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      AP NEWS ALERT
      Washington Post, 02-09-2007
     MIAMI –– The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Felix has been upgraded to a hurricane.
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      BACK FROM BEHIND BARS
      Washington Post, 02-09-2007
     By Robert E. PierreWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, September 2, 2007; A01 Few people understand the criminal justice system like Wendell Poole. He spent 21 years, four months, 16 days and three hours in prison for assault with the intent to kill two people during an argument. He arrived home middle–aged and pa >>>


      FEDS TO RESTRICT VOLUNTEERS AT DISASTERS
      Washington Post, 02-09-2007
     PM NEW YORK –– Retiree Gene O‘Brien hurried to the World Trade Center site after Sept. 11, 2001, as a volunteer helping to shuttle supplies to police and fire workers. Some days, his only ID to get into the disaster site was a tattoo on his forearm.

"A couple times I showed them my Marine >>>


      HUNTER WINS TEXAS STRAW POLL
      Washington Post, 02-09-2007
     FORT WORTH, Texas –– California congressman Duncan Hunter won Texas‘ first Republican Party Straw Poll on Saturday in a low–turnout event that lacked the top–tier presidential candidates.

Hunter got 534 votes, or 41 percent of the vote. Former Tennessee senator and actor Fred Thomp >>>


      MINE SEARCH OVER, UTAH TOWNS TRY TO COPE
      Washington Post, 02-09-2007
     PM SALT LAKE CITY –– Signs of prayer and support for six trapped miners remained on display Saturday as residents of central Utah‘s coal belt struggled with the realization that the men would not be found alive.

"It‘s a hard thing. Some are coping with it better than others," s >>>


      SCI–FI THRONGS BOLDLY GO ... TO ATLANTA
      Washington Post, 02-09-2007
     ATLANTA –– Allen Hansard did not want to be one of 500 Supermen at this year‘s DragonCon parade. Determined to stand out among hundreds of sorcerers, intergalactic soldiers, superheroes and other sci–fi characters, Hansard spent weeks on his Hawkman costume. The gold helmet alone took him three m >>>


      SQUAD LEADER SHOT HADITHA CIVILIANS, MARINE TESTIFIES
      Washington Post, 02-09-2007
     By Karl VickWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, September 2, 2007; A02 CAMP PENDLETON, Calif., Aug. 31 –– A Marine testifying under immunity Friday said he saw Staff Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich shoot five unarmed Iraqi men moments after a roadside bomb exploded in Haditha in November 2005, a week after Wuterich s >>>


      7 QUESTIONS AS THE RACE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE ACCELERATES
      Washington Post, 02-09-2007
     Is the Clinton campaign a true juggernaut –– or is that just what she wants everyone to believe?

Not a juggernaut, but it is the best campaign on the block right now. That‘s a view widely shared among Democratic strategists and emphatically asserted by some veteran Republicans sizing up the ra >>>


      DEMOCRATIC GAINS ARE PREDICTED IN VA. ASSEMBLY
      Washington Post, 02-09-2007
     RICHMOND –– Virginia Democrats are in a strong position to make substantial gains in the General Assembly in the Nov. 6 election, strategists in both parties say, setting the stage for an expensive battle this fall with Republicans, who are trying to keep control of the Senate and House of Delegates.

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      DEMOCRATS TO AVOID FLA., MICH.
      Washington Post, 02-09-2007
     By Perry Bacon Jr.Washington Post Staff WriterSunday, September 2, 2007; A04 The Democratic candidates have signed a pledge that would forbid them from campaigning in states such as Michigan and Florida that have sought to move their presidential primaries into January 2008.

The move ended weeks–long jock >>>


      2 VENICE FILMS LOOK AT IRAQ WAR HORRORS
      Washington Post, 02-09-2007
     VENICE, Italy –– Two Hollywood films that take up the politics of the Iraq war grew out of the conviction that the American public was not getting the full picture of the violence.

Oscar–winning director Paul Haggis‘ "In the Valley of Elah," starring Tommy Lee Jones and Charliz >>>


      APOLOGETIC SOUTH KOREAN HOSTAGES RETURN HOME
      Washington Post, 02-09-2007
     ANYANG, South Korea (Reuters) – Nineteen South Korean Christian volunteers held hostage by the Taliban in Afghanistan for six weeks returned home to an uncomfortable welcome on Sunday, thanking their government for saving them from death.

A senior Taliban leader told Reuters Seoul had paid $20 million for >>>


      BRITON BLAMES RUMSFELD FOR SITUATION IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 02-09-2007
     A17 LONDON, Sept. 1 –– The general who headed the British army during the 2003 Iraq invasion said that former U.S. defense secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld‘s handling of postwar Iraq was "intellectually bankrupt" and pointed to Rumsfeld as "one of those most responsible for the current situa >>>


      EFFORTS TO RECOVER SLAIN LAWMAKERS BEGIN
      Washington Post, 02-09-2007
     PM CALI, Colombia –– The International Committee of the Red Cross said Saturday a mission is under way to recover the bodies of 11 former regional lawmakers killed this summer while held captive by Colombia‘s largest rebel group.

