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Portuguese Minister of Foreign Affairs Freitas do Amaral resigns

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Portuguese Minister of Foreign Affairs Freitas do Amaral resigns

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The Portuguese Minister of Foreign Affairs Freitas do Amaral has resigned from his position. Replacing Freitas do Amaral in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be Luís Amado, current Minister of National Defense.

Prime Minister José Sócrates requested President Cavaco Silva to relieve Freitas do Amaral of his posts of minister of state and foreign affairs, on his request, for reasons of health, according to a cabinet press release.

In the press release, José Sócrates also proposed the nomination of the current minister of defense, Luís Amado, to replace Freitas do Amaral. José Sócrates also proposed the nomination of Nuno Severiano Teixeira as the new defense minister. Teixeira was the Internal Administration Minister in the second executive lead by António Guterres (1999/2001). Both possessions are scheduled for next Monday morning.

“In this occasion, the Prime Minister desires to underline the extraordinary contribute which, with all his experience and international prestige, the professor Diogo Freitas do Amaral gave to the Government and the national interests in the conduction of the Portuguese external politics”, the press release stated.

In a press conference this Friday afternoon, Foreign Affairs spokesman António Carneiro Jacinto said that Freitas do Amaral will be operated next Monday (July 3) to an injury in the cervical column which hinders him from travelling by airplane in the coming months.

“The resignation was not motivated by politic divergences of any type, which had not existed, nor exist. It’s because the aggravation of the health” of Diogo Freitas do Amaral, said the spokesman in the press conference.

The resignation of Freitas do Amaral was expected has for some time. On March, in an interview to the Portuguese newspaper “Expresso”, the Minister said that he arrived home “at the end of the day completely tired” and admitted that he would not be able to handle the work of the ministry when Portugal starts to exercise its presidency of the European Union in 2007.

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Police crackdown on illegal tow operations in Sydney

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Police crackdown on illegal tow operations in Sydney

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New South Wales Police, in connection with the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority, Tow Truck Authority and Centrelink (the agency responsible for providing income support) conducted random checks on tow trucks on Thursday. The checks were carried out in Bankstown, a suburb in Sydney’s South-West.

According to police, 50 tow trucks were pulled over during the operation, coined “Operation Hook” between 8:30 a.m. AEST and 4 p.m. Of those, 26 were directed to report to a vehicle inspection facility for further investigation.

Police issued 70 infringement notices (fines) during the operation. 11 were for being unlicensed to conduct business as a tow truck driver or business, and 13 for having incorrectly secured loads. 17 vehicles were issued defect notices as part of the operation.

Tow truck operators (business owners) are required to make a payment of AUD$770 per year to the NSW government, while drivers are charged $152 per year for their licence. An additional charge for tow truck number plates of $292 per year also applies.

The maximum penalty for operators not being licensed correctly is $11,000 or 12 months imprisonment, drivers without the correct licence can be fined $5,500 or sentenced to 6 months.

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Nickelback\’s lead singer arrested for drunk driving

Nickelback’s lead singer arrested for drunk driving

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Chad Kroeger, lead singer of Canadian rock group Nickelback was caught drunk and arrested last week in Surrey, B.C. The investigation started last week after the lead singer was pulled over on June 22 at about 2 a.m. for driving erratically. Kroeger is from Hanna, Alberta, 170 km northeast of Calgary, Alberta.

The RCMP said the incident involving Chad Kroeger happened on June 22. Cpl. Roger Morrow said officers in two RCMP vehicles were suspicious of the way a vehicle was being driven, and stopped the car without incident.

Charges of impaired driving have been recommended by police against 31-year-old Chad Kroeger to the Crown prosecutor’s office. But, no charges have been laid yet. Representatives for Kroeger had no comment.

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Italy brush Ukraine aside 3-0 to reach semi-final

Italy brush Ukraine aside 3-0 to reach semi-final

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Italy took their chances to take a comfortable win in their Fifa World Cup quarter-final match against Ukraine, Friday.

AOL Arena, Hamburg.

Gianluca Zambrotta scored the game winner after six minutes and Luca Toni netted a double in the second half to secure a semi-final game with the host nation, Germany.

Zambrotta’s early goal for Italy was a 30 yard low hard swinging drive that beat the Ukraine keeper at his near post.

