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World Links

July 9, 2008

Petrol stations holding back cheaper fuel, forcing families to pay higher prices

For the past month, Mr Bobb has been filling up his tank from an “out of use” unleaded petrol pump at the Shell/Coles Express in Padstow.

“One day I thought, this is ridiculous it can’t be out of petrol every Tuesday so I gave it a try and it worked,” he said.

Abandoned baby panda adopted by cat

A baby red panda rejected by its mother has been adopted by a domestic cat which is suckling the animal along with its own young, Amsterdam’s Artis zoo said.

“The young panda is doing well in the circumstances. For it to survive, it is very important that it gets enough food and grows. We will see if this is the case over the next few weeks,” the zoo said today.

The animal, an endangered red panda, would need to be suckled by the cat for at least a few weeks, it said, adding that it was not unique for a wild animal to be adopted by a domestic one.

No coffee for cops?!

Frontline policing always has been challenging, but according to a gripe in the Police Union Journal, cup holders have been removed from some police cars, creating a raft of operational problems.

And you thought it was only the US that had immigration problems

KOTA KINABALU: The Federal Special Task force (FSTF) is aiming to deport 25,000 illegal immigrants this year.

Its assistant director Major Mohd Rizam Ayob said they are confident of achieving the target as 9,670 illegals had already been deported to their countries of origin as of May this year.

Those deported comprised 6,925 Filipinos, 2,335 Indonesians and 410 other nationals.

Made in China doesn’t mean made in China Fascinating reading!

Walk into any Wal-Mart and you will not be surprised to see the shelves sagging with Chinese-made goods—everything from shoes and garments to toys and electronics. But the ubiquitous “Made in China” label obscures an important point: Few of these products are made by indigenous Chinese companies.

India has managed to spawn a number of companies that now compete internationally with the best that Europe and the United States have to offer. Moreover, many of these firms are in the most cutting-edge, knowledge-based industries-software giants Infosys and Wipro and pharmaceutical and biotechnology powerhouses Ranbaxy and Dr. Reddy’s Labs, to name just a few. Last year, the Forbes 200, an annual ranking of the world’s best small companies, included 13 Indian firms but just four from mainland China.

Youngest English teen stabbing victim

In the driving rain, Mrs Idowu fell to her knees and wept uncontrollably as other family members clutched each other for support.

Holding a gold balloon with ‘God Bless David’ written on it, she sang a hymn in her son’s memory, crying until her family helped her to her feet.

Mr Idowu said: ‘David always thought of what to do now and what will happen in the future. He believed change can only come through good world leaders.

He described his son as the ‘light of this house’ and said he had recently been to Madame Tussauds to have his picture taken with their figure of Bill Clinton because he admired him and wanted to emulate him.

Police believe he may have been singled out because of his school uniform, the blue and grey of Walworth Academy.

Two days after the attack on June 17, he had been due to give a speech urging others to give up knives at the world’s biggest speaking event for young people.

Instead, the academic schoolboy was fighting for his life in hospital when the speeches were made and a friend had to take his place.

The idea of America

Most European nations, especially those created through separation, annexation or mediation, possess nationalisms less resolute than the United States; and yet, the seemingly insoluble ‘Moment in History’ that is America is in real danger of passing – for the rise of China challenges not only the supremacy of American power, but also the primacy of its ‘story’: the East Asian model is unsentimental, for example, about many First Amendment rights. Subsequently, there is a very real sense that what Obama calls “Our Moment” may yet prove to be the final opportunity to script America’s future.

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