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Nepali police stop march to Tibet by monks, nuns PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 July 2008

REUTERS, CHAKU, Nepal - Nepali police detained dozens of burgundy-robed Tibetan monks and nuns marching to the Tibetan border on Tuesday to protest against a crackdown on anti-China demonstrators earlier this year.

Twenty-three monks, 17 nuns and two Tibetan men were picked up from Chaku, near the Friendship Bridge in the border town of Liping, the only international gateway to Tibet.
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CPI(M) says mulls govt withdrawal PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 July 2008

REUTERS, NEW DELHI - Angry about a civilian nuclear deal with the United States, India's main communist party said it could withdraw support for the government if Prime Minister Manmohan Singh makes what is seen as a symbolic trip to a G8 summit.

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) is one of four leftist parties supporting the government. They will halt their crucial support for the ruling coalition in parliament if Singh moves ahead with a deal they say will make India a pawn of Washington.
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NATO, Pakistan troops kill Taliban on Afghan border PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 July 2008

REUTERS, KABUL - NATO troops in Afghanistan and Pakistani soldiers together killed a number of militants along the rugged border, the NATO force said on Tuesday, in a rare show of close cross-border military cooperation.

Afghan officials have for the past month showered Islamabad with accusations it was aiding Taliban insurgents against Kabul, and NATO said on Sunday there could be no peace in Afghanistan as long as militants have sanctuaries in Pakistan.
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U.S. deaths in Afghanistan near those in Iraq PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 July 2008

AP, WASHINGTON — U.S. troop deaths in Afghanistan are approximating those in Iraq, reflecting a shifting balance in the two wars the United States is fighting.

Iraq has grown more stable as violence in Afghanistan increased, prompting a renewed look at whether the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan should grow as forces draw down in Iraq.
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Thousands march for greater democracy in Hong Kong PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 July 2008

REUTERS, HONG KONG - Thousands in Hong Kong urged Beijing to grant it greater democracy on Tuesday, with a recent furor over newly appointed political aides stoking perceptions of the unelected government's lack of accountability.

Large crowds of peaceful protesters marched through the bustling city's streets, huddling under umbrellas from the sweltering heat while brandishing colorful banners demanding everything from full democracy to racial equality and better welfare support.
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Turkish ruling party on trial PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 July 2008

AFP, ANKARA - Turkey's chief prosecutor laid out his arguments Tuesday to have the Islamist-rooted ruling party banned for seeking to undermine secularism in a landmark case before the country's highest court.

The 11-judge Constitutional Court is being asked to outlaw the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) -- an unprecedented move that could prompt a political crisis at a time when Turkey is pushing for EU membership.
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Israel closes Gaza crossings after reported rocket attack PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 July 2008

Guardian

Israel has closed its cargo crossings with the Gaza Strip after accusing Palestinian militants of firing a rocket at southern Israel last night in violation of a truce.

Hamas Islamists rejected the accusation and said Israel was looking for excuses to resume its blockade of impoverished Gaza and end a cease-fire painstakingly negotiated in June.
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Denmark world's happiest country: survey PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 July 2008

REUTERS, WASHINGTON - Denmark, with its democracy, social equality and peaceful atmosphere, is the happiest country in the world, researchers said on Monday.

Zimbabwe, torn by political and social strife, is the least happy, while the world's richest nation, the United States, ranks 16th.
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Cambodians hope for UNESCO ruling to end Thai temple claims PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 July 2008

AFP, PREAH VIHEAR - The 11th-century Preah Vihear temple sits serenely on a mountaintop, just across the border from Thailand, with sweeping views over the blue-green Cambodian jungle.

The ruins of the Hindu temple are the most important example of ancient Khmer architecture outside of Cambodia's famed Angkor Wat, and have weathered centuries of wars and duelling territorial claims with Thailand.

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Canada truck crash releases 12 million bees PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 July 2008

Twelve million honey bees were released along Canada's largest highway in northwest New Brunswick, yesterday after a crashed and flipped over.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the lorry had 330 crates of bees on board when the driver tried to negotiate a ramp. The load apparently shifted inside the trailer, sending the entire vehicle off balance and causing it to overturn.
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Ronaldinho keen to join Scolari PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 July 2008

Internet

Ronaldinho has admitted he would jump at the chance to work under Luiz Felipe Scolari again, as speculation grows that he could join Chelsea.

