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Rovers and Spurs in Bentley talks PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

Blackburn Rovers have confirmed they are in negotiations with Tottenham over the possible sale of David Bentley, reports BBC.

But chairman John Williams has told BBC Radio Lancashire the club have yet to accept a bid for the England winger.
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Wigan sign Cattermole PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

AFP, WIGAN  - Wigan have signed Lee Cattermole from rival Premier League side Middlesbrough, it was announced Tuesday.

The England Under-21 midfielder has joined on a three-year contract for a reported 3.5 million pounds (7 million dollars).

Having made his first senior start for local side Boro in a derby against Newcastle when he was still a teenager in January 2006, Cattermole, went on to be used as a substitute in that season's UEFA Cup final, which they lost to Sevilla.
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Real Madrid players irritated by Ronaldo transfer saga PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

AFP, MADRID- Real Madrid players have become frustrated with the constant speculation over Cristiano Ronaldo's possible transfer from Manchester United which Spanish media reported Tuesday had become bogged down.

"There is a little disrespect going on because a team does not rely on one player, even if he is very good. Pele and Maradona won major games, but they had help from their peers," Real's Portuguese midfielder Pepe said in an interview with Spanish sports daily AS.
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Nel ready to take on England PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

REUTERS, BIRMINGHAM- South Africa fast bowler Andre Nel has pledged to keep his fiery temper under control in the third test against England starting at Edgbaston on Wednesday.

Nel is set to take over from Dale Steyn, who is out of action for at least two weeks with a broken thumb. South Africa lead 1-0 in the four-test series after their 10-wicket victory in the second test in Leeds.
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Muntari seals Inter switch PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

Midfielder's arrival ends Serie A side's Lampard interest

Sulley Muntari has completed his move to Inter Milan from Portsmouth and has signed a four-year deal with the Italian champions, reports Sky Sports.

The Ghana international established himself as a key member of Harry Redknapp's side following his £7million move from Udinese last summer and helped the Fratton Park side lift the FA Cup in May.
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Bruckner unveiled as Austria coach PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

AFP, VIENNA - Former Czech Republic boss Karel Bruckner underlined his 2010 World Cup ambitions for Austria as he was officially unveiled on Monday as their new coach.

Bruckner, 68, explained that his contract would run until the end of the qualifying period for the World Cup in the autumn of 2009 and would be automatically extended if they book their place.
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Liverpool close in on Keane deal PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

Liverpool are expected to complete the £18m signing of striker Robbie Keane from Tottenham within 24 hours, reports BBC.

He underwent a medical on Monday and may be able to fly to Spain with the Liverpool squad ahead of Wednesday's friendly against Villarreal.
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Johnson on verge of Fulham move PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

Everton striker Andrew Johnson is having a medical at Fulham as he closes in on a move to Craven Cottage, reports BBC.

The 27-year-old is set to join the London club for about £12m, a fee that would break Fulham's transfer record.

The England player pulled out of a Toffees friendly last week when he heard of Fulham's interest and has not gone on tour to Chicago with Everton.
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Sri Lanka add Prasad to Galle test squad PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

REUTERS, COLOMBO, - Sri Lanka have called up uncapped paceman Dammika Prasad as an additional bowling option for the second test against India in Galle starting on Thursday.

The 25-year-old played three one-day internationals in 2006 before suffering a series of injuries but has since impressed with the A team and recently against the Indians, claiming 4-58 in a warm-up game.
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Obama win not to supplant civil rights campaign PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

REUTERS, ATLANTA- If Barack Obama wins November's election and becomes the first black president in US history, will an older generation of civil rights leaders go out of business?

On the surface, this might be expected as political inclusion has been a key goal of the civil rights movement for half a century, back to a time when millions of black Americans in the South could not vote.
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Beijing losing battle against Olympic smog PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

With 10 days to go until the Beijing Olympics opens, the smog simply refuses to lift and the Games organisers are preparing emergency measures to clear the air ahead of the big day, Reuters reports.

The traffic on the streets of Beijing is noticeably lighter, and many of the big steelworks and coal-fired power stations have been silenced. But the capital was still enveloped yesterday in a haze that restricted visibility to a couple of hundred yards.
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Ten unexploded bombs found in western Indian city PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

REUTERS, AHMEDABAD, India- Police found ten unexploded bombs in the western Indian city of Surat, one of the world's biggest diamond-polishing centers, on Tuesday, three days after a series of bombs in the same state killed 45 people.

