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Front Pagearrow Factories restart with thin presence of workers
Production in garment factories in the city and on its outskirts including Dhaka EPZ resumed yesterday amidst tight security after three days of vandalism and arson by workers agitating to realise their
 arrow CEC now says he will act upon SC verdict
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz yesterday said the Election Commission will initiate steps to prepare the voter list according to the Supreme Court (SC) verdict.
 arrow Still room for improvement
Indian giant Tata's revised proposal for steel, fertliser and power plants plus coal mining is much better than the previous one but the revised gas price offer is still not attractive to Bangladesh,experts
 arrow Int'l community won't force solution to pre-polls deadlock
US Ambassador in Dhaka Patricia Butenis yesterday said the international community or the development partners would not force solution or dictate to resolve the pre-elections deadlock in Bangladesh.
 arrow President undergoes bypass surgery today
President Iajuddin Ahmed undergoes a bypass surgery at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore today.
 arrow ADP sliced 12.24pc
The government has downsized the Tk 24,500 crore original annual development programme (ADP) to Tk 21,500 crore, a 12.
 arrow 14-party asks CEC, commissioners to quit
The Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition combine yesterday asked Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz and two other 'controversial' commissioners to quit the Election Commission (EC) Secretariat
 arrow Mall guards loot Tk 1.41cr jewellery, mobile
Security guards of Rajlaxmi Complex, a shopping mall in Uttara Model Town, looted cash, gold and diamond jewellery and mobile phones worth Tk 1.
 arrow 3,176 doctors to be recruited for unions
The Cabinet Committee on Public Administration yesterday took the decision to appoint 3,176 doctors for the union level health and family planning centres to provide health service to the village people.
 arrow 'Crossfire' killing challenged
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule asking the government to explain why the reported extra-judicial killing of Tunda Ismail in fetters should not be properly investigated and why the perpetrators
 arrow Sacks of dried fish...

 arrow 3 indigenous people murdered in city
Unknown criminals murdered three indigenous people at a house in Uttara, while police recovered the body of a man at Demra and a man killed his wife in Shyampur in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Pro-BNP interns clash at DMCH, 10 injured
A daylong clash between the two factions of BNP-backed Intern Doctors Association of the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) over the formation of a new committee yesterday left 10 injured.
 arrow Foreign investors may seek compensation
The foreign investors will seek compensation from the government as they incurred huge financial losses due to the attacks on their factories and subsequent closure of those.
 arrow HC slaps ban on filling up Gulshan Lake
The High Court yesterday ordered restraining the land grabbers from filling up the Gulshan-Banani Lake for creating new plots.
 arrow Energy adviser gets stuck in coal mine lift for 45 minutes
Energy Adviser Mahmudur Rahman yesterday got stuck underground in Barapukuria coal mine for 45 minutes when the lift became inoperative due to electricity failure.
 arrow Highway blocked as MP Ilyas Ali's house attacked
Activists of Osmaninagar and Balaganj upazila BNP and its front organisations barricaded the Dhaka-Sylhet Highway at several places yesterday, protesting an attack on ruling party lawmaker M Ilyas Ali's
 arrow Angry depositors block highway to north
Hundreds of aggrieved clients of Social Development Sangsad (SDS) and Islamic Trade and Commerce Ltd (ITCL) blockaded the Dhaka-North Bengal highway for one hour yesterday demanding refund of their deposits
 arrow Probe body formed
A three-member enquiry committee was formed here yesterday to investigate the Wednesday's power cut at the Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) for around 10 hours that allegedly caused death to
 arrow BGMEA leaders demand industrial police
Leaders of the garment factory owners' yesterday urged the government to form an industrial police force to ensure a secure working environment for the apparel industry.
 arrow UAE to build power plants in Bangladesh
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will build new power plants, including barge-mounted units, and relocate their old ones in Bangladesh and consider setting up oil refinery here.
 arrow Outlaw killed in 'shootout' with Rab
A regional commander of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) was killed in an encounter between his cohorts and members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Ratowal village in Raninagar upazila
 arrow 2 killed in BSF firing
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) gunned down two Bangladeshi young men on Dainur border under Kotwali Police Station on Tuesday night.
