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      ‘VERY SMOOTH‘ NEW CRANE STARS DURING SPACEWALK TESTS
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      HOUSTON, July 8 –– Tethered like two lures at the end of a fishing rod, astronauts Piers Sellers and Michael Fossum rode space shuttle Discovery‘s spindly crane 70 feet into space on Saturday in an unprecedented test to see if the crane would remain stable enough to serve as a repair platform.

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      2 CENTURIES OF N.Y. KVETCHING REVEALED
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      NEW YORK –– Two centuries of kvetching, kvetching, kvetching. That‘s New York–ese _ Yiddish, actually _ for complaining, complaining, complaining.

And it‘s the subject of a new booklet of letters both funny and fascinating _ "The New York City Museum of Complaint" _ that >>>


      3 FEARED DEAD IN GEORGIA PLANE CRASH
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      SUCHES, Ga. –– A small aircraft crashed into a house and burst into flames in north Georgia on Saturday and authorities believed three people were killed. Two were critically injured.

The single–engine Piper 32 crashed around 12:50 p.m., said Union County Sheriff‘s Lt. Matt Hromalik. Th >>>


      ARK. OFFICIAL‘S BONE MARROW SURGERY FAILS
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      LITTLE ROCK –– Lt. Gov. Win Rockefeller returned home to Arkansas on Saturday after a second bone marrow transplant for a life–threatening blood disorder failed to produce encouraging results, a spokesman said.

Rockefeller, 57, returned to Little Rock from Washington state, where he had the t >>>


      ASTRONAUTS CONFIDENT DISCOVERY IN GOOD SHAPE
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      HOUSTON (Reuters) – Astronauts on shuttle Discovery expressed confidence in their spacecraft on Sunday after NASA engineers said problems found since last week‘s launch appear minor enough to withstand the rigors of landing.

In an e–mail message to the shuttle crew, they said most blemishes f >>>


      ASTRONAUTS WILL INSPECT SHUTTLE TILES
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. –– NASA managers could decide Sunday whether a piece of fabric filler sticking out from thermal tiles on space shuttle Discovery‘s belly needs to be plucked out by astronauts during a spacewalk this week.

The gap filler, which is cracked and about an inch long, remains on >>>


      CALIF. WINE PIONEER HAROLD P. OLMO DIES
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      DAVIS, Calif. –– Harold P. Olmo, a renowned viticulturist who played a key role in shaping California‘s wine industry, has died. He was '6.

Olmo died of complications from a hip fracture at a Davis convalescent home on June 30, according to the University of California, Davis, where he wo >>>


      D.C. ACTIVIST, MAYORAL HOPEFUL SLAIN
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      8:00 PM A community activist who made a habit of challenging the powerful and had launched a fledgling campaign for mayor of the District, was shot and killed early today in a park just blocks away from the city‘s new convention center.

Chris Crowder, 44, had been shot multiple times and found by police >>>


      FLASH FLOODS WREAK HAVOC IN SOUTHWEST
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. –– Flash flooding carried a teenager on a 5–mile ride down a drainage channel before he was rescued, as the waters blocked roads, inundated homes and forced evacuations in parts of the Southwest.

More thunderstorms and heavy rain were likely Sunday in New Mexico, the Nationa >>>


      FOUR MORE U.S. SOLDIERS CHARGED IN IRAQ ATTACK
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      10:08 AM BAGHDAD, July ' –– The U.S. military Sunday announced charges against four soldiers for the alleged rape and murder of a young girl and the killing of three members of her family in the southern town of Mahmudiyah.

A fifth soldier, not directly involved in the March 12 attack –&n >>>


      HADITHA PROBE FINDS LEADERSHIP NEGLIGENT
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      The U.S. military officer overseeing the investigation into 24 civilian killings in Haditha, Iraq, has concluded that Marine leadership failed multiple times, including in pre–deployment training, in the tone set by commanders, and in how information was reported up the chain of command, defense officials said.>>>


      L.A. MAN DETAINED IN IRAQ SUES U.S.
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      LOS ANGELES, July 8 –– An aspiring Iranian American filmmaker who spent nearly two months in a prison in Iraq without being charged has sued Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld and other military officials, calling the government‘s detention policies unconstitutional.

Cyrus Kar, 45, of Lo >>>


      LA. GARDEN YIELDS YARD–LONG ... CUCULOUPE?
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      HOUMA, La. –– They‘re a yard long and a good few inches across. The skin is waxy, sort of like a cucumber, but yellow and ridged like a canteloupe.

