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      ‘BOMBER KILLS 10‘ AT IRAQ FUNERAL
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 06-08-2006
      A suicide bomber has killed at least 10 people and wounded about 20 more at a funeral in Tikrit, Iraq, police say.

The attack took place at about 2015 local time (1615 GMT) in a tent filled with mourners at the funeral of the father of a provincial councillor.

The council member, Saab Abd Bedeiwi, was >>>


      AFGHAN RAIDS ‘KILL 17 MILITANTS‘
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 06-08-2006
      Seventeen Taleban militants have been killed by Afghan security forces in the southern Helmand province, police say.

A police spokesman said Afghan police killed three of the militants in a gunfight on Saturday in the Garmser district of Helmand.

Police, Afghan and Nato soldiers then raided the area, >>>


      ATHLETES CONTEST FIRST ‘OUTGAMES‘
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 06-08-2006
      Alasdair Sandford BBC News, Montreal Lovers and partners competed against each other The first World Outgames have ended in Montreal, where 12,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) athletes came together for a celebration of sport, culture and human rights.

It was more like a party than a closing c >>>


      AUSTRIA GRIPPED BY FEAR OF SPIDER
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 06-08-2006
      The spider is a long–standing resident of Austria A spider with a painful but not life–threatening bite has spread alarm through Austria in the past two weeks.

Bites from the yellow sack spider, which is up to 1.6cm (0.6in) long, were reported in several parts of Austria.

The reports promp >>>


      CONGO POLL COUNT RAISES CONCERNS
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 06-08-2006
      The final result may not be known for several weeks Serious concerns are being raised about the counting of votes in the Democratic Republic of Congo‘s first multi–party elections in 40 years.

International observers, who praised Sunday‘s relatively peaceful vote, say they have seen votes dum >>>


      DAY–BY–DAY: LEBANON CRISIS – WEEK FOUR
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 06-08-2006
      A day–by–day look at how the conflict involving Israel and Lebanon is unfolding in its fourth week.

Day–by–day: Week one Day–by–day: Week two Day–by–day: Week three SUNDAY 6 AUGUST Hezbollah launches its heaviest barrage of rockets yet on northern Israel, killing >>>


      DOZENS DIE IN SOUTH CHINA STORM
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 06-08-2006
      Prapiroon strikes The death toll from Tropical Storm Prapiroon in southern China has risen to at least 55, with 17 people still missing, state media report.

The storm made landfall on Thursday in Guangdong and has also affected the provinces of Hunan, Guangxi and Hainan.

It has forced the evacuation o >>>


      DOZENS KILLED IN ETHIOPIA FLOODS
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 06-08-2006
      Many small farmers in Ethiopia face both floods and drought Flooding has killed dozens of people in the city of Dire Dawa in eastern Ethiopia after a river burst its banks and swept sleeping residents away.

At least 100 bodies have been recovered and the rescue operation is continuing. Officials said 220 homes >>>


      EGYPTIAN GROUP ‘JOINS‘ AL–QAEDA
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 06-08-2006
      Gamaa Islamiya was blamed for the Luxor attack in 1''7 Al–Qaeda‘s second in command Ayman al–Zawahiri has announced that Egypt‘s Gamaa Islamiya militant group has joined the global terror network.

The statement was made in a video tape aired by Arabic television Al–Jazeera >>>


      GRIM TESTIMONY AT TROOPS‘ HEARING
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 06-08-2006
      The legal hearing could go on for several days An Iraqi army medic has told a military hearing in Baghdad how he found the bodies of four Iraqis allegedly murdered by US troops.

The preliminary hearing will establish if there is sufficient evidence to court martial four American soldiers.

The men are >>>


      HEZBOLLAH LAUNCHES ROCKET BARRAGE
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 06-08-2006
      A rescue worker said the scene at Kfar Giladi resembled a battlefield At least 10 people have been killed in a barrage of Hezbollah rocket strikes on northern Israel.

Israeli television said all those killed in the strike on the town of Kfar Giladi were reservist soldiers.

A hail of rockets later land >>>


      HK LEGISLATORS PASS ‘SPYING LAW‘
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 06-08-2006
      The bill includes provisions to tap telephones Hong Kong‘s legislature has passed a controversial new law on the use of covert surveillance and phone tapping, which critics fear will harm liberties.

Secretary for Security Ambrose Lee said the bill was crucial for public safety.

