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      AID ROTS AWAY IN STOREROOM
      Kathimerin, 02-05-2007
     Prefectural officials have uncovered 337 tons of frozen chicken meat rotting away in a storeroom in Piraeus, southern Athens, that had been purchased earlier this year as part of national aid for Iraqi war victims.

According to data seen by Kathimerini, the chickens had been purchased by charity group Solidarit >>>


      ARIS CONFIRMS ITS UEFA TICKET
      Kathimerin, 02-05-2007
     Aris was the only team from the top six to win yesterday in the penultimate round of the Greek soccer league, ensuring it will play in next season’s UEFA Cup. The Thessaloniki club beat neighbor Apollon Kalamarias 3–2 at home and secured the fourth spot.

All top three teams recorded draws, with crowned ch >>>


      DEATH OF DRUG SQUAD COP PROBED
      Kathimerin, 02-05-2007
     A team of officers from the police’s internal affairs unit is in Patras to investigate the alleged suicide of the city’s anti–narcotics division chief amid speculation that the victim may have made enemies of local gangsters, it was revealed yesterday.

The investigation was launched after the family of th >>>


      FREE ISLAND LODGINGS FOR VOLUNTEER DOCTORS
      Kathimerin, 02-05-2007
     There is a shortage of doctors on Greek islands every summer but the Health Ministry said yesterday that it had hit on an idea which may solve the problem – it will offer free accommodation to any visiting doctors who are willing to help out during their vacations.

Deputy Health Minister Thanassis Yiannopoulos >>>


      IN BRIEF
      Kathimerin, 02-05-2007
     ATHENS TURMOIL 14 youths detained after clashes with police on Saturday; one charged Police on Saturday detained 14 youths believed to have participated in clashes with officers early on Saturday morning outside the Athens University of Economics and Business on central Patission Street. Police released all but one of t >>>


      IN BRIEF
      Kathimerin, 02-05-2007
     N17 APPEAL Court due to issue verdict on terrorist group tomorrow The five judges hearing the appeal of the convicted members of the November 17 terrorist group, which began almost 18 months ago in a specially constructed court in Korydallos Prison, are due to issue their verdict tomorrow. Although no significant new ev >>>


      KARAMANLIS DISMISSES MINISTER
      Kathimerin, 02-05-2007
     Revelation of aide’s possible involvement in stock market scandal seals Tsitouridis’s fate ANA Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis announcing the dismissal of Labor Minister Savvas Tsitouridis on Saturday. Karamanlis said his former minister had made the wrong choice in appointing a close aide who is now under investigatio >>>


      ND LOOKS TO REPAIR BOND DAMAGE
      Kathimerin, 02-05-2007
     New Labor Minister Vassilis Magginas has pledged to fight corruption, as the government hopes that the sacking of his predecessor Savvas Tsitouridis will ease the pressure that has affected its popularity in opinion polls.

«We are in a constant head–on fight with corruption at all levels,» Magginas said o >>>


      OFFICERS’ STRIKE MIGHT HIT FINAL
      Kathimerin, 02-05-2007
     Public Order Minister Vyron Polydoras called on police on Monday to drop plans for a May 23 strike, the day the soccer Champions League final will be held in Athens, in order to avoid compromising security at the event.

Police unions have said they are considering a strike to support demands for improved wages >>>


      POLICE FALL ON ESCAPED CONVICT
      Kathimerin, 02-05-2007
     Police believe that Vassilis Palaiocostas, one of the two men who escaped from prison in a helicopter last year, may have been in a vehicle involved in a high–speed car chase in Farsala, central Greece, on Saturday.

Authorities said a blue BMW was called to stop at a road block in the Halkiades area when >>>


      POLICE TARGETED AGAIN
      Kathimerin, 02-05-2007
     Authorities seeking ‘new breed’ of terrorist after attack in Nea Ionia An attack on a police station in northern Athens early on Monday, involving two assailants firing several rounds from a semiautomatic weapon and setting off a grenade, is the work of a «new breed» of domestic terrorist, police sources hav >>>


      PUMPING OF SHIP FUEL DELAYED
      Kathimerin, 02-05-2007
     Almost a month after the sinking of the Sea Diamond cruise ship off the coast of Santorini, the government has yet to decide how it will remove more than 400 tons of fuel still in the shipwreck, it was revealed yesterday.

The Merchant Marine Ministry admitted last week that it did not have an approved strategy >>>


      RESIDENTS OF NEIGHBORHOODS AROUND THE PEDION TOU AREOS...
      Kathimerin, 02-05-2007
     Alexandros Beltes/ANA Residents of neighborhoods around the Pedion tou Areos, one of Athens’s largest parks, march through the park on a tree–planting mission yesterday.

