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YouTube access returns to Thailand

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YouTube access returns to Thailand

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An image of King Bhumibol Adulyadej adorns an office building in Bangkok in 2006. Thailand viewers were blocked from the website after an “offensive” video was uploaded.

YouTube videos could once again be viewed today in Thailand, nearly six months after the video-sharing website was blocked for hosting a video that showed images deemed offensive to Thailand’s monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Information and Communications Technology Minister Sitthichai Pookaiyaudom said the ministry unblocked YouTube after the website said it had developed ways to block Thailand viewers from seeing contents that violate Thai laws.

In April, YouTube was blocked in Thailand after a video was uploaded that showed graffiti scrawled over the king’s face, and feet being placed over the king’s face; both highly offensive acts in Thai culture. Against the king, the offense is known as lèse majesté, a crime that can carry severe penalties.

Sitthichai told The Nation newspaper that the unblocking of YouTube is not in response to an apology issued in May by the video uploader.



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UEFA Champions League 2007/08: Group Stage Draw

UEFA Champions League 2007/08: Group Stage Draw

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Monaco was the location for the 2007/08 UEFA Champions League group stage draw. Before the draw took place there was a one minute silence in memory of Antonio Puerta who died earlier this week after collapsing during a La Liga match for Sevilla who then died on Tuesday, August 28. Due to this, Sevilla’s Champions League qualifier was postponed which resulted in them and AEK Athens being drawn together.

Manchester Utd will play AS Roma again, after beating them in the Final 16 last year, in Group F, whilst Celtic will meet the defending champions AC Milan in Group D. Celtic lost against Milan in the Final 16 last year but will hope to avenge them.

Scottish football club Rangers, how have yet to beat a Spanish side in the Champions League, will get to meet Barcelona in Group E. Rangers also have both the French champions and the German champions, Lyon and Stuttgart.

The full draw is as follows:

Group A
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Liverpool
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F.C. Porto
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Marseille
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Beşiktaş J.K.
Group B
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Chelsea
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Valencia
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FC Schalke 04
Flag of Denmark
Rosenborg
Group C
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Real Madrid
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Werder Bremen
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S.S. Lazio
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Olympiacos

Group D
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AC Milan
Flag of Portugal
Benfica
Flag of Scotland
Celtic
Flag of Ukraine
Shakhtar Donetsk
Group E
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Barcelona
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Olympique Lyonnais
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Stuttgart
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Rangers
Group F
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Manchester United
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AS Roma
Flag of Portugal
Sporting Lisbon
Flag of Ukraine
Dynamo Kyiv
Group G
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Inter Milan
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PSV Eindhoven
Flag of Russia
CSKA Moscow
Flag of Turkey
Fenerbahçe
Group H
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Arsenal
Flag of Spain
Sevilla
Flag of Romania
Steaua Bucureşti
Flag of the Czech Republic
Slavia Prague

Goalkeeper of the Year
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Petr Cech

Defender of the Year
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Paulo Maldini

Midfielder of the Year
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Clarence Seedorf

Forward of the Year
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Kaká

UEFA Club Footballer of the Year 2007
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Kaká




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Two new cases of West Nile Virus reported in Indiana

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Two new cases of West Nile Virus reported in Indiana

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According to city health officials in Hammond, Indiana, there have been two more cases of West Nile virus reported in humans.

West Nile virus.

West Nile virus’ (WNV) is a virus of the family Flaviviridae; part of the Japanese encephalitis (JE) antigenic complex of viruses, it is found in both tropical and temperate regions. It mainly infects birds, but is known to infect humans, horses, dogs, cats, bats, chipmunks, skunks, squirrels, and domestic rabbits. The main route of human infection is through the bite of an infected mosquito.

The two victims are former chief of police, Frank DuPey and a 67-year-old Hammond resident. Currently both patients are hospitalized with acute disease, according to Hammond Health Officer-Administrator Rodrigo Panares.



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Three-year-old girl found unharmed at site of fatal shooting

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Three-year-old girl found unharmed at site of fatal shooting

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Three-year-old girl found unharmed at site of fatal shooting

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A three-year-old girl is under police guard following her discovery in a house which gunmen had broken into, killing three men and injuring two women, in Bishop’s Stortford, England.

Police announced on Wednesday that the toddler had been discovered, unharmed, when they had been called to an incident on Tuesday evening. Neighbours have said that they heard shots from the house around 2130 (BST), before observing an Asian man returning to an accomplice in a red car outside the premises. The men are believed to have been in their early twenties, and were seen fleeing the scene towards the M11 motorway.

