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      AVIATOR‘S DISAPPEARANCE REMAINS MYSTERY
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     MINDEN, Nev. –– Throughout the search for record–setting aviator Steve Fossett, the operation‘s leaders have professed unwavering confidence and asked for patience.

But as the search enters its sixth full day Sunday, concern is growing as the unprecedented effort drags on with no clue ab >>>


      BIN LADEN BRANDED VIRTUALLY IMPOTENT‘
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     WASHINGTON –– Osama bin Laden is "virtually impotent" and does not appear to be triggering a new attack against the United States despite the release of a videotape with his first message in a year, President Bush‘s homeland security adviser said Sunday.

"This is about the best >>>


      BUSH ADVISERS FAVOR CURRENT WAR STRATEGY
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     WASHINGTON –– President Bush‘s top two military and political advisers on Iraq will warn Congress on Monday that making any significant changes to the current war strategy will jeopardize the limited security and political progress made so far, The Associated Press has learned.

U.S. Ambassador >>>


      CALIF. GRAY WHALE SHOT WITH MACHINE GUN
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     NEAH BAY, Wash. –– An injured California gray whale was swimming out to sea Saturday after being shot with a machine gun off the western tip of Washington state, officials said.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Kelly Parker said five people believed to be members of the Makah Tribe shot and harpooned the w >>>


      CORRECTION: LAURA BUSH DOING WELL AFTER SURGERY, AIDES SAY
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     Corrects name of procedure through out article WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. first lady Laura Bush was out of the hospital and recovering well on Saturday after successful surgery to treat pinched nerves in her neck, the White House said.

She left the George Washington University Hospital after the 2 1/2&nd >>>


      DEMOCRATS‘ HOPES HIGH IN SENATE RACES
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     PM WASHINGTON –– A string of political setbacks has damaged Republicans‘ hopes of regaining the Senate majority next year and increased the likelihood Democrats might expand their razor–thin margin.

The 2008 campaign appears increasingly unpleasant for Republicans a year after unexpected >>>


      DEMOCRATS TO MEET FOR SPANISH DEBATE
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     CORAL GABLES, Fla. –– Democratic presidential candidates were meeting Sunday night for the first debate broadcast entirely in Spanish, the clearest sign yet of the growing influence of Hispanic voters.

The debate at the University of Miami will be broadcast by Univision, the nation‘s fifth&nda >>>


      EDWARDS‘ CABINET LIST INCLUDES GOP NAMES
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     NASHUA, N.H. –– Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards carries a running list of people he might put in his Cabinet, and it includes "more than one" Republican.

"I want to be ready for when I get sworn in," the former North Carolina senator said between campaigns stops as >>>


      FATHER: MISSING STUDENT WAS IN CAR WRECK
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     WASHINGTON –– James McCormick drove by a ravine near his Laurel, Md., home many times in the week since his 18–year–old son disappeared, oblivious to the fact that his son lay trapped in a car wreck below.

On Saturday, Julian McCormick stopped waiting for someone to find him in his upsid >>>


      FIRST LADY HAS SURGERY FOR PINCHED NERVE
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     WASHINGTON –– First lady Laura Bush underwent surgery Saturday to relieve pain from pinched nerves in her neck. The White House said the procedure was successful.

The problem kept her from joining President Bush on a trip to Australia this week for the annual meeting of the Asia–Pacific Econom >>>


      FIRST LADY HAS SURGERY FOR PINCHED NERVES
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     First lady Laura Bush underwent successful surgery yesterday to relieve pain from pinched nerves in her neck, the White House said.

The 2 1/2 –hour procedure at George Washington University Hospital enlarged the passageway where the nerves sit near the spinal column, removing pressure from the nerves, sai >>>


      GABRIELLE AIMS AT NORTH CAROLINA COAST
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     NAGS HEAD, N.C. –– Tropical Storm Gabrielle began to shower North Carolina‘s Outer Banks with rain and batter them with high winds Sunday as the storm slogged slowly toward the coast.

Forecasters expected the storm to increase its wind speed slightly _ though not to hurricane levels _ before s >>>


      GIULIANI THROWS FIRST PITCH IN TEXAS
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     ARLINGTON, Texas –– Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani threw the first pitch at the Texas Rangers–Oakland A‘s game Saturday after a rally at Rangers Ballpark.