Residents have been planting trees in the park to oppose the expansion of a sports club on the site, which they claim is illegal. A simi >>>


      SEA DIAMOND BLACK BOX HEADING FOR US
      Kathimerin, 02-05-2007
     The data recording device from a cruise ship that sunk off the island of Santorini earlier this month was sent to the US yesterday under heavy security.

It is hoped that data from the device – often referred to as a black box – will facilitate the investigation into the sinking of the Sea Diamond on April 5.
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      THIS WEEK
      Kathimerin, 02-05-2007
     Monday Synaspismos Left Coalition President Alekos Alavanos to meet with Eurobank employees at the former Athens 2004 facilities in Nea Ionia at noon.

Tuesday May Day. Public holiday.

Public transport staff to stage work stoppages today to mark Labor Day. Bus and trolley employees will stage a work sto >>>


      WORKERS MARCHED...
      Kathimerin, 02-05-2007
     ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU/ANA Workers marched through the streets of Athens yesterday with balloons that read ‘bonds’ and ‘funds’ in protest at the government’s handling of a pension fund scandal. The rallies took place in Athens for the annual May Day protest marches, as workers called for restitution of the money lost by pen >>>


      1 de Mayo: Evo Morales marchó con la COB
      Bolivia Indymedia, 02-05-2007
     ?¡Viva el verdadero proletariado!?, ?¡Abajo los terratenientes!? gritaba un viejo señor de la provincia aymara Los Andes, en la marcha de las 20 provincias de La Paz, que se unió a la convocatoria de la Central Obrera Boliviana (COB) este 1 de mayo. En esas palabras simples se sintetizaba la compleja realidad boliviana compuesta por pueblos >>>


      Declaración del Encuentro de los Movimientos Sociales en el marco de la V Cumbre del ALBA-TCP
      Bolivia Indymedia, 02-05-2007
     15:48) Tintorero - Venezuela, 28 y 2' de abril de 2007 Declaración del Encuentro de los Movimientos Sociales en el marco de la V Cumbre del ALBA-TCP Los Movimientos Sociales y fuerzas políticas Latinoamericanos y del Caribe reunidos por primera vez con los representantes de gobiernos del ALBA, en la V Cumbre celebrada en la ciudad >>>


      En este 2007 bajará el desempleo, pero...261 mil personas no encontrarán trabajo en las ciudades
      Bolivia Indymedia, 02-05-2007
     CEDLA.-Algunos sectores económicos, como la construcción, los servicios financieros, hidrocarburos y minería, demandarán mayor número de mano de obra para este 2007. 118.273 nuevas fuentes de empleo corresponderían al área urbana. Pese al dinamismo de la economía, la desocupación seguirá afectando a una buena parte de la población en edad d >>>


      LA COB EN EL SIGLO XXI
      Bolivia Indymedia, 02-05-2007
     . LA  COB ENEL SIGLO  XXI* Antonio Abal O.§   El ciclo de la revolución nacional (1'50-1'85) ha tenido algunas luces y muchas sombras. Una de esas pocas luces  ha sido, sin lugar a dudas, la creación de la Central Obrera Boliviana (COB). Los orígenes Como en la mayoría de los países latinoamericanos, el origen del desarrollo de >>>


      MARCHA PROLETARIA EN SUCRE, POR EL 1º DE MAYO
      Bolivia Indymedia, 02-05-2007
     20:48) [CMI-Sucre].-El día 1º de mayo a partir de las ':00 de la mañana, la Central Obrera Departamental de Chuquisaca convocó a la Marcha Proletaria en conmemoración a los mártires de Chicago, y a los mártires bolivianos por la liberación nacional y social, pero además en apoyo al proceso de rescate de las empresas estratégicas del paí >>>


      NOTICIEROS DEL PACTO DE UNIDAD Nº 7
      Bolivia Indymedia, 02-05-2007
     Sucre, 21 - 27 de abril de 2007  [CMI-Sucre].- En del marco de la estrategia de comunicación del Pacto de Unidad de las organizaciones Indígenas, Originarias, Campesinas y de Colonizadores de Bolivia, se ha determinado conformar un Equipo de Trabajo Mixto en Comunicación en la ciudad de Sucre, para elaborar un micronoticiero con las informa >>>


      Nuevas fuentes de empleo no superan la mala calidad de los últimos años
      Bolivia Indymedia, 02-05-2007
     CEDLA .-De acuerdo a anuncios oficiales, este año se pondrá en marcha un conjunto de medidas con la finalidad de enfrentar el desempleo en Bolivia y dignificar el empleo. Sin embargo, un análisis de los programas de creación de empleo indica que se mantendrá la condición precaria, inestable y desprotegida del trabajo. La Paz, 25 de abr >>>


      BRITAIN DENIES TALKS WITH U.S. ON VISA POLICY CHANGES
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     LONDON (Reuters) – Britain denied a report in a U.S. newspaper on Wednesday which said Washington had talked to London about tightening visa restrictions for British citizens of Pakistani origin traveling to the United States.