The Red Cross did not divulge details such as where the mission >>>


      IN GEORGIA, VOICES OF REASSURANCE
      Washington Post, 02-09-2007
     A06 COLUMBUS, Ga. As the Rotarians dined on fried chicken, Sen. Johnny Isakson shared a few thoughts about Iraq.

"Today, the news that comes back is pretty good," the Georgia Republican said from the podium to the packed downtown ballroom. "We‘re making progress on the military side and the >>>


      IN NORTHERN FRANCE, WARMING PUSHES FALL GRAPE HARVEST INTO SUMMERTIME
      Washington Post, 02-09-2007
     A01 ROUFFACH, France –– On a cobweb–encrusted rafter above his giant steel grape pressers, Ren? Mur? is charting one of the world‘s most tangible barometers of global warming.

The evidence, scrawled in black ink, is the first day of the annual grape harvest for the past three decades. In >>>


      IRAQ FAR FROM U.S. GOALS FOR ENERGY
      Washington Post, 02-09-2007
     A01 Iraq‘s crucial oil and electricity sectors still need roughly $50 billion to meet demand, analysts and officials say, even after the United States has poured more than $6 billion into them over more than four years.

Since the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, the Bush administration has focused much of i >>>


      MARINE‘S BID TO PIERCE REFUGEE LOGJAM
      Washington Post, 02-09-2007
     By Paul LewisWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, September 2, 2007; A05 Days after fleeing Baghdad, and after his relatives had been gunned down and burned in their cars for collaborating with U.S. forces or their allies, Khalid Abood al–Khafajee reached Amman, Jordan, in December. There the Iraqi translator and h >>>


      MEXICAN PRESIDENT DELIVERS TEXT BUT NO ADDRESS
      Washington Post, 02-09-2007
     2, 2007; A13 MEXICO CITY, Sept. 1 –– For weeks, one question dominated political talk in Mexico: Would he or wouldn‘t he?

The nation‘s most powerful lawmakers and its most influential commentators exchanged predictions about whether Felipe Calder?n, president of Mexico for nine months, w >>>


      POWERFUL QUAKE STRIKES NEAR SOLOMONS
      Washington Post, 02-09-2007
     HONIARA, Solomon Islands –– A powerful earthquake struck deep beneath the ocean floor near the Solomon Islands on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

No tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The USGS measured the quake‘s prelimi >>>


      SOUTH KOREAN HOSTAGES RETURN HOME FROM AFGHANISTAN
      Washington Post, 02-09-2007
     ANYANG, South Korea (Reuters) – Nineteen South Korean Christian volunteers held hostage by the Taliban in Afghanistan for six weeks returned home to an uncomfortable welcome on Sunday, thanking their government for winning their release.

A senior Taliban leader told Reuters Seoul had paid $20 million for >>>


      SOUTH KOREANS HELD BY TALIBAN ARRIVE IN SEOUL, OFFER APOLOGIES
      Washington Post, 02-09-2007
     By Blaine HardenWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, September 2, 2007; A17 SEOUL, Sept. 2 –– Looking wan and exhausted, and apologizing for the trouble they had caused their nation, South Korean missionaries held hostage for six weeks in Afghanistan arrived home early Sunday.

The 1' young Chr >>>


      SPIKE LEE TO CHAIR ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL
      Washington Post, 02-09-2007
     VENICE, Italy –– Spike Lee said Saturday the Internet has provided so many opportunities for young filmmakers to showcase their work, there are no more excuses.

"I was from the prehistoric age. If you have a film and you‘re talented and someone is not seeing it, it‘s your fault,&quo >>>


      VENEZUELA FREES COLOMBIAN PRISONERS
      Washington Post, 02-09-2007
     SAN ANTONIO, Venezuela –– More than two dozen Colombian prisoners arrested three years ago in an alleged plot against President Hugo Chavez were freed Saturday in a goodwill gesture he hopes will help facilitate a prisoner exchange in Colombia.

The 27 Colombians who boarded a bus to return home afte >>>


      A LITTLE BIT OF KNOWLEDGE IS NOT ENOUGH
      Haaretz, 02-09-2007
     By Hadar Horesh In 1''2 Elbit Systems, a large manufacturer of electronic warfare systems, decided to leverage its technological knowledge and skills within the company to develop a civilian side for the business.

It was a different era. The Soviet empire had just collapsed, and unprecedented hopes for >>>


      A NEW MIDDLE EAST: 250 ISRAELIS A YEAR VISIT IRAQ
      Haaretz, 02-09-2007
     By Zohar Blumenkrantz About 250 Israelis have been traveling to Iraq every year, most of them businesspeople, who include a number of defense industry representatives.

Most of the Iraq–bound travellers fly through Amman on Royal Jordanian Airlines, according to confidential figures from the airline that T >>>


      BANKS CONTINUE TO CELEBRATE RECORD PROFITS
      Haaretz, 02-09-2007
     By Ram Dagan After Bank Hapoalim and Israel Discount Bank announced their second–quarter financial results for 2007, it is now possible to look at the full picture of the banking sector.

