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US efforts to close Guantanamo at standstill: Gates PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 May 2008

Reuters, Washington - US efforts to close the military-run prison at Guantanamo Bay have reached a standstill due to legal and practical problems, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Tuesday.

"The brutally frank answer is that we're stuck and we're stuck in several ways," Gates told a US Senate hearing when asked about his desire to shut down the detention site for terrorism suspects at the American naval base in Cuba.

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Iraqi army seizes Sadr's Baghdad bastion PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 May 2008

REUTERS, BAGHDAD - Some 10,000 Iraqi police and soldiers, backed by tanks, pushed deep into Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's Baghdad bastion on Tuesday, stamping the government's authority on an area until now outside its control.

The army said they met no resistance as they moved into Sadr City in the early hours, securing three quarters of the sprawling slum where hundreds have been killed in weeks of fighting between U.S. and Iraqi forces and Shi'ite militants loyal to Sadr.
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Rival Lebanese reach deal to end crisis PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 May 2008

Reuters, Doha - Rival Lebanese leaders reached a deal on Wednesday to end 18 months of political conflict that had pushed their country to the brink of a new civil war.

Delegates from the U.S.-backed ruling coalition and the Hezbollah-led opposition told Reuters disputes over a parliamentary election law and a new cabinet had been settled on the sixth day of Arab-mediated talks in Qatar.

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China quake focus shifting from rescue to relief PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 May 2008

Reuters, Chengdu, China - Heavy rain over southwest China on Wednesday is likely to interrupt relief efforts and raise the risk of reservoir breaches in earthquake-stricken areas, where tents have become the most-wanted item.

Thousands of aftershocks and a forecast of more rain compounded the difficulties for military, government and private workers trying to deliver aid and ensure millions get shelter as the focus of relief work turned inevitably from rescue to relief.

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Microsoft not bidding to buy Yahoo: CEO Ballmer PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 May 2008

Reuters, Herzliya, Israel - Microsoft Corp is not looking to bid to buy all of Yahoo Inc but is in talks about other types of deals with the US No. 2 search engine, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said on Wednesday.

"We are not bidding to buy Yahoo," Ballmer said at the launch of Microsoft's new research and development centre in Israel.

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India welcomes tighter WTO farm text, concerns remain PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 May 2008

Reuters, New Delhi - India on Tuesday welcomed a more streamlined text on farming in global trade talks, although it said concerns remained, while proposals on industrial goods needed more refinement before ministers could meet.

Mediators on farming and industrial goods in the global trade talks released revised negotiating texts on Monday which will prepare the way for a meeting of ministers to clinch an outline deal in the long-running Doha trade round.

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US House passes bill to sue OPEC over oil prices PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 May 2008

Reuters, Wasington - The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved legislation on Tuesday allowing the Justice Department to sue OPEC members for limiting oil supplies and working together to set crude prices, but the White House threatened to veto the measure.

The bill would subject OPEC oil producers, including Saudi Arabia, Iran and Venezuela, to the same antitrust laws that U.S. companies must follow.

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Oil companies plan on higher crude prices PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 May 2008

REUTERS, LONDON - Oil firms are using higher price assumptions for planning their businesses, making a greater range of projects viable and a sign that the floor for prices in the long run is moving up.

Companies such as BP Plc (BP.L: Quote, Profile, Research) and Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L: Quote, Profile, Research) have been nudging up the prices they use for planning, although they remain lower than the current price, which hit a record near $130 a barrel on Tuesday.

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Drogba - I could stay put PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Chelsea ace undecided over future

Sky Sports

Didier Drogba has insisted he is yet to decide what he will do this summer, but he could remain at Chelsea.

The Ivorian has been strongly linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge

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Ronaldo's not for sale, vows Man Utd chief PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

AFP, MANCHESTER - Cristiano Ronaldo will not be allowed to leave Manchester United at any price according to the club's chief executive David Gill.

Ronaldo has been repeatedly linked with a 100 million pounds (120 million euros) move to Real Madrid over the last year and the Portugal winger recently refused to rule out the possibility of a switch to Spain in the future.