The New York Times reported that the U.S. homeland security secretary, Michael >>>


      BUSH URGES APPROVAL OF TRADE DEAL
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     WASHINGTON –– President Bush urged a wary Congress on Wednesday to give Colombian President Alvaro Uribe a fair hearing and approve a free–trade deal with his scandal–tainted government.

"The president is here to speak strongly about his record, and it‘s a good solid record,&q >>>


      BUSH VETO PUTS NEW PRESSURE ON DEMOCRATS
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     WASHINGTON –– President Bush‘s veto of an Iraq war spending bill that set timelines for U.S. troop withdrawals puts new pressure on Democrats in Congress to craft a compromise even as their caucus grows more fractious on the topic.

The party‘s most liberal members, especially in the Hous >>>


      BUSH VETOES TROOP WITHDRAWAL BILL
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     2007; 1:30 AM WASHINGTON –– President Bush vetoed legislation to pull U.S. troops out of Iraq Tuesday night in a historic showdown with Congress over whether the unpopular and costly war should end or escalate.

It was a day of high political drama, falling on the fourth anniversary of Bush‘s & >>>


      CRISIS OVER PET FOOD EXTRACTING HEALTHY COST
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     By Rick Weiss and Nancy TrejosWashington Post Staff WritersWednesday, May 2, 2007; D01 In Nevada, the chief executive of an import company examines the lawsuit that just hit him, wondering how much it will cost to ensure that his next purchases of pet food ingredients are free of industrial poisons.

In Kansas, >>>


      DEMS CALL FOR NEW LEADERSHIP ON IRAQ
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Democratic presidential candidates made a point of reminding voters that Tuesday was the fourth anniversary of President Bush‘s speech declaring an end to major combat in Iraq.

"One of the most shameful episodes in American history," Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s campa >>>


      IMMIGRATION RALLIES FOCUS ON KEEPING FAMILIES INTACT
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched in cities across America yesterday, shouting slogans that called for a path to legal residency for about 12 million illegal immigrants and an end to federal deportation raids that have increased during the past year.

A year after a series of similar rallies, yesterday& >>>


      INTERIOR DEPT. OFFICIAL FACING SCRUTINY RESIGNS
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     A05 A senior Bush political appointee at the Interior Department who revised scientific reports to minimize protection of endangered species has resigned, officials said yesterday.

Julie A. MacDonald, deputy assistant secretary for fish, wildlife and parks, had been criticized by Interior‘s inspector gene >>>


      KENT STATE AUDIO TAPE RELEASED
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     KENT, Ohio –– A static–filled recording of the 1'70 Kent State University that killed four students raises questions not only about whether someone called on National Guardsmen to fire, but also who might have given the order.

The tape was released Tuesday by Alan Canfora, 58, one of nine >>>


      LAWMAKERS MAY REFOCUS RURAL INTERNET FINANCING
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     2, 2007; A05 Members of a House committee charged yesterday that a five–year, $1.2 billion program to expand broadband Internet services to rural communities has missed many unserved areas while channeling hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidized loans to companies in places where service already exists.
>>>


      MAN ACCUSED OF RUNNING ‘WAREHOUSE BANK‘
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     SEATTLE –– A man operated a "warehouse bank" out of his home in the south Seattle suburbs, taking at least $28 million from people around the country who wanted the discretion of a Swiss bank account without going to Switzerland, according to court documents unsealed Tuesday.

Robert Arant, >>>


      MAN JUMPS OFF BRIDGE AFTER POLICE CHASE
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     TARRYTOWN, N.Y. –– A driver being chased by police jumped off a 140–foot–high bridge and was rescued from the Hudson River, police said. The man was in critical condition Wednesday.

The chase began in New Jersey when the driver failed to stop his tractor–trailer cab for a routine i >>>


      MEDICAL POT USER‘S CONVICTION REVERSED
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     SPOKANE, Wash. –– The conviction of a motel owner who said he grew marijuana to treat his glaucoma has been reversed on medical grounds.

