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      ‘LIVE, FROM NEW YORK,‘ IT‘S HILLARY?
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     NEW YORK –– Hillary Rodham Clinton took a break from the campaign trail to thank "Saturday Night Live" for giving her candidacy a boost _ although she failed to get an official endorsement from the show.

Clinton‘s campaign has gotten a good deal of mileage out of an "SNL" s >>>


      A SELECTION OF BREYER‘S HYPOTHETICALS
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     AM –– A sampling of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer‘s colorful use of hypothetical examples over the years: Qanta Computer v. LG Electronics, a dispute over patent rights on computer chips, Jan. 16, 2008: _Breyer: "Imagine that I want to buy some bicycle pedals, so I go to the bicycle shop. T >>>


      ARKANSAS CAT DOWN TO 7 LIVES
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     CLINTON, Ark. –– Charlie Brown is down to seven lives. Donna and Danny Pistole‘s black–and–white cat survived a February tornado that destroyed the family‘s mobile home, coming out of nearby woods skittish but no worse for wear. However, the cat took up refuge in a large pile of debri >>>


      BREYER, COURT MASTER OF THE ‘WHAT IF?‘
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– The nine justices in black robes file into the Supreme Court consumed with thoughts about the great legal issues of the day. Only one of them is likely to ask questions involving raccoons, an unruly son, pet oysters or even the dreaded "tomato children." When Justice Stephen Breyer le >>>


      BUSH MOVES TO SHIELD TELECOMMUNICATIONS FIRMS
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     2, 2008; A07 President Bush said last week that telecommunications companies that helped government wiretapping efforts need protection from "class–action plaintiff attorneys" who see a "financial gravy train" ahead. Democrats and privacy groups responded by accusing the Bush administration of >>>


      CALIF.‘S EX–INSURANCE HEAD NOW DEPUTY
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     FORT MYERS, Fla. –– California‘s former insurance commissioner, who resigned during a 2000 election scandal, is again facing scrutiny _ this time as a Florida lawman who shot someone he was trying to arrest.

Lee County Deputy Chuck Quackenbush, 54, was placed on administrative leave this week >>>


      CLINTON CHEERY IN FACE OF GRIM OUTLOOK
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     DALLAS (Reuters) – Sen. Hillary Clinton‘s poll numbers are slipping and each day seems to bring news of waning support but a display of stubborn optimism surrounds the candidate who faces do–or–die contests in her presidential bid this week.

Despite Clinton‘s declining popularity a >>>


      CLINTON OPENS BIG PUSH BEFORE PRIMARIES
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     WESTERVILLE, Ohio –– Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton is hammering bedrock pocketbook issues and arguing that her campaign is about solutions. Clinton is sweeping across Ohio in an intense push two days before the state‘s presidential primary.

She told more than 2,000 cheering backers Sunday in >>>


      CLINTON TRAILS IN TEXAS, DEADLOCKED IN OHIO
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     1:16 AM WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrat Hillary Clinton narrowly trails rival Barack Obama in Texas and the two are virtually tied in Ohio ahead of critical contests that could decide the fate of her presidential bid, according to a Reuters/C–SPAN/Houston Chronicle poll released on Sunday.

Clinton f >>>


      CONFIDENCE IN THE AIR FOR OBAMA
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) – After 11 straight wins in the race to become the Democratic White House nominee, Barack Obama has reason to feel good and it is showing in his demeanor on the campaign trail.

There is a subtle air of confidence about the Illinois senator, even as he is quick to remind voters >>>


      EXPERIMENTAL PLANES COLLIDE IN FLORIDA
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     PM TAMPA, Fla. –– An experimental plane that may have been having trouble landing struck another that was taxiing at an airfield Saturday, setting both on fire and killing two people, authorities said. Two people were critically injured.

The plane trying to land crashed into another on the ground ar >>>


      FAMILY KILLED IN TEXAS; 3 YOUTHS HELD
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     ALBA, Texas –– A mother and two children were killed in a pre–dawn attack at their remote East Texas ranch, which burned to the ground, and three high school students who knew the family will be among those charged with murder, authorities said Saturday.

The father was in critical condition wi >>>


      FAMILY KILLED IN TEXAS; 4 YOUTHS HELD
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     ALBA, Texas –– A mother and two children were killed in a predawn attack at their remote East Texas ranch, which burned to the ground, and four young people who knew the family will be charged with murder, authorities said.