 arrow Enron CEOs found guilty
Former Enron Corp chief executives Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling were found guilty yesterday of lying about their company's crumbling finances in one of the biggest US business scandals and could faceyears
 arrow Manmohan proposes panel to examine Kashmir's 'special status'
India's prime minister said yesterday a group would be set up to examine Kashmir's special autonomous status under the constitution in a bid to bring peace to the revolt-hit region.
 arrow Nepal frees Maoists ahead of talks
Nepal's government said yesterday it had moved to meet a key Maoist rebel demand by freeing 467 of their comrades from prison and named a three-member team for talks to end a decade-long insurgency.
 arrow US immigration bill nears passage
A sweeping immigration law overhaul that would toughen border security and give millions of illegal immigrants a chance to earn US citizenship headed for Senate passage on Thursday and backers prepared
Businessarrow Guideline on private sector housing business drafted
A parliamentary body has drafted a guideline on private sector housing business that recommends handover of plots or apartments to buyers within four months of full payments.
 arrow Bangladesh needs to end political conflicts to overcome image crisis
Head of a high-powered German trade delegation has said Bangladesh needs to end unrelenting political conflicts to overcome its image problem.
 arrow India eyes trade linkage with Southeast Asia
It is not only in the matter of transporting of gas from Myanmar that India has decided to bypass Bangladesh but also in fostering growing trade linkages with Southeast Asia.
 arrow Bring culprits to book: DCCI
Leaders of the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) yesterday urged the government to take punitive actions against the perpetrators of the recent spate of unexpected unrest in the business and
 arrow 'AKTEL Infinity' launched
AKTEL, a leading mobile phone operator with 3.5 million customers in the country now, yesterday formally launched a new package styled 'AKTEL Infinity' for self-employed professionals.
 arrow 'Monitor-Totalgaz Chef of the Year' competition launched
The second 'Monitor-Totalgaz Chef of the Year-2006' competition was launched yesterday. The Bangladesh Monitor, a travel magazine, will hold the final contest in the middle of July.
 arrow BEI holds seminar on CSR
Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) held a seminar on corporate social responsibility (CSR) in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Common currency not on the cards for Asia
Asian monetary authorities agreed Thursday a common currency may not necessarily be in the best interest of the region given the varying degrees of development in the various economies.
 arrow GlaxoSmithKline declares 30pc dividend
GlaxoSmithKline Bangladesh Ltd in its 33rd annual general meeting (AGM) yesterday approved a final dividend of 30 per cent for its shareholders for the year 2005.
 arrow IMF calls for multilateral approach
The head of the International Monetary Fund on Wednesday called for a multilateral effort to address growing imbalances which threaten to hurt the global economy if left unchecked.
 arrow Mutual Trust Bank okays 14pc cash dividend, 10pc bonus shares
Mutual Trust Bank Ltd has declared a 14 per cent cash dividend and 10 per cent bonus shares for its shareholders for the year 2005.
 arrow KL to raise electricity rates by 12pc
The Malaysian government on Wednesday took the politically difficult decision to raise electricity rates by 12 per cent from next month, the first increase in power tariffs in nine years.
 arrow US jobless claims slump
New claims for US unemployment benefits slumped by 40,000 to 329,000 in the week ending May 20, the Labor Department said Thursday.
 arrow US, Taipei launch trade talks
Taiwan and the United States on Thursday kicked off a two-day trade meeting, with the US delegation led by Deputy US Trade Representative Karan Bhatia, officials said.
Sportsarrow Football: Spain 1982: Italy provide Mediterranean sunshine
Not for the first or last time, FIFA insisted on tampering with the format. Still trying to breed a successful cross between league and cup, they came up with even more of a camel.
 arrow Football: Bits and Bobs
Pfister returns after flu
Afp, Germany

World Cup debutants Togo's veteran German coach Otto Pfister is set to return to the helm at training on Thursday after a bout of flu.

