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Maldives president blames opposition for bomb attack
30 Sep 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

MALE (Reuters) - Maldives President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom on Sunday blamed opposition groups behind a tourism boycott campaign for a homemade bomb that wounded 12 foreign tourists in the remote Indian Ocean island chain on Saturday. Police have arrested seven people in connection with the blast near a mosque in the capital, Male, a rare attack on tourists, who are the linchpin of Maldives' $1 billi ...


U.N. peace envoy meets detained leader
30 Sep 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Reuters) - U.N. envoy Ibrahim Gambari met detained Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Sunday but had not held talks yet with the head of the junta on ending a bloody crackdown on protests against 45 years of military rule. "He looks forward to meeting Senior General Than Shwe, Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council, before the conclusion of his missi ...


Marriage split for Anne Robinson
30 Sep 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

The Weakest Link presenter Anne Robinson and her husband John Penrose are planning to divorce after 27 years. The couple were parting on the grounds of irreconcilable differences, a spokesman said. "There is no-one else involved," he added. "We have been an enormously important part of each other's lives for a very long time and our friendship will carry on forever," Robinson, 63, said. She found fame in the UK and US with her icy put-downs on the quiz show.


Ecuador votes for new assembly
30 Sep 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

The people of Ecuador are choosing a new constituent assembly designed to radically alter how the country is run. President Rafael Correa wants the 130-member body to dissolve Congress and cut traditional parties' powers. Mr Correa, who came to power in January, says the assembly will bring politics back to the people after years of corrupt and inept governments. But opposition groups say the move will only concentrate more power in the hands of the president. They accuse him of wanting to ...


Ramadan violence falls sharply in Iraq: U.S.
30 Sep 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Paul Tait BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Violence in Iraq during Ramadan has fallen by almost 40 percent from last year, the U.S. military said on Sunday, despite a warning from al Qaeda that it would increase attacks during the Muslim holy month. U.S. military spokesman Rear Admiral Mark Fox said a "surge" of 30,000 extra troops into Iraq this year and the new tactic of moving soldiers into small combat  ...


Killer Stone may get new appeal
30 Sep 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

The man found guilty of the hammer murders of Lin and Megan Russell in Kent could win a new appeal over his convictions, it has been revealed. The Criminal Cases Review Commission it is assessing whether there is "any new evidence or anything to cast doubt on the safety of his convictions". Stone was originally convicted of the 1996 killings in 1998 and then again at a retrial three years later. He has also appealed on a second occasion but that was rejected in 2005. More follows.


Football: German women win
30 Sep 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Germany edged out Brazil in a gripping match to became the first team to retain the Women's World Cup. Sandra Smisek showed great composure to pick out captain Birgit Prinz whose scuffed shot crept under keeper Andreia to set Germany on their way. Marta, who had earlier crashed a 20-yard volley against the post, then saw her penalty saved by Nadine Angerer after Linda Bresonik felled Cristiane. But the Germans sealed the win when Simone Laudehr headed home late on. A 2-0 scoreline was harsh  ...


Zimbabwe MDC sets poll conditions
30 Sep 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has said participation in polls next year depends on the outcome of negotiations with the government. Mr Tsvangirai leads one faction of the Movement for Democratic Change. Recent elections in Zimbabwe have been marked by violence. The MDC split after a disagreement over whether to take part in the 2005 senate election. Mr Tsvangirai said the president must end political repression and allow millions of exiles to vote. "Those are our benchmarks  ...


UN envoy sees Burma dissident
30 Sep 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

UN envoy to Burma Ibrahim Gambari has met detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in the main city of Rangoon. Mr Gambari is attempting to mediate between Burma's junta and the opposition, and end a bloody crackdown on mass pro-democracy protests. Earlier, he met some of the country's military leaders in the new capital Naypyidaw, and has now returned there for further talks. He has yet to see senior general Than Shwe or his deputy. Ms Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy easily won e ...


We can beat Brown - Hague
30 Sep 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

William Hague has told the Conservative conference that it was the "most crucial of our times" as the party seeks to show it is ready to govern. The shadow foreign secretary said they would remind people the party should never be underestimated and that they were the "real change Britain needs". Opening the conference, he said that in the "new world... the old politics of Gordon Brown are no longer enough". He said Mr Brown had caused the current crises in health, prisons and pensions. Mr Ha ...


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