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China trails US in `soft power' in Asia: study PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

WASHINGTON, Tue Jun 17, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Despite a surging economy and growing geopolitical clout, China ranks far below the United States in the opinion of Asian countries, a survey showed on Tuesday.

The poll measuring perceptions of soft power -- the non-military ways a country exerts influence -- in the United States and five Asian countries also found what researchers called a "worrisome disconnect" between US and Chinese citizens' views of each other.

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Suspected sectarian attack kills four in Pakistan PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

KOHAT, Pakistan, Tue Jun 17, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Suspected pro-Taliban militants shot and killed four Shia Muslims in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday in what appeared to be the second deadly sectarian attack in two days.

Pakistan has a bloody history of violence between militants from the majority Sunni community and minority Shia and a recent spate of attacks could be the work of pro-Taliban militants seeking to open a new front, a Shia leader said.

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McCain would pursue strong dollar policy PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Washungton, June 17 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Republican candidate John McCain would pursue a strong US dollar policy as president and would be prepared to consider the "strong medicine" of intervention if circumstances demanded, his top economic adviser Carly Fiorina told Reuters on Monday.

Fiorina, a former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard Co., said the Arizona senator had a lot of confidence in Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, would consider more regulation of credit ratings agencies, and believed government had a role in helping consumers deal with the U.S. housing crisis.

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Obama holding on to small lead over McCain: poll PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Washington, June 17 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama opens the general election campaign with a narrow lead over Republican John McCain but the two score near even among independent voters, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday.

According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, Obama leads McCain by 48 percent to 42 percent among all adults, while McCain has picked up support from independents who could be key to deciding the November election.

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Astronomers find batch of 'super-Earths' PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Washington, June 17 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - European researchers said on Monday they discovered a batch of three "super-Earths" orbiting a nearby star, and two other solar systems with small planets as well.

They said their findings, presented at a conference in France, suggest that Earth-like planets may be very common.

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Al Gore backs Obama, says US needs new vision PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Detroit, June 17 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Former Vice President Al Gore pledged on Monday to do all he could to help Barack Obama win the White House, saying it was crucial the United States has not only a new leader but a new vision for its future.

Gore, one of the most prominent figures in the U.S. Democratic party and known around the world for his push to combat climate change, publicly backed Obama for the first time at a huge rally in Detroit.

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British 'dog of war' set for African coup trial PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Malabo, June 17 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - British mercenary Simon Mann, one of the last prominent "dogs of war" in Africa, was to go on trial on Tuesday in Equatorial Guinea accused of leading a failed 2004 coup against the oil-rich African state.

Mann, an Eton-educated former special forces officer, was arrested in Zimbabwe with 70 mercenaries en route to Equatorial Guinea.

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Nuclear designs found with smugglers spur US fears PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Washington, June 17 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - A nuclear watchdog's report that sophisticated warhead designs were found on the computers of Swiss smugglers has spurred fears in the Bush administration and elsewhere that atomic secrets may be quickly spreading.

The report on Monday raised particular speculation over the significance of a U.S. intelligence finding last year that Iran had suspended a nuclear-weapons design program in 2003 -- which slowed a Bush administration drive to confront Iran.
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Four killed in bomb blast in Pakistan PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Peashawar, Pakistan, June 17 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - A bomb exploded in a Shia Muslim mosque in Pakistan's northwestern city of Dera Ismail Khan on Monday, killing four people and wounding two, police said.

The bomb went off at dusk when Shia's were gathered in the mosque for prayers.
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Britain to boost Afghan force to more than 8,000 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

London, June 17 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Britain will increase its force in Afghanistan by 230, taking the total number of British troops there to more than 8,000, Defence Secretary Des Browne told parliament on Monday.

Browne said the situation in Afghanistan had improved over the past 12 months, but a switch by Taliban guerrillas from conventional attacks to suicide bombings and roadside bomb attacks posed a different threat.
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Obama says will visit Iraq and Afghanistan PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Detroit, June 17 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said on Monday he plans to visit Iraq and Afghanistan before November's election and was encouraged by a recent reduction in violence in Iraq.