 arrow Football: Rossi: The Comeback King
The prolific Italian marksman Paolo Rossi completed a wonderful career turnaround in 1982 when he overcame a two-year ban for alleged match fixing to lead his country to World Cup glory scoring a thrilling
 arrow Cricket: Rajshahi ride on Rabiul
Rabiul hit exactly one hundred as Rajshahi beat Gaibandha by five wickets in the Dhaka Bank Under-19 National Youth Cricket Championship at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
 arrow Football: Dhaka prisoners to enjoy World Cup
Prisoners in Bangladesh will be able to watch World Cup football for the first time, authorities said Thursday.
 arrow Chess: Men make comeback
The men on the Bangladesh chess team returned to winning ways in the 37th World Chess Olympiad when they handed a 2.5-1.5 defeat to Austria in the fourth round in Turin, Italy yesterday.
 arrow Top four will be sent to Colombo
Only the top four performers of the training camp will represent Bangladesh in individual events in the South Asian (SA) Games in Colombo this August.
 arrow Football: French squad in bust-up session
France coach Raymond Domenech admitted on Thursday that he had had a bust-up with reserve goalkeeper Gregory Coupet but insisted that the matter had since been resolved.
 arrow Football: Surprises may shower
The weather in Germany could be as full of surprises as the soccer during the World Cup, with cold fronts, heatwaves, heavy rain, bright blue skies or severe thunderstorms among the myriad of possibilities.
 arrow Football: Brazil sweat it out
The Brazil World Cup squad was put through its paces for the first time since arriving in its Swiss training base here Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Reyna injury not serious
The United States got a World Cup boost on Wednesday with the news that captain Claudio Reyna did not suffer any muscle damage when he limped off in the 1-0 warm-up defeat against Morocco on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Goodwill Ballack
German football star Michael Ballack has agreed to help raise the profile of the global fight against HIV/AIDS as special representative for the United Nations, UNAIDS said Thursday.
 arrow Football: Japan, Adidas sign mega deal
The Japan Football Association (JFA) signed an eight-year sponsorship extension on Thursday with German sporting goods giant Adidas worth $140 million.
 arrow Football: Skoko sets Aussies on the way
Australia gave 95,000 home fans a rousing World Cup send-off with a 1-0 win over European champions Greece at the Melbourne Cricket Ground here Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: SL bowled out cheaply
Chaminda Vaas's defiant 30 not out was not enough to prevent Sri Lanka being bowled out for 141 on the first day of the second Test against England at Edgbaston here Thursday.
 arrow Football: France aim to bury ghosts of 2002
As sporting disasters go they don't come much bigger than France's misadventure in Asia at the 2002 World Cup.
 arrow Football: Toni a la Toto Schillaci?
Sixteen years ago Italy turned to Salvatore "Toto" Schillaci as their World Cup striker despite the Sicilian's lack of international experience and this year in Germany coach Marcello Lippi is pinning
 arrow Football: The Kids' Cup
Theo Walcott might have been dismayed by the mixture of scorn and shock that greeted his elevation to England's World Cup squad but he shouldn't be too concerned.
 arrow Football: Scolari's chance for history
Global speculation linking Luiz Felipe Scolari with the job of England coach dominated the world's sporting headlines at the end of April until the 57-year-old Brazilian said he did not want the job.
 arrow Cricket: Kumble sure of India win
Leg-spinner Anil Kumble is hopeful India can atone for previous near misses by scoring a rare overseas victory in their Test series in the West Indies.
 arrow Cricket: Chattergoon, Hinds back for Windies
West Indies have made two changes to their squad for the final two one-day games against India in Trinidad.
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar out for six weeks
Sachin Tendulkar, who recently ruled himself out of India's tour to West Indies, has been advised to wait at least another six weeks before returning to competitive cricket.
 arrow Cricket: Injured Yuvraj may be risked
India may risk playing Yuvraj Singh in their do-or-die battle against West Indies on Friday to ensure they do not lose their first one-day series in nine months.
 arrow Football: Pauleta stays at PSG
Paris Saint Germain striker Pauleta has extended his contract by one year, the French first division club said on Thursday.
 arrow Tennis: French Open running out of stars
American Andy Roddick has joined the list of casualties ahead of the French Open, which starts on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Kallis to have elbow surgery
South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis is to have surgery on the elbow problem that has troubled him since November.
 arrow Football: Gang behind Vieira burglary
A pan-European car-jacking gang is believed to be behind a weekend burglary at the Riviera home of Juventus midfielder Patrick Vieira, who was knocked out with gas during the raid, police said.
 arrow Football: Milan official under the spotlight
An AC Milan official has for the first time become directly involved in a match-fixing affair in a new twist to the Italian football scandal which has been raging the past few weeks.
