
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Intíl Beach Volleyball finals tomorrow PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

- India and Nepal Police moved into the International Beach Volleyball (men's) final beating Bangladesh Rifles and Bangladesh Navy in semifinals here Wednesday.

India handed a 21-19 and 21-13 defeat to Bangladesh Rifles while Nepal Police defeated Bangladesh Navy 21-15 and 21-17.
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New Delhi braces for Gujjar protests PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 May 2008

REUTERS, NEW DELHI - Member of the Gujjar community demanding job quotas blocked highways leading to the national capital on Wednesday, threatening to bring its protests to New Delhi, the sixth day of demonstrations that killed 37 people.

Violent protests have roiled Rajasthan where at least 36 members of the Gujjar community were killed after police fired to quell rioting. A policeman was lynched.

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Defence minister demands Israeli PM step down PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 May 2008

AFP, JERUSALEM - Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak on Wednesday demanded that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert quit over graft allegations or face early elections in a move that could put peace talks on hold.

Barak dropped the political bombshell one day after a wealthy US financier testified before a Jerusalem court that he had given Olmert vast amounts of cash to fund his political ambitions and perhaps his lifestyle.

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