He also promised >>>


      IRAN TO IGNORE NUCLEAR RESOLUTION
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 06-08-2006
      Iran says it has a right to pursue its nuclear ambitions Iran has vowed to pursue its nuclear programme, in its first official response to last week‘s UN resolution urging it to curb nuclear activities.

Chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani said Tehran would continue to develop nuclear energy within the >>>


      ISRAEL HOLDS PALESTINIAN SPEAKER
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 06-08-2006
      Israeli forces had twice before surrounded Mr Dweik‘s home Israeli forces have detained the Speaker of the Palestinian parliament at his home in the West Bank.

Aziz Dweik, also a key member of Hamas, which controls the government, was held after 20 Israeli vehicles surrounded his home in Ramallah.
>>>


      MEXICO FULL POLL RECOUNT REJECTED
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 06-08-2006
      Mr Lopez Obrador‘s supporters have been staging huge protest rallies Mexico‘s electoral body has rejected a request by left–wing candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador for a full recount of votes from July‘s disputed election.

Instead, the electoral tribunal‘s seven judges ordered >>>


      MID–EAST PRESS EYES LEBANON RESOLUTION
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 06-08-2006
      As the United Nations Security Council considers a draft resolution to end the fighting in Lebanon between Israel and Hezbollah, the press in the Middle East considers how the resolution might resolve the crisis.

Two Israeli papers wonder if Hezbollah will accept terms that meet Israel‘s immediate securi >>>


      PAKISTAN BRIDGE COLLAPSE KILLS 40
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 06-08-2006
      Rescue efforts were hampered by nightfall Forty people have died after a bridge collapsed in heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan‘s north–western city of Mardan, according to authorities.

At least 100 people had gathered to watch the flooded river when part of the bridge caved in.

Troops and lo >>>


      SRI LANKA FORCES ATTACK RESERVOIR
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 06-08-2006
      Sri Lankan government forces have launched fresh attacks on a reservoir, hours after Tamil Tiger rebels agreed to let it be reopened, reports say.

Rebels had warned fresh attacks would be seen as a declaration of war. But a government spokesman said that utilities could not be used by rebels as bargaining tool >>>


      STRESSED OUT AND ANXIOUS IN BEIRUT
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 06-08-2006
      By Hugh Sykes BBC News, Beirut For many in Beirut the bombing feels like collective punishment People keep asking me, "Do you know when it will stop?" I shrug my shoulders, and say: "Your guess is as good as mine." Then they ask: "But Beirut – will they bomb Beirut again?" "What >>>


      TRAWLER SAFE AFTER PIRATE ORDEAL
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 06-08-2006
      Crew members will receive health checks before flying home A South Korean fishing boat with 25 crew members seized by pirates off Somalia in April has arrived in Kenya.

The Dongwon–ho 628 was released after the alleged payment of a ransom of several hundred thousand dollars.

Wearing tattered clo >>>


      TURKEY BEGINS CONTROVERSIAL DAM
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 06-08-2006
      The dam will destroy the Hasankeyf site, critics say Turkey has begun building a major dam, despite criticism that the project will ruin an ancient archaeological site and displace thousands of people.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan led a ceremony to begin work on the Ilisu dam in the south–eastern >>>


      TWO ARRESTED OVER HERMITAGE THEFT
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 06-08-2006
      The Hermitage has one of the finest art collections in the world Russian police have held two suspects over the theft of more than 200 items from the famous Hermitage art museum, Russian news agencies report.

The arrests are said to have come after police pursued a lead from an antique dealer who on Friday ret >>>


      US TROOPS IN BAGHDAD DEPLOYMENT
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 06-08-2006
      Stryker armoured cars are said to be well suited to urban operations US forces have taken up positions in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, in the first visible sign that a new security plan is being implemented.

Almost 4,000 US troops are being deployed there in an attempt to reduce the number of killings and kidna >>>


      2 FIREFIGHTERS KILLED IN N. CALIF. CRASH
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      HAPPY CAMP, Calif. –– A helicopter pilot and co–pilot were killed when the aircraft crashed into the Klamath River while battling a series of lightning–caused fires, authorities said Saturday.

The helicopter went down Friday night about 10 miles southwest of Happy Camp in Siskiyou Count >>>


      2 MD. MEN ARRESTED IN THEFT OF VA LAPTOP
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      August 6, 2006; C01 Montgomery County police charged two men yesterday with felonies in the May 3 theft of computer equipment from the home of a Department of Veterans Affairs analyst, a case that blossomed into the largest data breach in federal government history.

