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Barca´s Messi stays in Scotland ahead of FIFA decision PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 July 2008

AFP, MADRID - Lionel Messi, who has been called on to represent his native Argentina at the Olympics, remained at a Barcelona pre-season training camp in Scotland on Tuesday with the approval of Argentina's Football Federation, a Barcelona spokesman said.

The 21-year-old winger will stay in Saint Andrews while he waits for world football governing body FIFA to decide whether or not Barcelona are obligated to let him take part in the Games in China next month, the spokesman told AFP.
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Wigan complete Zaki loan switch PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 July 2008

Wigan Athletic have completed the signing of Egypt international Amr Zaki on a one-year loan deal, reports BBC.

The 25-year-old Zamalek star - currently Fifa's highest-ranked striker - clinched the move after a Wigan delegation flew to Egypt on Monday.
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Mendis, Murali pose dynamic spin threat to India PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 July 2008

REUTERS, COLOMBO, Sri Lanka- Ajantha Mendis loomed large as the biggest obstacle to India's chances of claiming a first series win in Sri Lanka for 15 years.

The 23-year-old unorthodox spinner will be making his test debut at the Sinhalese Cricket Club, where the hosts have won seven of the last ten tests, when the opening match of a three-test series starts on Wednesday.
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Adviser sees benefit from multilateral trading system PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 July 2008

Commerce adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman said Monday the multilateral trading system would create a fair-play ground for all trading partners and bring benefit to the global trading system, reports bdnews24.com.

In his statement at the WTO Mini-Ministerial Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, Rahman said the LDCs want better market access for products and service providers.
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Indian leaders win confidence vote PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 July 2008

India's coalition government has survived a confidence vote, brought about by opposition to a controversial nuclear energy deal with the United States, reports AFP.

The vote went ahead on Tuesday, despite a disruption to parliamentary proceedings by opposition politicians who said they had been offered bribes to abstain.
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UN says 14 million in Horn of Africa need emergency food aid PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 July 2008

AP, MOGADISHU, Somalia _ Dahir Abdi Salah used to feed his children three meals a day — pancakes for breakfast, spaghetti for lunch and beans for dinner.

Now, due to a global food crisis that is hitting this impoverished country especially hard, the family eats one meal a day. Other times they drink tea or water to ward off the inevitable hunger pangs.
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Rahul heckled while attempting to woo MPs PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 July 2008

Indian nuclear debate

Roving Correspondent

Rahul Gandhi, the heir apparent of India's ruling political dynasty, was barracked and heckled as he attempted to woo wavering MPs in a knife-edge vote of confidence in the Indian government.

Opposition MPs who support Kumari Mayawati, the "untouchable" leader, refused to let Gandhi, a member of the Congress party-led coalition government, continue to speak, alleging they had been threatened by security services with fraudulent criminal charges.
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'War criminal' Karadzic arrested PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 July 2008

AFP

Radovan Karadzic, the former Bosnian Serb leader and one of the world's most wanted men, has been captured by Serbian security services.

The office of Boris Tadic, the Serbian president, said on Monday that Karadzic had been "located and arrested".
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Maoists' Decision Not to Form Gov't Plunges Nepal into Political Chaos PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 July 2008

Nepal's Maoists say they will not form a new government after the defeat of their presidential candidate, plunging the Himalayan nation into further political chaos, reports AP.

The former communist rebels' choice for president lost Monday's election in the constituent assembly. Instead, Nepali Congress party leader Ram Baran Yadav was elected to the ceremonial role, after the country's two other main political parties joined forces.

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ASEAN Fails to Resolve Cambodia-Thailand Border Dispute PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 July 2008

The 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations failed to resolve a simmering border dispute between Cambodia and Thailand during an emergency meeting Tuesday, reports AP.

Diplomats said both countries presented their side of the issue during a lunch meeting, but no progress was made.

Cambodia has requested an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council to mediate the military standoff with Thailand over disputed territory around a historic temple.
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Bulldozer attack hits Jerusalem PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 July 2008

Agencies

A driver of a construction vehicle has wounded two people after going on a rampage in west Jerusalem, before he was shot dead.

