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US trade deficit rises to $62.2 bln in July PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 September 2008

AFP, WASHINGTON  - The US trade deficit rose by a worse-than-expected six percent in July to 62.2 billion dollars on high oil prices and surging Chinese imports, the Commerce Department said Thursday.

The July gap was wider than the consensus forecast for an increase to 58.0 billion dollars. It was the largest gap since March 2007 and followed two consecutive months of shrinking deficits as a weak dollar boosted exports.
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Iraq ends talks with French oil company PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 September 2008

AP, BAGHDAD -- France's Total said Thursday that Iraq has ended negotiations to develop an oil field in southern Iraq, one of six reported cancellations of no-bid contracts with Western oil companies.

The French oil firm and U.S.-based Chevron were jointly negotiating a technical support agreement for the development of West Qurna oil field near the southern city of Basra.
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Jobless claims fall less than expected PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 September 2008

AP, WASHINGTON  -- Government data show new applications for unemployment benefits fell less than expected last week as the struggling economy continues to take a toll on workers.

The Labor Department reported Thursday that applications for jobless benefits dropped to a seasonally adjusted 445,000, down by 6,000 from the prior week. That is above analysts' expectations of 440,000.
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Pentagon delays $35B Air Force tanker decision PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 September 2008

AP, WASHINGTON  -- The Defense Department has again delayed plans to award a $35 billion contract for Air Force refueling planes, handing a victory to defense contractor Boeing Co. and leaving the politically charged decision for the next president.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates told lawmakers Wednesday that he ended the current round of bidding on the tankers because the Pentagon's plan to pick a winner by the end of the year no longer seemed possible given the complexity of the project and the rancor between Boeing and rival Northrop Grumman Corp. He said a delay would provide a ''cooling off'' period.
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Ground zero ceremony starts in New York PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 September 2008

AFP, NEW YORK - Ceremonies began Thursday at New York's Ground Zero, also due to be visited by White House rivals Barack Obama and John McCain on the seventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

A choir sang a US national anthem before participants, led by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, observed a first minute of silence.
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Stocks Fall Sharply on Concern Over Financials PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 September 2008

AP, NEW YORK -- Stocks retreated Thursday as investors dumped shares of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and other financial names over worries it is becoming harder for them shore up their balance sheets.

Wall Street's latest unease about the financial sector follows Lehman's announcement Wednesday that it plans to sell its investment management unit and spin off its commercial real estate assets.

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Samak poised to return as Thai PM, two days after dismissal PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 September 2008

AFP, BANGKOK  - Samak Sundaravej is poised Thursday to return as Thailand's prime minister just two days after a court removed him from the post, angering protesters who vowed to keep up their campaign against him.

Samak, kicked out on Tuesday by the Constitutional Court over his hosting of TV cooking shows, accepted the nomination of the ruling People Power Party's (PPP) which said he had done nothing wrong.
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SKorea on alert for NKorea shift after Kim's stroke PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 September 2008

AFP, SEOUL - South Korea was on alert Thursday for possible political change in its nuclear-armed neighbour following the disclosure that longtime North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il suffered a stroke.

Defence Minister Lee Sang-Hee, who told parliament Kim had undergone surgery but is recovering, said a military plan is being drawn up for any contingency.
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British team capture first pictures of Africa's 'unicorn' PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 September 2008

AFP, LONDON - The okapi, an African animal so elusive that it was once believed to be a mythical unicorn, has been photographed in the wild for the first time, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) said Thursday.

Camera traps set by the ZSL and the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation (ICCN) captured pictures of the okapi in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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Cyprus rivals begin key phase of peace talks PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 September 2008

AFP, NICOSIA - Rival Cypriot leaders began talks on Thursday on how to share power in a future unified state, their first substantive negotiations in a bid to end the Mediterranean island's 34-year division.

