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UK Q2 economic growth ground to a halt PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2008

AP, LONDON  -- British economic growth ground to a halt between April and June, ending more than 15 years of continuous expansion, the government said Friday, as many fear the country is headed for recession.

The growth figure of 0.0 percent is below even the modest 0.2 percent that the Office for National Statistics had predicted.
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Billionaires say US debts need attention PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2008

AP, OMAHA, Neb. -- Two billionaires used the screening of a documentary in theaters across the United States on Thursday to urge the country to come to grips with its staggering debt load.

Warren Buffett and Pete Peterson were at the premiere of the movie ''I.O.U.S.A.'' to add their views to the film's message: An economic disaster will befall the nation if the federal government's $53 trillion in debts continue to grow.
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Boeing weighs exiting $35B tanker competition PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2008

AP, WASHINGTON -- Boeing Co. is considering bailing out of the politically-charged bidding for a $35 billion contract to build aerial refueling tankers for the Air Force, if it does not receive an additional four months by the Pentagon to put together a competitive offer.

The aerospace manufacturer said Friday it also weighing filing a protest on the final bids request -- expected to be released early next week -- which could even further delay an award by the Defense Department.

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Anti-India sentiment grows amid Kashmir unrest PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2008

AP, SRINAGAR, India - The crowd's hostility was unmistakable. Each time they passed Indian soldiers, thousands chanted the name of one of South Asia's most violent Islamic groups.

"India, your death will come. Lashkar will come," they chanted, harking back to the early 1990s when militants from groups like Lashkar-e-Tayyaba roamed this predominantly Muslim region's towns and villages and even Kashmir's peaceful separatists openly defied New Delhi.
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Pakistan to hold presidential polls Sept. 6 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2008

Islamabad,Aug 22 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Pakistan will hold a presidential election on Sept. 6 to vote in a replacement for Pervez Musharraf, who resigned this week, the Election Commission said on Friday.

Under Pakistan's constitution a new president is elected by members of the country's four provincial assemblies and the national parliament within 30 days
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Sharif agrees delay on judge restoration PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2008

Reuters, Islamabad - Former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif agreed on Friday to a debate in parliament next week on the restoration of judges deposed last year, putting back a deadline on a demand that could split the ruling coalition.

Sharif has been demanding that the judges former president Pervez Musharraf purged should be restored and had threatened to pull his party out of a coalition with the party of assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto
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Spain sees multiple causes in plane crash PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2008

AP, MADRID, Spain - Spain's civil aviation chief said Friday a combination of factors probably caused this week's fiery plane crash in Madrid, which killed 153 people.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Manuel Bautista said a failure of one of the Spanair MD-82's two engines by itself — if such a failure did in fact occur — should not normally be enough to bring down a modern aircraft because they are designed to fly on just one if necessary.

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Dalai Lama hosts Bruni-Sarkozy at temple in France PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2008

REUTERS, LERAB LING TEMPLE, France- The Dalai Lama inaugurated a Buddhist temple in southern France on Friday with French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy among the guests.

The ceremony at the Lerab Ling temple, set in remote green hills in the Herault area and built according to traditional Tibetan design, came at the end of a visit to France during which the Dalai Lama repeatedly criticised Olympics host China.
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Strong earthquake jolts Uzbek capital PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2008

REUTERS, ALMATY- A strong earthquake rattled the Uzbek capital Tashkent on Friday, rocking buildings and sending people running outdoors in fear, witnesses and the emergency ministry said.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.
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Japan embraces luxury cosmetics despite tough times PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2008

Tokyo (Reuters Life!) - What recession? Japan's economy may be slowing down but cosmetics firms are reveling in the glow of newly rich women keen to slather on face creams that can cost up to thousands of dollars a dollop.