The decision may be the first successful "affirmative defense" of a medical marijuana case in Washington, one of 11 states that allow its use with a doct >>>


      MILLIONS OF CHICKENS FED TAINTED PET FOOD
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     By Rick WeissWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, May 2, 2007; A01 At least 2.5 million broiler chickens from an Indiana producer were fed pet food scraps contaminated with the chemical melamine and subsequently sold for human consumption, federal health officials reported yesterday.

Hundreds of other produce >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     Astronaut Is Called Hardworking but Selfish ORLANDO –– Fellow astronauts characterized Lisa M. Nowak as smart, hardworking and a good mother, but also as selfish and unwilling to perform tasks for which she had not trained, according to documents released Tuesday by the state attorney‘s office.

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      NTSB CITES PILOT ERROR IN 2006 N.Y. CRASH
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     A03 Poor judgment and planning by the pilots probably caused the small–plane crash that killed New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle and his flight instructor, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded yesterday.

There were a number of bad decisions that resulted in the crash, NTSB Chairman Mark V. >>>


      OBAMA TAKES CONTROL OF MYSPACE PAGE
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Is MySpace always mine or can it belong to someone else? At the cost of losing 160,000 friends, Democrat Barack Obama‘s presidential campaign has taken over control of the MySpace page listed under his name on the popular social networking site.

For the past two and a half years, >>>


      RUDY GIULIANI ASSAILS VENEZUELA‘S CHAVEZ
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, whose law firm represents an American subsidiary of a Hugo Chavez–controlled oil company, said Tuesday that the socialist Venezuelan president is dangerous to U.S. interests.

In a speech to Hispanic small business leaders, the Republican brou >>>


      RUPERT MURDOCH BIDS $5B FOR DOW JONES
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     NEW YORK –– Rupert Murdoch hasn‘t shrunk away from fights as he built News Corp. into a global media empire. But his surprise $5 billion bid for Dow Jones & Co., publisher of The Wall Street Journal, faces tough sledding after the company‘s controlling shareholders said they would block it.>>>


      SENATORS WARY OF BUSH‘S WIRETAP PROPOSAL
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Citing FBI abuses and the attorney general‘s troubles, senators peppered top Justice and intelligence officials Tuesday with skeptical questions about their proposal to revise the rules for spying on Americans.

Senate Intelligence Committee members said the Bush administration mu >>>


      SINKHOLE FORCES SEATTLE BRIDGE TO CLOSE
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     SEATTLE –– A sinkhole opened up Wednesday morning at the end of a bridge, swallowing two unoccupied cars, after a water main break undermined the road, police said.

University Bridge over Portage Bay was closed as a precaution after the sinkhole was reported. Officials were not sure if the sinkhole >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     AM –– Dry weather and mild temperatures are expected across a wide swath of the northern part of the country on Wednesday extending from the Dakotas eastward through the upper Mississippi Valley, Great Lakes region and Northeast.

Widespread showers and thunderstorms are expected in the Mid–Atl >>>


      UNDER–FIRE WOLFOWITZ ASKS U.S. TO GIVE SCHOOL AID
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The head of the World Bank brushed aside calls to quit on Wednesday and urged the United States and other rich countries to honor funding promises for a plan to help all the world‘s young children attend school.

Paul Wolfowitz declined to comment on calls from some U.S. politici >>>


      WOLFOWITZ SAYS BANK‘S WORK GOES ON
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     WASHINGTON –– World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz said Wednesday that attention needs to "stay focused on the very, very important work of the bank" and not on the investigation that has placed his job in jeopardy.

His comments to a European Union–hosted meeting in Brussels, Belgium, >>>


      BUSH DISCUSSES VETO OF IRAQ BILL
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: Good evening. Twelve weeks ago I asked the Congress to pass an emergency war spending bill that would provide our brave young men and women in uniform with the funds and flexibility they need.

Instead, members of the House and the Senate passed a bill that substitutes the opinions of p >>>


      DEMOCRATIC FIELD SEEKS NEW MOVES TO HALT WAR
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     By Dan Balz and David S. BroderWashington Post Staff WritersWednesday, May 2, 2007; A06 Democratic presidential candidates urged Congress yesterday not to yield to President Bush‘s veto of an Iraq funding bill that included a timetable for beginning troop withdrawals, but the party‘s two leading contenders w >>>


      DEMOCRATS RECALL AN ANNIVERSARY BUSH WOULD RATHER FORGET
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     Four years to the day after President Bush made his now–infamous landing on the aircraft carrier, lawmakers observed the anniversary with the dignity Americans have come to expect of their leaders.

