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UK`s Labour 14 points behind Conservatives: poll PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Reuters, London - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's Labour Party is 14 points behind the opposition Conservatives, its worst showing for more than 20 years, an opinion poll in the Guardian newspaper showed on Tuesday.

The poll, published ahead of a parliamentary by-election on Thursday in north-west England, showed confidence in Labour's ability to govern has dropped sharply and most Labour voters now think Tony Blair was a better prime minister than Brown.

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Taiwan`s new president offers China dialogue PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Reuters, Taipei- Taiwan's new president took office on Tuesday with a historic offer to reopen dialogue with China, which claims the island as its territory, but pledged to maintain Taipei's existing self-rule and separate international profile.

Ma Ying-jeou, 57, the Nationalist Party (KMT) candidate and a former Taipei mayor, took over from Chen Shui-bian of the rival Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), beginning a four-year term after his landslide win in March.

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Iraqi forces launch operation in cleric`s bastion PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Reuters, Baghdad - The Iraqi army launched an operation on Tuesday to take control of Baghdad's Sadr City slum, the power base of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.

Army spokesman Major-General Qassim Moussawi said soldiers had launched "Operation Peace" in the sprawling area of eastern Baghdad early on Tuesday.

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Israeli police to question Olmert PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

REUTERS, JERUSALEM - Israeli police will question Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for a second time on Friday, a police spokesman said, as part of a bribery investigation that could force him from office.

Police, who first questioned Olmert on May 2, have said he is suspected of taking "significant sums of money from a foreigner or a number of foreign individuals over an extended period of time".

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EU plans farm sector shake-up in face of record food prices PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Agency

The European Commission was set to recommend a shake-up Tuesday of Europe's farm sector to crank up production in the face soaring demand, with Britain and France braced for battle over hand-outs to farmers.

With food prices rocketing worldwide on tight supplies, the European Union's executive arm wants to encourage farmers to produce more after years of trying to rein in chronic overproduction.
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Microsoft proposes to buy Yahoo search: source PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Reuters, BOSTON - Microsoft Corp has proposed to buy Yahoo Inc's search business and take a minority stake in the Web pioneer, stopping short of a full-out merger, a person familiar with the discussions said on Monday.

As part of the deal Yahoo would put its Asian assets, including significant minority stakes in Yahoo Japan and China's Alibaba Group, up for sale, while Microsoft would buy a chunk of what remains of the company, the source said.

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RBI: data underestimates inflation PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - India's inflation rate, which is at its highest in three and a half years, is totally unacceptable and the official data underestimates the actual rate of inflation, its central bank chief said on Tuesday.

The 10-year benchmark bond yield briefly rose 3 basis points to a three-week high of 7.97 percent after the comments as traders speculated the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) would not relax its inflation guard any time soon to stimulate slowing growth.

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EU urges India to offer more in bilateral trade talks PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

REUTERS, BRUSSELS - The European Commission called on India on Tuesday to go further with its plans to open up its economy to European exports under a planned bilateral trade deal between the two trade powers.

India has filed a first market access offer with Brussels, an important step in the negotiations for an EU-India trade deal which were launched last year, Peter Power, a spokesman for EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson, told reporters.

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‘RIM to resolve BlackBerry issue in 2 mths’ PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

REUTERS, KUALA LUMPUR - Research in Motion is expected to resolve in two months Indian security concerns about its BlackBerry wireless e-mail device, Minister for Communications and Information Technology Andimuthu Raja said on Tuesday.

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Chelsea & Man Utd head to Moscow PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

BBC Online

Chelsea and Manchester United flew out to Moscow on Monday ahead of Wednesday's first ever all-English Champions League final.

The teams are set to arrive in the Russian capital at about 2200 local time (1900 BST), and will have a first training session on Tuesday afternoon.
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Ronaldinho on his way out at Barca, chairman says PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

AFP, MADRID - Brazil's two-time World player of the Year Ronaldinho is set to leave Barcelona, the club president Joan Laporta has said.

