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Metro Snapshot: June 18, 2008

A high death toll after an attack in Baghdad, high levels of tension as Canadian and Afghan forces brace for battle in Afghanistan, high flood waters in both China and Iowa, and the high price of gas and food took its toll on Air Canada, the Calgary Stampede, and everyday Canadians. <span style="font-weight: bold">To find out what you need to know today</span><strong>, it's high time you <a href="http://www.metronews.ca/ottawa/metrosnapshot/article/71127">read the Metro Snapshot</a>.</strong>


Canadian troops and Afghan troops prepared for battle against
hundreds of Taliban rebels who have seized control of several villages
outside Kandahar city and are threatening to kill anyone who
collaborates with NATO or government forces.

B.C. Crown prosecutors were looking over an RCMP report to determine whether charges should be laid in the death of a man hit
with a police Taser
at Vancouver airport. Air Canada announced plans Tuesday to cut as many as 2,000
jobs
or eight per cent of its workforce as it sharply cuts capacity to
deal with the rising cost of fuel. Canadians in general were changing their shopping, eating and driving habits in reaction to high costs, and the Calgary Stampede was also being affected.

Bloggers in Myanmar were helping to build "budget huts" for cyclone survivors. China's state-run media said flooding has killed 169 people in 20 provinces and the western region of Xinjiang, and the rising Mississippi River broke through a levee in Iowa, forcing
authorities to rescue about a half-dozen people by helicopter, boat and
four-wheeler as floodwaters moved south into Illinois and Missouri.

A car bomb tore through a market area in Baghdad, killing 51 people and wounding dozens, officials
said, in the deadliest such attack in more than three months. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has backed off on his threat to send troops into neighbouring Pakistan, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy made the case for greater French participation in NATO.

Italy advanced to the European Championship quarter-finals by beating France 2-0.

Metallica announced their new album Death Magnetic will be out in September. Jessica Simpson was in trouble with PETA for wearing a shirt that said "Real Girls Eat Meat." Amy Winehouse remained in hospital yesterday for more tests after fainting at home on Monday. The gadgets in Get Smart were not all fiction.

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