The driver rammed into cars and a city bus in the Jewish area of the city on Tuesday, police said.
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4 US soldiers charged by military last year PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 July 2008

Deaths of detainees in Iraq

AP, BERLIN _ Four soldiers have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the deaths of detainees in Iraq in 2007, a U.S. military spokesman said Tuesday.

Staff Sgt. Jess Cunningham, Sgt. Charles Quigley, Spc. Stephen Ribordy and Spc. Belmor Ramos of the 172nd Infantry Brigade were charged under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, said Lt. Col. Eric Bloom, spokesman for the Army Joint Multinational Training Command in Grafenwoehr, Germany. The men's hometowns were not given.
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Zimbabwe's Political Rivals Set to Begin Power-Sharing Talks PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 July 2008

VOA

Diplomatic sources say talks will begin Tuesday in South Africa between Zimbabwe's ruling party and its main opposition in an effort to end the country's violent political crisis.

The talks are part of an agreement signed Monday in the Zimbabwean capital of Harare Monday by President Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai, head of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change. It was the first face-to face meeting between the political rivals in a decade.
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China: No Link Between Bus Bombings, Olympics PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 July 2008

Chinese officials say the investigation into Monday's twin bus bombings in southern China has shown no link with terrorists targeting the Olympics, reports VOA.

The Chinese government says terrorists inside China have plotted to attack the Beijing Olympics, but has produced little evidence to support the claim. Daniel Schearf reports from Beijing.
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Al-Qaeda leader in TV interview PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 July 2008

BBC Online

The man believed to be al-Qaeda's commander of operations in Afghanistan, Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, has given a rare television interview.

He confirmed to the Pakistani TV station Geo that al-Qaeda carried out the June bombing of the Danish embassy in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad.
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Tigers call Colombo summit truce PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 July 2008

Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have called a 10-day truce for the duration of a regional summit in the capital, but have ruled out peace talks, reports BBC.

They said they would offer a ceasefire from 26 July to 4 August, when Colombo hosts a South Asian summit, as a gesture of goodwill to other states.
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Vodafone shares plunge 15% PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 July 2008

Guardian

Shares in Vodafone plunged more than 15% today and dragged down the FTSE 100 index, after it warned that annual revenues would hit the bottom of its forecast range because of the economic downturn.

Shares in the world's biggest mobile phone company crashed 22.6p to 126.6p this morning, wiping more than £12bn from its £81bn market value.
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Banking disaster fund would compensate customers PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 July 2008

Guardian

Bank of England governor Mervyn King said today that banks should put billions of pounds into a fund over the next decade that would compensate customers when a lender collapses.

Banks should pay "many billions" of pounds into a depositor protection fund planned under new legislation, King told MPs on the Treasury select committee, with lenders contributing according to their risk level. He stressed that the scheme should be at least partly pre-funded and not rely on banks putting up the money after a financial disaster has happened.
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Oil hits six-week low, storm concern fades PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 July 2008

REUTERS, LONDON- Oil fell more than $4 a barrel to a six-week low on Tuesday as a tropical storm moving over the Gulf of Mexico was expected to miss major oil and gas installations.

Tropical Storm Dolly, the first big storm threat of 2008, was still expected to become a hurricane, but was unlikely to have an impact on crude production in North America.
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Cambodia on brink of war with Thailand PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 July 2008

Cambodia has appealed for the United Nations Security Council to diffuse an "imminent state of war" on its border with Thailand

The Telegraph

Since last week the two countries have ranged hundreds of troops and artillery against one another.

At the centre of the dispute is the 900-year-old ruined temple of Preah Vihear, spectacularly perched on a frontier hilltop, and 1.8 sq miles of disputed jungle at its base.
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Alliance with Russia will protect country from the U.S.: Chavez PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 July 2008

AP, BARVIKHA, Russia — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, visiting Moscow to pursue weapons and energy deals, on Tuesday called for a strategic alliance with Russia to protect his country from the United States.

Mr. Chavez has repeatedly accused Washington of plotting an invasion to destabilize his government, despite U.S. denials.
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