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China eases Internet restrictions for foreign journalists PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 August 2008

AP, BEIJING: The Chinese authorities, bowing to criticism from Olympic officials, foreign journalists and Western political leaders, have lifted some of the restrictions that blocked Web sites at the Main Press Center for the Summer Games, although other politically sensitive sites remained inaccessible Friday.

The government made no announcement about the partial lifting of its firewall, and it was unclear if the change would be temporary.
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Disputed Korean rocks bring banking, ring tones PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 August 2008

REUTERS, SEOUL- A furious dispute with Japan over who owns a desolate cluster of rocks has turned into a marketing opportunity for South Korean business tapping into patriotic fervour.

One bank has set up a popular "cyber branch" in the tiny Dokdo islands -- called Takeshima in Japanese -- which lie about halfway across the sea to Japan.
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Thai govt in trouble as tables turn on Thaksin PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 August 2008

REUTERS, BANGKOK- It has been a week Thaksin Shinawatra will probably want to forget.

It started with the ousted Thai Prime Minister being charged, along with his entire former cabinet, with breaking gambling laws, and ended with his wife being sentenced to three years in jail for tax fraud.
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Sectarian tension hangs over Lebanon city PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 August 2008

REUTERS, TRIPOLI- In Tripoli's most deprived areas, Lebanon's lingering political troubles are being fought out in a sectarian conflict that threatens to cause more bloodshed.

Scorched building facades indicate the frontlines of heavy battles between gunmen in the Sunni Muslim Bab Tibbaneh district and fighters in Jabal Mohsen -- a neighboring hill which is home to Tripoli's Alawite minority.
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Japan PM to tap rival, put policy stamp on cabinet PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 August 2008

REUTERS, TOKYO- Struggling Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda tapped a popular rival for a top party post and was tipped to axe his finance and economics ministers in a shake-up on Friday to boost his flagging support among voters.

Fukuda, 72, wants to put his stamp on economic policy and erase doubts about his leadership that threaten his grip on power after just 10 months in office.
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Israeli police question Olmert for fourth time PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 August 2008

Bribery, fraud charge

REUTERS, JERUSALEM- Israeli police questioned Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for a fourth time on Friday in their ongoing bribery and fraud investigation, two days after the Israeli leader said he would step down.

Police are probing allegations that Olmert took bribes from an American businessman and made duplicate claims for travel expenses when he was trade minister and mayor of Jerusalem.
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‘Hamas arrests Abbas representatives in Gaza’ PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 August 2008

REUTERS, GAZA- Hamas security forces arrested Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's top Fatah representatives in the Gaza Strip on Friday, ratcheting up tensions between the rival factions.

A day earlier Abbas ordered his Fatah-dominated security services in the West Bank to release all pro-Hamas activists, according to the official Palestinian WAFA news agency. Hamas said the activists had not yet been freed.

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China quake area hit by aftershocks PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 August 2008

REUTERS, BEIJING- Two aftershocks on Friday hit the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan, the site of May's devastating earthquake, with the second felt strongly in the provincial capital Chengdu, Xinhua news agency said. More than 69,200 people have been confirmed dead and some 18,000 are still listed as missing after a 7.9-magnitude earthquake hit Sichuan on May 12, the deadliest in the country since 1976.

Xinhua said the second aftershock on Friday occurred at 16:32 local time (4:32 a.m. EDT) and lasted for a "relatively long" time.
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US wants me dead: Karadzic PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 August 2008

AFP, THE HAGUE - Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic claimed Friday the United States wanted him dead after reneging on a deal to shield him from trial by the UN war crimes court.

In a submission to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Karadzic said the US peace negotiator in Bosnia, Richard Holbrooke, had promised he would avoid trial in return for withdrawing from public life.
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Despondent Sharapova pulls out of Olympics PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 August 2008

AFP, SINGAPORE - A despondent Maria Sharapova pulled out of the Beijing Olympics on Friday with a shoulder injury, depriving the Games of one of its biggest stars.

The glamorous Russian withdrew from the WTA Rogers Cup in Montreal on Wednesday after a marathon second-round win over Marta Domachowska, and a scan revealed two small tears in her right shoulder.
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Tonga crowns new king in lavish ceremony PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 August 2008

AFP, NUKU'ALOFA) - Tonga's Siaosi Tupou V was crowned king of his tiny South Pacific nation Friday in a lavish, pomp-filled ceremony attended by royalty from around the world alongside Tongans in traditional dress.