Three men were killed, aged 17, 33 and 52 and two women, aged 23 and 54, were injured. They are believed to have been victims of a targeted shooting, as opposed to a random act of violence, or burglary involving firearms.

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Suspected poisonous gas found in New York

Suspected poisonous gas found in New York

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Three dimensional model of phosgene, COCl2.

At least six to eight vials containing a reportedly poisonous gas were found at a United Nations (U.N.) office in New York, according to reports released today. The vials were potentially hazardous and reportedly came from a chemical plant in Iraq.

The United Nations Headquarters building.

U.N. deputy spokeswoman Marie Okabe assured the public they were not in danger saying, “There is no immediate risk or danger.” However, the U.N. Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) building was evacuated, according to federal authorities.

The recovered gas was believed to be phosgene, which is used to make pesticides and plastics. The gas can be hazardous at room temperature, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C.). The gas was used frequently throughout World War I.

The gas was brought to the U.S. from a chemical weapons plant north of Baghdad in 1996.

Ewen Buchanan, a UNMOVIC spokesman, said the phosgene gas was in liquid form, “ranging in size from small vials to tubes the length of a pen,” she said.

Jerry Hauer, former New York City emergency services director, told ABC News that “If it is properly sealed, it should not pose much of a threat unless it is dropped” and “They need to get it out of there and put it in a safe canister…It shows immense stupidity to have that kind of thing sitting around as a souvenir.”

No toxic vapors were found in the air and no one was injured. FBI agents, WMD teams, as well as hazmat units were all reporting to the scene.

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Peace activists propose \’Fast for Freedom\’

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Peace activists propose ‘Fast for Freedom’

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Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson, Arun Manilal Gandhi, was interviewed by Peter Sissons on behalf of BBC News 24. Peter asked what Mahatma Gandhi would have done had he seen the Al-Qaeda problem. “Why don’t all the Muslims, Christians and other religions have a day of fasting to show Al-Qaeda that we reject their philosophy,” Arun Manilal Gandhi, founder of M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, replied.

Inspired by Arun Gandhi’s words, Heidi Hog, from United Kingdom, and Mike Wacht, from Orlando, Florida, began a foundation for a peace movement, Fast for Freedom 8·8·8 .

Heidi Hog turned inspiration into action launching [the] Fast for Freedom 8·8·8 campaign. “I maybe simplistic but sometimes its the simple things that need to be addressed,” Heidi H. says. Heidi represents [the] Hogshead.tv Publicity Committee and works in distributing the truth. “Funny to think that the people who suffer the most are the ones without the chance to voice their opinion,” Heidi said.

Mike Wacht works in public relations and marketing, focusing on transportation and construction. He is a member of the 511 Deployment Coalition and designer of Fast for Freedom 8·8·8 logo. “I want to reach the whole world and let the displaced and unfortunate know they are not forgotten. It’s been an inspiration and a small attempt to make a difference. I’ve never tried to start a world-wide movement before, so I’m fumbling through with a little imagination and a lot of faith,” said Mike W.

Mike W. and Heidi H. have never met in person and hope to be examples of how effortless strangers can unite together.

A worldwide fast on August 8, 2008 is proposed, beginning at midnight for a 24-hour period. Fasting is practised in many religious traditions and spiritual practices.

Heidi H. and Mike W. advocate Fast for Freedom 8·8·8 as a way for people to share in the experience. “It’s not about disarming the world or banning armies and guns and weapons of mass destruction. It’s about one day denying food, greed, arrogance,and violence,” said Mike W.

The proposed day of action, August 8, 2008, has generated many supporters, according to Heidi H. and Mike W. “There is a fresh buzz about encouraging people in a one-day peaceful fast from all nations to participate worldwide against war, famine, starvation, and aggressive secret governments.”



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Nokia Inc. announces plans for iPhone rival

Nokia Inc. announces plans for iPhone rival

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Announced early Wednesday morning at Nokia’s GoEvent, in a plan to expand the company’s revenue, Finland-based company Nokia Inc. is developing a mobile phone similar to its rival iPhone, which will be available in the near future for Nokia customers. The phone is expected to be available by 2008.

Most of the features are the same as the iPhone’s. They include music, games, and many other features, even ones that the iPhone may not have. Ovi (in Finnish meaning “Door”) will be the door for more than 2 million songs and games available for download on the new device. Users will be able to download wirelessly in their own home or anywhere there is access to a computer.