Italy played a very effective counter attack game ceding 58 per cent of possession to Ukraine while they equalled their opponents creativity in front of goal with seven shots on target.

Ukraine played good football in the second period and while they were still one goal down were unlucky not to net an equaliser. They were up against an Italian defence that had conceded just one goal in the tournament – which was an own goal – and was to complete a third consecutive shut out.

On 48 minutes Gianluigi Buffon made a match-winning save from Maksym Kalinichenko. In the process of tipping the downward header onto the post Buffon head-butted the upright.

As Ukraine upped the pressure Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro then made a crucial winning header clearance as Andiry Shevchenko lurked behind.

When Buffon saved again and Zambrotta cleared off the line from Kalinichenko Ukraine coach Oleg Blohkin rued the missed chances. A minute later an Italian attack led to a corner, taken short Totti’s near-post ball met a diving Toni and it was suddenly 2-0.

Andriy Gusin then connected with a header and hit the crossbar but though the Ukraine effort was vigorous on the day they did not score.

Ten minutes after Toni’s first World Cup goal, Zambrotta dribbled into the penalty area from the left side and passed the ball to Toni who tapped in his second goal from five yards.

An unsung hero of the match was Gennaro Gattuso whose hard work in midfield earned him Fifa’s Man of the Match award.

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Quarter-finals

Match 58

June 30, 2006
21:00
Flag of Italy.svg Italy 3–0 Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukraine AOL Arena
Zambrotta 6′
Toni 59′ 69′

Attendance: 50’000

Formations

Italy

Flag of Italy.svg
Right wing Right Center Left Left wing
Flag of Italy.svg Gianluigi Buffon (GK)
Flag of Italy.svgFabio Cannavaro (C) Flag of Italy.svgAndrea Barzagli
Flag of Italy.svgGianluca Zambrotta Soccerball.jpg Flag of Italy.svgFabio Grosso
Flag of Italy.svgMauro Camoranesi Flag of Italy.svgGennaro Gattuso Flag of Italy.svgSimone Perrotta
Flag of Italy.svgAndrea Pirlo
Flag of Italy.svgLuca toni Soccerball.jpgSoccerball.jpg Flag of Italy.svgFrancesco Totti

Substitutes

  • 68′ Simone Barone for Pirlo
  • 68′ Massimo Oddo for Camoranesi
  • 77′ Cristian Zaccardo for Gattuso

Coach: Marcello Lippi

Soccerball.jpg denotes one goal scored.


Ukraine

Flag of Ukraine.svg
Right wing Right Center Left Left wing
Flag of Ukraine.svgOleksandr Shovkovskyi (GK)
Flag of Ukraine.svgAndriy Nesmachnyi Flag of Ukraine.svgAndriy Rusol Flag of Ukraine.svgVyacheslav Sviderskyi 16′Yellow card.svg
Flag of Ukraine.svgAnatoliy Tymoschuk Flag of Ukraine.svgOleg Shelayev
Flag of Ukraine.svgOleg Gusev Flag of Ukraine.svgAndriy Gusin Flag of Ukraine.svgMaksym Kalinichenko 21′Yellow card.svg
Flag of Ukraine.svgAndriy Shevchenko (C) Flag of Ukraine.svgArtem Milevskiy 67′Yellow card.svg

Substitutes

  • 20′ Andriy Vorobey for Sviderskyi
  • 47’+ Vladyslav Vashchuk for Andriy Rusol
  • 72′ Oleksiy Belik for Milevskiy

Coach: Oleg Blohkin

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Officials

Flag of Belgium.svg Referee: Frank De Bleeckere Yellow card.svgRed card.svg

Flag of Belgium.svg Assistant referee: Peter Hermans

Flag of Belgium.svg Assistant referee: Walter Vromans

Flag of Japan.svg Fourth referee: Toru Kawikawa

Flag of Japan.svg Fifth referee: Yoshikazu Hiroshima

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Interior Ministry, Fatah offices in Gaza hit by Israeli airstrikes

Interior Ministry, Fatah offices in Gaza hit by Israeli airstrikes

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The Israeli Defence Forces have carried out 5 to 8 air strikes targeting the office of the Palestinian interior ministry’s headquarters occupied by the governing party Hamas in Gaza and an office of President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party in Gaza, Palestinian and Israeli sources say.