The father was in critical condition with a gunshot wound, Rains County Sher >>>


      ILL. ABORTION NOTIFICATION LAW BLOCKED
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     CHICAGO –– A state law requiring parental notification before a minor can get an abortion will remain on hold, a federal judge ruled, the latest in decades of complex legal wrangling.

Abortion rights groups on Saturday praised the decision, saying it could end chances for the measure to take effect. >>>


      JOHNNIE CARR FUNERAL: ‘SHE WAS OUR MAMA‘
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     MONTGOMERY, Ala. –– The number of people who knew Johnnie Carr as "Mama" is too high to count, even though she had only three children, said those who remembered the civil rights icon at her funeral Saturday.

Carr, a childhood friend of Rosa Parks, helped organize the Montgomery bus boycot >>>


      JURY CONVICTS MAN OF KILLING FAMILY OF 5
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. –– The second of two men accused of killing a family of five and setting their Hudson Valley house on fire last year was found guilty of 41 charges Saturday.

Charles Gilleo Jr., 33, was accused of killing Manuel "Tony" Morey, Tina Morey and the couple‘s three sons >>>


      MAN ACQUITTED IN TERROR CASE FACES DEPORTATION
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     By Peter WhoriskeyWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, March 2, 2008; A03 MIAMI –– The case of the "Liberty City Seven" stymied jurors. After a three–month trial late last year, they deadlocked on nearly all of the charges regarding the purported plot by several men to blow up the Sears Tower >>>


      MCCAIN‘S BIG DECISION: WHO TO PICK AS VP
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate John McCain has a big decision ahead of him –– picking a vice presidential running mate whose presence on the ticket would reassure Americans concerned about McCain‘s age.

McCain is 71 years old and would be the oldest person ever >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     Appeals Court Upholds Curbs on Navy‘s Sonar Training Off Calif. LOS ANGELES –– A federal appeals court has rejected White House efforts to exempt the Navy from laws intended to protect endangered whales and other marine mammals. The statutes restrict the use of sonar off the California coast.

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      NAVY SONAR BAN IN SOUTHERN CALIF. UPHELD
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     LOS ANGELES –– The Navy must abide by limits on its sonar training off the Southern California because the exercises could harm dozens of species of whales and dolphins, a federal appeals court ruled.

The 'th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday night rejected the Navy‘s appeal of restr >>>


      NICHOLSON FILMS MAKE CASE FOR CLINTON
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     LOS ANGELES –– He was The Joker in Batman, but Jack Nicholson says he wasn‘t fooling around when he said in "A Few Good Men" that there was nothing sexier than saluting a woman.

Nicholson, who is backing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for president, took his endorsement to the Internet >>>


      NO ENDORSEMENT DECISION YET BY RICHADSON
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     SANTA FE, N.M. –– Gov. Bill Richardson remains undecided on whether to make an endorsement in the Democratic presidential race, but he said Sunday the party needs to unify behind a candidate to avoid a protracted and negative campaign.

In an interview, Richardson _ a former presidential candidate _ >>>


      OBAMA MAKES ONLY STOP IN RI, SLAMS RIVAL
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     PROVIDENCE, R.I. –– Democrat Barack Obama, on his first visit to Rhode Island as a presidential candidate, sought Saturday to portray Hillary Rodham Clinton as a candidate who shifted positions for political expediency.

"Real change isn‘t about changing your position to fit the politics o >>>


      OBAMA MAKES ONLY STOP IN RI, SLAMS RIVAL
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     PROVIDENCE, R.I. –– Democrat Barack Obama, on his first visit to Rhode Island as a presidential candidate, sought Saturday to portray Hillary Rodham Clinton as a candidate who shifted positions for political expediency.

"Real change isn‘t about changing your position to fit the politics o >>>


      OHIO BECOMES CAMPAIGN CENTRAL FOR CLINTON, OBAMA
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     WESTERVILLE, Ohio (Reuters) – Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama waged a tight campaign fight across Ohio on Sunday as a top Democrat voiced concern about a prolonged party battle after Tuesday‘s voting.

Four states hold contests on Tuesday to select Democratic and Republican c >>>


      OHIO POLLS SHOW CLINTON WITH EDGE
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     AM –– ___

THE NUMBERS: The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer Hillary Rodham Clinton, 47 percent Barack Obama, 43 percent ___ OF INTEREST: Clinton leads Obama among women (53 percent to 38 percent) and voters older than 50 (54 percent to 36 percent), while Obama holds almost identical leads among men and thos >>>


      PAST TEXAS VOTES SET TUESDAY‘S CONTEST
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     AUSTIN, Texas –– Barack Obama has a secret weapon in Tuesday‘s Democratic primary in Texas, pretty well–known in these parts: George W. Bush.

