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2011-06-29 15:34:00
Mongolian president arrives in Kyiv.
Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj has arrived in Kyiv. While meeting the
guest, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych noted that Ukraine was interested
in maintaining permanent and stable contacts withMongolia.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=147438

2011-06-29 14:58:00
About one million tourists annually visit Ukrainian capital.
Presently Ukrainian capital has been annually visited by approximately one
million tourists, Head of the Kyiv city state administration Oleksandr Popov
said.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=147457

2011-06-29 14:47:00
Court postpones hearing of Tymoshenko case until July 4.
The Pechersky District Court in Kyiv, which started considering in essence a
criminal case opened against former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko on charges
of abuse of office while signing gas contracts with Russia in 2009, has
postponed its sitting until Monday, July 4, presiding judge Rodion Kireyev
hassaid.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=147446

2011-06-29 14:42:00
Akhmetov decides whether it is worth becoming Parliament deputy in 2012.
A deputy from the Party of Regions, wealthiest Ukrainian Rinat Akhmetov decides
whether it is worth for him to run for the Verkhovna Rada during next
Parliamentary elections of 2012, President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych told in
an interview to journalists of Ukrainian massmedia.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=147443

2011-06-29 13:45:00
Industrial output up 8.5% over five months.
Volumes of industrial production since January and till May grew by 8.5 percent
in total, First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine and Economic Development and
Trade Minister Andriy Kliuyev told while opening the Cabinet'smeeting.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=147444

2011-06-29 12:49:00
EBRD's investment in Ukraine could exceed EUR 600m by this autumn.
The amount of funds invested by the European Bank for Reconstruction and
Development (EBRD) in Ukrainian projects has reached EUR 320 million since the
beginning of 2011, EBRD's principal adviser in Ukraine Anton Usov hassaid.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=147448

2011-06-29 12:41:00
Ukraine, Mongolia sign a number of bipartite documents.
During a state visit to Ukraine of Mongolia President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, a
ceremony of signing a number of bipartite documents was held in Kyiv.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=147442

2011-06-29 11:50:00
NBU withdraws UAH 15.78 billion of extra money from market.
The National Bank of Ukraine over the previous week sold its deposit
certificates to banks totaling UAH 15.78 billion (1 USD - 7.97 UAH).
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=147450

2011-06-29 11:39:00
President continues to insist on cooperation with Customs Union in 3+1 format.
President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych considers it necessary to sign a
framework agreement with the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia, he
said about this in an interview to journalists of Ukrainian massmedia.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=147441

2011-06-29 10:52:00
Hryvnia weakens on interbank market.
Trading on the Ukrainian interbank forex market on Wednesday opened with the
weakening of the hryvnia.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=147452


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Edition 29 June 2011
Canadian International Financial Weather
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TORONTO: OTTAWA SELLS NUCLEAR AGENCY

The Canadian government has sold the commercial division of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. to the country's biggest engineering firm, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., for $15 million. The division is the manufacturer of the Candu nuclear reactor. The government will retain the right to royalties from future reactor sales and refurbishing of existing nuclear plants. Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver says the transaction will place Candu in competent hands to be serviced and deployed in Canada and elsewhere. SNC-Lavalin will create a new division called Candu Energy that will employ about 1,200 AECL employees, less than one-quarter of its workforce.



MONTREAL: POSTIES TO CONTEST BACK-TO-WORK LAW

The union representing Canada Post workers says it will mount a legal challenge to the federal law passed last weekend ending a lockout. A spokesman for the Canadian Union of Postal Workers in Montreal says the union will seek legal recourse to try to have the law overturned. The spokesman says the union doesn't plan to defy the law. Postal service resumed on Monday. The union is angry that the government imposed lower salaries than the employer's last offer. The union says it is also considering lodging a complaint with the federal Human Rights Commission. The grounds would be that new employers would be victims of discrimination because they wouldn't have the same pension benefits as older ones. The union began a series of one-day rotating strikes on June 3, and Canada Post responded with a lockout on June 14.



WINNIPEG: WHEAT BOARD CATCHES BLAST

Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has accused the Canadian Wheat Board of weakening Canada's share of world markets for wheat, durum and barley. The Conservative Party government intends to abolish the Board's monopoly over the sale of Western wheat and barley. Mr. Ritz said in a speech to a farmers' lobby that although Canada remains the world's top exporter of those products, the country is falling behind because of the current grain-marketing system. The minister says that with a reduced market share, the Board has less influence in world markets. He acknowledges that although farmers' switch from planting oilseeds instead of wheat is a global trend, it has been more marked in Canada than elsewhere. The Board claims its monopoly enables it to get the best prices for Western farmers. But Mr. Ritz accuses it of considering Canadian farmers not smart enough to market their own grain.



OTTAWA: INFLATION UP

The inflation rate in Canada continues to rise. It inched up by half-a-point last month and now stands at 3.7 per cent, the highest it has been in eight years. The price of gasoline and the rising cost of food were responsible for the jump. Inflation was higher in eight of 10 provinces, with Nova Scotia recording the greatest annual increase. Analysts predict the inflation rise won't force the Bank of Canada into raising interest rates at the next setting in July.



OTTAWA: CANADA BELOW AVERAGE IN PROTECTING TERRITORY

Research shows Canada has fallen below the global average when it comes to creating environmentally protected areas. A study by Global Forest Watch says Canada has placed about 8.5 per cent of its land mass under permanent conservation protection, while the worldwide average is 12.9 per cent. The Northwest Territories are the most heavily conserved jurisdiction in Canada, with nearly one-quarter of its land base under protection. Only four per cent of the three Prairie provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta are legally protected.



OTTAWA: HIGH COURT TO DECIDE TERRORIST CASE

The Supreme Court of Canada will rule on Thursday whether it will hear an appeal by the first man convicted under the country's anti-terror laws. Momin Khawaja wants the court to rule that the Criminal Code's definition of "terrorist activity" is unconstitutional. Khawaja was convicted of five terrorism charges and sentenced in 2008 to 10-and-a-half years in prison. Two years later, Court of Appeal for Ontario increased his sentence to life with no chance of parole for 10 years. Khawaja was convicted of involvement in a plot to plant fertilizer bombs in the UK. He was working at the time of the plot in Ottawa for the foreign affairs department as a software engineer. He became the first person to be found guilty under the Canadian Anti-Terrorism Act.