Israel claims its ongoing Operation Summer Rains, which began early on June 28, is in response to the capture of Israeli soldier Cpl. Gilad Shalit by Palestinian militants.

There were mixed reports of casualties from the air strike, although one source said a member of Islamic Jihad had been killed in the air strikes. Television images showed emergency crews responded to the attacks.

The Israeli military said the ministry office, controlled by Hamas, was “a meeting place to plan and direct terror activity.” In addition, an Israeli official stated to the Associated Press that the attacks will only end when the captured Israeli soldier is unconditionally freed.

Days after the initial raid reports from Israeli officials stated that they had found the body of 18-year-old Eliyahu Yitzhak Asheri who was kidnapped by the Palestinian ruling party, Hamas, and shot in the back of the head on Sunday.

In his first appearance since the raid began, Palestinian PM and leader of the Hamas organization, Ismail Haniya denounced the raid saying it was a “premeditated plan” to bring down the new Hamas government. He accused Israel of hiding behind Cpl. Shalit to carry a “systemic campaign” against Hamas.

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Germany master penalties to beat Argentina to semi-final spot

Germany master penalties to beat Argentina to semi-final spot

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Germany beat Argentina 4-2 on penalties to book a place in the Fifa World Cup semi-finals in Berlin, Friday.

Olympiastadion, Berlin.

The match had drawn 1-1 without many clear chances for either side due to defensive play on both sides. First it was Germany who were unable to be positive as Argentina dominated play with 65 per cent of ball possession.

Until their goal Argentina controlled the game.

Four minutes after half-time Roberto Ayala got across Miroslav Klose to meet Juan Riquelme’s corner which he powered between Jens Lehmann and his near post guard, Philipp Lahm.

The goal early in the second period made for a more exciting match which had been mostly uneventful in a first half during which neither side could muster more than a single shot. However; good scoring chances where hard to come by.

Juergen Klinsmann may be credited with a substitution change that partially helped Germany get an equalising goal. The fast David Odonkor troubled Juan Sorin and the Argentine left flank and allowed Germany to press forward nearer to the opposition penalty area.

Argentine manager may also have made a tactical mistake and suffered form a moment of bad fortune. In the minutes before Germany equalised from Ballack’s wonderful left field cross his goalkeeper had to be stretchered off with a muscle injury.

Jose Pekerman followed his keeper’s substitutions with two defensive ones; taking off creative midfield playmaker Riquelme and forward Hernan Crespo. The gifts of Lionel Messi and Javier Saviola were left on the bench while Julio Cruz, a long ball-holding forward, was brought on to partner Carlos Tevez.

The bad luck and changes seemed to put Germany in charge of the tactical game for the first time in the match.

A minute after Cruz arrived Pekerman might have regretted his decision. Klose’s fifth World Cup goal ten minutes from time put him at the top of the Fifa Golden Boot leader board as the tournament’s highest goalscorer. He beat his marker to dip and head beyond Leonardo Franco after Tim Borowski, a substitution on 74 minutes, had flicked on a Ballack cross.

The game finished 1-1 and the two halves of extra time mirrored the match; first half uneventful, the second half more attacking. Fabricio Coloccini came closest to breaking the deadlock when he hit the crossbar from 45 yards trying to catch Lehmann off his goal line.

Neither Germany or Argentina had lost in a World Cup penalty contest; both sides had won three. All the penalties hit the target and were well struck, except Ayala’s who hit a soft effort which Lehmann saved to his left. Cambiasso’s effort to Lehmann’s left was better struck but the keeper had guessed the right side to dive to break Argentine hearts.

Post shootout melee

FIFA launched an investigation into an on-field melee which began after the penalties had been decided in Germany’s favour.

Punches and kicks were thrown in the tangle. Unused Argentine substitute Leandro Cufre assaulted German Per Mertesacker and was presented the red card by Lubos Michel.

According to the German captain Michael Ballack the conflict originated when Argentine players shouted at the German team during the shootout. When Tim Borowski got Germany’s fourth penalty he made a sign to the Argentine players to be quiet.

After the penalty kicks Argentine players approached Borowski and a scuffle of mostly pushing began that involved dozens of players, referees, coaches and substitutes.