Not that the current president is trying to help the man who criticizes him at every turn.

But Bush‘s electoral appeal among home&n >>>


      REYES: DEAL SOON ON EAVESDROPPING LAW
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– The House Intelligence Committee chairman expects a compromise soon on renewal of an eavesdropping law that could provide legal protections for telecommunications companies as President Bush has insisted.

Rep. Silvestre Reyes, in a television interview broadcast Sunday, did not specifi >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     –– Dry conditions were forecast Sunday along the eastern seaboard as a high pressure system slides towards the East Coast from the Mississippi Valley.

A trough of low pressure is expected to push a storm system out of the southern Rockies into the Plains. The result: heavy rain and thunderstorms fro >>>


      THE TALK SHOWS
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (WTTG), ' a.m.: Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D–Calif.) and Richard J. Durbin (D–Ill.), and former White House adviser Karl Rove.

THIS WEEK (ABC, WJLA), 10 a.m.: Clinton campaign adviser Howard Wolfson and Obama campaign ad >>>


      U.S. CALLS FOR END TO ISRAELI–PALESTINIAN VIOLENCE
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) – The United States expressed regret on Saturday for clashes that killed more than 60 Palestinians and two Israelis in the Gaza Strip and called for an end to the violence threatening a renewed U.S. peace effort, the White House said.

"The United States regrets the loss of l >>>


      UTAH HOME SEARCH PLANNED IN RICIN CASE
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     LAS VEGAS –– FBI agents hope to search a Utah house linked to a man whose hospitalization led to the discovery of deadly ricin in a motel room he had occupied.

Roger Von Bergendorff, the focus of the investigation, had lived in the house near Salt Lake City for than a year before moving to Las Vegas >>>


      WOMAN, 2 SONS KILLED IN TEXAS
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     ALBA, Tex. March 1 –– A woman and two of her children were killed in a predawn attack at their East Texas ranch, which burned to the ground, and three high school students who knew the family will be among those charged with murder, authorities said Saturday.

The father was in critical condition wit >>>


      IN OHIO, CANDIDATES COURT UNIONS
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     PARMA, Ohio –– The side streets of this Cleveland suburb of modest Cape Cods were barely plowed last week and the street signs obscured by snow as Gina Knapp and Teri Harris, 48–year–old school bus drivers from a nearby town, crept along in Knapp‘s minivan looking for the homes of union mem >>>


      IN R.I., OBAMA MAKES INROADS
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     A01 PROVIDENCE, R.I. –– While Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama have spent most of the past two weeks focused on delegate–rich Texas and Ohio, tiny Rhode Island –– with 21 pledged delegates at stake Tuesday – is reveling in its unaccustomed position of relevance in a Democ >>>


      IN TUESDAY‘S CONTESTS, A PARTY DIVIDED
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     BROWNSVILLE, Tex. –– State Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. pulled into the parking lot at Rudy‘s "Country Store" and Bar–B–Q one day last week in an old pickup truck worn by 237,000 miles. He winced as he stepped down from the driver‘s seat, evidence of two heart attacks and a recent h >>>


      K STREET‘S SECOND SHIFT
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     By Elissa SilvermanWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, March 2, 2008; C01 Money for access. Influence peddling. Gucci. It‘s just another Monday on K Street.

Even at 1 a.m. The men in black suits and headsets are out as usual on this street of power and prestige, but at this hour they‘re separating t >>>


      NO DECISION ON TROOP CUTS
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     CRAWFORD, Tex., March 1 –– President Bush pushed back on Saturday at a senior official in his administration, saying that it remains unsettled whether he will order further reductions in Iraq later this year.

