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Tsvangirai returns to Zimbabwe to face Mugabe PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 May 2008

AFP, HARARE - Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai arrived home Saturday after a six-week absence vowing to end the near three-decade rule of veteran President Robert Mugabe in next month's election.

Despite fears of an assassination plot and the threat of treason charges, Tsvangirai returned home looking relaxed and launched into a blistering attack on Mugabe ahead of a June 27 presidential run-off between the two men.

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Zardari unveils plan to drive Musharraf from power PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 May 2008

REUTERS, ISLAMABAD - The head of the party leading Pakistan's ruling coalition unveiled proposed constitutional changes on Saturday that would take away President Pervez Musharraf's powers.

"We intend to walk him away, rather than impeach him away," said Asif Ali Zardari, who succeeded his late wife Benazir Bhutto as leader of the Pakistan People's Party after her assassination last December.

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Roadside bomb kills police officer in Pakistan PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 May 2008

REUTERS, ISLAMABAD - A roadside bomb hit the car of a police officer in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar on Saturday, killing him and his driver, police said.

Hundreds of people have been killed in a wave of bomb and suicide attacks across Pakistan since mid-2007, but violence had tapered off after the government that took office in March called for talks with Islamist militants to end militancy.
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Margaret Beckett: Gordon Brown must change tack PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 May 2008

Times Online

Former foreign secretary Margaret Beckett moved to steady Labour nerves this morning amid growing public and private pressure for Gordon Brown to quit after the Crewe by-election “catastrophe” left ministers and Labour MPs convinced that they could not win with him at the helm.

She told the BBCs Today programme Gordon Brown could still lead Labour to a fourth term in office but would first need to show voters he had changed direction.
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Taliban leader vows jihad in Afghanistan PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 May 2008

REUTERS, KOTKAI, Pakistan - The leader of the Pakistani Taliban vowed on Saturday to carry on fighting NATO and U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan regardless of negotiations for a peace deal with the government of Pakistan.

Baitullah Mehsud told a group of journalists, invited to his stronghold in the tribal lands of South Waziristan, that he wanted to stop fighting the Pakistan army.

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US probe to make perilous landing on Martian arctic PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 May 2008

NASA was gearing up Saturday for what it called "the scariest seven minutes of the mission" as it prepared to land the Phoenix spacecraft on Mars' frigid north pole, reports agency.

After traveling 679 million kilometers (422 million miles) through the cosmos, on Sunday the probe will have that amount of time to decelerate from 21,000 kilometers per hour (13,000 miles per hour) to a mere float to manage a safe touchdown on the Red Planet's arctic region.

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No charges for Marines in Afghan civilian deaths PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 May 2008

REUTERS, WASHINGTON - U.S. Marines who killed Afghan civilians while responding to an ambush in March 2007 acted appropriately and in accordance with military rules, a senior Marine Corps commander said on Friday.

Lt. Gen. Samuel Helland, commander of Marine Corps forces in the Middle East, decided not to bring criminal charges against officers who led the special operations unit involved in the incident.

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Cannes critics cool as film competition nears end PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 May 2008

REUTERS, CANNES, France - A lack of memorable movies means the 2008 Cannes film festival has scored poorly among many critics, who argue that after a solid start the main competition faded.

Star power was sustained, however, with the red carpet attracting big names like Madonna, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Clint Eastwood, Penelope Cruz, Woody Allen, Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford and sports stars Mike Tyson and Diego Maradona.

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Burundi rebels say they will halt clashes with gov't PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 May 2008

Reuters, Bujumbura- Burundi's last resisting rebel group has said it will stop sporadic fighting with the government to give a stalled peace deal a chance.

Burundi's government and the Forces for National Liberation (FNL) rebels signed a pact almost two years ago to end a persistent insurgency. But the FNL pulled out from a truce monitoring team over objections to parts of the agreement.

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Obama promises Cuba policy shift, attacks McCain PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 May 2008

Reuters, Miami- Democrat Barack Obama said on Friday he would he would pick the time and place for direct diplomatic talks with Cuba as US president and criticized Republican John McCain for embracing failed policies.

Obama, an Illinois senator who is leading New York Sen. Hillary Clinton in the race for their party's White House nomination, has taken heat for saying he was willing to meet with the leaders of countries hostile to the United States, including countries such as Cuba and Iran.