Six months after selling off most of their provident and mutual funds, and the huge capital gains that went with the sa >>>


      BUSINESS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 02-09-2007
     Opinion Rosner‘s Domain Anglo File Books Sports del.icio.us Digg It! new Business in Brief It seems local rating agencies have also started to worry about risk, and the Midroog rating agency has therefore lowered its ratings for bonds of Electra Real Estate from Aa1 to Aa3, along with a negative rating forecast.>>>


      DISCOUNT TO INVEST NIS 3.15B IN NON–FINANCIAL ASSETS
      Haaretz, 02-09-2007
     By Ram Dagan Israel Discount Bank is waking up. After being privatized at the beginning of 2006, the bank has decided to invest NIS 3.15 billion in non–financial investments over the next three years. Sixty percent will be invested in Israel and the remainder overseas, mostly in real estate.

The overseas >>>


      MAARIV BOARD DRAFTS SEARCH COMMITTEE TO REPLACE NIMRODI
      Haaretz, 02-09-2007
     By Natan Lipson and Eli Shitzer Maariv‘s board of directors decided Thursday evening to establish a search committee to replace CEO Ofer Nimrodi – despite Nimrodi‘s objections, TheMarker has learned. The move came as Maariv released poor second quarter financial results, after the stock market closed T >>>


      A LESSON IN SPIN
      Haaretz, 02-09-2007
     By Dan Ben–David Each fall, the beginning of the school year is accompanied by articles and interviews that blame the budget cuts of recent years for the country‘s educational free fall. According to the spin approach to rewriting history, everything began with a report presented to prime minister Ehud Barak >>>


      CHILDREN OF WAR
      Haaretz, 02-09-2007
     By Gideon Levy Again children. Five children killed in Gaza in eight days. The public indifference to their killing – the last three, for example, were accorded only a short item on the margins of page 11 in Yedioth Ahronoth, a sickening matter in itself – cannot blur the fact that the IDF is waging a war ag >>>


      STATE–APPROVED EXPLOITATION
      Haaretz, 02-09-2007
     By Haaretz Editorial The students thronging to school today will presumably learn about the importance of democracy and respect for the law, but it is unlikely they will be told that these great principles stop at the school gates.

The security guards standing at the gates are risking their lives for minimum wa >>>


      WHO‘S ASKING THEM?
      Haaretz, 02-09-2007
     By Yoel Marcus With his popularity hitting rock bottom, it is only natural that Ehud Olmert would rather be remembered as the leader of a peace initiative than the prime minister who screwed up the Second Lebanon War. Toward that end, he has grabbed at President George Bush‘s offer of a regional summit in Washingt >>>


      ZELEKHA HAS GOT TO GO
      Haaretz, 02-09-2007
     By Ehud Asheri Once again, the legions gather and face off. This time, the battle is over an especially big prize – the head of Yaron Zelekha, the Finance Ministry accountant general. On one side, stand the government forces and their supporters. They are determined to end Zelekha‘s tenure and save the count >>>


      BHUTTO VOWS EARLY RETURN TO PAKISTAN
      Haaretz, 02-09-2007
     By The Associated Press LONDON – Former Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto said yesterday that power–sharing talks with President Gen. Pervez Musharraf were at a standstill, but that she planned to return to the nation even without a deal.

Bhutto told a news conference in London that no agreement had b >>>


      CHIEF OF STAFF TO PRESENT LEBANON WAR MEDALS
      Haaretz, 02-09-2007
     By Yuval Azoulay Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi will present medals and citations for service in the Second Lebanon War at a ceremony tonight at Tel Aviv‘s Mann Auditorium.

Six soldiers will receive the Medal of Valor, 12 will receive the Distinguished Service Medal and 17 will receiv >>>


      EGYPT REJECTS ISRAEL‘S REQUEST TO RENEW TALKS ON SHALIT RELEASE
      Haaretz, 02-09-2007
     By Avi Issacharoff and Jack Khoury Egypt has decided, for now, to turn down Israel‘s request to reprise its role in mediating the negotiations for abducted Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit‘s release. A few weeks ago, Haaretz reported that Vice Premier Haim Ramon and the coordinator for missing sold >>>


      EU CHIEF INSPECTS DAMAGE CAUSED BY GREEK WILDFIRES
      Haaretz, 02-09-2007
     By The Associated Press ATHENS, Greece – European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso toured fire damaged areas in southern Greece by helicopter, and promised aid to relieve areas where 64 people died and an estimated 1'0,000 hectares (46',000 acres) of mostly forest and farmland were destroyed.
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      GREENLAND‘S ICE SHEET STILL FLOWS TO THE SEA – AS WATER
      Haaretz, 02-09-2007
     By Assaf Uni, Haaretz Correspondent ILULISSAT, Greenland – As in every summer for the past 20 years, Konrad Steffen spent this past one high atop Greenland‘s ice sheet. In 1''0, the University of Colorado at Boulder professor, one of the world‘s greatest experts on climate change, established a >>>