Police arrested Jesus Alex Pineda, 1', a >>>


      CAPITOL COP, COACH CHARGED IN SEX CASE
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      WASHINGTON –– A U.S. Capitol Police officer has been charged with sexual abuse after he allegedly made videotapes of himself having sex with a 15–year–old girl who said she was working as a prostitute for a Maryland high school football coach.

According to court documents, Sgt. Michael >>>


      FAMILY DIES WHEN TRUCK HITS SUV IN OHIO
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      CHARDON, Ohio –– A couple and their two children were killed when their sport utility vehicle collided with a tractor–trailer that had been hit by a car, authorities said.

Paul and Kelly Corrigan, both 32, and their sons, Logan, 8, and Bradon,
5, died Saturday in the crash on state Route >>>


      FOR MANY IN LAS VEGAS, THE REC CENTER IS A CASINO
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      Tourist By Sonya GeisWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, August 6, 2006; A03 LAS VEGAS –– Freddy Granado likes to gamble every once in a while, but that‘s not why he went to a neighborhood casino one recent evening with his wife and five children. They went for the movies. Sometimes they go to bowl. A >>>


      FREE TRANSIT RIDES ENDING IN NEW ORLEANS
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      NEW ORLEANS –– The free ride _ at least on the New Orleans transit system _ has come to an end.

The Regional Transit Authority will resume collecting the $1.25 basic fare on buses and streetcars Sunday for the first times since Hurricane Katrina.

The fare was suspended when a scaled– >>>


      GOVERNORS OBJECT TO BUSH‘S GUARD PLAN
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      CHARLESTON, S.C. –– The nation‘s governors are closing ranks in opposition to a proposal in Congress that would let the president take control of the National Guard in emergencies without consent of governors.

The idea, spurred by the destruction and chaos that followed Hurricane Katrina&lsqu >>>


      GROUND BEEF RECALLED IN GA., TENN.
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      PM –– The following recall has been announced: _About 4,337 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli is being recalled by Southeastern Meats in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The ground beef was produced on July 31 and Aug. 1 and was distributed to retail establishments and institutions in G >>>


      HALF OF U.S. STILL BELIEVES IRAQ HAD WMD
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      –– Do you believe in Iraqi "WMD"? Did Saddam Hussein‘s government have weapons of mass destruction in 2003? Half of America apparently still thinks so, a new poll finds, and experts see a raft of reasons why: a drumbeat of voices from talk radio to die–hard bloggers to the Oval Office, >>>


      JOURNALISTS DECRY PRESSURE OVER SOURCES
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      SAN FRANCISCO –– Journalism groups on Saturday decried the jailing of a video journalist and other recent court rulings pressuring media workers to divulge information to the government.

The news media becomes an information–gathering arm of law enforcement when journalists are ordered to giv >>>


      LAST VICTIM MOURNED IN PHOENIX SHOOTINGS
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      MESA, Ariz. –– Four days before police captured two men they say shot people at random in the Phoenix area for more than a year, Robin Blasnek became the final victim in the killing spree.

Blasnek, 22, had been walking to her boyfriend‘s house in Mesa around 11:15 p.m. July 30 when she was gu >>>


      MAN CLAIMS INNOCENCE IN TEEN‘S DEATH
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      NEW YORK –– An ex–convict accused of beating and strangling a suburban teenager last month after she left a Manhattan nightclub declared his innocence in a jailhouse interview.

"I apologize for your loss. Sincerely I apologize," Draymond Coleman told the New York Post for a story in >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      Evidence Identified In Phoenix Slayings PHOENIX –– One of the two suspects in a series of apparently random late–night killings discarded a trash bag in which police found a map with red and blue dots representing the locations of the attacks, court documents said.

The bag also contained an e >>>


      NYC OFFICIALS UP HEAT DEATH TOLL TO 20
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      NEW YORK –– At least 20 people died because of the heat that scorched the city this week, the medical examiner‘s office said Saturday.

The medical examiner certified 10 deaths as being caused by the heat wave in addition to the 10 it had reported Friday. The toll could rise as additional auto >>>


      OFFICIALS DIDN‘T LIE TO SEPT. 11 PANEL, PENTAGON SAYS
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      There is no evidence that Pentagon officials intentionally misled the Sept.
11 commission when they gave inaccurate accounts about actions at the time of the 2001 terrorist attacks, a Defense Department spokesman said yesterday.