"Today is the fourth anniversary of the president of the United States announcing ‘Mission Accomp >>>


      EDWARDS ADS TAKE AIM AT VETO
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     Former senator John Edwards (D–N.C.) is launching the first television ads for his presidential campaign to coincide with President Bush‘s veto of the Iraq funding bill.

The ad, which will run in the D.C. media market, is aimed at sending a message to Congress as it considers the next steps on the w >>>


      FOR THE BUDGET–CONSCIOUS, YOUR VERY OWN STATE DEPT. VILLA
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     The U.S. real estate market has cooled of late, but do not worry. The State Department is offering two dozen excellent investment opportunities overseas.

For various reasons –– especially security –– a number of fine properties are now available. Some are commercial, such as the former e >>>


      INTELLIGENCE CHIEF DECRIES CONSTRAINTS
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     Court orders in January that brought President Bush‘s warrantless terrorist surveillance program under existing law have limited the intelligence that agencies can collect, Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell told a Senate committee yesterday.

"We are actually missing a significant porti >>>


      PENALTY STANDS IN CONGRESSMEN‘S BATTLE OVER LEAKED PHONE CALL
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     A04 A decade–long feud between Reps. John A. Boehner (R–Ohio) and Jim McDermott (D–Wash.) appeared to end in Boehner‘s favor yesterday when a court ruled McDermott liable for hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages and legal fees over an illegally taped conference call he leaked to reporters. >>>


      RESIDENCY CLAUSE ADDS FUEL TO DISPUTE OVER U.S. ATTORNEYS
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     By Dan EggenWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, May 2, 2007; A03 On Nov. 10, 2005, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales sent a letter to a federal judge in Montana, assuring him that the U.S. attorney there, William W. Mercer, was not violating federal law by spending most of his time in Washington as a senior Justic >>>


      WATCHDOG FACES THREE INVESTIGATIONS
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     By Joe Stephens and John SolomonWashington Post Staff WritersWednesday, May 2, 2007; A04 The inspector general of the Department of Commerce, the watchdog charged with rooting out wrongdoing at the agency, is himself the subject of three separate government investigations into allegations that he misspent his budget and >>>


      4,000 U.S. SOLDIERS ARRIVE IN BAGHDAD
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     BAGHDAD –– Nearly 4,000 American soldiers pour into Baghdad this week, the fourth of five brigades being sent to strengthen an 11–week–old crackdown aimed at quelling sectarian violence, the U.S. military said Wednesday.

But while the U.S. and Iraqi militaries moved to complete an increa >>>


      AFTER PROTEST, TURKISH COURT ANNULS VOTE FOR PRESIDENT
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     ANKARA, Turkey, May 1 –– Turkey‘s highest court sided with the secular opposition on Tuesday in a contest over the presidency, annulling a parliamentary vote for the candidate of the Islamic–rooted ruling party.

The government said it would hold another vote on Thursday. The prospect of >>>


      AT ANNUAL FETE, A NOCTURNAL TRIBUTE TO THE PRINTED WORD
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     BUENOS AIRES For all those who love to read, who enjoy getting lost in crowds, who are intrigued by the idea of a powerful espresso after midnight, who loathe being rushed, who get mildly depressed when reading yet another article prophesizing a straight–to–hell future for the printed word – this is th >>>


      AT HEARING IN IRAQ, U.S. COLONEL IS CAST AS FLOUTER OF RULES
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     May 2, 2007; A11 BAGHDAD, May 1 –– Witnesses testifying at a hearing here Tuesday said a senior U.S. Army officer accused of aiding the enemy kept top–secret papers at his base residence, allowed child detainees to make unmonitored calls on his cellphone and provided former president Saddam Hussein wit >>>


      B‘DESH POLICE CHECK QAEDA LINKS TO RAILWAY BLASTS
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     DHAKA (Reuters) – Commuters flooded back to Bangladesh railway stations on Wednesday, a day after simultaneous bomb blasts rocked three terminals and raised a security alarm across the country.

Police said they believed the blasts in Dhaka, Chittagong and northeastern Sylhet, which slightly injured a rick >>>


      BUSH KEEPS VOW TO VETO WAR FUNDING BILL
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     By Michael Abramowitz and Peter BakerWashington Post Staff WritersWednesday, May 2, 2007; A01 President Bush vetoed a $124 billion measure yesterday that would have funded overseas military operations but required him to begin withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq as early as July, escalating the most serious confrontation >>>


      CALLS FOR OLMERT TO RESIGN GROWING
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     JERUSALEM –– Telling his rivals to "slow down," Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called an emergency meeting of his Cabinet Wednesday in a feverish attempt to hold on to power following a scathing report on his handling of last year‘s war in Lebanon.