      LIVNI WARNS RICE OVER UNREASONABLE EXPECTATIONS OF SUMMIT
      Haaretz, 02-09-2007
     By Barak Ravid Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni has begun formulating "realistic" goals for the Washington Mideast summit scheduled for November. In recent conversations with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and in a meeting last Monday with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayad, Livni said that all >>>


      RAMON TO CONVENE MINISTERIAL C‘TEE ON OUTPOSTS REPORT
      Haaretz, 02-09-2007
     By Barak Ravid The ministerial committee on illegal outposts is scheduled to convene today to establish rules for building in the West Bank, the committee chair, Vice Premier Haim Ramon, said yesterday.

The committee‘s meeting – the first after a year‘s hiatus – comes amid new data, gath >>>


      REPORT: GERMAN–JEWISH TALKS ON GHETTO DEADLOCKED
      Haaretz, 02-09-2007
     By DPA BERLIN – Talks between Berlin and Jewish groups on pension awards to 70,000 survivors of Nazi–era ghettos have deadlocked, the news magazine Der Spiegel reported yesterday.

German pension funds have turned down applications from 64,000 of the survivors, only granting awards to people who coul >>>


      RESCUERS RETRIEVE BODIES OF TWO SAILORS KILLED IN COLLISION OFF HAIFA
      Haaretz, 02-09-2007
     By Fadi Eyadat and Yuval Azoulay, Haaretz Correspondents and Agencies Rescuers retrieved Friday the bodies of two sailors declared missing off the coast of the northern port of Haifa after an Israeli freighter collided late Thursday with a Cypriot cruise ship, emergency services said.

The two sailors, from Indo >>>


      RESTORED BERLIN SYNAGOGUE OPENS DOORS
      Haaretz, 02-09-2007
     By Anshel Pfeffer, Haaretz Correspondent and AP BERLIN – More than six decades after the fall of the Third Reich, Rykestrasse Synagogue – Germany‘s biggest Jewish place of worship, and an architectural and historic landmark – reopened in the capital on Friday, after being closed for more than a y >>>


      SCHOOL YEAR TO BEGIN TODAY; ARAB KIDS ALREADY BACK
      Haaretz, 02-09-2007
     By Or Kashti and Jack Khoury Schools in the country‘s Jewish education system were expected to start the school year this morning without disruption, with the exception of a handful of local strikes. There are 1.81 million students from kindergarten through 12th grade, representing an increase of about 24,000 from >>>


      SEX SCANDAL FORCES CRAIG OUT OF OFFICE
      Haaretz, 02-09-2007
     By Reuters BOISE, Idaho – Long–serving Republican Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho, embroiled in a sex scandal and lacking support from his party, said yesterday he will resign from the U.S. Senate.

"To Idahoans I represent, to my staff, to my Senate colleagues, but most importantly to my wife and fam >>>


      TAMIR TO HAARETZ: ‘GLASS IS MORE FULL THAN EMPTY‘
      Haaretz, 02-09-2007
     By Or Kashti In September 2006, four months after becoming education minister, Yuli Tamir issued a special message for the start of the school year, in which she said she had "no illusions that the education system provides Israel‘s children with everything it should be giving them." She described the sc >>>


      TEENAGER KILLED AS HAMAS SUPPORTERS RALLY FOR REOPENING OF RAFAH CROSSING
      Haaretz, 02-09-2007
     By Avi Issacharoff, Haaretz Correspondent and AP Hamas gunmen opened fire at pro–Hamas protesters at a rally on the Gaza–Egypt border Saturday, killing a teenager and wounding at least nine others, hospital officials said.

Tens of thousands of flag–waving Hamas supporters gathered at the Rafah >>>


      TOP ETA BOMBMAKER AMONG FOUR ARRESTED BY FRENCH COPS
      Haaretz, 02-09-2007
     By The Associated Press MADRID – Four suspected members of the armed Basque separatist group ETA were arrested yesterday in southern France, and Spain‘s Interior Ministry identified one as the group‘s leading explosives expert.

Three men and one woman were arrested in Cahors, a town near Toulo >>>


      WORLD NEWS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 02-09-2007
     Four right–wing youths were arrested overnight in small German towns south–west of Berlin for acts of violence, police said yesterday. In Halberstadt, two men aged 21 and 22 were detained for attacking a group of leftist youths late Friday and injuring two. In Aschersleben, police arrested two men for repeat >>>


      YONA‘S EXTRADITION FROM ITALY COULD TAKE UP TO TWO MONTHS
      Haaretz, 02-09-2007
     By Roni Singer–Heruti MILAN – The extradition process for the fugitive CEO of collapsed property firm Heftsiba will start this week when the formal Israeli request is filed in Italy.

