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Cindy and Sarah take centre stage as battle for women's votes becomes key PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

The Guardian Online

THE TWO women seemed like captured war trophies. Debra Bartoshevich and Cynthia Ruccia were both former supporters of Hillary Clinton's campaign. Now they were backing John McCain.

Both women were vociferous in their support of McCain and slammed Barack Obama for - in their opinion - abusing America's female vote. 'The [Democratic] party is allowing 51 per cent of the country to be bashed,' said Ruccia, a Clinton supporter and Democratic official from Ohio.

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New Orleans mayor orders evacuation of storm-braced city PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

Government fears repeat of devastation caused by Katrina

Agencies

Residents have been ordered to flee New Orleans as the city braces for its worst hurricane since Katrina struck with devastating force three years ago.

Hurricane Gustav, which has been upgraded to category four, has already killed more than 80 people in the Caribbean and fears of a repeat of the devastation caused by Katrina, when the US government was shamed by images of people stranded without relief, prompted the mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin, to issue a stark warning last night.

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Christians hide in forests as Hindu mobs ransack villages PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

The Guardian Online

Thousands of terrified Indian Christians are hiding in the forests of the volatile Indian state of Orissa after a wave of religious 'cleansing' forced them from their burnt-out homes with no immediate prospect of return.

A mob of Hindu fundamentalists rampaged through villages last week, killing those too slow to get out of their way, burning churches and an orphanage, and targeting the homes of Christians.

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Malaysia marks birthday amid brewing political storm PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

REUTERS, KUALA - Malaysia marked its 51st birthday on Sunday with a mammoth parade that did little to mask the uncertainties a reborn opposition poses to the government's uninterrupted hold on power since independence from Britain in 1957.

Thousands of people marched in the historic Merdeka (Freedom) Square, watched by Malaysia's king and government leaders. Fighter planes and helicopters roamed the sky above.
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Thai PM's allies hit street as debate begins PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

REUTERS, BANGKOK- More than 1,000 government supporters marched on Thailand's parliament on Sunday as lawmakers began a special debate on street protests threatening to topple Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej.

The group avoided areas of Bangkok where anti-government protesters are massed, including thousands who have occupied Samak's official compound since Tuesday and are vowing to stay until the prime minister quits.
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Israel and Palestinians seek quick `understandings' PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

REUTERS, JERUSALEM- Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will try to draw up a document of understandings with the Palestinians to present to Washington before his party names his successor next month, Israeli officials said on Sunday.

Olmert meets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who has been cool to the idea of any partial agreement, later on Sunday, two days after the Israeli leader was questioned again by police in a corruption scandal forcing him from office.
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6 dead after PKK attack on Turkish military base PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

REUTERS, TUNCELI- Four Turkish security personnel and two Kurdish separatists were killed early on Sunday after rebels launched a rocket attack on a military station in eastern Turkey, a security source told Reuters.

The initial attack occurred around 1 a.m. (6 a.m. EDT) in Bingol province, when around 15-20 members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) shot rockets and long range firearms at the security headquarters, the source said.
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Iraq `surge' followed sharp internal debate: report PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

REUTERS, NEW YORK- President George W Bush's decision to mount a troop "surge" in Iraq last year was taken against the initial recommendations of his top advisers, including his field commander, The New York Times reported in Sunday editions.

Bush's January 2007 decision to send an extra 20,000 troops to Iraq was criticized for deepening the unpopular conflict but has since been credited with sharply reducing the violence.
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British woman eyes skydive record over Everest PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

REUTERS, KATHMANDU - A British woman plans to make a parachute jump over Mount Everest hoping to become the first woman ever to skydive over the world's highest peak, organisers said on Sunday.

Holly Budge, 29, plans to throw herself out from 465 feet (142 metres) above Everest, hurtling past it, before landing in a mountain meadow at 12,350 feet (3,764 metres).
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'Khaleda may be released any day' PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

Staff Correspondent

Detained former prime minister Khaleda Zia may be released any day, said communications adviser Ghulam Quader on Sunday.

Asked if the BNP chairperson would be released from special jail this week, Quader told
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2 JMB men get 10 years PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

Aug 17 2005 bombs

Staff Reporter

A speedy trial court sentenced two members of the militant Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh to 10 years rigorous imprisonment and acquitted a third on Sunday, for the Aug 17 2005 serial bomb attacks in Chittagong.

