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Chelsea not too old, says Ballack PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Michael Ballack has hit back at Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson's suggestion that Chelsea will be less of a threat next season, reports BBC.

Ferguson said that he did not expect to see "outstanding progress coming from a team in their 30s".
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Tevez agent expects deal PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2008

But press reports of an impending agreement are premature

Sky Sports

Carlos Tevez's agent expects the Argentina forward to sign a permanent deal with Manchester United, but says reports of an impending agreement are premature.

Tevez is currently with the Red Devils on a two-year loan deal which is due to expire next summer.
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Harmison back in England squad for third test PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2008

REUTERS, LONDON- Fast bowler Steve Harmison was recalled to the England squad on Saturday for the third test against South Africa which starts at Edgbaston on Wednesday.

Harmison, 29, who made the last of his 57 test appearances in March, is included in the 13-man squad along with Paul Collingwood and a fit-again Ryan Sidebottom.
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Stoke seal Seyi swoop PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Olofinjana joins Potters from Wolves

Sky Sports

Stoke City have confirmed the signing of Nigeria international midfielder Seyi Olofinjana on a £3million deal from Wolves.

The 28-year-old has put pen-to-paper on a four-year contract with Tony Pulis' side, with the deal subject to a work permit being granted.
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U.S. Congress sends housing relief bill to Bush PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2008

REUTERS, WASHINGTON: Hoping to stretch a safety net under the nation's tumbling housing market, the Senate on Saturday overwhelmingly approved a huge package of legislation that includes a program to save hundreds of thousands of families from losing their homes to foreclosure.

The legislation is the latest in a series of extraordinary interventions this year.
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Analysts underline agency for corporate governance PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2008

A group of analysts Sunday stressed the need for a central coordinating agency to carry out corporate governance reforms in Bangladesh, reports bdnews24.com.

The concept was floated at a workshop on roles and responsibilities of board members of SOEs (state-owned enterprises), organised by Bangladesh Enterprise Institute and Agrani Bank Limited.
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Banks rally as CEOs hold off on issuing shares PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2008

AP, NEW YORK  -- With many banks still reporting massive writedowns and even quarterly losses from bad mortgage investments, it certainly seems like an odd time for financial stocks to rally.

But, amid the many gyrations in the sector's stocks over the past week or so was a 27 percent pop in Wachovia Corp. after it announced a nearly $9 billion quarterly loss.
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FDIC takes over 2 more banks, closing 28 branches PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2008

AP, CARSON CITY, Nev. -- The 28 branches of 1st National Bank of Nevada and First Heritage Bank, operating in Nevada, Arizona and California, were closed Friday by federal regulators.

The banks, owned by Scottsdale, Ariz.-based First National Bank Holding Co., were scheduled to reopen on Monday as Mutual of Omaha Bank branches, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said.
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U.S. war on terrorism loses ground in Pakistan PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2008

The Bush administration may leave the region the same way it found it, with Al Qaeda entrenched and U.S. intelligence officials frustrated

La Times

Although the "war on terrorism" remains a consuming focus of the U.S. government, the Bush administration appears poised to leave behind a situation not unlike the one it inherited nearly eight years ago: a resurgent Al Qaeda ensconced in South Asia, training new recruits, plotting attacks against the West, and seemingly beyond the United States' reach.
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In rural Colombia, no signs of an end to the war PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Along with Colombia's successes in fighting leftist rebels this year, cities like Medellín have staged remarkable recoveries. And in the upscale districts of Bogotá, the capital, it is almost possible to forget that the country remains mired in a devilishly complex four-decade-old war, reports Herald Tribune.

But it is a different story in the mountains of the Nariño department. Here, and elsewhere in large parts of the countryside, the violence and fear remain unrelenting, underscoring the difficulty of ending a war fueled by a drug trade that is proving immune to U.S.-financed efforts to stop it.
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13 in Ukraine, 4 in Romania killed in flood PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Desk Report

Floods described by a senior government official as the worst in a century have killed 13 people in western Ukraine and four in neighbouring Romania, officials said on Sunday.