The official, who briefed reporters Friday on the condition of anonymity, said that Bush in >>>


      ON THE GROUND AND IN THE AIR WITH THE DEMOCRATS
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     LONE STAR CAMPAIGN In Defiant Tones, Clinton Rallies Texas Supporters –– Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton stepped gently down the aisle of her campaign plane Saturday morning, jumping to avoid oranges that were rolling between the seats. When it came time for a brief question–and–answer session with r >>>


      PR. WILLIAM CRACKDOWN TO COST MORE THAN PLANNED
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     By Kristen MackWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, March 2, 2008; C06 Prince William County‘s much–publicized plan to curb illegal immigration goes into effect tomorrow, facing new questions about whether it will bring the "big bang for the buck" that Board of County Supervisors Chairman Corey A. S >>>


      PRESIDENTIAL RUN DONE, KUCINICH IS FIGHTING TO KEEP SEAT IN HOUSE
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D–Ohio) is back out on the campaign trail, where he always seems to be, hustling for votes in Tuesday‘s crucial Democratic primary.

But he is no longer running for president or supporting one of the remaining contenders. For the first time since he was elected to Congress in >>>


      8 DEAD IN CLASHES IN ARMENIA
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     YEREVAN, Armenia –– Eight people died in clashes between police and opposition supporters that led the president to declare a sweeping, 20–day state of emergency, officials said Sunday.

Police fired in the air and let off tear gas to break up Saturday‘s gathering of some 15,000 protestor >>>


      AFGHANS PROTEST PROPHET CARTOON
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     KABUL, Afghanistan –– Hundreds of demonstrators set the Danish and Dutch flags ablaze Sunday in northern Afghanistan to protest the reprint of Prophet Muhammad cartoons in Denmark and an upcoming Dutch film criticizing the Quran.

Clerics and madrassa students gathered in front of Afghanistan‘s >>>


      AHMADINEJAD CALLS IRAQ ‘BROTHERLY‘
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     BAGHDAD –– Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Sunday his landmark visit to Iraq opened a new chapter in "brotherly" relations between the two countries, which were once bitter enemies.

Ahmadinejad is the first Iranian president to visit Iraq. The trip not only highlights his countr >>>


      AHMADINEJAD HAILS NEW CHAPTER IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hailed a new chapter in ties with Iraq and took a jab at the United States over its policies in the Middle East during a landmark visit to Baghdad on Sunday.

Ahmadinejad is the first Iranian president to go to Iraq since Saddam Hussein launched an >>>


      AHMADINEJAD MAKES HISTORIC VISIT TO IRAQ
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     BAGHDAD –– Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived Sunday in Baghdad for the first–ever visit by an Iranian president to Iraq, waving as he stepped off his plane to be greeted by representatives of a nation that was once Iran‘s bitter enemy.

The visit gives Ahmadinejad a chance to highlight the impr >>>


      ALGERIAN NEWSPAPERS: 25 TERRORISTS DIE
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     ALGIERS, Algeria –– Two Algerian newspapers say security forces killed 25 suspected members of an al–Qaida affiliate in North Africa in a weekend operation east of the capital.

The two Arabic–language papers, Ech Chourouk and Al Djazair News, said in their Sunday editions that security f >>>


      ANALYSIS: MIDEAST TALKS A MIXED BAG
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     JERUSALEM –– Even if fledgling Israel–Palestinian peace talks survive the latest round of bloodletting in Gaza, the violence underscores a growing sense that time is running out for Israel and moderate Palestinians to forge a deal.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice‘s visit to the regio >>>


      ANNAN SAYS FAREWELL AFTER KENYA COALITION DEAL
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya faces "a long road ahead" to make a success of a power–sharing agreement between government and opposition, mediator Kofi Annan said on Sunday as he left Nairobi after six weeks of grueling negotiations.

President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga sig >>>


      ARMENIA DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     YEREVAN, Armenia, March 1–– Armenia‘s president imposed a state of emergency Saturday after police used tear gas and fired shots into the air to disperse demonstrators protesting alleged fraud in last month‘s presidential election.

The announcement from the office of President Robert Koc >>>


      CHAVEZ ORDERS EMBASSY CLOSED IN COLOMBIA
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     CARACAS, Venezuela –– President Hugo Chavez ordered Venezuela‘s embassy in Colombia closed and told the military to send 10 battalions to the border after Colombian troops killed a top rebel leader.

Chavez told his defense minister: "move 10 battalions for me to the border with Colombia, >>>


      CHAVEZ SENDS TANKS TO COLOMBIA BORDER IN DISPUTE
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela President Hugo Chavez ordered tank battalions to the Colombian border and mobilized warplanes on Sunday after Colombian troops struck inside another of its neighbors, Ecuador, in an attack on rebels.

He also ordered the shutting of Venezuela‘s embassy in Colombia and th >>>


      CHINA MULLS CHANGE TO ONE–CHILD POLICY
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     BEIJING –– China may consider changing its one–child policy because it has helped slow population growth over the last three decades, a Chinese official said Sunday.