Laporta told the Catalan TV3 station that the midfielder, who struggled with injuries and poor form last season, needed new challenges.

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Real play down link with Ronaldo PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster appears to have accepted it would be futile trying to lure Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United this summer, reports BBC.

Schuster's side have been continually linked to the 23-year-old winger, who fuelled speculation last week by saying he wants to play in Spain one day.

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Vaughan fights personal duel with Vettori PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

REUTERS, LONDON - England captain Michael Vaughan fought a gripping personal duel with his opposite number Daniel Vettori on Sunday while steering his team to a 42-run first innings lead on the fourth day of the first test at Lord's.

Vaughan scored 106, his 18th test century, his sixth at Lord's and his first against the Kiwis, with some delightful shots around the wicket in his team's 319 all out.

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Bin Laden urges Muslims to fight Gaza closure PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Reuters, Dubai - Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has urged Muslims to break the Israeli-led blockade of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip and fight Arab governments that deal with the Jewish state, according to an audio recording.

"The duty to break this blockade falls upon our brothers in (Egypt) as they are the only ones that are on the border,"
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Suicide bomber kills 13 near Pak army centre PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

REUTERS, ISLAMABAD - A suicide bomber killed at least 13 people on Sunday in an attack close to the gates of an army training centre in the northwestern Pakistani town of Mardan, military and provincial officials said.

The bomber was on foot and blew himself up outside the gates and close to a bakery shop in the military cantonment area.

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Pakistan seeks to allay West`s fears of army pull out PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Reuters, Dera Ismail khan, Pakistan - The Pakistan army sought on Sunday to allay Western fears that plans to pull back some troops from tribal lands meant it was relaxing its fight against a Pakistani Taliban commander.

The army launched an offensive in January against Baitullah Mehsud's fighters in their stronghold in South Waziristan, one of Pakistan's seven semi-autonomous tribal regions on the border with Afghanistan.

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Malaysia`s PM in danger as Mahathir quits party PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Reuters, Kuala Lampur - Former premier Mahathir Mohamad quit Malaysia's main ruling party on Monday and urged others to follow suit in a move that could weaken its hold on power and unsettle financial markets.

The still influential Mahathir, who was prime minister and leader of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) for 22 years until 2003, said he would only return to UMNO after Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi quit as leader.

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Obama eyes general election while Clinton hangs on PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Reuters, Portland, Oregon - Democrat Barack Obama turned his attention to a general election campaign against Republican John McCain on Sunday, slamming him for having lobbyists as top advisers.

Obama has still not formally won the Democratic presidential nomination. His rival, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, kept working to overtake him, urging supporters in Kentucky, which holds its primary contest on Tuesday, to show up at the polls.

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NATO beefs up forces along Afghan-Pakistan border PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

REUTERS, KABUL - NATO has reinforced troops along the Afghan border anticipating peace deals between Pakistan and the Taliban will allow the insurgents to launch more attacks into Afghanistan, NATO's commander in Afghanistan said.

Pakistan has begun thinning out troops in parts of its border region and freed Taliban prisoners to try to seal a peace with al Qaeda-linked militants active on both sides of the frontier.

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India to protest to Pakistan over border shooting PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

REUTERS, SRINAGAR - An Indian soldier was killed in cross-border fire in Kashmir on Monday, prompting India to lodge a protest with Islamabad, an army spokesman said.

The soldier died in shooting from the Pakistani side of a military control line that divides Kashmir between the two countries, the spokesman said.

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Zimbabwe military plotted to kill Tsvangirai’ PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Reuters, Nairobi - Zimbabwe's opposition accused the government's military intelligence division on Monday of plotting to assassinate party leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who is due to contest an election run-off with President Robert Mugabe.

Movement for Democratic Change leader Tsvangirai postponed his return to Zimbabwe on Saturday after his party said it had discovered a plot to assassinate him. Tsvangirai had spent more than one month abroad.

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