The sovereign of Polynesia's last monarchy sat on a huge golden throne, dressed in silk knee-breeches and a regal cloak trimmed with white ermine for the coronation ceremony, held in Nuku'alofa's Centenary Free Wesleyan Church.
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2 notorious cases challenge Malaysia's modesty PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 August 2008

KUALA LUMPUR: Government censors in this majority Muslim nation uphold an ethos of modesty by snipping sex scenes from films and ordering entertainers to avoid outfits that reveal too much on Malaysian stages - bare belly buttons and figure-hugging outfits are off limits.

But these days Malaysians looking to avoid R-rated content might be advised to read past news reports about their own leaders.
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Arsenal face McClaren's FC Twente PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 August 2008

Arsenal were handed an intriguing tie against former England boss Steve McClaren's FC Twente in the Champions League third qualifying round, reports BBC.

McClaren was appointed by the Dutch side in June this year, taking his first job since he was sacked by England in November 2007.
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Kalou relishing Dutch challenge PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 August 2008

AFP, HONG KONG - Ivory Coast striker Salomon Kalou said Friday a good performance in his side's final game in a pre-Olympic tournament in Hong Kong was vital going into next week's Beijing Games.

The 22-year-old Chelsea player, who spent three seasons playing in the Dutch top flight with Feyenoord, will be up against some familiar faces when Ivory Coast play The Netherlands at Hong Kong Stadium on Saturday evening.
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Rangers Win Bougherra Sweepstakes PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 August 2008

SW, GLASGOW  - Rangers have signed Algerian international defender Madjid Bougherra, paying a 2.5 million Pounds transfer fee to Charlton Athletic. Thursday's announcement puts to rest rumors that Charlton had agreed a 2 million transfer with West Brom.

The 25 year old has been capped 22 times by Algeria since his debut in 2004. He began his professional career in 2002 with Ligue 2's Guegnon before moving to England to play for Crew Alexandra, Sheffield Wednesday, and Charlton.

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Man City & Villa given kind draws PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 August 2008

Aston Villa and Manchester City were handed ties against little-known opponents in the Uefa Cup second qualifying round draw on Friday, reports BBC.

Villa will play Icelandic side Hafnarfjordur while City meet Danish side FC Midtjylland.
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Toffees fail with Ochoa bid PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 August 2008

Mexican star stays put

Sky Sports

Mexican giants America claim to have rejected an Everton bid for goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.

The highly-rated 22-year-old is believed to have been approached by The Toffees, as well as Turkish giants Galatasaray.
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Stocks fall on US worries, jobs data awaited PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 August 2008

REUTERS, LONDON- World stocks fell on Friday as investors focused on the latest US jobs data due later in the day while the dollar strengthened slightly.

Euro zone government bonds traded in a narrow range.
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US employers shed 51,000 jobs in July PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 August 2008

AFP, WASHINGTON - US employers shed 51,000 nonfarm jobs in July marking a seventh straight month of job cuts as the economy struggles for momentum, a Labor Department survey showed Friday.

Despite fresh job losses, the monthly government snapshot was not as bad as feared as most economists had predicted 75,000 jobs would be lost during July.
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GM posts $15.5 bln loss as US sales slump PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 August 2008

AFP, WASHINGTON - General Motors, the leading US automaker, posted Friday a 15.5 billion dollar net loss in the second quarter, citing hefty restructuring charges, plummeting US sales and union strikes.

The loss per share excluding special items was 11.21 dollars, nearly four times the market expectations of a 2.63 dollar loss, compared with earnings per share of 2.30 dollars a year ago.
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NEC posts biggest fall in 21 yrs on profit slump PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 August 2008

REUTERS, TOKYO- Shares of NEC Corp tumbled 16.5 percent on Friday, suffering their biggest one-day fall in 21 years after the electronics maker posted a sharp fall in profit on sluggish sales of network equipment and mobile phones.

NEC was the hardest hit amid a broad sell-off in Japan's electronics sector, which is struggling to maintain profit margins as competition with overseas rivals drives product prices lower and the global economy slows.

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