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No love for NATO in Ukraine's pro-Russian enclave PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 May 2008

Reuters, Sevastopol, Ukraine - Ukraine's pro-Western leaders hope to join NATO but the people of this Black Sea port, where Russian warships are moored at the quayside, want no part of it.

"I just can't imagine that the boots of a NATO soldier may tread on this sacred land one day," said Vladimir, an 82-year-old pensioner, as he walked along the quay.

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Communists say no to fuel price hike PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 May 2008

Reuters, Mumbai- India's communist parties that shore up the ruling coalition said on Friday they oppose any move to raise petrol and diesel prices to ease losses at state oil firms hit by surging crude rates.

"The UPA (United Progressive Alliance) government should realise that it will have to face the wrath of the people suffering due to price rise and the deterioration in their living standards," the parties said in a statement after meeting with the coalition.

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India set to raise fuel prices, inflation a worry PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 May 2008

Reuters, New Delhi- India is set to raise petrol and diesel prices to keep pace with crude oil's record run but the move will fuel inflation, heaping more pressure on a government struggling to calm prices ahead of elections.

Crude oil's surge has hurt consumers around the world and countries such as Indonesia are being forced to raise
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Bandits displace up to 100,000 in Central Africa: UN PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 May 2008

Reuters, United Nation- The Central African Republic has been hit by an upsurge in attacks by armed bandits, with up to 100,000 people forced out of their homes fleeing such attacks, the United Nations said on Friday.

The attacks, which have escalated since early in the year, have been in the north of the former French colony, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement.
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Iran and Syria to attend Iraq meeting in Sweden: UN PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 May 2008

Reuters, United Nations,- Iran's foreign minister and Syria's ambassador to Sweden are among the officials expected to attend next week's ministerial meeting of the Iraq Compact Annual Review, UN officials said on Friday.

The talks in Stockholm will focus on assessing progress in implementing a peace and development plan to help rebuild the Iraq more than five years after the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003.

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Who was Che Guevara? PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 May 2008

Reuters, London- At the 61st Cannes film festival, director Steven Soderbergh presented "Che," his two-part, four-hour-plus epic on Argentine revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara, with Benicio del Toro in the title role.

Here are some facts on Guevara, who was executed in Bolivia just over 40 years ago.
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Obama urges Bush back off South Korea trade deal PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 May 2008

Reuters, Washington- Democratic presidential front-runner Barack Obama in a letter released on Friday warned of a major fight over a free trade agreement with South Korea if President George W. Bush sends it to the US Congress.

"Instead of provoking unnecessary and potentially corrosive confrontation over this agreement, your administration could make a significant contribution toward reestablishing trust with Congress and restoring bipartisan cooperation on trade by withholding the agreement," Obama said.

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Texas court rules against polygamist removals PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 May 2008

Reuters, San Antonio- Texas overstepped its authority when it removed some of about 460 children from a polygamist compound last month, a state appeals court ruled on Thursday.

The ruling is the latest twist in an unfolding saga that has riveted Texas with lurid tales of adolescent brides, teen pregnancies and a secretive religious sect following its faith in a dusty corner of the state.
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Pentagon charges detainee with terrorism support PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 May 2008

REUTERS, WASHINGTON- The Pentagon on Friday charged an accused al Qaeda training camp instructor with conspiracy and support of terrorism.

Noor Uthman Muhammed, a Sudanese man held at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was accused of working as a weapons trainer from 1996 to 2000 at the Khaldan training camp in Afghanistan.

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McCain releases 2006 taxes, made $6 million PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 May 2008

REUTERS, WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate John McCain's wife, Cindy, released her 2006 tax return under pressure on Friday, showing she paid $1.7 million in taxes on about $6 million in income.

Cindy McCain, the wealthy heiress of a large Arizona beer distributorship, had come under attack for refusing to release her returns. Critics said it raised questions about her husband's commitment to transparency in government.

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Clinton draws rebuke over RFK remark PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 May 2008

REUTERS, SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - Hillary Clinton mentioned the June 1968 assassination of Robert Kennedy in explaining on Friday why she had resisted calls to end her White House bid, drawing a rebuke from Democratic front-runner Barack Obama's campaign.

Clinton, who later expressed regret over the remark, made it to the editorial board of a South Dakota newspaper, the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, when explaining that other races for the Democratic presidential nomination had lasted into June.

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