OTTAWA: GOVT. TO FUND MS TESTS

Canadian Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq has approved federal funding for clinical trials of a controversial treatment for multiple sclerosis. The minister says that a scientific working group has agreed unanimously that trials for "liberation therapy" should go ahead. The trials will address a theory that the disease is caused by narrowed neck veins and that the use of balloon angioplasty can help symptoms. Some recent clinical studies have cast doubt on the supposition that narrowed neck veins cause MS. Many Canadians afflicted with the disease have sought the treatment abroad. It isn't offered in Canada.



REGINA: FLOODING COULD FOMENT VIRUS INFECTIONS

Health officials in Western Canada warn that unprecedented flooding in areas of the Prairie provinces has created an optimal habitat for mosquitoes, including those likely to carry the West Nile virus. The officials says the flooding has left many areas of southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba with the shallow, standing water that mosquitoes like. The sources say it will be difficult to treat all of the areas before mosquito season. Only five confirmed cases of West Nile were reported in 2010.



MONTREAL: MONARCHY'S POPULARITY MIXED

A new poll shows that although two-thirds of those asked think the British monarchy will get a popularity boost from the visit of Prince William and his bride, the others want to cut ties with the institution. Sixty-per cent of respondents in the mostly French-speaking province of Quebec felt that way. The survey was conducted by the Angus Reid pollster. The prince and his wife arrive in Canada on Thursday. They'll visit Ottawa, Quebec City, Montreal, Prince Edward Island, the Northwest Territories and Calgary.





International

GREECE

The Greek parliament has approved the first of two austerity bills needed for approval of an international loan to prevent Greece from defaulting on its national debt. The vote to approve almost $40 billion of tax hikes, spending cuts and privatizations passed by 155-138. Lawmakers will vote on a second bill to implement the first on Thursday. Both bills needed approval for the EU and the International Monetary Fund to release a 12-million euro down payment on a second bailout for Greece. While the legislators were voting, thousands of protesters against the austerity demonstrators outside the legislature in central Athens. Police fired tear gas and fought with masked demonstrators who set fire to the finance ministry.



AFGHANISTAN

At least 21 people were killed by Taliban militants in an attack on a hotel in the Afghan capital Kabul late Tuesday. Officials say all of the nine militants involved were killed during the night-time raid on the hilltop Intercontinental Hotel, frequented by Westerners and Afghan officials. The state-owned hotel was hosting delegates attending an Afghan security conference and a large wedding party when the insurgents struck. Among those staying at the hotel were provincial government officials who were in Kabul for a conference on the handover of power from foreign to Afghan security forces. The process starts next month. Some 10,000 US troops are due to leave the country this year, ahead of the planned end of foreign combat operations at the end of 2014. Security in Kabul is already under the control of Afghan forces.



LIBYA

The French government says it has been arming Libyan rebels who've been battling forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi. It's the first time a NATO member country has admitted arming the rebels. A three-month-old NATO bombing campaign has so far failed to dislodge the Libyan leader. NATO is operating under a U.N. Security Council resolution which authorized force to protect Libyan civilians. The rebels' advances have been slow, but they claim to have made considerable progress in the last week, advancing from mountains southwest of Tripoli to 80 kilometres outside of the city.



CHINA

Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei's design company will challenge the $1.85-million tax bill delivered by government officials shortly after Mr. Ai was released from nearly three months in detention. A lawyer for the company says an appeal was filed with the Beijing Local Taxation Bureau by Ai's wife, Lu Qing. She is the legal representative of his design company Beijing Fake Cultural Development Ltd. The appeal demands proof of the alleged tax evasion and a review of the case. Mr. Ai's family previously denied he evaded any taxes and activists say the accusations were a pretext for detaining him.



PHILIPPINES

The Philippines says it will grant more permits to private firms to search for oil and natural gas in the South China Sea. A total of 15 exploration contracts will be offered. The move is expected to anger China which claims sovereignty over most of the South China Sea. Earlier this month, Philippine President Benigno Aquino called for U.S. help in containing China's ambitions in the area, saying his country was too weak to stand up to Beijing alone. The plea was issued after his government accused China of inciting at least seven recent incidents in the disputed waters. China and the Philippines have claims over the Spratly Archipelago, a resources-rich South China Sea chain. The Spratlys are claimed in whole or in part by Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam.



VENEZUELA

Venezuela has postponed a summit of Latin American and Caribbean leaders that was to have taken place on July 5-6 because of President Hugo Chavez' health. The foreign ministry says Venezuela will consult with the other countries to reschedule the event later in the year. The development came after state TV showed footage of Mr. Chavez chatting with former Cuban President Fidel Castro. Mr. Chavez has been mostly out of sight since the Venezuelan government announced on June 10 that he had undergone pelvic surgery in Cuba. The length of his convalescence there has raised questions about the true state of his health.





Financial

TORONTO: EXCHANGE MERGER DIES

The company that controls the Toronto Stock Exchange says it has dropped a proposed merger between it and the London Stock Exchange. TMX Group says the proposed transaction had the support of a majority of stockholders but not the required two-thirds. TSE and LSE shareholders were to have voted on the merger on Thursday. TMX says it will have to pay a $10-million termination penalty to the LSE. TMX CEO Tom Kloet says it will now review a hostile takeover by by Maple Group Acquisition Corp. The consortium of 13 Canadian big banks and other financial institutions wants to keep the TSE in Canadian hands.





Weather

WEATHER

British Columbia on Thursday: rain, high C17 Vancouver. Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut: rain. Whitehorse 15, Yellowknife 16, Iqaluit 10. Prairies: rain. Edmonton 18, Regina 22, Winnipeg 29. Ontario: sun south, rain north. Quebec: cloud. Toronto 26, Ottawa 25, Montreal 21. Atlantic Canada: rain. Fredericton 23. Halifax 18, Charlottetown 22, St. John's 14.





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TORONTO: OTTAWA SELLS NUCLEAR AGENCY


The Canadian government has sold the commercial division of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. to the country's biggest engineering firm, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., for $15 million. The division is the manufacturer of the Candu nuclear reactor. The government will retain the right to royalties from future reactor sales and refurbishing of existing nuclear plants. Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver says the transaction will place Candu in competent hands to be serviced and deployed in Canada and elsewhere. SNC-Lavalin will create a new division called Candu Energy that will employ about 1,200 AECL employees, less than one-quarter of its workforce.

