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UN angered by detentions of Burundi journalist, activist

BUJUMBURA, June 27, 2006 (AFP) – The United Nations said Tuesday it was angered by the continued detentions of a Burundian journalist and a peace activist who it said were being held in violation of their rights.

Palestinians agree on statehood deal

Sakher Abu El Oun
GAZA CITY, June 27, 2006 (AFP) – All Palestinian factions except Islamic Jihad have reached an agreement on a statehood initiative that implicitly recognises Israel’s right to exist, sources in Fatah and Hamas said Tuesday.

New custody ruling for suspect over missing Belgian girls

BRUSSELS, June 27, 2006 (AFP) – The key suspect in the disappearance of two Belgian schoolgirls appeared before a judge again Tuesday, as prosecutors sought to keep him in custody for longer.

France’s deadline to resolve EADS crisis expires

Rory Mulholland
PARIS, June 27, 2006 (AFP) – The French government’s self-imposed deadline to resolve a crisis at EADS, and get the company’s Airbus unit back in the battle against arch-rival Boeing, was due to expire later Tuesday.

Serbia rejects ‘imposed compromise’ on Kosovo

LONDON, June 27, 2006 (AFP) – Serbia will not accept an "imposed compromise" on the future of Kosovo, the country’s prime minister Vojislav Kostunica said Tuesday after talks in London with British counterpart Tony Blair.

Univision agrees to 13.7-billion-dollar sale

LOS ANGELES, June 27, 2006 (AFP) – Univision, the biggest Spanish-language broadcaster in the United States, agreed Tuesday to be acquired by a group of investors including tycoon Haim Saban for 13.7 billion dollars.

Iraqi rebels demand US troop pullout to lay down arms: MP

BAGHDAD, June 27, 2006 (AFP) – Armed groups fighting US-led forces in Iraq have demanded a timetable for the withdrawal of foreign troops as a condition for laying down their arms, a Kurdish lawmaker said Tuesday.

ETimor President extends emergency powers, warns of possible early elections

DILI, June 27, 2006 (AFP) – East Timor’s President Xanana Gusmao extended his emergency powers Tuesday and warned of possible early elections to try to end the crisis in the impoverished nation.

Germany stronger than last time says Frings

Phil Seery
BERLIN, June 27, 2006 (AFP) – Germany midfielder Torsten Frings has warned Argentina that the World Cup hosts are a much stronger outfit than the team they faced at the Confederations Cup last June.

Former minister’s broadside puts Blair credibility at stake

Robert MacPherson
LONDON, June 27, 2006 (AFP) – British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s credibility was back on the line Tuesday after a former senior cabinet minister accused him of losing his sense of "purpose and direction".