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Firing squads inhumane, Bali bombers' lawyer says PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

JAKARTA, Tue Jul 29, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Lawyers for three Islamic militants on death row for the 2002 Bali bombings said on Tuesday they will seek a judicial review of Indonesia's method of executing convicts by firing squad.

Mahendradatta, a lawyer for the three men -- Amrozi, his brother Mukhlas, also known as Ali Ghufron, and Imam Samudra -- said Indonesia should use a more humane method such as lethal injection.
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Russia shrugs off McCain's criticism PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

MOSCOW, Tue Jul 29,(bdnews24.com/Reuters) - A senior Russian Foreign Ministry official on Tuesday shrugged off anti-Russian remarks by US presidential candidate John McCain and said Moscow could handle any unwanted turn in relations with Washington.

Republican McCain, who will fight Democratic candidate Barack Obama in the November election, has angered Russia by suggesting it should be excluded from the Group of Eight leading nations for falling short of its high democracy standards.
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Over 2,000 raped last month in Congo's east: report PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

KINSHASA, Tue Jul 29, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - More than 2,000 rape cases were recorded last month alone in Democratic Republic of Congo's violent North Kivu province, a new report said on Tuesday, highlighting the failure of a UN-backed deal to deliver peace.

Many more women and girls were raped but did not report it, the document added, saying that, since the signing of a January 23 deal between rebels, militia and government, 150,000 civilians had fled their homes amid continuing "horrendous violence".
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Alcohol poisoning kills 16 in Indonesia's Papua PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

JAKARTA, Tue Jul 29, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Sixteen fishermen have died in Indonesia's Papua province since the weekend and 93 have been hospitalised after drinking a traditional liquor, a police spokesman said on Tuesday.

Some of the victims were believed to be Thai and survivors were being treated at a hospital in Merauke district, 675 km from Papua's capital Jayapura, the deputy national police spokesman said.
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Pakistan, India trade fire in Kashmir for over 16 hours PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

ISLAMABAD, Tue Jul 29,(bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Indian and Pakistani troops traded more fire in the disputed Kashmir region on Tuesday, following a 16-hour clash, military officials said, making it the worst violation of a 2003 ceasefire.

There have been a spate of very localised clashes along the Line of Control (LoC), the de facto border, in the past few months, after a long period of relative calm that followed the start of a peace process between the nuclear armed rivals in 2004.
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Sri Lanka military says kills 34 rebels in fresh fighting PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

COLOMBO, Tue Jul 29,(bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Sri Lankan troops killed 34 Tamil Tiger rebels in fresh fighting in the north of the island, the military said on Tuesday, as government forces continue their push against the rebels' northern stronghold.

The fighting in several northern districts came as security was beefed up in the capital for a summit meeting for regional leaders and amid the government's dismissal of a declaration of a unilateral ceasefire by the rebels.
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China's credibility on terror in focus as Games near PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

BEIJING, Tue Jul 29, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - For months, Chinese authorities have been publicising the threat from separatist militants in the northwest region of Xinjiang, saying members of its Muslim, Uighur minority were bent on disrupting the Beijing Olympics.

But when a group calling itself the Turkistan Islamic Party released a video threatening the Games and taking responsibility for recent bus bombings in Shanghai and in the southern province of Yunnan, China was quick to deny its claims.
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Obama trip leaves confidence little changed:poll PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

WASHINGTON, Tue Jul 29, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Democrat Barack Obama's highly publicized foreign trip does not appear to have increased confidence in his ability to be president and may have helped energize supporters of Republican John McCain, according to a poll published on Tuesday.

A USA Today/Gallup poll of 1,007 adults, conducted Friday through Sunday, showed a surge in likely Republican voters compared to a month ago and a country evenly divided about whether to withdraw US forces from Iraq under a timetable.
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Mbeki denies Zimbabwe negotiations deadlocked PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

PRETORIA, Tue Jul 29, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - South African President Thabo Mbeki on Tuesday denied that talks between Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF and the opposition MDC had hit deadlock and said they were "doing very well".

A Movement for Democratic Change opposition official said on Monday that talks in Pretoria were deadlocked because the MDC could not accept an offer for its leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, to be vice president of a unity government.
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Russians dive to bottom of world's deepest lake PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

ABOARD THE METROPOLIA PLATFORM, Russia, Tue Jul 29,(bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Russian explorers plunged to the bottom of the world's deepest lake on Tuesday in a show of Moscow's resurgent ambitions to set new records in science.

