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26 June 2010 4:57 PM | Tagged: atlantic hurricane season
TORONTO/MIAMI President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron were expected to discuss London-based BP Plc and the Gulf of Mexico oil spill on Saturday as stormy weather raised fears that clean-up operations could be disrupted.The oil spill, the worst in U.S history, is overshadowing the first meeting between Obama and Cameron since the prime minister took office last month, wh

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26 June 2010 4:57 PM | Tagged: central news agency
could formalize an attempt to transfer power from current leader Kim Jong Il to his third son Kim Jong Un, analysts said after Pyongyang's official state media reported Saturday that a rare meeting to determine government leadership will be held in September.The planned handoff of power, a topic of speculation since Kim Jong Il, 68, suffered an apparent stroke in August 2008, comes at a time when

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26 June 2010 4:57 PM | Tagged: julia gillard
SYDNEY – Australians wasted no time cashing in on the shock ouster of Kevin Rudd as prime minister, businesses launching a series of cheeky adverts to run alongside stories about the party coup.Budget airline Jetstar took out a half-page newspaper ad with a picture of Rudd and the tagline, Taking a Break? Sunshine Coast from $99 , a tongue-in-cheek reference to the former leader's home to

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26 June 2010 4:49 PM | Tagged: ap sports writer
By ANDREW DAMPF AP Sports WriterJOHANNESBURG - While teams from Europe and Africa have struggled at this World Cup, FIFA doesn't plan to alter its qualifying breakdown for future tournaments. 'There is no discussion about slots for the future, we have 32 teams,' FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said Saturday.Of the 13 European teams that started this World Cup, only six made it to the final

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26 June 2010 4:49 PM | Tagged: bloemfontein south africa
BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa - The South African police officer in charge ofsecurity at the Germany-England match has promised a 'no nonsense' approach tocrowd trouble and said relaxed alcohol laws could make his job harder.Lt.Gen.Amon Mashigo says riot police, water cannons and helicopters willbe on standby for the World Cup knockout match Sunday. Alcohol sales won't be restricted in Bloemfontei

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26 June 2010 4:49 PM | Tagged: world cup quarterfinals
GEORGE, South Africa - Japan coach Takeshi Okada may have to overhaul histactics to beat a scrappy Paraguay team and take the Asian nation to the WorldCup quarterfinals for the first time.Japan's three group games were against attack-minded teams, but the matchagainst Paraguay on Tuesday offers a different tactical challenge.Okada said Saturday the South Americans have mental strength and techni

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26 June 2010 4:49 PM | Tagged: coach marcello lippi
ROME - Italy's World Cup players have returned home after their early exitin South Africa, amid indifference from fans and a few insults.Players who landed at Rome's Leonardo da Vinci airport Saturday morning werelargely ignored.A small group of fans shouted 'Shame on You!' as thefootballers and coach Marcello Lippi walked in the terminal. Other players traveled on to Milan's Malpensa, where vi

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26 June 2010 4:49 PM | Tagged: assistant referees
Fifa are considering further trials into the use of additional assistant referees, with a view to potentially using them at the 2014 World Cup.Uefa experimented with the use of assistant referees behind the goals during 2009/10 Europa League. One thing we are discussing is two additional assistants, said Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke. This is to support referees to make decision-making ea