Despite Rudd&’s return, Opposition
set for poll win, says survey

MELBOURNE, 28 JUNE: Mr Kevin Rudd’s dramatic comeback as Australian Prime Minister and Labor leader has not been able to reverse the heavy odds stacked against the ruling party as the Opposition Coalition is still favoured to win the upcoming general election, a new opinion poll said today. The poll has shown that the Opposition Coalition led by Tony Abbott was maintaining its lead over the Labor Party government despite Mr Rudd taking charge. pti
Xinjiang riots terrorist attack: China
TURPAN (China), 28 JUNE: China today labelled riots in restive Xinjiang as “a violent terrorist attack” after state media said the toll rose to 35 and authorities tightened control ahead of the anniversary of the 2009 clashes. Wednesday’s violence in the western desert region, which is home to 10 million mostly Uighur Muslims, were the worst to hit the resource-rich province since riots on 5 July 2009 left hundreds dead. afp
Iraq bombings toll climbs to 36
BAGHDAD, 28 JUNE: Iraqi officials say the toll from a series of bombings targeting soccer fans watching a match in cafes in and around Baghdad has risen to 36. Police and hospital officials said today the toll includes 20 killed and 40 wounded at a large cafe in the city of Baqouba, 60 km northeast of Baghdad. ap
Vatican official arrested in graft plot
VATICAN CITY, 28 JUNE: A Vatican official has been arrested in a purported plot to bring 20 million euros ($26 million) into Italy from Switzerland aboard an Italian government plane. Silverio Sica, attorney for Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, said his client is accused of fraud, corruption and other charges stemming from the plot, which never got off the ground. ap
UK phone-hacking trial to go ahead
London, 28 June: Five former senior staff of Rupert Murdoch-owned News of the World tabloid including ex-editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, today lost a legal attempt to block their prosecution on phone-hacking charges in the UK. They will face trial in September after the Lord Chief Justice Igor Judge dismissed their appeals here. pti

UK imams condemn sexual grooming
LONDON, 28 JUNE: Imams from at least 500 mosques across Britain used the Friday sermon to condemn the sexual grooming of children, a day after five Pakistanis were jailed for a series of child abuse charges. Their speech highlighted how the Quran condemns all forms of sexual indecency. The movement organised by the Together Against Grooming (TAG) group urged Muslims to protect children and vulnerable people in their
communities. pti