But this is not the first time Nokia has made an attempt like this to increase its revenue. In October of 2003 the company revealed the N-Gage, a game-playing cell phone, but was “stocked-out” due to poor sales. The N95 smartphone, which was released in the U.S. on April 7, 2007 (before the iPhone on June 29, 2007) includes WiFi, a GPS, a music player, and a 5 megapixel digital camera. The three other phones that were revealed at the event in London will be in-stock next quarter. The new N81 and the modified N95 smartphones were among the revealed at yesterday’s event; the N81 is a new member to Nokia’s smartphone family; the N95 has been modified by having more memory and a sleeker LCD screen.

When Nokia was asked about the striking similarity between this and the iPhone, Nokia’s Executive Vice President and General Manager of Multimedia, Anssi Vanjoki, said, “If there is something good in the world then we copy with pride.”

Nokia first demoed their iPhone rival August 29th. During their demo they omitted the fact that the demo was for the software to be in use, not the actual hardware.[1]

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Iraqi peace talks to begin in Finland within days

Iraqi peace talks to begin in Finland within days

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Talks aimed at negotiating peace between Iraqi Shi’ites and Sunni Muslims, the two largest population groups in Iraq, are set to take place in Finland within the next few days.

The Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) and the Finnish Foreign Ministry have both confirmed reports that the pre-arranged talks are scheduled to begin soon in an undisclosed location in Finland. The CMI, a non-governmental organisation founded by former President of Finland Martti Ahtisaari, has organised the talks, which are said to include key politicians, including representatives of major political parties.

Although the CMI will host the talks, Finland will take no direct role in the discussions. Martti Ahtisaari specifically will not take part, either.

All of those to take part in the mediations are still to arrive in Finland, including mediators from Northern Ireland and South Africa, who have already negotiated successful peace deals in their own countries.

The CMI has already succeeded once in helping two rival factions come to a peace deal. In 2005, the organisation arranged successful talks between the Indonesian government and the Free Aceh Movement.



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Horse flu infects Australian thoroughbreds

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Horse flu infects Australian thoroughbreds

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It has been confirmed that eight thoroughbred race horses at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney have been infected with equine influenza. Randwick has been locked down, and is expected to remain so for up to two months.

It is expected that the virulent flu will affect the majority of the 700 horses stabled at Randwick. NSW Minister for Primary Industries said the facility would be quarantined until 30 days after the last sign of the flu.

The cases are the first infections of race horses, despite infecting dozens of recreational horses across NSW and Queensland. The flu is highly contagious but cannot be transmitted to humans. The national racing shutdown was costing the industry tens of millions of dollars every day.

Chief Executive of Racing NSW, Peter V’Landys said while racing had been disrupted since a ban on horse movements last weekend today was a “grim, black day” for the racing industry in NSW. Racing is expected to resume in all Australian states except NSW and Queensland on the weekend.

While Sydney’s spring racing carnival has been canceled, Melbourne’s is expected to kick off this weekend with the Caufield Cup. The cup will be ran with special precautions in place to attempt to keep the state free of the virus. Contact between the general public and those working with the horses will be banned and Sydney-based jockeys Darren Beadman and Hugh Bowman and a number of interstate trainers including Bart Cummings are not allowed to take part.

Federal Minister for Agriculture, Peter McGauran said the spring carnival in Melbourne will remain “largely intact” despite losing some of the biggest names in Australian racing.



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Cricket: England defeats India in fourth one-day international

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England have beaten India by three wickets in the fourth One-Day International of the series at Old Trafford, Manchester, England.

England’s bowlers made early breakthroughs to restrict India to 32-3. Sourav Ganguly fell to James Anderson for nine runs, while Dinesh Karthik and Rahul Dravid were both caught behind for just four runs and one run respectively. Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh shared a 71 run partnership to steady the Indian innings. Tendulkar was dismissed for 55 runs, while Yuvraj Singh was bowled by Stuart Broad for 71. India were bowled out for 212 runs, with Stuart Broad the pick of the English bowlers, taking 4-51.

India’s pace bowlers struck back immediately, with England opening batsman Alastair Cook bowled by Zaheer Khan before any runs had been scored, while Matt Prior fell to Ajit Agarkar in the fourth over. Agarkar, finishing with bowling figures of 4-60, also removed Ian Bell for 24 runs followed by the wickets of Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff to reduce England to 95-5. England captain Paul Collingwood scored 47 runs before being run out and when Owais Shah was removed for eight runs England were heading for defeat. However Ravi Bopara (43 not out) and Stuart Broad (45 not out) shared a partnership of 99 runs to salvage an unlikely victory for England with twelve balls remaining.

