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To rebut rumors, Palin says daughter, 17, pregnant
1 Sep 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Steve Holland ST. PAUL (Reuters) - The 17-year-old daughter of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is pregnant, Palin said on Monday in an announcement intended to knock down rumors by liberal bloggers that Palin faked her own pregnancy to cover up for her child. Bristol Palin, one of Alaska Gov. Palin's five children with her husband, Todd, is about five months pre ...

EU warns Russia on ties, but no sanctions for now
1 Sep 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Marcin Grajewski and Ingrid Melander BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union will warn Russia on Monday that Moscow's future ties with the bloc could depend on its adhering fully to a peace deal to end the Georgia conflict, according to a draft summit statement. The five-page text, obtained by Reuters as EU leaders began emergency talks in Brussels, strongly condemned Russia's mov ...

Japan PM Fukuda quits over parliament deadlock
1 Sep 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Isabel Reynolds TOKYO (Reuters) - Unpopular Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda resigned on Monday in an effort to break a political deadlock, becoming the second Japanese leader to resign abruptly in less than a year. Fukuda, 72, has been struggling to cope with a divided parliament where the opposition parties control the upper house and can delay legislation, even as the world's No.2 e ...

Iran says has not bought Russian missiles
1 Sep 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran denied on Monday it had bought Russia's advanced S-300 anti-aircraft missile system, after Israeli defense sources said the Islamic Republic could take delivery of the weapons by the end of the year. Western and Israeli experts have said that if Tehran acquired the S-300 missile batteries it would make any strike by Israel or the United States on Iran's nuclear sites ...

U.S. hands over former Iraqi insurgent flashpoint
1 Sep 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Tim Cocks RAMADI, Iraq (Reuters) - The U.S. military handed over Iraq's Anbar province to Iraqi security forces on Monday, less than two years after it almost lost the western region to a Sunni Arab insurgency. "We are in the last ten yards of this terrible fight. The goal is very near," Major-General John Kelly, commander of U.S. forces in Anbar, told U.S., Iraqi and tribal offic ...

Commerzbank to buy Dresdner for $14.5 billion
1 Sep 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By John O'Donnell FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Commerzbank aims to cut almost 2 billion euros ($2.95 billion) in costs by slashing 9,000 jobs and paring laggard investment bank Dresdner Kleinwort after swooping in to buy Dresdner Bank, it said on Monday. Commerzbank will buy its competitor from Allianz for $14.5 billion in two steps, taking 60 percent this year and the rest in 2009 to creat ...

Pakistan presidential race a 3-way tussle
1 Sep 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Augustine Anthony ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's presidential election next week will be a three-way tussle between the country's main parties after the Election Commission on Saturday issued a final list of candidates. Asif Ali Zardari, the widower of assassinated former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, looks likely to win the September 6 vote by legislators for a replacement for ...

China quake kills 38 and damages quarter million homes
1 Sep 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

BEIJING (Reuters) - An earthquake that hit China's southwest killed 38 people, Xinhua news agency said on Monday, two days after the most recent in a series of tremors to hit the region. The quake hit the mountainous border between Yunnan and Sichuan provinces, near an area still reeling from the May 12 quake which killed at least 70,000 people. The region has suffered hundreds of sm ...

Dalai Lama leaves hospital with a smile
1 Sep 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

MUMBAI (Reuters) - The Dalai Lama left hospital in Mumbai on Monday morning after being treated for abdominal pain, smiling and waving to waiting photographers. The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader put his hands together in a traditional greeting before getting into a white Ambassador car and being driven away to a hotel, accompanied by police vehicles. "He is feeling good and he will ...

Afghans protest in Kabul over civilian deaths
1 Sep 2008 source: today.reuters.co.uk

KABUL (Reuters) - Hundreds of protesters blocked a road in Kabul on Monday accusing U.S.-led troops of killing three members of a family, including two children, in a raid in the city, residents and witnesses said. NATO and U.S. military officials could not be reached for comment on the allegation, the latest in a string of incidents that have angered Afghans and caused a split between the  ...

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