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Israeli police quiz Olmert in bribery case PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2008

Reuters, Jerusalem - Israeli police arrived at Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's residence on Friday to question him for a second time as part of an investigation that has forced him to deny taking bribes from an American businessman.

Israel's chief prosecutor said on Monday investigators suspected Olmert had taken envelopes full of cash from New York fundraiser Morris Talansky.

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Hungry world eyes onset of US wheat harvest PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2008

Reuters, Norwitch, Kansas - Kansas wheat farmer Arland Stephens has his shiny red combine ready to roll.

Oklahoma grain dealer Joe Cullins is busy contracting semitrailer trucks needed to haul millions of bushels of hard red winter wheat -- America's main bread-making wheat -- in from the countryside. And in Texas, the golden kernels are already stacking up in storage bins.

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Quake lakes threaten new disaster as rains near PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2008

Reuters, Chengdu, China - The onset of the rainy season is swelling dangerous "quake lakes" and compounding the difficulties of reconstruction after China's worst earthquake in decades.

The 7.9 magnitude tremor of May 12 and thousands of aftershocks changed the landscape of northern Sichuan province forever, blocking rivers, weakening mountain walls and creating unstable lakes where there was once dry land.

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UN backs Lebanon peace deal PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2008

Reuters, United Nations - The UN Security Council on Thursday welcomed a Lebanese peace deal brokered by Qatar, an agreement that may have averted a new civil war in the Middle East.

The council said it "welcomes and strongly supports the agreement reached in Doha ... which constitutes an essential step towards the resolution of the current crisis, the return to normal functioning of Lebanese democratic institutions, the complete restoration of Lebanon's unity and stability."

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Pelosi denies Olmert proposed US blockade of Iran PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2008

REUTERS, WASHINGTON - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert did not propose a US naval blockade of Iran during talks with US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the California Democrat's office said on Thursday.

Responding to a report this week in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Pelosi spokesman Nadeam Elshami said the lawmaker and the US delegation she led met only once with Olmert during a May 16-20 visit to Israel and Iraq.

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US Senate approves $165 billion in new war money PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2008

REUTERS, WASHINGTON - The US Senate on Thursday approved an additional $165 billion to wage war in Iraq and Afghanistan for another year after lawmakers blocked proposed timetables for withdrawing American troops from Iraq.

By a vote of 70-26, the Senate passed the new war money the Pentagon says it urgently needs to avoid civilian layoffs and the interruption of soldiers' paychecks within months.

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China says quake death toll rises to 55,239 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2008

REUTERS, BEIJING - The death toll in China's worst earthquake in decades has risen to 55,239, Sichuan's vice governor Li Chengyun told a news conference in Beijing on Friday.

China ordered fresh waves of helicopters and aid to earthquake-devastated areas as the sheer magnitude of caring for tens of thousands of homeless survivors threatened to overwhelm relief efforts.

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Record oil prices test survival of US airlines PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2008

Reuters, New York - It took a $15 surcharge on a suitcase to finally drive home the message that major US airlines are facing an economic crisis greater than the impact of the September 11 attacks.

Seven small airlines have filed for bankruptcy or stopped operating in the past five months and, if oil prices stay at current levels or go higher, some major airlines face the prospect of Chapter 11 protection, experts say.
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Gold off one-month high PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2008

REUTERS, LONDON - Gold fell in volatile trade on Thursday, as investors booked profits after pushing up the price to its highest level in more than a month above $930, but more gains may be on the cards with oil hitting another record peak.

Spot gold dropped to $922.50/923.50 an ounce from $928.55/929.75 an ounce late in New York on Wednesday, having earlier jumped to $935.30 an ounce -- its highest level since April 18.

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GM supplier ends strike PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2008

Workers at a key supplier to General Motors Corp. ratified a new labor agreement late Thursday, ending a strike that had forced the US auto-maker to shut down a several factories, reports agency.

The United Auto Workers said 78 percent of members at five American Axle and Manufacturing Holding Inc. locations had approved the new four-year labor agreement, which covers 3,650 workers, while 22 percent rejected it.

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CAA joins growing chorus calling for BAA break-up PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2008

Times Online

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the top aviation regulator in the UK, said today that it wants BAA, the airports operator, to be broken up.

