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Militants kill three Pak intelligence men PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

Reuters, Mingora, Pakistan- Pro-Taliban militants killed three army intelligence officers in an ambush in the northwestern Swat valley, officials said on Tuesday, delivering a serious blow to a peace accord signed in May to end violence.

The peace agreement with militants led by radical cleric Fazlullah brought a brief lull after months of violence in the valley, but militants have stepped up activity in recent weeks, accusing the government of failing to honour the accord.
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UN admits 'significant' Myanmar exchange rate loss PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

Reuters, United Nations- The top UN humanitarian affairs official said on Monday the world body had suffered "significant" losses while delivering cyclone aid to Myanmar due to a distorted official exchange rate.

Earlier this month, the United Nations issued an appeal for more than $300 million in extra aid to cope with the effects of Cyclone Nargis that struck the Irrawaddy Delta region in early May, leaving around 140,000 people dead or missing.
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Pakistanis doubt civil control of spy agency PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

Reuters, Islamabad- Pakistanis doubt whether their new civilian leaders are capable of asserting control over a powerful military spy agency after what was widely seen as a botched attempt at the weekend.

The timing could not have been more embarrassing for Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, in the United States for a meeting with President George W. Bush on Monday that focused on Pakistan's role in the U.S.-led war on terrorism.
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WTO talks limp into 9th day, still in stalemate PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

GENEVA, July 29 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Talks to rescue a world trade deal will continue on Tuesday with players trying to avert a collapse over measures intended to help poor countries protect their farmers against import surges, ministers said.

Quashing suggestions from reporters that the talks were about to fail, they said they would try to find ways out of the impasse.
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India says still hopes for movement in WTO talks PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

Geneva, July 29 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - India still hopes make-or-break talks at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to salvage a global trade pact will make progress even though it disagreed with last week's compromise, Commerce Minister Kamal Nath said on Monday.

"I'm still hoping we will see some movement. I'm still optimistic," Nath told reporters after a meeting of ministers from seven key WTO players.
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Unexploded bomb found in Surat PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

Ahmedabad, India, July 29 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Police found an unexploded bomb in Surat, one of the world's biggest diamond-polishing centres, on Tuesday, three days after a series of bombs in the same state killed 45 people.

"We received a phone call from a residence in Surat informing us about a suspicious package. A bomb squad was sent. They are now defusing it," said a senior police officer, who asked not to be named.
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Austria have potential to reach World Cup, says Brueckner PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

VIENNA, July 29 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Newly-appointed Austria coach Karel Brueckner said on Monday that his young team had enough potential to qualify for the 2010 World Cup despite their early exit from Euro 2008.

Brueckner, 68, said he had been impressed by Austria's performances during last month's tournament, even though their results were not enough to get them past the group stage.
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Villa optimistic on Bouma's recovery after ankle surgery PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

LONDON, July 29 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Dutch international defender Wilfred Bouma, who sustained a horrific ankle injury in Aston Villa's Intertoto Cup match against Odense on Saturday, could be playing again sooner than expected, his club said.

Bouma, 30, had a successful operation on his dislocated right ankle on Sunday when the ankle was reset and a plate inserted to stabilise the area.
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Barca could reverse decision to offload Eto'o - Laporta PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

MADRID, July 29 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Barcelona could reverse their decision to sell striker Samuel Eto'o due to the positive attitude shown by the Cameroon international in pre-season training, club president Joan Laporta said on Monday.

"Eto'o is showing total commitment and that part of his character is something we all like to see. He has had a very positive attitude during the pre-season," Laporta told a news conference.
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Liverpool sign Ireland striker Keane from Spurs PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

LONDON, July 29 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Liverpool have signed Ireland captain Robbie Keane from Tottenham Hotspur for 19 million pounds ($37.76 million), the Premier League clubs said on Monday.

The 28-year-old striker, who spent six years at the London club and is Ireland's all-time highest goalscorer with 33 goals, has signed a four-year contract with the Anfield club.
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Diouf latest to join new boys at Sunderland PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

LONDON, July 29 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Sunderland have signed Senegal striker El Hadji Diouf from Bolton for an undisclosed fee, the Premier League club said on their website (www.safc.com) on Monday.

