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Suitcase full of cash adds to Chavez corruption claims PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Rights activists kicked out amid Washington accusations that Venezuela illegally gave funds to Kirchner

A suitcase filled with $800,000 in cash has embroiled Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez in a scandal which has fuelled claims of corruption and cover-up at the heart of his self-styled socialist revolution, reports AP.

A court case involving wiretaps and explosive testimony has lifted the lid on alleged attempts to buy influence across Latin America, putting Chávez on the defensive during a torrid week of coup rumours and expulsions of human rights critics and the US ambassador.
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Spain braced for opening of civil war's mass graves PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 September 2008

The Observer

Investigators digging into the brutal repression unleashed by General Francisco Franco will this week complete a list of 130,000 names of those killed during and after Spain's civil war as the country prepares to face the full horror of what has often been treated as a shameful national secret.

The list will be handed over to the controversial magistrate, Baltasar Garzón, whose preliminary investigations have already provoked a fierce row over whether a mass grave thought to contain the remains of the poet and playwright Federico García Lorca should be exhumed.
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US Congress to implement debt rescue plan PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 21 September 2008

AFP, WASHINGTON - US congressional leaders, stunned by the depth of the meltdown, considered quick legislative action Saturday on a huge White House-proposed bailout for the financial sector but demanded help for workers and reeling Wall Street firms.

A senior official in the administration of President George W. Bush said the details of its massive finance sector rescue plan worth hundreds of billions of dollars were sent to members of Congress late Friday.
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General Motors draws out cash PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 21 September 2008

AFP, DETROIT, Michigan - General Motors said that it intended to draw down the remaining 3.5 billion dollars of its 4.5-billion-dollar secured revolving credit facility to maintain what the auto giant described as "high level of financial flexibility" at a time when the financial markets are uncertain.

"Accessing the funds available to us is a prudent liquidity measure. Drawing on the revolver now improves our liquidity position at a time when the capital markets have become more challenging," GM Treasurer Walter Borst said Friday.
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Busy and valuable: Bees are worth $220bln a year PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 21 September 2008

AFP, PARIS - Bees and other pollinating insects are worth 153 billion euros (220 billion dollars) a year, thanks to their help in growing fruit, vegetables, oil crops, coffee, cocao and spices, a French study has found.

Pollinators account for 9.5 percent of the value of worldwide agricultural production, according to France's National Institute for Agricultural Research (Inra).
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Berlusconi Warns Alitalia Now Risks Bankruptcy PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 21 September 2008

REUTERS, ROME – Alitalia remained airborne on Saturday but Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi ruled out any last-minute rescue by a foreign airline and said Italy's flag carrier could be headed for bankruptcy.

"There is no possibility of another rescue bid so it could be that our Alitalia is heading towards bankruptcy procedures," said Berlusconi, whose attempt to rally an Italian consortium to salvage the airline tripped this week on trade union opposition.
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SAfrica's Mbeki accepts ANC call to step down PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 21 September 2008

AFP, JOHANNESBURG - South Africa veered towards a new political era Saturday after President Thabo Mbeki accepted a call from the governing African National Congress (ANC) to stand down, his spokesman said.

"The president has accepted the decision of the ANC's national executive council," he said on 702 Talk Radio in Johannesburg, which reported that Mbeki is convening a special government meeting for Sunday to decide the way forward.
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Deadly bomb targets hotel in Pakistani capital PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 21 September 2008

Up to 20 reported dead and dozens injured

Agencies

A suspected car bomb exploded at a luxury hotel in Islamabad today, killing up to 20 people and injuring 25.

The massive blast shook the heavily guarded Marriott hotel, which is popular with foreign visitors. TV footage showed heavy damage to the building, with fires breaking out. Pakistani police said the explosion was believed to have been caused by a suicide car bomb.
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Rescue plan seeks $700B to buy bad mortgages PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 21 September 2008

AP, WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration is asking Congress to let the government buy $700 billion in toxic mortgages in the largest financial bailout since the Great Depression, according to a draft of the plan obtained Saturday by The Associated Press.

The plan would give the government broad power to buy the bad debt of any U.S. financial institution for the next two years. It would raise the statutory limit on the national debt from $10.6 trillion to $11.3 trillion to make room for the massive rescue.

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Atom-smasher out of action for two months: CERN PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 21 September 2008

AFP, GENEVA - The world's largest particle collider will be down for at least two months following a helium leak into the tunnel, a spokesman for the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) said Saturday.

