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Pakistan forces kill 50 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 August 2008

REUTERS, MINGORA, Pakistan- Pakistani troops and helicopter gunships targeted Islamist militant hideouts in the Swat Valley on Sunday, the military said, after fierce fighting killed 50 militants and 10 soldiers in the past 24 hours.

Countering growing violence is a test for a fractious coalition government engaged in infighting after staunch US ally Pervez Musharraf quit as president last week.
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Embarq to cut 500 - 700 jobs PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 August 2008

AP, KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Telecommunications provider Embarq Corp. said Friday it is cutting between 500 and 700 jobs and eliminating around 300 contract positions as it deals with a continued loss of telephone customers.

The Overland Park, Kan.-based company said the job cuts will all come from its Network Services organization, which installs and maintains its network, and is part of the company's attempts to bring down costs.
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Buffett says economy's troubles will continue PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 August 2008

AP, OMAHA, Neb. -- Billionaire investor Warren Buffett said Friday the economy continues to be in a recession, by his definition, and will continue to be for at least several more months.

During a live appearance on CNBC, Buffett said ripples of the credit crunch are continuing to cause problems in financial businesses and the economy.
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Partial Russian pullout angers west PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 August 2008

The Guardian Online

Russia last night claimed to have completed its long-awaited withdrawal from Georgia, after a day which saw mile-long columns of tanks and armoured vehicles pulling out of their forward positions and heading back north to Russia.

Russian forces began pulling out of Gori yesterday afternoon. At 8.30pm (local time) last night Georgian police forces finally entered the town after the last Russian tanks rumbled out.
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Obama names Joe Biden as running mate PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 August 2008

Agencies

The Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama today named the veteran politician Joe Biden as his running mate, his campaign confirmed.

Biden's credentials as the chair of the Senate's foreign relations committee are expected to help Obama's campaign challenge claims of a lack of foreign policy experience.
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Gaza protest boats will not reach their destination PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 August 2008

Middle East

Declares Israel

AFP

Israel last night warned an attempt by peace activists to sail two wooden boats to the Gaza Strip was a "provocation" and said it would prevent them reaching their destination.

A group of 46 activists set sail yesterday morning from Cyprus and were hoping to reach Gaza later today to challenge the economic blockade Israel has imposed on the strip and to deliver a cargo of 200 hearing aids for a deaf school and 5,000 balloons.

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Pilots warned airline of safety problems before Madrid crash PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 August 2008

The Guardian Online

The Spanish pilots' union sent a series of letters and emails to Spanair's senior management warning of safety worries more than a year before Wednesday's crash at Madrid airport claimed 153 lives, it emerged yesterday.

In one letter the union, Sepla, wrote to Lars Nygaard, then Spanair director, and Marcus Hedblom, present managing director, warning: "The operative chaos is putting passengers at risk."
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Banned artist misses Delhi's first art show PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 August 2008

The Guardian Online

He may be India's most famous living artist, but Maqbool Fida Husain was conspicuous by his absence from the country's first art fair which opened yesterday in Delhi. Backed by Sotheby's and the government, the Indian Art Summit is a sign of how quickly attitudes to art have changed in the country, while political views have not.

Prices of Indian art have skyrocketed in the past five years with paintings by Husain easily fetching $1m (£538,000)- staggering for a country where average incomes are less than $1000 a year.
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The age of the train returns to French provinces PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 August 2008

For almost 50 years, no train has stopped at the station of Bazancourt. A village in the Champagne region of France with just under 2,000 inhabitants, it was cut off from the railway network after the second world war and lay forgotten, reports The Guardian.

As France roared into a new era of high-speed train travel - or train à grande vitesse (TGV) as it is known in France - that linked up big cities, the provinces were left out in the cold.
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EC to give unlisted potential polls candidates a last chance PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2008

Voter enrollment

Staff Correspondent

The Election Commission is considering giving potential election candidates, still excluded from voter lists, a last chance to register, a senior election official said on Saturday.

The EC will also consider requests by some prospective candidates of local polls to change addresses as they have applied to re-register as voters in their own area, driven by a new law that local polls candidates must be voters in their own areas.
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35 more UNOs reshuffled PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2008

The government has transferred 35 more upazila nirbahi officers (UNOs) in an ongoing overhaul of grassroots administration ahead of general elections, reports bdnews24.com.

