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Somali rebels defiant after al Qaeda chief killed PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

REUTERS, Mogadishu- Somalia's Islamist rebels vowed to fight on under new leadership on Friday after US warplanes killed an insurgent said to be al Qaeda's commander in the Horn of Africa country.

Aden Hashi Ayro, who led al Shabaab militants blamed for attacks on government troops and their Ethiopian allies, was killed on Thursday in the latest of a string of U.S. air strikes on insurgents in the last year.

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Turkish jets bomb PKK camps in Northern Iraq PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

REUTERS, Ankara - Turkish warplanes launched air strikes against camps of the Kurdish separatist group PKK in northern Iraq late on Thursday, the state news agency Anatolian said.

The operation began just before midnight and continued into Friday, Anatolian said. Military sources told Reuters that at least 30 planes were bombing the area, which they said was far from civilian settlements.

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Fiji deports Murdoch newspaper publisher PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

Fiji's military government deported the Australian publisher of Rupert Murdoch's Fiji Times newspaper on Friday, after declaring him a threat to national security, reports REUTRES.

The move is the latest crackdown on the media in Fiji since military commander Frank Bainimarama seized power in a bloodless coup in late 2006, and comes amid growing international criticism of the slow progress in returning the island chain to democracy.

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Russia sends extra troops PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

Georgian rebel region

REUTERS, MOSCOW - Russia said on Thursday an extra contingent of its troops had begun arriving in Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia, a move Tbilisi said was an illegal act of military aggression.

Russia announced this week it was deploying hundreds of additional peacekeeping troops to the tiny sliver of land of the Black Sea to counter what it said were Georgian plans for an attack on Moscow-backed separatists in the region.

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Al Jazeera cameraman released from Guantanamo PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

REUTERS, Dubai- An Al Jazeera cameraman held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay for six years without charge has been released, the network said on Thursday.

Sudanese-born Sami al-Haj, who suffered health problems after a long hunger strike, arrived in the Sudanese capital Khartoum early on Friday aboard a U.S. military plane, the Qatar-based broadcaster said.

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Iraq PM sends team to Iran to discuss militias PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has sent a delegation to tell Iran to stop backing Shi'ite militias, officials said on Thursday, underscoring Iraq's unease over the influence of its powerful neighbour, reports agencies.

The delegation from Maliki's ruling United Iraqi Alliance (UIA) left for Tehran on Wednesday amid further accusations from U.S. military officials that large amounts of Iranian weapons have been found in Iraq.

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Deadly virus spreads in China, 21 children die PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

Beijing, May 02 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - A deadly virus has spread rapidly in eastern China, killing at least 21 children and infecting nearly 3,000, Xinhua news agency said on Friday.

Enterovirus 71 began spreading in Fuyang in the eastern province of Anhui in early March but authorities only reported it publicly on Sunday, saying there had been 789 cases.

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Israel could agree to tacit Gaza truce, official says PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

REUTERS, Jerusalem- Israel would likely agree to an informal truce with Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip if cross-border rocket attacks and arms smuggling into the territory ended, a senior Israeli official said on Thursday.

Citing an unnamed high-level Egyptian official, Egypt's state news agency MENA said on Wednesday that Palestinian factions meeting in Cairo had agreed to an Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire starting in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

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Iqbal calls for friendly atmosphere for knitwear workers PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

Labour and employment adviser Anwarul Iqbal Friday called on knitwear manufacturers to set up labour-friendly factories and increase facilities for workers, bdnews24.com reports.

"Workers would have helped take the industry forward with more enthusiasm if the factories had been labour-friendly," the adviser said at a seminar on "export growth and compliance: the case of Bangladesh knitwear sector".

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U.S. airlines face worst crisis since 2001 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

REUTERS, NEW YORK- Major airlines that survived a decade of reorganization through bankruptcy are now facing their biggest test since the September 11, 2001 attacks.

The latest signals from credit markets show default and bankruptcy risk is rising, even after four main carriers -- UAL's United Airlines, US Airways, Delta Air Lines Inc and Northwest Airlines Corp -- retooled themselves under Chapter 11 filings this decade.