A half dozen of them grew between the cucumbers and cantaloupes in a Houma home garden.

"We call it a cuculoupe," Karen Dusenb >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      27 Hurt as Car Lurches Into Connecticut Crowd NEW LONDON, Conn. –– An 8'–year–old man driving through a crowd panicked after striking one pedestrian and lurched his station wagon through the throng, injuring 27 people, city officials and witnesses said.

Ned Lamont, who is challengin >>>


      NATIONAL ZOO OBSERVES PANDA‘S 1ST BIRTHDAY
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      WASHINGTON –– One year ago, he was nearly hairless, pink and weighed about four ounces, less than most bagels. On Sunday, his first birthday, giant panda Tai Shan is an active, 56–pound cub and the star attraction of the National Zoo.

"He‘s like a rambunctious little toddler that l >>>


      NORTH KOREA CAN BE MORE ISOLATED AFTER MISSILES: US
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      SEOUL (Reuters) – The United States is keen to pursue diplomacy with North Korea after its missile tests but would have no qualms in seeing Pyongyang further isolated, a top U.S.

diplomat said on Sunday. "The North Koreans are isolating themselves. This missile launch, if it was calculated at all, i >>>


      PRIORITY SHIFTS TO FOILING TERROR PLOTS
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      NEW YORK –– No one can know for sure whether an al–Qaida loyalist had what it took to follow through on a suspected plot to bomb Hudson River train tunnels. He had no explosives and no detailed plan, and isn‘t believed to have visited New York, authorities said. But U.S. officials said they were >>>


      REFORM BILL STALLED IN CONGRESS
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A free Rolls–Royce, expensive trips to a storied Scottish golf resort, even a freezer stuffed with $'0,000 in cash have so far failed to move the U.S. Congress to clean up Capitol Hill.

Efforts to tighten lobbying rules have stalled in the months since a series of corrupt >>>


      REPUBLICAN PRIORITIES STALLED IN CONGRESS
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      WASHINGTON –– Could a Republican–controlled Congress pass a bill to protect the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance from court challenges?

No problem, especially if proposed during the patriotic season leading up to the Fourth of July, Republican leaders thought. No way, i >>>


      TECH FIRMS GO MINING FOR MEGAWATTS
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      By Blaine HardenWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, July ', 2006; A03 QUINCY, Wash. –– Microsoft is pouring concrete in a bean field on the west end of town. Yahoo is digging up a field of alfalfa out on the east end.

Google, which declines to comment, is said to be sniffing around for its own >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      –– Forecasters predicted a low–pressure system to move into the Great Lakes region Sunday, bringing rain to much of the country. The West Coast is expected to remain mostly dry.

Showers and thunderstorms are expected to move from northern Wisconsin into Michigan as the day progresses. Coastal >>>


      THE ZEITGEIST CHECKLIST
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      MISSILE DYSFUNCTION Last week: 6 Weeks on list: 2 1North Korea: The Bush administration is relieved that North Korea‘s long–range missile failed in a Fourth of July test, but it still backs a Japan–authored U.N. Security Council resolution to punish Kim Jong Il. The Chinese and Russian judges give the >>>


      VA. WOMAN SEEKS TO CLEAR WITCH OF PUNGO
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia –– Grace Sherwood was a healer, a midwife and a widowed mother of three sons. Her neighbors thought she also was a witch who ruined crops, killed livestock and conjured storms.

On July 10, 1706, the 46–year–old woman was tied up and "ducked" _ dropped >>>


      WOMAN DIES ON BOAT CARRYING CUBANS TO U.S.
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      MIAMI –– A boat overloaded with Cubans being smuggled into the U.S. tried to ram a Coast Guard vessel in rough seas early Saturday, and a woman aboard the boat died, authorities said.

The 36–foot, go–fast boat ignored orders to stop when the Coast Guard tried to intercept it 4 miles sou >>>


      AIRLINES PRESSURE CONGRESS OVER PENSION BILL
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Bankrupt U.S. carriers Northwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines have stepped up pressure on Congress to finish pension legislation that would give them more time to fund plans that are billions of dollars in the red and in danger of termination.

Top executives have lobbied lawmakers >>>


      ALLY WARNED BUSH ON SPYING: REPORT
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      NEW YORK (Reuters) – A key Congressional ally of President Bush sent a sharply worded letter to the president in May warning that the administration might have broken the law by failing to inform Congress of some secret intelligence programs, The New York Times reported in Sunday editions.