Just days before the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the former New York mayor said he‘s >>>


      IRAQ DEBATE IS SEA OF STATISTICS
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     PM WASHINGTON –– In vertical bars of blue, green, gray and red, a briefing chart prepared by the Defense Intelligence Agency says what Gen. David Petraeus won‘t.

Insurgent attacks against Iraqi civilians, their security forces and U.S. troops remain high, according to the document obtained by >>>


      MAN WHO ACTED LIKE FIREFIGHTER IS CHARGED
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. –– James Campbell seemed to relish being a firefighter, showing up in uniform at the World Trade Center, train wrecks, wildfires and the aftermaths of hurricanes including Katrina.

He even posed for his driver‘s license photo in a Los Angeles County firefighter‘s >>>


      NO TRACE OF MISSING MOUNT HOOD CLIMBERS
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     PORTLAND, Ore. –– Searchers looking for the remains of two mountaineers who vanished on Mount Hood last winter found no trace of the climbers when a search resumed Saturday.

Brian Hall, 37, of Dallas, and Jerry "Nikko" Cooke, 36, of New York City disappeared in a December storm after reach >>>


      OBITUARIES IN THE NEWS
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     ':21 PM –– ___

Bill Boyle NEW YORK (AP) _ Daily News senior managing editor Bill Boyle, whose cool head and sharp editing skills made him a revered figure at the tabloid for the last 21 years, died at his home after a long illness. He was 54.

Boyle died Saturday morning, more than a yea >>>


      OPRAH HOSTS OBAMA IN STAR–STUDDED EVENT
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     MONTECITO, Calif. –– Oprah Winfrey rolled out the red carpet Saturday for Barack Obama at a gala fundraiser attended by high–wattage stars that was expected to raise $3 million for the Democratic presidential candidate.

The most powerful woman in show business celebrated her favorite candidate >>>


      OVERSALTED BURGER LEADS TO CHARGES
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     UNION CITY, Ga. –– A McDonald‘s employee spent a night in jail and is facing criminal charges because a police officer‘s burger was too salty, so salty that he says it made him sick.

Kendra Bull was arrested Friday, charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct and freed on $1,000 bail.
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      REPORT ON TB CASE CITES SECURITY GAPS
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     PM WASHINGTON –– A congressional investigation into officials‘ inability to stop a tuberculosis patient from leaving the country found significant security gaps, heightening concern about vulnerability to potential cases of pandemic flu or smallpox.

A report on the May incident involving an At >>>


      SEARCH FOR MISSING AVIATOR BROADENS AS CONCERNS GROW
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     MINDEN, Nev., Sept. 8 –– Authorities expanded Saturday the size of the massive aerial search for missing adventurer Steve Fossett to a region about twice the size of New Jersey.

The search could continue for weeks, Maj. Cynthia Ryan of the Nevada Civil Air Patrol said. But concerns about the 63&ndas >>>


      TEXAS OFFICERS SLAIN ANSWERING '11 CALL
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     ODESSA, Texas –– Two police officers responding to a domestic disturbance were killed and a third was critically wounded by a gunman who led Texas authorities on an hours–long standoff, authorities said.

The suspected gunman in the shooting Saturday night, 58–year–old Larry White, >>>


      THE CONSERVATIVE DEMOCRAT | DAN BOREN
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     June 28, 2007 "We have one commander in chief, and it‘s very important that we not micromanage a war. We definitely don‘t want to tip our hand to an enemy when we‘re going to be leaving, because then they will simply wait for us to leave, then reconstitute themselves." July 26, 2007 Boren emb >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     AM –– Tropical storm Gabrielle approached the Outer Banks of North Carolina and forecasters predicted storm surges of a few feet Sunday. Meanwhile, thunderstorms were expected in the Northeast and triple–digit temperatures in parts of the West.

Gabrielle was expected to cause flooding as the r >>>


      TODAY IN HISTORY – SEPT. '
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     12:01 AM –– Today is Sunday, Sept. ', the 252nd day of 2007. There are 113 days left in the year.

Today‘s Highlight in History: Fifty years ago, on Sept. ', 1'57, President Eisenhower signed into law the first civil rights bill to pass Congress since Reconstruction.

On thi >>>


      TOT TUMBLES FROM REPOSSESSED CAR
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     AURORA, Ill. –– A repossession crew got a surprise when a 4–year–old boy leaped out of the sport–utility vehicle they were towing away.