The mission to the depths of Siberia's Lake Baikal is led by Artur Chilingarov, a scientist and Kremlin-backed member of parliament who was part of an earlier mission to the North Pole that sparked criticism in the West.
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India opposition stand may jolt reforms moves PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

NEW DELHI, Tue Jul 29, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - India's main opposition said on Tuesday it would try to block parliamentary approval for key economic reforms like privatisations after the government won a confidence vote marred by bribery charges last week.

Although its own economic agenda did not vastly differ from the pro-reforms Congress party-led government, the Hindu nationalist led opposition coalition said the government did not have the "moral authority" to push through any major decisions after the "tainted" confidence vote.
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Sophisticated attacks catch Indian agencies napping PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

NEW DELHI, Tue Jul 29, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - The sophistication of a wave of bomb attacks in India has caught the country's police and intelligence networks napping, and suggests militants may have received training abroad.

But the sheer scale of the attacks in Bangalore and Ahmedabad shows that significant numbers of local Muslims have been recruited into militant groups, and marks the "Indianization of the jihad", security and intelligence experts said.
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Beijing haze recedes but rights concerns remain PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

BEIJING, Tue Jul 29, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Haze that has covered Beijing for the last few days cleared on Tuesday as rain fell 10 days before the Olympics begin, but the government came under renewed pressure from a damning human rights report.

The city's chronic pollution, an acrid mix of construction dust, vehicle exhaust and factory and power plant fumes, has been one of the biggest worries for Games organisers, who promised a green Games and have enacted emergency measures to lift the pall. 
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Iran tells developing states to fight world-power bias PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

TEHRAN, Tue Jul 29, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Iran's president called on Tuesday for developing nations to unite to fight what he said was bias shown by the UN Security Council and other world bodies that only serve the big powers' interests.

Iran wants to broaden its international support in a row over its nuclear plans with Western capitals, which President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says manipulate the Security Council and other bodies to act against the Islamic Republic.
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Tight security in Baghdad for Shia pilgrimage PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

BAGHDAD, Tue Jul 29,(bdnews24.com/Reuters) - The Iraqi capital was under a vehicle curfew for the peak of a Shia pilgrimage on Tuesday, a day after three female suicide bombers killed 28 people among crowds walking to a revered shrine.

Officials had predicted 1 million people would attend the commemoration of the death of one of Shia Islam's 12 imams.
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France's first lady compares self to Jackie Kennedy PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

LOS ANGELES, Tue Jul 29, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - France's first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, said she sees herself as akin to former US first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, in an interview with a US magazine released on Monday.

The former supermodel-turned-pop singer said she welcomes comparisons to Onassis, who is remembered for the stylish elegance she brought to the White House in the early 1960s during the presidency of her husband, John F. Kennedy.
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Delwar says he does not know about BNP dialogue talk with govt PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Desk Report

BNP secretary general Khandaker Delwar Hossain expressed surprise on Tuesday at remarks of the communications adviser that the government was communicating with the party to bring it to dialogue.

"The chairperson is currently behind bars. I am the secretary general of the party. No discussion was held between me and the government. the secretary general of the divided party told reporters at his NAM Flat residence.
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Harassment in sales and purchase of plots, flats PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 July 2008

New law to discipline real estate

Staff Correspondent

The cabinet Tuesday approved in principle the Real Estate Management Ordinance 2008 with a provision for punishment to the guilty to stop harassment in the sales and purchase of private

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Oil falls over $3 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 July 2008

AP, NEW YORK -- Oil prices tumbled more than $3 a barrel Tuesday, falling to their lowest level in seven weeks as the perception that record prices are eroding the world's thirst for energy sparked another dramatic sell-off.

The drop was a throwback to oil's nosedive over the past two weeks and outweighed supply concerns touched off by a militant attack Monday on two Nigerian crude pipelines. It was oil's seventh decline in the last 10 sessions.
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Dollar rises, gold falls in Europe PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 July 2008

AP, LONDON -- The U.S. dollar was higher against other major currencies in European trading Tuesday. Gold fell.

The euro traded at $1.5581, down from $1.5752 late Monday in New York. Later, in midday trading in New York Tuesday, the euro fetched $1.5579.
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Federation Cup final round starts Aug 6 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Bdnews24.com

The finals of the Citycell Federation Cup will start in the first week of August at Bangabandhu National Stadium, said a Bangladesh Football Federation official Tuesday.

"We are considering starting the final round of the Federation Cup on August 6 and a draw for the teams on Aug 3," said BFF senior vice president Salam Murshedi after the B. League meeting at the BFF House.
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