FIFA said television pictures would be looked at and fines or sanctions would be considered if appropriate.

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Quarter-finals

Match 57

June 30, 2006
17:00
Flag of Germany.svg Germany 1–1 Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina Olympiastadion
Klose 80′ Ayala 49′

Attendance: 72’000

Penalties

Flag of Germany.svg Notes Result Flag of Argentina.svg Notes Result
Neuville Hard to left Soccerball.jpg Cruz High to right Soccerball.jpg
Ballack Hard to right Soccerball.jpg Ayala Saved low left X
Podolski Hard low left Soccerball.jpg Rodriguez Stutter, low right Soccerball.jpg
Borowski Low to left Soccerball.jpg Cambiasso Saved low left X
Total 4 Total 2

Notes are from the goalkeeper’s view.

Formations

Germany

Flag of Germany.svg
Right wing Right Center Left Left wing
Flag of Germany.svg Jens Lehmann (GK)
Flag of Germany.svgArne Friedrich 114′Yellow card.svg Flag of Germany.svgPer Mertesacker Flag of Germany.svgChristoph Metzelder Flag of Germany.svgPhilipp Lahm
Flag of Germany.svgBernd Schneider Flag of Germany.svgTorsten Frings Flag of Germany.svgMichael Ballack (C) Flag of Germany.svgBastien Schweinsteiger
Flag of Germany.svgMiroslav Klose Soccerball.jpg Flag of Germany.svgLukas Podolski 3′Yellow card.svg

Substitutes

  • 62′ David Odonkor 94′Yellow card.svg for Schneider
  • 74′ Tim Borowski for Schweinsteiger
  • 86′ Oliver Neuville for Klose

Coach: Juergen Klinsmann

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Argentina

Flag of Argentina.svg
Right wing Right Center Left Left wing
Flag of Argentina.svgRoberto Abbondanzieri (GK)
Flag of Argentina.svgGabriel Heinze Flag of Argentina.svgFabricio Coloccini Flag of Argentina.svgRoberto Ayala Soccerball.jpg Flag of Argentina.svgJuan Sorin (C) 46′Yellow card.svg
Flag of Argentina.svgLuis Gonzalez Flag of Argentina.svgJavier Mascherano 60′Yellow card.svg Flag of Argentina.svgMaxi Rodriguez 88′Yellow card.svg
Flag of Argentina.svgJuan Riquelme
Flag of Argentina.svgHernan Crespo Flag of Argentina.svgCarlos Tevez

Substitutes

  • 71′ Leonardo Franco (GK) for Abbondanzieri
  • 72′ Esteban Cambiasso for Riquelme
  • 79′ Julio Cruz 95′Yellow card.svg for Crespo
  • unused Leandro Cufre 120′ Red card.svg

Coach: Jose Pekerman

Soccerball.jpg denotes one goal scored.

Officials

Flag of Slovakia.svg Referee: Lubos Michel Yellow card.svgRed card.svg

Flag of Slovakia.svg Assistant referee: Roman Slysko

Flag of Slovakia.svg Assistant referee: Martin Balko

Flag of Switzerland.svg Fourth referee: Massimo Busacca

Flag of Switzerland.svg Fifth referee: Francesco Buragina

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French Parliament adopts controversial copyright bill

French Parliament adopts controversial copyright bill

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EUCD.info, a group opposing the bill, garned 170,000 signatures on a petition, which it attempted to bring to prime minister Dominique de Villepin

The French parliament has today finally adopted a law known as DADVSI implementing the 2001 European directive on copyright, roughly an equivalent to the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The final text criminalizes sending copyrighted data over peer-to-peer networks, and enacts tough penalties for those designing programs “evidently designed” to send copyrighted data or meant for circumventing DRM protection techniques.

Free software groups contend that the law could in effect make it impossible to implement free software capable of reading DRM-encumbered formats. EUCD.info denounces the “worst copyright law imaginable”. [1]

The text started to be examined in Parliament in December 2005, when it took an unexpected twist with an amendment decriminalizing peer-to-peer networks (in exchange for the payment of a flat fee), since repealed. In March, other amendments were strongly criticized by Apple Computer, and as a result the US government pressured the French government to rescind them.

