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One dead in Macedonia election violence PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 June 2008

REUTERS, SKOPJE - Macedonia's parliamentary election descended into chaos on Sunday after one person was killed and several wounded in shootings in ethnic Albanian areas and voting was halted in one town after a gun battle.

The poll is seen as a test of the nation's political maturity after campaign violence raised fears that slow progress toward European Union membership could be further delayed.

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Hezbollah says releases Israeli soldiers' remains PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 June 2008

Hezbollah said on Sunday it had released the remains of Israeli soldiers killed in the 2006 war with Israel, which let go a Lebanese man who had completed a jail term on charges of spying for the group, reports Reuters.

The exchange increased speculation of progress in indirect talks between Israel and Hezbollah over a broader prisoner swap. Lebanese political sources said last Monday that the talks had made major progress.

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US troop deaths in Iraq at wartime low PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 June 2008

Nineteen US soldiers were killed in Iraq in May, the US military said on Sunday, the lowest monthly death toll since US forces invaded to topple Saddam Hussein in 2003, reports Reuters.

The number of Iraqi civilians killed in the same month plunged to 505 after reaching a seven-month high of 968 in April, figures obtained by Reuters from Iraq's interior, defense and health ministries showed.

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Darool-Uloom Deoband issues fatwa against terrorism PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 June 2008

A radical Muslim seminary in India, said to have inspired the Taliban, has issued a "fatwa", or edict, against terrorism in a meeting attended by thousands of clerics and students, reports Reuters.

The Darool-Uloom Deoband, a 150 year-old institute controlling thousands of smaller Islamic seminaries in India vowed to wipe out terrorism late on Saturday in New Delhi, an ageing rector said.

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Pakistan puts clocks forward to save power PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 June 2008

REUTERS, ISLAMABAD- Pakistan put its clocks forward an hour on Sunday while shops have been ordered to close early as the country struggles with an acute electricity shortage.

Setting clocks forward by an hour, to six hours ahead of GMT, should enable the country to take advantage of an extra hour of daylight in the evenings and save power.

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Australian troops pull out of Iraq PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 June 2008

REUTERS, NASSIRIYA, Iraq - About 500 Australian combat troops pulled out of their base in southern Iraq on Sunday, fulfilling an election promise by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to bring the soldiers home this year.

A British military spokesman in the southern city of Basra said the pullout from Talil base in Nassiriya was under way, but a spokesman for the governor of Dhi Qar province said it had been completed, with US forces replacing the Australians.

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Israel to build new homes in occupied West Bank PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 June 2008

REUTERS, JERUSALEM - Israel announced plans on Sunday to build hundreds of new homes in an area of the occupied West Bank the Israeli government considers part of Jerusalem, despite US and Palestinian calls to halt settlement expansion.

The announcement came two days before Prime Minister Ehud Olmert sets off Washington for a three-day visit where he will meet US President George W Bush.

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Petrol fuels political woes for Australia's Rudd PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 June 2008

Reuters, Canberra

Rising petrol prices have ended Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's political honeymoon after 6 months in office, with commentators warning his Labor government may now be vulnerable at the next election.

Although the next election is almost 3 years away, and Labor only swept into office last November, cracks in Rudd's handling of rising petrol prices have prompted warnings his government may wilt.
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S.Korea may build 9 new nuclear reactors by 2030 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 June 2008

Reuters, Seoul- South Korea may build more than nine new nuclear power reactors by 2030, raising the ratio of nuclear power use to 55 percent from the current 37 percent, the Yonhap news agency reported on Sunday.

The plan comes as part of the government's effort to cope with skyrocketing oil prices and other costs of producing energy, Yonhap cited the Ministry of Knowledge and Economy as saying.

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Egyptian ethnic clash leaves one dead PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 June 2008

Reuters

One Egyptian Muslim was killed and four Christians were wounded and on Saturday in a clash over disputed land near a Christian monastery in central Egypt, security sources said.

Muslim Khalil Mohammed, 39, was killed by gunfire, the sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity. At least two of the wounded Christians were monks at the monastery, the sources added.
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Thai opposition vows to maintain street protests PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 June 2008

Reuters, Bangkok- A Thai opposition group vowed on Sunday to hold more anti-government street rallies in Bangkok in a bid to force the government of Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej to step down.

