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Alert airport returns to normal
1 Jul 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Services from Liverpool's John Lennon Airport have returned to normal after a security alert led to its closure. Merseyside police removed a vehicle for examination following an incident on Saturday night. The airport was closed for more than eight hours leaving hundreds of passengers stranded. It was reopened in the early hours of Sunday. Departing flights have returned to normal, although some incoming flights are cancelled. The alert came hours after a burning car was driven into Glasgow  ...


Portugal takes over EU presidency
1 Jul 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Portugal has taken over the rotating European Union (EU) presidency in a tenure likely to involve talks on Turkey's accession. In coming EU president Jose Socrates, Portugal's prime minister, said he wanted to keep talks on Turkey's possible accession on track. French President Nicolas Sarkozy has vowed to block Turkish membership. Portugal takes over from Germany, which has had the EU presidency since the beginning of the year.  ...


Zimbabwe cleric says Britain should invade
1 Jul 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

LONDON (Reuters) - A leading Zimbabwean cleric believes Britain would be justified in invading its former colony in order to rid it of President Robert Mugabe. Pius Ncube, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Bulawayo, told the Sunday Times the deepening destitution in his country, including millions going hungry and the world's highest inflation rate meant Britain would be right to act. "I think it i ...


US-South Korea trade pact signed
1 Jul 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

The US and South Korea have signed a controversial free trade agreement, the biggest deal of its kind the US has finalised for 15 years. The deal has still to be ratified in the US Congress, where some Democrats have expressed concern for job losses in the American car industry. The agreement phases out tariffs on almost all consumer and industrial goods in the next three years. Trade between the nations is worth about $80bn (£40bn) a year. 'Unfair' The pact was signed in Washington by ...


Police comb houses after airport attack
1 Jul 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Peter Graff GLASGOW (Reuters) - Police searched houses near Glasgow, Scotland's biggest city, on Sunday after what they said was a terrorist attack on its airport linked to two failed car bombings in London. The government raised the country's security level to "critical" -- meaning the risk of another attack was imminent -- following the airport incident, in which a fuel-filled, four-wheel-dri ...


5,000 cyclists get a taste of "le Tour" in Britain
1 Jul 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - More than 5,000 cyclists from 21 nations took to the streets of southern England on Sunday to ride a 120-mile route tracking the first stage of the world's greatest bike race, the Tour de France. Riders from New Zealand to the United States, Denmark and to South Africa set off from south London's Greenwich park and headed for some of southern England's most sceni ...


Israel president sex case delayed
1 Jul 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

"Instead of prosecuting the president as an ordinary person and applying the rule of law equally, it goes easy on the president... it's been reduced to a slap on the wrist," he said. Women's groups and victims of sex attacks led the protest against the attorney general's decision to drop rape charges against Mr Katsav. "It's a deal that stains us all, we should not agree to let this sully our society," Education Minister Yuli Tamir told the crowd on Rabin Square. Correspondents say the turnou ...


Iraq's June civilian death toll down sharply
1 Jul 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Alister Bull BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The number of civilians killed in Iraq fell sharply in June to the lowest monthly total since a U.S.-backed security clampdown was launched in February, Iraqi government figures showed on Sunday. The data, obtained from the ministries of interior, defence and health, showed 1,227 civilians died violently in June, a 36-percent fall from May and the lowest level i ...


Hong Kong marks first decade under Chinese rule
1 Jul 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By John Ruwitch HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese President Hu Jintao swore in Hong Kong's leader for a new term on Sunday and reminded the territory that the motherland comes first, as the city embarked upon its second decade under Beijing's rule. Some Hong Kongers celebrated the anniversary of the territory's 1997 return to Chinese rule, watching People's Liberation Army parachutists perform stunt j ...


Iran unhappy about Blair's Middle East envoy job
1 Jul 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran criticised on Sunday Tony Blair's appointment as Middle East peace envoy but welcomed his successor as prime minister, Gordon Brown. "He did not have a good background and a good reputation in the region," Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said when asked about Blair's new post as envoy for the international Quartet. "I doubt that this appointment would ... h ...


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