The policy, launched in the 1'70s, has produced "very good results," said Wu Jianmin spokesman for the Chinese Peo >>>


      COLOMBIA SAYS IT KILLS FARC COMMANDER IN ECUADOR
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia‘s military said on Saturday troops had killed a top rebel commander in an attack on a jungle camp across the border in Ecuador in a severe blow to Latin America‘s oldest guerrilla insurgency.

Raul Reyes, one of seven members of the secretariat of the Revolutionary A >>>


      COLOMBIAN REBEL COMMANDER KILLED
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     By Juan ForeroWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, March 2, 2008; A14 Colombia‘s U.S.–backed security forces struck a major blow against the country‘s main guerrilla group Saturday, for the first time tracking down and killing a member of the organization‘s ruling echelon, the Defense Ministry >>>


      DANISH PRIME MINISTER VISITS BUSH RANCH, PUSHES FOR GLOBAL PACT ON CLIMATE CHANGE
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     March 2, 2008; A05 CRAWFORD, Tex., March 1 –– The Danish prime minister, the host of the next big international meeting on climate change, used unusual one–on–one time Saturday with President Bush to press the United States to take a greater leadership role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.>>>


      DESPITE SPOTLIGHT, PUTIN‘S HEIR STILL SHADOWY
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     By Peter FinnWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, March 2, 2008; A01 ST. PETERSBURG –– At the age of 23, Dmitry Medvedev went to a cathedral in this city, then called Leningrad, and was baptized into the Russian Orthodox Church. Even in the relatively liberal environment of Mikhail Gorbachev‘s Soviet >>>


      DOCTOR: 40 DEAD IN PAKISTAN ATTACK
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     PESHAWAR, Pakistan –– A suicide bomber blew himself up Sunday at a large meeting called by tribal elders pushing for peace in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least 40 people and injuring more than 100, witnesses and officials said.

It was the third suicide bombing in as many days in the volatile n >>>


      DOZENS KILLED AS SUDAN NOMADS CLASH WITH EX–REBELS
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Former southern Sudanese rebels said on Sunday they had killed nearly 70 armed tribesman in an upsurge of fighting in a volatile north–south border area which they said risked reigniting a north–south civil war.

Edward Lino, a senior official with the Sudan People‘s >>>


      EAST TIMOR SHOOTING SUSPECT IN CUSTODY
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     DILI, East Timor –– An ex–policeman suspected of having shot and wounded East Timor‘s president last month was in custody Sunday after surrendering to police, military officials said.

Amaro da Costa turned himself in without a fight late Saturday, handing over two automatic weapons and s >>>


      GROWING RICH–POOR DIVIDE TESTS CHINA‘S BOOM
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     ANKANG, China (Reuters) – Tom Tang and Dong Mijuan represent the two opposite ends of one of China‘s most glaring social problems –– the growing gap between rich and poor.

Economic reforms over the past three decades may have lifted millions out of grinding poverty and helped fuel a risi >>>


      IMAGE PROBLEMS HURT SARKOZY‘S RATINGS: FRENCH POLL
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     PARIS (Reuters) – Confidence in French President Nicolas Sarkozy is at its lowest since his May 2007 election, with voters dissatisfied with his style and the effectiveness of some of his key economic policies, a poll showed on Sunday.

A week before the first round of municipal elections, the LH2 poll for >>>


      IN SEARCH FOR PEACE, A SHRINKING WHITE HOUSE ROLE
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     When Palestinians broke through the barrier dividing the Gaza Strip and Egypt in January and streamed across the border by the tens of thousands, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak faced a moment of crisis. His phone soon rang, but the world leader offering help on the other end was not President Bush –– it wa >>>


      INDIAN CITIES EYE NEW DELHI‘S QUIET ‘CITIZEN REVOLUTION‘
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     By Rama LakshmiWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, March 2, 2008; A15 NEW DELHI –– Seven neighborhood activists sat across from a bureaucrat last week with a long list of complaints about damaged streetlights, uncollected trash and what is known here as the monkey menace –– hordes of monkeys s >>>


      IRAN PRESIDENT LEAVES FOR LANDMARK TRIP TO IRAQ
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad left for a landmark visit to Iraq on Sunday, saying the trip was designed to strengthen Iraqi security and expand economic ties between the neighboring countries.

