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      BANGLADESH TOP POLITICIANS HELD
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 04-02-2007
     At least eight prominent politicians have been detained in Bangladesh, officials and media reports say.

Among those held in a series of raids in the capital Dhaka are several former ministers from the two main parties.

They are the most high–profile figures to be detained since the interim govern >>>


      BOMBER KILLS PAKISTANI SOLDIERS
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 04-02-2007
     Two Pakistani soldiers have been killed in a suicide car bomb attack in the north–west of the country, police say.

The bomber rammed a military convoy on a road near Tank, about 50km (30 miles) west of the city of Dera Ismail Khan, near the Afghan border.

The convoy was reported to have been head >>>


      CHINA TO BOOST TIES WITH ZAMBIA
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 04-02-2007
     Hu Jintao and Levy Mwanawasa say the deal is mutually beneficial China has announced new investment worth $800m in Zambia, the latest stop on President Hu Jintao‘s African tour.

After talks in Lusaka with President Levy Mwanawasa, the two leaders said a special economic zone would be created in Zambia&lsq >>>


      CHINESE WORKERS FREED IN NIGERIA
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 04-02-2007
     Kidnappers have seized about 100 foreign workers recently Nine Chinese oil workers abducted in Nigeria‘s Delta region have been freed after 11 days in captivity.

The men, seized from the offices of China‘s National Petroleum Company, were freed after "complex efforts", China‘s foreig >>>


      COLOMBIA MINE GAS BLAST KILLS 18
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 04-02-2007
     Hopes of finding any more miners alive are fading A gas explosion at a coal mine in north–eastern Colombia has killed at least 18 miners.

Officials said they were trying to reach another 14 men who were trapped underground, but their efforts were being hampered by the presence of gas.

"It wo >>>


      COUNTRY PROFILE: INDONESIA
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 04-02-2007
     Spread across a chain of thousands of islands between Asia and Australia, Indonesia has the world‘s largest Muslim population.

Ethnically it is highly diverse, with more than 300 local languages. The people range from rural hunter–gatherers to a modern urban elite.

Indonesia has seen great >>>


      DHAKA PILGRIMAGE DRAWS MILLIONS
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 04-02-2007
     A train full of Muslim pilgrims heads back to Dhaka Up to three million Muslims have held mass prayers in Bangladesh to end one of the world‘s biggest pilgrimages.

The Bishwa Ijtema brings devotees from more than 60 countries to a sandy riverbank near the capital, Dhaka.

The gathering is said to >>>


      GERMAN FANS SINGLE OUT ‘RACIST‘
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 04-02-2007
     The player allegedly abused was Cameroon striker Francis Kioyo A football spectator who fellow fans alleged shouted racist insults at a black player during a German first division match faces a life ban.

Fans of home team Energie Cottbus told police a man was insulting their Cameroon striker Francis Kioyo in Sa >>>


      GRENADA INVESTIGATES ANTHEM GAFFE
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 04-02-2007
     Grenada broke its ties with Taiwan in 2005 in favour of China Grenada has promised an inquiry after Taiwan‘s national anthem was played instead of China‘s at a ceremony in the Grenadian capital, St George‘s.

The diplomatic gaffe happened during the inauguration of a sports stadium that was pai >>>


      INDONESIA STEPS UP FLOOD RELIEF
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 04-02-2007
     Helicopters have delivered aid to the stranded Indonesian troops and rescue workers are struggling to supply emergency supplies to thousands of people affected by floods in northern Sumatra.

At least 105 people have died following days of heavy rains, and hundreds more are still missing.

In the worst&n >>>


      IRAQ FIRE DOWNED US HELICOPTERS
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 04-02-2007
     The US military relies on helicopters for a variety of missions Four US helicopters lost in Iraq in recent weeks appear to have been downed by ground fire, the US military has admitted publicly for the first time.

A US spokesman in Iraq said that as a result, tactics were being adjusted and mission procedures m >>>


      ISRAEL CONFIRMS NEW FORCES CHIEF
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 04-02-2007
     Gen Ashkenazi takes over as the army comes under close scrutiny The Israeli cabinet has approved the appointment of Maj Gen Gabi Ashkenazi as the new head of its armed forces.