Fashawn Parker, of Naperville, was sitting in the back seat of a Ford Excursion that was parked outside of a house on Thursday when the repo crew >>>


      TRAVELER ASSESSMENTS LITTLE ALTERED
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     AM WASHINGTON –– Rejecting a wave of criticisms, the government has agreed to only modest changes in the computerized system that assesses whether each American who travels abroad poses a terrorist threat.

The Homeland Security Department decided to keep the risk assessments for 15 years instead of >>>


      WHALE SHOT OFF WASHINGTON COAST
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     NEAH BAY, Wash. –– An injured California gray whale was swimming out to sea Saturday after being shot with a machine gun off the western tip of Washington state, officials said.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Kelly Parker said five people believed to be members of the Makah Tribe shot and harpooned the w >>>


      WINFREY HOLDS FUNDRAISER FOR OBAMA
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     PM MONTECITO, Calif. –– Oprah Winfrey rolled out the red carpet Saturday for Barack Obama at a gala fundraiser attended by high–wattage stars that was expected to raise $3 million for the Democratic presidential candidate.

The most powerful woman in show business celebrated her favorite candid >>>


      AMONG TOP OFFICIALS, ‘SURGE‘ HAS SPARKED DISSENT, INFIGHTING
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     For two hours, President Bush listened to contrasting visions of the U.S. future in Iraq. Gen. David H. Petraeus dominated the conversation by video link from Baghdad, making the case to keep as many troops as long as possible to cement any security progress. Adm. William J. Fallon, his superior, argued instead for acce >>>


      GORE ENDORSEMENT –– POTENT BUT NOT FOOLPROOF
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     Former vice president Al Gore‘s pronouncement that he is likely to endorse one of the Democratic candidates for president before the primary season is over has set off a slew of speculation about who his choice might be.

Truth is, the courting of the "Goreacle" began many months ago. Sen. Barack >>>


      HAGEL IS EXPECTED TO QUIT ELECTORAL POLITICS
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     By Jonathan Weisman and Chris CillizzaWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, September ', 2007; A07 Sen. Chuck Hagel (R–Neb.), a mainstream conservative who raised his profile nationally through his fierce opposition to President Bush‘s Iraq policies, will announce tomorrow that he will retire from the Sen >>>


      HIS TASK: SELL HISPANICS ON GOP
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     By Jose Antonio VargasWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, September ',
2007; A06 For many in the country‘s fastest–growing segment of the electorate, Sen.

Mel Martinez is the face of the Republican Party. The Florida senator was handpicked by President Bush to become the first Hispanic chair >>>


      PET PROJECTS‘ VEIL IS ONLY PARTLY LIFTED
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     By John Solomon and Jeffrey H. BirnbaumWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, September ', 2007; A01 Rep. Rahm Emanuel was extremely proud when the House passed a major spending bill early this year that contained not a single special–interest project.

"This is an earmark–free bill," the >>>


      PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS ROIL EMOTIONS ON EVE OF SEPT. 11 TRIBUTE
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     By Anthony FaiolaWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, September ', 2007; A03 NEW YORK –– Few things united this wildly diverse city more than the devastating events of Sept. 11, 2001. But, as the sixth anniversary of that dark day approaches, that sense of unity is being seriously tested amid a cacophony >>>


      RADIO TELESCOPE AND ITS BUDGET HANG IN THE BALANCE
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     ARECIBO, Puerto Rico –– In the tangled forests of Puerto Rico‘s steamy interior, suspended by steel cables strung from 300–foot towers, an array of antennas hangs above an aluminum bowl 1,000 feet in diameter that gazes into space.

Arecibo Observatory, the largest and most sensitive radi >>>


      SEPTEMBER BRINGS NO CONSENSUS
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     A04 September was supposed to be the decisive month, when either antiwar sentiment pushed Republicans to back Democratic calls for troop withdrawals, or progress in Baghdad won President Bush time to pursue his counterinsurgency strategy.

It would all be clearer, lawmakers on both sides of the debate said, when >>>


      2ND ALGERIA BOMBING IN DAYS KILLS 28 COAST GUARD OFFICERS
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     ALGIERS, Sept. 8 –– A car bombing killed 28 coast guard officers in Algeria on Saturday, just days after a blast ripped through a crowd waiting for the president.

