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Shoaib ban suspended for one month PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 May 2008

REUTERS, KARACHI - Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar's five-year ban was suspended for a month by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Sunday.

A PCB tribunal accepted a plea from Shoaib that the ban should be suspended temporarily so that he can play in the Indian Premier League. Justice Aftab Farrukh, who heads the tribunal, said the ban was delayed until the next hearing on June 4.

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Gunmen pull Iraqi journalist from car, kill her PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 May 2008

REUTERS, Mosul, Iraq - Gunmen shot dead an Iraqi reporter on Sunday after pulling her out of a car in northern Mosul, a notoriously violent city where journalists are often targeted and live in fear of their life.

Police said Serwa Abdul-Wahab, in her mid-30s, was on her way to work when gunmen forced her from her taxi in eastern Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, and shot her in the head.

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Farmers face climate challenge in quest for more food PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 May 2008

REUTERS, SINGAPORE - If farmers think they have a tough time producing enough rice, wheat and other grain crops, global warming is going to present a whole new world of challenges in the race to produce more food, scientists say.

In a warmer world beset by greater extremes of droughts and floods, farmers will have to change crop management practices, grow tougher plant varieties and be prepared for constant change in the way they operate, scientists say.

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Torch arrives in China proper to thunderous welcome PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 May 2008

REUTERS, SANYA, China - Thunderous applause and cheers greeted the Olympic torch on Sunday as it began the first leg of its marathon relay through mainland China after a protest-harried overseas journey.

"Go China," people lining the streets chanted, waving Chinese flags as the flame made its way from a man-made island just off the tropical resort city of Sanya, on the southern tip of the island province of Hainan.

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Malaysia angers women with travel-restriction idea PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 May 2008

REUTERS, KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian women's groups reacted with outrage on Sunday to a government proposal to impose restrictions on women planning to travel overseas on their own.

The mainly Muslim country is considering requiring women to obtain the written consent of their families or employers before being allowed to travel alone outside the country, state news agency Bernama said on Saturday, quoting the foreign minister.

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Rice to push Israel to lift more West Bank barriers PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 May 2008

REUTERS, JERUSALEM - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will on Sunday urge Israel to remove more West Bank roadblocks as she meets Israeli and Palestinian officials to try to accelerate their peace talks.

Speaking at the beginning of a two-day visit to the region on Saturday night, Rice said she would review Israel's steps on the ground to see if they had improved the daily lives of Palestinians, including promised removal of barriers.

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Shuttle reaches launch pad for May 31 liftoff PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 May 2008

REUTERS, HOUSTON - Space shuttle Discovery reached its Cape Canaveral, Florida, launch pad on Saturday in preparation for a May 31 liftoff to place a huge Japanese research complex on the International Space Station.

With the shuttle in position, NASA will hold a practice launch countdown with the seven-member crew next week. The mission is the third of five planned for this year.

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Japan, China keen to avoid 1998 Jiang visit rerun PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 May 2008

REUTERS, TOKYO - Ten years after a disastrous visit to Japan by China's top leader dominated by their bitter wartime past, Beijing and Tokyo are keen to avoid a rerun that would risk damage to the deep economic ties between the Asian rivals.

Chinese President Hu Jintao will retrace some of predecessor Jiang Zemin's steps while in Japan, dining at the Imperial Palace and speaking to students at Tokyo's Waseda University a day after his Wednesday summit with Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda.

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Perth airport temporarily closed by bomb scare PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 May 2008

REUTERS, SYDNEY - Perth's international airport was temporarily shut on Saturday night and flights were diverted as Australian police investigated a suspicious package discovered by baggage handlers on a Malaysia Airlines plane.

Police said outgoing international flights were delayed and incoming flights were either sent to other Australian cities or diverted to the airport's domestic terminals.

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China slams Dalai Lama, to talk to his envoys PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 May 2008

REUTERS, SHENZHEN - China kept up a barrage of criticism against the Dalai Lama on Sunday, even as envoys of Tibet's exiled spiritual leader went into fence-mending talks with officials, the first since unrest in the mountain region.

The eruption of Tibetan riots in March and China's immediate crackdown have prompted anti-China protests that disrupted the international leg of the Olympic torch relay and led to calls for Western leaders to boycott August's Beijing Games.

