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/ 3 July 2006

McEwen wins Tour de France second stage

Australian Robbie McEwen won a thrilling bunch sprint to claim the second stage of the Tour de France here Monday over 228,5km of racing between Obernai and Esch-sur-Alzette. Norway’s Thor Hushovd, who came in third on the stage behind world champion Tom Boonen of Belgium, regained the leader’s yellow jersey from American George Hincapie, who drops to fourth overall.

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/ 26 June 2006

Mittal, Arcelor to forge new steel giant

The world’s two biggest steelmakers — Mittal Steel and Arcelor — agreed on Sunday on a deal that forges a new force in the global steel business. This follows a marathon meeting of Arcelor’s 18-head board on Sunday with Indian-born Lakshmi Mittal’s group forced to raise its takeover price to secure Arcelor’s backing.

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/ 11 October 2004

EU lifts arms embargo on Libya

The European Union on Monday agreed to lift an 18-year-old arms embargo on Libya, bowing to pressure from Italy, which wants to help the former pariah state fight illegal immigration. Rome has for several months been pressing its EU counterparts to lift the embargo imposed on Libya in 1986.

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/ 1 October 2004

Microsoft appeals against EU order

United States software giant Microsoft insisted on Friday that nobody would want to buy its Windows operating system without Media Player, in an appeal against a European Union ruling that it had abused its market dominance. The Brussels commission also required Microsoft to provide competitors with the information they needed to enable their products to communicate with Windows.

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/ 14 October 2003

US to compromise in vote on Iraq

The United States is to try to break the United Nations deadlock over Iraq by tabling in the next 24 hours a revised draft resolution that it hopes will bring Russia aboard. The fresh version of the Security Council resolution sets a December 15 deadline for the Iraqi governing council to produce a timetable for the transfer of power to Iraqis.