 arrow Football: Pires moves to Villarreal
Robert Pires is leaving Champions League finalists Arsenal for a two-year deal with Spanish side Villarreal, the French winger confirmed Thursday.
 arrow Football: Dyer arrested for indecent assault
Newcastle midfielder Kieron Dyer was arrested after a woman complained that he had indecently exposed himself, Press Association citing police sources said on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Rui returns to Benfica
AC Milan's Portuguese midfielder Rui Costa has quit the Italian side to return to Benfica where he started his career, a spokesman for the Lisbon-based club said Thursday.
 arrow Football: Ze plans to move from Germany
Brazil's Ze Roberto is leaving Bayern Munich after four seasons and plans to continue his career outside Germany, the midfielder said on Wednesday.
Metropolitanarrow Take a vow to strengthen national unity
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged all to take a vow to further strengthen national unity through spreading poet Kazi Nazrul Islam's ideals in all spheres of society and culture.
 arrow Integrate indigenous people in project implementation
Speakers at a workshop yesterday called for integration of the indigenous people while implementing projects in their areas.
 arrow Nodi O Jibon project launched
Nodi O Jibon, a resource mobilisation project, was launched yesterday, aiming at improving the livelihood of vulnerable people of char lands in the northern region.
 arrow 'Upgrade nursing education to improve national healthcare'
While there is a huge demand for qualified and skilled nurses both at home and abroad, the government has no specific policy or guidelines to upgrade nursing education to meet international standards,
 arrow Six AL men get life
Six Awami League leaders and workers were awarded life imprisonment in sensational murder case of Mofazzal Hossain Jhantu of Goyeshpur village in Pabna district.
 arrow People might go for mass upsurge any moment
Leaders of Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) yesterday said people might go for a mass upsurge any moment against the BNP-Jamaat-led coalition government as they are now fed up with its misrule.
 arrow HC stays judicial function of Mothbaria UNO
The High Court yesterday stayed the operation of a notification giving Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) of Mothbaria in Pirozpur district additional charge for exercising judicial function in "violation"
 arrow UK envoy shows interest in Madrasa system, suggests some changes
British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury wanted to know about the system of Madrasa education, enrolment of female students and modernisation of Islamic education system in Bangladesh.
 arrow Udichi bomb blast case verdict May 30
Judgement in the sensational Udichi bomb blast case will be pronounced on May 30.
 arrow Non-govt pry teachers to observe fast unto death from May 28
Once again, the non-government primary school teachers are going to observe fast unto death from May 28 to press home their one-point demand for job nationalisation.
 arrow Mashir Hossain passes away
Ekushey Award recipient and renowned journalist Mashir Hossain Hiru passed away due to cardiac arrest yesterday at 12.30pm at Holy Family Hospital in the city at the age of 72.
 arrow Proper probe demanded
Speakers at a meeting yesterday demanded proper investigation into the death of Nasreen Pervin Huq, country director of ActionAid.
 arrow Weekly Rupsha editor gets death threat
Some notorious criminals gave a death threat to Editor of the weekly Rupsha Matiur Rahman on Wednesday night when he was returning home from his office at Khalishpur.
 arrow Tributes paid to Justice BB Roy
Speakers at a meeting on Wednesday paid rich tributes to the memory of Justice Bimalendu Bikash Roy. They said the late justice had earned a special position in the hearts of lawyers.
 arrow Sainik League calls hartal in Sylhet Sunday
Sylhet district unit of Bangabandhu Sainik League called a dawn-to dusk hartal in the district on Sunday to protest attack its rally by the JCD men in the city Wednesday.
 arrow Islam wrongfully being made synonymous with terrorism
A visiting delegation of British Muslims yesterday said Islam is wrongfully being made synonymous with terrorism and that Muslims should return to the path of peace, the true meaning of Islam.
 arrow US embassy closed May 28
The American Embassy offices, including The American Centre, Archer K Blood American Centre Library and the student counselling service, will remain closed on May 28 in observance of Memorial Day, a national
Point-Counterpointarrow Fund-raising of political parties
There may not be two opinions that democratic system in a country cannot function without political parties.
 arrow Bogus voter list stokes up the heat
With the AL-led 14-party opposition combines' refusal to sit with the Jamaat members included in the BNP-led alliance for talks on reforms in the election commission (EC) and caretaker government, the
 arrow Is oil and gas exploration in the Bay turning into a geopolitical issue?