Obama, who later picked up the endorsement of former Vice President Al Gore at a Detroit rally on Monday night, spoke by telephone with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari and reiterated his support for a pullout of U.S. troops.
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Bush, Musharraf, Ahmadinejad least trusted leaders PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Washington, June 17 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - US President George W. Bush is ranked only slightly above the rulers of Pakistan and Iran as one of the least-trusted leaders in the world, a survey released on Monday showed.

The survey, carried out by WorldPublicOpinion.org in 20 countries around the world, found that no national leaders inspired wide confidence outside their own countries. But Bush, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ranked at the bottom, the polling showed.

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Bush, Musharraf, Ahmadinejad 'least trusted' PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

WASHINGTON, June 17 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush is ranked only slightly above the rulers of Pakistan and Iran as one of the least-trusted leaders in the world, a survey released on Monday showed.

The survey, carried out by WorldPublicOpinion.org in 20 countries around the world, found that no national leaders inspired wide confidence outside their own countries. But Bush, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ranked at the bottom, the polling showed.
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Ballack fires Germany into next round PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Klagenfurt, June 16 (bdnews24.com)----- Michael Ballack's spectacular second-half strike handed Germany a last eight tie against Portugal at the expense of Austria who exited Euro 2008.

The Chelsea midfielder scored the only goal of the match when he fired in a powerful 30-yard shot from a free-kick won by Philipp Lahm.
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Impressive Croatia march on, Poles limp out PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

KLAGENFURT, June 16 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Croatia showed they are well-equipped to make a serious bid for the Euro 2008 title when their reserves swept aside Poland 1-0 in their final Group B game on Monday.

Already assured of a quarter-final against Turkey, they followed up wins over Austria and Germany with an efficient display against a poor Poland side and should have won more convincingly.
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Banks lift Indian shares 2pct, Reliance Comm falls PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

REUTERS, MUMBAI - Indian shares rose nearly 2 percent on Tuesday, led by gains in banking and financial stocks, but Reliance Communications extended losses on worries a family feud could delay a multi-billion dollar deal.

Traders said media reports that banks had paid sharply higher advance taxes, indicating strong earnings, lifted sentiment for financials and propelled the sector index up 4.3 percent.

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US, China firms sign whopping 13.6 billion dollar deals PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

AFP, ANNAPOLIS - American and Chinese firms signed deals worth 13.6 billion dollars ahead of a high-level meeting here Tuesday that could formally endorse talks for a bilateral investment treaty, officials said.

China said the agreements inked in Washington and St Louis, Missouri on Monday were part of plans by Chinese companies to increase imports from the trade deficit-ridden United States.

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US stocks head for higher open as oil declines PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

AP, NEW YORK -- U.S. stocks headed for a higher open Tuesday as oil prices declined and as investors awaited economic figures on inflation at the wholesale level and the housing market.

Wall Street is also expecting a report on industrial production.

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UK Inflation Hits 3.3 Percent In May PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

REUTERS, LONDON - Britain's inflation rate rose more than expected in May to its highest since the Labour government came to power in 1997 and the Bank of England will now have to explain how it will bring prices back under control.

The Office for National Statistics said on Tuesday that consumer prices rose 0.6 percent last month, taking the annual rate up to 3.3 percent from 3.0 percent in April.
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Big Three Central Banks Tone Down Rate Hike Threats PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

REUTERS, LONDON - The U.S. Federal Reserve, European Central Bank and Bank of England on Tuesday all dampened expectations for aggressive interest rate rises to counter rising inflation, sending global stocks and bonds surging in relief.

The initial salvo came from senior Fed officials who separately told two international newspapers that the U.S. central bank was unlikely to raise interest rates in the next few months unless the inflation outlook worsens.
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Valentino on show in Paris again PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

AFP, PARIS - Five months after bidding farewell to the Paris catwalks at a final haute couture collection in January, Italian designer Valentino is back in the French capital with a major retrospective of his five decades in fashion.

The exhibition entitled "Valentino, themes and variations," is the first time the Musee des Arts Decoratifs has paid such a compliment to a living Italian designer.

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