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Zimbabwean rivals sign power sharing deal

Zimbabwean rivals sign power sharing deal

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Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai today signed a power sharing deal in the county’s capital, Harare.

Speaking to crowds of people celebrating the deal, Tsvangirai said that “this unity government will let businesses flourish so our people can work and provide for their families with pride.” He also said that “I’ve signed this agreement because I believe it represents the best opportunity for us to build a peaceful and prosperous democratic Zimbabwe.”

Mugabe also spoke after the deal. “Let us be allies,” he said. “People will want to see if what we promise is indeed what we strive to do … We are committed. I am committed. Let us all be committed.”

Despite the agreement, there was some tension at the protest, with supporters of the two parties throwing stones at each other.

The deal means that Tsvangirai is now the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, acting as the head of the council of ministers. Mugabe remains the president of Zimbabwe, meaning that he is still the chair of the cabinet.

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The cabinet contains sixteen seats from Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change, while Mugabe’s Zanu-PF has fifteen seats. The MDC also controls the police while Zanu-PF controls the armed forces.

The agreement also requires press freedom in Zimbabwe.

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Oasis star Noel Gallagher assaulted on stage in Toronto

Oasis star Noel Gallagher assaulted on stage in Toronto

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Noel Gallagher, lead guitarist and songwriter for British rock band Oasis, was assaulted on September 7 as his band headlined the Virgin Festival in Toronto, Canada.

The band was in the middle of a performance of the song “Morning Glory” when the attacker, Daniel Sullivan, 47, ran on to the stage and pushed Noel over before attempting to attack Liam Gallagher.

Security officials quickly apprehended Sullivan and had to restrain Liam from attacking Sullivan. Gallagher was admitted to hospital. After a 15-minute delay the band returned to complete the set but refused to play an encore.

Gallagher wrote on his blog that the attacker “evaded our crack security team and assaulted my midriff.”

Noel Gallagher had fallen on his monitor speakers and received bruised hips and ribs which forced Oasis to cancel two scheduled North American concerts, including one in New York. The concert ending their Canadian tour, to be held in London, Ontario, has been rescheduled to December 15.



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Libertarian National Committee in fierce deadlock over how to address growing Bob Barr controversies

Libertarian National Committee in fierce deadlock over how to address growing Bob Barr controversies

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The Libertarian National Committee (LNC) was reported to be in a deadlock Sunday night over how to address the growing controversies surrounding their party’s U.S. presidential nominee, former congressman Bob Barr.

Many libertarians have spoken out against Barr since his last minute refusal to attend former Republican presidential hopeful Congressman Ron Paul‘s third party unity conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on Wednesday.

The effort to replace Barr as the nominee has been rejected. Not a single person on the 17-member LNC was willing to make the motion.

However, at-large representative Dr. Mary Ruwart — who lost the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination to Barr at the National Convention in May by only a few votes — is supporting a resolution to apologize to Paul.

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This is being countered by Treasurer Aaron Starr, who favors a resolution to chastise Paul for not endorsing Bob Barr and “splitting the Freedom Movement.”

Currently, neither resolution has enough votes to pass.

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Helicopter crash in Australia kills four

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Helicopter crash in Australia kills four

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A helicopter went down in the Kimberley region of Australia killing four civilians. The pilot, who was male, died along with three female passengers. The crash happened at the Purnululu National Park. A bushfire was started by the crash but authorities say it will be contained. The accident occurred 6.2 miles from the Bellburn airstrip serving the town of Argyle, where there is a diamond mine.

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The helicopter went down in the Purnululu National Park.

The helicopter was owned and operated by Slingair Heliwork.



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Decade worth of messages, interviews from bin Laden leaked to web

Decade worth of messages, interviews from bin Laden leaked to web

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Ten years of messages and interviews with al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden have been leaked. Translated by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the documents were posted on a blog Friday.

Posted to Secrecy News blog on September 12, and copied to similar sites including Wikileaks.org, the ten years of messages span from 1994-2004. The packet, issued in 2004, is nearly 300 pages, and labeled “official use only”. It was translated by the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS), a division of the CIA, and includes interviews with bin Laden from various news agencies and also includes messages he sent directly to the United States.

One message includes bin Laden’s denial of having anything to do with the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania.

