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Olympic spenders

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 0:14
related countries: China China
related places: Beijing

Beijing invests huge sums - but with little debate
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Dos and don'ts

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 0:23
related countries: China China
related places: Beijing

An insider's guide to having a good time in Beijing
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Sad end for black bear after jar becomes stuck on its head

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 0:40
related countries: United States United States

US wildlife officials shoot a wild black bear with a jar stuck on its head after it wandered into a busy town.
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Narrow escape

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 1:42
related countries: Turkey Turkey

Court decision on Turkey's ruling party splits opinion
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Ex-soldiers end Haiti stand-off

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 1:52
related countries: Haiti Haiti

A 24-hour siege by former soldiers in Haiti demanding pay back and the reinstatement of the army ends peacefully.
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Brazil musician leaves government

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 2:02
related countries: Brazil Brazil

Singer and composer Gilberto Gil steps down after five years as Brazil's culture minister to concentrate on his music.
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Antigua requests UK police help

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 4:23
related countries: Antigua and Barbuda Antigua and Barbuda, United Kingdom United Kingdom

Antigua's prime minister urges British police to help solve the shootings of honeymoon couple Catherine and Ben Mullany.
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Slimming down

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 4:23
related countries: Mexico Mexico

World's heaviest man takes radical action in Mexico
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E Timor ignores economic warning

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 6:07
related countries: East Timor East Timor

East Timor passes a controversial budget increase of more than 120%, despite calls for it to reconsider.
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Oil prices boost Shell's results

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 6:36
related countries: Netherlands Netherlands

High oil prices give another boost to profits from Royal Dutch Shell, making up for difficult conditions in its retailing arm.
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Ex-Thai PM's wife guilty of fraud

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 7:12
related countries: Thailand Thailand

The wife of Thailand's former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is given a three-year sentence for tax fraud.
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Tonga defends lavish coronation

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 7:57
related countries: Tonga Tonga

Tonga's prime minister defends the lavish nature of celebrations surrounding the royal coronation this week.
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Tamil Tigers 'killed in fighting'

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 8:00
related countries: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan defence ministry says at least 24 Tamil Tiger rebels are killed in clashes in the north of the island.
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Video of Olympic rehearsal leaked

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 8:00
related countries: North Korea North Korea, China China

A South Korean TV station broadcasts a tape of a dress rehearsal for the Beijing Olympics, angering Chinese organisers.
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Hurdles facing Beijing protesters

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 8:02
related countries: China China
related places: Beijing

Activists who want to protest at the Beijing Olympics face bureaucratic hurdles and little information, the BBC finds.
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Injured Sharapova in Games doubt

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 8:21
related countries: United States United States
related places: Montreal

Maria Sharapova exits the Rogers Open in Montreal with a shoulder injury which may rule her out of the Olympics and US Open.
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Tsvangirai calls for Mugabe exit

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 9:03
related countries: Zimbabwe Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's opposition leader says he hopes crisis talks will allow President Mugabe an "honourable exit".
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EU hails ruling on Turkish party

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 9:11
related countries: Turkey Turkey

The EU expresses relief at the Turkish Constitutional Court's decision not to ban the ruling AK Party.
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Live text - England v South Africa

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 9:38
related countries: South Africa South Africa, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Edgbaston

England remove Hashim Amla after the lunch break on the second day of the third Test at Edgbaston.
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House votes to treat cigarettes as drugs

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 9:42
related countries: United States United States

The US House of Representatives votes to treat cigarettes as a drug, meaning it will be regulated by the FDA.
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Support for Darfur mission urged

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 9:44
related countries: Sudan Sudan

A report says the world is failing peacekeepers in Sudan's Darfur region, as a UN vote looms on extending the mandate.
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Snap poll call as Olmert departs

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 9:44
related countries: Israel Israel

Israeli opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu calls for snap elections after PM Ehud Olmert announced he would quit.
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Kahui surprise wing choice for NZ

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 10:10
related countries: Australia Australia

The injury-hit All Blacks name Richard Kahui as a surprise choice on the wing for Saturday's second Tri-Nations Test against Australia.
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McLaren keep Kovalainen for 2009

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 10:44
related countries: Bermuda Bermuda

McLaren confirm Heikki Kovalainen will continue to partner Lewis Hamilton for the team next season.
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Family killed in Pakistan clashes

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 10:48
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan
related places: Swat

A family and other civilians are killed in fierce fighting between troops and militants in Pakistan's north-west.
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Japan raid over 'nuclear exports'

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 10:58
related countries: Japan Japan

Japanese police raid a company suspected of illegally exporting machinery that could be used to make nuclear weapons.
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Pakistan spy agency accused by US