Ahmadinejad, accompanied by a delegation of ministers and senior officials, flew from >>>


      ISRAEL PLEDGES TO PRESS ON WITH GAZA OFFENSIVE
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     GAZA (Reuters) – Israel vowed on Sunday to press on with a Gaza offensive and curb rocket strikes, threatening even stronger action despite U.N.

condemnation of assaults that have killed more than 100 Palestinians, many of them civilians.

"Israel has no intention of stopping the fight agains >>>


      ISRAELI AIRCRAFT TARGET HAMAS OFFICE
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip –– Israeli aircraft sent missiles slamming into the office of the prime minister of Hamas–ruled Gaza before dawn on Sunday, pressing forward with an offensive that has killed nearly 70 Palestinians in two days of fighting. A 21–month–old girl was among the dead in new >>>


      ISRAELI STRIKES KILL 54 IN GAZA
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip –– Israeli troops turned heavy firepower on rocket squads bombarding southern Israel Saturday, killing 54 Palestinians in the deadliest day in Gaza since the current round of fighting erupted in 2000.

Two Israeli soldiers were killed and seven were wounded in the clashes, the m >>>


      JAPAN PM SAYS DEFENSE CHIEF SHOULD NOT RESIGN: KYODO
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda on Sunday rejected calls for his defense chief to resign, saying he was needed to reform the scandal–ridden defense ministry, Kyodo news agency said.

Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba has been harried by accusations of a cover–up over the ci >>>


      NICARAGUA‘S ORTEGA CONDEMNS FARC COMMANDER KILLING
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     MANAGUA (Reuters) – Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega condemned Colombia‘s killing of a top rebel commander and said it could hurt the chances of a peace accord.

Ortega, a former Marxist revolutionary and U.S. Cold War foe who was voted back to power in late 2006, called on Colombian President Alva >>>


      POWERFUL WINDSTORMS KILL 10 IN EUROPE
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     WARSAW, Poland –– The death toll from a violent storm that plagued parts of Europe rose to 10 after Polish officials said Sunday that two people there were killed by falling objects because of the hurricane–strength winds.

The two men were killed in separate incidents Saturday night. In one ca >>>


      RUSSIA VOTES FOR PUTIN‘S SUCCESSOR
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     MOSCOW –– After eight years of rule that saw Russia‘s influence and wealth grow while its democratic freedoms shrank, voters in the Far East were the first in this vast nation to cast their ballots Sunday for President Vladimir Putin‘s successor.

When the election is over and the votes a >>>


      RUSSIA VOTES FOR PUTIN‘S SUCCESSOR
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     MOSCOW –– Russia‘s voters are expected to endorse Vladimir Putin‘s choice of a successor in Sunday‘s presidential election, allowing Putin to retain a measure of power in his nation, whose wealth and global voice have grown even as democratic freedoms diminished.

Dmitry Medvedev, a >>>


      RUSSIANS VOTE FOR NEW PRESIDENT
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russians voted for a new president on Sunday in an election likely to hand victory to President Vladimir Putin‘s chosen successor but criticized by the opposition for a lack of real competition.

The Kremlin‘s candidate and the almost certain victor, 42–year–old F >>>


      SENIOR COLOMBIAN REBEL COMMANDER KILLED
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     BOGOTA, Colombia –– Troops killed a senior commander of Colombia‘s largest rebel army in an air–and–ground raid Saturday, as the U.S.–backed military dealt a stunning setback to the nation‘s leftist insurgency.

Raul Reyes was the official spokesman for the Revolutionary >>>


      SENIOR EAST TIMOR REBEL SOLDIER SURRENDERS
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     DILI (Reuters) – A senior East Timorese rebel soldier accused of being involved in last month‘s attacks on the tiny country‘s president and prime minister, surrendered on Sunday.

Amaro da Costa, who handed in two automatic weapons when he surrendered, said he had taken part in the attack on th >>>


      SINGAPORE POLICE SAY FUGITIVE MILITANT STILL ON ISLAND
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore police said on Sunday that they "strongly believe" the alleged leader of an al Qaeda–linked militant network is still on the island and acting on his own, five days after his shock prison escape.

State–owned Channel NewsAsia reported the police as sayi >>>


      U.N. SAYS IRAN MAY NOT HAVE COME CLEAN ON NUCLEAR PAST
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     2, 2008; A16 Iranian documents obtained by the United Nations‘ nuclear watchdog strongly suggest that Iran was working on a nuclear weapons design as recently as four years ago, U.N. officials disclosed last week in a private briefing.