Cypriot President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat discussed power-sharing and governance during what UN envoy Alexander Downer described as "productive and fruitful talks."
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Deadly Ike eyes Texas, could strengthen before strike PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 September 2008

AFP, HOUSTON, Texas  - Thousands of people fled the Texas Gulf coast Thursday as deadly Hurricane Ike bore down, with forecasters warning the sprawling storm could gain added force before it crashes into the coast near Houston, the key US oil hub and major space center.

Houston, just inland from Galveston and on track to feel some of Ike's wrath, is home to 2.2 million people, and its metropolitan area is the country's 6th largest topping 5.6 million.
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World Bank pulls out of pioneering oil deal with Chad PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 September 2008

The Guardian Online

The World Bank has quietly cancelled a "model" oil pipeline agreement with Chad after revenues meant to be spent on schools and hospitals were instead used to consolidate President Idriss Deby's grip on power.

The innovative deal, signed in 2000, was supposed to ensure that the oil wealth in one of the world's poorest and most corrupt countries was not wasted.

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Khaleda sees Tarique at hospital PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 September 2008

BNP chief Khaleda Zia is visiting elder son Tarique Rahman getting treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital, reports bdnews24.com.

She entered his cabin at 1:33pm flanked by daughter-in-law Zubaida Rahman, granddaughter Zaima Rahman and senior party leaders.

Deputy inspector general of prisons Major Shamsul Haider Siddiqui said at 11.30am that the BNP chief was now free to go home.

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Move on to get Big Two to talk PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 September 2008

The government has moved to get bitter political rivals Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia to sit across the table in an effort to pull the country out of political crisis, an adviser has said, reports bdnews24.com

"The government will take initiatives to get the two top leaders to sit together to help the nation overcome the current political crisis and restore sound political atmosphere," commerce adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman Thursday told a briefing on the country's latest political situation at the communications ministry.
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Tarique at airport to catch London flight PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 September 2008

Agency

BNP senior joint secretary general Tarique Rahman arrived at Zia International Airport around 7.30pm to fly for London on Thursday night, his lawyer Ahmed Azam Khan told bdnews24.com.

The elder son and political heir apparent of former prime minister Khaleda Zia left Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University by ambulance shortly before 7pm, hours after meeting his freed mother.
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Charge framing put off again PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 September 2008

Aug 21 grenade case

Staff Correspondent

Charge framing has been deferred for the fourth time against those accused of murder in connection with the Aug 21 2004 grenade attack.

Lawyers of all the accused sought postponement of charge framing on Thursday, asking that trial of a separate case under the explosives act be held simultaneously.
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Public to have say in rules review PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 September 2008

Agency

The council of advisers has decided to consult the public when it comes to changing or formulating rules and regulations, according to an official statement.

The cabinet decision on Wednesday followed recommendations made in the second interim report of the Regulatory Reforms Commission, according to the statement.
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We'll join talks, polls PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 September 2008

Released Khaleda Zia says

Staff Correspondent

BNP chief Khaleda Zia, on the day of her release, has said her party will take part in electoral dialogue and general elections, while elder son Tarique Rahman will be removed from politics until he fully recovers from illness.

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Delwar takes chair in office for first time PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 September 2008

Bdnews24.com

Khandaker Delwar Hossain sat in the chair of secretary general at the BNP headquarters on Thursday for the first time since he was appointed to the post more than a year ago.

Before party chief Khaleda Zia's release Thursday morning, police opened the lock of the office that has been the bone of contention for months for the two factions of the party.
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Ashraful still AL acting general secretary: Zillur PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 September 2008

Staff Correspondent

Awami League joint general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam is still working as the acting general secretary of the party, the party's acting president Zillur Rahman told bdnews24.com Thursday evening.

Earlier in the day Jalil claimed he had officially resumed work as Awami League general secretary, demanding authorities unconditionally release party chief Sheikh Hasina and hold general elections before upazila polls.
 
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Traffic forced to a halt on Khaleda's movements PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 September 2008

Desk Report

Traffic gridlock was seen paralysing the capital following the release of former prime minister Khaleda Zia from special jail on Thursday.

Upon her on bail at around 11:30 am, Khaleda Zia drove straight to her husband Ziaur Rahman's grave site.
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