“Following the latest explosions in the United States, some Americans are pointing the finger at me, but I deny that because I have not done it. The United States has always accused me of these incidents which have been caused by its enemies. Reiterating once again, I say that I have not done it, and the perpetrators have carried this out because of their own interest,” said bin Laden on September 16, 2001, just five days after the attacks.

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Bin Laden also states that he was living in Afghanistan at the time of the attacks and that “I have held talks with His Eminence Amir ol-Momenin [Taleban leader Mola Mohammad Omar Mojahed, who does not allow such acts to be carried out from Afghanistan’s territory.” Again on September 28, 2001 in an interview with Karachi Ummat, bin Laden denies any involvement with the attacks and further denied that al-Qaeda had anything to do with plotting and carrying out the attacks.

However, in May, just four months prior to the September 11 attacks, bin Laden reportedly says that if the Taliban allows him, he can make life for Americans very difficult.

“If the Taleban allowed, [I] could make life miserable for the United States. The United States [is] imposing unjust sanctions on Muslims. Imposing such sanctions and boasting of power [is] a US hobby. The U.S. will fall to pieces,” stated bin Laden which was quoted by ANN on May 17, 2001. Five years before, bin Laden declared a “jihad” on the U.S..

In April of 2002, the television station London MBC said it obtained a video reportedly showing bin Laden and an al-Qaeda spokesman praising the 9/11 attacks. It also allegedly showed, for the first time, images of some of the members of al-Qaeda responsible for hijacking the aircraft used in the attacks.

Bin Laden also blames the U.S. for the bombings in China in 1997 saying that the U.S. was trying “to sabotage relations between China and the Muslim world through the CIA.” He then goes on to say that he would “promise” to bring “action in the understanding between Pakistan, Iran and China.”

The current whereabouts of bin Laden are not known.



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Bank of America attempts takeover of Merrill Lynch

Bank of America attempts takeover of Merrill Lynch

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Bank of America (BoA) is attempting a takeover of Merrill Lynch, which, if successful, would combine two of the largest banks in the world. BoA would buy Merrill Lynch for around $44 billion in stock. BoA, the largest bank in the United States, has been looking for a major acquisition for the last few months. The bank was seen as a possible buyer of Lehman Bothers before it pulled out, citing lack of financial support by the U.S. government, and possible shareholder problems.

Merrill’s CEO John Thain is believed to have initiated the discussion with Kenneth Lewis, BoA’s chief executive. It is believe that Merrill has been suffering major problems with a lack of cash on hand to operate its business. According to The New York Times, Thain believes that unless it can secure a deal with another bank, then it could possible face a collapse. Thain also believes that the U.S. government would not step in to stop such a collapse, as with the current situation with Lehman Brothers.

BoA would buy Merrill at $29 a share. On Friday, Merill stock price closed at $17.05.

Merrill Lynch has suffered a massive drop in its share price over the last year, down 68 percent due to subprime mortgage crisis. Merrill had over $10 billion pumped into the bank in December 2007 and January 2008 by sovereign wealth funds.



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New York Times report claims Bush approved ground assaults inside Pakistan

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On the seventh anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Virginia and Pennsylvania, The New York Times newspaper says American President George W. Bush has secretly approved orders allowing US forces to conduct ground operations in Pakistan without taking any prior approvals from the respective government.

In the evening while briefing to Congress, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen says US must to target Pakistan’s safe havens of Talibans. A day before President Bush announced that about 4,500 extra US troops would be sent to Afghanistan by February 2009, boosting the 33,000 currently in the country. The new orders for the military’s Special Operations forces relax firm restrictions on conducting raids on the soil of an important ally without its permission.

Whereas in one of the official statements from Pakistan’s Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani indicated clearly that “There is no question of any agreement or understanding with the coalition forces whereby they are allowed to conduct operations on our side of the border.”

On the other side Mr. Yousuf Raza Gillani the Prime Minister of Pakistan said in one of his remarks that nation should not be worried about US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen’s remarks on Pakistan. “We are a responsible nation, and government and army stance on US actions is very clear and same,” he added.


