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Taliban skim $100M from Afghan opium trade: UN PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 June 2008

The Taliban in Afghanistan made more than $100 million in 2007 from imposing taxes and providing protection to the country’s huge opium trade, the United Nations anti-narcotics chief said Tuesday, reports CBC News.ca..

Speaking to BBC radio, Antonio Maria Costa of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime [UNODC] said Afghan insurgents collected a 10 per cent tax on the earnings of opium poppy farmers and processors in Taliban-controlled areas.
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Plastics expert wins $500K Lemelson - MIT award PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 June 2008

AP, BOSTON  -- Consumers have environmentally friendlier plastics, patients in clinical trials have a new device to treat clogged arteries and we all might get disease-treating nanoparticles inside our bodies thanks in part to the work of one man, the winner of this year's Lemelson-MIT Prize.

The $500,000 prize to chemistry professor Joseph DeSimone was to be announced Wednesday at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The prize recognizes people who turn their ideas into inventions that help change the world.
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Casillas thanks lucky stars after shootout victory PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas has suffered the pain of a quarter-final penalty shootout defeat and he admitted that being on the winning side against Italy on Sunday was more a question of luck than judgement, reports Reuters.

"I've had good and bad experiences with penalty shootouts," the Spain captain told reporters after his side's Euro 2008 quarter-final victory over the world champions.
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Italy's Donadoni defends choice of penalty takers PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Italy coach Roberto Donadoni said he had little choice but to let Daniele De Rossi and Antonio Di Natale take and miss penalties in the Euro 2008 quarter-final defeat by Spain on Sunday, reports Reuters.

The lacklustre world champions went out 4-2 in a shootout after a 0-0 draw having played below par all tournament.
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Germany, Spain will seek to reimpose order PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 June 2008

REUTERS, TENERO, Switzerland - Three times winners Germany and heavily fancied Spain will try to impose belated order on a tournament that has defied logic when they meet outsiders Turkey and Russia in the Euro 2008 semi-finals.

After a quarter-final round that saw three of the four group winners eliminated along with world champions Italy, Germany look best placed to restore the traditional balance of power against escape artists Turkey in Basel on Wednesday.
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All law enforcers for local polls get power of arrest PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Bdnews24.com

– Law enforcers on duty for local government polls, in addition to the police, will have powers to arrest violators of election rules without a warrant.

According to a set of new rules, the Election Commission will have powers to cancel candidacy and punish the "guilty" summarily by entrusting first-class magisterial authority to a relevant person.
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Hopes fade for Philippine ferry victims PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Rescuers held little hope on Monday of finding some 800 people missing from a capsized ferry in the Philippines, as divers prepared to drill into the ship's hull in the hope of finding survivors in air pockets, reports Reuters.

Coast guard boats searched the area around the ferry, which capsized during a typhoon with gusts up of to 195 kph (120 mph) on Saturday afternoon. By Monday only 33 people had been found alive.
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6,000 troops urgently needed in Afghanistan: NATO PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Reuters, Berlin- Up to 6,000 additional troops are urgently needed in Afghanistan and a failure to deploy them will only prolong the presence of Western forces in the country, a German NATO general said on Sunday.

Egon Ramms told public radio station Deutschlandfunk that alliance members would end up paying a price later if they did not boost troop numbers now.
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Group calls for release of Pak atom scientist PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Reuters, Islamabad - Friends and supporters of disgraced Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan said on Sunday they would launch a nationwide campaign to press for his release from detention.

Khan, revered by many Pakistanis as the father of the country's atomic bomb, was placed under house arrest in Islamabad in 2004 soon after a televised confession to selling nuclear secrets to Iran, North Korea and Libya.

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10 killed in weekend gunbattle in Kashmir PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 June 2008

At least 10 people, including nine separatist militants, were killed in clashes between security forces and insurgents at the weekend in Kashmir, police said, reports Reuters.

Soldiers shot dead five suspected militants late on Saturday when they tried to cross the border into India. Four militants and a soldier were killed on Sunday in another gunbattle.
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California fights 400 fires, bakes in heat wave PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Firefighters worked to contain some 400 wildfires burning across Northern California on Sunday as the state baked under a fourth day of an early summer heat wave that has strained the power grid and left residents wilted, reports Reuters.