Gen Ashkenazi, 52, will replace Lt Gen Dan Halutz, who resigned last month amid criticism of the army‘s handling of last year&lsqu >>>


      JAKARTA FLOODS DEATH TOLL RISES
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 04-02-2007
     Large swathes of Jakarta are under water At least 20 people have been killed and 340,000 made homeless by massive floods that have swept through the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.

Three days of torrential rain have caused rivers to burst their banks, sending muddy water up to 3m (10ft) deep into homes and busines >>>


      KEY FACTS: INDIA RISING
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 04-02-2007
     With more than one billion people, India is the world‘s second most populous country and its largest democracy.

The majority of people live in rural areas and millions face extreme poverty. But urbanisation is gathering pace and the economy is growing rapidly. The country Population Culture Economy Living >>>


      NEPALI BECOMES BOTH MAN AND WOMAN
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 04-02-2007
     By Charles Haviland BBC News, Kathmandu Nepal has a community of men identifying themselves as women The authorities in Nepal have granted a man who dresses and behaves as a woman both male and female citizenship.

The unprecedented legal status was given to 40–year–old Chanda Musalman. Conservative >>>


      NEW CHIEF FOR NATO AFGHAN FORCE
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 04-02-2007
     Gen McNeill has been based in Afghanistan before UK General David Richards has handed over control of the Nato–led force in Afghanistan to US General Dan McNeill at a ceremony in the capital, Kabul.

Gen Richards headed the International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) for nine months, as troop levels inc >>>


      PALESTINIANS ‘NEARER‘ POWER DEAL
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 04-02-2007
     There were fierce exchanges around the Islamic University Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah have made progress towards agreeing a government of national unity, Egypt‘s president has said.

Hosni Mubarak‘s comments came as fighting between members of the two groups continued in the Gaza Strip >>>


      RUSSIA ANGLERS SAVED IN ICE DRAMA
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 04-02-2007
     Hundreds of fishermen have been rescued from ice–floes which began to drift after breaking away from the shore in the Russian Far East.

Boats and helicopters were used to reach the stranded anglers off Sakhalin island in the Sea of Okhotsk.

Dozens had earlier refused to be rescued without their e >>>


      SEEKING A CURE FOR ITALY‘S FOOTBALL DISEASE
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 04-02-2007
     By Christian Fraser BBC News, Rome There were no games in Italy this weekend, no Milan debut for Ronaldo, not even a Sunday league park match. The stadiums and football pitches were empty.

AC Milan‘s goalkeeper Dida is hit by a missile at a Milan derby The Italian federation took a decision on Friday nigh >>>


      SYRIA ACCUSED OVER IRAQ ATTACKS
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 04-02-2007
     The bombing obliterated a market packed with shoppers A senior Iraqi official has said half of all insurgent attacks in Baghdad are carried out by militants from Syria.

Ali al–Dabbagh said the Iraqi government has provided Damascus with evidence to back up this claim.

It comes after the deadliest >>>


      TENSE CALM FOLLOWS GAZA FIGHTING
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 04-02-2007
     Fighters remain on the streets despite orders to withdraw A ceasefire between rival Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip appears to be taking hold after some of the deadliest in–fighting there for months.

There have been no major clashes since Saturday night, when both sides renewed a truce which had tw >>>


      US EX–GENERALS REJECT IRAN STRIKE
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 04-02-2007
     Gen Hoar was one of the signatories of the letter Three former high–ranking American military officers have warned against any military attack on Iran.

They said such action would have "disastrous consequences" for security in the Middle East and also for coalition forces in Iraq.

They >>>


      ZIMBABWE‘S FARM DEADLINE LAPSES
      радиовещательная корпорация "Би-Би-Си" (Великобритания, "BBC"), 04-02-2007
     Thousands of white farmers had their properties seized The last remaining white farmers in Zimbabwe are resisting a government deadline for them to leave their land.

Many of the 400 farmers had until the weekend to hand properties over to new black owners or face prosecution.

But the Commercial Farmers >>>


      ARREST IN FATAL ELEVATOR FALL AT NY CLUB
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     NEW YORK –– A man died after falling down an elevator shaft during a dispute at a swank Manhattan nightclub once featured on the popular television show "Sex and the City," police said.

Police early Sunday arrested Granville Adams, 43, and charged him with criminally negligent homicide in >>>


      ASTRONAUTS START SECOND OF 3 SPACEWALKS
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. –– Two astronauts stepped outside the hatch Sunday for the second of what could be a precedent–setting three spacewalks in nine days, making upgrades to the international space station‘s cooling system.

