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Clinton presses case to revive voided primaries PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 May 2008

Invoking Democratic nightmares of the 2000 Florida presidential recount, Hillary Clinton demanded the revival of two voided primaries as she sought to halt Barack Obama's march toward the party's nomination, reports agency.

The Democratic rivals canvassed the key battleground state of Florida on Wednesday, but with different races in mind.

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Death of a star: Astronomers get grandstand view of supernova PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 May 2008

AFP, PARIS - Astronomers on Wednesday said they had witnessed for the first time how a dying star erupted into a supernova, one of the mightiest yet most elusive sights in the Universe.

Supernovae are massive stars that run out of fuel, collapse under the weight of their own gravity and become an ultra-dense object known as a neutron star.

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Jubilant Man Utd ready to return PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 May 2008

Manchester United's victorious players are preparing to return to England with the Champions League trophy after their thrilling win over Chelsea in Moscow, reports BBC.

The United squad celebrated the penalty shoot-out win well into the early hours at a party in their hotel.

BBC sports news correspondent James Pearce said the party had gone on until 1000 local time,

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Ronaldo future remains uncertain PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 May 2008

BBC ONLINE

The future of Cristiano Ronaldo was still unclear after Manchester United's Champions League triumph over Chelsea. in Moscow.

Winger Ronaldo, 23, has been repeatedly linked with a move to Real Madrid but United have insisted he is staying put.
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Fergie aims to win it again PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 May 2008

Boss tips United to go from strength to strength

Sky Sports

Sir Alex Ferguson is looking forward to a successful defence of Manchester United's UEFA Champions League crown.

Ferguson believes his side will only get better after their penalty shoot-out victory against Chelsea and can win the trophy again.
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Proud Grant praises team and tearful skipper Terry PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 May 2008

REUTERS, MOSCOW- Chelsea manager Avram Grant praised his team and especially his distraught skipper John Terry after their agonising Champions League penalty shootout defeat by Manchester United on Wednesday.

"I am very proud of my team and what we have done this season and I have told them that," he said at a news conference following a 6-5 defeat on penalties after the final ended in a 1-1 draw after extra time.

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Shades of Zidane blight Drogba's Moscow night PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 May 2008

REUTERS, MOSCOW - Didier Drogba could have been Chelsea's hero in the Champions League final on what may have been his last appearance for the club but instead he ended it banished in disgrace.

The match perfectly encapsulated the two sides of the 30-year-old Ivory Coast striker, whose performances are marked by wonderful goals and theatrical diving that delight and annoy in almost equal measure.

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AC Milan target Drogba, Eto'o and Adebayor PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 May 2008

REUTERS, ROME- AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti has targeted Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, Barcelona's Samuel Eto'o or Arsenal's Emmanuel Adebayor as potential close-season signings.

Palermo striker Amauri is also an option, although the Brazilian appears close to signing for Serie A rivals Juventus.

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Brazilian Kaka may need knee surgery PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 May 2008

REUTERS, RIO DE JANEIRO- Brazil and AC Milan playmaker Kaka may require an operation on his left knee, Globo television reported on Wednesday.

The World player of the Year will be examined on Friday by Brazil team doctor Jose Luis Runco in Rio de Janeiro to decide whether he will have to undergo surgery, Globo said.

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Fears of future energy crunch tilt oil curve PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 May 2008

REUTERS, NEW YORK - Rising concerns about an energy supply crunch in the coming years are helping send up long-term crude prices much faster than the dazzling rally in short-term prices, a trend that could prompt oil companies to start beefing up stockpiles.

Analysts say a rise in resource nationalism during oil's six-year rally has ratcheted up the cost of doing business in many producer nations and has reduced access to key reserves needed to meet growing world consumption, spelling a worsening energy crisis in the next five years.

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Mobile ads years away from breakthrough: execs PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 May 2008

REUTERS, PARIS - Advertising on mobile phones has enormous potential to become a significant platform for marketers, but any breakthrough is years away and major operators must work together to succeed, executives said.

Mobile operators increasingly see advertising as a powerful offering, given falling traditional voice revenue, as it allows brands to target consumers based on their location and at times of the day when they are otherwise hard to reach.