One structure was destroyed and 150 homes were evacuated near Fairfield, 40 miles southwest of Sacramento, in the path of the worst of the fires, which blackened more than 3,500 acres in wine-producing Napa County.
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US gas prices climb to record $4.10 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Gasoline is costing U.S. drivers a record $4.10 per gallon on average, but pump prices may be at a peak and could start to come down, an industry analyst said on Sunday, reports Reuters.

That optimism is linked to a pledge by Saudi Arabia to pump more oil in response to consumer countries' requests, according to Trilby Lundberg, editor of the nationwide Lundberg survey of about 7,000 gas stations.
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Jeddah deepens oil price dialogue, but no quick fix PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 June 2008

World energy powers embarked on a new level of dialogue to try to rein in runaway oil prices at an emergency meeting in this Red Sea city, but were unable to come up with a quick fix, reports Reuters.

Host Saudi Arabia vowed to pump still more oil in response to consumer countries' requests, but said that alone would not be enough to calm a market driven to a record close to $140 a barrel last week by an array of factors.
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Colombian oil pipeline closed by attacks: source PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Colombia's Cano Limon-Covenas oil pipeline has been closed by rebel bomb attacks carried out on Saturday and Sunday, a source at state petroleum company Ecopetrol told Reuters, reports Reuters.

"The pipeline has been paralyzed by the two attacks," said the source, who asked not to be named.
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China to weather fuel hike, India inflation soars PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 June 2008

REUTERS, NEW DELHI- The twin engines of emerging Asian economic growth are grappling with the effects of soaring oil costs as India's inflation hits 13-year peaks and investors weighs the impact of higher fuel prices in China.

India has now joined Indonesia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Pakistan in suffering double digit inflation, with data showing its headline price index rose above 11 percent in early June as a result of an increase in state-set fuel prices.
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WB to give $1.3bn in annual budget assistance PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Bdnews24.com

The World Bank will give Bangladesh $1.3 billion in annual budget assistance for the next three fiscal years, said the WB's regional vice-president for South Asia Praful Patel on Monday.

The lending agency had taken the decision in the wake of natural disasters in Bangladesh, caused by climate change, Patel told reporters after a meeting with finance adviser AB Mirza Azizul Islam in his office.
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Govt hopes to end all local polls by Oct: adviser PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 June 2008

The government will not fight with the political parties over the elections to the local government bodies which it hopes to complete by October, education and commerce adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman said Monday, reports bdnews24.com.

"The government will not engage in any conflicts with the political parties over the elections; it will end holding all local polls within October," said Hossain Zillur after meeting with Ghulam Quader, the communication and public works adviser.
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Govt firm on office of ombudsman: Mirza Aziz PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Bdnews24.com

Finance adviser AB Mirza Azizul Islam has said the government is firm to set up the office of ombudsman to increase transparency and accountability.

"We are considering it sincerely as you all may know the council of advisers returned Ombudsman Amendment Ordinance 2008 to the law ministry for further scrutiny (Sunday)," he told reporters Monday after inaugurating a workshop on procurement reforms and performance.
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No campaigning 21 days before local polls: official PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Bdnews24.com

– Candidates will not be allowed to start election campaigns before 21 days to the local government polls despite relaxation of the state of emergency, an official said Monday.

"Though the state of emergency has been relaxed, things will be done as per the election commission law," home secretary Abdul Karim said at a press conference at the ministry.
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Hasina urges party to work for election win PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Bdnews24.com

Awami League president Sheikh Hasina has called upon her party to work together with a view to ensuring the triumph of the party in the next parliamentary election, said an AL statement issued on the party's 59th founding

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No clear sign yet on release of Khaleda, sons: IG prisons PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Inspector general of prisons Brig Gen Zakir Hasan said Monday he was yet to perceive any major progress in the process of releasing former prime minister Khaleda Zia and her two ailing sons, reports bdnews24.com

Amid repeated demands by the BNP and its allies for their release, the IG prisons told reporters: "We are all ready to implement whatever decision comes from the government. But it'll be difficult to tell you when they will be finally released."

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