A forthcoming report from the Pentagon‘s inspector general will address >>>


      RABIES SHOTS URGED FOR '50 GIRL SCOUTS
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      LEESBURG, Va. –– Officials are recommending that nearly 1,000 Girl Scouts who may have been exposed to rabies at a Northern Virginia camp consider getting protective vaccinations.

There is only a small chance that any of the girls were infected by bats that were found in some of the sleeping shelte >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      AM –– A cold front was expected to bring cooler temperatures and thunderstorms to the Southeast and parts of the Gulf Coast on Sunday after a week of stifling heat and humidity.

Heavy rain was possible throughout southern Louisiana and southeastern Texas, while the Deep South was expected to remain >>>


      WIFE OF CONVICTED GOP OFFICIAL HIRED BY CHAFEE CAMPAIGN
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      A04 Interesting fact: In its latest filing to the Federal Election Commission, the campaign of Sen. Lincoln D. Chafee (R–R.I.) lists $386,000 in payments for "consulting services" to a firm called Northeast Strategies LLC, listed on Kenduskeag Avenue in Bangor, Maine.

Tantalizing fact: The same >>>


      ‘WE ARE WEAKENING HEZBOLLAH‘
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      Shimon Peres, 82, has served his country in every position from prime minister to minister of defense. The last of his country‘s founding fathers, he was in the United States last week to explain Israel‘s strategy in its war against Hezbollah to U.S. officials and others. In an exclusive interview, he spoke >>>


      BUSH HAPPY WITH DRAFT U.N. RESOLUTION
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      CRAWFORD, Texas –– President Bush has signed off on a draft U.N. Security Council resolution aimed at ending fighting in the Mideast and is "happy with the progress being made," his spokesman said Saturday.

But the president knows there could be a long road before violence stops, White Ho >>>


      BUSH HAPPY WITH U.N. RESOLUTION ON LEBANON
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) – President Bush was happy with a draft U.N. resolution on ending the fighting in southern Lebanon, the White House said on Saturday.

White House spokesman Tony Snow said Bush, who met Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and national security adviser Stephen Hadley at his Texas >>>


      CONN. RACE COULD BE DEMOCRATIC WATERSHED
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      By Dan BalzWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, August 6, 2006; A01 FARMINGTON, Conn., Aug. 5 –– The passion and energy fueling the antiwar challenge to Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman in Connecticut‘s Senate primary signal a power shift inside the Democratic Party that could reshape the politics of national >>>


      CONNECTICUT DEMOCRATS LOSE FAITH IN LIEBERMAN
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      12:11 PM MERIDEN, Connecticut (Reuters) – Jocelyne Hudson–Brown says she no longer trusts Sen. Joseph Lieberman. John Reardon calls it a loss of confidence. Bob Walsh says Lieberman turned his back on his party.

For all three Connecticut Democrats, all one–time Lieberman supporters, the forme >>>


      CUBA FOR DUMMIES
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      I lived in Havana for nearly a year without permission from the United States. I talked to Cubans and found out what they had to say. Nothing bad happened to me. I took notes.

1. Cubans Love Fidel. Cubans also hate Fidel –– and with good reason. Love plus hate, Cuba–style, equals ambivalence. >>>


      EXPERTS SAY NEW REQUIREMENTS COULD HURT PENSIONS
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Legislation approved by Congress could help undermine the future of traditional pensions if companies balk at tougher rules for maintaining them, financial and other experts say.

Airlines, autos and other big manufacturers are the industries most affected by the first overhaul of p >>>


      GOVERNORS WARY OF CHANGE ON TROOPS
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      By David S. BroderWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, August 6, 2006; A05 CHARLESTON, S.C., Aug. 5 –– The nation‘s governors on Saturday launched a bipartisan drive to block a move to expand the president‘s authority to take over National Guard troops in case of natural disaster or homeland secu >>>


      HAGEL OPPOSES SENDING MORE TROOPS TO BAGHDAD
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, a frequent Republican critic of President George W. Bush‘s Iraq policy, said on Sunday it was irresponsible and wrong to send more U.S. troops to Baghdad.