Peter Hoekstra >>>


      AN UPHILL OPPORTUNITY FOR THE GOP
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      MINNEAPOLIS –– Rep. Mark Kennedy, a 4'–year–old former small–town accountant and businessman, is carrying the hopes of the national Republican Party in one of the few Senate races in the country in which the GOP has a chance of gaining a seat.

The voluntary retirement of Sen. >>>


      BILLS AIM TO KEEP BIG RETAILERS OUT OF BANKING
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives lawmakers this week will propose restricting ownership of banks by commercial companies in a legislative push to derail the efforts of retailing giants to move into financial services.

The aim of the new bill is to deliver a loud, clear message to the >>>


      BUSH‘S UNINTENDED INTERNATIONALISM
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      In spite of itself, the Bush administration is reshaping and revitalizing international law as a governing concept and a force in world politics.

This White House gives new meaning to the notion of unintended and devoutly unwanted consequences.

Its highhanded policies in the war on global terrorist ne >>>


      BUSH ATTENDS PADRES–NATIONALS GAME
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      WASHINGTON –– President Bush made a low–key appearance at Saturday night‘s game between the Washington Nationals and the San Diego Padres.

Bush sat between first lady Laura Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as they and several guests settled into a VIP box during the first in >>>


      BUSH IS PRESSED ON REPORTING DOMESTIC SURVEILLANCE
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      In a sharply worded letter, the Republican chairman of the House intelligence committee has told President Bush that the administration is angering lawmakers, and possibly violating the law, by giving Congress too little information about domestic surveillance programs.

Rep. Peter Hoekstra (Mich.) has been a s >>>


      CONGRESS FACES LONG LIST OF UNFINISHED TASKS
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers returning from a weeklong break on Monday will take up a long list of unfinished

–– and possibly insurmountable –– tasks that could help decide whether voters will re–elect them in November.

Action or inaction on a series of con >>>


      CONGRESSMAN PAUL‘S LEGISLATIVE STRATEGY? HE‘D RATHER SAY NOT.
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      Republican Ron Paul missed out on the 1'th century, but he admires it from afar. He speaks lovingly of the good old days before things like Social Security and Medicaid existed, before the federal government outlawed drugs like heroin.

In his legislative fantasies, the amiable Texas congressman would do aw >>>


      HARPER DID WELL IN BUSH MEETING: OBSERVERS
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made little progress in getting President Bush to change anti–terror policies that could hurt Canada but he did succeed in keeping the media spotlight off a trip to visit a U.S.

leader who is disliked in Canada. In his first visit to Washing >>>


      INTERSTATE RIBBONS OF PROGRESS
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      On Tuesday, July 11, the United States will become more geographically stable than it has ever been. It will have been 17,126 days since the admission of Hawaii to statehood on Aug. 21, 1'5'. The longest previous span between expansions of the nation was the 17,125 days between the admission of Arizona on Feb. >>>


      MCGOVERN PRAISES CANADA ON VIETNAM DRAFT DODGERS
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      CASTLEGAR, British Columbia (Reuters) – George McGovern, who ran for the U.S. presidency on an anti–Vietnam War platform, said on Saturday history will show Canada was right to have sheltered that era‘s war resisters.

McGovern, who was in Canada to speak to a reunion of Vietnam War draft dodg >>>


      NORTH KOREA‘S KIM SAYS NO CONCESSIONS TO US: REPORT
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea‘s leader Kim Jong–il said his country would not budge in negotiations with the United States, adding the reclusive state was ready to meet any attack with a strong blow of its own, Yonhap reported on Sunday.

"Kim declared that even a small concession wouldn& >>>


      PLUMBING IOWA FOR DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS VOTES? BRING MONEY
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      To most people, all the national Democrats beating a path to Iowa this month look an awful lot like presidential candidates. But to the state Democratic Party, they look like something else: revenue enhancers.