Bangladesh entered in oil and gas exploration in the Bay of Bengal in the year 1974 under Bangladesh Petroleum Act 1974.
 arrow Alliance of civilisations and Ibn Khaldun
It requires a great deal of courage and conviction to propose an alliance of civilisations today when a virulent strain of religious intolerance in general and an obscene form of fundamentalism in particular
Culturearrow Keeping the legacy alive
Nazrul Janmabarshiki Udjapon Jatiyo Committee celebrated the 107th birth anniversary of our National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam at the Osmani Auditorium on May 24.
 arrow Dazzling display of metal works
A visitor to the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhanmondi, is greeted with a dazzling array of metal craft works.
 arrow Faber -Castell National Art Competition 2006
Dhanmondi Tutorial (DT) is well known for its proficiency in extra-curricular activities such as debates, cultural programmes and science fairs, says a press release.
 arrow Movie represents volatile period
Kuhel Ahmed (Qayes Chowdhury), a professor of Zoology, the central character of the movie Balughari, has imaginary conversations with his late mother and niece.
 arrow Babel: Multi-lingual film defies stereotypes
A film in four languages and set on four continents has become the strong favourite to win the 'Palme d'Or' at the Cannes Film Festival 2006.
Editorialarrow Editorial: State minister's admission
We are unable to comprehend why the government could not preempt the recent acts of vandalism and anarchy at the various garment factories despite having prior intelligence on such possibilities.
 arrow Editorial: Avoidable deaths at CMCH
Negligence and carelessness have become a routine affair with most of our medical services, particularly those provided at public hospitals and clinics.
 arrow To make democracy work
So far my trip to Australia has been quite an eye-opener.
 arrow Flowers to the grave
When she died he must have been in the elevator between fifth and sixth floors of the hospital, when on the tenth floor she, who wanted to see him for one last time, left the world before he arrived.
 arrow Tougher time for UPA in the third year
The United Progressive Alliance(UPA) government in India has just stepped into the third year of its tenure amidst indications that it will have a tougher time ahead in domestic and foreign policy matters.
Letters to Editorarrow Vandalism at garment factories
I am condemning the group of people involved in attacking the garment factories inside the Savar EPZ area. RMG has been the major sources of country's export earnings over the years.
 arrow Allah Hafez vs. Khoda Hafez
I am writing in reference to the letter written by Mr. SN Mamoon on May 1. A year of debate has taken place in Pakistan on this issue of Khoda or Allah Hafez. Mr.
 arrow Performance of finance minister
Mr. Saifur Rahman is distinguished as a successful political technocrat, who has been privileged to run the ministry of finance for three terms. He is also the minister of planning.
 arrow Woes of Uttara residents
We, the residents of Uttara, are facing lots of problems, but there is nobody to address them. Law and order has sharply deteriorated. Mugging is an everyday affair.
 arrow Electricity crisis
There are some good suggestions like using power saving bulb. But the suggestion of not watching TV, using refrigerator and closing shops after five o'clock is not reasonable.
 arrow My dearest Nasreen
The shock waves of your death are reaching distant shores and washed over me last Friday leaving me bereft.
 arrow How long should we top the list?
Yes, we agree that it is a Herculean task on the part of the prime minister to dethrone the cabinet ministers who are corrupt, yet the nation as a whole would appreciate such bold decisions.
 arrow World Cup in Bangladesh
We are very glad to hear the news that Bangladesh will be one of the organising countries of World Cup cricket with four other countries. It is a splendid achievement for our nation.
 arrow Paying taxes
Mr. Shawkat Ali's write up in "Opinion" column (DS: April 27) deserves appreciation for raising valid queries on the management of state funds.
 arrow Den of criminals
Maghbazar Dilu Road under Ward 54 has remained unnoticed for a long while. As a result sometimes we feel it is out of sight and out of mind of the law enforcers.
Environmentarrow Growing slums of Dhaka
Growth of Slums in Dhaka Metropolitan Area (DMA) in the last ten years has been nothing less than immense and spectacular. Using 1996 as the base year, the slum population in DMA was 1.
 arrow Isn't Bangladesh a trash of water?