Although there was no assertion of responsibility in either attack, al–Qaeda‘s North African affiliate has carried out bombin >>>


      ABE: READY TO RESIGN OVER REFUELING VOTE
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     SYDNEY, Australia –– Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday he was ready to resign if parliament fails to extend Japan‘s refueling mission in the Indian Ocean in support of U.S.–led anti–terrorism operations in Afghanistan.

The renewal of the legislation that allows the ref >>>


      AFGHANISTAN‘S KARZAI HUSTLED AWAY AFTER GUNFIRE SCARE
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai broke off from a speech and was hustled safely away from a ceremony at Kabul‘s sports stadium on Sunday after what sounded like gunshots in the vicinity, witnesses said.

State television showed Karzai, who has survived several assassination attempts in >>>


      AL QAEDA CLAIMS ALGERIA ATTACKS IN WEB STATEMENT
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     DELLYS, Algeria (Reuters) – Al Qaeda‘s north Africa wing said it was behind two suicide attacks that killed at least 57 people in Algeria in the past two days, according to a statement posted on the Internet on Saturday.

It said the al Qaeda Organisation in the Islamic Maghreb was behind Saturday&ls >>>


      ANCIENT ESCAPE HATCH FOUND IN ISRAEL
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     JERUSALEM –– Under threat from Romans ransacking Jerusalem 2,000 years ago, many of the city‘s Jewish residents crowded into an underground drainage channel to hide and later flee the chaos through Jerusalem‘s southern end unnoticed.

The ancient tunnel was recently discovered buried bene >>>


      AT LEAST 15 KILLED IN INDIA FLYOVER COLLAPSE
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     NEW DELHI (Reuters) – At least 15 people were killed when part of a flyover under construction collapsed in India‘s southern IT hub of Hyderabad, the Press Trust of India reported on Sunday.

Another 10 people were injured. Local television showed cars crushed under slabs of concrete.

The fl >>>


      BIN LADEN TAPE: TIMING OVER SUBSTANCE
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     –– Osama bin Laden‘s latest message is a hodgepodge of anti–capitalist vitriol, impassioned Islamic evangelism and what can best be described as a twisted attempt at reconciliation: Join us, or we‘ll kill you.

Analysts say the video that came out days before the sixth anniversary o >>>


      BUSH MOVES TO PUT HIMSELF IN A POSITION FOR TROOP DRAWDOWN
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     By Michael AbramowitzWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, September ', 2007; A18 As he prepares to provide Congress and the nation a progress report on Iraq this week, President Bush has sought to reframe the domestic political battle over the war, putting himself in a position to do something his critics have long a >>>


      CASE OF MISSING GIRL TAKES OMINOUS TURN
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     September ', 2007; A1' LONDON, Sept. 8 –– Traces of blood discovered by British sniffer dogs in a car rented by Gerry and Kate McCann have led Portuguese police to believe that 4–year–old Madeleine McCann was killed and not kidnapped, according to family members and friends.

The >>>


      CLASHES IN CONGO PARK ENDANGER GORILLAS
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     DAKAR, Senegal –– Renewed fighting Saturday inside a national park in Congo that is home to endangered mountain gorillas forced rangers to flee for the second time in less than a week, conservationists said.

The clashes between fighters loyal to warlord Laurent Nkunda and government soldiers took pl >>>


      COLOMBIAN REBEL LEADER CONTACTS CHAVEZ
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     PM CARACAS, Venezuela –– President Hugo Chavez says the chief of Colombia‘s largest rebel group has contacted him as the Venezuelan leader seeks to mediate between the leftist guerrillas and Colombia‘s U.S.–allied government.

Chavez, who is trying to broker an exchange of rebel&nda >>>


      DUPED IMMIGRANT WOMEN GET SECOND CHANCE
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     PM ROME –– Elizabeth, a 20–year–old West African, believed she was coming to Europe to study medicine on a scholarship. Instead she was forced into prostitution on a Rome street.

Elizabeth had the courage to break free, asking for help from a police officer who got her into a shelter tha >>>


      GERMANY SAYS TERROR PLOT MAY BE WIDER
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     ':00 PM BERLIN –– Three Islamic terror suspects arrested on suspicion of planning massive bombings in Germany may have been part of a larger network involving up to 50 people, an official said Saturday.