The documents suggest that Iran‘s research on nuclear weapons co >>>


      U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL URGES END OF GAZA VIOLENCE
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council on Sunday urged Israel and Palestinian militants to cease all violence in Gaza after the U.N.

secretary–general condemned what he called Israel‘s "excessive" use of force.

Israel killed 61 people in the Gaza Strip, making >>>


      U.S. ENVOY LEAVES CHINA WITH NO NORTH KOREA MEETING
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     BEIJING (Reuters) – The top U.S. negotiator on North Korea was to leave China on Sunday without meeting his North Korean counterpart, who he said was "not ready" for talks aimed at pushing forward a stalled nuclear disarmament plan.

Christopher Hill flew into the Chinese capital on Saturday, ret >>>


      WHITE HOUSE CALLS FOR END TO MIDEAST VIOLENCE
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) – The United States called on Sunday for an end to clashes between Israel and the Palestinians and a resumption of peace negotiations after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas suspended talks with Israel.

Abbas halted the peace negotiations in reaction to an Israeli offensive in >>>


      WORLD IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 02-03-2008
     lebanon Saudi Arabia Advises Its Citizens to Leave Saudi Arabia has advised its citizens in Lebanon, especially families living there, to leave immediately because of the security situation, a Lebanese government source said Saturday.

The source said the Lebanese government had confirmed the news with the Saudi >>>


      A GOOD WORD FOR SOME EMPLOYERS
      Haaretz, 02-03-2008
     By Ido Solomon Tags: Peretz After the Second Lebanon War, then–defense minister Amir Peretz initiated a campaign to encourage employers to support their reservist employees.

He instituted an award for employers who respect employees choice to serve, guarantee their rights and even encourage them to volunt >>>


      BEZEQ STICKING TO ITS CORE COMMUNICATIONS BUSINESS
      Haaretz, 02-03-2008
     Real Estate Easy Start Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Bezeq sticking to its core communications business By Guy Grimland?

Tags: bezeq After spending months on a comprehensive evaluation of its venture capital investments, Bezeq has decided not to sell off its high tech holdings.

However, Israel&lsq >>>


      BUSINESS IN BRIEF?
      Haaretz, 02-03-2008
     Real Estate Easy Start Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Business in Brief?

The dollar ended last week with a slight rise: The greenback appreciated against the shekel by 0.3'% and Friday?s representative rate was set at NIS 3.635. For the week, the dollar rose 1.2% after the Bank of Israel announced on Mo >>>


      EMPLOYERS TAKE NIS 1 BILLION FROM FOREIGN WORKERS EVERY YEAR
      Haaretz, 02-03-2008
     By Haim Bior Tags: kav laoved A billion shekels a year, that is about how much black market money employers take every year from legal foreign workers. According to a study by Kav LaOved (Workers Hotline), this amount is stolen from foreigners working in Israel legally.

Most of this money goes to the companies >>>


      FINALLY A PROMOTION FOR RESERVISTS
      Haaretz, 02-03-2008
     By Moti Bassok, Ido Solomon and Zeev Yanai Tags: Olmert Prime Minister Ehud Olmert decided last week that reserve soldiers will receive a monthly grant of NIS 360. The money will come in the form of a direct deposit into reservists bank accounts, though the sum will be set as the equivalent of an income tax credit worth >>>


      ‘RESTRAINT‘ IS DECEITFUL, AND ‘FORBEARANCE‘ IS VAIN
      Haaretz, 02-03-2008
     By Gideon Levy Tags: Gaza Even yesterday evening, after the IDF already had killed about 50 Palestinians, at least half of them unarmed, and including quite a number of women and children, Jerusalem continued to claim, ?At present there will be no major ground operation.? It?s incredible: The IDF penetrates the heart of >>>


      GET READY FOR THE THIRD INTIFADA
      Haaretz, 02-03-2008
     By Zvi Bar‘el Tags: Gaza Life in Ramallah is grand, for now. The supermarkets offer a wide array of goods, the discos are hopping and economic growth has exceeded 7 percent since Prime Minister Salam Fayyad took office. Maybe the Palestinian Authority has not received all of the $7.7 billion pledged by donor state >>>


      PUTIN IN THE REVOLVING DOOR
      Haaretz, 02-03-2008
     By Haaretz Editorial Tags: Russia An era in Russian history will officially end today: the presidency of Vladimir Putin. With the election of the next president, expected to be Putin‘s protege Dmitry Medvedev, the curtain is falling on Putin?s eight years as the leader of the world?s second largest nuclear power. >>>


      TEST FOR THE LEFT
      Haaretz, 02-03-2008
     By Shahar Ilan Tags: Shas ?It?s a good thing the winter session is nearing its end,? a senior Labor Party member said last week, referring to Shas? shopping spree and the closeout sale on secular rights that his party and Kadima are holding.