The dynamic and interactive systems of the atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere extend throughout the earth and the nexus between the living societies grows strong.
Worldarrow South Asia: Oslo mounts Lankan peace salvage move
Four Sri Lankan policemen were killed in a mine blast yesterday as Colombo's financial centre banned cars fearing a bomb attack despite a fresh bid by peace broker Norway to salvage the peace process.
 arrow South Asia: Myanmar may set free Suu Kyi: UN
UN Under Secretary General Ibrahim Gambari hinted here Wednesday that Myanmar's military rulers may be preparing to release detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
 arrow South Asia: India, Pakistan open talks on marshes
India and Pakistan launched a fresh round of talks yesterday over disputed marshes, a day after discussions on troop withdrawals from a glacier failed to produce a breakthrough, officials said.
 arrow South Asia: Hindus protest move to make Nepal secular state
Religious activists crippled a Nepalese border town yesterday in protest against the government's decision to end the nation's status as the world's last Hindu kingdom, police said.
 arrow South Asia: 3,000 Afghans flee heavy fighting
Up to 3,000 villagers caught in the crossfire of heavy battles between Taliban and security forces in southern Afghanistan have fled their homes, the International Organisation of Migration said Thursday.
 arrow South Asia: Pakistan okays $1b deal for Swedish AWACS
Pakistan's cabinet approved on Wednesday plans for the purchase of a $1 billion airborne early warning surveillance system from Swedish firms Saab and Ericsson to boost its air defences.
 arrow South Asia: Pak immigrant convicted of NY subway plot
A Pakistani immigrant was convicted on Wednesday of plotting to blow up a New York City subway station in a case that shed light on police investigation tactics since the Sept. 11 attacks.
 arrow South Asia: India, Japan pledge to boost military ties
India and Japan pledged to step up military cooperation, as Tokyo tries to move closer to the South Asian nation, which is seeking to modernise its armed forces.
 arrow South Asia: India's caste quota ire grows
Lying on the floor in a state hospital in New Delhi, 16-year-old Pushpendra has been waiting to get a bed since Monday.
 arrow South Asia: al-Qaeda strategist handed over to US by Pakistan
A leading al-Qaeda member, who had a $5 million bounty on his head and is wanted in Spain for possible links to the 2004 bombings, has been handed over to US agents, Pakistani intelligence officers said
 arrow Abbas sets deadline for Hamas to end rivalry
Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas gave Fatah and Hamas a deadline yesterday to end their deadly rivalry or else he would call a referendum, which could lead to a new national unity government.
 arrow China protests US label of 'credible threat'
China has strongly protested at a Pentagon report which says Beijing's rapid military build-up poses a credible long-term threat to the United States.
 arrow Soldiers search for bodies in Thailand
More than 1,000 soldiers searched for bodies under a sea of mud and debris Thursday in northern Thailand following flash floods that were believed to have killed more than 100 people.
 arrow Cheney may be called in CIA leak case
Could Vice President Dick Cheney be a star prosecution witness in the perjury trial of his former chief of staff? Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald suggested in a court filing Wednesday that Cheney
 arrow 35 die while siphoning off petrol in Benin
At least 35 people were killed overnight in northern Benin when a fuel truck burst into flames while they were trying to siphon petrol from it, hospital sources told AFP yesterday.
 arrow Peacekeepers arrive in East Timor
Fierce gunbattles raged in East Timor's capital Thursday, killing at least three people and wounding more than a dozen, as international troops arrived in the tiny nation to help it quell a rebellionby
 arrow Brain waves control robot!
In a step toward linking a person's thoughts to machines, Japanese automaker Honda said it has developed a technology that uses brain signals to control a robot's very simple moves.
 arrow 38 killed in renewed Somalia fighting
Fighting between rival militias intensified yesterday in the Somali capital, with battles spreading across the city and at least 38 people dead and 90 wounded, medical sources and a militia commandersaid.
 arrow 30 quarantined in Indonesian bird flu village
Health experts in an Indonesian village hit by an unprecedented bird flu outbreak have asked more than 30 people to quarantine themselves to contain any potential further spread, officials said yesterday.
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