Diouf, 27, the African Footballer of the Year in 2001-02, agreed a four-year contract with Sunderland whose manager Roy Keane said he was delighted with the move.
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Muntari will be last signing, say Inter Milan PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

MILAN, July 29 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Inter Milan appear to have given up their pursuit of Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard after signing Sulley Muntari from Portsmouth on Monday.

The Ghana midfielder, 23, has penned a four-year deal with the Italian champions but the transfer fee has not been disclosed. Media reports have put the figure at around 16 million euros ($25 million).
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Baghdad Shi'ite pilgrimage passes peacefully PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

BAGHDAD, July 29 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - A major pilgrimage of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Shi'ites to a Baghdad shrine passed peacefully on Tuesday, a day after three female suicide bombers killed 35 people among crowds of pilgrims.

Authorities lifted a vehicle curfew in the capital, imposed for the commemoration of the death of Imam al-Kadham, one of Shi'ite Islam's 12 imams.
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Olmert sends envoys to Turkey for more Syria talks PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

ISTANBUL/JERUSALEM, July 29 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert dispatched two top aides to Turkey on Tuesday for a fourth round of indirect peace talks with Syria, an Israeli official said.

Israel and Syria launched Turkish-mediated talks in May but have not yet agreed to hold face-to-face negotiations.
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WTO talks collapse amid farm stand-off PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

GENEVA, July 29 (bdnews24.comReuters) - Talks to rescue a world trade deal collapsed on Tuesday, officials said.

The breakdown came as the United States and India failed to find a compromise on measures intended to help poor countries protect their farmers against import surges, a diplomat said.
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Afghans must command foreign troops: state newspaper PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

KABUL, Tue Jul 29,(bdnews24.com/Reuters) - To defeat Taliban militants, foreign troops led by NATO and the US military in Afghanistan should come under the command of the Afghan government, otherwise the war will drag on, a government-owned newspaper said on Tuesday.

More than 71,000 foreign troops are currently stationed in Afghanistan fighting Taliban militants who have made a come back in the past two years, the bloodiest period since the militants' removal from power in 2001.
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Separated Nepali twin dies of chest infection PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

KATHMANDU, Tue Jul 29, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - One of a pair of Nepali twins once joined at the head died on Tuesday, seven years after surgeons in Singapore separated their fused skulls, a doctor said.

But Basanta Pant, a neurosurgeon at Kathmandu Model Hospital, where the girls undergo regular medical check ups, said Ganga died in hospital while being treated for a chest infection.

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Karadzic supporters gather, appeal drags on PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

BELGRADE, Tue Jul 29,(bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Hardline nationalists gathered to show their support for war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic on Tuesday, while Serbian authorities and his legal team played a cat-and-mouse game over his extradition.

The leader of the Bosnian Serbs in the 1992-95 Bosnia war, who is indicted for genocide, was arrested last week in Serbia. He had been on the run for 11 years, most recently living under an assumed name as a bearded, long-haired alternative healer.
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Hamas, Fatah pursue war of words over detentions PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Tue Jul 29, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Hamas warned its Fatah rivals on Tuesday that a crackdown against the Islamist group by forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas could spark a revolt in the occupied West Bank.

A senior Palestinian security official in Ramallah dismissed the threats by "irresponsible people".
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Embattled Thai ministers stay in jobs for now PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

BANGKOK, Tue Jul 29, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Three Thai cabinet ministers facing a criminal lawsuit will stay in their jobs for now, pending advice from the government's legal experts, one of the ministers said on Tuesday.

The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to hear accusations that former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his ministers infringed lottery laws in 2003.
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Cyprus peace talks offer `best chance' of deal: UN PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

NICOSIA, Tue Jul 29,(bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Peace talks on ethnically- divided Cyprus this September offer possibly the best chance in years for a deal that has been eluding the island for decades, a senior United Nations envoy said on Tuesday.

Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat are to launch comprehensive reunification talks on September 3, raising hopes of ending a deadlock that has been harming the EU ambitions of Turkey.
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