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Mexico captures key Colombian drug supplier PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 August 2008

MEXICO CITY, Fri Aug 1,(bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Mexican police have captured a key Colombian drug trafficker who was a top supplier of cocaine to the fractured Sinaloa cartel, police said on Thursday.

Ever Villafane Martinez was detained on Wednesday for illegally carrying a gun in the capital city, police said.
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Rising Afghan violence threatens aid effort: NGOs PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 August 2008

KABUL Fri Aug 1,(bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Violence in Afghanistan has reached its worst level since 2001 with more than 260 civilians killed in July alone, a group of 100 aid agencies said on Friday, calling on all sides to do more to protect the lives of non-combatants.

The number of insurgent attacks in Afghanistan was greater in both May and June than in any month since US-led and Afghan forces toppled the Taliban in 2001, said the Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief (ACBAR), an umbrella group of non-governmental organizations in Afghanistan.
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Fifteen killed in Turkish dormitory collapse: report PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 August 2008

ISTANBUL,Fri Aug 1,(bdnews24.com/Reuters) - A girls' school dormitory collapsed in southern Turkey on Friday due to a gas explosion, killing at least 15 students and injuring at least 25, broadcaster NTV said.

"There may still be 10-15 students under the rubble," Konya Governor Osman Aydin told state Anatolian news agency.
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Cambodian PM's wife prays at disputed Hindu temple PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 August 2008

PREAH VIHEAR, Cambodia, Fri Aug 1,(bdnews24.com/Reuters) - The wife of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen led Buddhist monks and soldiers in prayers at a 900-year-old Hindu border temple on Friday amid a three-week military stand-off with Thailand.

With Thai troops and artillery dug in only metres away, Bun Rany thanked the soldiers, mostly battle-hardened ex-Khmer Rouge guerrillas, for resisting what Cambodia says is Thai encroachment on a disputed patch of land next to the ruins.
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Bush to walk careful line in South Korea visit PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 August 2008

WASHINGTON, Fri Aug 1,(bdnews24.com/Reuters) - US President George W Bush will likely have to walk a careful line when he visits South Korea next week -- pushing to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons while sidestepping several other tense fights.

The election of a new South Korean president, Lee Myung-bak, was supposed to mark a fresh start to US-Korean ties after the strain over North Korea's nuclear program under past leaders, but Lee and Bush have had a rough start.
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China's Hu shows lighter side in ping-pong diplomacy PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 August 2008

BEIJING, Fri Aug 1,(bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Chinese President Hu Jintao broke with the stereotype of the country's communist rulers being dull and wooden on Friday, smiling, gesturing and even cracking a joke in a rare news conference with foreign media.

After a 70-minute interview in which he fielded screened questions ranging from the country's economy to its geopolitical role in the world, Hu was asked what Olympic event he would compete in if given the chance.
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UN renews Darfur peacekeeping mandate PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 August 2008

UNITED NATIONS, Fri Aug 1, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - The UN Security Council renewed the mandate for peacekeepers in Darfur on Thursday in a resolution that Washington criticized for raising concerns about moves to indict Sudan's president for genocide.

Most Western powers accepted wording that makes clear the council would be willing to discuss freezing any International Criminal Court indictment of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for genocide in the interest of peace in Darfur.
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Hu says China stands by Games pledges, web curbs lifted PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 August 2008

BEIJING, Fri Aug 1,(bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Chinese President Hu Jintao said his country would stand by pledges made when it was awarded the Olympics as Games officials deflected fire over Internet censorship on Friday by lifting restrictions.

Hu told a select group of reporters that the Games, just one week away, would have an enduring benefit for his country and leave a positive "spiritual legacy".
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NASA says Mars craft 'touched and tasted' water PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 August 2008

Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES, Aug 1 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - NASA scientists said on Thursday they had definitive proof that water exists on Mars after further tests on ice found on the planet in June by the Phoenix Mars Lander.

"We have water," said William Boynton, lead scientist for the Thermal and Evolved-Gas Analyzer instrument on Phoenix.
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Malaysia's Anwar plans no-confidence vote: report PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 August 2008

KUALA LUMPUR, August,1, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Malaysia opposition figure Anwar Ibrahim is gathering support to file a no-confidence vote against the government in six weeks, the Financial Times reported on Friday.

Anwar, who is fighting allegations of sodomy with a former aide, played down speculation that he would soon be formally charged.
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Pakistani spies aided Kabul bombing: NYTimes PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 August 2008

WASHINGTON, Fri Aug 1,(bdnews24.com/Reuters) - US intelligence agencies have concluded that members of Pakistan's spying service helped plan the suicide bombing of the Indian Embassy in Kabul this month, The New York Times reported on Thursday.

