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UK to send extra troops to Afghanistan: Brown PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

LONDON, Mon Jun 16, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Britain is to send additional troops to Afghanistan, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said on Monday.

"Today Britain will announce additional troops for Afghanistan, bringing our numbers in Afghanistan to the highest level," he told reporters in a joint press conference with US President George W Bush.
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China warns spectators off Xinjiang torch relay PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

URUMQI, China, Mon Jun 16,(bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Authorities in China's troubled far-western region of Xinjiang are telling people who want to watch the Olympic torch as it passes through the area to stay at home and tune into the television instead.

Spectators, who in other parts of China have thronged streets to get a glimpse of the torch, were also banned from climbing trees or collecting on bridges under which the flame will pass, state media said on Monday.

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South Korea workers strike in fresh blow to president PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

SEOUL, Mon Jun 16, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - South Korean construction workers joined striking truckers on Monday in the latest blow to new President Lee Myung-bak, whose repeated policy stumbles have seen his popularity plunge after less than four months in office.

Adding to pressure on Lee was the lack of progress in talks overnight in Washington. South Korean officials were trying to revise an April agreement on importing US beef that triggered a wave of street protests against Lee's government.
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Britain raises threat alert for UAE PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

DUBAI, Mon Jun 16,(bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Britain has warned its nationals traveling to the United Arab Emirates of a "high threat from terrorism", raising its alert for the Gulf Arab trade hub that is home to large community of British expatriates.

The British Embassy in Dubai declined to specify what had prompted the change, saying that threat alerts were continually being reviewed based on a variety of information. The previous level referred to a "general threat from terrorism".
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EU vows treaty not dead after Irish `No' PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

LUXEMBOURG, Mon Jun 16,(bdnews24.com/Reuters) - European Union foreign ministers insisted on Monday that the EU reform treaty was alive despite Ireland's "No" vote but conceded they had no quick fixes for rescuing it.

Their monthly meeting in Luxembourg was a first opportunity for EU officials to start picking up the pieces after Thursday's Irish referendum cast doubt over the survival of a pact meant to bolster the EU's economic and political weight in the world.
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Oil falls as Saudi pushing output to highest since '81 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

SINGAPORE Mon Jun 16, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Oil fell more than a dollar to below $134 on Monday as Saudi Arabia prepared to push production to its highest rate in decades, moving to soothe the market ahead of this weekend's crisis meeting over record prices.

US light, sweet crude for July delivery was down 85 cents at $134.01 a barrel by 2:45 a.m. EDT, after falling as much as $1.40 a barrel, or about 1 percent, earlier in the session.
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Astronomers find batch of `super-Earths' PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

WASHINGTON, Mon Jun 16,(bdnews24.com/Reuters) - European researchers said on Monday they discovered a batch of th ree `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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Mugabe accuses aid agencies of working against him PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

HARARE, Mon Jun 16,(bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has accused foreign aid agencies of using food as a weapon to try to remove him from power and will investigate their operations, state media reported on Monday.

Mugabe, whose government ordered aid agencies to stop work on June 4, has himself been accused by Western countries and human rights groups of using food as a political tool ahead a June 27 presidential election re-run.
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Olmert prefers to defer Jerusalem: spokesman PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

JERUSALEM, Mon Jun 16, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert proposes leaving hard decisions on Jerusalem's future out of any agreement that may be reached this year with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, his office said on Monday.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice ended her sixth trip to the region this year with little sign of progress in nudging both sides toward a peace deal by the end of 2008 -- a goal widely viewed as unrealistic.
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Saudi oil output to rise in July PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Riyadh, June 16 (bdnews234.com/BBC) - Saudi Arabia will increase its oil production by 200,000 barrels a day next month in a move to meet growing world demand, the United Nations says.

The news was announced after UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon met Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi in Jeddah for talks on the high oil price.
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Japan turns away Taiwan boats in sea spat PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Taipei, June 16 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Japan on Monday turned back a Taiwan activist boat which approached a group of disputed islands in protest against a ship collision last week, the latest drama in a fast-escalating political dispute, officials said.

