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July 31, 2005

U.S. President given clean bill of health at 2005 annual checkup

U.S. President given clean bill of health at 2005 annual checkup

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Sunday, July 31, 2005

U.S. president released the results of high annual medical checkup July 31. The doctors said the president was in “excellent health”.

The doctors did note some minor skin lesions from spending too much time in the sun and suggested sunscreen for the President.

It is U.S. tradition for sitting presidents to make public the results of their annual health exams.

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Serbian goal keeper debuts in Croatian football club Rijeka

Serbian goal keeper debuts in Croatian football club Rijeka

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Sunday, July 31, 2005

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A goal keeper from Serbia and Montenegro, Dragan Žilić, made his league debut for Croatian football club Rijeka against Cibalija. Žilić’s appearance caused disturbance among some of Rijeka’s fans, Armada, who did not approve of having a Serbian player in their outfit.

However, the game played yesterday proved that only a minority of fans have such strong nationalistic sentiments.

A group of about 200 Rijeka’s fans present at the game started chanting songs such as: “Žilić go away” (Žiliću odlazi), “Hang Serbs on trees” (Srbe na vrbe), and “Fuck fudbal (Serbian), I like nogomet (Croatian)” (Jebeš fudbal, ja volim nogomet).

However, most of the other observers did not sing along, while the opposition’s fans chanted in support of Žilić. In the 60th minute, a group of 200 fans left the stadium in protest, while the rest of the stadium kept singing supportive songs.

At the end of the game, the entire stadium applauded the Rijeka team. “I congratulate my team for greatly played game. Armada? That story had been told. I hope that support of fans was clear. I don’t want to spread hate on that topic, I am only interested in club’s results,” Žilić said.

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Nine babies\’ bodies found in Germany

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Nine babies’ bodies found in Germany

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Sunday, July 31, 2005

Nine babies’ bodies were found in Germany. Police arrested a woman who is believed to be the babies’ mother. Police with sniffer dogs were combing the area for any other corpses.

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Milošević may be jailed in Russia

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Milošević may be jailed in Russia

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Sunday, July 31, 2005

According to the Sunday Times, Slobodan Milošević, a former Serbian President currently standing trial before the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia accused of war crimes, may serve his sentence in Russia if convicted.

“He first asked for it two years ago and the idea was rejected, but over the past 15 months there have been more talks and the British and Americans have both quietly said they are okay with it. They want this thing over with,” a Tribunal official said, according to the Sunday Times.

Milošević’s wife, Mirjana Marković, is currently living in Moscow, and it is believed that their son Marko Milošević is also there. Both are wanted by Serbian authorities.

The news was met with disapproval among victims of Milošević’s regime, as Russia is a traditional Serbian ally, and Putin’s regime has generally been supportive of Milošević, so he may get preferential treatment.

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London police question captured bombing suspects

London police question captured bombing suspects

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Sunday, July 31, 2005

The Metropolitan Police Service has questioned the suspects of the foiled July 21 bombing attacks. They are also seeking extradition of a fifth suspect from Rome.

Osman Hussain, 27, the suspect in Rome allegedly told investigators that the explosives he was carrying was not enough to even “harm people nearby.” He also is reported to have said that “We were supposed to blow ourselves up.”

The suspected bombers in the attacks were all from the war-torn East African countries of Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia

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Kazakhstan gets hit with bird flu

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Kazakhstan gets hit with bird flu

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Sunday, July 31, 2005

Bird Flu has been found in Kazakhstan and 600 chickens died at a farm. Earlier reports suggested that a 20 year old worker from the local Nan poultry farm was taken to the hospital with a suspicious infection. He is in intensive care but he is stable and in a grave condition.

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Hollywood-like car hijacking in Belgrade

Hollywood-like car hijacking in Belgrade

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Sunday, July 31, 2005

And unidentified person hijacked a car with a child in it after Eyub Igrim left it to do shopping at a gas station in Belgrade. Igrim, a Turkish citizen, was in transit through Serbia.

After Igrim left the car, a person got into it and attempted to escape. Igrim jumped on the hood of the car, but the thief did not stop driving. “I jumped on the hood, and he drove me for 3.5km, after which he made a sharp right turn and I fell off. That’s all I can remember,” said Igrim.

The thief threw the child out of a moving car, but the child was unhurt. Meanwhile, a citizen was chasing the thief in his own car from the gas station. In the Bežanijska Street, the thief lost control and crashed, after which the two men started fighting. A third car arrived soon, and the hijacker got into it and ran away.

The police think that the hijacker left his documents in an initially stolen car.

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Former ECB chief Wim Duisenberg dies

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Former ECB chief Wim Duisenberg dies

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Sunday, July 31, 2005

Wim Duisenberg, the former head of the European Central Bank, has been found dead in his swimming pool at his house in south-east France, the French police say. No details were given about the cause of 70-year-old Mr Duisenberg’s death.

However this was disputed by his wife, Gretta Duisenberg. She says she found her husband just outside the study in their villa and not in their swimming pool.

The former Dutch finance minister was the ECB’s first president, and oversaw the introduction of the single European currency, the euro.

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July 30, 2005

U.S. names German bases to close

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U.S. names German bases to close

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Saturday, July 30, 2005

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has announced that eleven bases in Bavaria are to close by 2007, with two further bases being handed over later. The closures are the first step that will see 50,000 troops withdrawn from Europe and South Korea. The U.S. has 181,061 troops stationed in Western Europe and the Far East.

NATO has been present in Germany since the end of World War II and its presence played an important role in the Cold War, when Germany was split into West Germany and East Germany.

The U.S. and U.K. are the only remaining powers that maintain large forces in the country. The U.S. presently has 75,603 personnel in southern Germany while the British have some 55,000 personnel based in North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony as part of British Forces Germany.

It is planned that the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division will move back to the U.S. in 2006. Some units of V Corps and the U.S. Army Europe will also be returned. It is estimated that the move will affect 6,100 soldiers, 11,000 family members, 1,000 Department of the Army civilians and 1,000 locally employed civilians.

The DoD said in its statement that: “These changes are part of the Department of Defense’s overall plan (the Integrated Global Presence and Basing Strategy) to transform the military to increase strategic responsiveness and flexibility in the face of current and anticipated future threats, and are the result of extensive consultation with our German allies.”

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Two Britons killed in British consulate convoy attack in Basra

Two Britons killed in British consulate convoy attack in Basra

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Saturday, July 30, 2005

It has been confirmed by a British consulate spokeswoman in Iraq that an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack on a British consulate convoy took place at 09:30 am local time.

The attack happened on the outskirts of Basra and is reported to have killed two British security contractors and wounded two Iraqi civilians.

The two British contractors were killed in the first blast that took place in close proximity to the vehicle they were in. According to the BBC World Affairs correspondent John Simpson, two Iraqi children were injured after a second explosion occurred while Iraqi civilians were attempting to help the convoy.

The nationality the two contractors was confirmed by their employers, Control Risks Group.

At least one car was destroyed and British Army soldiers later arrived to secure the scene.

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