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  • “Bush allows raids into Pakistan: US official”. Geo TV, September 11, 2008
  • “Army chief remarks reflect govt policy: PM”. The News International, September 11, 2008
  • Alex Crawford “Tough Talk From New Pakistan”. Sky News, September 11, 2008
  • Eric Schmitt and Mark Mazzetti “Bush Said to Give Orders Allowing Raids in Pakistan”. The New York Times, September 10, 2008
  • “Report: Bush approved Pakistan raids”. September 11, 2008
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Yost fired as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Ned Yost has been fired from the Milwaukee Brewers as their manager. Dale Sveum who is the Brewers third base coach will take over as a part time manager for the Brewers until they find someone else. The Brewers are tied with the Philadelphia Phillies in the wildcard.

Yost was manager for six years for the Brewers.

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SLBC Re-Launches English Commercial Service

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SLBC Re-Launches English Commercial Service
It will once again resume its pristine glory.
SLBC Re-Launches English Commercial Service

—Hudson Samarasinghe, Chairman, Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation

The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) has re-launched the English Commercial Service in Colombo. The station is the oldest radio station in South Asia. Broadcasting services were launched just three years after the inauguration of broadcasting in Europe. Radio Ceylon was launched three years after the British Broadcasting Corporation,(BBC).

In its heyday, Radio Ceylon ruled the airwaves in South Asia. The successful brand was launched by Cliff Dodd, in the early 1950s – Dodd, an Australian administrator arrived on the island through the offices of the newly formed Colombo Plan. He is known as the Father of Commercial Broadcasting, in Sri Lanka. He soon built up the English Commercial Service as a market leader in the region. Millions of listeners tuned into Radio Ceylon – the station had a popular listener base right across the Indian sub-continent. Radio Ceylon recruited some of Ceylon’s brightest talents from the 1950s, among them: Livy Wijemanne, Vernon Corea, Pearl Ondaatje, Tim Horshington, Greg Roskovski,Jimmy Bharucha, Karunaratne Abeysekera, S.P.Mylvaganam, Christopher Greet, Thevis Guruge and H.M.Gunasekera.

Asia top music stars among them Pandit Ravi Shankar, Pandit W.D. Amaradeva, Asha Bhosle, Lata Mangeshkhar,Usha Uthup, Nimal Mendis,Bill Forbes, Cliff Foenander, Clarence Wijewardena and Annesley Malewana, have also been featured over the airwaves of Radio Ceylon.

Announcing the re-launch of the English Commercial Services from the 1st of September, the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation vowed to bring back the glory days of the Commercial Service.’It will once again resume its pristine glory. Programmes like Breakfast drive, Classic gold, Bright Spot, Your choice in music, Hits of the past will be aired,’ said Mr.Samarasinghe.

Existing SLBC radio programmes have been re-vamped and new programmes will be added to the channel. At present Sri Lanka has a number of English Radio Channels. However the English service has continued to receive a good response from listeners, explained the Chairman of the SLBC.

The station is attempting to re-gain the number one position as a market leader, where entertainment and music programmes are concerned.

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  • “SLBC Re-Launches English Commercial Service”. The Lanka Sun, August 31st, 2008
  • “SLBC Re-Launches English Commercial Servicepub=Short Wave Central”. September 02, 2008
  • “SLBC re-launches English Commercial Service”. DX Listening Digest, August 31, 2008
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Libertarian National Committee in a deadlock over how to address growing Bob Barr controversies

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The Libertarian National Committee (LNC) was reported to be in a deadlock Sunday night over how to address the growing controversies surrounding their party’s U.S. presidential nominee, former congressman Bob Barr.

Many libertarians have spoken out against Barr since his last minute refusal to attend former Republican presidential hopeful Congressman Ron Paul‘s third party unity conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on Wednesday.

Apparently, the effort to replace Barr as the nominee has been rejected. Not a single person on the 17-member LNC was willing to make the motion.

However, at-large representative Dr. Mary Ruwart — who lost the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination to Barr at the National Convention in May by only a few votes — is supporting a resolution to apologize to Paul.

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This is being countered by Treasurer Aaron Starr, who favors a resolution to chastise Paul for not endorsing Bob Barr and “splitting the Freedom Movement.”

Currently, neither resolution has enough votes to pass.

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  • “LNC efforts to address ‘Snubgate’ in a deadlock”. Independent Political Report, September 14, 2008
  • “Bob Barr snubs Ron Paul and other third party candidates”. 2008Central, September 11, 2008

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