The establishment ministry issued orders relating to the transfer Saturday afternoon, resulting in the reposting of UNOs of 203 upazilas over three days.
 
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Leasing water bodies aimed at boosting fisheries PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2008

Says CA

Our Correspondent

Chief adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed stressed Saturday that the government's main aim in leasing out water bodies was not only to generate revenue but also for the development of fishery resources.

"The fisheries sector has a big role in the country's socio-economic development by fulfilling the nutritional demand," Fakhruddin said.
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DU rally for withdrawal of Aug 2007 cases PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2008

Calls it a 'Black Day'

Staff Correspondent

Dhaka University students and teachers on Saturday demanded the withdrawal of all cases filed against their fellows, in the days following campus unrest in Aug 2007, which are still pending trial in the High Court.

The demand was pressed from a solidarity rally at the foot of Aporajeyo Bangla, as the campus marked the anniversary of last year's campus crackdown on August 23 and following days, calling it a 'Black Day' and sporting black badges.
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Inu finds emergency of no use PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2008

Staff Correspondent

Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal chief Hasanul Haque Inu has asked the government to lift the state of emergency immediately, saying that it had failed to keep corrupt people behind bars while curtailing workers rights.

"We do not need rules that cannot keep the corrupt behind bars, but abuses workers' rights," Inu said in a party meeting at the Institution of Engineers Bangladesh auditorium.
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4 Ashuganj power units resume operation PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2008

Our Correspondent

Four power generation units at the crucial Ashuganj thermal plant were back in operation Saturday after seven units had stopped functioning due to an explosion Friday night, an official said.

A tube of the steam turbine unit ruptured Friday night at around 8 pm, leaving the seven units unable to generate power. The explosion stopped power supply to Brahmanbaria and neighbouring districts.
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Oil prices fall over $6 on stronger dollar PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2008

AP, NEW YORK -- Oil prices tumbled more than $6 a barrel Friday -- the biggest one-day percentage plunge in nearly four years -- after a rebounding dollar and a Russian troop pullback in Georgia sparked another frenzied sell-off.

Crude's nosedive wiped out all the gains from the previous day's big rally and reaffirmed the belief that high energy prices and a softening global economy are still cutting into consumer demand for fossil fuels in the U.S. and overseas.
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Head of medical board urges Tarique's treatment abroad PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2008

Staff Correspondent

Orthopeadic specialist Sirajuddin Ahmed pressed the government on Saturday to send Tarique Rahman abroad for medical treatment at the earliest possible date, calling his condition 'critical'.

Professor Sirajuddin, chairman of the orthopeadic department of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital and head of all four medical boards formed for Tarique, stressed the urgency for sending him abroad as he briefed reporters on the BNP leader's present medical condition.
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No fear of widespread floods at present PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2008

Reports FFWC

Staff Correspondent

The Flood Forecast and Warning Centre reported Saturday that there was no fear of widespread flooding in the country at present, though a number of low lying areas have been inundated following last week's heavy rainfalls.

"The situation will improve in a couple of days. There is no fear of further floods as rainfall has decreased," the Water Development Board's FFWC executive engineer Md Saiful Hossain told bdnews24.com.
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76 civilians die in airstrike, ministry claims PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2008

Afghanistan

REUTERS

US-led coalition forces killed 76 Afghan civilians in western Afghanistan yesterday, most of them children, the country's Interior Ministry said.

The coalition denied killing civilians. Civilian deaths in military operations have become an emotive issue among Afghans, many of whom feel international forces take too little care when launching air strikes, undermining support for their presence.
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HRC boss out on bail again PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2008

Staff Correspondent

Businessman Sayeed Hossain Chowdhury was released on bail from Dhaka Central Jail Saturday.

Deputy inspector general of prisons major Shamsul Haider Siddiqui told bdnews24.com he was released at 10.15 am.
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Stocks Higher on Prospect of Lehman Buyout PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2008

AP, NEW YORK -- Stocks surged higher Friday as oil retreated from this week's rally and as speculation grew that Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. could be sold. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 180 points.

Worries about the embattled Lehman re-emerged this week as analysts lowered their estimates for the investment bank and forecast large additional write-downs.

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