The three, arrested Tuesday in a raid on a vacation residence in central Germany, had alleged >>>


      GERMANY STRUGGLES WITH ‘WHY?‘ OF HOME–GROWN MILITANTS
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     BERLIN (Reuters) – They grew up as middle–class Germans with the ordinary names Fritz and Daniel. They had by and large sound family backgrounds and attended good schools. They even once played American football and basketball.

But somewhere along the line –– according to a portrait of t >>>


      GUATEMALAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     1:34 PM On Sept. ', 2007, voters in Guatemala will elect local leaders, legislators and a president. Oscar Berger of the center–right Grand National Alliance (GANA) party leads the current government, but Guatemalan voters have not returned an incumbent party to power since 1'86.

Recent polls show >>>


      GUATEMALANS VOTE AFTER VIOLENT CAMPAIGN
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     PM GUATEMALA CITY –– A former general vowing to crack down on crime in Central America‘s most violent country and a businessman who promises to alleviate desperate poverty appeared to lead a pack of 14 candidates in Guatemala‘s presidential vote Sunday.

The race was expected to end in a >>>


      INDIA OVERPASS COLLAPSES; 20 FEARED DEAD
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     HYDERABAD, India –– A highway overpass under construction in southern India collapsed Sunday, crushing vehicles and pedestrians taking shelter from a rainstorm. At least 20 people were feared dead, police said.

Several people were believed still trapped in the rubble after the accident in Hyderabad, >>>


      IRAQ‘S NEIGHBORS MEET IN BAGHDAD
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     AM BAGHDAD –– Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari urged Iraq‘s neighbors Sunday to prevent "terrorists and killers" from crossing into his country and warned that the violence in Iraq could spill across its borders into other nations.

Zebari‘s comments came during the opening of a >>>


      IRAQ REPORT INCLUDES TROOPS TIMETABLE
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     By Robin WrightWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, September ', 2007; A15 In a report to be released today, a panel of experts assembled by the U.S.

Institute of Peace calls for a 50 percent reduction in U.S. forces in Iraq within three years and a total withdrawal and handover of security to the Iraqi mili >>>


      IRAQ: BAGHDAD CALMER, BUT POLITICS NOT
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     PM BAGHDAD –– The U.S. military buildup has brought some relief from bombs and bullets to Baghdad‘s shattered neighborhoods. But it has failed so far to reach its overarching purpose: getting Iraqis to agree to the political compromises that Washington consider crucial for any lasting stability.
>>>


      ISLAMIST PARTY SET BACK IN MOROCCO VOTE
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     PM RABAT, Morocco –– Voters in Morocco deprived an Islamist party of an expected parliamentary victory, handing it instead to a secular conservative party that is a member of the ruling coalition, according to preliminary results announced Saturday.

If confirmed, the results of Friday‘s vote w >>>


      ISRAEL‘S RELEASE OF PALESTINIAN PRISONERS DELAYED
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel is unlikely to release from prison 100 members of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas‘s Fatah faction ahead of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, an Israeli government official said on Sunday.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who will meet Abbas in Jerusalem on Mond >>>


      ISRAELI POLICE SAY THEY UNCOVER NEO–NAZI CELL
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Immigrants from the former Soviet Union formed a neo–Nazi cell in Israel that assaulted religious Jews and foreign workers and daubed swastikas in synagogues, police said on Sunday.

A photograph of six young men raising their arms in a Nazi salute was featured on the front page >>>


      ISRAELI, PALESTINIAN LEADERS TO MEET
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     PM JERUSALEM –– The Palestinian president and the Israeli prime minister are to meet early next week in Jerusalem ahead of an expected visit by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and key meetings of international mediators, officials said Saturday.

Palestinian officials said Abbas and Olmert would >>>


      JAPANESE MAN REMAINS AIR GUITAR CHAMPION
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     OULU, Finland –– A Japanese man out–"played" challengers to win the Air Guitar World Championship for the second consecutive year at a contest in northern Finland.

Ochi Yosuke received the highest score from a panel of judges in the final late Friday at the Teatria rock club in Oulu, >>>


      MASTERMIND OF IRAQ YAZIDI ATTACK KILLED: U.S. MILITARY
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A U.S. air strike killed a senior al Qaeda militant who masterminded truck bombings on Iraq‘s minority Yazidi community last month that killed more than 400 people, the military said on Sunday.

"On September 3, a coalition air strike killed the terrorist responsible for the >>>


      MISSING GIRL‘S PARENTS LEAVING PORTUGAL
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     PRAIA DA LUZ, Portugal –– A British couple named as suspects in the disappearance of their 4–year–old daughter in Portugal are to return home on Sunday, a family spokeswoman said.