Boaz Yona, who is suspected of embezzlement and fraud, among other offenses, was in hiding in the Italian resort town >>>


      CHINA‘S INFLUENCE SPREADS AROUND WORLD
      Guardian, 02-09-2007
     Sunday September 2, 2007 1:01 AM By WILLIAM FOREMAN Associated Press Writer KARRATHA, Australia (AP) – For nearly three decades, Chinese peasants have left their villages for crowded dormitories and sweaty assembly lines, churning out goods for world markets. Now, China is turning the tables.

Here in the >>>


      CHURCH GROUPS GIVE KEY AID TO MISS. TOWN
      Guardian, 02-09-2007
     Sunday September 2, 2007 4:01 AM By REGINA L. BURNS Associated Press Writer PEARLINGTON, Miss. (AP) – The sweat and donations from religious groups are bringing hope and new homes to many residents in this tiny community, still struggling two years after Hurricane Katrina left much of the Mississippi Gulf Coast in >>>


      EFFORTS TO RECOVER SLAIN LAWMAKERS BEGIN
      Guardian, 02-09-2007
     Sunday September 2, 2007 4:31 AM By FERNANDO VERGARA Associated Press Writer CALI, Colombia (AP) – The International Committee of the Red Cross said Saturday a mission is under way to recover the bodies of 11 former regional lawmakers killed this summer while held captive by Colombia‘s largest rebel group.>>>


      FEDS TO RESTRICT VOLUNTEERS AT DISASTERS
      Guardian, 02-09-2007
     Sunday September 2, 2007 1:01 AM By DEVLIN BARRETT Associated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) – Retiree Gene O‘Brien hurried to the World Trade Center site after Sept. 11, 2001, as a volunteer helping to shuttle supplies to police and fire workers. Some days, his only ID to get into the disaster site was a tattoo >>>


      FELIX BECOMES HURRICANE IN CARIBBEAN
      Guardian, 02-09-2007
     Sunday September 2, 2007 1:31 AM By LINDA STRAKER Associated Press Writer ST. GEORGE‘S, Grenada (AP) – Hurricane Felix gathered strength Saturday and pounded Grenada with heavy rains and winds, snapping small boats loose from their moorings and toppling utility poles on its route toward the Caribbean island >>>


      FREED TALIBAN CAPTIVES RETURN TO SKOREA
      Guardian, 02-09-2007
     Sunday September 2, 2007 4:46 AM By KWANG–TAE KIM Associated Press Writer INCHEON, South Korea (AP) – Nineteen South Koreans freed by Taliban insurgents after six weeks in captivity returned home to tearful embraces from loved ones Sunday, expressing sorrow for two in their group who were killed in Afghanist >>>


      HUNTER WINS TEXAS STRAW POLL
      Guardian, 02-09-2007
     Sunday September 2, 2007 1:16 AM FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – California congressman Duncan Hunter won Texas‘ first Republican Party Straw Poll on Saturday in a low–turnout event that lacked the top–tier presidential candidates.

Hunter got 534 votes, or 41 percent of the vote. Former Tenness >>>


      MORE CANDIDATES TO SKIP ROGUE DEM STATES
      Guardian, 02-09-2007
     Sunday September 2, 2007 4:01 AM WASHINGTON (AP) – Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards on Saturday joined three other Democrats who say they will skip states that break party rules by holding early primaries.

Their decision is a major boost to the primacy of four early voting states &nda >>>


      MORE THAN 1,800 IRAQIS KILLED IN AUGUST
      Guardian, 02-09-2007
     Sunday September 2, 2007 1:31 AM By ROBERT H. REID Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD (AP) – Civilian deaths rose in August to their second–highest monthly level this year, according to figures compiled Saturday by The Associated Press. That raises questions about whether U.S. strategy is working days before Co >>>


      POWERFUL QUAKE STRIKES NEAR SOLOMONS
      Guardian, 02-09-2007
     Sunday September 2, 2007 4:16 AM HONIARA, Solomon Islands (AP) – A powerful earthquake struck deep beneath the ocean floor near the Solomon Islands on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

No tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The USGS mea >>>


      SEN. CRAIG RESIGNS OVER SEX STING
      Guardian, 02-09-2007
     Sunday September 2, 2007 2:01 AM By JOHN MILLER Associated Press Writers BOISE, Idaho (AP) – In a subdued ending to a week of startling political theater, Sen. Larry Craig announced his resignation Saturday, bowing to pressure from fellow Republicans worried about damage from his arrest and guilty plea in a gay se >>>


      SOUTHERN YEMENI EX–SOLDIERS DEMAND JOBS
      Guardian, 02-09-2007
     Sunday September 2, 2007 2:31 AM By AHMED AL–HAJJ Associated Press Writer SAN‘A, Yemen (AP) – Riot police fired bullets and tear gas Saturday to disperse thousands of retired officers and soldiers in southern Yemen who gathered to demand a place in the country‘s military again, police and protest >>>


      SWISS EXPULSION PROPOSAL DRAWS CRITICISM
      Guardian, 02-09-2007
     Sunday September 2, 2007 4:46 AM By FRANK JORDANS Associated Press Writer GENEVA (AP) – The campaign poster was blatant in its xenophobic symbolism: Three white sheep kicking out a black sheep over a caption that read for more security.‘‘ The message was not from a fringe force in Switzerland >>>


      THREATENING IDAHO FIRE NEARLY SURROUNDED
      Guardian, 02-09-2007
     Sunday September 2, 2007 2:46 AM By KEITH RIDLER Associated Press Writer BOISE, Idaho (AP) – A wildfire that has forced the evacuation of hundreds of expensive homes and once threatened the Sun Valley ski area was expected to be fully contained Monday, a fire manager said.