Speaking on the CBS show "Face the Nation," Hagel said pouring more U.S. troops into >>>


      HOUSING THAT MEANS FREEDOM
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      CHICAGO –– What I saw here on a recent summer weekend was a sight I never imagined. I am not referring to two–year–old Millennium Park, the stunning mixture of greenery and architecture that has been built over the old railroad yards east of Michigan Avenue. I am talking about another of Mayor R >>>


      HOW RICE CAN SUCCEED
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      It has been a hard stretch of diplomatic road for the Condoleezza Rice we see in public. That is the "frustrated and stressed" secretary of state who made no visible progress on the crisis in Lebanon while visiting the Middle East. But beneath that image of failure lies a strategic opening for the private pol >>>


      LANDIS‘S SECOND POSITIVE TEST IS LATEST INCIDENT IN DOPING ‘EPIDEMIC‘
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      Two weeks ago, Floyd Landis was cycling‘s newest star, hailed by the Tour de France as "a Leader for a New Generation." Yesterday morning, his Tour triumph continued a slide both familiar and troubling to U.S. athletic officials: one more achievement tainted by the specter of doping.

In May, Am >>>


      PENTAGON IG: NO PROOF OF '/11 DECEPTION
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      WASHINGTON –– There is no evidence defense officials intentionally misled the Sept. 11 commission when they gave mistaken accounts about actions at the time of the terror attacks, the Pentagon‘s watchdog agency said.

Poor investigating and record keeping contributed to the inaccuracies, accor >>>


      REUTERS POLITICS SUMMARY
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      Republicans face working vacation to survive WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican lawmakers will spend their month–long vacation trying to dispel criticism of a "do–nothing" U.S. Congress, ease concerns about the Iraq war and persuade unhappy voters to re–elect them in November. "For >>>


      RICE: ISRAEL, HEZBOLLAH MUST WEIGH TRUCE
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      CRAWFORD, Texas –– Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Sunday that neither side is getting what it wanted but both sides have "an obligation to respond to U.N. Security Council‘s resolution." "There are things the Israelis wanted and things the Lebanese wanted, and everybody wasn&l >>>


      THE LAST HONEST MAN
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      Twenty–nine Democratic senators voted in the fall of 2002 to authorize the invasion of Iraq. There isn‘t enough room on this page to list the Democratic foreign policy experts and former officials, including those from the top ranks of the Clinton administration, who supported the war publicly and privately >>>


      THE TALK SHOWS
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (WTTG), ' a.m.: National security adviser Stephen J. Hadley ; Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D–Del.); Israeli Ambassador Daniel Ayalon ; Mohamad Bahaa Chatah , senior adviser to the Lebanese prime minister.

THIS WEEK (ABC, WJLA >>>


      UN COUNCIL CONSIDERS FRENCH–US MIDEAST RESOLUTION
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.N. Security Council envoys attempt on Sunday to put finishing touches on a draft resolution from France and the United States calling for a halt to fighting between Israel and Hizbollah guerrillas and setting terms for a settlement to the conflict.

The text calls for a " >>>


      2 MEN SENTENCED FOR PRAISING AL–ZARQAWI
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      AMMAN, Jordan –– Jordan‘s military court on Sunday convicted two Islamist lawmakers of instigating sectarian strife by praising Abu–Musab al–Zarqawi as a martyr.

Abu Fares was sentenced to two years in prison and Abu Sukkar to 1 1/2 years. "The words went way beyond the ethic >>>


      A BROTHER HOPES ANEW FOR MAN LONG HELD BY ISRAEL
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      A14 BEIRUT –– Amid the chaos and grief of the three–week–old war here, Bassam al–Qantar has allowed himself to hope. After years trying to get his brother Samir out of an Israeli prison, he said, now may finally be the time.

Samir al–Qantar, 44, was sentenced to over 500 yea >>>


      A ROAD PAVED WITH HOPE
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      By Monte ReelWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, August 6, 2006; A12 LLALLAGUA, Bolivia, Aug. 5 –– About 40 people crammed into the back of the truck, some leaning against swaying side railings that threatened to completely give way with each turn. Dust from unpaved mountain roads billowed through cracks >>>


      AFTER THE ROCKETS, A SCOURGE OF FIRES
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      By Jonathan FinerWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, August 6, 2006; A15 ROSH PINNA, Israel, Aug. 5 –– Their day began at dawn and ended at dusk, and they landed only to refuel and reload. Artillery shells and rockets whizzed past their windscreens as they swooped and soared, dive–bombing targets n >>>


      AGING, AILING CASTRO WILL RETURN, CUBA SAYS
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban officials said an aging and ailing Fidel Castro was recovering and could return to power in a few weeks, even though he remained out of sight five days after surgery that forced him to put his brother in charge of the country.