Ukraine's Emergencies Ministry said water levels were dangerously high on the Prut and Dnestr rivers after five days of non-stop rain. More than 20,000 homes have been flooded and 7,000 people evacuated, many by boat or helicopter, it said.
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Karadzic begins his game of cat and mouse PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2008

The captured Bosnian Serb leader could turn war crimes trial into farce

Radovan Karadzic's defence lawyers lodged an appeal this weekend against the former Bosnian Serb leader's extradition to the war crimes court at The Hague, but the manner in which they did so made it clear that the fugitive will do his best to turn the proceedings into a farce, reports The Independent.

Svetozar Vujacic, a member of Karadzic's defence team, confirmed yesterday that the appeal had been filed, but said: "I cannot say anything about the appeal, where or when I filed it or what is in it.
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Turkey court mulls case against ruling AK Party PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Issue of Islamic activities

REUTERS, ISTANBUL- The Constitutional Court begins deliberating on Monday on whether the ruling AK Party has engaged in Islamist activities and should be closed, a case that has plunged Turkey into political and economic uncertainty.

The court can find the AK Party not guilty and dismiss the case, or convict it and either fine or ban the party and some of its leaders, in which case the government will fall and early parliamentary elections be called, possibly in November.
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Obama: Iran should take US engagement seriously PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2008

REUTERS, CHICAGO- US presidential candidate Barack Obama said President George W Bush's decision to send a senior diplomat to nuclear talks with Iran was a substantive move and should be taken seriously by Tehran.

Obama, a Democrat, has been highly critical in the past of Bush's policies toward Iran and has promised that if elected he would pursue a policy of greater engagement aimed at persuading Tehran to abandon its nuclear enrichment program.
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US Army works to cut its carbon `bootprint' PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2008

REUTERS, WASHINGTON- What if cutting greenhouse emissions could also save the lives of soldiers in Iraq, where fuel-laden convoys make them targets? The US Army says it is happening now in a push to reduce its carbon `bootprint.'

From forward areas like Iraq and Afghanistan to training ranges in the United States, the Army has been working to limit its use of fossil fuels and make its operations more environmentally sustainable.

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Qantas to inspect oxygen bottles after 747 emergency PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2008

SYDNEY, Sun Jul 27,(bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Qantas was ordered on Sunday to check all oxygen bottles on its fleet of Boeing 747s after investigators said an exploding oxygen bottle might have ripped a hole in a Qantas 747, forcing it to make an emergency landing at Manila.

Australia's Civil Aviation Authority (CASA) said Qantas had agreed to inspect oxygen bottles on its fleet of 747s. The airline has about 30 of the Boeing model.
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Bosnia threatened with break-up, Ashdown says PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2008

LONDON, Sun Jul 27, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Bosnia is closer to breaking up than at any time since its 1992-95 war and the European Union must do more to prevent its division, former international peace overseer Paddy Ashdown said.

Ashdown said the Serb Republic, which together with the Muslim-Croat federation makes up the Bosnian state, had set up parallel institutions and was working towards secession.
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Iran hangs 29 convicted criminals in Tehran: media PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2008

TEHRAN, Sun Jul 27, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Iran executed 29 convicted drug smugglers and other criminals in Tehran's Evin prison at dawn on Sunday, state media reported, following an expanded crackdown on crime in the Islamic Republic.

Sunday's executions all took place at 0510 (8:40 p.m. Saturday EDT), said state broadcaster IRIB. Executions of a handful of people at the same time are often reported but rarely a group this large.

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Philippine govt resumes talks with Muslim rebels PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2008

KUALA LUMPUR, Sun Jul 27, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Philippine government negotiators met the country's largest Muslim rebel group on Sunday to try to break an impasse on territorial rights for Muslims in the volatile south, officials said.

Both sides had hoped to wrap up the talks on an ancestral homeland last week in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur ahead of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's annual state of the nation address on Monday.
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Schuster concerned by Ronaldo obsession PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2008

MADRID, July 27 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster is concerned that his club's obsession with signing Cristiano Ronaldo could cause them to miss out on buying other players.

"As you all know at this club we have been obsessed with signing a player whose name I can't quite remember at the moment," Schuster told reporters at the club's pre-season training base in Austria on Saturday.
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Ronaldinho says Milan move is "rebirth" PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2008

MILAN, July 27 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Brazil forward Ronaldinho said he is almost back to his best after putting an injury-hit season at Barcelona behind him by moving to Serie A side AC Milan.

"Going to Milan is a rebirth for me," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport from the Brazil Olympic team's training camp in Singapore.
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