The mandatory evacuation order w >>>


      TOP PANAMA LAWMAKER SOUGHT IN U.S. DEATH
      Guardian, 02-09-2007
     Sunday September 2, 2007 1:46 AM By KATHIA MARTINEZ Associated Press Writer PANAMA CITY, Panama (AP) – A man wanted in the U.S. on charges of involvement in the killing of an American soldier 15 years ago in Panama was elected president of that country‘s congress on Saturday.

In Washington, State De >>>


      VENEZUELA FREES COLOMBIAN PRISONERS
      Guardian, 02-09-2007
     Sunday September 2, 2007 1:46 AM By HOWARD YANES Associated Press Writer SAN ANTONIO, Venezuela (AP) – More than two dozen Colombian prisoners arrested three years ago in an alleged plot against President Hugo Chavez were freed Saturday in a goodwill gesture he hopes will help facilitate a prisoner exchange in Col >>>


      &#163;24 BILLION: THE SHOCK COST OF THE MALE MIDLIFE CRISIS
      The Daily Mail, 02-09-2007
     It‘s a problem that most men of a certain age would deny having, but a study has found the cost of the male mid–life crisis is 24 billion a year.

The favourite extravagance is a foreign holiday, costing British men in their 30s and 40s 1,340 each a year. Next come cool gadgets at 2'5 and beauty >>>


      BOMBPROOF OUR WINDOWS SAY BLAIR‘S NEIGHBOURS
      The Daily Mail, 02-09-2007
     Tony Blair‘s new neighbours have demanded bombproof glass for their houses to protect them from a terrorist attack.

The request comes just days after a series of security scares at his Georgian townhouse in Connaught Square, Central London.

One incident involved a suspect car which was investigat >>>


      BRUTAL KILLING UNCOVERED IN THE DARK PAST OF GRIFF RHYS JONES
      The Daily Mail, 02-09-2007
     For more than 100 years, the family of Griff Rhys Jones believed his great–grandparents died in a Victorian train crash.

But the TV presenter and comedian was shocked to discover while researching his family roots for the BBC show Who Do You Think You Are? that this sad tale could not be further from the >>>


      CAUGHT ON CAMERA: THE HORRIFIC AIRSHOW PLANE CRASH
      The Daily Mail, 02-09-2007
     These horrific pictures show the moment that two planes crashed into each other while performing at an airshow.

The two planes careered into each other in mid air with devastating consequences – the aicrcraft were completely blown apart by the force of the collsion. Debris was blasted across the sky as sm >>>


      CHEEKY AND GEEKY, BRITAIN‘S MOST UNLIKELY COUPLE, PREPARE TO CELEBRATE THEIR FIRST ANNIVERSARY
      The Daily Mail, 02-09-2007
     It was a relationship greeted with hoots of derision from the hallowed halls of Westminster to the gossip columns of every newspaper in the land.

When the bespectacled, slightly geekish, Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik ditched his fiance, ITV weather girl Sian Lloyd, for Gabriela Irimia, half of the ludicrous C >>>


      CHELSY PROVES HER PARTY ANIMAL STATUS
      The Daily Mail, 02-09-2007
     Prince Harry‘s girlfriend Chelsy Davy confirmed her status as the quintessential party girl at a farewell celebration in Cape Town.

The send–off, organised by friends of 21–year–old Chelsy, who is coming to the UK to start a law degree, took place in the VIP room of her favourite club, t >>>


      CONTROVERSIAL EX–POLICE CHIEF THROWS LIB DEM HAT IN THE RING TO RUN LONDON
      The Daily Mail, 02-09-2007
     Controversial former police chief Brian Paddick will this week throw his hat into the ring for the post of London Mayor.

He is seeking the Liberal Democrat nomination and, if successful, it promises to become an electrifying contest between three colourful characters.

It would pitch him into a closely& >>>


      DALEY THOMPSON BANNED FROM PROMOTING LITTLE CHEF‘S OLYMPIC BREAKFAST
      The Daily Mail, 02-09-2007
     Its combination of fried bread, bacon and saute potatoes is unlikely to make Little Chef‘s Olympic Breakfast first choice for most athletes.

But when organisers of the 2012 London Games objected to a proposed advertisement for the giant feast, they were not worried about the nation‘s health.

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      DJ ANDY KERSHAW BEHIND BARS OVER LOVE SPLIT
      The Daily Mail, 02-09-2007
     Veteran BBC radio DJ Andy Kershaw was behind bars last night after a domestic dispute.

