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Troops launch crackdown in Kirkuk
7 Oct 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

The Iraqi city of Kirkuk has been placed under a total curfew as Iraqi troops backed by US-led coalition forces search for insurgents. Police said at least 150 people had been detained and arms and ammunition seized in the northern city. The major operation began as a suicide car bomb hit an army checkpoint in the northern city of Tal Afar. Four soldiers and 10 civilians died in the city held up as a model by US President George W Bush in March. Tal Afar, to the west of Mosul, was supposed ...


N Ire hold Denmark to a draw
7 Oct 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

Northern Ireland put in an impressive defensive display to claim a point in Saturday night's Euro 2008 qualifier against the Danes in Copenhagen. Denmark dominated from the start with Jon Dahl Tomasson and Peter Lovenkrands going close before Jonny Evans made a vital clearance just before the break. The visitors offered little in attack while Denmark continually pressed and Daniel Agger hit the crossbar late on. A booking rules Michael Duff out of Wednesday's game against Latvia.  ...


England's Euro campaign stutters
7 Oct 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

England's Euro 2008 qualifying campaign stuttered after a disappointing draw against Macedonia at Old Trafford. Steve McClaren's side wasted several chances, with Gary Neville and Steven Gerrard hitting the woodwork. Macedonia keeper Jane Nikoloski saved well from Frank Lampard and Peter Crouch, but Igor Mitrevski's header was only inches away from shocking England. Wayne Rooney was substituted on his return and Gerrard will miss the clash with Croatia after a yellow card.  ...


Football: Scotland win
7 Oct 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

Scotland sit proudly at the top of Euro 2008 qualifying Group B after a fabulous win over France at Hampden. Thierry Henry hit the post as France dominated the first 45 minutes but Scotland improved after the interval. And Gary Caldwell, who was outstanding in defence, turned goal hero when he stabbed the ball home from a Paul Hartley corner kick on 67 minutes. France enjoyed the bulk of possession but Walter Smith's well-organised team worked hard for a famous victory. Inte ...


Cut bin collections 'in winter'
7 Oct 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

Councils should begin fortnightly rubbish collections in autumn, winter or early spring to avoid complaints, a government funded report has said. Residents are often concerned that fortnightly collections will cause bad smells and increase vermin, the Waste and Resources Action Programme added. Starting the scheme outside summer would largely kill opposition before hot weather arrived, the report said. The government said waste collection was a matter for local authorities. The Waste and Res ...


UK rider drowns in South Africa
7 Oct 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

A British tourist has drowned in South Africa while riding a horse on a beach. Claire Jackson, 36, from London, was washed away as she crossed a river mouth on Friday night in Queenstown, in the Eastern Cape Province. Two other women, one from south Africa and one from the UK, escaped unharmed. Mrs Jackson's body was recovered shortly after the accident. Her family has been informed and her hus ...


Darfur campaign cuts Sudan money
7 Oct 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

A campaign in the United States to put pressure on Sudan over its policies in Darfur received a boost this week when California passed laws limiting business links with Sudan's government. It is the latest example of a growing drive to stop companies doing business with Khartoum. So far six states have enacted legislation, and a further 18 are considering what action to take. Star power On Monday the governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger signed his state's latest piece of legislation ...


Win battle of ideas, Brown says
7 Oct 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

Gordon Brown has said long-term success in the war on terror will require victory in the "battle of ideas". He said people who are "defenders of democracy" should unite, and insisted that success would not be possible through purely military means. The Chancellor was speaking at the Cheltenham Literary Festival to promote a book of his collected speeches. Asked about his view on US-UK relations, Mr Brown said he supported having a British foreign policy. 'Hearts and minds' Mr Brown said: "I ...


Football: Slovakia hammer Wales
7 Oct 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

Wales' Euro 2008 hopes suffered a major blow as they were soundly beaten by an impressive Slovakia side in Cardiff. Dusan Svento slotted home the first to kick off a horror afternoon for keeper Paul Jones on his 50th appearance. A fluffed Jones clearance saw Marek Mintal score from 35 yards before Gareth Bale responded with a free-kick. Mintal's 25-yard screamer put Slovakia back in control, before Miroslav Karhan's chip and Robert Vittek's cool finish compounded Welsh misery.  ...


BBC defends Norton drug comments
7 Oct 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

The BBC has defended Graham Norton after he admitted in an interview he had tried "loads of drugs". The TV star, who hosts the BBC's Strictly Dance Fever and Graham Norton's Bigger Picture, also described ecstasy as "just fantastic". Norton, 43, was criticised by anti-drug groups for the comments he made during an interview for Marie Claire magazine. But the BBC said his comments were aimed at an "adult audience" and did not affect his ability as a TV host. Norton joined the BBC from Channel ...


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