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Hindu marriage law breaks more homes than it unites: Indian Supreme Court PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 June 2008

Sumon K Chakrabarti

New Delhi, June 20 (bdnews24.com) -- The Supreme Court of India has expressed concern for the flood of divorce cases inundating courts, blaming a five-decade-old law that grants Hindus the right to annul their marriage.

"The Hindu Marriage Act has broken more homes than it has united," a Supreme Court bench announced in a recent observation.
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Zimbabwe's Tsvangirai may pull out of run-off: MDC PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 June 2008

HARARE, Fri Jun 20,(bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is considering pulling out of the June 27 presidential run-off election, a spokesman for his Movement for Democratic Change said on Friday.

"There is a huge avalanche of calls and pressure from supporters across the country, especially in the rural areas, not to accept to be participants in this charade," MDC spokesman Nelson Chamisa told Reuters.
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Mental health huge task in China quake zone: WHO PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 June 2008

BEIJING, Fri Jun 20, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - As many as 10 percent of those affected by the earthquake in southwest China will need long-term mental health care, the World Health Organisation said on Friday, adding the region had a chance to build a better healthcare system.

Much of that support could be provided within the community as schools resume classes and lives begin to get back to normal.

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Suicide blast kills 10 Afghan civilians: police PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 June 2008

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Fri Jun 20,(bdnews24.com/Reuters) - A suicide attack aimed at a NATO convoy killed 10 Afghan civilians on Friday in the southern province of Helmand on Friday, the provincial police chief said.

"The civilians were killed in Girishk district when a suicide bomber attacked a foreign forces convoy," Hussein Andiwal said.

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Midwest floods near crest, levees at risk PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 June 2008

HANNIBAL, Missouri, Fri Jun 20, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Volunteers worked on Friday to fortify levees strained by the worst Midwest flooding in 15 years as the swollen Mississippi River moved toward an expected weekend crest after causing huge losses.

"It's a beautiful river, but it can turn very vicious and ugly in a hurry," said John Hark, emergency management director for the city of Hannibal and Marion County, Missouri.
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Musharraf to be replaced soon: Zardari PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 June 2008

Augustine Anthony

ISLAMABAD, June 20 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Pakistan's ruling party will soon replace beleaguered President Pervez Musharraf with its own candidate, the head of the party said.

The statement of intent by Asif Ali Zardari, widower of assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, has cranked up speculation U.S. ally Musharraf, who came to power as a general in a 1999 coup, could quit within weeks or months.
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Food shortages worsen amid Argentine farm strike PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 June 2008

BUENOS AIRES, Jun 20,(bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Food shortages at Buenos Aires grocery stores deepened on Thursday as farmers kept up a protest over soy export taxes that has sparked a political crisis for President Cristina Fernandez.

Truckers and some farmers manning roadblocks have virtually paralyzed cargo traffic in key areas across the country for nearly a week, leaving trucks carrying food, milk and other goods stalled on highways.
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UN council urges action on sexual violence in war PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 June 2008

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 20, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - The UN Security Council demanded on Thursday that warring governments and factions act to halt violence against women, saying rape was no longer just a by-product of war but a military tactic.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who chaired part of the session, told the council the world had now recognized that sexual violence during conflicts went beyond individual victims to affect nations' security and stability.

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Australian Aboriginal children still vulnerable PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 June 2008

CANBERRA, Jun 20, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Australian Aboriginal children remain vulnerable to sexual abuse a year after the government sent in police and soldiers to clean up their remote communities, the author of a report into the problem said on Friday.

Aboriginal groups are expected to hold weekend protests to mark a year since the former conservative administration ordered a sweeping intervention in outback towns and settlements to tackle chronic alcoholism from "rivers of grog" and child sexual abuse.

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Recovering Fidel Castro meets Uruguayan leader PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 June 2008

HAVANA, Jun 20,(bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Fidel Castro met on Thursday with Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez in the third known meeting this week for the 81-year-old former Cuban leader who has been recovering following surgery almost two years ago.

Vazquez, who also is an oncologist, told reporters Castro looked "very good, in very good spirits, very good intellectually" during their two-hour, 20 minute session in an undisclosed location in the Cuban capital.
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China asks for understanding on impact of growth PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 June 2008

NEW YORK, Jun 20, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan called on the United States on Thursday to resist protectionism and to understand that the challenges China faces in developing its economy will require time to sort out.