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At least 18 killed in Honduras prison riot PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 May 2008

REUTERS, TEGUCIGALPA - Police have quelled a riot at Honduras' main prison in which at least 18 inmates died, a Security Ministry spokesman said on Saturday.

The riot at the National Penitentiary north of the capital began late on Friday and was the second such incident in the country's overcrowded prison system in a week.

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Obama wins Guam by a whisker PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 May 2008

REUTERS, HAGATNA, Guam - Democrat Barack Obama beat rival Hillary Clinton by just seven votes in Guam's nominating contest after record numbers of residents voted in the tiny U.S. territory's primary, officials said on Sunday.

Results after more than 12 hours of manual counting showed Obama took 2,264 votes to 2,257 for Clinton. In the last Democratic primary in 2004 only 1,500 people took part.

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Army asking Phulbari people to leave project site: activist alleges PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

A citizens' organisation campaigning to protect national resources Sunday alleged that army personnel had been intimidating the people of Phulbari to leave the coalmine project area.

"The survey by military personnel in the area sparked panic among people," Professor Anu Muhammad, member secretary of the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports, claimed at a press conference in Purana Paltan.

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ZIA shuts as aircraft slips on landing PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 May 2008

The airstrip of Zia International Airport remained closed from 7.10pm Sunday after a Biman Bangladesh aircraft from Sylhet skidded off the runway on landing, an official said, reports bdnews24.com

ZIA director Wing Commander Saidul Hasan told bdnews24.com that the runway was closed.

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MiG-29 hearing deferred to May 11 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 May 2008

A Dhaka court Sunday deferred a hearing on charge-framing in a graft case against former prime minister Sheikh Hasina, involving the purchase of eight MiG-29 warplanes to May 11, reports bdnews24.com.

Judge Golam Mortuza of Dhaka Divisional Judge's Court, set up in the Sangsad Bhaban, shifted the date as former army chief Mustafizur Rahman, another accused in the case, failed to attend the hearing because of his illness.

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Cabinet approves Plc plan for BTTB PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

The interim cabinet Sunday approved an ordinance to turn Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board into a public limited company, a government official said.

Updated The cabinet approved the BTTB Amendment Ordinance 2008 at a meeting chaired by chief adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed, CA's press secretary Fahim Munaim told reporters.

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Banks power stock benchmark to new high PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 May 2008

Agency

Dhaka Stocks finished higher for a second day with the general index, setting a new high of more than 3100 points amid a trend of mixed buying and selling by investors.

Turnover and the trading volume on the country's prime bourse also crept up from the previous day. Investors mostly traded in major issues of banks, pharmaceuticals and chemicals, leather and mutual funds.

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Cabinet will discuss military presence in dialogue: advisers PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 May 2008

The government will discuss at the scheduled meeting of the interim cabinet on Sunday the issue of the presence of the military representatives at the formal talks with the political parties, two advisers said, reports bdnews24.com.

Local government adviser M Anwarul Iqbal and commerce adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman told reporters separately at the Bangladesh Secretariat Sunday that the council of advisers would discuss the preparations for the dialogue, including the issue.

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Court asks SCBA committee to explain secretary election PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 May 2008

A Dhaka court Sunday asked the Supreme Court Bar Association election authorities to explain why the secretary post would not be barred on a temporary basis, reports bdnews24.com.

Judge Iftekhar Ahmed passed the ruling and asked newly elected secretary Nurul Islam Sujan and 10 members of the election subcommittee of the SCBA to explain in three days from now.

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US announces $40m in food aid for Bangladesh PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 May 2008

Bdnews24.com

The United States has donated $40 million in food aid to Bangladesh, which the lender believes will help enhance democracy and development and deny space to terrorists.

"The United States is donating an additional $40 million worth of food aid to Bangladesh," US ambassador to Bangladesh James F Moriarty told reporters at a press conference at the American Club Sunday.

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Boeing denies media report on 787 delivery delay PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 May 2008

REUTERS, FRANKFURT - Boeing Co. (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research) denied a German media report on Saturday it had informed customers of another delay on its new 787 Dreamliner model.

"There has been no change since our announcement in April," said Yvonne Leach, a spokeswoman in Seattle, adding that, on average, delays would put deliveries about 20 months behind schedule.

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