They tried to allay suspicions the 7'–year& >>>


      BOMBER KILLS 10 AT FUNERAL IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      TIKRIT, Iraq –– A suicide bomber detonated an explosive belt Sunday night among mourners at a funeral in Tikrit, killing at least 10 people and wounding 18, police said.

Police Capt. Laith Hamid said the attack took place about 8:15 p.m. at the funeral of the father of a member of the provincial co >>>


      BRAZILIAN GANG RUNS STREETS FROM PRISON
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      2006; 12:27 PM SAO PAULO, Brazil –– Packed a dozen to a small cell, inmates sleep in bunks stacked four–high to the ceiling, or on thin mattresses on floors where rats and cockroaches scurry. Newcomers spend their nights in bathrooms reeking of excrement.

Inmates in scores of prisons spread a >>>


      CASUALTIES IN LEBANON–ISRAEL FIGHTING
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      AM –– At least 660 people have been reported killed in Lebanon and Israel since fighting broke out July 12 between Israeli forces and Hezbollah guerrillas.

IN LEBANON: 575 At least 575 have been killed _ including 4'7 civilians confirmed dead by the Health Ministry, 28 Lebanese soldiers and at >>>


      CRITICS CITE ‘CONSTRAINED‘ MIDEAST POLICY
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      By Glenn Kessler and Michael AbramowitzWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, August 6, 2006; A16 The Bush administration‘s policy of refusing to engage with nations and groups linked to terrorism, including Syria, Iran and Palestinian factions, has sharply limited U.S. maneuvering room during the war between Israe >>>


      CUBAN DISSIDENTS FEARFUL OF RETALIATION
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      PM MIAMI –– Dissidents in Cuba‘s eastern provinces say the country‘s military has beefed up its presence on the streets and is telling citizens they have permission to respond with force against anyone who speaks out against the government.

In a series of interviews conducted by phone i >>>


      CUBAN OFFICIAL ASSURES COUNTRY THAT CASTRO IS ON MEND
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      HAVANA, Aug. 5 –– Fidel Castro is recovering satisfactorily from stomach surgery, Cuba‘s vice president said Saturday, while government sources said he had started to eat and sit up in bed.

Vice President Carlos Lage Dávila, speaking on a trip to Bolivia, was the third Cuban official in >>>


      DRAFT OF U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION ON HOSTILITIES IN LEBANON AND ISRAEL
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      Draft UNSC resolution / Projet de résolution du Conseil de Sécurité The Security Council, PP1. Recalling all its previous resolutions on Lebanon, in particular resolutions 425 (1'78), 426 (1'78), 520 (1'82), 155' (2004), 1655 (2006) and 1680 (2006), as well as the statements of its Presid >>>


      GLOBAL MARCHES PROTEST ISRAELI OFFENSIVE
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      LONDON –– Thousands of people marched in Britain, South Africa and Egypt Saturday to protest the Israeli offensive in Lebanon, some demanding an immediate halt to the fighting and others pressing for sanctions against Israel.

Protesters in Cairo demanded that Egyptian authorities let them fight in >>>


      HEZBOLLAH ROCKETS KILL 10 IN ISRAEL
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      KFAR GILADI, Israel –– Hezbollah fired a barrage of rockets at towns across northern Israel on Sunday, killing 10 people in the worst rocket attack on Israel since fighting began July 12, rescue services said.

Israel‘s Channel Two television reported that nine of those killed were reserve sol >>>


      HEZBOLLAH ROCKETS KILL 10 IN N. ISRAEL
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      BEIRUT, Lebanon –– Hezbollah guerrillas unleashed their deadliest barrage of rockets yet into northern Israel, killing 10 people, while Israeli bombardment killed 17 people in southern Lebanon as fighting only intensified Sunday despite a draft U.N. cease–fire resolution.

Hezbollah and its al >>>


      HEZBOLLAH ROCKETS KILL 10 ISRAELI RESERVISTS
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      August 6, 2006; 6:44 AM KFAR GILADI, Aug. 6 –– Ten Israeli reserve soldiers were killed Sunday afternoon when a barrage of Katusha rockets landed in a parking lot where the troops were gathered near the community of Kfar Giladi, near Israel‘s northernmost tip, according to Israeli police officials and >>>


      HIZBOLLAH KILLS 10 ISRAELI SOLDIERS
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      10:04 AM BEIRUT (Reuters) – Hizbollah killed 10 Israeli soldiers on Sunday in its deadliest rocket strike yet and Israeli bombs killed 11 Lebanese civilians as Lebanon rejected a draft U.N.

resolution to end the 26–day–old war. The soldiers were killed and nine were wounded, medics said, when >>>


      IRAN VOWS MORE ATOM WORK
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran vowed on Sunday to expand its atomic fuel work and warned that any U.N. sanctions aimed at halting its uranium enrichment would incur a painful riposte, possibly including a cut in oil exports.

Chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani said Iran would expand the number of atomic centr >>>


      LEBANON‘S 3RD–LARGEST CITY WARNED OF AIRSTRIKES
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      A14 TYRE, Lebanon, Aug. 5 –– Israel warned residents of Sidon, Lebanon‘s third–largest city, to leave Saturday ahead of imminent airstrikes on what it called Hezbollah targets, and Israeli naval commandos and Hezbollah fighters waged a fierce early morning battle in Tyre that stretched until daw >>>


      LEBANON REJECTS DRAFT U.N. RESOLUTION
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon rejects a draft U.N. Security Council resolution to end 26 days of fighting because it would allow Israeli forces to remain on Lebanese soil, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said on Sunday.

Slamming the French–U.S. draft as biased, Berri said it ignored a seven–point >>>


      NO LET UP IN LEBANON WAR
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      BEIRUT (Reuters) – Israeli troops fought gun battles with Hizbollah in south Lebanon and warplanes hit roads and bridges across the country on Sunday, hours after the U.N. Security Council received a draft resolution to end the war.

President Bush, whose country is Israel‘s chief ally, was happy wi >>>


      NO PHOTOS OF CASTRO SINCE HIS SURGERY
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      MEXICO CITY –– The Cuban government has provided no details on Fidel Castro‘s health and released no pictures of the leader since it announced Monday night that he was having surgery and handing power to his brother.

Cubans were told in a statement attributed to Castro that most details of hi >>>


      OFFICIAL: 100 KILLED IN ETHIOPIAN FLOODS
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia –– An Ethiopian official said more than 100 people were killed by flooding Sunday in a town in eastern Ethiopia.

As many as 10,000 people fled Dire Dawa and surrounding areas after flash floods tore through the town early Sunday, said Sisay Tadesse, spokesman of the government >>>


      PARTIAL VOTE RECOUNT ORDERED IN MEXICO
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      By Manuel Roig–FranziaWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, August 6,
2006; A12 MEXICO CITY, Aug. 5 –– In a setback to the presidential hopes of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a special electoral court refused Saturday to order a full recount of votes from the disputed July 2 election &nd >>>


      PUBLIC SUPPORT IN ISRAEL FRAYS AS TOLL CLIMBS
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      August 6, 2006; A01 JERUSALEM –– With much of Israel‘s northern population huddling in underground shelters and Hezbollah proving more resilient than Israeli leaders had publicly predicted, Israel‘s news media, intellectual elite and public are starting to question the judgment of the country&ls >>>


      RICE SAYS UN RESOLUTION WON‘T END ALL FIGHTING
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice cautioned on Sunday that a U.N. resolution will not stop all the fighting in southern Lebanon but is a first step toward a lasting cessation of violence.

Rice, in Crawford to consult with President George W. Bush about the Middle East c >>>


      S.LANKA TROOPS RESUME FIRING ON REBEL POSITIONS
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      KILINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka (Reuters) – Sri Lanka‘s Tamil Tiger rebels said on Sunday they would lift a blockade on water supplies to government areas and that a 2002 ceasefire still held, but warned further attacks by the military would mean war.

The military however said they were continuing with an o >>>


      SAUDI YOUTH USE CELLPHONE SAVVY TO OUTWIT THE SENTRIES OF ROMANCE
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      A01 JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia –– Three a.m., two luxury cars side by side on an empty street, slicing through the sticky seaside air at 100 miles per hour.

The girl in the gold Lexus waved at Husam Thobaity. She was in the back seat, covered by a black veil that hid everything but her eyes.

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      SOMALI LEADERS AGREE TO END RIFT AFTER CRISIS TALKS
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      BAIDOA, Somalia (Reuters) – Somalia‘s top interim leaders have agreed to end a rift threatening the fragile administration and will reshuffle the cabinet after Ethiopian–led crisis talks, an official said on Sunday.