The effort to finish hooking up ammonia cooling loops from a tem >>>


      BUSH BUDGET MAKES MILITARY ITS CENTERPIECE
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Bush on Monday will seek $245 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan while boosting other military spending and curbing domestic programs, setting the stage for a big battle with Democrats over funding priorities.

Democrats newly in control of Congress have pledged t >>>


      BUSH SAYS BUDGET WILL LIMIT NON–DEFENSE SPENDING
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President George W. Bush said on Saturday his upcoming budget proposal would emphasize restraint on domestic spending while making defense and war costs for Iraq and Afghanistan the top priority.

"Cutting the deficit during a time of war requires us to restrain spending in othe >>>


      CORPS AIMS TO SHIFT BIG EASY LEVEE FUNDS
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     NEW ORLEANS –– The Army Corps of Engineers is proposing to divert up to $1.3 billion for levee repairs from the Mississippi River‘s East Bank, which was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, to the West Bank, where tens of thousands of people have resettled.

The West Bank was one of the only parts of >>>


      CRASH VICTIM‘S KIN QUESTION LIGHTING
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     DARTMOUTH, Mass. –– The brother of a prominent Pennsylvania attorney who was among three people killed in a small plane crash questioned whether insufficient runway lighting contributed to the accident.

Peter J. Karoly, 53, of Bethlehem and his wife, Lauren Angstadt, 54, died Friday night along with >>>


      DELL E–MAIL DETAILS CORPORATE REFORMS
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     DALLAS –– In a memo to Dell Inc. employees days after returning as chief executive officer, Michael Dell said the beleaguered computer maker is quashing bonuses for 2006 and reducing managers to help cut costs and steer the company back toward dominance.

The e–mail sent Friday also revealed th >>>


      EDWARDS: RAISE TAXES FOR HEALTHCARE
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic U.S. presidential candidate John Edwards on Sunday said that he would raise taxes, chiefly on the wealthy, to pay for expanded healthcare coverage under a plan costing $'0 billion to $120 billion a year to be unveiled on Monday.

"We‘ll have to raise taxes. >>>


      FEINSTEIN WARNS REPUBLICANS NOT TO STOP IRAQ DEBATE
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Sunday warned Republicans not to block consideration of a measure opposing President Bush‘s troop increase in Iraq, saying it would be a "terrible mistake" to prevent debate on the top issue in America.

With a Senate vote set for Mon >>>


      FUGITIVE FROM ECUADOR CAUGHT IN NY
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     PALENVILLE, N.Y. –– A fugitive from Ecuador suspected in the death of a prominent politician and two other men was arrested Saturday following a routine traffic stop, authorities said.

Christian Steven Ponce, 36, of Quito, Ecuador, was stopped Saturday afternoon in the hamlet of Palenville in upstat >>>


      GATES SAYS U.S. NOT PLANNING IRAN WAR
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     WASHINGTON –– The extra troops that Iraq promised to send into Baghdad in a new U.S.–Iraqi military buildup are arriving on schedule but in inadequate numbers, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday.

Gates was asked at a news conference about Senate testimony on Thursday by the outgoing U. >>>


      GRIM ENDING STIRS QUEST FOR ANSWERS
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     By Donna St. George and Timothy DwyerWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, February 4, 2007; C01 They were found side by side, two teenage girls in a Subaru station wagon parked on a remote trail near the West Virginia border. The ground was frozen when police arrived. It was starting to snow.

A search that had >>>


      HARSH COLD EXPECTED TO LINGER IN MIDWEST
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     MINNEAPOLIS –– Despite the bitter cold gripping the Midwest, Mike Thamm of Duluth prepared to walk outside clad only in a swimsuit and dive into frigid water for charity.

"My courage is up _ either that or I‘m just crazy," the organizer of the Polar Bear Plunge said Saturday.

>>>


      HUNDREDS MOURN BILL CLINTON‘S STEPFATHER
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     HOT SPRINGS, Ark. –– Bill Clinton and his family joined hundreds of mourners Saturday for the funeral of his stepfather, the man who the former president said brought his mother the "most secure, stable years she ever had." Richard Kelley, a retired salesman, died Wednesday at his home at age ' >>>


      IN THE NFL, A HISTORIC FIRST ARRIVES AT LAST
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     MIAMI In March 1'88, David Cornwell, a young black assistant general counsel for the National Football League, was charged with giving a speech to team owners and executives about the lack of black head coaches in the league.

"We could not come at it as a racial issue," Cornwell said Friday, recal >>>


      LIBBY PROSECUTORS HOPE TO SHOW MARKED NEWS ARTICLES
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     A05 The day of his interview with the FBI, Vice President Cheney‘s then–top aide hand–marked copies of two Washington Post articles about the breadth of a criminal leak investigation –– and underlined were passages suggesting that any official who had told reporters about a CIA officer coul >>>


      MURDER TRIAL PUTS FOCUS ON LAND RIGHTS
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     ABBEVILLE, S.C. –– Bullet holes still pepper a small house on the outskirts of town where two law officers died in a gunbattle over a patch of land the state wanted to take for a highway project.

Property rights advocates will be watching closely Monday as jury selection begins for the murder trial >>>


      NADER LEAVES ‘08 DOOR OPEN, SLAMS HILLARY CLINTON
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former presidential candidate Ralph Nader on Sunday left the door open for another possible White House bid in 2008 and criticized Democratic front–runner Hillary Clinton as "a panderer and a flatterer." Asked on CNN‘s Late Edition news program if he would run in 2008, >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     Corps Proposes Shift in Funds For Louisiana Levee Repairs NEW ORLEANS –– The Army Corps of Engineers is proposing to divert as much as $1.3 billion for levee repairs from the Mississippi River‘s east bank, which was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, to the west bank, where tens of thousands of people have >>>


      O‘CONNOR SAYS SHE WOULD‘VE STAYED LONGER
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Retired Justice Sandra Day O‘Connor would have preferred to stay on the Supreme Court for several more years until she was ill and "really in bad shape" but stepped down because of her ailing husband.

O‘Connor, 76, also says she accelerated her retirement announce >>>


      OBITUARIES IN THE NEWS
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     10:52 PM –– ___

August Giusti NEW YORK (AP) _ August "Augie" Giusti, a Pearl Harbor veteran who helped get wounded crewmates to safety, died Wednesday. He was 84.

Giusti, of Ardsley, died at White Plains Hospital Center, said Kurt Eschbach of the Edwards–Dowdle Funeral Home >>>


      PIECE MISSING IN ALASKA PIPELINE
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     ANCHORAGE, Alaska –– Operators of the trans–Alaska pipeline hope a scraping device will push out a piece of metal 20 inches in diameter that‘s been missing in the pipeline since December.

A pipeline cleaning device known as a scraper or paraffin pig broke apart inside the pipeline in Dec >>>


      SENATOR WARNS REPUBLICANS NOT TO STOP IRAQ DEBATE
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Senate Democrat on Sunday warned Republicans not to block consideration of a measure opposing President George W. Bush‘s troop increase in Iraq, saying it would be a "terrible mistake" to prevent debate on the top issue in America.

With a Senate vote set for M >>>


      STATES OPPOSE NATIONAL DRIVER‘S LICENSE
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     WASHINGTON –– A revolt against a national driver‘s license, begun in Maine last month, is quickly spreading to other states.

The Maine Legislature on Jan. 26 overwhelmingly passed a resolution objecting to the Real ID Act of 2005. The federal law sets a national standard for driver‘s lic >>>


      THE TALK SHOWS
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (WTTG), ' a.m.: Sens. James Webb (D–Va.) and Lindsey O.

Graham (R–S.C.) and Rep. Heath Shuler (D–N.C.). THIS WEEK (ABC, WJLA), 10 a.m.: Sens. John McCain (R–Ariz.) and Chuck Hagel (R–Neb.) and the Du >>>


      WIS. MURDER TRIAL HANGS ON DNA EVIDENCE
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     PM MILWAUKEE –– Teresa Halbach was one of 206 people killed in Wisconsin in 2005. The 25–year–old‘s case likely would have gotten scant attention _ except that the man who was charged had been exonerated by DNA evidence after spending 18 years in prison for rape.

DNA will play a ro >>>


      WOOKIEE IMPERSONATOR ARRESTED IN CALIF.
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     LOS ANGELES –– A man dressed as Chewbacca was arrested after police said the street performer head–butted a tour guide operator in front of Grauman‘s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

Frederick Evan Young, 44, of Los Angeles was booked Thursday for investigation of misdemeanor battery, polic >>>


      CAPITOL‘S NEWCOMERS TRY A LITTLE OPENNESS
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     By Lyndsey LaytonWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, February 4, 2007; A06 Jon Tester stands out from the other '' members of the Senate in these ways: The organic farmer wears cowboy boots with his dark business suits. He sports a buzz haircut that is more Marine drill sergeant than wavy–haired senator. H >>>


      DEMOCRATS SPLIT ON HOW TO END THE WAR
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     By Dan BalzWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, February 4, 2007; A04 The war in Iraq is shaping the opening stages of the contest for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, just as it did in the 2004 campaign.

After 10 candidates‘ speeches over two days at the winter meeting of the Democratic Nation >>>


      PATHOLOGISTS PROTEST DEFENSE SITE‘S CLOSURE
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     By Christopher LeeWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, February 4, 2007; A10 Medical specialists and former military officials are protesting the planned dismantling of a Defense Department health agency whose origin dates to the Civil War, saying the move would eliminate an invaluable tool in the diagnosis and understan >>>


      U.S. ATTORNEY FIRINGS SET STAGE FOR CONGRESSIONAL BATTLE
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     H.E. "Bud" Cummins III had served for five years as the U.S. attorney in Little Rock –– a job he obtained in large part because of his credentials as a longtime GOP lawyer and avid supporter of President Bush.

So Cummins, 47, was more than a little surprised when he got a call from the Jus >>>


      $1'M FOUND BURIED UNDER HOUSE IN CALI
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     BOGOTA, Colombia –– Police say they found $1' million in cash under the floorboards of a house in Cali on Saturday.

The stacks of $100 bills, wrapped in plastic bags, were buried in two metal chambers under the first floor of a residence in the southern city, said Gen. Oscar Naranjo, head of the >>>


      1' BODIES RECOVERED FROM COLOMBIA MINES
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     SARDINATA, Colombia –– Crews battling dangerously high levels of methane gas recovered 1' bodies from a coal mine in northeast Colombia following an explosion that killed 32 miners, a civil defense official said Sunday.

Early efforts to remove the bodies trapped more than 1,300 feet underground >>>


      20 FREED FROM REBEL CAMP IN PHILIPPINES
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     MANILA, Philippines –– A Philippine marine general and 1' others were released Sunday from a Muslim rebel camp where they were held for two days by guerrillas demanding more benefits under a 1''6 peace accord, officials said.

Two air force helicopters retrieved Maj. Gen. Ben Dolorfino an >>>


      AFTER STORMS, FLORIDA PICKS UP THE PIECES
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     A12 LADY LAKE, Fla., Feb. 3 –– Where did our wedding photo get to? What about the insurance policy? And where are my dentures?

For scores of families here, the answers lie somewhere in the storm wreckage strewn across their yards, under splintered lumber and toppled trees, or perhaps thousands of fe >>>


      ARAB DIPLOMAT RESIGNS AFTER IRAQ MISSION
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     CAIRO, Egypt –– The Arab League sent Mokhtar Lamani to Iraq to persuade its bitterly divided Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish leaders to make peace. He failed, and has now resigned, disillusioned and nearly drained of hope.

He says his mission was doomed by feeble support from the Arab governments that hir >>>


      ASHKENAZI NAMED NEW ISRAELI ARMY CHIEF
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     JERUSALEM –– The Israeli Cabinet on Sunday unanimously approved the appointment of a former infantry general as the new army chief of staff, with the mission of rebuilding confidence in the military after last year‘s war in Lebanon.

Gabi Ashkenazi, who was director general of the Defense Minis >>>


      AT LEAST 18 COLOMBIAN MINERS KILLED IN EXPLOSION
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     SARDINATA, Colombia (Reuters) – Explosions killed at least 18 workers in a Colombian coal mine in the northeastern province of Norte de Santander on Saturday, and another 13 were feared dead, an official said on Sunday.

"There were 31 men in the mine at the time of the explosions," Fernando Rosa >>>


      BAGHDAD OFFENSIVE SET TO BEGIN – U.S. OFFICERS
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A U.S.–Iraqi campaign to stabilize Baghdad will begin soon and the offensive against militants will be on a scale never seen during four years of war, American officers said on Sunday.

Briefing a small group of foreign reporters, three American colonels who are senior advisers to >>>


      BIRD FLU DETECTED ON TURKEY FARM IN ENGLAND
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     A14 LONDON, Feb. 3 –– The deadly H5N1 Asian strain of bird flu, which has killed 165 people since 2003, has been confirmed on a commercial turkey farm in eastern England, health authorities said Saturday.

Officials said the disease had killed 2,600 turkeys on the Bernard Matthews company turkey farm >>>


      BRITAIN: 15 TROOPS UNDER 18 SENT TO IRAQ
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     LONDON –– Fifteen British troops under the age of 18 have been "inadvertently" sent to fight in Iraq, violating a U.N. protocol on children‘s rights, the government said Sunday.

Defense Minister Adam Ingram, who gave the figure in a written statement to lawmakers, said the "vast >>>


      BRITISH MUSLIMS CRITICIZE MEDIA REPORTS
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     BIRMINGHAM, England –– Members of Birmingham‘s Muslim community on Saturday criticized the intense media speculation surrounding the arrest of nine local men over an alleged terrorist plot to kidnap and kill a British soldier.

At a packed public meeting at Birmingham Central Mosque, speakers c >>>


      BUILDING FIRE IN EASTERN CHINA KILLS 17
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     BEIJING –– A fire swept through a two–story building of shops and apartments in eastern China on Sunday, killing at least 17 people, state media reported.

It was not immediately clear what started the blaze in Zhejiang province‘s Taizhou city or how many people were injured, the official >>>


      CENTRAL AFRICAN REP. FACTION SIGNS DEAL
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     PM BANGUI, Central African Republic –– Members of a small rebel faction signed a peace deal with the Central African Republic government, state radio reported Saturday, but the main rebel coalition‘s military chief rejected it.

The agreement, negotiated a day earlier in Libya, calls for rebels >>>


      CHINA LAUNCHES MINING PROGRAM IN ZAMBIA
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     LUSAKA, Zambia –– Chinese President Hu Jintao launched a copper mining partnership with Zambia on Sunday and won praise from Zambia‘s finance minister for his focus on economic investment rather than politics.

Hu planned to travel Monday to Namibia _ his fifth stop on an eight–nation Afr >>>


      COLOMBIA COAL MINE EXPLOSION KILLS 32
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     SARDINATA, Colombia –– An explosion tore through a makeshift coal mine in remote northeast Colombia on Saturday, killing 32 miners, a civil defense official said.

Rescue crews had located the bodies buried more than 1,300 feet below ground but were unable to safely remove them, said Yesid Arias, who >>>


      CRANES KILLED AT WILDLIFE REFUGE
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     Eighteen endangered young whooping cranes that were led from Wisconsin to Florida last fall to create a second migratory flock of the birds were killed in Friday‘s violent storms, a spokesman said yesterday.

The cranes were being kept in an enclosure at the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge near Cry >>>


      DOUBTS RUN DEEP ON REFORMS CRUCIAL TO BUSH‘S IRAQ STRATEGY
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     By Karen DeYoungWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, February 4, 2007; A16 The success of the Bush administration‘s new Iraq strategy depends on a series of rapid and dramatic political and economic reforms that even the plan‘s authors have little confidence will work.

In the current go–for&nda >>>


      GAZA FIGHTING CONTINUES DESPITE CEASEFIRE DEAL
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     GAZA (Reuters) – Mortar bombs exploded near the Gaza offices of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday and rival gunmen exchanged fire in the streets, defying the latest truce in the factional war between Fatah and Hamas.

Fierce fighting between Hamas and Fatah has brought life to a near–stan >>>


      GAZA INFIGHTING LOOMS OVER PEACE EFFORTS
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip –– Hamas gunmen attacked bases of Fatah–allied troops with mortars and rocket–propelled grenades early Sunday, part of a four–day campaign by the Islamic militants to weaken the security forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

In the West Bank, a >>>


      INDONESIA FLOODS LEAVE 200,000 HOMELESS
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     JAKARTA, Indonesia –– At least 20 people have been killed and 200,000 forced from their homes by floods in Indonesia‘s capital, an official said Sunday, as rivers overflowing from four days of rain inundated the city.

The government dispatched medical teams on rubber rafts into the worst&ndash >>>


      IRAN OFFICIAL SAYS NO PLANS TO HALT ATOMIC WORK
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran will not suspend its uranium enrichment work as demanded by a U.N. sanctions resolution, the country‘s top nuclear official said on Sunday in the latest statement of defiance from Tehran as a U.N. deadline looms.

The U.N. Security Council passed a resolution on December 23 im >>>


      JAKARTA FLOODS KILL NINE, NEARLY 200,000 HOMELESS
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     JAKARTA (Reuters) – Floods in the Indonesian capital have killed at least nine people and made nearly 200,000 people homeless, with the deluge of muddy brown water up to 4 metres (13 feet) deep in some areas of Jakarta, officials said on Sunday.

Although downpours weakened over the capital at the weekend, >>>


      JAPAN‘S RULING BLOC SUFFERS POLL SETBACK
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     TOKYO –– Japan‘s ruling bloc lost a key local election on Sunday, a possible bellwether of public support after a Cabinet minister caused an uproar by calling women "birth–giving machines." The setback compounds the problems for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe‘s administration, which ha >>>


      JAPAN LOCAL POLLS MAY DECIDE FATE OF GAFFE MINISTER
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan‘s opposition parties on Sunday kept up pressure on the health minister to resign for calling women "birth–giving machines," as voting began in two local elections the results of which could decide his fate.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has stood by Health Ministe >>>


      MCNEIL TAKES OVER COMMAND OF NATO TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) –– The highest–ranking U.S. general to lead troops in Afghanistan took command of 35,500 strong NATO–led force Sunday, putting an American face on the international mission after nine months of British command.

Gen. Dan McNeil replaced British Gen. David Richards >>>


      MEXICAN SEEKS WORLD CHILI EATING RECORD
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     MEXICO CITY –– For most people, even the smallest bite of a raw chili pepper means a flushed face and a rush for a gulp of water. But Manuel Quiroz can guzzle down dozens of Mexico‘s spiciest chilies, rub them on his skin and even squeeze their juice into his eyes without so much as blinking.

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      NATO KILLS TALIBAN CHIEF AS TRIES TO RETAKE TOWN
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) – NATO forces killed a Taliban commander in southern Afghanistan on Sunday during an offensive to retake a town from the militants, NATO and residents said.

The commander, Mullah Ghafour, was killed along with an unknown number of Taliban fighters in an air strike targeting >>>


      POPE SAYS COMPASSION NO EXCUSE FOR EUTHANASIA
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Benedict on Sunday renewed his appeal to Catholics to reject abortion and euthanasia, saying life was God–given and could not be cut short under "the guise of human compassion." His appeal came days after an Italian doctor who switched off the life support of a paralyz >>>


      PROGRESS IN BAGHDAD WILL TAKE TIME–U.S. GENERAL
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A security plan seen as a last–ditch attempt to halt violence in Baghdad will not produce results overnight, a U.S. general warned on Sunday, after a suicide truck bomb killed 135 people.

Saturday‘s attack in a mainly Shi‘ite area of Baghdad, the worst single bombing >>>


      RIDDING VIEQUES OF BOMBS A PERILOUS TASK
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     VIEQUES NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, Puerto Rico –– One misstep on this former U.S. Navy bombing range can be fatal.

For decades, warships and planes hammered the Naval Training Range on Vieques with live rounds before it was closed in April 2003 after years of protests against the danger and the din _ >>>


      SAUDI WRITER RECASTS KINGDOM‘S HISTORY
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     2007; A14 RIYADH, Saudi Arabia –– When university professor Khalid al–Dakhil was growing up, clergymen had a say in everything.

Following the teachings of Muhammad ibn Abd al–Wahhab, an 18th–century preacher who founded the Wahhabi ideology that has inspired Islamic extremism, mosq >>>


      SECURITY CONTRACTS TO CONTINUE IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     By Walter PincusWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, February 4, 2007; A1' The Defense Department plans to continue hiring private contractors to provide security at reconstruction projects in Iraq and to train U.S. and Iraqi military officers in counterinsurgency, despite problems with past contracts for such jobs t >>>


      TAIWAN ANTHEM PLAYED FOR CHINA OFFICIALS
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     ST. GEORGE‘S, Grenada –– A diplomatic gaffe marred Saturday‘s inauguration of a China–financed stadium on this Caribbean island when a band performed the national anthem of Chinese rival Taiwan.

Chinese Ambassador Qian Hongshan and scores of blue–uniformed Chinese laborers wh >>>


      TALIBAN WARN OF BLOODY SPRING AS U.S. TAKES NATO REINS
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     KABUL (Reuters) – The Taliban promised a spring offensive of thousands of suicide bombers as the United States, doubling its combat troops in Afghanistan, took over command of the 33,000–strong NATO force in the country on Sunday.

As U.S. General Dan McNeill took over the International Security Assi >>>


      TRAIN CRUSHES 6 TO DEATH IN PAKISTAN
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     MULTAN, Pakistan –– A passenger train crushed to death a group of six young boys as they played on a railway track in eastern Pakistan on Sunday, police said.

The train was passing through the city of Bahawalpur when the accident happened, said police officer Mohammed Aslam.

The boys, ages >>>


      TURKEY TO LOBBY U.S. OVER KURD REBELS IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey‘s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, facing pressure on security issues ahead of elections, will send his foreign minister to Washington next week to lobby for a crackdown on Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq.

Ankara has repeatedly threatened to send troops into northern Iraq to >>>


      TURKMEN CANDIDATES PRACTICE PLIANCY
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     By Peter FinnWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, February 4, 2007; A14 MOSCOW –– Six presidential candidates are barnstorming the country and holding public meetings to talk about improving education, reforming health care, ensuring adequate pensions and boosting agriculture.

It could be Iowa &nd >>>


      U.S. ADJUSTING TACTICS IN IRAQ AFTER COPTERS DOWNED
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The U.S. military is adjusting its tactics in Iraq after four helicopters were shot down over the past two weeks, U.S. military spokesman Major General William Caldwell said on Sunday.

Caldwell said the helicopters had been shot down in four separate incidents in which 21 U.S. servicem >>>


      U.S.: 4 COPTER LOSSES DUE TO GROUND FIRE
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     BAGHDAD, Iraq –– All four U.S. helicopters that have crashed in Iraq since Jan. 20 appear to have been brought down by "some kind" of ground fire but it is unclear whether this represents any new threat to U.S. aviation, the chief U.S. military spokesman said Sunday.

It was the first time >>>


      U.S.: N.KOREA DISARMAMENT MAY TAKE TIME
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     SEOUL, South Korea –– The main U.S. envoy to North Korea nuclear talks said Sunday the upcoming round could see agreements on initial steps toward the communist nation‘s disarmament, but he cautioned it would take longer for the North to completely give up its nuclear weapons drive.

"Fran >>>


      VICE PRESIDENT‘S SHADOW HANGS OVER TRIAL
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     By R. Jeffrey Smith and Carol D. LeonnigWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, February 4, 2007; A05 Vice President Cheney‘s press officer, Cathie Martin, approached his chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, on Air Force Two on July 12, 2003, to ask how she should respond to journalists‘ question >>>


      WAR IN IRAQ PROPELLING A MASSIVE MIGRATION
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     By Sudarsan RaghavanWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, February 4,
2007; A01 AMMAN, Jordan –– Inside his cold, crumbling apartment, Saad Ali teeters on the fringes of life. Once a popular singer in his native Baghdad, he is now unemployed. To pay his $45 monthly rent, he borrows from friends.

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      WORLD IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 04-02-2007
     10 Wounded in Clashes Between Hamas, Fatah JERUSALEM –– Gunmen from rival Palestinian factions battled sporadically in the Gaza Strip on Saturday despite a tentative cease–fire.

The skirmishes between the ruling Hamas movement and its rival, Fatah, were not as sustained or heavy as those of pr >>>


      ALMOST 30 ISRAELI FIRMS EXPECTED TO ISSUE ON AIM IN LONDON IN 2007
      Haaretz, 04-02-2007
     By Ora Coren Almost 30 Israeli companies are in various stages of the process to issue on the AIM market in London in 2007, at a total value of many billions of dollars, according to reports of British sources to TheMarker.

The sources claim that the Israeli companies interested in the AIM in London are expecte >>>


      ANALYSIS / ONE FOR THE PRICE OF TWO
      Haaretz, 04-02-2007
     By Eran Gabay Another serious problem that most cellular subscribers are not aware of is the small number of characters that can be sent in a single text message.

While Cellcom and Partner both limit messages to 70 characters, Pelephone customers can send up to 125 characters, on average – depending on th >>>


      BUSINESS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 04-02-2007
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