"We will stay here until the government resigns," Somsak Kosaisuk, one of the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) leaders, told Reuters by telephone from the rally at the Makawan Rangsan bridge near the Grand Palace in the heart of Bangkok.
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China quake-lake fears ease as angry parents grieve PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 June 2008

Dujiangyan, China, June 01 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Engineers have completed work to drain a lake formed by last month's earthquake that had threatened to inundate towns downstream and add to the toll of China's deadliest natural disaster in more than 30 years.

Authorities have evacuated 197,000 people from areas at risk of flooding and drawn up contingency plans to move as many as another 1.3 million people.

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Macedonians vote in shadow of violence PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 June 2008

Skopje, June 01 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Macedonians voted on Sunday in a parliamentary election seen as a test of the country's political maturity after campaign violence raised fears its slow progress toward European Union membership could be further delayed.

The conservative VMRO-DPMNE party of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski is expected to win on a surge of nationalist defiance after Greece blocked a NATO invitation to Macedonia in April in a 17-year row over the name it shares with a Greek province.

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Royal flaws in focus at birth of Nepal's republic Witness Report PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 June 2008

Gopal Sharma

Gopal Sharma has been a correspondent in Nepal since 1995, covering the Maoist insurgency as well as the peace process which led to the fall of the monarchy. In the following story, he recounts the royal family's decline.

KATHMANDU, June 1 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Four people, clad in white mourning clothes, carried a dummy corpse in a bamboo coffin.

"Gyane is dead. We are carrying his body to the cremation grounds," they said, using an abusive shortened form of King Gyanendra's name.
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Nepalese return to work in new republic PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 June 2008

Kathmandu, June 01 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Nepal was back to work on Sunday as government offices and schools opened for the first time since the Himalayan nation turned into a republic, ending its 239-year-old monarchy.

A special assembly that voted on the monarchy's fate on Wednesday gave the dethroned King Gyanendra 15 days to vacate the imposing Narayanhity royal palace, a prime location in the heart of the national capital.

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French minister's visit shows new stance on Iraq PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 June 2008

Baghdad, June 01 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner met Iraq's president on Saturday during a visit officials said showed Paris's renewed commitment to a country whose 2003 invasion by US-led troops it strongly opposed.

Kouchner held talks in Baghdad with President Jalal Talabani and told reporters afterwards that the Iraqi leader had discussed with him the process of national reconciliation.
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World leaders to tackle food crisis at Rome summit PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 June 2008

Rome, June 01 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - It has been described as a global crisis pushing 100 million people into hunger, threatening to stoke social and political turmoil and set the fight against world poverty back by seven years.

Now, the food price crisis will be tackled by world leaders who meet in Rome this week to seek ways of reducing the suffering for the world's poorest people and ensure the Earth can produce more food to sustain an ever growing population.

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Venezuela says troops kill Colombian `subversive` PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 June 2008

Caracas, June 01 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Venezuelan troops killed a Colombian "subversive" in a border gun battle, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Saturday, an incident that could fuel new tensions between the two countries.

The South American neighbors have maintained a war of words in recent months, with Venezuela accusing Colombia of trying to spark war and sending troops into its territory.

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Democrats compromise on Florida and Michigan PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 June 2008

Washington, June 01 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - The Democratic Party backed a compromise to seat the disputed Michigan and Florida delegations at reduced strength on Saturday, sparking anger from Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and threats to press the issue at the August nominating convention.

At a raucous meeting of the party's rules committee, frequently interrupted by cheers and jeers from Clinton's backers, the panel agreed to seat the delegations from both states but cut their voting power in half.

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Obama breaks with controversial church PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 June 2008

Aberdeen, South Dakota, June 01 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Democratic presidential front-runner Barack Obama said on Saturday he quit his Chicago church in the aftermath of inflammatory sermons that could become a lightning rod in the November election.

Obama's resignation from Trinity United Church of Christ, which he has attended for 16 years, was an attempt to put the nagging issue behind him as he closes in on the Democratic nomination to run against Republican John McCain for the White House.

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Space shuttle carries Japanese lab into orbit PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 June 2008

Cape Canaveral, Florida, June 01 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Space shuttle Discovery blasted off a seaside launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Saturday to deliver Japan's huge new research laboratory to the International Space Station.

The start of NASA's 123rd shuttle mission was as smooth as they come, with no technical glitches and no weather issues as the countdown clock ticked down to 5:02 p.m. EDT (2102 GMT).

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