Showing its entrepreneurial spirit, the state party is offering potential candidates access to its de >>>


      POWERFUL GOP ACTIVIST SEES HIS INFLUENCE SLIP OVER ABRAMOFF DEALINGS
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      For more than a decade, Grover G. Norquist has been at the nexus of conservative activism in Washington, becoming a Bush administration insider whose weekly strategy sessions at his Americans for Tax Reform have drawn ever–larger crowds of lawmakers, lobbyists and even White House political adviser Karl Rove.
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      REUTERS POLITICS SUMMARY
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      Ally warned Bush on spying: report NEW YORK (Reuters) – A key Congressional ally of President Bush sent a sharply worded letter to the president in May warning that the administration might have broken the law by failing to inform Congress of some secret intelligence programs, The New York Times reported in Sunda >>>


      SOCIALIST MAYOR FRANK ZEIDLER DIES AT '3
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      CHICAGO (Reuters) – Former Milwaukee Mayor Frank P. Zeidler, the last Socialist to run a major U.S. city, has died, a spokesman for a Milwaukee hospital said on Saturday.

Zeidler, '3, died on Friday of congestive heart failure. The son of a German Lutheran barber, Zeidler led Milwaukee for three term >>>


      STEM CELLS BACK IN POLITICAL SPOTLIGHT
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      By David S. BroderWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, July ', 2006; A05 MADISON, Wis. –– From the back patio of his official residence here, Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle can look across Lake Mendota to the campus of the University of Wisconsin and see a forest of construction cranes at the medical research >>>


      THE TALK SHOWS
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (WTTG), ' a.m.: Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R–Mich.); Undersecretary of State R. Nicholas Burns ; former State Department counselor Wendy R.

Sherman ; former CIA director R. James Woolsey ; and historian Mary Beth Corrigan .
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      U.S. ENVOY: CHINA SHOULD PRESS N. KOREA
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      WASHINGTON –– A top U.S. diplomat said Sunday that China needs to put more pressure on North Korea to end its missile tests and return to international nuclear disarmament talks.

Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns also indicated the United States would not grant North Korea the direct talks it >>>


      VOICES OF IRANIAN REFORM, SILENCED
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      TEHRAN –– Today marks the seventh anniversary of the student protests that took post–revolutionary Iran by storm. On July ', 1''', after the forcible closure of several liberal media outlets and a coordinated attack on a dormitory at the University of Tehran, Iranian students poured in >>>


      WHAT MY SON COULDN‘T TELL US
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      By Richard MoeSunday, July ', 2006; B07 The recent death of publisher Philip Merrill brings to mind the observation of Henry David Thoreau that the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.

While it‘s impossible to know exactly what motivated Merrill to take his own life, few, if any, apparently s >>>


      20 SUNNI ARABS SLAIN IN BAGHDAD AMBUSH
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      BAGHDAD, Iraq –– Gunmen stopped cars in western Baghdad and singled out Sunni Arabs in a dramatic escalation of sectarian violence Sunday. Police said at least 20 people were killed.

The attack in the dangerous Jihad neighborhood was apparently in retaliation for the car bombing of a local Shiite m >>>


      5 U.S. GIS CHARGED IN IRAQ RAPE–SLAY CASE
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      BAGHDAD, Iraq –– Four more U.S. soldiers have been charged with rape and murder and a fifth with dereliction of duty in the alleged rape–slaying of a young Iraqi woman and the killings of her relatives in Mahmoudiya, the military said Sunday.

The five were accused Saturday following an invest >>>


      A DOUBLE ACT TAKES CENTER STAGE IN POLAND
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      By Craig WhitlockWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, July ', 2006; A12 BERLIN, July 8 –– Ever since their party scored big in Poland‘s elections last fall, the Kaczynski brothers –– identical twin movie stars with equally big political ambitions –– were widely assumed to >>>


      AFGHAN FIGHTING KILLS COALITION OFFICER
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      KANDAHAR, Afghanistan –– A coalition officer died Sunday of wounds suffered in fighting near an opium–rich insurgent stronghold, the military said.

A coalition patrol found the bodies of 10 militants killed in a coalition airstrike in the same area of Kandahar province‘s Panjwayi distri >>>


      BATTLE RAGES IN MOGADISHU, AT LEAST 12 DEAD
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Islamist militiamen ambushed fighters loyal to defeated Somali warlords in Mogadishu early on Sunday in a heavy battle that killed at least 12 people and wounded scores more, witnesses and militia sources said.

It was the most serious flare–up since the Islamists took over the >>>


      BUSH TO PURSUE NUCLEAR DEAL WITH RUSSIA
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      WASHINGTON –– President Bush will pursue a nuclear cooperation agreement when he meets Russian leader Vladimir Putin next week during a summit of industrialized nations in St. Petersburg, the White House said Saturday.

