Daily Archives: April 10, 2008

Freeze on the withdrawal

President George W Bush says he will put a freeze on the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, as requested by his top general in the country.

The president told the Weekly Standard magazine that the “drawdown” would continue until July as planned.

But after that, he said, Gen Petraeus “wants to wait and see. And I strongly support that. And therefore I won’t commit beyond July.”

No worries George, till December plenty of time to think about it, after December the decision is not …yours!

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Fly with the economy

The biggest airline in the US has canceled another 900 flights after safety concerns forced it to ground 300 of its aircraft.

It is the third day of cancellations by American Airlines. More than 2,400 flights have been affected, causing delays for 100,000 passengers. The action follows an inspectors’ warning of problems with wiring repairs on the MD-80 aircraft two weeks ago.

Other major US carriers have also been forced to ground planes for inspection. Southwest, Delta and United are among those affected, and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it could not rule out further groundings as it widens aircraft safety investigations in the next two months. The FAA has been tightening up its inspections since it was discovered last year that fuselage cracks on Southwest planes had gone undetected because of missed inspections.

It seems that the airlines leading US economy’s long fly down!

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Mugabe in a meeting with opposition

President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai are to attend an emergency summit of regional leaders to discuss Zimbabwe’s recent election.

Saturday’s Zambia summit was called amid the failure of Zimbabwe’s election commission to publish results of the presidential election held 12 days ago. Mr. Tsvangirai is in Botswana, where a minister quoted him as saying he had left a tense Zimbabwe to ask for help.

He accuses Mr. Mugabe of delaying tactics in releasing the poll results. The opposition Movement for Democratic Change claims the government is trying to engineer victory for Mr. Mugabe at a second-round vote.

Before meeting Mugabe should give the results but he doesn’t dare, does he?

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Man Utd 1-0 Roma

Carlos Tevez struck as Manchester United defeated Roma to seal a Champions League semi-final match-up with Barcelona.

Roma should have taken the lead from the penalty spot after a foul by Wes Brown but Daniele de Rossi smashed the ball high over the crossbar. Edwin van der Sar denied Mirko Vucinic as Roma threatened but Ryan Giggs and Owen Hargreaves forced saves from Doni. And Tevez scored with a diving header from Hargreaves’ cross to seal the tie.

And now all the way to the final!

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Obama calls for Beijing boycott

Barack Obama has called on US President George W Bush to boycott the opening of the Beijing Olympics if China fails to improve its human rights record.

The Democratic presidential hopeful made his call a day after a similar appeal by his rival, Hillary Clinton. The US stage of the Olympic torch relay passed off amid confusion and tight security in San Francisco on Wednesday.

The route was totally changed at the last minute and the closing ceremony took place on a motorway fly-over. Throughout the route, the torch-bearers were immersed in a cocoon of security, surrounded by dozens of police officers and track-suited Chinese guards.

Is it just me or has anybody else notice that this man makes announcement that he knows will bring controversy and votes after he makes sure that a lot of voices have said the same from all the sides?

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Jacques Rogge and the Olympic values

The head of the International Olympic Committee has said the Beijing Games will rebound from “crisis” after days of protests along the torch route.

Jacques Rogge told a meeting of national committees in the Chinese capital that they should assure their countries the Games would succeed. The US stage of the torch relay passed off amid confusion and tight security in San Francisco on Wednesday.

The route was totally changed at the last minute amid anti-Chinese protests. Torch-bearers were immersed in a cocoon of security, surrounded by dozens of police officers and track-suited Chinese guards.

The last decades the Olympic committees have sell out the Olympic values and the Olympic spirit, but Jacques Rogge will be long remembered because he sold something that wasn’t his, Tibet’s freedom!

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Brown and the economy fears

From the Ovi magazine

The British Prime Minister said a 2.5% fall in March, recorded by the Halifax, should be seen in the context of 10 years of big increases and low interest rates. He added that the government was not a “spectator” and was “always vigilant” on global economic difficulties.

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