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Airline shares hit as soaring fuel bills dent profits PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 May 2008

REUTERS, SINGAPORE - The world's top airlines warned on Thursday that soaring fuel prices were hitting profits, prompting some to increase fares, and global leader American Airlines announced thousands of job cuts to counter higher costs.

Airline stocks fell sharply in Asia and Europe after stock in American's parent AMR Corp (AMR.N: Quote, Profile, Research) shed a quarter of their value as investors fretted over the cost of jet fuel, which is most airlines' single-biggest expense.

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Air France warns of profits fall on fuel cost PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 May 2008

AFP, PARIS - Air France-KLM, the world's biggest airline, warned on Thursday that operating profit would fall by about a third this year because of fuel costs, and its shares slumped for a three-day loss of about 16 percent.

As the oil price hovers near a record of 135 dollars a barrel after a surge on Wednesday, the airline reported a sharp rise in operating profit for the last full year.

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Bank Asia Ltd. extends its m-banking through SSL Wireless PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 May 2008

On 22nd May 2008, Bank Asia’s Deputy Managing Director Mr. Erfanuddin Ahmed and  Mr. Sayeeful Islam, Managing Director of ‘SSL Wireless’ have signed an agreement to facilitate extended mobile banking services for their customers, such as, balance enquiry, utility payment, mini statements, branch/ATM location information, etc. from all telecom operators using ‘6969’ short-code. 

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Abahani retain title PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 May 2008

Premier cricket league

Abahani Limited retained the title of the Premier Division Cricket League when they handed a convincing four-wicket defeat to Surjo Torun Club in the last match of the Super League at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan ground Wednesday, reports bdnews24.com.

Dhanmondi-based outfit Abahani raced to 162 for six in reply to Surjo Torun's paltry total of 160 all out in 39.2 overs.
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Ponting leads new faces into Caribbean test PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 May 2008

REUTERS, MIAMI - For all the talk about a Caribbean cricket revival and a weakening of Australia's grip on the game, Ricky Ponting's new-look side have the familiar role of favourites in the test series against West Indies which opens in Kingston, Jamaica, on Thursday.

Wicket-keeper batsman Adam Gilchrist's recent retirement, following the departures of Justin Langer, Damien Martyn, Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath, means that Ponting will lead a very different side to the one which triumphed 3-1 in a four-test series in the Caribbean three years ago.
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Australia's Hayden doubtful for first test PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 May 2008

REUTERS, KINGSTON - Australia opening batsman Matthew Hayden is doubtful for Thursday's opening test against West Indies due to an Achilles injury, captain Ricky Ponting said on Tuesday.

"He has actually woken up a lot better today than he has in the last two days, if he wakes up well tomorrow they will probably do some sort of testing.

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Spain fear for Beijing place after hockey doping case PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 May 2008

REUTERS, MADRID - The Spanish women's hockey team's place at the Beijing Olympics is in jeopardy after it emerged that two of its players tested positive for banned substances at an Olympic qualifying event in Baku last month.

But Spanish hockey authorities have said there is evidence that the positives were part of a deliberate attempt to sabotage the team's chances during the tournament in Azerbaijan.

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ACC official first witness to testify PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 May 2008

Hasina trial

A Dhaka court began taking witness testimonies Wednesday in the barge mounted power plant trial against detained former prime minister Sheikh Hasina, reports bdnews24.com.

Anticorruption Commission deputy director AMM Sabbir Hassan, a plaintiff in the case, was the first to give his testimony to the special court set up on the Sangsad Bhaban premises.
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Stage set for much-trumpeted dialogue PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

The stage is set for a Thursday start to government dialogue with political parties at the Chief Adviser's Office.

The Workers Party of Bangladesh is scheduled to be the first to join the talks with chief adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed at 10:00am, followed by the dialogue with Bikalpadhara Bangladesh at 4:00pm.
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Lift curbs on loans from abroad: BKMEA PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

Knitwear exporters Wednesday asked the government to lift restrictions on taking loans from outside the country as interest rates in local banks were high.

Fazlul Hoque, president of Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association, said that the BKMEA executive committee made the request
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