But any agreement would be conditioned on Russia helping to pressure Iran to giv >>>


      CANADIAN SOLDIER DIES IN AFGHAN FIGHTING
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      KANDAHAR, Afghanistan –– Coalition and Afghan troops battled militants Sunday near an opium–rich Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan, and a Canadian soldier was killed.

The combat erupted in southern Kandahar province‘s Zharew district, next to the Panjwayi area where Canadian an >>>


      CONTENDER ALLEGES MEXICO VOTE WAS RIGGED
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      By Manuel Roig–FranziaWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, July ', 2006; A01 MEXICO CITY, July 8 –– Downtown Mexico City swelled Saturday with the accumulated frustration and rage of the poor, who were stoked into a sign–waving, fist–pumping frenzy by new fraud allegations that faile >>>


      EX–MEXICAN LEADER FREED FROM HOUSE ARREST
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      MEXICO CITY –– A federal judge threw out genocide charges on Saturday against former President Luis Echeverria, ruling that a 30–year statute of limitations had run out, his lawyer said.

Echeverria, 84, had been under house arrest for more than a week on charges that he organized a student ma >>>


      FIVE KILLED IN GUATEMALAN CLASH OVER LAND
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – At least five people were fatally shot or slashed to death with machetes in Guatemala when peasant farmers tried to invade a large estate they had been evicted from, police said on Sunday.

Some 200 families attempted to invade a property, called Finca Mocca, in the central depa >>>


      FOCUS SHIFTS TO GET N. KOREA BACK TO NUCLEAR TALKS
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      SEOUL (Reuters) – Momentum built on Sunday to seek a diplomatic solution to the North Korean missile crisis, with Seoul distancing itself from Japanese–led U.N. moves to slap punitive sanctions on the reclusive state.

North Korea‘s leader Kim Jong–il said his country would not budge in >>>


      IN WAR–TORN CONGO, GOING WIRELESS TO REACH HOME
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      By Kevin SullivanWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, July ', 2006; A01 KINSHASA, Congo –– Until not long ago, if Zadhe Iyombe wanted to talk to his mother, he had to make the eight–day boat trip up the Congo River to the jungle town where he was raised. In a country with almost no roads, mail o >>>


      INDIA TEST–FIRES NUCLEAR–CAPABLE MISSILE
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      NEW DELHI –– India test–fired its new nuclear–capable Agni III missile on Sunday, a news report said.

The launch took place at India‘s main missile testing center in Orissa state in eastern India, Press Trust of India news agency reported.

A person who answered the phone >>>


      IRAN ASKS IAEA TO REMOVE CHIEF INSPECTOR
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      BETINA, Croatia –– Iran has asked the International Atomic Energy Agency to remove the head of the inspection team probing Tehran‘s nuclear program, U.N. officials said Sunday.

The inspector, Chris Charlier, has not been back to Iran since April because of Iranian displeasure with his work, t >>>


      ISRAEL LAUNCHES AIRSTRIKES IN GAZA
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      GAZA (Reuters) – Israel launched air strikes against Palestinian targets across the Gaza Strip on Sunday and said it would continue an open–ended offensive after rebuffing a ceasefire proposed by Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas.

Israeli leaders said the military would press on with air and g >>>


      ISRAELIS WITHDRAW FROM NORTH GAZA
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza Strip, July 8 –– Israeli tanks and bulldozers withdrew from northern Gaza before dawn Saturday after two days of heavy fighting, leaving behind a strip of churned fields, wrecked roads and a few heavily damaged homes.

Along Gaza‘s eastern border, where more Israeli armor ent >>>


      JAPAN WON‘T COMPROMISE ON KOREA RESOLUTION
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      TOKYO –– Japan won‘t compromise on the stern wording of a U.N. resolution that would impose sanctions on North Korea and order the communist regime to stop developing ballistic missiles, Foreign Minister Taro Aso said Sunday.

Japan is pushing for a vote on the resolution Monday despite opposi >>>


      LEFTIST CANDIDATE TO CHALLENGE MEXICO VOTE
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      MEXICO CITY –– Mexico‘s leftist presidential candidate prepared to launch a legal battle Sunday to overturn the ruling party‘s apparent victory in the nation‘s closest presidential race.