US government officials told the newspaper that communications had been intercepted between Pakistani intelligence officers and militants who carried out the July 7 attack that killed 54 people.
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Olmert exit makes Mideast peace more elusive PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 August 2008

Arshad Mohammed

WASHINGTON, Aug 1 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's decision to step down makes the already improbable U.S. goal of achieving a comprehensive Israel-Palestinian peace deal this year even more elusive, analysts said on Thursday.

But it might create a little more space for negotiating a partial deal or, perhaps, a document marking any progress that may have been made by Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and their negotiating teams.
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UK's Brown in slump, new leader won't help: poll PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 August 2008

LONDON, Aug 1 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's popularity has slumped to a record low, but a change in leader will not help the ruling Labour Party win the next election, according to an opinion poll published on Friday.

A YouGov poll in The Daily Telegraph said only 15 percent of people questioned believed Brown was "up to the job".
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Afghans under threat of worst violence yet PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 August 2008

Jon Hemming

KABUL, Aug 1 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Violence in Afghanistan has reached its worst level since 2001 with more than 260 civilians killed in July alone, a group of 100 aid agencies said on Friday while calling on all sides to respect the lives of non-combatants.

The number of insurgent attacks in Afghanistan was greater in both May and June than in any month since U.S.-led and Afghan forces toppled the Taliban in 2001, said the Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief (ACBAR), an umbrella group of non-governmental organizations in Afghanistan.
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Karadzic appears at UN court, says fears for life PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 August 2008

Alexandra Hudson and Reed Stevenson

THE HAGUE, Aug 1 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic appeared before a U.N. war crimes judge for the first time on Thursday to answer genocide charges and said he had been kidnapped and feared for his life.

Karadzic, arrested last week after 11 years on the run, wore a dark suit and tie. He appeared gaunt, his shock of hair whiter and shorter than when he was last seen in public out of disguise more than a decade ago.
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UN renews Darfur mandate, US abstains PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 August 2008

Louis Charbonneau

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 1 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council renewed the mandate for peacekeepers in Darfur on Thursday in a resolution that Washington criticized for raising concerns about moves to indict Sudan's president for genocide.

Most Western powers accepted wording that makes clear the council would be willing to discuss freezing any International Criminal Court indictment of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for genocide in the interest of peace in Darfur.
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Civilians under threat of worst Afghan violence yet PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 August 2008

KABUL, Fri Aug 1, (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Violence in Afghanistan has reached its worst level since 2001 with more than 260 civilians killed in July alone, a group of 100 aid agencies said on Friday while calling on all sides to respect the lives of non-combatants.

The number of insurgent attacks in Afghanistan was greater in both May and June than in any month since US-led and Afghan forces toppled the Taliban in 2001, said the Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief (ACBAR), an umbrella group of non-governmental organisations in Afghanistan.
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Pakistan clashes continue; 17 civilians killed PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 August 2008

AP, PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN -- Fighting raged Thursday in a scenic valley in Pakistan's troubled northwest, killing at least 17 civilians, including seven members of a family whose home was hit by a mortar shell, local officials said.

The violence, which broke out Tuesday, has been the worst in months in the Swat valley, about 100 miles from the capital, Islamabad. Militants seeking to impose a Taliban-style social code have been burning girls schools, attacking police posts and capturing paramilitary troops.

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Communist leader Harkishan dies at 92 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 August 2008

REUTERS, NEW DELHI- Veteran communist leader Harkishan Singh Surjeet died of cardiac arrest at a hospital near New Delhi on Friday, his party said.

Surjeet, 92, a former general secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), had been unwell for several months.
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Pakistan denies spies behind Kabul bombing PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 August 2008

Suicide bombing of Indian Embassy

REUTERS, ISLAMABAD- Pakistan angrily rejected a New York Times report on Friday that said US intelligence agencies have concluded members of Pakistan's spy agency helped plan the suicide bombing of the Indian Embassy in Kabul this month.

"We reject it. No one has given any evidence to us. It's just an allegation," foreign ministry spokesman Mohammad Sadiq said.
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16 students killed in Turk dorm collapse PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 August 2008

REUTERS, BALCILAR, Turkey- A gas explosion killed at least 16 female students and injured 27 others, wrecking a dormitory at a girls' school in southern Turkey on Friday, Interior Minister Besir Atalay said.

Several girls were feared trapped under the rubble of the three-storey building in Balcilar village in the Toros mountain range, some 340 km (210 miles) south of the capital Ankara.
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