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Oil surges to record high near $140
16 Jun 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

LONDON (Reuters) - Oil surged to a new record high on Monday of nearly $140 a barrel, propelled by weakness in the dollar which offset the bearish impact of plans by Saudi Arabia to boost output. U.S. light, sweet crude for July delivery was up $2.01 at $136.87 a barrel by 1550 GMT, off a record high of $139.89. Earlier in the session, it fell as much as $1.40 a barrel on hopes of increased ...

Mugabe threatens opposition leaders over violence
16 Jun 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Nelson Banya HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe threatened on Monday to arrest opposition leaders over election campaign violence for which his opponents blame ruling party supporters. Branding Zimbabwe's government a "criminal regime", Prime Minister Gordon Brown joined U.S. President George W. Bush in urging Mugabe to allow international monitors to ensure a f ...

EU's Solana says no decision on Iran sanctions
16 Jun 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - The European Union did not take decisions on Monday to launch a new round of sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme, EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said. "No decision has been taken today," Solana told a news conference after a meeting of foreign ministers in Luxembourg. Prime Minister Gordon Brown said earlier that Europe would take further s ...

Rich nations fall short on Africa aid
16 Jun 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By David Clarke LONDON (Reuters) - The world's richest nations are falling short on pledges to double aid to Africa by 2010 at a time when soaring food prices risk destroying decades of economic progress on the continent, a watchdog said on Monday. The Africa Progress Panel, set up to monitor commitments made at the Group of Eight (G8) summit in 2005 at Gleneagles in Scotland, said i ...

French truckers block roads in protest
16 Jun 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By James Mackenzie PARIS (Reuters) - Truckers blocked roads across France on Monday in their latest protest against high fuel costs and called on the government to help their struggling industry. The nationwide day of action announced by France's main haulage associations included roadblocks and "snail" operations by convoys of slow-moving trucks to disrupt traffic. But in a g ...

Church investigates gay clergy blessing
16 Jun 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Avril Ormsby LONDON (Reuters) - The Church of England has launched an investigation after vows and rings were exchanged between two homosexual clergymen in one of London's oldest churches. The Bishop of London, the Right Reverend Richard Chartres, has asked his archdeacon to look into last month's service at the 12th century St Bartholomew the Great in Smithfield. About 300 ...

Britain to boost Afghan force to 8,030
16 Jun 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will increase its force in Afghanistan by 230, taking the total number of British troops there to more than 8,000, Defence Secretary Des Browne told parliament on Monday. Browne said the situation in Afghanistan had improved over the past 12 months, but a switch by Taliban guerrillas from conventional attacks to suicide bombings and roadside bomb attacks posed a d ...

Astronomers find batch of "super-Earths"
16 Jun 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - European researchers said on Monday they discovered a batch of three "super-Earths" orbiting a nearby star, and two other solar systems with small planets as well. They said their findings, presented at a conference in France, suggest that Earth-like planets may be very common. "Does every single star harbour planets and, if yes, how many?" asked Michel Mayor o ...

Britain raises threat alert for UAE
16 Jun 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

DUBAI (Reuters) - Britain has warned its nationals travelling to the United Arab Emirates of a "high threat from terrorism", raising its alert for the Gulf Arab trade hub that is home to large community of British expatriates. The British Embassy in Dubai declined to specify what had prompted the change, saying that threat alerts were continually being reviewed based on a variety of informa ...

Rice makes unannounced visit to Lebanon
16 Jun 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made an unannounced visit to Lebanon on Monday and said she wanted to support the country's democracy following a power-sharing deal last month that ended 18 months of political crisis. "I also am going to express the United States' support for Lebanese democracy, for Lebanese sovereignty, and to talk about how the United States ca ...

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