Kate and Gerry McCann have strenuously professed their innocence since police declared them formal suspects >>>


      MISSING GIRL‘S PARENTS LEAVING PORTUGAL
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     FARO, Portugal –– A British couple named as suspects in the disappearance of their 4–year–old daughter began their journey home Sunday, days after being grilled about new forensic evidence Portuguese authorities believe ties them to the case.

Kate and Gerry McCann were to board an easyJe >>>


      NEW REPORT RECOMMENDS IRAQ HANDOVER IN 5 YEARS
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     By Robin WrightWashington Post Staff WriterSaturday, September 8, 2007;
4:04 PM In a report to be released Sunday, a panel of experts assembled by the U.S. Institute of Peace calls for a 50 percent reduction in U.S. forces in Iraq within three years and a total withdrawal and handover of security to the Iraqi milita >>>


      NO DEATHS AS PASSENGER PLANE CRASHES IN DENMARK
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – A turboprop plane with 73 people on board crashed on Sunday as it landed in western Denmark, but no one was seriously injured, the airline said.

Television images showed the plane, a Scandinavian Airlines flight from Copenhagen to Aalborg, swerving sharply on the runway after its ri >>>


      PAKISTAN DETAINS HUNDREDS AHEAD OF EX–PM‘S RETURN
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani authorities tightened security at Islamabad‘s airport and have detained more than 2,000 supporters of exiled former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his party said on Sunday, the eve of his planned return.

Sharif, ousted by army chief General Pervez Musharraf in 1' >>>


      PAKISTAN STEPS UP AIRPORT SECURITY
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     ISLAMABAD, Pakistan –– Pakistan on Sunday stepped up airport security, banned rallies and detained opposition activists a day before former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif‘s planned return to challenge the military ruler who sent him into exile seven years ago.

Sharif plans to fly from London to I >>>


      PAKISTAN TIGHTENS SECURITY FOR SHARIF
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     ISLAMABAD, Pakistan –– Police manned roadblocks and rounded up supporters of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday as he prepared to end seven years in exile and return to Pakistan to lead a campaign to topple the country‘s U.S.–allied military ruler.

The government of President G >>>


      PAKISTANI AIRPORTS ON HIGH ALERT
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     ISLAMABAD, Pakistan –– Pakistan stepped up security at all of its major airports Sunday after receiving reports about possible terror attacks, a day before the nation‘s exiled former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was to return home, officials said.

Sharif plans to fly from London to Islamabad on >>>


      PAKISTANIS "DETAIN 2,000" AHEAD OF EX–PM‘S RETURN
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani authorities have detained more than 2,000 supporters of exiled former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his party said on Sunday, the eve of his planned return to challenge President Pervez Musharraf.

Sharif, ousted by army chief Musharraf in 1''', says he is determi >>>


      PARENTS OF MISSING MADELEINE RETURN TO BRITAIN
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     NOTTINGHAM (Reuters) – British couple Kate and Gerry McCann, named as suspects in the disappearance of their four–year–old daughter Madeleine in Portugal, flew home on Sunday insisting they were innocent.

"We played no part in the disappearance of our lovely daughter Madeleine," Gerr >>>


      POLICE: ISRAELI NEO–NAZI RING BUSTED
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     JERUSALEM –– In a case that would seem unthinkable in the Jewish state, police said Sunday they have cracked a cell of young Israeli neo–Nazis accused in a string of attacks on foreign workers, religious Jews, drug addicts and gays.

Eight immigrants from the former Soviet Union have been arres >>>


      PREVALENCE OF RAPE IN E. CONGO DESCRIBED AS WORST IN WORLD
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     ', 2007; A1' NAIROBI, Sept. 8 –– The prevalence and intensity of sexual violence against women in eastern Congo are "almost unimaginable," the top U.N. humanitarian official said Saturday after visiting the country‘s most fragile region, where militia groups have preyed on the civilia >>>


      RABBI STABBED, WOUNDED IN GERMANY
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     FRANKFURT, Germany –– A rabbi was stabbed in the stomach by another man on a Frankfurt street in what appeared to be a spontaneous attack, police said Saturday.