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Six plus five good idea but illegal: UEFA chief PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

AFP, MOSCOW - UEFA president Michel Platini said Tuesday he believed FIFA counterpart Sepp Blatter's plan to get football clubs to play with six home-grown players and a maximum five foreigners was "a good idea - but illegal."

"It's a good thing (but) completely illegal," said the head of European football's European governing body following a UEFA executive committee meeting in Moscow.

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Australia mulling over formation of new Twenty20 league PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

REUTERS, MELBOURNE - Cricket Australia (CA) is looking into the idea of establishing its own Twenty20 tournament in response to the success of cash-rich competitions in India.

CA chief executive James Sutherland said the use of overseas players and the possibility of private investment in teams were all part of discussions with the competition tentatively set to begin in time for the 2009-2010 season.

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Joey Barton is jailed for assault PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Premier League footballer Joey Barton has been jailed for assault and affray, reports BBC.

Barton, 25, was arrested in Liverpool on 27 December 2007 after he was involved in a confrontation outside a McDonald's restaurant in the city.

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Australia play down Warne return PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

REUTERS, MELBOURNE - Cricket Australia (CA) has played down reports that retired leg-spinner Shane Warne could return to international cricket for next year's Ashes tour of England.

The former leading test wicket-taker, who quit the international arena after Australia's 5-0 victory over England in early 2007, was quoted in local media as saying he would consider returning for the next Ashes series.

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Windies in familiar territory before Australia series PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

REUTERS, MIAMI - West Indies were on a high just a month ago after test and one-day wins over Sri Lanka but with the opening test against Australia starting on Thursday a familiar air of uncertainty has returned to Caribbean cricket.

Captain and opening batsman Chris Gayle suffered a groin injury against Sri Lanka which stopped him playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and has now ruled him out of the first test against the world champions.

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Dialect guide to assist Euro 2008 fans on food, flirting PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

REUTERS, VIENNA - A free guide to be distributed around Vienna to soccer fans visiting for Euro 2008 will advise them how to order Austrian cuisine, flirt with local women, and find their way to the stadium in the thick local dialect.

Essential phrases such as "Ham Se an Kaiserschmoan mit Zwetschknroesta?", "Do you have a sliced sugared pancake with plum compote?" or "Fia mi bitte no a Soizguakn", "another gherkin for me please", are listed with English and German translations.

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MK Anwar lands in jail PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

A Dhaka court sent former minister MK Anwar to jail Tuesday after he surrendered as an accused in the GATCO graft case.

Anwar was ordered to jail minutes after he entered the court to give himself up.

Anwar's lawyer Masud Ahmed Talukder had
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Graft-free govt not enough for social progress, :Aga Khan PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

A corruption-free government is not enough for a society's development, the Prince Aga Khan said Tuesday, at a ceremony to lay the foundation stone of a new Aga Khan Academy in the capital, reports bdnews24.com

Corruption in the health, education and financial systems and in the judicial process also hampered social progress, the visiting head of the Ismaili Muslim community said.

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11 die in Bogra road accident PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

At least 11 people died and 40 others were injured after a bus and truck had a head-on collision in Sherpur on the Dhaka-Bogra highway early Tuesday, a police official said.

The accident occurred around 2 am while a truck carrying rice, bound for Chittagong from Dinajpur, collided with a passenger bus, bound for Gaibandha from Dhaka, Sherpur police chief Shafikul Islam told bdnews24.com.
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Govt will go 'all out' for success of dialogue: advisers PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

The government will pull out all the stops to make dialogue with political parties a success, and is urging all parties to approach the meetings with a view to solving issues, advisers said Tuesday.

"The government will try to convince any unwilling political party to join the dialogue," communications adviser Ghulam Quader told reporters after a meeting at his ministry.
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SC cautions police on arrests while bail pleas pending PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

The Supreme Court warned police authorities on Tuesday to be cautious about arrests while bail appeals remains with the apex court.

The Appellate Division gave the caution in an appeal hearing against a recent High Court order that quashed a bail petition filed by Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami, an accused in the GATCO graft case.
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