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Racing: Fallon claims Arc triumph
7 Oct 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Frankie Dettori was denied a fourth Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe as Kieren Fallon took the prestigious race on board Dylan Thomas at Longchamp. Dettori's Authorised was 12 lengths adrift at the back of the field midway through and though he rallied, did not make up the ground and was unplaced. Youmzain challenged in a superb finish but Fallon held on in memorable style. Stewards viewed possible interference as Fallon cut across Soldier Of Fortune and Zambezi Sun but the result stood. It was a  ...

RWC: SA clinch Fiji thriller
7 Oct 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

South Africa (13) 37 Tries: Fourie, Smit, Pietersen, Smith, JamesCons: Montgomery (3) Pens: Steyn, Mongtomery Fiji (3) 20Tries: Delasau, Bobo Cons: Bai (2) Pens: Bai (2) South Africa edged an absorbing clash with the exciting Fijians 37-20 to book a World Cup semi-final place. The Springbok forwards laid a platform for total domination and South Africa romped to a 20-6 lead in Marseille, but the Fiji backs had other ideas. Two Fijian tries in two second-half minutes levelled the game at 20 ...

Arsenal beat Sunderland
7 Oct 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

LONDON (Reuters) - Arsenal beat Sunderland 3-2 on Sunday to move back to the top of the Premier League after Robin van Persie secured victory with a well-worked winner 10 minutes from time. It was Arsenal's 10th successive win in all competitions, but they made hard work of it after racing into a 2-0 lead in the opening 14 minutes before allowing Sunderland to pull level early in the second half.  ...

Palestinians see rifts with Israel on peace draft
7 Oct 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Wafa Amr RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are deeply divided over the content of a joint document they are drafting for next month's U.S.-sponsored statehood conference, Palestinian officials said on Sunday. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, both weakened by internal crises, have avoided formal discussion of agenda iss ...

Official Saudi website for fatwas
7 Oct 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Saudi Arabia has launched an official website to publish Islamic legal rulings, or fatwas. The move is apparently an attempt to ensure that fatwas issued by authorised scholars are given prominence. Visitors to the new website will be able to ask questions on various topics and get replies from the Council of Senior Ulema (Islamic scholars). Saudi Arabia is an absolute monarchy governed accordi ...

Michelin families leave Algeria
7 Oct 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

French tyre company Michelin has said it is evacuating families of French nationals working for the firm in Algeria because of security concerns. The move comes after nine people, including two French nationals, were injured in an attack on a convoy of foreign workers in September. Al-Qaeda's North Africa wing said it had carried out the attack. Michelin said its Algeria operations would contin ...

Iran envoy 'elite force member'
7 Oct 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

The top US military commander in Iraq, Gen David Petraeus, has accused Iran's ambassador of being a member of an elite unit of Iran's Republican Guard. Gen Petraeus said Hassan Kazemi-Qomi was a member of the Quds Force, which the US believes backs foreign Islamic revolutionary movements. Gen Petraeus said he had no doubt Iran was behind attacks that had led to the deaths of US soldiers. Iran has so far not commented, but regularly denies any such involvement. Diplomatic immunity Gen Petrae ...

Army-controlled Darfur town razed
7 Oct 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

A Sudanese government-controlled town in Darfur has been burnt down and looted, the United Nations says. The town of Haskanita is close to the African Union peacekeeping base which rebel forces attacked last week. The UN observer mission did not say which forces destroyed Haskanita. The Sudanese government has not commented. On Friday, rebels said Sudanese government troops were attacking the town in apparent retaliation for the destruction of the AU base. A statement issued on Sunday by  ...

Palestinians launch longer-range rocket into Israel
7 Oct 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinian militants fired a Katyusha rocket deep into southern Israel on Sunday, police said, showing an ability to extend the range of rocket attacks from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. Gaza militants usually fire crude rockets that have a maximum range of about 9 km (5.5 miles) into Israel, but rarely go beyond 3 km (2 miles). The Grad-type Katyusha, originally Soviet- ...

Postal strike scheduled to resume
7 Oct 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Postal workers are set to start another 48-hour strike at 0300 BST on Monday in a repeat of last week's stoppages, which crippled services. It comes as reports say that the strikes could cost Royal Mail far more than had been expected. The industrial action could end up costing as much as £260m, according to sources quoted in the Sunday Telegraph. The report blames longer term damage as customers switch to other forms of communication because of the strikes. It says that by the end of t ...

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