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Bush, Brown in united front on Iran, Afghanistan PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

AFP, LONDON - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Monday announced new troops for Afghanistan and tougher sanctions on Iran, delighting visiting US President George W. Bush.

Bush reiterated that "all options" remain on the table against Iran, although stressing he would prefer a diplomatic solution to the West's standoff
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France says it will cut 54,000 defense jobs PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

AP, PARIS — France says it plans to cut 54,000 defense jobs and boost intelligence efforts.

The much-awaited new French defense doctrine foresees leaner but more high-tech fighting forces that can quickly deploy to battlefields from Afghanistan to Africa.
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Thousands evacuated as rains lash China quake region PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

AFP, BEIJING - Tens of thousands of victims of China's earthquake were evacuated Monday as torrential rain lashed the region, triggering flood warnings on major rivers including the Yangtze and the Pearl.

Heavy downpours have battered large parts of eastern and southern China, leaving at least 65 dead or missing, and adding to the misery in the quake-ravaged southwestern province of Sichuan.

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Man 'gasses himself and his two children to death' in Father's Day tragedy PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

A man is believed to have killed his two young children and then himself at a remote beauty spot in a Father's Day tragedy, reports Mail Online.

The three, who have not yet been named, were all found dead yesterday in a car parked in a deserted country lane. Both children were under the age of 10.
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UK raises terror alert level in UAE PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

AP, ABU DHABI — The British government has raised its terror warning to the highest level for its citizens living in the United Arab Emirates, an embassy spokesman said Monday.

A statement posted on the Web site of the British Embassy in Abu Dhabi said the country has "a high threat of terrorism."
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Astronomers find batch of 'super-Earths' PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

REUTERS, WASHINGTON - 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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South Korean lab clones cancer-sniffing dogs PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

SEOUL (Reuters Life!) - A South Korean biotech company on Monday unveiled four Labrador retriever puppies it said were cloned from a Japanese dog skilled at sniffing out patients with cancer.

RNL Bio, affiliated with the South Korean lab that produced the world's first cloned canine, said the puppies were born
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Fighting crows halt trains in Bihar PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

REUTERS, PATNA, India - Train services were disrupted in parts of Bihar for three hours after flocks of agitated crows snapped overhead powerlines when railway workers tried to clear their nests, officials said on Monday.

They said crows and ravens often flapped their wings so hard while fighting that they tripped railway powerlines in Bihar. To solve the problem, rail staff tried to clear nests built on overhead wires on Sunday.
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Korea's new generation of 'Web 2.0' protesters PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

In June 1987, Seoul's City Hall Plaza reverberated with a chant that signaled the end of military rule in South Korea: "Dokjetado!" or "Down with the dictatorship!" In June this year, the plaza has once again become a rallying point for crowds calling for the removal of an unpopular government: "Out with Lee Myung Bak!", Herald Tribune reports.

But the similarity ends there. And in those differences lies the challenge for Lee and anyone else engaged in politics in this very highly wired country, where the Internet has merged with South Koreans' penchant for street demonstrations.
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California gays to swap vows as marriages begin PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Gay and lesbian couples will begin exchanging vows across California on Monday, one month after the state's highest court overturned a ban on same-sex marriage in a historic ruling.

The first marriage licenses are to be issued in a handful of districts from 5:00 pm (0000 GMT) on Monday, before an expected state-wide stampede by thousands of couples gets underway the following day.

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Police stationed outside Josef Fritzl's 'House of Horrors' to deter souvenir hunters PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

The Telegraph

Police have been stationed outside Josef Fritzl's "House of Horrors" in a bid to deter tourists from taking souvenir photographs of the dungeons where his daughter was imprisoned for 24 years.

A group of young people were spotted "laughing and joking" when Fritzl's wife paid her first visit to the house since police discovered the network of underground rooms where Elisabeth and was kept.

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EU ministers see no quick-fix after Irish reject treaty PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

AFP, LUXEMBOURG - EU foreign ministers, sifting through the wreckage of the bloc's Lisbon Treaty, admitted on Monday there are no quick fixes after its rejection by Irish voters plunged the bloc into crisis.

Slovenian Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency, warned against any hasty bid to save the treaty of reforms designed to streamline the EU's creaking institutions.
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Honda starts producing next-gen fuel cell car PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

AFP, TAKANEZAWA - Honda Motor on Monday began producing a next-generation fuel cell vehicle that it hopes will propel zero-emission cars running on hydrogen closer to the mainstream.

Japanese car makers are in a race to produce fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly vehicles amid soaring prices
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Families face shocking rise in holiday costs as charges soar by hundreds of pounds PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Thousands of families are being hit by shock demands to pay more for their holidays, Mail Online reports.

A growing number of tour operators are imposing surcharges of as much as 10 per cent, blaming soaring fuel costs and the sliding value of the pound.
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Indian shares rise 1.4 pct, Reliance Comm drops PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

REUTERS, MUMBAI - Indian shares climbed 1.4 percent on Monday to their highest in more than a week as investors picked up beaten down stocks such as financials, but the outlook was wary as oil nudged closer to $135 a barrel.

No. 2 mobile operator Reliance Communications was among the big losers in the top-30 BSE index, amid fears a family feud could delay a multi-billion dollar tie-up with South Africa's MTN.
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Bush seeks trade concessions from Brazil, India, China PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

REUTERS, LONDON  - Brazil, India and China need to make more concessions in their manufacturing and services sectors for a successful conclusion to the Doha round of global trade talks, U.S. President George W. Bush said on Monday.

"Where I am concerned about Doha is that, while we are making some progress on the agricultural side, nations such as Brazil, India and China are not making corresponding openings on manufacturing and services sector," Bush told reporters after meeting British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in London.
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Jet Airways to put global expansion on hold – exec PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

REUTERS, SHANGHAI - Jet Airways, India's top private airline, plans to put its international expansion on hold until the end of next year because of soaring oil prices, its chief commercial officer said on Monday.

"After this flight, we will probably only launch Dubai when we get the rights," Sudheer Raghavan told Reuters at a ceremony marking the launch of a new daily flight between Mumbai and San Francisco via Shanghai.
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Man Utd open up against Newcastle PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Premier League champions Manchester United will begin their title defence against Newcastle at Old Trafford on the opening weekend of the new season, reports BBC.

Also on 16 August, new Chelsea manager Luis Felipe Scolari will start his tenure at Stamford Bridge with a home game against FA Cup winners Portsmouth.
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Turkey heroics add more sizzle to Euro 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

REUTERS, TENERO, Switzerland - Turkey pulled off an extraordinary rescue to book a place in the Euro 2008 quarter-finals with a 3-2 win over the Czech Republic on Sunday after trailing by two goals with 15 minutes to go.

UEFA president Michel Platini had used an interview earlier on Sunday to extol a "sizzling" tournament that had upset established hierarchies in thrilling style but even he could not have foreseen the amazing climax in Geneva.
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Inter make Lamps top target PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Moratti confirms interest in midfielder

Massimo Moratti has admitted that signing Frank Lampard is Internazionale's 'number one objective', reports Sky Sports.

Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho took charge at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza at the start of the month and immediately hinted that he would be raiding Stamford Bridge.

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Dutch to play on ´home turf´ as Basel replaces pitch PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

AFP, BASEL, Switzerland - They say the grass is always greener on the other side, well the St Jakob Park stadium in Basel has taken that one step further.

After heavy rainfall rendered their pitch akin to a soggy potato patch they've decided to take drastic action by replacing every blade of grass with new turf from Holland in time for Wednesday's quarter-final.
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