This week‘s report has set off a >>>


      CALLS MOUNT FOR OLMERT TO STEP DOWN
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     By Scott WilsonWashington Post Foreign ServiceWednesday, May 2, 2007; A10 JERUSALEM, May 1 –– Prime Minister Ehud Olmert faced rising calls Tuesday for his resignation, a defection from his governing coalition and rumblings of insurrection within his own party a day after an official investigation found &quo >>>


      CHINA‘S MUCKRAKERS FOR HIRE DELIVER EXPOS?S WITH IMPACT
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     QINGLONG, China –– Xu Xiang, a 37–year–old reporter, showed up in this Sichuan province town in December, tasked with investigating allegations that officials had forced residents off their farmland. Over two days, he interviewed farmers and local authorities, taking time to view the gleaming whi >>>


      FRANCE‘S SARKOZY, ROYAL FACE OFF IN ELECTION DEBATE
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     PARIS (Reuters) – Right–wing former interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist Segolene Royal meet face to face on Wednesday for a television debate that could decide Sunday‘s French presidential election.

The two–hour encounter will be shown live by France‘s two main televisi >>>


      FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL RIVALS DEBATE
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     PARIS –– The bitter rivals fighting for France‘s presidency face off Wednesday in their only televised debate _ the last and best chance for Socialist Segolene Royal to make up ground on conservative front–runner Nicolas Sarkozy ahead of this weekend‘s vote.

The confrontation betwe >>>


      ICC JUDGES ISSUE ARREST WARRANTS FOR DARFUR SUSPECTS
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – International Criminal Court judges issued their first arrest warrants for suspects accused of war crimes in Sudan‘s Darfur region, the ICC said on Wednesday, but Sudan refused to hand over the men.

The warrants were issued for Ahmed Haroun, former state minister of interior, a >>>


      IN BAGHDAD, SURVIVAL DEPENDS ON SIMPLER WAYS
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     By Joshua PartlowWashington Post Foreign ServiceWednesday, May 2, 2007; A10 BAGHDAD –– By now they‘re used to Humvees clogging the highways and blast walls blocking the alleys. Some barely flinch when trucks detonate or mortar shells crash down on the pavement. But when the bridges start falling into t >>>


      INDIA OFFICIAL DISMISSES IRAN REPORTS
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     The Indian government is "quite amazed" by news reports suggesting that New Delhi is building a closer military relationship with Iran, a senior Indian official said yesterday, seeking to dampen growing congressional concern over India‘s relations with the Islamic republic.

Indian Foreign Secret >>>


      IRAQ PROBES REPORTS OF AL–MASRI‘S DEATH
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     BAGHDAD –– U.S. and Iraqi officials chased reports Tuesday that the leader of al–Qaida in Iraq was killed by rivals north of Baghdad. But U.S. authorities urged caution and warned that even if the claim were true, the death of the shadowy Abu Ayyub al–Masri would likely not spell the end of the t >>>


      IRAQ SAYS U.S.–BACKED OIL LAW SENT TO PARLIAMENT
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The Iraqi government has sent to parliament a landmark draft oil law, the oil minister said on Wednesday, a major step towards meeting one of the political benchmarks Washington has set for Baghdad.

Parliamentary officials, however, said they were unaware the bill had been submitted to >>>


      IRAQIS SAY INSURGENT LEADER IS DEAD
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     May 2, 2007; A11 BAGHDAD, May 1 –– Iraqi government officials said Tuesday they believed the leader of the insurgent group al–Qaeda in Iraq was killed north of Baghdad, but U.S. military officials said they could not confirm the reported death.

The Iraqi ministers of defense and interior told >>>


      IRATE AFGHANS PROTEST AGAIN OVER CIVILIAN DEATHS
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     JALALABAD, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Afghans protested for a fourth day on Wednesday over the killing of civilians by U.S.–led coalition forces hunting Taliban, adding to pressure on Western–backed President Hamid Karzai amid rising violence.

Some 2,000 university students chanted anti–U.S >>>


      ISRAEL‘S FOREIGN MINISTER TELLS OLMERT TO RESIGN
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said on Wednesday she told Prime Minister Ehud Olmert that he should resign and that she would seek to take over as leader of his centrist Kadima party.

"I told the prime minister that I thought to resign was the right thing to do," Livn >>>


      KARZAI SAYS AFGHANS LOSE PATIENCE OVER KILLINGS
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     KABUL (Reuters) – President Hamid Karzai warned on Wednesday that Afghan patience was wearing thin over the killing of civilians by Western forces hunting Taliban guerrillas, saying further deaths would lead to bad consequences.