Justice Shafiqul Karim of Chittagong division speedy trial tribunal sentenced JMB commander Javed Iqbal and Zulfiqar Ali and acquitted Arshadul Alam, in the first verdict of eight cases filed following the serial bomb attacks by JMB militants throughout Chittagong division.
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EC regrets inviting Hafizuddin, time loss PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Election Commission regrets its past dealings with BNP, including invitation to M Hafizuddin Ahmed, the acting secretary general nominated by the pro-reform faction, the chief election commissioner has said .

ATM Shamsul Huda told reporters it had been a mistake to invite Hafizuddin, and a lot of time had been wasted because of the move.
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Saudi, most Gulf Arabs, to start Ramadan Monday PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

REUTERS, Dubai- Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, will start the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan on Monday along with most other Gulf states, regional state media reported on Saturday.

Senior religious councils in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates said the moon's crescent was not sighted after nightfall on Saturday, and so Sunday would be the last day of the month preceding Ramadan.
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Iftekhar meets Euro official in NY Sep22 over polls mission PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

Bdnews24.com

Foreign adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury on Sunday said he would meet the European Commission commissioner for External Relations in New York on Sept 22 over election monitoring mission.

To facilitate the decision-making process, Iftekhar said he would to try to convince the commissioner, Dr Benita Ferrero-Waldner, to make a special decision on sending polls observers to Bangladesh if the general elections were held under the state of emergency.
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BNP in direct collaboration with govt PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

Says Zillur Rahman

Desk Report

Awami League acting president Zillur Rahman added his voice Sunday to recent allegations by fellow party leaders, saying that BNP is directly collaborating with the caretaker government.

Speaking after an AL working committee meeting, Zillur gave his reaction to Tarique Rahman's bail: "The people will put him on trial."
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Delwar's son Paban released, rearrested PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

Dhaka, Aug 30 (bdnews24.com) - Police rearrested Khandker Akhter Hamid Paban, the younger son of BNP secretary general Khandker Delwar Hossain, after his release from Dhaka Central Jail Saturday.

Motijheel police arrested Paban, who has been previously convicted in an arms case, on charges of violating Emergency Powers Rules.
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AL casts 'aspersion on the judiciary' PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

Delwar says on AL criticism over Tarique release

Staff Correspondent

BNP secretary general Khandker Delwar Hossain has slammed Awami League's criticism over Tarique Rahman securing bail as an "aspersion on the judiciary".

Speaking at a press briefing Saturday, after a joint meeting of the party, Delwar said: "[Syed Ashraful Islam] accused Tarique Rahman of being the 'world champion' of corruption. But no truth has been found in the cases filed against him."
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3 remanded in Fazlul Huq bribery case PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

Staff Correspondent

Dhanmondi police took three people into custody on remand Saturday, after they were arrested on charges of receiving bribes from former judge and caretaker government adviser M Fazlul Huq, a police officer said.

Chief metropolitan magistrate ME Islam Hossain approved three days' remand for interrogation, though police requested seven days, investigation officer of the case Amirul Islam told bdnews24.com.
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Three million displaced in Bihar floods PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

REUTERS, PATNA, India- Authorities struggling to provide aid after devastating floods in Bihar said on Sunday they needed more boats and rescuers to help hundreds of thousands of people still marooned in remote villages.

Bad weather and heavy rain over the past few days have hampered rescue and relief operations in the worst-ever floods to hit Bihar state in 50 years, officials said.
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Trade not aid the answer to poverty, economists say PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

REUTERS, GENEVA- As ministers from over 100 countries gather in Ghana to review how effective aid is in helping developing nations deal with poverty, many economists argue the answer is elsewhere -- in freeing up trade.

The meeting in Accra this week comes just over a month after talks at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to secure a breakthrough in the long-running Doha round collapsed at the end of July.
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Kemal Ataturk Ave closed PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2008

High rise fire

Staff Correspondent

The capital's Kemal Ataturk Avenue was closed Sunday as fire spread in a high-rise building near Banani Market.

Witnesses said scores of people were trapped in the building as fire-fighters fought the flames.

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