An astonishing situation has been created in the Knesset in which Shas >>>


      2 SOLDIERS, OVER 60 PALESTINIANS KILLED IN WEEKEND OF FIGHTING
      Haaretz, 02-03-2008
     By Amos Harel, Avi Issacharoff and Yuval Azoulay Tags: Gaza Two Israeli soldiers and 63 Palestinians, many of them civilians, were killed yesterday in an Israeli military operation in northern Gaza City.

The operation is expected to continue for several days. Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority announced the s >>>


      BALLISTICS EXPERT SUPPORTS VERDICT IN AL–DURA LIBEL CASE: GAZA CHILD WASN‘T KILLED BY ISRAELI GUNFIRE
      Haaretz, 02-03-2008
     By Adi Schwartz Tags: Palestinians A report presented to a French court last week by an independent ballistics expert maintains that the death of Mohammed al–Dura, a Palestinian child seen being shot in the Gaza Strip during the first day of the intifada in September 2000, could not have been the result of Israeli >>>


      DEAL COULD CLEAN UP THE YARKON RIVER, FINALLY?
      Haaretz, 02-03-2008
     By Zafrir Rinat? Over the years, the Yarkon River has been hit harder than any other, after nearly all of the natural water that flowed into it was utilized to satisfy human needs. On top of that, a significant amount of the purified wastewater that is channeled into it is used by farmers for irrigation.?

Now t >>>


      DON‘T TEST OUR PATIENCE
      Haaretz, 02-03-2008
     By Tomer Zarchin Tags: Ashkelon Early yesterday morning a rocket crashed into Silvio and Alba Geenberg‘s living room, on Har Canaan Steet in Ashkelon, leaving a gaping hole in the roof. The couple, retirees in their 60s, are originally from Argentina.

"We came to Israel when everyone was talking abou >>>


      EXPATS– KIDS ENLISTING IN IDF AT RISING RATE
      Haaretz, 02-03-2008
     By Yuval Azoulay Tags: expatriate Israelis Private Asaf Aris left Israel at the age of 2 and moved with his parents to Michigan, in the United States. On visits to relatives in Israel he would see soldiers standing at hitchhiking posts, and made up his mind to emulate them.

Now he is part of an encouraging tren >>>


      GAZA RAIDS MET BY LOUD SILENCE IN ARAB WORLD?
      Haaretz, 02-03-2008
     By Zvi Bar‘el Tags: Gaza As the death toll in Israel Defense Forces raids against militants firing rockets from Gaza climbed to more than 50 yesterday, Palestinian Information Minister Riyad al–Maliki responded by saying, ?Hamas gave Israel an excuse to start a war in Gaza.??

Palestinian President M >>>


      GOV?T ADMITS: BUILDING DEBRIS STILL DUMPED IN W. BANK?
      Haaretz, 02-03-2008
     By Zafrir Rinat? The smuggling of debris from construction sites in Israel to the West Bank continues unabated despite a law banning it, Environmental Protection Minister Gideon Ezra admitted Friday.?

During the past year, there has been an increase in such smuggling to unauthorized dumping sites in the West Ba >>>


      HOW ONE FAMILY WAS SHATTERED
      Haaretz, 02-03-2008
     By Mijal Grinberg Tags: Sderot At lunchtime Friday, Varda, 67, and Isaschar Seruya, 70, sat down to eat with three of their 12 adult children at their home on Rambam Street in Sderot.

Five of the couple‘s children live with them, including three who subsist on National Insurance Institute allowances due t >>>


      IN OHIO, HILLARY CLINTON COMES OUT FIGHTING?
      Haaretz, 02-03-2008
     By Shmuel Rosner? OHIO ? Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni does not yet know which of the U.S. presidential primary candidates she will meet when she visits the United States in 10 days. It is hard to plan such encounters when no one knows whether by the time she arrives, Hillary Clinton will be history, and Barack Obama and >>>



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