The 42–year–old rabbi, whose name was not disclosed, underwent surgery after the Friday night attack and appeared to be out of >>>


      ROUTED FATAH BEGINS TO REORGANIZE IN GAZA
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     By Scott WilsonWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, September ', 2007; A20 GAZA CITY –– The secular Palestinian party Fatah, routed in the Gaza Strip by rival Hamas forces nearly three months ago, has begun to use political protest and reassemble its armed wing in order to resist the Islamic movement&l >>>


      SIERRA LEONE COUNTS VOTES AS BOTH SIDES CRY FOUL
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     FREETOWN (Reuters) – Sierra Leone counted votes on Sunday from a tense presidential run–off which went peacefully despite fears of violence, but both sides accused the other of fraud and intimidation.

Saturday‘s presidential run–off vote, the culmination of polls seen as a key test of st >>>


      SUICIDE ATTACKER KILLS 15 IN SADR CITY
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     Associated PressSunday, September ', 2007; A20 BAGHDAD, Sept. 8 –– A suicide bomber detonated an explosives–packed vehicle near a row of stores in the Shiite militia stronghold of Sadr City on Saturday, killing at least 15 people, police and hospital officials said.

The attacker was believ >>>


      TAIWAN LEADER RILES CHINA, U.S.
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     HSINCHU, Taiwan –– With a deafening roar, eight Mirage fighter jets shoot upward from the darkened runway at Taiwan‘s Hsinchu Air Force Base, armed with a deadly array of missiles and a mission to knock out incoming Chinese warplanes.

It‘s only a simulation, of course, but the tensions a >>>


      THE NEW AL–QAEDA CENTRAL
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     By Craig WhitlockWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, September ', 2007; A01 PESHAWAR, Pakistan –– When Osama bin Laden resurfaced Friday in a 26–minute videotaped speech, his most important message was one left unsaid: We have survived.

The last time bin Laden showed his face to the wor >>>


      THOUSANDS PRESS FOR TAIWAN PRESIDENT‘S OUSTER
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     TAIPEI (Reuters) – Thousands of protesters blocked a central Taipei street and displayed candles in the shape of the Chinese character for "fart" on Sunday to demand that Taiwan President Chen Shui–bian step down over suspected corruption.

The crowd gathered on the anniversary of a 2006 de >>>


      U.N. WAITS TO ISSUE ITS REPORT ON IRAQ
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 8 –– The United Nations has delayed the release of a quarterly report on human rights in Iraq to avoid criticizing Washington and Baghdad while they are seeking to rally congressional and international support for the war effort, according to U.N. officials.

The move follows a >>>


      U.N.: MOST AFGHAN SUICIDE ATTACKS START IN PAKISTAN
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     KABUL, Sept. 8 –– More than 80 percent of suicide bombers in Afghanistan are recruited and trained in neighboring Pakistan, the United Nations said in a report that showed attacks running at record levels this year.

Most of the suicide bombers are poor, young and uneducated, and many are Afghan, acc >>>


      WARNING SHOTS FIRED DURING KARZAI SPEECH
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     KABUL, Afghanistan –– Afghan police trying to keep a restless crowd from entering a full stadium fired guns in the air Sunday, while President Hamid Karzai quickly finished a speech inside, a military official said.

There were no immediate reports of injuries, and a government official said Karzai w >>>


      WIDE SKEPTICISM AHEAD OF ASSESSMENT
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     By Jon Cohen and Jennifer AgiestaWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, September ', 2007; A18 Most Americans think this week‘s report from Gen. David H. Petraeus will exaggerate progress in Iraq, and few expect it to result in a major shift in President Bush‘s policy. But despite skepticism about the Petr >>>


      WORLD IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 09-09-2007
     Paisley to Step Down as Head Of Free Presbyterian Church DUBLIN –– The Rev. Ian Paisley said Saturday he is stepping down as leader of the hard–line Protestant church he founded 56 years ago, a decision his opponents said was inevitable after he angered many by cooperating with Sinn Fein to form a Nort >>>


      ASHDOD, HAIFA PORTS ON VERGE OF COLLAPSE
      Haaretz, 09-09-2007
     By Avi Bar–Eli "Manufacturers, importers and exporters can now work in peace," declared then–finance minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a press conference on February 23, 2005, announcing approval of the ports reform.

