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Raikkonen rains on Hamilton's parade
8 Jul 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Alan Baldwin SILVERSTONE (Reuters) - Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen won the British Grand Prix on Sunday to wreck championship leader Lewis Hamilton's hopes of a home celebration. The Finn, who led a Ferrari one-two in France last weekend, took the chequered flag 2.4 seconds ahead of McLaren's double world champion Fernando Alonso thanks to an astute pit-stop strategy. "This is the perfect result an ...


Sarkozy says 'No' to mass pardons
8 Jul 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has refused to pardon prisoners on Bastille Day - breaking with a traditional gesture on the 14 July holiday. Mr Sarkozy told French media he objected to using his powers of pardon as a way to relieve overcrowded jails. Last July, Mr Sarkozy's predecessor, Jacques Chirac, freed some 3,500 inmates in a Bastille Day amnesty. French prisons house about 61,000 prisoners but were built to accommodate only 50,000. Prison warning Mr Sarkozy, who has a reputation as ...


Fierce heatwave fans US wildfires
8 Jul 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

A heatwave in the western states of the US has caused a string of wildfires, threatening homes and closing highways. Hundreds of people in the town of Winnemucca, Nevada, had to leave their homes on Saturday because of an 8,000-acre fire. In California, some 200 people were evacuated from homes in the town of Independence, on the eastern spine of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Temperatures as high as 38C have followed a drier-than-normal winter. Lightning strikes Fires have also been bur ...


Cycling: McEwen wins thriller
8 Jul 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Robbie McEwen bounced back from a late crash to win the first full stage of the Tour de France after an enthralling bunch sprint in Canterbury. The Australian looked out of contention with three miles left, but somehow snaked through the peloton to prevail. Briton David Millar led a breakaway for much of the day to the delight of huge crowds lining the route from Greenwich. But he ran out of steam 50km from the end, while fellow Briton Mark Cavendish was blighted by bike troubles. Fabian Ca ...


Soldier dies after Basra fighting
8 Jul 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

A British soldier who was seriously injured during heavy fighting in Basra has died from his wounds. The Ministry of Defence announced his death at the same time as it named a soldier who was killed in the same operation on Saturday. The soldier who died on Saturday was named as Lance Corporal Ryan Francis of 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh. On Friday, a third serviceman died in an accident in Basra. He has been named as Rifleman Edward Vakabua, 23.


Ferrari's Raikkonen takes second win in a row
8 Jul 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Alan Baldwin SILVERSTONE (Reuters) - Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen won the British Grand Prix on Sunday with McLaren's championship leader Lewis Hamilton on the podium again in front of his home crowd. The Finn, who led a Ferrari one-two in France last weekend, took the chequered flag 2.4 seconds ahead of McLaren's double world champion Fernando Alonso. Hamilton, the astonishing 22-year-old who has ...


Pakistani rebel cleric urges Islamic revolution
8 Jul 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Faisal Aziz ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A rebel cleric said he and his fighters hoped their deaths would spark an Islamic revolution in Pakistan, as commandos blew holes in the walls of their besieged mosque compound to help women and children inside escape. Troops have surrounded the Lal Masjid, or Red Mosque, in Islamabad since Tuesday when clashes between armed student radicals and government forc ...


'Foreign fighters' in Red Mosque
8 Jul 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Pakistan's religious affairs minister has said foreign Islamic militants are among those inside a besieged mosque in the capital, Islamabad. Ejaz-ul-Haq said "terrorists... wanted within and outside Pakistan" are fighting the army, which has surrounded the Red Mosque since last Tuesday. An army commander was shot dead by students inside the mosque on Sunday. The mosque's leader, Abdul Rashid Ghazi, said he and his followers would commit suicide rather than surrender. At least 20 people have  ...


Truck bomber kills 23 Iraqi army recruits
8 Jul 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Waleed Ibrahim BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide truck bomber killed 23 new Iraqi army recruits when he rammed into their vehicle south of Baghdad on Sunday, police said, a day after a huge truck bomb killed 150 people in the north of the country. Police and army officials said the bomber drove into a truck carrying the Sunni Arab recruits to Baghdad just after they had joined the army in western A ...


Man arrested in town murder probe
8 Jul 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Police have said they are now treating the death of a man whose body was found in Limavady on Friday as murder. Michael Martin McGinnis, 38, was found dead at the bottom of a set of steps in an area known as the Blackburn path near Alexander Road at about 0200 BST. His death is now being treated as murder after a post mortem examination was carried out. One man has been arrested and is currently being questioned about the murder. Police said Mr McGinnis was well known in the area and they h ...


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