Nearly 60 civilians have been killed in raids by U.S.–led troops in the >>>


      KEY PLAYERS MEET IN EGYPT TO STABILIZE IRAQ
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     SHARM EL–SHEIKH, Egypt (Reuters) – Countries bordering Iraq and those with a stake in its future meet in Egypt on Thursday and Friday to discuss how to contain the conflict and prevent it sucking in Iraq‘s neighbors.

While diplomats are skeptical security can improve inside Iraq in the short t >>>


      PRESSURE BUILDS ON ISRAEL‘S OLMERT TO RESIGN
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert‘s future appeared increasingly in doubt on Wednesday after a senior member of his party urged him to resign in the wake of criticism of his conduct of last year‘s Lebanon war.

Avigdor Yitzhaki, one of the most influential lawmakers in Is >>>


      RICE IS LIKELY TO MEET WITH SYRIAN FOREIGN MINISTER
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     SHARM EL–SHEIKH, Egypt, May 2 –– A senior Iraqi official and a senior Arab diplomat say Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will meet Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al–Moualem in Egypt on Thursday or Friday.

It would be Rice‘s first meeting with a Syrian foreign minister since she t >>>


      TINY TERRIER SAVES 5 NEW ZEALAND KIDS
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     WELLINGTON, New Zealand –– A plucky Jack Russell terrier named George saved five children from two marauding pit bulls, but was so severely mauled in the fight that it had to be put down, its owner said Wednesday.

George was playing with the group of children as they returned home from buying sweets >>>


      TOP–RANKING ARAB AMERICAN IS LEAVING STATE FOR WALL STREET
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     Dina Habib Powell, the highest–ranking Arab American in the Bush administration, is resigning from her post at the State Department to join Goldman Sachs Group, a leading Wall Street investment house.

Powell, as assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs and deputy to Undersecretary >>>


      TURKEY FACES EARLY POLLS, PM LOOKS TO END CRISIS
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey turned its attention to the prospect of early elections on Wednesday after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said he would seek national polls within two months to end a stand–off with the country‘s secular elite.

Erdogan‘s move opens the way for his Islamist– >>>


      TURKEY RULING PARTY SEEKS EARLY ELECTION
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     ANKARA, Turkey –– Turkey‘s Islamic–rooted ruling party appealed to parliament Wednesday to declare early general elections to be held June 24, opening the way for an easing of tensions with the secular establishment.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the decision in response >>>


      U.S.–IRAN TALKS UNLIKELY AT CONFERENCE
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     Despite the buildup to a possible meeting between senior U.S. and Iranian officials, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her Iranian counterpart are unlikely to hold substantive one–on–one talks at a conference in Egypt on Friday, U.S. and Iranian officials said yesterday.

Rice and Iranian Forei >>>


      VENEZUELA ASSUMES CONTROL OF ITS OIL FIELDS
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     By Juan ForeroWashington Post Foreign ServiceTuesday, May 1, 2007; 11:52 AM CARACAS, Venezuela, April 30 –– President Hugo Chavez‘s government will take control Tuesday of what might be the world‘s richest oil fields, a huge swath known as the Orinoco Belt that Big Oil has spent a decade and near >>>


      WARRANTS ISSUED FOR DARFUR SUSPECTS
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     THE HAGUE, Netherlands –– The International Criminal Court has issued arrest warrants for a Sudanese government minister and a janjaweed militia leader suspected of committing war crimes in Darfur, the court said Wednesday.

The warrants were a crucial step toward bringing atrocities in the Sudanese >>>


      WORLD IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 02-05-2007
     Castro Is No–Show At May Day Parade HAVANA –– There was no sign of a convalescing Fidel Castro as hundreds of thousands of Cubans marched through Havana‘s Revolution Plaza to celebrate May Day. The absence cast new doubts on the leader‘s recovery and whether he will return to power.

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      DID BEZEQ PAY RACHLEVSKY FOR WORKING DURING HIS COOLING–OFF PERIOD?
      Haaretz, 02-05-2007
     By Meirav Arlosoroff Did Yuval Rachlevsky, the former wages director at the Finance Ministry, receive a NIS 200,000 bonus for work when he was still in his cooling–off period after leaving the treasury?

