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Archive for July 20th, 2008

The pope has urged young people, at the end of his trip to Australia, to stay away from the “spiritual desert” that he says is spreading across the world. (more…)

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The leader of an extremist Palestinian group has died from wounds sustained in a clash inside a refugee camp in south Lebanon, said Palestinian security officials. (more…)

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By taking $66.4m, Batman film, The Dark Knight, has set a single-day box office record on its opening night, said distributor Warner Bros.

The studio added that the movie, which debuted on Friday in the US, and has surpassed the previous record of $59.8m, set last year by Spider-Man 3. (more…)

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Hamid Karzai (photo), president of Afghanistan, and Barack Obama, US Democratic presidential candidate, have met, on the second day of his tour of the country.

A day after he arrived in Afghanistan, as part of a congressional delegation, the Illinois senator met US troops at a military base in Kabul, the Afghan capital, before meeting Hamid Karzai. (more…)

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Trying to improve the Chinese capital’s air quality in time for the Olympic Games, restrictions on driving have been introduced in Beijing (photo, from abc.net.au). Coming into effect on Sunday, 19 days before the sporting event begins, the directive bans private vehicles with odd, and even, numbered licence plates from Beijing’s roads on alternate days. (more…)

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