The Radio 3 presenter, renowned as a champion of world music, was arrested after it was reported that he breached a restraining order banning him from contacting his former partner Juliette Banner.

He was allegedly s >>>


      DOUBLE VC FOR AFGHAN HEROES
      The Daily Mail, 02-09-2007
     Two British soldiers from the same battalion have been nominated for the Victoria Cross in recognition of their incredible bravery in the face of the enemy.

The citations for Britain‘s highest gallantry award came after the men were involved in fierce fighting against the Taliban in Afghanistan.

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      EXCLUSIVE: THE STUNNING ACTRESS BLAMED FOR BREAKING UP KYLIE‘S RELATIONSHIP SPEAKS OUT
      The Daily Mail, 02-09-2007
     As Kylie Minogue‘s rocky relationship with Olivier Martinez continues to be dogged by rumours and speculation, the stunning actress blamed for breaking up their relationship speaks out for the first time.

Kylie is said to be a control freak and workaholic, obsessed with starting a family, while Olivier st >>>


      EXECUTIVE FIRED AFTER BRANDING HIS WIFE WITH AN IRON
      The Daily Mail, 02-09-2007
     The '0,000–a–year executive who branded his wife with an iron after she failed to make his sandwiches has been sacked by his firm.

The decision by the LEK management consultancy comes just two weeks after Colin Read was convicted of three counts of causing bodily harm to his wife.

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      FINALLY, A COOLING SYSTEM FOR OUR SWELTERING TROOPS – A PIPE TO STICK UP THEIR TROUSERS
      The Daily Mail, 02-09-2007
     While American GIs patrol Afghanistan‘s hot spots in liquid–cooled body–suits and drive air–conditioned Humvee vehicles, our troops are getting more basic equipment to cope with the sweltering heat.

It has taken six months of research by British scientists to produce the equipment to kee >>>


      HOLES IN THE WALL TO SEE PINS IN OUR EYES
      The Daily Mail, 02-09-2007
     Pupil power: scanners are on the way to the ATM Most popular stories News Entire site The best mother in the world: Unseen Diana photos taken by William Queen in fits of giggles as formal facade slips Brutal killing uncovered in the dark past of Griff Rhys Jones Owner of white Fiat Uno refuses to give evidence at Di >>>


      HOW BAE AND A RATHER MYSTERIOUS LABOUR PEER GET RICH AS OUR TROOPS DIE
      The Daily Mail, 02-09-2007
     After the First World War, Stanley Baldwin surveyed the House of Commons of which he was soon to become Conservative Prime Minister.

He was filled with disgust, dismissing the MPs as ‘a lot of hard–faced men who looked as though they had done rather well out of the war‘.

He had hit up >>>


      IS IT BREAK–UP FOR BROKEBACK STAR HEATH?
      The Daily Mail, 02-09-2007
     Could Hollywood star Heath Ledger be back on the singles‘ market? The Oscar–nominated heart–throb‘s relationship with actress Michelle Williams appears to have hit a rocky patch.

Scroll down for more... Read more... Back to bliss as Blunt moves in with Mika The couple in happier times Th >>>


      IS TERI HATCHER TURNING INTO MICHAEL JACKSON?
      The Daily Mail, 02-09-2007
     She is famous as a pioneer of size zero skinny chic. But this worrying picture of stick–thin star Teri Hatcher suggests she is undergoing an even more frightening metamorphosis.

With her wrinkle–free forehead, wide eyes and dark hair, the Desperate Housewives‘ star has begun to bear an uncanny >>>


      KATE MIDDLETON QUITS HER JOB TO PURSUE PHOTOGRAPHY CAREER
      The Daily Mail, 02-09-2007
     Now that her romance with Prince William is firmly back on, Kate Middleton is turning her attentions to her career.

The 25–year–old, who has been working as an accessories buyer at Jigsaw, wants to become a professional photographer.

Kate, who has a degree in history of art, told friends sh >>>


      MYSTERY OF PRINCE PHILIP‘S FAKE ‘WEDDING‘ UNIFORM
      The Daily Mail, 02-09-2007
     The Royal Collection boasts some of the world‘s finest historical treasures but one item in the latest exhibition to grace the grand halls of Buckingham Palace is not the genuine article.

Since the start of summer, visitors have flocked to see an exhibition celebrating the 60th wedding anniversary of the >>>


      NOW POLICE ARE TOLD THEY CAN USE TASER GUNS ON CHILDREN
      The Daily Mail, 02-09-2007
     Police have been given the go–ahead to use Taser stun guns against children. The relaxing of restrictions on the use of the weapons comes despite warnings that they could trigger a heart attack in youngsters.