MONTREAL: POSTIES TO CONTEST BACK-TO-WORK LAW


The union representing Canada Post workers says it will mount a legal challenge to the federal law passed last weekend ending a lockout. A spokesman for the Canadian Union of Postal Workers in Montreal says the union will seek legal recourse to try to have the law overturned. The spokesman says the union doesn't plan to defy the law. Postal service resumed on Monday. The union is angry that the government imposed lower salaries than the employer's last offer. The union says it is also considering lodging a complaint with the federal Human Rights Commission. The grounds would be that new employers would be victims of discrimination because they wouldn't have the same pension benefits as older ones. The union began a series of one-day rotating strikes on June 3, and Canada Post responded with a lockout on June 14.

WINNIPEG: WHEAT BOARD CATCHES BLAST


Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has accused the Canadian Wheat Board of weakening Canada's share of world markets for wheat, durum and barley. The Conservative Party government intends to abolish the Board's monopoly over the sale of Western wheat and barley. Mr. Ritz said in a speech to a farmers' lobby that although Canada remains the world's top exporter of those products, the country is falling behind because of the current grain-marketing system. The minister says that with a reduced market share, the Board has less influence in world markets. He acknowledges that although farmers' switch from planting oilseeds instead of wheat is a global trend, it has been more marked in Canada than elsewhere. The Board claims its monopoly enables it to get the best prices for Western farmers. But Mr. Ritz accuses it of considering Canadian farmers not smart enough to market their own grain.

OTTAWA: INFLATION UP


The inflation rate in Canada continues to rise. It inched up by half-a-point last month and now stands at 3.7 per cent, the highest it has been in eight years. The price of gasoline and the rising cost of food were responsible for the jump. Inflation was higher in eight of 10 provinces, with Nova Scotia recording the greatest annual increase. Analysts predict the inflation rise won't force the Bank of Canada into raising interest rates at the next setting in July.

OTTAWA: CANADA BELOW AVERAGE IN PROTECTING TERRITORY


Research shows Canada has fallen below the global average when it comes to creating environmentally protected areas. A study by Global Forest Watch says Canada has placed about 8.5 per cent of its land mass under permanent conservation protection, while the worldwide average is 12.9 per cent. The Northwest Territories are the most heavily conserved jurisdiction in Canada, with nearly one-quarter of its land base under protection. Only four per cent of the three Prairie provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta are legally protected.

OTTAWA: HIGH COURT TO DECIDE TERRORIST CASE


The Supreme Court of Canada will rule on Thursday whether it will hear an appeal by the first man convicted under the country's anti-terror laws. Momin Khawaja wants the court to rule that the Criminal Code's definition of "terrorist activity" is unconstitutional. Khawaja was convicted of five terrorism charges and sentenced in 2008 to 10-and-a-half years in prison. Two years later, Court of Appeal for Ontario increased his sentence to life with no chance of parole for 10 years. Khawaja was convicted of involvement in a plot to plant fertilizer bombs in the UK. He was working at the time of the plot in Ottawa for the foreign affairs department as a software engineer. He became the first person to be found guilty under the Canadian Anti-Terrorism Act.

OTTAWA: GOVT. TO FUND MS TESTS


Canadian Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq has approved federal funding for clinical trials of a controversial treatment for multiple sclerosis. The minister says that a scientific working group has agreed unanimously that trials for "liberation therapy" should go ahead. The trials will address a theory that the disease is caused by narrowed neck veins and that the use of balloon angioplasty can help symptoms. Some recent clinical studies have cast doubt on the supposition that narrowed neck veins cause MS. Many Canadians afflicted with the disease have sought the treatment abroad. It isn't offered in Canada.

REGINA: FLOODING COULD FOMENT VIRUS INFECTIONS


Health officials in Western Canada warn that unprecedented flooding in areas of the Prairie provinces has created an optimal habitat for mosquitoes, including those likely to carry the West Nile virus. The officials says the flooding has left many areas of southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba with the shallow, standing water that mosquitoes like. The sources say it will be difficult to treat all of the areas before mosquito season. Only five confirmed cases of West Nile were reported in 2010.

MONTREAL: MONARCHY'S POPULARITY MIXED


A new poll shows that although two-thirds of those asked think the British monarchy will get a popularity boost from the visit of Prince William and his bride, the others want to cut ties with the institution. Sixty-per cent of respondents in the mostly French-speaking province of Quebec felt that way. The survey was conducted by the Angus Reid pollster. The prince and his wife arrive in Canada on Thursday. They'll visit Ottawa, Quebec City, Montreal, Prince Edward Island, the Northwest Territories and Calgary.


GREECE


The Greek parliament has approved the first of two austerity bills needed for approval of an international loan to prevent Greece from defaulting on its national debt. The vote to approve almost $40 billion of tax hikes, spending cuts and privatizations passed by 155-138. Lawmakers will vote on a second bill to implement the first on Thursday. Both bills needed approval for the EU and the International Monetary Fund to release a 12-million euro down payment on a second bailout for Greece. While the legislators were voting, thousands of protesters against the austerity demonstrators outside the legislature in central Athens. Police fired tear gas and fought with masked demonstrators who set fire to the finance ministry.

AFGHANISTAN


At least 21 people were killed by Taliban militants in an attack on a hotel in the Afghan capital Kabul late Tuesday. Officials say all of the nine militants involved were killed during the night-time raid on the hilltop Intercontinental Hotel, frequented by Westerners and Afghan officials. The state-owned hotel was hosting delegates attending an Afghan security conference and a large wedding party when the insurgents struck. Among those staying at the hotel were provincial government officials who were in Kabul for a conference on the handover of power from foreign to Afghan security forces. The process starts next month. Some 10,000 US troops are due to leave the country this year, ahead of the planned end of foreign combat operations at the end of 2014. Security in Kabul is already under the control of Afghan forces.

LIBYA


The French government says it has been arming Libyan rebels who've been battling forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi. It's the first time a NATO member country has admitted arming the rebels. A three-month-old NATO bombing campaign has so far failed to dislodge the Libyan leader. NATO is operating under a U.N. Security Council resolution which authorized force to protect Libyan civilians. The rebels' advances have been slow, but they claim to have made considerable progress in the last week, advancing from mountains southwest of Tripoli to 80 kilometres outside of the city.