The CAA joins the Competition Commission, Office of Fair Trading and all the major airlines operating in calling for BAA to give up control of Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports - London's three main airports.
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Obama focuses on McCain during Florida stop PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2008

Reuters, Tampa, Florida - Barack Obama sounded like the Democratic presidential nominee on a visit to the November election battleground of Florida on Wednesday, praising rival Hillary Clinton and targeting Republican foe John McCain.

Clinton also visited Florida, where she pressed ahead with her uphill Democratic race and demanded the state's delegates be seated at the August nominating convention despite a dispute with the national party.

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Clinton campaigns as attention wanders elsewhere PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2008

Reuters, Sunrise, Florida - The souvenir vendors outside Hillary Clinton's campaign appearances have added a new button to their wares that reads "Chelsea in 2016" with a picture of the former first daughter.

Attention, whether from button sellers or the national media, is leaving the fading presidential candidacy of Sen. Hillary Clinton behind as the former front-runner faces what most see as impossible odds to win the Democratic nomination.

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Fighting in Sudan oil town kills 21 soldiers: army PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2008

Reuters, Khartoum - Twenty-one Sudanese army soldiers have been killed in fierce fighting with southern forces in the contested oil-rich town of Abyei, army sources said on Wednesday.

The army accused the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA), from semi-autonomous South Sudan, of attacking its positions in the town on Tuesday -- while a southern minister accused a northern officer of sparking the conflict.

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Gunmen kill Guatemalan public prosecutor PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2008

Reuters, Guatemala City - Gunmen killed a Guatemalan public prosecutor who was investigating the gruesome murder of a 9-year-old girl, the country's attorney general said on Wednesday.

The gunmen shot Rudy Pineda on Tuesday as he was driving his car in the Chiquimula area east of Guatemala City, said Attorney General Juan Luis Florido.

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IRA guerrilla leader Brian Keenan dies PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2008

Reuters, Belfast- Brian Keenan, a former guerrilla leader in the Irish Republican Army (IRA) who fought to end British rule in Northern Ireland, has died, his close ally Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams said on Wednesday.

Born in 1942, Keenan still believed close to his death that the IRA could have won its fight for a united Ireland had it continued attacks on the British mainland and focused on business targets as in the 1996 London bombing of Canary Wharf.

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China to probe builders after quake collapses PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2008

Reuters, Chengdu, China - China vowed on Wednesday to deal severely with anyone found responsible for shoddy state building work, as parents demanded to know why last week's earthquake destroyed so many schools, killing thousands of children.

Nine days after the massive tremor hit mountainous Sichuan province in southwestern China, rescuers were still finding survivors. A woman was pulled alive from a tunnel at a hydropower plant in the town of Hongbai, state media reported.

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House overrides Bush veto of farm bill PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2008

Reuters, Washington - The House on Wednesday voted to override President George W. Bush's veto of the $289 billion farm bill that expands public nutrition programs for poor Americans but does not cut subsidies for wealthy farmers as much as Bush demanded.

Noting that food prices are forecast to rise by 5 percent this year, lawmakers said it was important to enact the farm bill because it would expand the food stamp program, the largest US antihunger program.

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Sarkozy under pressure as French protests escalate PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 May 2008

Reuters, Paris - French President Nicolas Sarkozy will come under renewed pressure on Thursday when trade unions hold a nationwide strike against his pension reform plans.

Workers in transport and various other sectors will take to the streets in cities across France in protest at the plan to increase to 41 from 40 the number of years people must work before being entitled to a state pension.

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US helicopter strike kills 8 Iraqi civilians: police PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 May 2008

Reuters, Baizi, Iraq - A US military helicopter air strike on a car on Wednesday night killed eight civilians in Baiji north of Baghdad, two police officials said on Thursday.

Baiji's police chief Colonel Mudhher al-Qaisi told Reuters the civilians were shepherds who were in a farming area in the town when the strike took place.

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Israel and Syria reveal peace talks in Turkey PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 May 2008

Reuters, Jerusalem, - Israel and Syria said on Wednesday they had begun indirect peace talks mediated by Turkey, the first confirmation of negotiations between the long-time enemies in eight years.

In coordinated statements, Israel and Syria said they had begun an open dialogue with the aim of a comprehensive peace. Turkey said delegations of both countries, officially at war since Israel's creation 60 years ago, were already in Istanbul.

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