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General News Archive - July 08, 2008

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo Toyako, Japan, July 8 Kyodo - (EDS: ADDING INFO) German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed her strong satisfaction Tuesday with Group of Eight efforts to combat global warming, as well as soaring food and crude oil prices.

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - David Wright hit a solo home run and drove in four as the New York Mets held off the Philadelphia Phillies, 10-9, to wrap up a four-game set at Citizens Bank Park.

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo By Janice Tang Toyako, Japan, July 8 - The leaders of the Group of Eight nations reached a consensus on Tuesday towards setting the target of halving global emissions by 2050 and will issue a statement after a working lunch, Japanese government and diplomatic sources said.

By Adam Nagourney Not since at least 1980, when the United States was reeling from the oil shocks, inflation and slow growth of the previous decade, has the economy been in worse shape heading into the heart of a presidential campaign.

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap SAPPORO, Japan, July 8 (Yonhap) - South Korean President Lee Myung-bak [Yi Myo'ng-pak] urged North Korea to be more transparent about its nuclear weapons programme and settle the issue of the North's abductions of South Korean and Japanese civilians if it truly wants to join the international community, the Tokyo Shimbun reported Tuesday.

By Jim Morrill, The Charlotte Observer, N.C. Jul. 8--Democrat Barack Obama told a Charlotte audience Monday that Americans upset by high gas prices and a troubled economy face a clear choice in November.

By Jesseka Kadylak With the birth of their daughter Sunday Rose Kidman Urban on Monday in Nashville, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban became the latest celebrity couple to adopt a unique name for their baby.

By Abdul Waheed Wafa and Alan Cowell Sangar Rahimi contributed reporting from Kabul, Somini Sengupta from New Delhi and Carlotta Gall from Islamabad.

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Aid for Africa -- and whether enough was coming from the world's major economic powers -- was in the spotlight Monday as the Group of Eight nations met with seven African leaders at its annual summit.

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A bomb ripped through the gates of the Indian Embassy on Monday, killing 41 people and scattering bodies and pools of blood across some of Kabul's most protected streets. Afghanistan quickly blamed Pakistan, India's archrival.

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