CHINA


Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei's design company will challenge the $1.85-million tax bill delivered by government officials shortly after Mr. Ai was released from nearly three months in detention. A lawyer for the company says an appeal was filed with the Beijing Local Taxation Bureau by Ai's wife, Lu Qing. She is the legal representative of his design company Beijing Fake Cultural Development Ltd. The appeal demands proof of the alleged tax evasion and a review of the case. Mr. Ai's family previously denied he evaded any taxes and activists say the accusations were a pretext for detaining him.

PHILIPPINES


The Philippines says it will grant more permits to private firms to search for oil and natural gas in the South China Sea. A total of 15 exploration contracts will be offered. The move is expected to anger China which claims sovereignty over most of the South China Sea. Earlier this month, Philippine President Benigno Aquino called for U.S. help in containing China's ambitions in the area, saying his country was too weak to stand up to Beijing alone. The plea was issued after his government accused China of inciting at least seven recent incidents in the disputed waters. China and the Philippines have claims over the Spratly Archipelago, a resources-rich South China Sea chain. The Spratlys are claimed in whole or in part by Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam.

VENEZUELA


Venezuela has postponed a summit of Latin American and Caribbean leaders that was to have taken place on July 5-6 because of President Hugo Chavez' health. The foreign ministry says Venezuela will consult with the other countries to reschedule the event later in the year. The development came after state TV showed footage of Mr. Chavez chatting with former Cuban President Fidel Castro. Mr. Chavez has been mostly out of sight since the Venezuelan government announced on June 10 that he had undergone pelvic surgery in Cuba. The length of his convalescence there has raised questions about the true state of his health.


TORONTO: EXCHANGE MERGER DIES


The company that controls the Toronto Stock Exchange says it has dropped a proposed merger between it and the London Stock Exchange. TMX Group says the proposed transaction had the support of a majority of stockholders but not the required two-thirds. TSE and LSE shareholders were to have voted on the merger on Thursday. TMX says it will have to pay a $10-million termination penalty to the LSE. TMX CEO Tom Kloet says it will now review a hostile takeover by by Maple Group Acquisition Corp. The consortium of 13 Canadian big banks and other financial institutions wants to keep the TSE in Canadian hands.


WEATHER


British Columbia on Thursday: rain, high C17 Vancouver. Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut: rain. Whitehorse 15, Yellowknife 16, Iqaluit 10. Prairies: rain. Edmonton 18, Regina 22, Winnipeg 29. Ontario: sun south, rain north. Quebec: cloud. Toronto 26, Ottawa 25, Montreal 21. Atlantic Canada: rain. Fredericton 23. Halifax 18, Charlottetown 22, St. John's 14.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

News 6.29.2011

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Copyright (c) 2011 Radio Prague (Cesky Rozhlas 7 - Radio Praha)

News Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

By: Jan Richter

* The Czech foreign minister has visited Benghazi for talks with
members of Libya's National Transitional Council.

* The Czech government has approved another three healthcare reform
bills.

* CEO of the Czech power producer CEZ said Germany should pay up to
seven billion crowns for electricity transfers through the Czech grid.

* The Czech external debt decreased to 1.73 trillion crowns in the
first quarter of this year.

* The NHL club the Pittsburgh Penguins have offered Czech hockey star
Jaromir Jagr a one-year contract.

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Czech foreign minister in Benghazi for talks with Libyan rebels' council
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Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg visited Benghazi on
Wednesday for talks with members of Libya's National Transitional
Council, the first direct contact with the rebels since the start of
the anti-Qaddafi uprising in February. Mr Schwarzenberg, who was
accompanied by the head of the lower houses' foreign affairs committee,
David Vodrazka, and deputy interior minister Jaroslav Hruska, also
delivered some 2.5 million crowns worth of humanitarian aid destined
for a field hospital near the city of Misrata. On his return, the Czech
foreign minister will bring a number of children patients from Libya
for treatment in Czech hospitals.


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Government approves three healthcare reform bills
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The Czech government approved on Wednesday another three healthcare
reform bills. If passed by Parliament and signed into law by the
president, the legislation will change the rules for assisted
reproduction, sterilization, and castration; it will also overhaul the
emergency rescue system and its funding, as well as rules governing the
handling of patients' records. The bills are part of a broader
healthcare reform that, among other things, introduces standard
healthcare covered by public insurance and extra care paid for by the
patients themselves. The bulk of the reform bills were approved by the
lower house last week.


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Government okays private pension funds
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In related news, the Czech government on Wednesday approved bills that
will allow the establishment of private pension funds. Beginning in
2013, people will be able to transfer 3 percent of their pension
insurance from the state-run pay-as-you-go system to the private funds
on condition they will add another 2 percent out of their own pockets.
Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek told reporters the bills would
provide sufficient protection of the funds' clients by strictly
distinguishing between their savings and the property of the funds'
shareholders.

The planned creation of private pension funds has been criticized by
the opposition and the country's trade unions who are concerned people
might lose their savings should the funds go bankrupt.


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President formally ends ban on land sales to foreigners
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The Czech president on Wednesday singed into law an amendment to the
Czech Foreign Exchange Act which will formally end a ban land sales to
foreign nationals. The ban, a part of a Czech opt-out from EU law
incorporated into the country's accession treaty to the bloc, expired
in May. The new amendment is expected to enter into force in mid July,
a spokeswoman for the Finance Ministry said. However, foreigners have
long been able to buy land through Czech intermediaries.


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CEZ boss: Germany should pay for power transfer
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Martin Roman, the CEO of the Czech state-owned power giant CEZ, told
members of the lower house's budget committee on Wednesday that Germany
should pay up seven billion crowns a year for electricity transfers
through the Czech Republic. Mr Roman said electricity produced in
northern parts of Germany from renewable sources is transferred to the
south of the country through the Czech power grid, adding that a Czech
refusal would lead to a collapse of the German power network. The CEZ
CEO also said he expected Germany authorities to pressure the Czech
government to phase-out nuclear power.


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Czech external debt down to 1.73 trillion crowns in Q1
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The Czech Republic's external debt decreased by 54 billion crowns to
1.73 trillion crowns, or 47.1 percent of the country's gross domestic
product, the Czech central bank said on Wednesday. The decrease was
caused by lower liabilities of the Czech private and public sector
abroad, the bank added. An analyst for the CSOB bank said long-term
liabilities represented a majority of the Czech external debt which
posed little risk for the Czech economy and the exchange rate of the
crown.


