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Clash of World Cup titans as Germany, Argentina eye last four

Phil Seery
BERLIN, June 28, 2006 (AFP) – It does not come much bigger than Germany versus Argentina – a match-up steeped in World Cup history that will bring the host country to a standstill on Friday.

World Cup 2006 factfile: Germany

BERLIN, June 28, 2006 (AFP) – Factfile on Germany who face Argentina in the quarter-finals of the World Cup here on Friday:

Australian stocks fall 1.05 percent

SYDNEY, June 28, 2006 (AFP) – Australian share prices closed 1.05 percent lower Wednesday following an overnight sell-off on Wall Street as nervous investors once again fretted about the outlook for US interest rates, dealers said.

Retailer fined in France for copying Madonna song

PARIS, June 28, 2006 (AFP) – The Virgin music retailer in France has been fined 600,000 euros (756,000 dollars) for illegally downloading a Madonna song to resell it on its own pay-per-tune site.

Iran says ‘no use’ negotiating with US

TEHRAN, June 27, 2006 (AFP) – Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tuesday he saw "no use" in negotiating with the United States and again signalled that Tehran was unwilling to freeze sensitive nuclear work.

No Iran nuclear talks ahead of informal deadline: diplomats

VIENNA, June 27, 2006 (AFP) – Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani is not likely to meet EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana this week, despite an informal deadline of the end of month to respond to an offer of talks over its nuclear program, diplomats said Tuesday.

Oil prices advance: above 72 dollars in New York

LONDON, June 27, 2006 (AFP) – World oil prices rose on Tuesday, supported by refinery disruption and strong energy demand in the United States, as well as jitters over Iran, analysts said.

New York’s main contract, light sweet crude for delivery in August, climbed 45 cents to 72.25 dollars per barrel in pit trading.

US rejects Iranian qualms about talks

WASHINGTON, June 27, 2006 (AFP) – The White House said Tuesday that it did not consider Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s rejection of a proposal for nuclear talks as the Islamic Republic’s final word on the offer.

World Cup top scorers

BERLIN, June 27, 2006 (AFP) – World Cup top scorers on Tuesday:

World Cup 2006 factfile: Portugal

GELSENKIRCHEN, June 27, 2006 (AFP) – Factfile on Portugal who play England in the World Cup quarter-finals here on Saturday: