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      ‘ONION FIELD‘ KILLER DEAD AT 76
      Washington Post, 08-04-2007
     LOS ANGELES –– Jimmy Lee Smith, the lifelong criminal whose role in the 1'63 kidnapping and killing of a police officer inspired Joseph Wambaugh‘s true–life crime novel "The Onion Field," has died in jail at age 76, a state prisons official said.

Smith died Friday at the Pi >>>


      DELAYED BENEFITS FRUSTRATE VETERANS
      Washington Post, 08-04-2007
     By Christopher LeeWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, April 8, 2007; A04 In his last years, World War II veteran Seymour D. Lewis would stand at the door of his home in Savannah, Ga., waiting for a letter that never arrived.

The family of the former Army private, who lost the hearing in his right ear to a grena >>>


      EXPERTS OPEN DOLPHIN ‘CHAT LINE‘ IN FLA.
      Washington Post, 08-04-2007
     KEY LARGO, Fla. –– A marine mammal rehabilitation facility opened a dolphin "chat line" of sorts Saturday, hoping to teach a deaf dolphin‘s unborn calf to communicate.

Castaway, as the stranded Atlantic bottlenose dolphin is named, has been recovering at the Marine Mammal Conservancy >>>


      HOYER MEETS TOP OFFICIAL OF GROUP EGYPT HAS OUTLAWED
      Washington Post, 08-04-2007
     CAIRO, April 7 –– The No. 2 Democrat in the U.S. House met a leading member of Egypt‘s Muslim Brotherhood, an outlawed but tolerated opposition group, during a recent visit to the country, the Islamic fundamentalist group and U.S. officials said Saturday.

House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer ( >>>


      INTENSE SOLAR FLARE WORRIES SCIENTISTS
      Washington Post, 08-04-2007
     By Marc KaufmanWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, April 8, 2007; A07 Global Positioning System devices around the world were briefly but significantly disrupted late last year by an unexpectedly large blast of radio waves during a solar flare, researchers reported at a conference last week.

The Dec. 6 solar fl >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 08-04-2007
     After Raid, Court Halts Workers‘ Deportation BOSTON –– A Massachusetts judge on Friday temporarily barred federal officials from deporting a large group of illegal immigrants snared in a factory raid last month.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Stearns granted the emergency request from attor >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 08-04-2007
     L.A. Marchers Denounce Bush‘s Immigration Plan LOS ANGELES –– Thousands of people marched through downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, demanding a way for the country‘s estimated 12 million illegal immigrants to become citizens and condemning President Bush‘s latest proposal.

Carrying >>>


      NYC SISTERS ARRESTED IN BABY‘S DEATH
      Washington Post, 08-04-2007
     NEW YORK –– A recently born infant girl was found in a garbage bag on a back porch in a Brooklyn neighborhood, and the apparent mother and her two sisters were arrested, police said.

The baby was pronounced dead at a local hospital of asphyxiation and hypothermia, police said. The infant had been bo >>>


      OFFICIALS HEAD TO KOREA FOR GI REMAINS
      Washington Post, 08-04-2007
     ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska –– New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson left Saturday with a delegation of past and present U.S. officials for North Korea, where he hopes to reclaim the remains of American soldiers killed in the Korean War.

The four–day trip also is meant to draw attention to the >>>


      PILGRIMS MAKE TREK TO ‘LOURDES OF AMERICA‘
      Washington Post, 08-04-2007
     By Sylvia MorenoWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, April 8, 2007; A03 CHIMAYO, N.M., April 7 –– The first pilgrim arrived a week ago, having walked '0 miles from Albuquerque over three days. At dawn on this Holy Saturday, the faithful, the penitent and even just the curious continued to stream into an a >>>


      SCHOOL DISTRICT INVESTIGATES PORN BILL
      Washington Post, 08-04-2007
     UNION CITY, N.J. –– School district officials are trying to identify who watched $250 worth of pay–per–view pornographic movies using a school cable television box, officials said.

Someone after business hours used one of the five cable boxes in the Board of Education building to order t >>>


      SEX–OFFENDER RESTRICTIONS LEAVE 5 MEN LIVING UNDER MIAMI BRIDGE
      Washington Post, 08-04-2007
     MIAMI –– Because an ordinance intended to keep predators away from children made it nearly impossible for them to find housing, five convicted sex offenders are living under a highway bridge, with the state‘s grudging approval.

The five men under the Julia Tuttle Causeway are the only known se >>>


      THE TALK SHOWS
      Washington Post, 08-04-2007
     Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (WTTG), ' a.m.: Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D–N.Y.) and former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R–Ga.).

THIS WEEK (ABC, WJLA), 10 a.m.: Sens. Carl M. Levin (D–Mich.), Jon Kyl (R–Ariz.) and John F. Kerry (D– >>>


      TODAY IN HISTORY – APRIL 8
      Washington Post, 08-04-2007
     AM –– Today is Easter Sunday, April 8, the '8th day of 2007. There are 267 days left in the year.

Today‘s Highlight in History: On April 8, 1'74, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hit his 715th career home run in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, breaking Babe Ruth‘s record. >>>


      BIG MONEY CREATED A NEW CAPITAL CITY
      Washington Post, 08-04-2007
     By Robert G. KaiserWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, April 8, 2007; A01 Last November, Gerald S. J. Cassidy took a guest duck hunting on Maryland‘s Eastern Shore. The location was the lobbyist‘s $8 million, 165–acre estate on the Chesapeake Bay. The guest was a former president of the United States, >>>


      BUSH: DEMOCRATS JEOPARDIZING SERVICE MEMBERS‘ SAFETY
      Washington Post, 08-04-2007
     By Bill BrubakerWashington Post Staff WriterSaturday, April 7, 2007; 6:34 PM President Bush used his Easter weekend radio address to suggest that while Americans are "blessed" to have so many brave, volunteer military service members, congressional Democrats are jeopardizing their safety by delaying passage of >>>


      FOUR STATES REPORT ROMNEY NEVER GOT HUNTING LICENSES
      Washington Post, 08-04-2007
     Officials in the four states where Mitt Romney has lived say the Republican presidential contender, who calls himself a lifelong hunter, never took out a license.

Romney says that is because he seldom has hunted where he needed one. Questions about his hunting activities trailed Romney last week after he remark >>>


      MCCAIN SAYS HE MISSPOKE IN UPBEAT BAGHDAD COMMENTS
      Washington Post, 08-04-2007
     NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. Senator John McCain said in an interview to be broadcast on Sunday he misspoke in his recent upbeat comments about security in Baghdad, where he traveled under heavy military protection.

The Arizona senator, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, maintains progres >>>


      WHATEVER THE POSTMARKS SAY, THE CHECKS ARE MADE OUT TO FRANKEN
      Washington Post, 08-04-2007
     He‘s good enough, he‘s smart enough, and, gosh darn it, he can raise the money.

Al Franken, that is. Franken, comedian–turned–Senate candidate, piled up $1.3 million in contributions over the first three months of the year – wowing neutral observers and proving that he is serious a >>>


      WHITE HOUSE LOOKED PAST ALARMS ON KERIK
      Washington Post, 08-04-2007
     By John Solomon and Peter BakerWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, April 8, 2007; A01 When former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani urged President Bush to make Bernard B. Kerik the next secretary of homeland security, White House aides knew Kerik as the take–charge top cop from Sept. 11, 2001. But it did not ta >>>


      15 PEOPLE KILLED IN BLAST IN IRAQI TOWN
      Washington Post, 08-04-2007
     MAHMUDIYA, Iraq (Reuters) – At least 15 people were killed and 25 wounded on Sunday in a large blast in the town of Mahmudiya, 20 miles south of Baghdad, police and local officials said.

An official at Mahmudiya General Hospital, Yehya Najm, confirmed the death toll and said it had received 30 wounded.
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      AIDES: IRAQ PM BARRED FROM IRAN AIRSPACE
      Washington Post, 08-04-2007
     PM BAGHDAD –– Iran refused to allow the Iraqi prime minister to fly across its airspace as he was traveling to Tokyo, members of the delegation traveling with Nouri al–Maliki told The Associated Press early Sunday.

The delegation members said al–Maliki‘s plane was diverted on Satur >>>


      ALIEN INVASION: THE FUNGUS THAT CAME TO CANADA
      Washington Post, 08-04-2007
     VICTORIA, B.C. –– The mystery emerged slowly, its clues maddeningly diverse. Sally Lester, an animal pathologist at a British Columbia laboratory, slipped a slide under her microscope –– a tissue from a dog on Vancouver Island.

Her lens focused on a tiny cell that looked like a boiled eg >>>


      AN OLD TAIWAN SPY, DRIFTING LIKE FLOTSAM
      Washington Post, 08-04-2007
     By Edward CodyWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, April 8, 2007; A14 HONG KONG, April 7 –– Jiang Jianguo was no James Bond. As a spy for Taiwan, he acknowledged, his biggest exploit was getting a map of the Shanghai port. But he did what he was told by his Taiwanese spymasters and spent 13 years in Shangh >>>


      CAPTORS NAME DETAINEES SOUGHT IN SWAP FOR ISRAELI
      Washington Post, 08-04-2007
     RAMALLAH, West Bank, April 7 –– After months of deadlock, the captors of an Israeli soldier handed over the names of Palestinian detainees they want freed in an exchange, a senior Palestinian official said Saturday.

Palestinian Information Minister Mustafa Barghouti did not say how many names were o >>>


      CLINTONS MEET WITH DOMINICAN PRESIDENT
      Washington Post, 08-04-2007
     SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic –– Bill and Hillary Clinton had lunch Saturday with Dominican President Leonel Fernandez, the Caribbean leader‘s press office said.

Details of the two–hour meeting, which took place at designer Oscar de la Renta‘s cottage at the exclusive PuntaCana >>>


      ETA SAYS READY FOR PEACE IF SPANISH "ATTACKS" STOP
      Washington Post, 08-04-2007
     MADRID (Reuters) – The armed Basque separatist group ETA on Sunday offered to make new commitments to the troubled peace process if the Spanish state stopped its "attacks" in the Basque region.

An interview published in the Basque language newspaper Gara on a nationalist holiday in the northern >>>


      IRAN CALLS BRITONS‘ ALLEGED MISTREATMENT A ‘LIE‘
      Washington Post, 08-04-2007
     LONDON, April 7 –– An Iranian official said Saturday that allegations of mistreatment from a British naval team seized last month in the Persian Gulf were unfounded and stage–managed.

"The mistreatment of the sailors is a lie," said Ali Akbar Javanfekr, Iran‘s presidential pres >>>


      IRAN SAYS SEEKING NEWS ON MISSING U.S. CITIZEN
      Washington Post, 08-04-2007
     TEHRAN (Reuters) – The Iranian authorities are trying to discover what has happened to a U.S. citizen who Washington said it believed went missing several weeks ago while on private business in Iran, an Iranian official said on Sunday.

The United States sent an official inquiry about the missing former FB >>>


      MAN ENDS '–WEEK, 3,272–MILE AMAZON SWIM
      Washington Post, 08-04-2007
     RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil –– After 3,272 miles of exhaustion, sunburn, delirium and piranhas, a 52–year–old Slovenian successfully completed a swim down the Amazon River Saturday that could set a world record for distance _ something he‘s already done three times before.

After nine we >>>


      MILITANT‘S RELEASE BLOCKED IN SADAT CASE
      Washington Post, 08-04-2007
     CAIRO, Egypt –– Egypt‘s top civilian court on Saturday overruled an order to release a leading Islamic militant who spent more than 20 years behind bars in connection to the assassination of President Anwar Sadat.

The court also referred to a security court the case of another man who is the a >>>


      NORTH KOREA, MYANMAR MULL RESUMING TIES –– REPORT
      Washington Post, 08-04-2007
     TOKYO (Reuters) – A senior North Korean Foreign Ministry official is expected to visit Myanmar late this month to discuss resumption of diplomatic ties, Japan‘s Kyodo news agency reported, citing diplomatic sources in Yangon.

The sources said the official would visit Myanmar‘s new administrati >>>


      POLITICS COLLIDE WITH IRAQ REALITIES
      Washington Post, 08-04-2007
     There are two Iraq wars being waged, according to military officers on the ground and defense experts: the one fought in the streets of Baghdad, and the war as it is perceived in Washington.

Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, who took over as the top U.S. commander in Iraq in February, cited the disparity last week. >>>


      RAMPAGING GUNMAN KILLS 10 IN SOUTHERN PHILIPPINES
      Washington Post, 08-04-2007
     MANILA (Reuters) – Nine soldiers and one civilian were killed after an unidentified gunman went on a rampage inside a patrol base in the southern Philippines, a military spokesman said on Sunday.

Lieutenant Colonel Ernesto Torres said the army was investigating whether the civilian was behind the attack a >>>


      REPORT: INDIA FM INJURED IN CAR ACCIDENT
      Washington Post, 08-04-2007
     NEW DELHI –– Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee, a longtime stalwart of the ruling Congress Party, arrived in New Delhi in a special Indian Air Force plane after being seriously injured when a truck slammed into his car in eastern India, officials said Sunday.

Mukherjee was received at the air >>>


      REPORT: INDIAN OFFICIAL HURT IN ACCIDENT
      Washington Post, 08-04-2007
     NEW DELHI –– Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee, a longtime stalwart of the governing Congress Party, was seriously injured when a truck slammed into his car in eastern India, officials said Sunday.

The accident took place late Saturday as Mukherjee, 72, was traveling back from his parliamenta >>>


      SOLDIER INJURED IN AFGHANISTAN SEEKS RENEWAL IN IRAQ MISSION
      Washington Post, 08-04-2007
     A20 CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq –– The soldier woke up at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in October 2004 with no memory of the ambush or his trip home from Afghanistan. Every bone in his face but one was shattered.

He was drugged and delusional, eating and breathing through tubes. In >>>


      SOMALI PIRATES FREE 2 HIJACKED SHIPS
      Washington Post, 08-04-2007
     NAIROBI, Kenya –– Somali pirates have freed two hijacked merchant ships, including one that had just delivered U.N. food aid when it was seized more than a month ago with 12 crew on board, a maritime official said Saturday.

The ships, the U.N.–chartered MV Rozen and the Indian–flagged MV >>>


      U.S. ALLOWED N. KOREA ARMS SALE
      Washington Post, 08-04-2007
     By Glenn KesslerWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, April 8, 2007; A15 The United States did not act to prevent a recent shipment of arms from North Korea to Ethiopia, even though sketchy intelligence indicated the delivery might violate a U.N. Security Council resolution restricting North Korean arms sales, Bush admini >>>


      U.S. FIGHTS IRAQI MILITIA IN SOUTH
      Washington Post, 08-04-2007
     By Karin Brulliard and Saad SarhanWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, April 8, 2007; A18 BAGHDAD, April 7 –– American and Iraqi troops engaged in fierce fighting with Shiite militiamen in southern Iraq on Saturday, the second day of clashes that have raised the specter of a resurgence by the Mahdi Army afte >>>


      U.S. OFFICIAL VISITS SOMALIA TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR LEADERS
      Washington Post, 08-04-2007
     A15 NAIROBI, April 7 –– Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for African Affairs Jendayi Frazer made an unannounced visit to Somalia on Saturday in a show of U.S. support for an increasingly unpopular transitional government that came to power through Ethiopian military might in December.

Frazer met wi >>>


      YOUTUBE SEEKS TO END BAN IN THAILAND
      Washington Post, 08-04-2007
     BANGKOK, Thailand –– YouTube offered Saturday to "educate" Thai officials who want to block individual clips from its video–sharing service, hoping to end an impasse that arose after a slideshow mocking the country‘s revered king appeared online.

Thailand blocked YouTube on Wed >>>


      BUSINESS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 08-04-2007
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Bookmark to del.icio.us Business in Brief A regional organization of travel agents for advancing the tourism in the Mediterranean Basin is now being formed. The organization will represent 13 countries, including a number of Arab nations alongside Israel. Among i >>>


      EL AL AND EMPLOYEES FINALLY REACH AGREEMENT ON $20M EFFICIENCY PLAN
      Haaretz, 08-04-2007
     By Zohar Blumenkrantz El Al‘s management and employees have reached an agreement over the $20 million efficiency plan the airline will implement.

TheMarker has learned that worker representatives approved the scheme on the eve of Passover after management agreed to cut $4 million from management costs as >>>


      ISRAELI AIRLINES‘ SHARE OF CARGO MARKET DROPS
      Haaretz, 08-04-2007
     By Zohar Blumenkrantz Israeli airlines El Al and CAL saw their share of air cargo shipments drop in 2006. The two companies‘ share of the market to and from Israel was 63.1 percent of all cargo shipments, according to figures presented to the director general of the Transportation Ministry, Gideon Siterman.
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      KIBBUTZIM, MOSHAVIM WIN EQUAL TREATMENT WITH CITIES
      Haaretz, 08-04-2007
     By Amiram Cohen The residential sections of agricultural settlements are to be considered urban land, according to a precedent–setting ruling by Judge Ruth Ronnen of the Tel Aviv District Court.

The new principle came in a case presented by local authorities to force the Israel Lands Administration (ILA) >>>


      RECORD YEAR IN ALL WAYS FOR TEL AVIV CAPITAL MARKETS
      Haaretz, 08-04-2007
     By Sarit Menahem After four years of rising markets, 2007 looks so far to be the best of all. The year has seen record turnover in both stocks and bonds, as well as enormous amounts of capital raised by companies. In addition, various new financial instruments have been introduced, and there has been a huge influx of mo >>>


      TAKING STOCK / WHO INVENTED OLMERT AND HIRCHSON?
      Haaretz, 08-04-2007
     By Guy Rolnik Three weeks have passed since Israelis learned that their finance minister has a fondness, strange as it may seem, for cash–stuffed envelopes. Sixteen days have passed since it was broadcast all over the media that our finance minister was caught with a suitcase filled with $250,000 in cash.

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      HOW TO FREE CAPTIVES
      Haaretz, 08-04-2007
     By Zvi Bar‘el An enormous, consuming envy should take hold of anyone who witnessed the release of the 15 British soldiers from Iranian incarceration. This envy is stirred by the cold logic of a large and powerful country like Britain, which decided that the liberty of 15 of its soldiers was more important than any >>>


      ISRAEL DOESN‘T WANT PEACE
      Haaretz, 08-04-2007
     By Gideon Levy The moment of truth has arrived, and it has to be said: Israel does not want peace. The arsenal of excuses has run out, and the chorus of Israeli rejection already rings hollow. Until recently, it was still possible to accept the Israeli refrain that "there is no partner" for peace and that &quo >>>


      IT‘S NOT A HOUSE, IT‘S A SETTLEMENT
      Haaretz, 08-04-2007
     By Haaretz Editorial The new settlement in Hebron is not a house, it‘s an entire neighborhood.

Into this enormous, 3,500–square–meter edifice purchased by the Jews of Hebron in the past few weeks for $700,000, no less than 30 families and 14 individuals – more than at any other West Bank >>>


      THE FIGHT AGAINST ‘THOU MURDERED AND ALSO INHERITED‘
      Haaretz, 08-04-2007
     By Eliahu Salpeter Fritz Tugendhat, a Jewish textile industrialist from the Czech city Brno, had a developed sense for the arts. In 1'28, the great architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe built him a modernist villa, where Tugendhat and his family lived until escaping in 1'38 before the German occupation. The house, >>>


      THE IDF‘S LOST HONOR
      Haaretz, 08-04-2007
     By Uzi Benziman On the eve of Pesach, MK Effi Eitam told the nation that he now sleeps a lot better. This occured after he heard Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi tell the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee about how he will make sure that at the end of the next war there will be no doubt over who won. Until then >>>


      COURT TO WOMEN: WANT A GET? WAIVE YOUR DAMAGES SUIT
      Haaretz, 08-04-2007
     By Tamar Rotem "I feel trapped. It‘s as if I am fluttering in a net, I kick and kick, and cannot get out. Everyone is telling me: ‘Live your life. Blow them off. What do you need this get [religious divorce] for anyway?‘ I have four children and I am a woman in waiting. I lead my life from one del >>>


      CRUISE SHIP CAPTAIN CHARGED OVER VESSEL SINKING
      Haaretz, 08-04-2007
     By The Associated Press ATHENS – A Greek prosecutor yesterday charged the captain of the sunken Sea Diamond cruise ship with negligence after the vessel foundered off an island in the Aegean Sea, an official said.

The search for two missing French passengers continued. The rest of the 1,154 passengers and >>>


      FESTIVAL–GOERS SCOFF AT SWIM BAN AT POLLUTED BEACH
      Haaretz, 08-04-2007
     By Yuval Yoaz and Zvika Gottlieb The Interior Ministry ordered Nitzanim Beach, near Ashkelon, closed to swimming Friday evening after treated sewage was introduced into the Mediterranean Sea in the area. Ministry official Yossi Elbaz said the contaminated water came from the Ashkelon waste treatment facility, which is o >>>


      FIRST IDF CHOPPER STRIKE IN 6 MONTHS KILLS MILITANT IN GAZA
      Haaretz, 08-04-2007
     By Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff An armed militant from the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) was killed yesterday in an Israel Defense Forces helicopter strike on the northern Gaza Strip yesterday. This was the first strike of its kind on Palestinian gunmen since the cease–fire agreement la >>>


      IRANIAN AMBASSADOR CALLS FOR GOODWILL GESTURE FROM BRITAIN OVER SAILOR RELEASE
      Haaretz, 08-04-2007
     By The Associated Press LONDON – The Iranian ambassador to London has urged Britain to help Iran mend relations with the international community after Iran "showed our goodwill" by freeing 15 captured British sailors and marines. In an interview with The Financial Times Iranian Ambassador Rasoul Movahedi >>>


      ISRAEL CONFIRMS RECEIPT OF LIST OF PRISONERS FOR SWAP
      Haaretz, 08-04-2007
     By Amos Harel, Amiram Barkat and Jack Khoury Hamas has recently presented a list with the names of prisoners it wishes to see released in exchange for freeing Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit. An Israeli source, who is involved with the negotiations, says the list has reached Israel. However, the problem is th >>>


      NEGOTIATING SHALIT‘S RELEASE / PRISONER SELECTION REMAINS OBSTACLE
      Haaretz, 08-04-2007
     By Ze‘ev Schiff There has been some progress in the Egyptian–mediated negotiations over the release of kidnapped Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit. However, he is not expected to be freed before an agreement is reached on the list of Palestinian prisoners held in Israel who are to be released in an >>>


      NEWS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 08-04-2007
     The strained relationship of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Amir Peretz may delay the eviction of settlers occupying a house in Hebron since mid–March, defense officials said yesterday. Minister Amir Peretz decided Thursday that Jewish settlers must leave the disputed house, but the sources say the decision must b >>>


      RUSSIAN ROCKET TAKES OFF WITH U.S. BILLIONAIRE ON BOARD
      Haaretz, 08-04-2007
     By The Associated Press BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan – A Russian rocket carrying U.S. billionaire Charles Simonyi and two Russian cosmonauts blasted off late yesterday from the Baikonur cosmodrome en route to the international space station.

Simonyi, a 58–year–old Hungarian–born software program >>>


      THE DE–GREENING OF HAYARKON PARK
      Haaretz, 08-04-2007
     By Yigal Hai The Tel Aviv municipality is pressing ahead with plans for building projects on an area of 155 dunam (38 acres) in Hayarkon Park, despite a decision by the Interior Ministry to limit construction in one of the few big parks in the city.

Eighteen months ago the ministry decided to reject a request b >>>


      THOUSANDS OF ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS CELEBRATE ‘HOLY LIGHT‘ EASTER CEREMONY IN JERUSALEM
      Haaretz, 08-04-2007
     By Amiram Barkat, Haaretz Correspondent and AP Thousands of Christians last night attended the ceremony of the "holy light" at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.

The ceremony symbolizes the culmination of the Easter celebrations for Eastern Orthodox Christians, which this year coincides wi >>>


      UN MAY FORM C‘TEE TO REVIEW WEAPONS SMUGGLING TO LEBANON
      Haaretz, 08-04-2007
     By Shlomo Shamir NEW YORK – The United Nations Security Council will consider forming a special committee to review accusations that Syria and Iran are smuggling arms to Hezbollah through southern Lebanon.

The possibility of forming committee was included in a statement by the Security Council president, >>>


      WATER AUTHORITY, MINISTRY: PETROL POLLUTION COULD AFFECT DRINKING WATER
      Haaretz, 08-04-2007
     By Zafrir Rinat As the records of the Water Authority and the Environmental Protection Ministry demonstrate, pollution from petrol stations and storage facilities has in the past years constituted an increasing environmental concern.

The Water Authority has recently released alarming data, suggesting the proble >>>


      13,000 GUARD TROOPS PREPARE FOR IRAQ
      Guardian, 08-04-2007
     Sunday April 8, 2007 1:31 AM AP Photo OKBS101, OKBS102, OKBS104, OKBS103 By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS Associated Press Writer PAWHUSKA, Okla. (AP) – National Guard Staff Sgt. Gabe Robinson knows he will be married only a matter of months before he‘s likely to redeploy to Iraq, but considers himself lucky he&lsquo >>>


      AIDES: IRAQ PM BARRED FROM IRAN AIRSPACE
      Guardian, 08-04-2007
     Sunday April 8, 2007 3:16 AM AP Photo NYOL77' By QASSIM ABDUL–ZAHRA Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD (AP) – Iran refused to allow the Iraqi prime minister to fly across its airspace as he was traveling to Tokyo, members of the delegation traveling with Nouri al–Maliki told The Associated Press early >>>


      ANALYSIS: GOP‘S 2008 FIELD STILL FLUID
      Guardian, 08-04-2007
     Sunday April 8, 2007 2:01 AM AP Photo SCMC102 By LIZ SIDOTI Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – The GOP presidential race can be summed up this way: three strong contenders and a hunger for someone else. There‘s no question that there‘s a very open field,‘‘ said Ken Mehlman, >>>


      BUSH RIPS DEMOCRATS ON IRAQ TIMELINE
      Guardian, 08-04-2007
     Sunday April 8, 2007 1:31 AM AP Photo KSD107, TXGH102, TXGH101 By BEN FELLER Associated Press Writer CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) – President Bush criticized Democrats on Saturday for going on vacation without first giving him what he wants: a war spending bill free of orders to pull troops home.

I reco >>>


      CAPTAIN OF SUNKEN CRUISE SHIP IS CHARGED
      Guardian, 08-04-2007
     Sunday April 8, 2007 3:01 AM AP Photo FLMZ102, LON804, FLMZ107, LON807 By NICHOLAS PAPHITIS Associated Press Writer ATHENS, Greece (AP) – The captain of a cruise ship that sank off an Aegean Sea island, sending more than 1,500 passengers and crew onto rescue boats, was charged Saturday with causing a shipwreck thr >>>


      CAPTORS OF ISRAELI SOLDIER MAKE DEMANDS
      Guardian, 08-04-2007
     Sunday April 8, 2007 6:31 AM AP Photo AKCF107, AKCF108 By KARIN LAUB Associated Press Writer RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) – After months of deadlock, the captors of an Israeli soldier handed over the names of Palestinian prisoners they want freed in exchange for the hostage, a senior Palestinian official said Saturday >>>


      CHILD RECOVERING FROM VACCINE INFECTION
      Guardian, 08-04-2007
     Sunday April 8, 2007 1:46 AM CHICAGO (AP) – A 2–year–old Indiana boy who contracted a rare and life–threatening infection from his soldier father‘s smallpox vaccination is recovering, a hospital spokesman said.

Doctors have relied on some untested measures to save the boy‘s l >>>


      CLINTONS MEET WITH DOMINICAN PRESIDENT
      Guardian, 08-04-2007
     Sunday April 8, 2007 6:01 AM SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) – Bill and Hillary Clinton had lunch Saturday with Dominican President Leonel Fernandez, the Caribbean leader‘s press office said.

Details of the two–hour meeting, which took place at designer Oscar de la Renta‘s cottage >>>


      CYCLIST HURT AFTER HITTING TUB IN ROAD
      Guardian, 08-04-2007
     Sunday April 8, 2007 8:46 AM COVINGTON, La. (AP) – A boxed bathtub fell from the bed of a pickup truck and slid into a motorcycle‘s path, critically injuring the 72–year–old cyclist, state police said.

Charles S. Warren was traveling on Interstate 12 on Saturday when he was thrown from h >>>


      DEMOCRAT MET OPPOSITION LEADER IN EGYPT
      Guardian, 08-04-2007
     Sunday April 8, 2007 1:31 AM AP Photo NYOL777 By NADIA ABOU EL–MAGD Associated Press Writer CAIRO, Egypt (AP) – A top U.S. Democratic congressman met a leader of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak‘s most powerful rival, the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, U.S. officials and the Islamist group said Saturday. >>>


      IMMIGRANTS MARCH IN LA OVER BUSH PLAN
      Guardian, 08-04-2007
     Sunday April 8, 2007 1:46 AM AP Photo LA105 By PETER PRENGAMAN Associated Press Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) – Thousands of people marched through downtown on Saturday, demanding a way for the country‘s estimated 12 million illegal immigrants to become citizens and condemning President Bush‘s latest proposa >>>


      IRAQ: TRUCK BOMB KILLS 12
      Guardian, 08-04-2007
     Sunday April 8, 2007 ':01 AM By BUSHRA JUHI Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD (AP) – A truck bomb exploded Sunday near a hospital south of Baghdad, killing at least 12 people, the Iraqi military said.

The truck, loaded with explosives, was parked near Mahmoudiyah General Hospital, an Iraqi army officer >>>


      JUSTICE KENNEDY THE KEY IN CLOSE CASES
      Guardian, 08-04-2007
     Sunday April 8, 2007 3:46 AM AP Photo WX105, WX106, WX107 By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – Justice Anthony Kennedy has become the object of his colleagues‘ attention on a Supreme Court with four reliably conservative votes and four dependably liberal.

Six cases before the Su >>>


      JUSTICE SOUGHT FOR SLAIN MEXICO REPORTER
      Guardian, 08-04-2007
     Sunday April 8, 2007 4:16 AM By NATALIA PARRA Associated Press Writer ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) – Media rights groups and family members demanded an investigation Saturday into the death of a Mexican journalist gunned down after leaving his radio show in Acapulco.

Amado Ramirez, a reporter for top Mexican tel >>>


      LA ORCHESTRA‘S MAESTRO TO STEP DOWN
      Guardian, 08-04-2007
     Sunday April 8, 2007 ':46 AM LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Los Angeles Philharmonic‘s music director, Esa–Pekka Salonen, will step down at the end of the 2008–200' season to concentrate on composing, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.

His successor will be Gustavo Dudamel, a 26&ndas >>>


      MAN COMPLETES 3,272–MILE AMAZON SWIM
      Guardian, 08-04-2007
     Sunday April 8, 2007 1:46 AM AP Photo XSI106 By PETER MUELLO Associated Press Writer RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) – After 3,272 miles of exhaustion, sunburn, delirium and piranhas, a 52–year–old Slovenian successfully completed a swim down the Amazon River Saturday that could set a world record for dist >>>


      MAN ENDS '–WEEK, 3,272–MILE AMAZON SWIM
      Guardian, 08-04-2007
     Sunday April 8, 2007 4:01 AM AP Photo XVC101, XSI106 By PETER MUELLO Associated Press Writer RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) – After 3,272 miles of exhaustion, sunburn, delirium and piranhas, a 52–year–old Slovenian successfully completed a swim down the Amazon River Saturday that could set a world record >>>


      MILITANT‘S RELEASE BLOCKED IN SADAT CASE
      Guardian, 08-04-2007
     Sunday April 8, 2007 6:01 AM By OMAR SINAN Associated Press Writer CAIRO, Egypt (AP) – Egypt‘s top civilian court on Saturday overruled an order to release a leading Islamic militant who spent more than 20 years behind bars in connection to the assassination of President Anwar Sadat.

The court also >>>


      NEW DNA TECHNOLOGY HELPS ID '/11 VICTIMS
      Guardian, 08-04-2007
     Sunday April 8, 2007 1:31 AM AP Photo NYOL7'0 By AMY WESTFELDT Associated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) – New DNA technology developed by a Virginia laboratory to help identify years–old remains of Sept. 11 victims is working for all but the smallest slivers of bones, a scientist says.

But identify >>>


      OFFICIALS HEAD TO KOREA FOR GI REMAINS
      Guardian, 08-04-2007
     Sunday April 8, 2007 6:01 AM AP Photo NMJB101, NMJB103 By FOSTER KLUG Associated Press Writer ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska (AP) – New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson left Saturday with a delegation of past and present U.S. officials for North Korea, where he hopes to reclaim the remains of American soldiers killed >>>


      POPE PRESIDES OVER EASTER VIGIL MASS
      Guardian, 08-04-2007
     Sunday April 8, 2007 4:01 AM AP Photo GB107, GB106 By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press Writer VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope Benedict XVI baptized eight people during a candlelit Easter Vigil Mass in St. Peter‘s Basilica early Sunday, opening the most important event of the Christian Church calendar.

Bene >>>


      RELEASE BLOCKED IN SADAT CASE
      Guardian, 08-04-2007
     Sunday April 8, 2007 6:01 AM By OMAR SINAN Associated Press Writer CAIRO, Egypt (AP) – Egypt‘s top civilian court on Saturday overruled an order to release a leading Islamic militant who spent more than 20 years behind bars in connection to the assassination of President Anwar Sadat.

The court also >>>


      REP.: ISRAEL SAID NO SYRIA ATTACK PLAN
      Guardian, 08-04-2007
     Sunday April 8, 2007 8:46 AM AP Photo ASHM101, DAM105 By FREDERIC J. FROMMER Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told a visiting group of U.S. lawmakers to relay to Syria that Israel had no intention of attacking it, according to one of the participants on the trip, Rep. Ke >>>


      REPORT: INDIA FM INJURED IN CAR ACCIDENT
      Guardian, 08-04-2007
     Sunday April 8, 2007 6:16 AM AP Photo TOK101 NEW DELHI (AP) – Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee, a longtime stalwart of the governing Congress Party, was seriously injured when a truck slammed into his car in eastern India, officials said Sunday.

The accident took place late Saturday as Mukherjee, >>>


      REPORT: INDIAN OFFICIAL HURT IN ACCIDENT
      Guardian, 08-04-2007
     Sunday April 8, 2007 6:16 AM AP Photo TOK101 NEW DELHI (AP) – Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee, a longtime stalwart of the governing Congress Party, was seriously injured when a truck slammed into his car in eastern India, officials said Sunday.

The accident took place late Saturday as Mukherjee, >>>


      ROMNEY CLARIFIES REPORTS ON HUNTING
      Guardian, 08-04-2007
     Sunday April 8, 2007 1:31 AM AP Photo INMC105 By GLEN JOHNSON Associated Press Writer BOSTON (AP) – Officials in the four states where Mitt Romney has lived say the Republican presidential contender, who calls himself a lifelong hunter, never took out a license. Romney says that is because he seldom has hunted whe >>>


      SADAT ASSASSIN‘S RELEASE BLOCKED
      Guardian, 08-04-2007
     Sunday April 8, 2007 6:01 AM By OMAR SINAN Associated Press Writer CAIRO, Egypt (AP) – Egypt‘s top civilian court on Saturday overruled an order to release a leading Islamic militant who spent more than 20 years behind bars in connection to the assassination of President Anwar Sadat.

The court also >>>


      SCHOOL DISTRICT INVESTIGATES PORN BILL
      Guardian, 08-04-2007
     Sunday April 8, 2007 4:01 AM UNION CITY, N.J. (AP) – School district officials are trying to identify who watched $250 worth of pay–per–view pornographic movies using a school cable television box, officials said.

Someone after business hours used one of the five cable boxes in the Board of Ed >>>


      SOMALI PIRATES FREE 2 HIJACKED SHIPS
      Guardian, 08-04-2007
     Sunday April 8, 2007 3:46 AM By ANTHONY MITCHELL Associated Press Writer NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – Somali pirates have freed two hijacked merchant ships, including one that had just delivered U.N. food aid when it was seized more than a month ago with 12 crew on board, a maritime official said Saturday.

The s >>>


      THOUSANDS IN LA DEMAND IMMIGRANT RIGHTS
      Guardian, 08-04-2007
     Sunday April 8, 2007 6:16 AM AP Photo CASP102, LA105, LA107 By PETER PRENGAMAN Associated Press Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) – Thousands of people marched through downtown on Saturday, demanding a way for the country‘s estimated 12 million illegal immigrants to become citizens and condemning President Bush‘ >>>


      TRUCK BOMB KILLS 12 SOUTH OF BAGHDAD
      Guardian, 08-04-2007
     Sunday April 8, 2007 ':16 AM By BUSHRA JUHI Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD (AP) – A truck bomb exploded Sunday near a hospital south of Baghdad, killing at least 12 people, the Iraqi military said.

The truck, loaded with explosives, was parked near Mahmoudiyah General Hospital, an Iraqi army officer >>>


      TRUMP TO MARKET CONDOS ON REALITY SHOW
      Guardian, 08-04-2007
     Sunday April 8, 2007 ':16 AM LAS VEGAS (AP) – Donald Trump is using his assistant–grooming reality show to sell units in his second Las Vegas condominium tower.

For a one–hour episode of The Apprentice‘‘ scheduled to air Sunday, contestants were tasked with devising a >>>


      U.S. BILLIONAIRE SOARS INTO ORBIT
      Guardian, 08-04-2007
     Sunday April 8, 2007 1:46 AM AP Photo MOSB125, MOSB826 By MARIA DANILOVA Associated Press Writer BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) – A Russian rocket carrying the American billionaire who helped develop Microsoft Word roared into the night skies over Kazakhstan Saturday, sending Charles Simonyi and two cosmonauts soaring >>>


      U.S., IRAQI TROOPS FIGHT SHIITE MILITIA
      Guardian, 08-04-2007
     Sunday April 8, 2007 3:16 AM AP Photo BAG11', BAG120 By STEVEN R. HURST Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD (AP) – U.S. warplanes blasted a militia team firing rocket–propelled grenades Saturday, the second day of heavy fighting in a major offensive to drive Shiite Mahdi Army militiamen out of Diwaniyah, a f >>>



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