This is one of the suspicions arising from the report of the external investigator, CPA Yoram Danziger, >>>


      ELIYAHU, DANKNER NIXED FOR BANK LEUMI CONTROL
      Haaretz, 02-05-2007
     By Ram Dagan Although Shlomo Eliyahu and Nochi Dankner have already begun preparing for the case that the Cerberus–Gabriel fund will not be able to complete its takeover of Bank Leumi, Supervisor of Banks Rony Hizkiyahu is expected to jinx any attempt by either of the two businessmen to take control of the concern >>>


      GPS BOXES TO MONITOR MAJOR TRAFFIC OFFENDERS
      Haaretz, 02-05-2007
     By Tomer Hadar Serious traffic offenders will eventually be required to install a "green box" that will monitor their future driving, said Lior Carmel, head of the National Road Safety Authority.

"Drivers with revoked licenses will be required to install the green box in their vehicle as a condit >>>


      ISA MAY DEMAND THAT WEISSGLAS QUIT
      Haaretz, 02-05-2007
     By Eran Gabay A bitter dispute has erupted between the Israel Securities Authority (ISA) and the owners of Bezeq over the future of the phone company‘s chairman, Dov Weissglas. The securities watchdog is demanding that Weissglas step down, due to recently discovered flaws in the board of directors‘ functioni >>>


      ISA ORDERS LEUMI TO REPORT BY SUNDAY ON HOW IT APPROVED EXECUTIVE BONUSES
      Haaretz, 02-05-2007
     By Ram Dagan The Israel Securities Authority ordered Bank Leumi yesterday to report by Sunday on the method by which 2006 annual bonuses for bank executives were approved. The authority‘s demand, issued in a letter to the bank‘s management, stems from suspicions that approval of the bonuses did not conform t >>>


      LEUMI TO ACQUIRE 20% OF PHARMA CHAIN
      Haaretz, 02-05-2007
     By Gali Berger and Ram Dagan Bank Leumi is in advanced negotiations for the purchase of 20 percent of Superpharm from its owner, Leon Koffler, according to a valuation of NIS 1.055 billion, TheMarker has learned.

Initially, the bank would acquire 18 percent of the pharmacy chain, with an option for another 2 pe >>>


      LIEBERMAN: LEASING REFORMS HIT ONLY THE PRODUCTIVE THIRD
      Haaretz, 02-05-2007
     By Tal Levy The treasury‘s proposed reform regarding tax on leased company cars continues to run into potholes. The latest impediment is Strategic Affairs Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who told the CFOs Forum that he absolutely opposes raising the tax paid by employees allocated company vehicles. The treasury prompt >>>


      PORTS AND RAILWAYS SLAMMED OVER WARTIME OPERATIONS
      Haaretz, 02-05-2007
     By Avi Bar–Eli and Haim Bior Functional failures, rocky relations among the different transport organizations and a lack of comprehensive coordination comprise the grim situation described by a public inquiry committee on the operation of transport and port systems during the Second Lebanon War.

The commi >>>


      REAL ESTATE DRIVES NEW RECORDS
      Haaretz, 02-05-2007
     Advertising Bookmark to del.icio.us Real estate drives new records By Asaf Rothem The Tel Aviv Stock Exchange ended the day yesterday on a positive note, as European markets set the tone.

The TA–25 rose 0.4 percent to close at 1,067 points. However, real estate stocks drove the TA–100 up to a new re >>>


      VIDEO STREAMING FIRM ACQUIRES OVER 1 MILLION USERS IN JUST SIX WEEKS
      Haaretz, 02-05-2007
     By Raphael Fogel Anyone who watches videos on the Internet is familiar with this problem: You go to one of the big video sites such as YouTube or Metacafe, you see a video you like and that can be downloaded immediately, but after a few seconds the film suddenly stops and you find yourself staring at a motionless movie >>>


      BUSINESS IS NOT AS USUAL
      Haaretz, 02-05-2007
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Bookmark to del.icio.us Business is not as usual By Zvi Zrahiya A few hours before the publication on Monday of the Winograd Committee‘s partial report, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, in his capacity as acting finance minister, tried to create the impression o >>>


      HOW TO END THE CRISIS
      Haaretz, 02-05-2007
     By Haaretz Editorial Image consultants, some of whom are also cabinet ministers, dug through the Winograd report and found a few sentences taken out of context, which they believe show that Ehud Olmert must remain prime minister to repair the defects the committee pointed out.

But the main correction the curren >>>


      IT‘S NOT JUST PERSONAL
      Haaretz, 02-05-2007
     By Ze‘ev Segal Had the Winograd Committee refrained from saying harsh things about the personal responsibility of the prime minister, defense minister and former chief of staff, its partial report would have been pushed to the margins of the headlines. The profound and well–known flaws in Israel‘s deci >>>



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