Until now, Tasers – which emit a 50,000–volt electric shock – have been used on >>>


      OUCH! THE MOMENT PIERS MORGAN BROKE THREE RIBS FALLING OFF THE SEGWAY HE SAID WAS ‘IDIOT–PROOF‘
      The Daily Mail, 02-09-2007
     If he didn‘t believe in karma before, Piers Morgan must surely do now. The ex–newspaper editor, now a columnist for The Mail on Sunday‘s Live magazine, took great delight in making fun of President Bush for falling off a Segway – the two–wheeled, motorised, gyroscopically balanced scooter t >>>


      OUR CHILDREN HAVE HAD THE MMR JAB, SAYS BROWN‘S CABINET FRIEND
      The Daily Mail, 02-09-2007
     A key Cabinet ally of Gordon Brown has let it be known his children have had the controversial MMR vaccine, in a clear break with former Premier Tony Blair‘s policy of refusing to discuss the issue.

Scroll down for more... Going public: Yvette Cooper and Ed Balls with baby Elle in 1''' Schools >>>


      OWNER OF WHITE FIAT UNO REFUSES TO GIVE EVIDENCE AT DIANA INQUEST
      The Daily Mail, 02-09-2007
     A key witness to the car crash that claimed the lives of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed has rejected repeated requests from British detectives to give evidence at next month‘s inquest into their deaths.

Le Van Thanh, a Parisian taxi driver, owned a white Fiat Uno identical to the one that struck Diana&lsqu >>>


      QUEEN IN FITS OF GIGGLES AS FORMAL FACADE SLIPS
      The Daily Mail, 02-09-2007
     As guest of honour at countless worthy events, the Queen is used to maintaining a formal facade as she sits patiently among other dignitaries.

But that mask slipped at the Highland Games, when she became genuinely amused at events on the field.

Scroll down for more... Game for a laugh: The Queen chuckl >>>


      REVEALED: THE SECRET CRIMINAL PAST OF AMY WINEHOUSE‘S IN–LAWS
      The Daily Mail, 02-09-2007
     The parents–in–law of Amy Winehouse, who have been busy giving interview after interview decrying the troubled singer‘s wayward ways, are guilty of some anti–social behaviour of their own.

For headmaster Giles Civil and his wife Georgette were involved in a furious incident on a village >>>


      THE BEARD AND THE WONDERFUL: WORLD FACIAL HAIR CHAMPIONSHIPS HELD IN BRIGHTON
      The Daily Mail, 02-09-2007
     Weird beards and flash ‘taches were on proud display in the event where everybody prefers whiskers...

Scores of fuzzy–faced men from across the globe descended on Brighton for the biennial World Beard and Moustache Championships, competing for gold in such categories as best Dali beard, Sideburns Fr >>>


      THE BEST MOTHER IN THE WORLD: UNSEEN DIANA PHOTOS TAKEN BY WILLIAM
      The Daily Mail, 02-09-2007
     There could not be a more perfect illustration to the words that Prince Harry spoke at his late mother‘s memorial service: to him and his brother, Princess Diana was simply ‘the best mother in the world‘.

These remarkable and intimate photographs, two taken by Prince William and one by Prince >>>


      THE GYM BECKONS FOR PUFFED SPICE
      The Daily Mail, 02-09-2007
     Recent photographs of Geri Halliwell‘s washboard stomach have clearly spurred fellow Spice Girl Victoria Beckham to head for the gym.

Posh, who is known to ‘hate‘ the treadmill, has enrolled at LA‘s swankiest fitness club and also signed up with a personal trainer.

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      TORIES TO MAKE FAILING PUPILS SPEND AN EXTRA YEAR AT SCHOOL
      The Daily Mail, 02-09-2007
     Children who fail maths and reading tests will be forced to spend an extra year at primary school under new Tory plans to be unveiled this week.

The reforms are designed to make sure no pupil starts secondary school without a basic grasp of the "Three Rs".

The Conservatives hope the move will >>>


      WELCOME TO MY WEBWORLD: HOW OUR REPORTER BECAME STAR OF UK‘S FIRST ONLINE SOAP
      The Daily Mail, 02-09-2007
     KateModern is Britain‘s first online soap opera. With 2.3million viewers and advertisers paying 250,000 for product placement, it has become an internet phenomenon and a serious threat to the future of TV. Claudia Joseph went on set to investigate...and became the drama‘s latest star Walking down the escalat >>>


      WHAT A–POUT THAT THEN? ANGELINA‘S DAUGHTER INHERITS HER MUM‘S FULL LIPS
      The Daily Mail, 02-09-2007
     Proving the adage like mother, like daughter, these pictures show that Angelina Jolie‘s daughter has inherited her mother‘s fabulous full lips.

Despite being only a little over a year old, Shiloh has quickly perfected the pout which helped propel her mother to fame.

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      KRITIK AN KARDINAL MEISNER
      Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 02-09-2007
     Richters Fenster im Kölner Dom: Der Kardinal hält es für âžbeliebig und austauschbarâś 01. September 2007 Der Kölner Kardinal Joachim Meisner ist mit seiner Kritik, das neue, abstrakte Kirchenfenster von Gerhard Richter im Kölner Dom könne genauso gut in einer Moschee >>>



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