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Gold struggles at $850 on strong dollar, weak oil PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

REUTERS, TOKYO- Gold hovered near a four-month low on Friday, weighed down by the dollar's recovery against the euro and lower oil prices, with sharp draws in gold exchange-traded funds providing additional pressure.

Light short-covering kept cash gold near late New York levels after losing about 6 percent in the last week. Gold fell as far as $847.10 an ounce on Thursday -- the lowest since early January.

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Volatility snaps rice-wheat price link PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

REUTERS, KUALA LUMPUR---Unprecedented volatility in rice and wheat prices has upended the traditional price link between the world's two staple foods, and analysts say it may stay broken for longer than usual this time. After decades when prices usually moved in lock-step with each other, the two have diverged in recent months.

Thai rice is now nearly three times the price of U.S. wheat, an almost record high premium that could force aid agencies, and poorer consumers, to favour the cheaper staple, analysts say.

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Microsoft poised to detail next moves on Yahoo: CEO PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

REUTERS, San Francisco--Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said on Thursday that walking away from a deal with Yahoo remained one of "three big options" the company is weighing and to expect an announcement shortly.

Neither side would comment on whether they were seeking a last-minute deal before Microsoft makes good on its threat to turn its unsolicited bid, currently worth $42.4 billion, into a hostile takeover battle.

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Inflation jumps to new three and half-year high PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

REUTERS, NEW DELHI - Indian inflation jumped to a fresh 3-½ year high in mid-April, and analysts said it is unlikely to ease soon as price pressures persist and fiscal and monetary steps will take time to have an impact.

Data released by the government on Friday showed the wholesale price index rose 7.57 percent in the 12 months to April 19, above the previous week's 7.33 percent and outstripping market expectations of an annual rise of 7.38 percent.

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April US auto sales plunge 14 percent PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

REUTERS, DETROI- US auto sales fell 14 percent to their lowest annual rate in a decade in April as weak consumer confidence and rising gas prices hit the industry's most profitable vehicles hardest.

General Motors Corp, Ford Motor Co and Chrysler LLC posted deeper sales declines than expected, led by a sharp drop in trucks and SUVs.

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Nargis bypasses Bangladesh, moves to Myanmar PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

Cyclone Nargis that brewed in the Bay of Bengal bypassed Bangladesh's coasts and moved towards Myanmar Friday, according to a storm warning

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The message of May Day PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 May 2008

International Socialist Congress designated May Day as an international labor day in 1889 . In many countries, this is the occasion for important political demonstrations .The May Fourth Movement in China was also related to the observance of May Day worldwide , when on 4 May 1919 , mass demonstrations took place in Beijing for ensuring the rights of teachers and students , women and industrial workers .

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At least 925 killed in Iraq's Sadr City clashes PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 May 2008

More than 900 people have been killed in clashes between militiamen and security forces in Baghdad's Sadr City that broke out last month, a senior Iraqi official told reporters on Wednesday, reports agency.

"There were 925 martyrs in Sadr City and 2,605 others have been wounded," in the firefights that began on March 25 and are still continuing, said Tehseen Sheikhly, a spokesman for the government's Baghdad security plan.

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GP mulls listing for Q3 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 May 2008

Grameenphone may list on the capital market by the third quarter of this year, said the CEO of the country's largest mobile operator, Anders Jensen, Wednesday, reports agency.

But the listing depends on a decision of the shareholders of the company, Jensen said while announcing the company's first-quarter financial results at a press conference at Sonargaon Hotel.

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ACC approves charges against Khaleda and Hasina PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 May 2008

NIKO cases

The Anticorruption Commission Wednesday approved chargesheets against former prime ministers Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina in separate Niko scam cases, an ACC official said, reports bdnews24.com.

In a press briefing at the commission's Segunbagicha office, ACC director general colonel Hanif Iqbal said the twin chargesheets involve about 20 people The graft watchdog filed separate cases against the accused on Dec 9 last year.

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May Day PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 May 2008

Working class asked to contribute to nat’l economy

Acting CCC Mayor in a message on May Day said, working class of people are one of the builders of human civilization.

It is through their labor, activities that human civilization has come to exist, he observed.

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