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador‘s lawyers plan to present what they say is evidence of fraud >>>


      MILITARY CONFIRMS PRE–DEPLOYMENT TRAINING FAILURES
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      6:10 PM The U.S. military officer overseeing the investigation into 24 civilian killings in Haditha, Iraq, has concluded that Marine leadership failed multiple times, including in pre–deployment training, in the tone set by commanders, and in how information was reported up the chain of command, defense officials >>>


      MILITIA GUNMEN KILL DOZENS IN BAGHDAD
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Militia gunmen went on the rampage in a Sunni district of Baghdad on Sunday, killing dozens of people in the bloodiest of many outbreaks of sectarian violence that have raised fears of civil war.

The shooting began in an area close to a Shi‘ite mosque in mainly Sunni west Baghda >>>


      MORE THAN 50 BRUTALLY EXECUTED IN BAGHDAD
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      July ', 2006; 10:22 AM BAGHDAD, July ' –– Shiite militiamen rampaged through a Baghdad neighborhood Sunday morning, killing more than 50 people and leaving many of the bodies littering the streets, according to Iraqi officials and witnesses. The attacks were apparently retaliation for a car bombing >>>


      N. KOREA CRISIS HURTS UNITY ON IRAN NUKES
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      –– With the uproar over North Korea‘s missile tests, America and its allies are fretting that all the attention could hurt their effort to curb Iran‘s suspect nuclear program.

Some diplomats involved in both issues fear international focus is shifting too much to Pyongyang, which test&n >>>


      N.KOREAN ENVOY: PRESSURE COULD TRIGGER WAR
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      CANBERRA, Australia –– North Korea‘s ambassador to Australia warned Sunday that international attempts to halt his nation‘s missile tests could lead to war.

In a letter to The Sunday Herald Sun newspaper in the southern city of Melbourne, Ambassador Chon Jae Hong defended last week&lsqu >>>


      NATO–LED PEACEKEEPER KILLED IN AFGHAN BLAST
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      KABUL (Reuters) – A roadside bomb hit a patrol of NATO–led peacekeepers in western Afghanistan, killing one and wounding four, the NATO force said. The blast hit the patrol in Farah province on Saturday, the force, known as the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), said in a statement seen on Sund >>>


      NEPAL PM SKIPS PARLIAMENT ADDRESS, KING SIDELINED
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal‘s new government presented its annual policies in parliament on Sunday at a ceremony which for first time did not include the king, and the prime minister was absent to poor health.

The parliament, reinstated by King Gyanendra in April after pro–democracy protests >>>


      PLANE CARRYING 200 CRASHES UPON LANDING IN SIBERIA
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      AM MOSCOW, July ' –– A Russian airliner reportedly packed with families and children heading to Lake Baikal in Siberia for summer vacations crashed upon landing early Sunday, killing up to 147 people, according to the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry and Russian media.

The Airbus A310, whi >>>


      PLANE CRASHES IN RUSSIA, AT LEAST 120 DEAD
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      IRKUTSK, Russia (Reuters) – A Russian airliner crashed on landing and burst into flames in Siberia on Sunday, killing at least 120 people and injuring more than 50, emergency officials said.

Many of the 200 people on board were children flying for holidays on Lake Baikal, a popular Siberian spot in summe >>>


      PLANE CRASHES IN RUSSIA: INTERFAX
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      LONDON (Reuters) – A plane with 200 people on board crashed in Russia on Sunday, the Interfax news agency reported.

The agency quoted the Russian Emergencies Ministry as saying that the Airbus A–310 passenger plane on a flight from Moscow to Irkutsk was carrying 1'2 passengers and eight crew me >>>


      RENEWED FIGHTING IN MOGADISHU KILLS AT LEAST 12
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Islamist militiamen ambushed fighters loyal to defeated Somali warlords in Mogadishu early on Sunday in heavy clashes that killed at least 12 people, witnesses and militia sources said.

It was the most serious flare–up in fighting since the Islamists took over the Somali capit >>>


      RUSSIAN PLANE CRASHES AT LANDING; 150 DEAD
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      MOSCOW, July ' –– A Russian passenger plane veered off the runway on landing early Sunday, hit a concrete barrier and burst into flames, a government spokeswoman said. About 150 people were reported killed in the crash in the Siberian city of Irkutsk.

The Sibir Airbus A–310 was carrying 2 >>>


      S.AFRICA POLICE ARREST 500
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African police arrested more than 500 people in Johannesburg this weekend as the country tried to clean up its image as one of the world‘s most crime–ridden nations, local media reported.

