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Cheney's heart passes checkup
1 Jul 2006 source: cnn.com

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President Dick Cheney, who has been hospitalized for previous heart conditions, was given a clean bill of health at his annual routine physical at George Washington Hospital, his spokeswoman said Saturday. Cheney, 65, underwent a physical exam, an electrocardiogram to monitor his heart's health and an ICD check, which is a device that can detect and treat any abnormal heart rhythms. In 2001, Cheney received a "pacemaker plus" to correct his arrhythmia. Saturda ...


Zimbabwe releases apartheid spies
1 Jul 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

Zimbabwean authorities have released three long-term prisoners convicted of murder and spying for South Africa during the apartheid era. The Zimbabwean government said it was freeing the men - Kevin Woods, Michael Smith and Philip Conjwayo - on humanitarian grounds. They were jailed in 1988 over a car bombing targeting members of the African National Congress (ANC). The trio were sentenced to death for the murder of a driver in the bombing. It was later commuted to life in prison. 'Medica ...


Baghdad market car bomb kills 62|
1 Jul 2006 source: cnn.com

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- A car bomb ripped through a packed Baghdad marketplace Saturday morning, killing at least 62 people and wounding 114 others, Iraqi emergency police said. The blast destroyed food and clothing stalls and set vehicles on fire, The Associated Press reported. Ambulances carried the many victims to hospitals, where AP said men were cradling crying babies as doctors sought to treat them. Crowds swarmed around the debris strewn across the devastated marketplace and angry yo ...


Israel to ease trade blockade, keep up offensive
1 Jul 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was widely expected on Sunday to ease an economic blockade on the Gaza Strip but to keep up a military offensive designed to force Palestinian militants to free a kidnapped soldier. Israel sent troops and tanks into southern Gaza in a clampdown on the coastal territory after the militants seized the soldier in a cross-border raid last Sunday, but the standoff has triggered a looming Palestinian humanitarian crisis. Israe ...


Media mourn England exit on penalties
1 Jul 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

LONDON (Reuters) - The media plunged into deep mourning after England were knocked out of the World Cup in a penalty shootout by Portugal on Saturday. Wayne Rooney was back on all the front pages with most of Sunday's newspapers carrying photos of the striker being sent off in the fateful 62nd minute. "End of the World", blared the Sunday Express, adding "England crack up and go out on penalties ...


Scots vote Flower of Scotland as a possible national anthem
1 Jul 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Ian MacKenzie GLASGOW (Reuters) - Flower of Scotland, a song that has become a battle cry for Scottish sports fans, was voted on Saturday top candidate for a national anthem for Scotland in a competition by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. The song, written by the late Roy Williams of the Corries folk group over 30 years ago, took 41 percent of over 10,000 votes cast in the online poll. ...


World Cup: France kick out Brazil
1 Jul 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

Thierry Henry's superb volley sent holders Brazil out of the World Cup as France moved into the semi-finals. Inspired by man-of-the-match Zinedine Zidane, France were the better side in the first half, but failed to create clear chances to trouble Dida. That changed just before the hour when Zidane swept a free-kick to the far post where it was sumptuously volleyed past the Brazilian goalkeeper by Henry. Fabien Barthez denied Ronaldo late on to set up a semi-final with Portugal. Prior to tha ...


Murray stuns Roddick to reach last 6|
1 Jul 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Pritha Sarkar LONDON (Reuters) - Andy Murray rode a wave of British fervour to knock out twice runner-up Andy Roddick 7-6 6-4 6-4 and reach the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time on Saturday. Murray had won the pair's only previous meeting and once again proved that he was capable of taming Roddick's thunderbolt serve to the delight of a hollering Centre Court crowd. "Beating a twice Wimbledon finalist on Centre Court is obviously a huge deal for me," Murray said after recording  ...


Bin Laden warns Iraq Shi'ites after bomb kills 62|
1 Jul 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Ali Jasim and Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Osama bin Laden appeared to warn Iraq's majority Shi'ite Muslims they were not safe from al Qaeda's new leader in the country after a car bomb devastated a Baghdad market on Saturday, killing more than 60 people. "It is not possible that many southerners violate, alongside America and its allies, Ramadi, Falluja, Mosul ... and that their areas remain safe from retaliation," a voice like that of the Saudi-born Sunni Islamist said in an Int ...


Weather delays shuttle launch until Sunday
1 Jul 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Deborah Zabarenko CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA postponed the launch of space shuttle Discovery until Sunday at the earliest due to possible lightning and thunderstorms near the Florida launch pad on Saturday. "It's not a good day to launch the shuttle so we're going to try again tomorrow," launch director Mike Leinbach said, with the countdown clock stopped at nine minutes. Weather was a persistent worry leading up to Saturday's scheduled launch, with storm clouds hovering over ...


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