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Politicians differ over RPO amendment PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 July 2008

Political leaders have voiced a mixed reaction to the move to amend the Representation of the People Order 1972 instead of scrapping it, reports bdnews24.com

Leaders of Awami League and Worker's Party supported the move, while a BNP leader voiced continued concern Friday.
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One TB death occurs every 10 minutes: NATAB PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 July 2008

Bdnews24.com

Around 70,000 people die of tuberculosis each year, or one person every ten minutes, the National Anti-Tuberculosis Association of Bangladesh (NATAB) said Friday.

Around 300,000 contract TB in the country annually, or one person every two minutes, NATAB said in a press briefing at Dhaka Reporters Unity, organised ahead of the association's national conference Saturday.
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Baishakhi news back on air after strike PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 July 2008

Transmission of news programmes by private TV channel Baishakhi resumed from Friday morning as striking workers returned to the station on assurances of payment of due salaries, a channel staffer said, reports bdnews24.com.

The employees of the channel observed a work stoppage on Thursday, demanding payment of five months' overdue salary. As a result live news broadcasts were interrupted from 11.45pm.
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Bush, Singh agree to press on with nuke deal PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 July 2008

REUTERS, WASHINGTON- U.S. President George W. Bush and India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday agreed to press ahead with efforts to cement a civilian nuclear deal, the White House said.

The pact, which would make India a de facto nuclear power despite not signing the Non-Proliferation Treaty and conducting nuclear tests in 1974 and 1998, ran into trouble after Singh's government faced a revolt by its former communist allies, culminating in Tuesday's parliamentary vote of confidence.
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WTO talks live another day PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 July 2008

Little progress so far

Desk Report

Marathon trade talks limped into another day on Friday but with little progress so far on the tortuous negotiations ministers said it would soon be time to decide whether a deal was at all possible.

The make-or-break talks, called this week to crack the deadlock in the World Trade Organisation's (WTO) long-running Doha round, have failed to move far in the intractable issues ranging from farm subsidies to car import duties.
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Dollar down, gold up in Europe PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 July 2008

AP, LONDON  -- The U.S. dollar was lower Friday against most other major currencies in European trading. Gold prices rose.

The 15-nation euro rose to $1.5721, up from $1.5681 late Thursday in New York.
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Robinho remains Blues target PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 July 2008

Brazilian may yet complete protracted move to Chelsea

Sky Sports

Chelsea have confirmed that their pursuit of Robinho remains a work in progress.

The Brazilian has been quoted as expressing an interest in joining the Blues.
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Muntari set for 12.7m Inter move PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 July 2008

Portsmouth midfielder Sulley Muntari is expected to complete a £12.7m move to Inter Milan on Thursday, reports BBC.

The 23-year-old Ghana international has agreed a four-year contract with the Italian champions.

The signing suggests that Inter boss Jose Mourinho has given up hope of signing Frank Lampard this summer.
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Scholes plans to leave Man Utd in two years PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 July 2008

Sky Sports

LONDON (AFP) - Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has revealed he plans to spend just two more seasons at Old Trafford.

Scholes, 33, helped United win the Premier League and Champions League last season but Sir Alex Ferguson is gradually grooming younger players like Brazil's Anderson to replace him.
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Liverpool snap up French teenager PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 July 2008

BBC

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has completed the signing of French striker David Ngog from Paris St Germain.

The highly-rated 19-year-old has penned a four-year contract at Anfield for an undisclosed fee and he is Liverpool's fourth signing of the summer.
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High street sales plunge 3.9% PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 July 2008

Agency

Sales on the high street suffered their worst ever fall last month, adding to evidence that the UK is heading into recession and prompting renewed calls for an urgent cut in interest rates.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics today showed retail sales in June slumped by 3.9%, their sharpest monthly fall since records began in 1986.
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Energy company warns consumers to expect more price hikes before winter PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 July 2008

Guardian

Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), Britain's second-largest domestic energy supplier, today warned its 9 million customers to expect another round of prices rises before the winter.

The group said the full impact of soaring oil, electricity and gas prices "has still to be felt" and that its profits for the half-year to end September would be "substantially lower".
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Japanese shares rise on US gains, oil PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 July 2008

AP, TOKYO -- Japanese shares rose for the third straight session Thursday, lifted by further gains on Wall Street and a continuing slide in oil prices.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 index increased 290.38 points, or 2.18 percent, to close at 13,603.31.
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Obama meets Merkel ahead of key speech PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 July 2008

US Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama kicked off the European leg of his overseas trip in Berlin today, reports AP.

He met the German Chancellor Angela Merkel just hours before he was to give a major speech on US-European relations.

Obama arrived in the German capital following visits to Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel and Jordan.
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"Big divergences" push WTO talks towards crisis PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 July 2008

REUTERS, GENEVA- Talks to salvage a global trade deal faced a crunch point on Thursday after three days of scant progress, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy said he would not sign a deal in its current form.

Rich and poor countries remained at loggerheads as to who must make the next move and officials said it would become clear on Thursday whether it was worth pursuing the talks.
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Nepal's first president sworn in, no sign of govt PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 July 2008

REUTERS, KATHMANDU - The first president of Nepal was sworn in on Wednesday amid bitter political turmoil, the nascent republic still without a government months after historic elections ended a centuries-old monarchy.

Dressed in skin-tight white trousers and a matching cap, 61-year-old Ram Baran Yadav, an ethnic Madheshi from Nepal's southern lowlands, took the oath of office on the lush green lawns in front of the presidential palace.
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Two cleared of sex abuse in India PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 July 2008

The Guardian

Two British men jailed for sexually abusing boys in a children's shelter in India have been cleared by an appeal court, and are expected to return home soon.

Duncan Grant, 63, a charity worker, and Allan Waters, 60, a former naval officer, were accused of sodomy and sexually abusing boys in 2001 at the Anchorage home for street children, a charity that Grant set up in Mumbai.
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Bush: 'Wall Street got drunk and now it's got a hangover' PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 July 2008

Secretly recorded, President Bush points the finger of blame for the credit crunch

The Independent

Drying out is a subject on which President George Bush has personal insights. And when he used the metaphor of a drunk sobering up after a bender to describe America's economic travails, people sat up and listened.

"Wall Street got drunk," Mr Bush told a private gathering in Texas as he sought to explain why the world's biggest and most complex economy was teetering on the brink of recession.
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G7 outlook takes another punch from credit crunch PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 July 2008

REUTERS, LONDON- The economic outlook for the world's richest nations has taken another punch from a year-long credit crisis which has pummeled financial markets in recent weeks while inflation accelerates, a Reuters poll showed.

While US growth fared better in the first half of the year than many people had forecast a few months ago, economists are taking a hatchet to next year's numbers and now predict interest rates will hold steady instead of rising imminently from 2.0 percent.
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Iran official hopeful new nuclear talks can begin PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 July 2008

REUTERS, VIENNA- The head of Iran's atomic energy organization said on Thursday he was hopeful negotiations could start based on proposals made by Iran and the six powers at recent talks in Geneva.

"Both sides have received the messages of the other side and are carefully studying the concerns and expectations of both sides," Gholamreza Aghazadeh, who is also Iran's vice president, said.
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Sudan invites foreign experts to check judiciary PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 July 2008

REUTERS, KHARTOUM, - Sudan has invited international experts to inspect its legal system to see whether it is capable of holding trials for war crimes committed in Darfur, the justice minister said on Thursday.

Sudan has launched a diplomatic campaign to counter the International Criminal Court's bid to get an arrest warrant for President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur.
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