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 11:30
related countries: United States United States

Pakistan says its intelligence agency has been accused by the US of alerting al-Qaeda-linked militants before missile strikes.
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Obama dismisses McCain ad attack

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 11:41
related countries: United States United States
related places: McCain

US presidential hopeful Barack Obama hits back at a TV ad labelling him as a celebrity who may not be ready to lead.
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Anwar announces by-election plan

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 11:48
related countries: Malaysia Malaysia

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim is to contest a by-election for a parliamentary seat, in a return to front-line politics.
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Blast at Pakistan's Herat mission

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 12:02
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan, Pakistan Pakistan
related places: Herat

A small bomb explodes outside the Pakistani consulate in the western Afghan city of Herat, injuring two people, police say.
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WWI grave troops to be reburied

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 12:26
related countries: Aruba Aruba, United Kingdom United Kingdom

The remains of British and Australian WWI troops are to be taken from a mass grave and reburied in individual plots.
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Italy ratifies EU Lisbon Treaty

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 12:31
related countries: Ireland Ireland, Portugal Portugal

Italy's parliament ratifies the EU Lisbon Treaty, which was rejected by Irish voters in June.
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Saudi accused of having six wives

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 12:59
related countries: Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia

A Saudi religious police member is reportedly accused of having six wives - two more than allowed under Islamic law.
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California 'to sue on emissions'

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 13:29
related countries: United States United States
related places: California

California and other states are set to sue the US Environmental Protection Agency if it does not cut pollution, officials say.
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Late wickets give Sri Lanka edge

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 13:35
related countries: India India, Sri Lanka Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka end the opening day of the second Test with a slight advantage after four late wickets against India.
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Eritrea allays fears over new war

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 13:36
related countries: Ethiopia Ethiopia, Eritrea Eritrea

Eritrea says the UN's decision to end its peace mission on its border with Ethiopia will not make war likely.
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Bush warns Iraq gains reversible

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 13:58
related countries: Iraq Iraq

President Bush says progress in Iraq has a "degree of durability" but he warns gains could be reversed.
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After Olmert

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 14:32
related countries: Israel Israel

How will Israel's next PM tackle current problems?
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Beijing unblocks BBC Chinese site

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 14:56
related countries: China China

Chinese authorities appear to have unblocked the BBC's Chinese language website, amid a row over internet censorship.
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Zuma setback in corruption case

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 15:19
related countries: South Africa South Africa

South African ruling party leader Jacob Zuma loses a bid to stop documents being used as evidence in his corruption trial.
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Russia hit by doping suspensions

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 16:09
related countries: Russia Russia

Seven Russian athletes bound for the Olympics are provisionally suspended for doping offences, the IAAF has announced.
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In the dock

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 16:20
related countries: Thailand Thailand

Ex-Thai prime minister's family checked by court
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Thursday 31st of July 2008, 16:37
related countries: India India, Maldives Maldives

Thousands of mourners attend the funeral of a popular Indian singer who drowned while swimming in a pool in the Maldives.
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Mugabe rival 'satisfied' at talks

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 17:15
related countries: Zimbabwe Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's opposition leader says he is "fairly satisfied" with negotiations to end the country's political crisis.
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'Kashmir talks' held in Colombo

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 17:24
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan, India India, Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
related places: Kashmir, Colombo

The Indian and Pakistani foreign ministers meet in Sri Lanka for talks thought to have focused on the Kashmir dispute.
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Flintoff burst gives England hope

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 17:49
related countries: South Africa South Africa, United Kingdom United Kingdom

Andrew Flintoff takes four wickets as England haul themselves back into contention in the third Test against South Africa.
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Karadzic appears at Hague court

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 20:35
related countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic makes his first appearance before the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague.
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Injured Sharapova out of Olympics

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 21:26
related countries: China China

World number three Maria Sharapova will miss the Beijing Olympics because of a shoulder injury.
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UK 'deluded' over emissions

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 21:39
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The UK has been living under a delusion over its claim to be cutting greenhouse gases, according to two reports.
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Passenger beheaded on Canada bus

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 22:18
related countries: Canada Canada

A man kills and beheads a fellow passenger on a Greyhound bus travelling across the Canadian Prairies.
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Haitian senators approve new PM

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 23:07
related countries: Haiti Haiti
related places: Louis

Haiti's Senate approves the nomination of Michele Pierre-Louis, a 61-year-old economist, as the new prime minister.
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Abbas sets Hamas detainees free

Thursday 31st of July 2008, 23:13
related countries: West Bank West Bank

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas orders the release of scores of Hamas members detained in the West Bank.
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