Barcelona are ready to part with the Brazilian after a disappointing season and he has been linked with a move to the Premier League.

Chelsea are expected to make a number of signings over the coming weeks and Ronaldinho has given the strongest hint yet that he could be one of the arrivals.

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Mourinho in Lampard defeat PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 July 2008

JOSE MOURINHO appeared to signal defeat in his bid to land Frank Lampard last night.

Deco’s £8.3million arrival at Stamford Bridge as Big Phil Scolari’s first signing cast doubt over Lampard’s Chelsea future, reports The Sun.

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Alonso to reflect on future PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 July 2008

Juventus target has 'no idea' where he will play next season

Sky News

Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso says he needs time to reflect on his future after admitting he has 'no idea' where he will play next season.

Juventus are reportedly tracking the Spain international, but rumours have suggested that talks between the Serie A giants and Liverpool have stalled as Reds boss Rafa Benitez seeks the best price for his in-demand star.

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Chelsea sign Barca playmaker Deco PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 July 2008

Chelsea have signed Portugal midfielder Deco from Spanish giants Barcelona on a two-year deal for a fee of about £8m, reports BBC.

The 30-year-old was recently told by Barca's new coach Pep Guardiola that he did not feature in their future plans.
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Pakistan PM aims to restore economic stability PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 July 2008

REUTERS, KARACHI - Justifying hefty increases in oil and gas prices to cut subsidies, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said on Tuesday his government wouldn't flinch from taking unpopular decisions to stabilise the economy.

"High growth in macroeconomic imbalances testifies that the country was living beyond its financial affordability," Gilani said in a speech at the State Bank of Pakistan to mark the central bank's sixtieth anniversary.

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Food inflation may dodge Midwest flood bullet PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 July 2008

AP, DES MOINES, Iowa -- Midwest floods may not contribute as much to food inflation as was feared.

Corn prices fell Monday after the government surprised traders, reporting farmers tried to cash in on soaring corn demand for ethanol by planting more acres of the crop than the market expected.
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Sensex closes 4.1 pct lower PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 July 2008

REUTERS, MUMBAI - Indian shares provisionally ended down 4.14 percent on Tuesday as investors dumped stocks on growing worries about high oil prices, inflation and political uncertainty.

The 30-share BSE index provisionally closed 557.51 points lower at 12,904.09.
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Confidence wanes at Japanese companies PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 July 2008

AP, TOKYO -- Confidence at major Japanese manufacturers fell for the third straight quarter as soaring oil prices and fears of a U.S. economic slowdown weighed on the economy, a central bank survey said Tuesday.

The central bank's closely watched quarterly ''tankan'' survey showed that the index for large manufacturers' business sentiment fell to 5 in June, down from 11 in the March survey.
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Govt hikes fuel prices PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 July 2008

The government weighed down by a heavy burden of subsidies has hiked fuel prices effective from Tuesday, reports bdnews24.com

In a statement Monday, the energy ministry said octane will cost Tk 90 per litre, up Tk 23 from Tk 67; petrol Tk 87, up Tk 22 from Tk 65; and diesel Tk 55, up Tk 15 from Tk 40.
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UBS shares plunge to all-time low PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 July 2008

AFP, ZURICH - Shares in Swiss banking giant UBS slid to an all-time low point on Tuesday, after it announced a corporate governance structure overhaul and the resignation of four board members.

By late morning, the stock was down 5.2 percent to 20.32 Swiss francs, after having touched the day's low of 20. It was the worst performer of the Swiss Market Index which was down 1.29 percent.
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Iraq sues companies over oil-for-food kickbacks PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 July 2008

REUTERS, NEW YORK - The Iraqi government sued dozens of companies, including US oil giant Chevron Corp., for more than $10 billion on Monday, saying they paid kickbacks to former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's government under the U.N. oil-for-food program.

The civil lawsuit, filed in U.S. federal court in Manhattan, seeks to recover damages from companies investigated by a U.N.-commissioned inquiry, claiming they cheated the Iraqi people out of benefits of the $67 billion U.N. program.
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