Japanese coastguard ships sprayed water into the air in front of the boat and nine accompanying Taiwan coastguard vessels 80 km (50 miles) from land, warning them to leave the area 2,000 km southwest of Tokyo, authorities from Taiwan and Japan said.
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Internet use doubles in White House race: survey PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Washington, June 16 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - The Internet now plays a central role in US politics, with nearly half of all Americans using the Web and other new media to follow the presidential campaign, says a study released on Sunday.

Some 17 percent of all adults said they daily scoured political websites, read campaign e-mails and text messages, or otherwise used the Internet to keep up with the election, the Pew Internet and American Life Project found.
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South Korea warns of crisis as truckers strike PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Seoul, June 16 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - South Korean construction workers joined striking truckers on Monday in the latest blow to new President Lee Myung-bak, whose repeated policy stumbles have seen his popularity plunge after less than four months in office.

Piling pressure on Lee, there was no progress in talks overnight in Washington where South Korean officials were trying to revise an April agreement to import U.S. beef -- public opposition to which triggered the recent wave of street protests at home against Lee's government.
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Bush contemplates writing his memoir PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

London, June 16 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - US President George W. Bush, scrutinised in books by former colleagues including a blistering critique by his ex-spokesman, is considering writing a memoir of his own.

Bush has been silent on former spokesman Scott McClellan's book, which said the White House shaded the truth and conducted a propaganda campaign to make its case to invade Iraq and topple Saddam Hussein in 2003.
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Japan quake death toll rises to 10 as search goes on PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Tokyo, June 16 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - The death toll in a powerful earthquake that hit northern Japan at the weekend rose to 10 on Monday as troops and rescue workers searched for survivors in the remote, mountainous area worst hit by the tremor.

A fourth body was pulled from the ruins of an inn in the northern prefecture of Miyagi, a local official said. The building was crushed in a massive mudslide triggered by the 7.2 magnitude quake, which struck on Saturday morning.
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Israel to propose Olmert-Assad talks: sources PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Jerusalem, June 16 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Israeli envoys holding indirect peace talks with Syrian officials will propose the leaders of the two countries should meet in France next month, Israeli political sources said on Monday.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad launched the Turkish-mediated peace negotiations last month.
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Iran and Iraq on the agenda for Bush-Brown talks PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

London, June 16 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - US President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will present a united front against Iran's nuclear ambitions on Monday and seek to dispel media suggestions of a rift over troop levels in Iraq.

On the last day of a farewell European tour, Bush will press on with efforts to build European support for new sanctions if Iran remains defiant despite a carrot-and-stick campaign to get the Islamic Republic to suspend uranium enrichment.
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Canada Minister calls for calm with Pakistan, Afghans PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Toronto, June 16 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Canadian Defence Minister Peter MacKay called on Sunday for calm and urged a diplomatic approach to growing tensions between Afghan and Pakistan officials.

"We have to engage at the highest level diplomatically. We have to call for calm and that means speaking with President Karzai as well as officials inside Pakistan," he told CTV.
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Sri Lanka suicide blast kills 12: military PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Colombo, June 16 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - At least 12 people were killed and 22 injured in a suspected Tamil Tiger rebel suicide blast in northern Sri Lanka on Monday, the military said.

Fighting in Sri Lanka's 25-year-old civil war is now concentrated in the north and the government, which drove the Tigers out of their eastern enclave last year, has vowed to finish off the rebels by the end of the year.
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Survival at stake for France and Italy PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

ZURICH, June 16 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Heavyweights Italy and France, used to battling it out with a trophy at stake, will face each other on Tuesday with the prize of merely surviving the group stage at Euro 2008 to fight for.

The final act in Group C will see one of the last two World Cup finalists, or maybe both, on the tournament scrapheap after their showdown on Zurich's Letzigrund pitch.
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Spectre of 2002 haunts France before Italy game PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008

VEVEY, Switzerland, June 16 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - France's wait on the fitness of captain Patrick Vieira, with their Euro 2008 hopes hanging by a thread, brings back memories of their 2002 World Cup nightmare.

Vieira, who sustained a thigh injury in training for a warm-up game, has not played since and faces a struggle to be fit for Tuesday's Group C decider against Italy in Zurich.
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