In a wide-ranging dinner speech to US financial executives, Wang underlined that China faces many contradictory problems that it is trying in earnest to work through, and called on other countries to cooperate and discuss issues of contention rather than resorting to adversarial tactics.
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EU seeks to persuade Czechs to back treaty call PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 June 2008

BRUSSELS Thu Jun 19, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - European Union leaders will try on Friday to persuade the Czech Republic to back a call for ratification of the EU reform treaty by remaining EU states, after agreeing to give Ireland time to digest its "No" vote.

Rejection of the treaty by Irish voters eight days ago threw the 27-member EU into disarray and raised questions about plans for further enlargement of the bloc.

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Thai police seal off government HQ, brace for march PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 June 2008

BANGKOK, Fri Jun 20,(bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Thousands of Thai police backed by water cannon and tear gas sealed off the prime minister's office on Friday to repel protesters whose four-week drive to oust the government has stoked fears of another coup.

The People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD), a motley collection of businessmen, academics and royalists united by their hatred of former leader Thaksin Shinawatra, say hundreds of thousands should join their "D-Day" assault on Government House.
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Housing crisis brings Wall St. arrests, veto threat PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 June 2008

WASHINGTON, Jun 20,(bdnews24.com/Reuters) - The US housing crisis produced its first high-profile Wall Street arrests on Thursday, while the Bush administration called for broadening the Federal Reserve's powers over investment banks and said it has charged hundreds of people in a mortgage fraud probe.

At the same time, the White House issued a surprise veto threat against a Senate bill aimed at preventing hundreds of thousands of foreclosures. The threat signaled more partisan warfare on Capitol Hill as homeowners struggle.
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Bush visits Iowa, billions in flood aid available PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 June 2008

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Jun 20, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - President George W Bush got a close-up view of damage from the worst Midwest flooding in 15 years on Thursday as his administration promised funding from a multibillion-dollar disaster relief fund.

The price tag from the slow-rolling calamity mounted as flood waters surged over and through levees along the surging Mississippi River.
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Many Hollywood celebrities rally behind Obama PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 June 2008

LOS ANGELES, Thu Jun 20, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Many Hollywood heavyweights who had supported Hillary Clinton are rallying behind Barack Obama, pledging money and star power to his US presidential bid before a big fundraiser next week.

Experts say that since Clinton conceded defeat this month after a grueling Democratic nominating contest, celebrities have quickly united behind Obama.
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House passes Iraq war funds bill backed by Bush PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 June 2008

WASHINGTON, Jun 20, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - The US House of Representatives on Thursday approved enough new money to wage wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for another year, while abandoning attempts to set deadlines opposed by President George W Bush for withdrawing American combat troops.

By a vote of 268-155, the House approved the funding for the two wars. Most of the $161.8 billion the Pentagon will get, which is slightly less than Bush requested, will be used to fight in Iraq.
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Israel appears to rehearse Iran attack: report PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 June 2008

WASHINGTON, Jun 20, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - US officials say Israel carried out a large military exercise this month that appeared to be a rehearsal for a potential bombing attack on Iran's nuclear facilities, The New York Times reported on Friday.

Citing unidentified American officials, the newspaper said more than 100 Israeli F-16 and F-15 fighters took part in the maneuvers over the eastern Mediterranean and Greece in the first week of June.
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Germany beat Portugal 3-2 to reach semis PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 June 2008

BASEL, June 20 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger scored the first goal and set up two more as his team beat Portugal 3-2 in their Euro 2008 quarter-final on Thursday.

Two goals in four minutes midway through the first half from Schweinsteiger and Miroslav Klose put them on top and captain Michael Ballack gave them a 3-1 lead just past the hour.
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Local polls to go ahead Aug 4: CEC PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 June 2008

Bdnews24.com

Elections to four city corporations and nine municipalities will be held on August 4, chief election commissioner ATM Shamsul Huda said Friday.

The CEC announced the date at a
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Adviser confident that 'big two' will change stance PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 June 2008

Pre-dialogue meet

Staff Reporter

Education and commerce adviser, Hossain Zillur Rahman, said Friday the government was confident that the two major parties would change their stances and agree to local government elections as per the election road map.

Speaking to reporters at the Chittagong Circuit House, after a pre-dialogue meet, he said: "Considering the overall situation, we are sure that the political parties will agree with the government."
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