But the conclusions of an external report on the functioning of the ports th >>>


      BUSINESS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 09-09-2007
     Opinion Rosner‘s Domain Anglo File Books Travel del.icio.us Digg It! new Business in Brief The National Insurance Institute (NII) will be closed today as its employees go on a strike. After weeks of sanctions by workers, today all NII branches, as well as telephone services or any contact with the public, will be >>>


      ORGANIC IN NAME ONLY
      Haaretz, 09-09-2007
     By Ronny Linder–Ganz Consumers of organic foods need two basic characteristics: money and faith.

They need faith to believe the food they are buying is actually free of chemicals, pesticides, herbicides and all sorts of other bad things; and money – a lot of money – to pay for the goods.
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      REFORM, WHAT REFORM?
      Haaretz, 09-09-2007
     By Avi Bar–Eli The port reforms have not failed – they simply never started. Port workers enjoyed raises, huge grants and immunity from losing their jobs. In return, all privatization was barred from the ports. The workers, however, did not keep their promise to refrain from strikes or sanctions.

Th >>>


      WHEN IS AN ORGANIC APPLE NOT ORGANIC?
      Haaretz, 09-09-2007
     By Ronny Linder–Ganz The case of the apples we tested that contained pesticide residues is a good example of the confusion that reigns in the market. They were marked: "The fruit is not organic, but was organically grown in the orchards of Keshet and Alonei Habashan" [moshavim on the Golan Heights.] When >>>


      ETHICAL SHMITA
      Haaretz, 09-09-2007
     By Yair Sheleg The ritual repeats itself every seven years, at the beginning of each shmita (sabbatical) year: The Chief Rabbinate adopts Rabbi Kook‘s "sale permit," which allows farmers to work as usual, by "selling" the land to a non–Jew, while the ultra–Orthodox rabbis seek to im >>>


      IDF INVENTED DRAFT–DODGING
      Haaretz, 09-09-2007
     By Haaretz Editorial Enlistment figures for the Israel Defense Forces have not changed much in years, and the fact that nearly half the population does not enlist is not the responsibility of the would–be draftees, but rather of the state that neglects to draft them. Political trickery has enabled politicians from >>>


      OLMERT MUST COUNT OUR VOTES
      Haaretz, 09-09-2007
     By Ehud Asheri The cryptic references in the media to the recent incident in Syria are not that hard to decipher. If my interpretation of what has been said about the alleged aerial incursion by Israeli jets into Syrian territory last Thursday is correct, then Prime Minister Ehud Olmert‘s consultants must be pulli >>>


      THIS IS HOW THE MODERATES LOOK
      Haaretz, 09-09-2007
     By Gideon Levy Haim Ramon has made a big comeback. As if renewing the Hebrew language, he has coined the term "infrastructural oxygen" – Israel should strike a blow at Gaza‘s infrastructural oxygen. Faithful to his suggestions in the Second Lebanon War ("It is permissible to destroy everything >>>


      WELCOME TO THE MIDDLE EAST
      Haaretz, 09-09-2007
     By Amir Oren Two young Israel Defense Forces majors, Oron and Liron, got married Wednesday might, at a wedding hall on Moshav Beit Hanan. Oron is the representative of the IDF Spokesman in the Central Command; Liron is the assistant to Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi. The latter came to the wedding, but returned to work l >>>


      ANKARA SAYS ISRAEL JETTISONED FUEL TANKS IN ITS TERRITORY
      Haaretz, 09-09-2007
     By Barak Ravid and Amos Harel, Haaretz correspondents and agencies Turkey has asked Israel for clarification after finding two fuel tanks on its territory near the Syrian border. The tanks allegedly belong to Israel Air Force warplanes, a diplomatic source said yesterday. Turkey‘s Hurriyet newspaper yesterday publ >>>


      ASSAD BITING HIS LIP
      Haaretz, 09-09-2007
     By Amos Harel The media are trying to decipher exactly what happened last Thursday in northern Syria that prompted Damascus to accuse Israeli jets of violating its airspace. But the Syrian media has moved on to other issues.

Yesterday, the leading news item in Syria was the beginning fo the school year. It appe >>>


      BIN LADEN ‘MAKEOVER‘ COULD SIGNAL NEW ATTACKS
      Haaretz, 09-09-2007
     By Agencies Abandoning his Kalashnikov and dyeing his beard from grey to black, Osama bin Laden presents a new image to the world in a video that makes no specific threats but may be a signal for new Al–Qaida attacks.

In a half–hour address released four days before the sixth anniversary of the Sept >>>



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