James Gillies told AFP: "There has been an incident in a test. One section of the machine will have to be repaired."
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Jurors hear audio of OJ Simpson 'robbery' PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 21 September 2008

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (AFP) - Jurors have listened to an audio recording of American football great OJ Simpson and several friends as they burst into a hotel room and confronted two memorabilia dealers who were attempting to sell personal items belonging to the star.

"Don't let noboby out of here!" Simpson yelled on the recording heard Friday. "Think you can steal my s--- and sell it?" he said. "I trusted you man!"
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China toxin scandal moves to liquid milk PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 21 September 2008

Agencies

The crisis over contaminated milk in China grew yesterday after government tests found the industrial chemical melamine in liquid milk produced by three leading dairy companies.

The scandal had been thought to be confined to tainted milk powder, blamed for the deaths of four infants and illnesses in 6,200 others.
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It's still the economy, stupid! Obama goes on the attack PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 21 September 2008

The financial crisis has ended the Palin circus but the Democratic candidate must buck up his ideas to exploit McCain's weakpoint

The Guardian Online

The basic identities of America's two political parties have been in place for at least 40 years and, on core economic questions, for 70, since Franklin Roosevelt's time. Whatever so-called "low-information voters" do or don't know about politics, they know that the Democrats are the party of working people, and the Republicans are the party of the rich.
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Troopergate: Alaskan senators promise Palin report before election PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 21 September 2008

REUTERS

Alaskan senators conducting an inquiry into Sarah Palin's alleged abuse of power promised yesterday their report will be completed before the election on November 4 in spite of attempts by John McCain's campaign team to delay it.

The promise to publish on October 10 came despite the failure of 13 people, including Palin's husband Todd, to turn up for an Alaskan senate hearing yesterday.
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Afghans fear a harsh, hungry winter PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 21 September 2008

NY Times

A pitiable harvest this year has left small farmers all over central and northern Afghanistan facing hunger, and aid officials are warning of an acute food shortage this winter for nine million Afghans, more than a quarter of the population.

The crisis has been generated by the harshest winter in memory, followed by a drought across much of the country, which come on top of the broader problems of deteriorating security, the accumulated pressure of returning refugees and the effects of rising world food prices.
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EC, mainstream BNP sit in dialogue PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 21 September 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Election Commission sat with mainstream BNP for the first time, on the concluding day of the final round of electoral dialogue on Saturday.

An 11-member BNP team, headed by BNP secretary general Khandaker Delwar Hossain, began its talks with the CEC-led delegation at 11.50am.

The party has said it will discuss lifting of the state of emergency, holding of the parliamentary polls ahead of all elections and scrapping of laws banning front organisations, among other issues at the dialogue.

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JS polls to be held on Dec 18 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 21 September 2008

CA tells in his televised speech

Staff Correspondent

Elections to the Jatiya Sangsad will be held on Dec 18, and to Upazilas on Dec 24 and 28, the chief adviser announced Saturday.

Fakhruddin Ahmed told the nation in his 8pm
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Mild tremors jolt the country PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 21 September 2008

Agenies

A series of mild tremors rattled the country, just ahead of iftar on Saturday.

Prof Syed Humayun Aktar, of Dhaka University's geological department, said: "Three mild tremors were felt, around 5.20, 5.50 and 6pm."
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'We supported 1/11, now hold polls properly' PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 21 September 2008

Acting Awami League chief Zillur Rahman, in an instant reaction to Fakhruddin Ahmed's televised address Saturday night, highlighted the fact that the chief adviser had not say mentioned lifting the state of emergency, reports bdnews24.com .

The CA in his speech announced the date of Jatiya Sangsad polls, to be held Dec 18, ahead of Upazila polls on Dec 24 and 28. In the lead up to and during the latest round of electoral dialogue, political parties including Awami League had demanded general elections ahead of all other polls. Lifting the state of emergency was another near-unanimous demand by parties.
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Dhaka against cold war situation PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 21 September 2008

Says Iftekhar ahead of UNGA

Staff Correspondent

Bangladesh does not want to see the world return to a cold war situation, foreign adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury said Saturday ahead of his departure for the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

The comment came after a meeting with US ambassador James F Moriarty, ahead of the adviser's departure later Saturday with chief adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed for the US.
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Deadline for tax returns extended to Oct 31 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 21 September 2008

Bdnews24.com

The deadline for income tax returns has been extended by a month to Oct 31, the National Board of Revenue chairman said Saturday.

"We decided to extend the deadline for income tax returns till Oct 31, taking into account the month of Ramadan, Eid and Durga Puja falling in September and early October," NBR chief Abdul Majid told bdnews24.com.
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