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German and Austrian firms complain about lack of German-speaking workers
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German and Austrian firms operating in the Czech Republic complain
about the lack of German-speaking workers, according to a survey by the
Czech-German Chamber of Commerce released on Wednesday. A mere 15
percent out of the 222 companies polled said the availability of Czech
workers with a command of the German language was good while more than
half said it was insufficient. The Czech-German Chamber of Commerce
therefore plans to promote the teaching of German in Czech schools.

There are some 4,000 German, Austrian and Swiss firms operating in the
Czech Republic, providing more than 100,000 jobs.


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Prague public transport fares, park and ride prices set to increase
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Ticket fares on Prague public transport are set to increase by six
crowns as July 1st while their validity will be prolonged. Beginning on
Friday, the basic ticket will cost 24 crowns, or 1.2 US dollars.
However, it will be valid for 30 minutes and it will also allow the
passenger to transfer freely between trams, busses and the metro, which
was not possible before. The extended ticket will cost 32 crowns and
will be valid for 90 minutes. The price of the daily pass will increase
from 100 to 110 crowns while monthly, quarterly and yearly passes will
cost the same. On Friday, the prices of Prague's park and ride
facilities will double from 10 to 20 crowns per day.


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Part of Prague centre suffers power cut
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Parts of Prague city centre suffered a power cut on Wednesday afternoon
due to a substation failure. For about 45 minutes beginning at 5:15 PM,
electricity supply to the area of Wenceslas Square and parts of
Vinohrady was cut, bringing trams to a half-hour standstill. A
spokesman for the city's energy supplier, Prazska energetika, said the
problem might have been caused by hot weather.


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Czech national football team drops to 36th place in FIFA ranking
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The Czech Republic's national football team dropped by four positions
to the 36th place of the latest FIFA ranking, second worst position in
history, due to the Czech team's poor showing at a tournament in Japan
earlier this month where the Czechs played two goalless games. The team
now ranks 23rd among European nations; that means they will be seeded
in the third pot at the draw of the 2014 World Cup qualification in
July, with little chances of avoiding the strongest teams.


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NHL: Penguins offer Jagr one-year deal
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have offered Czech hockey veteran Jaromir Jagr
a one-year contract to return to the NHL. Pittsburgh's GM Ray Shero
said the team had offered a fair price and had been impressed by the
star Czech player at this year's World Championships in Slovakia. Jagr
- who has played in the Continental Hockey League over the last three
years - is expected to reach a decision soon. Jagr began his NHL career
with Pittsburgh 20 years ago and won back-to-back Stanley Cups. The
Detroit Red Wings have also expressed an interest in acquiring Jagr,
while at one point a potential move to Montreal was also highlighted in
the media.


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Weather
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The next few days will be mostly overcast with rain and storms. Daytime
highs should range between 22 and 26 degrees Celsius.

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Articles posted on www.radio.cz today
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Karlin - Prague's first suburb
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Prague's leafy central suburb of Karlin may best be known outside of
the Czech Republic for the devastating floods that laid ruin to it in
2002, but much of the world has been using the machines and products
born of Karlin factories for more than a hundred years and aside from
that it is also Prague's oldest suburb - a point recalled by an
exhibition being held this year at the City Museum in Prague that was
created by historian Dr. Zdenek Mika:

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/spotlight/karlin-pragues-first-suburb


Central European Muslim leaders lament restrictive legislation, media
bias
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Muslim leaders from the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia
came to Prague on Tuesday to share their experiences and to discuss the
challenges faced by their communities. The numbers of the Muslim
populations in their countries vary significantly, as do their historic
backgrounds. But the debate showed that some challenges are shared by
Muslims across the region: islamophobia, media bias, and severe
legislative restrictions.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/central-european-muslim-leaders-lament-restrictive-legislation-media-bias


Former Czech FA chief sentenced for credit fraud
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The former head of the Czech football association, Frantisek
Chvalovsky, has been sentenced to ten years in prison after being
convicted of credit fraud. Mr Chvalovsky was once a major figure in
Czech football, but has spent the last 10 years trying - so far
unsuccessfully - to defend himself from fraud charges.

http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/former-czech-fa-chief-sentenced-for-credit-fraud


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Prague's leafy central suburb of Karlín may best be known outside of the Czech Republic for the devastating floods that laid ruin to it in 2002, but much of the world has been using the machines and products born of Karlín factories for more than a hundred years and aside from that it is also Prague's oldest suburb – a point recalled by an exhibition being held this year at the City Museum in Prague that was created by historian Dr. Zdeněk Míka:

Central European Muslim leaders lament restrictive legislation, media bias

Muslim leaders from the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia came to Prague on Tuesday to share their experiences and to discuss the challenges faced by their communities. The numbers of the Muslim populations in their countries vary significantly, as do their historic backgrounds. But the debate showed that some challenges are shared by Muslims across the region: islamophobia, media bias, and severe legislative restrictions.

Former Czech FA chief sentenced for credit fraud

The former head of the Czech football association, František Chvalovský, has been sentenced to ten years in prison after being convicted of credit fraud. Mr Chvalovský was once a major figure in Czech football, but has spent the last 10 years trying – so far unsuccessfully – to defend himself from fraud charges.

Daily Bulletin | 29.06.2011, 18:30 UTC

DEUTSCHE WELLE / DW-WORLD.DE Newsletter

29.06.2011, 18:30 UTC
DAILY BULLETIN

DW-WORLD.DE's top stories from Germany and Europe

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Overview of Topics

* Greek parliament passes critical austerity package
* Europe hails Lagarde as IMF successor
* Taliban raid on Kabul hotel kills at least 20
* Ministers agree on extension of Germany's anti-terrorism laws
* Russia cuts electricity supply to Belarus
* China agrees to invest billions in German products and know-how
* Women's World Cup
* Dutch coffee shops allowed to sell cannabis to foreigners, for now
* PARTNER SITE: Commentary from atlantic-community.org
* Free podcasts: live performances from the Beethovenfest
* Find out what's making the news across Asia
* Free podcasts and LIVE-STREAM: Paavo Jarvi interprets Beethoven
* Women's World Cup in Germany

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Greek parliament passes critical austerity package

Greek lawmakers shrugged off the tens of thousands of protesters outside
parliament in Athens and passed an austerity bill. The EU had made the
measure a requirement for a desperately needed injection of funds.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
http://newsletter.dw-world.de/re?l=ewbfpvI45gen02I0

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Europe hails Lagarde as IMF successor