Politicians had said the government was split between President Abdullahi Yus >>>


      SRI LANKA AID GROUP SAYS 15 TSUNAMI STAFF EXECUTED
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka (Reuters) – Fifteen local aid staff working on post–tsunami rebuilding have been found executed in northeast Sri Lanka after heavy fighting, the main umbrella body for aid agencies in the country said on Sunday.

The local aid workers were already known to be missing. The Cons >>>


      SYRIAN VILLAGE BURIES AIRSTRIKE VICTIMS
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      JANDIRES, Syria –– In stunned disbelief, this small, impoverished Syrian village on Saturday buried 23 of its own killed when Israeli missiles slammed into a refrigerated warehouse just across the border in Lebanon.

Wailing crowds thronged the village cemetery, where the coffins lay wrapped in Syri >>>


      U.S. ACTIVISTS CALL FOR TROOP WITHDRAWAL
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      AMMAN, Jordan –– "Peace Mom" Cindy Sheehan and 14 other U.S. anti–war activists on Saturday joined Iraqi lawmakers in demanding a timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq.

The activists, representing the largest U.S. anti–war coalition, have been in Jordan since Thursda >>>


      U.S. BATTALION‘S MISSION IN IRAQ SHIFTS TO PREVENTING CIVIL WAR
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      ABU SAYDAH AL–SAGHIR, Iraq –– One look at the charred and desolate street, empty but for armed men, told Capt. Chris Turner that what he feared was true: A recent spate of deadly sectarian warfare had driven almost all the families from a mud–brick village where for months he‘d worked to b >>>


      WORLD IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 06-08-2006
      Egyptian Militants Join Al–Qaeda, Zawahiri Says CAIRO –– Al–Qaeda‘s No. 2 leader announced in a new videotape aired Saturday that an Egyptian militant group has joined the terror network. It was the first time that al–Qaeda has announced a branch in Egypt.

The Egyptian group >>>


      AN ANNOUNCEMENT BEFORE EVICTION
      Haaretz, 06-08-2006
      By Zafrir Rinat From: The branches of long–term planning and thinking one step ahead, the Interior Ministry, the Housing and Construction Ministry To: The Gilboa Irises, the Gray Force lizards of Ashdod and Nitzanim, the Israeli deer of the Jerusalem hills, the Nymph Butterfly of Safed, the daffodils and narcissu >>>


      CEASE FIRE IMMEDIATELY
      Haaretz, 06-08-2006
      By Uzi Benziman On the morning of 22 October, 1'73, the United Nations Security Council ordered a cease–fire along the Suez Canal, effective at 18:52 PM that same evening. The shooting did not stop at the predetermined hour, and took another day and a half, during which time the Israel Defense Forces made a d >>>


      ESCALATION BEFORE THE END
      Haaretz, 06-08-2006
      By Haaretz Editorial The diplomatic efforts to gain a cease–fire in the confrontation between Israel and Hezbollah have been stepped up in recent days. During the coming week it appears an accepted formulation of a Security Council resolution will be reached, bringing the hostilities to an end and creating a mech >>>


      THE DETERRENCE THING
      Haaretz, 06-08-2006
      By Zvi Bar‘el Once again, the worrisome question must be asked: Who is making the rules, the Israel Defense Forces or the government? Or, in other words, is the government the IDF‘s house brand, or vice versa? For instance, the deterrence thing. Last week we saw the "we‘ll go anywhere we want&quo >>>


      THE INTERIOR MINISTER AS HERO
      Haaretz, 06-08-2006
      By Ruth Sinai It happens in almost every war. A general, minister or some public official offers an opinion about the public‘s resilience. During the first Gulf War it was then Tel Aviv mayor Shlomo Lahat, who called those residents of his city who left for fear of the missiles – deserters. In the current w >>>


      THE REAL ESTATE WAR
      Haaretz, 06-08-2006
      SMS Bookmark to del.icio.us The real estate war By Gideon Levy This miserable war in Lebanon, which is just getting more and more complicated for no reason at all, was born in Israel‘s greed for land. Not that Israel is fighting this time to conquer more land, not at all, but ending the occupation could have prev >>>


      BROWN TO LET SHOPS SHARE ID CARD DATA
      Guardian, 06-08-2006
      Opponents warn that linking police databases with the private sector to beat crime will lead to a ‘surveillance state‘ and a big assault on privacy Gaby Hinsliff, political editor Sunday August 6, 2006 The Observer Gordon Brown is planning a massive expansion of the ID cards project that would widen surveil >>>



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