South Africa‘s high level of violent crime, among the worst in the w >>>


      SOLDIERS CHARGED IN IRAQ RAPE–MURDER
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Four U.S. soldiers were charged with the rape and murder of an Iraqi teenager and killing her family, bringing to five the number of Americans accused of the four deaths in March, the U.S. military said on Sunday.

A fifth soldier was charged on Saturday with dereliction of duty for fa >>>


      TEHRAN BANS SENIOR U.N. INSPECTOR FROM IRAN: DIPLOMAT
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      BERLIN (Reuters) – Iran has banned a senior U.N. nuclear inspector who has criticized the Tehran government from visiting the country, a Western diplomat said on Sunday.

The diplomat, who spoke on condition on anonymity, was confirming a report in the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag, in which Internatio >>>


      TROOPS RAID IRAQI MOSQUE WITH TIES TO SHIITE CLERIC
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      By Joshua Partlow and K.I. IbrahimWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, July ', 2006; A13 BAGHDAD, July 8 –– Iraqi troops raided a Shiite mosque frequented by followers of outspoken cleric Moqtada al–Sadr on Saturday, pushing farther into the fiercely guarded territory of Sadr‘s powerful mili >>>


      U.S. PUSHES FOR UNITED FRONT ON N. KOREA
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      TOKYO –– A top U.S. envoy pushed for a united international front against North Korea‘s recent missile tests Sunday, but divisions widened over a U.S.–backed Japanese proposal for sanctions against Pyongyang.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill was in Tokyo ahead of a pos >>>


      US–RUSSIAN TENSIONS TO SIMMER AT G8
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Five years ago, President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin hit it off so well in their first meeting that Bush famously said he trusted Putin after getting "a sense of his soul." But at next weekend‘s Group of Eight summit in St.

Petersburg, tensions betwee >>>


      WORLD CUP FINAL KICKS UP FRENZY AROUND GLOBE
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      By Maureen FanWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, July ', 2006; A12 BEIJING –– A taxi pulled up to the entrance of a leafy city park at 3 a.m.

The car‘s radio crackled with the live broadcast of the World Cup semifinal between Germany and Italy as an announcer cried out in Mandarin the >>>


      WORLD IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 09-07-2006
      U.S. Envoy Supports Chinese Bid on N. Korea SEOUL –– A U.S. envoy expressed support Saturday for China‘s proposal to hold informal six–nation talks on the North Korean nuclear threat and offered to meet bilaterally with the North on the sidelines Assistant Secretary of State Christopher R. Hill >>>


      A TEACHING SCANDAL THAT WE CAN‘T AFFORD
      Guardian, 09-07-2006
      The shadow Education Minister condemns the perilous lack of science teaching in state schools Boris Johnson Sunday July ', 2006 The Observer Never mind the football, comrades! Never mind the cricket or the tennis.

In just a few days‘ time, our nation‘s youth will confirm the forward march of Br >>>


      BLAIR TO LOBBY PUTIN ON FUND MANAGER
      Guardian, 09-07-2006
      Conal Walsh Sunday July ', 2006 The Observer Tony Blair will personally lobby his Moscow counterpart Vladimir Putin this week on behalf of William Browder, the high–profile fund manager denied entry to Russia.

The Prime Minister will use the G8 summit in St Petersburg next weekend to ask Russia&lsquo >>>


      CAMERON SOFTENS CRIME IMAGE IN ‘HUG A HOODIE‘ CALL
      Guardian, 09-07-2006
      Gaby Hinsliff, political editor Sunday July ', 2006 The Observer David Cameron will completely re–engineer the Conservatives‘ image on crime this week with a remarkable speech calling for more understanding of ‘hoodies‘ and criticising what he calls short–term solutions to curb youth c >>>


      ENERGY REVIEW ‘A SHAM‘ TO BACK BLAIR ON NUCLEAR
      Guardian, 09-07-2006
      Juliette Jowit, environment editor Sunday July ', 2006 The Observer A major review of Britain‘s future energy supplies has been a sham designed only to push through Tony Blair‘s dream of a new generation of nuclear power stations, a former leading government adviser claims today.

Stephen Hale, >>>


      HOME OFFICE OPENS DOOR TO LIGHTER DRUG PENALTIES
      Guardian, 09-07-2006
      Reid faces defeat in Lords on extradition Leader: Don‘t shackle prison watchdog Legal crisis erupts over paedophile sentencing Ex–ministers warn of revolt over abolition of prisons inspectorate Defence minister backs nuclear arms Leader: Nuclear weapons Government accused of bullying workers over pensions c >>>


      HOW AMBITION LEADS CAMERON TO JUNK THE LESSONS OF HISTORY
      Guardian, 09-07-2006
      Tristram Hunt Sunday July ', 2006 The Observer Not since Adam Smith‘s The Wealth of Nations has a single book had such an impact on the modern Tory party as Philip Gould‘s The Unfinished Revolution.