With strong backing from Europe and the United States, French Finance
Minister Christine Lagarde has been named as the new head of the
International Monetary Fund.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
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Taliban raid on Kabul hotel kills at least 20

A gunfight with security forces raged on into the early hours after nine
militants stormed a hotel in the Afghan capital. Officials said nine
civilians and two police officers were killed. All the insurgents died too.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
http://newsletter.dw-world.de/re?l=ewbfpvI45gen02I2

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Ministers agree on extension of Germany's anti-terrorism laws

A month-long disagreement among government ministries about the extension
of anti-terrorism laws in Germany appears to have ended. The government is
to reauthorize the laws for another four years.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
http://newsletter.dw-world.de/re?l=ewbfpvI45gen02I3

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Russia cuts electricity supply to Belarus

Russia has cut electricity supplies to Belarus, following the country's
inability to pay its debts. The Kremlin says that there is no political
subtext to the decision and that the move is purely business-related.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
http://newsletter.dw-world.de/re?l=ewbfpvI45gen02I4

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China agrees to invest billions in German products and know-how

China has inked trade deals worth several billion euros with Germany, its
largest trading partner in the EU, after talks between their government
leaders this week.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
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Women's World Cup

Germany is hosting the premier tournament of the women's game this year.
Find out more about women's football and the 2011 World Cup with DW's
in-depth reports.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
http://newsletter.dw-world.de/re?l=ewbfpvI45gen02I6

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Dutch coffee shops allowed to sell cannabis to foreigners, for now

The closure of a coffee shop that sold cannabis to foreign visitors has
been deemed unlawful by the top Dutch court. However, the court's decision
hinted there would be legal grounds for a change to the law in future.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
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key issues of international politics and globalization. Find thought
provoking analysis from international policy leaders and decision makers.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
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Free podcasts: live performances from the Beethovenfest

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Free podcasts and LIVE-STREAM: Paavo Jarvi interprets Beethoven

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The DW-WORLD.DE Article
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Women's World Cup in Germany

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29.06.2011, 18:00 UTC
ASIA COMPACT

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Overview of Topics

* Find out what's making the news across Asia
* Taliban raid on Kabul hotel kills at least 20
* Clerics and monks preach an ecological message
* Awkward moment as Merkel broaches human rights with China
* Bangladeshis call for war criminals to be tried
* Global Media Forum 2011
* Walled in! - The inner German border
* PARTNER SITE: Commentary from atlantic-community.org
* Free podcasts: live performances from the Beethovenfest
* DW Asia goes multimedia
* All about 2010 FIFA World Cup
* Free podcasts and LIVE-STREAM: Paavo Jarvi interprets Beethoven
* Travel Europe on a shoestring
* Women's World Cup in Germany
* Join us for a jungle expedition

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Find out what's making the news across Asia

Our daily reports and analysis on a wide range of issues from the world of
politics, business and culture provide an in-depth look at what's going on
in that part of the world.

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Taliban raid on Kabul hotel kills at least 20

A gunfight with security forces raged on into the early hours after nine
militants stormed a hotel in the Afghan capital. Officials said nine
civilians and two police officers were killed. All the insurgents died too.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
http://newsletter.dw-world.de/re?l=ewbfnnI45gen02I0

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Clerics and monks preach an ecological message

Every week during Friday prayers, Muslim clerics in Indonesia spread the
message of "Green Islam" in a bid to raise awareness about climate change.
In Thailand, Buddhist monks have been fighting to prevent deforestation.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
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Awkward moment as Merkel broaches human rights with China

Merkel walked a thin line on Tuesday as she attempted to support Germany's
business interests in China, while ramping up the pressure on Beijing to
improve its human rights record.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
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Bangladeshis call for war criminals to be tried

In Bangladesh, demands for a speedy trial for those accused of committing
war crimes in the 1971 War of Independence are gathering momentum.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
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Global Media Forum 2011

The fourth Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum "Human Rights in a globalized
World - Challenges for the Media", international conference, 20-22 June
2011, Bonn/Germany

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
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Walled in! - The inner German border

For the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Deutsche Welle has
developed a unique project in cooperation with the Berlin Wall Foundation:
an animated depiction of the former German-German border.

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Free podcasts: live performances from the Beethovenfest

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The DW-WORLD.DE Article
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DW Asia goes multimedia

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Welle's new Asia page in English at www.dw-world.de/asiacompact.

The DW-WORLD.DE Article
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All about 2010 FIFA World Cup

Keep up with all the action around the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Visit
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The DW-WORLD.DE Article
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cities and proves you don't have to spend a fortune to enjoy them.

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Women's World Cup in Germany

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2011-06-29 15:34:00
Mongolian president arrives in Kyiv.
Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj has arrived in Kyiv. While meeting the
guest, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych noted that Ukraine was interested
in maintaining permanent and stable contacts withMongolia.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=147438

2011-06-29 14:58:00
About one million tourists annually visit Ukrainian capital.
Presently Ukrainian capital has been annually visited by approximately one
million tourists, Head of the Kyiv city state administration Oleksandr Popov
said.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=147457

2011-06-29 14:47:00
Court postpones hearing of Tymoshenko case until July 4.
The Pechersky District Court in Kyiv, which started considering in essence a
criminal case opened against former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko on charges
of abuse of office while signing gas contracts with Russia in 2009, has
postponed its sitting until Monday, July 4, presiding judge Rodion Kireyev
hassaid.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=147446

2011-06-29 14:42:00
Akhmetov decides whether it is worth becoming Parliament deputy in 2012.
A deputy from the Party of Regions, wealthiest Ukrainian Rinat Akhmetov decides
whether it is worth for him to run for the Verkhovna Rada during next
Parliamentary elections of 2012, President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych told in
an interview to journalists of Ukrainian massmedia.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=147443

2011-06-29 13:45:00
Industrial output up 8.5% over five months.
Volumes of industrial production since January and till May grew by 8.5 percent
in total, First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine and Economic Development and
Trade Minister Andriy Kliuyev told while opening the Cabinet'smeeting.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=147444

2011-06-29 12:49:00
EBRD's investment in Ukraine could exceed EUR 600m by this autumn.
The amount of funds invested by the European Bank for Reconstruction and
Development (EBRD) in Ukrainian projects has reached EUR 320 million since the
beginning of 2011, EBRD's principal adviser in Ukraine Anton Usov hassaid.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=147448