The ruling UMP party voted in favor of the law, but a number of its parliamentarians, including a vice-president of the National Assembly, expressed strong reservations; the centrist UDF split over it, with its president François Bayrou being opposed to the bill, but some other members abstaining from voting; the left-wing opposition PS and PCF voted against it. The opposition has announced it would mount a challenge over the law before the French Constitutional Council.

Proponents of the bill claim that it will rein in unauthorized copying of copyrighted content, which they claim jeopardizes artistic creation in France. Opponents opposed both the way the bill was examined in Parliament, which they claim was put under pressure, and some clauses that they claim may violate civil liberties or jeopardize free software.

The bill is due to be signed into law by president Jacques Chirac following the probable examination by the Constitutional Council.

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Football: Kežman goes to Fenerbahçe

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Serbia and Montenegro international, Mateja Kežman, will sign a three year contract with Fenerbahçe today. The striker spent an unsuccessful season with Chelsea and all three parties have agreed to this 7 million Euro transfer.

Kežman started his career in Serbia and Montenegro, where he became popular while playing for Partizan, Belgrade. He was bought by the Dutch team PSV, where he was a prolific striker, setting a record number of goals per season. His year in Chelsea was not as successful, as he mostly started games as a substitute and managed to score only seven goals in official games.

Other teams that demonstrated an interest in Kežman this summer included Sevilla, Olympique de Marseille and Schalke 04.

Kežman led Serbia and Montenegro’s scoring during the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifications with 5 goals, including the only goal in the final game against Bosnia and Herzegovina which in turn allowed Serbia and Montenegro to qualify directly, having come first in their group. He has managed 16 goals in 45 caps for Serbia and Montenegro, as of December 2005.

He failed to make an impact with the London club, and only started 14 games for Chelsea, leaving for Atlético de Madrid after just one season. Despite his disappointing year, Chelsea made a transfer profit on the player. After a short spell in Madrid, Fenerbahçe SK trusted in “Batman” and signed him to a three year contract in August 2006. The management and fans knew he was a risky transfer, especially considering he was to fill the void of departed superstar Nicolas Anelka. The management’s faith seemed to pull through as Kežman quickly found his PSV-form back again and scored in consecutive matches early into the season. Kežman scored 3 crucial goals in his first 3 matches (2 were Game-winning and 1 was Game-tying). All three were beautiful strikes and won weekly honours.

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Ullrich and Sevilla suspended from Tour de France

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Ullrich and Sevilla suspended from Tour de France

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Friday, June 30, 2006

STRASBOURG, France — T-Mobile suspended the Tour de France contestants Jan Ullrich and Oscar Sevilla, and they will not participate in the Tour de France. Ullrich’s mentor, Rudy Pevenage, is also suspended.

The news was published at today’s press meeting.

It is the first consequence of the big Spanish doping-scandal. The 32-year old Jan Ullrich won Tour de France in 1997. He was together with Team CSC’s Ivan Basso the favorite winner in Tour de France, and the Spaniards Oscar Sevilla was one of Ullrich’s most important helpers.

All three have to prove their innocence before they can be released, said the German crew who will try to get the two new bikers in the game.

Team CSC-owner Bjarne Riis said friday, when he was on his way to meet the other sports executives, and the Tour-management:

“It is sad news. I just heard it. It is of course a shame.”

Altogether 22 riders are mentioned on the list.

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US Seeks to Lift Export Sales Ban on the F-22A Raptor

US Seeks to Lift Export Sales Ban on the F-22A Raptor

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The US House of Reprensentatives is seeking to lift a nine year old ban on export sales of the F-22A Raptor stealth fighter.

US lawmakers approved an amendment that would allow Lockheed Martin, the aircraft’s primary manufacturer, to sell the aircraft overseas to foreign nations. Every defence bill since 1997 contained language that prohibited the sale of the multi-role aircraft to foreign nations, due to concerns that the advanced technology in the plane may reach the wrong hands. Japan and South Korea, both strong allies of the United States are considered to be likely customers, if the ban is lifted.

The amendment was introduced by Rep. Kay Granger, (R-Texas), whose constituency, the Fort Worth district is home to a major Lockheed Martin facility. The lifting of the ban comes at a time when continued US orders will no longer be guaranteed and that the aircraft’s continued production is important for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics’ business.

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