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Iraqi PM condemns Saddam 'crimes'
4 Nov 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

Iraq's prime minister has said he hopes Saddam Hussein gets what he deserves for "crimes against the Iraqi people", ahead of Sunday's expected verdict. In a televised message urging calm, Nouri Maliki said Iraqis should mark the verdict in a way that "does not risk their lives". Military leave has been cancelled amid tight security before the verdict in the first of Saddam's trials. His supporters have threatened more violence if he is sentenced to death. The former president and co-defenda ...

Dutch to press Pakistan to plug Afghan border
4 Nov 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Terry Friel KABUL (Reuters) - The Netherlands will press Pakistan to do more to stop Afghan militants operating from its territory and will push its own NATO allies to send more troops to the volatile south, where it took command this week. Visiting Kabul, Dutch Foreign Minister Bernard Bot told reporters on Saturday he would take up the border issue with officials in Islamabad over the weekend ...

Four in hospital following blast
4 Nov 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

Two children are among four people who have been taken to hospital following an explosion at a house in South Lanarkshire. The alarm was raised in Ayr Road in the village of Glespin at about 1435 GMT, on Saturday, Strathclyde Police said. The injured people have been taken to Wishaw General Hospital. A medical update on their conditions has yet to be released. The blast is thought to have damaged part of the house. Emergency services remain at the scene and inquiries are ongoing to establis ...

Wales and Australia battle to draw
4 Nov 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

Wales 29 (16)Tries: S Williams, M Williams. Cons: J Hook 2. Pens: S Jones, G Henson, J Hook 3. Australia 29 (17)Tries: C Shepherd 2, M Giteau, C Latham. Cons: M Giteau 3. Pens: M Giteau. Wales and Australia played out the first draw in their history in a high scoring Test at the Millennium Stadium. If the result was unsatisfactory, then that was the only thing as the fans were treated to a six-try thriller. Australia seemed set to avenge last year's loss here when Cameron Shepherd and Matt G ...

Bruno 'ashamed' of cocaine use
4 Nov 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

Former champion boxer Frank Bruno has apologised to his family, friends and fans for relapsing into cocaine use. In response to an article in the Sun newspaper, his agent David Davies said: "Frank has said that he is very sorry that this has happened. He said Bruno apologised and added: "This will not happen again." Last year the 44-year-old admitted in his autobiography that he had used the Class A drug but he had vowed then that he would stay clean. But Bruno was reported in the Sun to hav ...

Shamed football boss keeps job
4 Nov 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

The manager of Boston United, found guilty of tax fraud but spared jail, will keep his job, the club's chairman has confirmed. Manager Steve Evans, 43, was given a 12-month suspended sentence for disguising wages and bonuses as expenses between 1997-2002. Chairman of the club Jim Rodwell said Mr Evans had been punished once and deserved a second chance. But a supporters' association said fans were unhappy about the decision. "We cannot condone the actions of the individuals involved in this ...

Campaigners urge action on climate
4 Nov 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

Thousands of climate change campaigners are at a London rally as part of global protests calling for world leaders to act urgently on the issue. The day's events included the March for Global Climate Justice from the US embassy in London to Trafalgar Square. Ashok Sinha, director of Stop Climate Chaos, said "climate change is the biggest threat the planet faces" and called for "urgent political action". The events are ahead of UN climate change talks in Nairobi on Monday. They also follow t ...

Freed Italian reporter returns home
4 Nov 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

ROME (Reuters) - An Italian journalist released in Afghanistan after three weeks of captivity returned to Italy on Saturday. Gabriele Torsello, a 36-year-old, London-based photojournalist taken by armed men from a public bus in the most dangerous part of the country, landed in Rome on an Italian government plane a day after his kidnappers freed him. "I am well. Thank you, Italy," he said to repo ...

Jensen earns Fulham victory over Everton
4 Nov 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

LONDON (Reuters) - A deflected second-half shot from Claus Jensen gave Fulham a 1-0 home victory over Everton in an early Premier League kick-off on Saturday. Danish international Jensen turned sharply on the left after 66 minutes before firing in an effort that flicked off Everton midfielder Lee Carsley and beyond goalkeeper Tim Howard. American Howard had earlier made a fine save to stop an Ia ...

Iraq waits nervously to hear if Saddam will hang
4 Nov 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Claudia Parsons BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces were on alert and a curfew was expected to keep Baghdad locked down on Sunday when Saddam Hussein hears the verdict in his trial for crimes against humanity. If convicted, the ousted Iraqi president could be sentenced to hang. Saddam's chief lawyer Khalil al-Dulaimi said on Friday Saddam believed the verdict was timed to boost President ...

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