2011-06-29 12:41:00
Ukraine, Mongolia sign a number of bipartite documents.
During a state visit to Ukraine of Mongolia President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, a
ceremony of signing a number of bipartite documents was held in Kyiv.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=147442

2011-06-29 11:50:00
NBU withdraws UAH 15.78 billion of extra money from market.
The National Bank of Ukraine over the previous week sold its deposit
certificates to banks totaling UAH 15.78 billion (1 USD - 7.97 UAH).
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=147450

2011-06-29 11:39:00
President continues to insist on cooperation with Customs Union in 3+1 format.
President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych considers it necessary to sign a
framework agreement with the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia, he
said about this in an interview to journalists of Ukrainian massmedia.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=147441

2011-06-29 10:52:00
Hryvnia weakens on interbank market.
Trading on the Ukrainian interbank forex market on Wednesday opened with the
weakening of the hryvnia.
http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=147452


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Edition 28 June 2011
Canadian International Financial Sports Weather
Canadian

OTTAWA: FEDERAL NUCLEAR AGENCY WOULD BE SOLD

The Globe and Mail newspaper reports that the Canadian government is set to sell Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. to the country's biggest engineering firm. According to the newspaper, the government will sell AECL's commercial division to SNC-Lavalin Group. The division manufactures the Candu nuclear reactor. The government would retain ownership of the Chalk River laboratory but it would be managed by outside contract. In May 2009, Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative government announced plans to spin off AECL's profitable commercial reactor business from its problem-plagued research division. The announcement coincided with what turned into a lengthy shutdown of the company's research reactor at Chalk River, ON, which caused a worldwide shortage of the medical isotopes used to detect cancer and heart ailments. AECL has lost $493 million in the last two years. Supporters of AECL say they fear the government is risking the loss of a valuable reactor technology. Candu reactors supply one-half of the province of Ontario's electrical power.



OTTAWA: POSTAL SERVICE BACK

Mail delivery resumed across Canada Tuesday after a nearly month-long labour dispute between Canada Post and its workers union. Back-to-work legislation forced many workers back to business Monday to begin sorting the mail that accumulated during nearly two weeks of rotating strikes and a nearly two-week lockout. But Canada Post warns it will take some time to sort through the massive backlog and return to normal delivery standards.



WINNIPEG: WHEAT BOARD TO HOLD REFERENDUM

The Canadian Wheat Board says it will hold its own farmers' referendum on its future. Federal Agriculture Gerry Ritz has announced plans to strip the board of its monopoly over the marketing of Western wheat and barley without a vote. A lobby called The Friends of the Canadian Wheat Board has asked Federal Court of Canada to rule on whether the absence of a referendum is a violation of the Canadian Wheat Board Act. The government contends that farmers have a right to seek the best prices for their products on their own. The board argues that the end of its monopoly would lead to its disappearance, a development which would lead to lower prices.



VANCOUVER: RIOT INVESTIGATORS NAMED

The government of the west coast Canadian province of British Columbia has named two investigators to discover the causes of the rioting in Vancouver on June 15 after the last game of the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup championship. The government says it was seeking candidates who not only had out-of-province experience but also knew the local scene. Those chosen are Doug Keefe, a former Nova Scotia deputy justice minister, and John Furlong, the head of the Vancouver Olympic Committee. Mr. Keefe oversaw an inquiry into the Westray mine disaster in which 29 miners died in a methane explosion. He also assisted the province's chief medical examiner after 229 people died in the Swissair disaster in 1998. Mr. Furlong was named an Officer of the Order of Canada for more than a decade of work to bring the Winter Olympics to Vancouver. The riot erupted after more than 100,000 people gathered outside in downtown Vancouver to watch the match on three giant TV screens. After the Vancouver Canucks lost the championship to the Boston Bruins, rioters flipped cars, set fires and did $5 million of damage to dozens of businesses.



LONDON: QUEBEC LEADER PITCHING NORTHERN PLAN TO EUROPE

The premier of the Canadian province of Quebec, Jean Charest, has opened a European tour in London as he seeks investment to develop the northern regions of his province. Mr. Charest is assuring business leaders that Quebec offers a stable, predictable and transparent investment environment. After his visit to London, Mr. Charest travels to Belgium and Germany. The plan to develop Quebec's north focuses on the mining and energy sectors with the proposed development of 11 new mining projects.





International

AFGHANISTAN

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for an attack late Tuesday on a Western-style hotel in Kabul. Officials says four suicide bombers and at least two gunmen attacked the Inter-Continental Hotel using machineguns, anti-aircraft weapons and RPGs. An interior ministry spokesman said the suicide bombers either blew themselves up or were killed by the Afghan security forces. Officials had no information on casualties among the hotels workers or foreign guests. The attacks occurred almost one week after U.S.President Barack Obama announced the withdrawal of 33,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan.



UNITED STATES

The board of directors of the International Monetary Fund has elected French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde its managing director and chairwoman of the executive board. Mrs. Lagarde starts a five-year term next month. Her win was assured after she received the support of such emerging economic powers as Brazil, China and Russia. The U.S. also had endorsed her candidacy. Mrs. Lagarde says she's honoured to have been chosen.



GREECE

The Greek parliament will hold two crucial votes this week that will determine whether it receives a second emergency bailout from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. On Wednesday, parliament will vote on a five-year austerity program and on Thursday on legislation to implement it. The EU's Economics and Monetary Affairs Commissioner, Olli Rehn, warned on Tuesday that there is no backup plan if the laws are voted down. However, unnamed EU officials have told the Reuters news agency that discussions have been underway for weeks to ensure that Greece gets the money regardless of the outcome of the vote. The sources say the EU is anxious that instability not spread to other countries with shaky finances like Ireland, Spain or Portugal. Meanwhile, hundredS of youths, some hooded, fought with police in Athens as violence broke out at a rally against the planned austerity measures.



LIBYA

The head of the International Criminal Court says the régime of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi could fall within two or three months. Luis Moreno-Ocampo says it's only a matter of time before Gadhafi faces charges. On Monday, Mr. Moreno-Ocampo obtained warrants for Gadhafi, a son and his intelligence chief on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. In Paris, a spokesman for the National Transitional Council said even indirect contacts with Gadhafi are out of the question. Last week, the Council had seemed to suggest that could be allowed to stay in the country provided he stayed out of politics. Twenty-countries, including Canada, have now recognized the Council as the legitimate representative of the Libyan people.



