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Taliban say Korean hostages alive
27 Jul 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Yousuf Azimy GHAZNI, Afghanistan (Reuters) - The remaining 22 South Koreans held hostage in Afghanistan are alive, a Taliban spokesman said on Friday, and the group will not set further deadlines as it negotiates with the government on freeing them. A government official also said the Christian volunteers, whose leader was killed two days ago by their Taliban captors, were alive, adding an Afgh ...


Ex-boxing champ dies after shooting
27 Jul 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

LONDON (Reuters) - Former heavyweight boxer James Oyebola died in hospital on Friday after his life-support machine was turned off, a hospital spokeswoman said. Oyebola, 47, was shot in the head and leg in the outside courtyard of a London nightclub on Monday night after asking customers to stop smoking. The Nigeria-born boxer, a bronze medallist at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh and w ...


PM to reject talk of rift in Bush talks
27 Jul 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Adrian Croft LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Gordon Brown will play down talk of a cooling of U.S.-British relations in his first talks with President George W. Bush next week -- but he will not want to be seen as "America's poodle." Speeches by two ministers have been seized on by some commentators as evidence that the month-old Brown government plans a shift in foreign policy away from the  ...


Heathrow aims to ban green protesters
27 Jul 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Avril Ormsby LONDON (Reuters) - Environmental groups have branded BAA's attempts to seek an injunction limiting next month's planned protest at Heathrow as "insanely draconian". The company has applied for an injunction against an environmental umbrella group, Airport Watch, which covers 5 million members belonging to 10 groups such as Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and the National Trust. T ...


Policeman charged with murdering barrister's clerk
27 Jul 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

LONDON (Reuters) - A policeman has been charged with the murder of a barrister's clerk in a packed City of London bar. Adam Lowe, 26, from Hertfordshire, a serving officer with the City police, was charged over the death of Lee Cook, 21, who died last week after an attack at the Alibi bar in Shoe Lane, off Fleet Street. "We are deeply disappointed that one of our officers has been charged in con ...


U.S. stocks fall on credit concerns
27 Jul 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Herbert Lash NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks slipped in volatile trade on Friday as skittish investors weighed the prospects of a global credit crunch against signs of a resurgence of U.S. economic growth. U.S. Treasuries were up, after earlier declines, following surprisingly strong growth data that eased some of the worst fears of an economic slump following a day of sharp equity losses. The ...


Urine in flood bowser confirmed
27 Jul 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

TEWKESBURY (Reuters) - Police confirmed on Friday that some of bowsers delivering water to flood-hit areas of Gloucestershire had been tampered with. There has been one case of someone urinating in the tanks, and 10 reports of damaged bowsers, though it was not clear these had been deliberately vandalised, said Gloucestershire Chief Constable Tim Brain. The hundreds of bowsers dotted around the co ...


Blast near Pakistan mosque kills 3|
27 Jul 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Kamran Haider ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A suicide bomb attack in a restaurant near Islamabad's Red Mosque complex on Friday killed at least 13 people, a majority of them police, and wounded 50, officials said. The mosque had been the centre of a protest by Islamist radicals earlier in the day. Khalid Pervez, the top administrator in the city, told Reuters that the blast was a suicide attack. "We h ...


Spice Girls reveal new tour dates
27 Jul 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

The Spice Girls have added three new dates to their reunion tour, taking the total number of concerts to 14. In addition to the original dates, the group will perform in Vancouver, San Jose, California and Shanghai - kicking off the tour in Canada on 2 December. At the height of their fame, the Spice Girls sold 55 million albums and had nine UK number one singles. Three million people have registered to see the band since plans for the reunion tour were revealed last month. In a statement on ...


Nasa scandals overshadow launch
27 Jul 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Nasa commissioned the panel to look at astronaut mental health issues in the wake of the arrest of astronaut Lisa Nowak for assaulting a woman she thought was a rival for the affection of another astronaut. Both Capt Nowak and her former flame, shuttle pilot Bill Oefelein, have since been fired from the astronaut corps and returned to jobs in the Navy. Capt Nowak's trial on battery and assault charges, which police say stem from an attack on Navy Cmdr Oefelein's girlfriend in a parking lot at  ...


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