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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".

Two British soldiers among 38 killed in Afghanistan attacks

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, June 27, 2006 (AFP) – Two British soldiers were killed in a battle with Taliban rebels in southern Afghanistan Tuesday while two civilians died in a suicide blast aimed at a German patrol in the north.

Main points of the Palestinian conciliation document

GAZA CITY, June 27, 2006 (AFP) – All Palestinian factions except Islamic Jihad reached an agreement Tuesday on a "national conciliation document" which implicitly recognises Israel’s right to exist, sources in Fatah and Hamas said.

Nine in court in South Africa after bloody gunbattle

JOHANNESBURG, June 27, 2006 (AFP) – Nine men arrested after a shootout left four policemen and eight armed robbers dead in a central Johannesburg suburb over the weekend briefly appeared in a South African court on Tuesday.