Although their numbers are small, the women, dubbed the "winners group" by media, have boosted the sales of expensive creams, despite tough times in the world's second-biggest economy that have slowed down sales of more modest potions.
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Stress of war may help cause schizophrenia PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2008

Study reveals

Reuters, Washington- Pregnant women who live through wars are more likely to give birth to a child who develops schizophrenia, US researchers reported on Thursday in a study linking prenatal stress with the mental illness.

Babies born to women who were in their second month of pregnancy during the height of the 1967 Arab-Israeli "Six-Day".
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Cigarettes in movies seen to cause teen smoking PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2008

Reuters, Chicago - Tobacco promotions and depictions of smoking in movies cause teenagers to start smoking, according to a sweeping report on tobacco in the media released on Thursday.

The report by the National Cancer Institute found the tobacco industry spent more than $13 billion on smoking-related advertising and promotion in 2005.

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Russian pullback in Georgia "far too slow" : US PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2008

Reuters, Gory, Georgia - Russia promised to complete a partial pullback of troops from Georgia by the end of Friday but said an unspecified number of "peacekeeping forces" would stay inside the country, angering the West.

A top U.S. general visiting Georgia condemned the pullout as "far too little, far too slow".
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Iraq troop deal could affect US presidential race PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2008

REUTERS, WASHINGTON- A US agreement on a timeline to pull troops from Iraq could erode some of Democrat Barack Obama's appeal as the anti-war presidential candidate.

Obama and his Republican rival, John McCain, would claim vindication, experts said, if a deal being negotiated by Washington and Baghdad set even a conditional and qualified target date for the withdrawal of US troops.
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Russia to keep a force deep inside Georgia PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2008

REUTERS, TBILISI- Russia said it would complete a pullback of troops in Georgia by the end of Friday but it stopped short of the extensive withdrawal demanded by the West, saying it would keep a force deep inside Georgia's heartland.

Western states have grown increasingly impatient that Russian troops remain inside Georgia nearly a week after a ceasefire ended a war that broke out when Tbilisi tried to retake its breakaway South Ossetia region.
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Malaysia bookies say Anwar a safe bet in local poll PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2008

Reuters, Kuala Lumpur- Illegal bookies in Malaysia reckon de facto opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim can't lose an important by-election next Tuesday and that the real money will be on how many votes he wins by.

Many Malaysians are hardened gamblers and illegal betting syndicates in Malaysia and elsewhere in Asia won notoriety around the world over attempts to fix international football matches over the past year.
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Split looms in Pakistani coalition government PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2008

Reuters, Islamabad- Pakistan's governing coalition was due to hold make-or-break talks on Friday to save the alliance between the country's two main parties, as concern grew that squabbling was keeping them from tackling critical problems.

A day after militants carried out their most deadly strike against the military, killing at least 59 people in suicide blasts outside the country's main defence industry complex, there was no sign of a compromise on a dispute over the judiciary.
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Bhutto widower proposed for Pakistan president PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2008

AP, ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan's main ruling party on Friday proposed the widower of assassinated former premier Benazir Bhutto as Pakistan's next president, making Asif Ali Zardari the

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CA pins hope on film industry PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2008

Desk report

Chief adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed on Friday said the movie industry could contribute to Bangladesh's export growth and sought private sector's supports for cultural development.

"Film can be one of the best ways by which Bangladesh can portray herself to the world as a culturally-creative nation," he said at an award distributing ceremony.
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AL asks govt to hold national polls by Oct end PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Awami League has demanded parliamentary elections by the third week of October and consultations with political parties on the new electoral laws.

"Not on December 22, hold the elections in the second or third week of October and hand over power to an elected government," presidium member Amir Hossain Amu said at a discussion meeting at the party headquarters on Friday.
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'New polls laws aim to control political parties' PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 August 2008

Staff Correspondent

The BNP has said the new electoral laws, including mandatory registration of political parties and a ban on their powerful student and labour front organisations, are designed to keep political parties on a tight rein.

The laws enforced on Thursday are aimed to reduce political parties to mere branches of the Election Commission, it said.
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