SWITZERLAND

The United Nations says that ten million people in Africa have been hit by the worst drought in 60 years, with the situation deteriorating to the point of famine in some areas. A rainy season coupled with rising food prices have led to severe food shortages in countries including Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda. The UN says that as a result malnutrition rates are also rising. The UN is calling for donors to increase financing in order to send more aid to the drought stricken regions.



ISRAEL

Israel's foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, has warned participants in an aid convoy to the Gaza Strip that they are headed for confrontation and bloodshed. Israel has ordered its navy to stop an international 10-ship aid flotilla from breaching a naval blockade of the Gaza Strip but also to avoid clashes with activists on board. Pro-Palestinian activists have said the ships carrying aid to Gaza could depart from European ports in the coming days. A year ago, nine Turkish activists were killed in clashes with Israeli soldiers who raided a Gaza-bound convoy of ships in the eastern Mediterranean. Israel has said it will prevent the new convoy from reaching Gaza.



IRAN

Iran say it will take action against what it calls inhuman U.S. sanctions that make it harder for its passenger planes to refuel abroad and to buy spare parts. Iran's foreign ministry says that not supplying a passenger plane with fuel violates international regulations. Iran says it will take necessary measures to counter the sanctions. National carrier Iran Air started having problems refuelling at European airports last October when many Western companies stopped selling it fuel to comply with U.S. sanctions prohibiting the export of refined petroleum products to Iran. The U.S. increased its sanctions last week, blacklisting Iran Air and a major Iranian port operator. Iran is subject to four rounds of United Nations sanctions aimed at forcing it to reduce its nuclear program, which many countries believe is aimed at developing the ability to build atomic bombs. Iran denies it.



RUSSIA

Russia has lifted a ban on imports of fresh vegetables from the Netherlands and Belgium. The ban was imposed June 2 because of a deadly E. coli outbreak in northern Germany. The European Commission said each EU state exporting fresh vegetables to Russia would have to certify, for a limited period, the origin of the produce and the absence of E. coli.



VENEZUELA

Two high-ranking police officers at a jail near Caracas have been arrested on suspicion of arms and drugs smuggling. Rioting broke out in the El Rodeo prison earlier this month, leaving 21 people dead. Officials say armed inmates are still holding some 1,000 other prisoners hostage. The officers being held are identified as Luis Rafael Aranguren, the governor of El Rodeo II, one wing in the prison complex, and the deputy governor of El Rodeo I, Ruben Jose Gonzalez Heredia. Authorities also arrested Jose Camargo Gomez, a captain in Venezuela's National Guard, on the same charges.





Financial

OTTAWA: BELL FINED FOR UNTRUE ADVERTISING

Canada's Competition Bureau has handed down a maximum fine of $10 million to Bell Canada for false advertising. The regulator says Bell charged higher than advertised prices for many of its services, including home phone, Internet satellite television and wireless because the advertised prices didn't include mandatory fees. The Bureau cited a bundle for home phone, Internet and TV services advertised at $69.90 per month which in fact cost at least $80.27 because of the mandatory fees. Bell has agreed to rectify the advertising within two months.



MARKETS

TSX on Tuesday: 13,105 + 138. Dollar: US$1.01. Euro: $1.41. Oil: $92.92 + $2.31.





Sports

SPORTS

HOCKEY

Two weeks ago, Zdeno Chara hoisted the Stanley Cup as captain of the Boston Bruins. Now the big defenceman will have something else on his hands: a meeting with Montreal police.

The police have announced they intend to question Chara in the coming weeks. A probe into Chara's hit last March that sidelined Montreal forward Max Pacioretty and sparked demands for a crackdown on hockey violence is nearing completion.

Pacioretty, who suffered a concussion and a cracked vertebra, is now recovering.

A police spokesman says Chara is the final person they need to speak with to complete their investigation, after which the Crown will decide whether to press charges.

SOCCER

Marc Dos Santos resigned as head coach of the struggling Montreal Impact on Tuesday and will be replaced on an interim basis by sporting director Nick De Santis.

The move came after a 1-0 loss to expansion club Edmonton on the weekend that dropped the team's record to two wins, seven losses and three ties.

The Impact are in their final season in the North American Soccer League before making the jump to Major League Soccer in 2012.



SPORTS

HOCKEY

Two weeks ago, Zdeno Chara hoisted the Stanley Cup as captain of the Boston Bruins. Now the big defenceman will have something else on his hands: a meeting with Montreal police.

The police have announced they intend to question Chara in the coming weeks. A probe into Chara's hit last March that sidelined Montreal forward Max Pacioretty and sparked demands for a crackdown on hockey violence is nearing completion.

Pacioretty, who suffered a concussion and a cracked vertebra, is now recovering.

A police spokesman says Chara is the final person they need to speak with to complete their investigation, after which the Crown will decide whether to press charges.

HOCKEY

Ed Belfour, Doug Gilmour, Mark Howe and Joe Nieuwendyk

will form the next Hockey Hall of Fame class.

The four former National Hockey League players were chosen by the Hall's 18-member

selection committee on Tuesday.

Belfour was in his first year of eligibility while the other

three had endured a wait.

SOCCER

Marc Dos Santos resigned as head coach of the struggling Montreal Impact on Tuesday and will be replaced on an interim basis by sporting director Nick De Santis.

The move came after a 1-0 loss to expansion club Edmonton on the weekend that dropped the team's record to two wins, seven losses and three ties.

The Impact are in their final season in the North American Soccer League before making the jump to Major League Soccer in 2012.

BASEBALL

Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista leads all major leaguers with 5.2 million votes for the All Star game. He's hoping to become the first Blue Jay to be elected to start since Carlos Delgado in 2003. Voting ends Thursday and the all-star teams will be announced Sunday, except for a last reserve.





Weather

WEATHER

British Columbia on Wednesday: rain, high C20 Vancouve. Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut: rain. Whitehorse 12, Yellowknife 18, Iqaluit 3. Alberta: rain north, mix sun cloud south. Saskatchewan: mix sun cloud. Manitoba: rain. Edmonton 21, Regina 30, Winnipeg 29. Ontario: south cloud, north sun. Quebec: rain. Toronto 24, Ottawa 19, Montreal 21. Maritimes: rain. Newfoundland and Labrador: mix sun cloud. Fredericton 22, Halifax 16, Charlottetown 22, St.John's 14.





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