"We have defused seven bombs and (are) working on three more," senior police official H.P. Singh told Reuters.
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6 quizzed over Antigua honeymoon murder PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

Police in Antigua are questioning six suspects over the murder of a British doctor shot dead on her honeymoon, according to local media reports today, reports Reuters.

Catherine Mullany, 31, was killed in her hotel room at a luxury resort on the Caribbean island. Her husband Benjamin Mullany, also 31, was shot in the neck and is in critical condition.

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Qaeda wants Saudi king killed over interfaith call PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

REUTERS, DUBAI- A key al Qaeda figure has said Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah should be killed for calling for an interfaith dialogue that amounted to joining a Western crusade against Islam.

"Hurrying to kill this wanton tyrant (King Abdullah) who has announced himself to be a leader of atheism would be among the most pious acts," Abu Yahya al-Libi said in a video posted on Monday on Islamist websites often used by al Qaeda supporters.
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Starbucks says to close 61 Australian stores PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

REUTERS, MELBOURNE- Starbucks Corp plans to shut 61 of its 85 coffee shops in Australia and focus its remaining operations on three major cities, the US company said on Tuesday, as part of a major belt-tightening program.

The Seattle-based chain, facing a US consumer slowdown, higher food costs and more competition, had said this month it would close 600 unprofitable outlets in the United States but would continue its expansion in international markets.
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Australia dumps detention for all asylum seekers PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

Reuters, Canberra- Almost seven years after Australia sent commandos onto a freighter at sea to block illegal immigrants, the government on Tuesday said it would abandon a controversial policy of jailing asylum seekers.

Immigration Minister Chris Evans, whose centre-left Labor government last year swept aside conservative rivals in power for a decade, said detention in often-remote immigration jails would now be used only as a last resort.
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Pakistan tries to reassure US on Afghanistan PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

REUTERS, WASHINGTON- Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani sought on Monday to reassure U.S. President George W. Bush of his government's commitment to securing its border with Afghanistan, where Taliban and al Qaeda militants pose a growing threat.

Gilani, on his first official visit to the United States, held talks with Bush hours after a suspected U.S. missile strike killed six people, possibly including an al Qaeda chemical and biological weapons expert, in a Pakistani tribal region.
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Tight security in Baghdad for Shi'ite pilgrimage PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

REUTERS, BAGHDAD- Tens of thousands of Iraqi Shi'ites converged on a revered shrine in Baghdad for the climax of a major pilgrimage on Tuesday, a day after three female suicide bombers killed 35 people among crowds of pilgrims.

Iraqi authorities imposed a vehicle curfew in the city.

Officials had predicted 1 million people would attend the commemoration of the death of one of Shi'ite Islam's 12 imams.
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Malaysia's Anwar eyes parliamentary seats: party PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

Reuters, Kuala Lampur- Malaysian opposition figure Anwar Ibrahim plans to run for parliament, his party said on Tuesday, as he seeks to sustain an opposition drive to unseat the government that appears to lose momentum.

Anwar, who is facing a criminal investigation over sodomy allegations, would contest in either the Kulim Bandar Baharu seat in northern Kedah state or Bandar Tun Razak near the Malaysian capital, said People's Justice Party spokesman Tian Chua.
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UN council split on Sudan genocide indictment PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

Reuters, United Nations- The UN Security Council was split on Monday over an effort by Libya and South Africa to have the council prevent the International Criminal Court from indicting Sudan's president for genocide.

The council discussed the Libyan and South African proposals after the ICC's chief prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, asked the court's judges to issue an arrest warrant for President Omar Hassan al-Bashir's over war crimes in Darfur.
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Guantanamo trial views graphic 9/11 video PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2008

Reuters, Guantanamo Bay US Naval Base, Cuba- Prosecutors in the trial of Osama bin Laden's driver unveiled a graphic video on Monday of the September 11 attacks and other al Qaeda operations that is likely to play a repeated role in pending war crimes cases.

The video is entitled "The Al Qaeda Plan," an echo of "The Nazi Plan" made by Oscar-winning director George Stevens as evidence in the Nuremberg war crimes trials of German leaders after World War II.
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