An insider‘s account of New Labour‘s return to power by Blair‘s pollster, it i >>>


      KIM JONG–IL: WINE, WOMEN AND BOMBS
      Guardian, 09-07-2006
      He has an expensive taste in cognac, an obsession with films and seeks comfort in the company of his Pleasure Brigade, but as he demonstrated last week, North Korea‘s dictator still lives for the politics of brinkmanship Justin McCurry Sunday July ', 2006 The Observer It is a measure of North Korea‘s pl >>>


      LEGAL CRISIS ERUPTS OVER PAEDOPHILE SENTENCING
      Guardian, 09-07-2006
      Mark Townsend and Jamie Doward Sunday July ', 2006 The Observer Lord Goldsmith, the Attorney General, is expected to spark a major new row between politicians and judges by rejecting calls to refer the case of Craig Sweeney, a paedophile who kidnapped and sexually assaulted a three–year–old girl, to the >>>


      MP CALLS FOR BAN ON JAILED LIVERPOOL ORANGEMEN
      Guardian, 09-07-2006
      Henry McDonald, Ireland editor Sunday July ', 2006 The Observer A Merseyside MP has challenged the Orange Order in England to expel two Liverpool men convicted of loyalist terrorist offences from its ranks.

Louise Ellman, the Labour member for Liverpool Riverside, said the Order had no choice but to bar th >>>


      NET PROVOCATEURS INVADE WESTMINSTER
      Guardian, 09-07-2006
      John Prescott‘s travails show that the political establishment can no longer ignore the growing tribe of bloggers. Ned Temko reports Sunday July ', 2006 The Observer This could well be remembered as a watershed week in media coverage of British politics, when John Prescott‘s career was brought crashing >>>


      NEWSNIGHT‘S CAR STUNT SPARKS POLICE INQUIRY
      Guardian, 09-07-2006
      David Smith Sunday July ', 2006 The Observer What began as a lighthearted journalistic stunt by BBC2‘s Newsnight has resulted in a barrage of viewer complaints, a condemnatory motion in Parliament and a police inquiry into an apparent allegation of incitement to racial hatred.

Peter Barron, the progr >>>


      OBSESSION WITH NUCLEAR POWER IS WRONG FOR BRITAIN, MR BLAIR
      Guardian, 09-07-2006
      The Energy Review will back the PM‘s push for atomic energy, but, says Stephen Hale, it won‘t deal with the challenge of global climate change Sunday July ', 2006 The Observer The worst kept secret in British politics will be out this week, when the government‘s Energy Review confirms that Labour >>>


      REID FACES DEFEAT IN LORDS ON EXTRADITION
      Guardian, 09-07-2006
      Peers to back rebel amendments to protect Britons facing trial in the US Gaby Hinsliff and Ned Temko Sunday July ', 2006 The Observer John Reid faces an embarrassing defeat in the House of Lords this week over controversial laws governing the extradition of Britons to the United States following the case of the so& >>>


      REVEALED: BLAIR‘S ENERGY BLUEPRINT
      Guardian, 09-07-2006
      Long–awaited government review stresses need for more renewables but critics blast nuclear plans Oliver Morgan, industrial editor Sunday July ', 2006 The Observer The government will this week unveil plans for a five–fold increase in energy generation from wind, solar, tidal and agricultural sources as >>>


      TWO JOHNS AND SIX QUESTIONS TOO MANY
      Guardian, 09-07-2006
      Cristina Odone Sunday July ', 2006 The Observer It went on for 20 minutes and 46 seconds and, by the end, John Humphrys‘s interview with John Prescott felt like watching a flabby and washed–up pugilist being pummelled into a stupor by a twinkle–toed bantam–weight.

Humphrys was, as e >>>


      VOTERS BACK ENGLISH–ONLY PARLIAMENT
      Guardian, 09-07-2006
      Ned Temko, chief political correspondent Sunday July ', 2006 The Observer A poll has revealed a surge in popular support for a separate English Parliament, for the first time finding less than half of the population satisfied with the current House of Commons.

The Ipsos MORI survey, released to The Observe >>>



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