England lead the seven match series 3-1. The fifth match will be played at Headingley, Leeds on September 2.

Toss: India won, and chose to bat first.

Flag of India.svg India innings
Player Status Runs Balls 4s 6s Strike rate
S C Ganguly c Bell b Anderson 9 14 2 0 64.28
S R Tendulkar c Flintoff b Pietersen 55 86 9 0 63.95
K D Karthik c Prior b Broad 4 22 1 0 18.18
R Dravid c Prior b Flintoff 1 8 0 0 12.50
Yuvraj Singh b Broad 71 104 5 1 68.26
M S Dhoni b Panesar 13 18 1 0 72.22
A B Agarkar c Prior b Broad 6 5 1 0 120.00
R R Powar c Bell b Broad 7 11 0 0 63.63
Piyush Chawla not out 13 11 1 0 118.18
Z Khan c Collingwood b Anderson 20 19 3 0 105.26
R P Singh c Bopara b Anderson 0 1 0 0 0.00
Extras (lb 4; w 8; nb 1) 13
Total (all out; 49.4 overs) 212 23 1

Fall of wickets: 1-17 (Ganguly, 3.2 ov), 2-31 (Karthik, 10.2 ov), 3-32 (Dravid, 11.6 ov), 4-103 (Tendulkar, 29.3 ov), 5-140 (Dhoni, 37.4 ov), 6-147 (Agarkar, 38.6 ov), 7-178 (Yuvraj Singh, 44.2 ov), 8-179 (Powar, 44.4 ov), 9-210 (Khan, 49.2 ov), 10-212 (Singh, 49.4 ov)

Flag of England.svg England bowling
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Econ
S C J Broad 10 1 51 4 5.10
J M Anderson 9.4 2 38 3 3.93
A Flintoff 10 3 31 1 3.10
M S Panesar 10 0 39 1 3.90
P D Collingwood 9 0 43 0 4.77
K P Pietersen 1 0 6 1 6.00
Flag of England.svg England innings (Target: 213 runs from 50 overs)
Player Status Runs Balls 4s 6s Strike rate
A N Cook b Khan 0 5 0 0 0.00
M J Prior c Powar b Agarkar 4 5 0 0 80.00
I R Bell b Agarkar 24 20 4 0 120.00
K P Pietersen c Piyush Chawla b Agarkar 18 21 3 0 85.71
P D Collingwood run out (Singh/Dhoni) 47 55 7 0 85.45
A Flintoff c Yuvraj Singh b Agarkar 5 8 1 0 62.50
O A Shah c Karthik b Powar 8 20 1 0 40.00
R S Bopara not out 43 82 3 0 52.43
S C J Broad not out 45 73 3 0 61.64
Extras (lb 5; w 13; nb 1) 19
Total (7 wickets; 48 overs) 213 22 0

Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Cook, 0.5 ov), 2-14 (Prior, 3.1 ov), 3-35 (Bell, 5.5 ov), 4-81 (Pietersen, 14.4 ov), 5-95 (Flintoff, 16.3 ov), 6-110 (Shah, 21.2 ov), 7-114 (Collingwood, 23.5 ov)

Did not bat: J M Anderson, M S Panesar

Flag of India.svg India bowling
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Econ
Z Khan 9 1 45 1 5.00
A B Agarkar 10 0 60 4 6.00
R P Singh 6 0 22 0 3.66
Piyush Chawla 10 0 43 0 4.30
R R Powar 10 0 26 1 2.60
Yuvraj Singh 2 0 8 0 4.00
S R Tendulkar 1 0 4 0 4.00

England: A N Cook, M J Prior (wkt), I R Bell, K P Pietersen, A Flintoff, P D Collingwood (capt), O A Shah, R S Bopara, S C J Broad, J M Anderson, M S Panesar

India: S R Tendulkar, S C Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh, R Dravid (capt), K D Karthik, M S Dhoni (wkt), R R Powar, Piyush Chawla, Z Khan, R P Singh, A B Agarkar

Man of the Match: S C J Broad (England)

Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and I J Gould
TV Umpire: M R Benson
Match Referee: R S Mahanama (Sri Lanka)
Reserve Umpire: P J Hartley

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