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      AP: WATER MAKES US TROOPS IN IRAQ SICK
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Dozens of U.S. troops in Iraq fell sick at bases using "unmonitored and potentially unsafe" water supplied by the military and a contractor once owned by Vice President Dick Cheney‘s former company, the Pentagon‘s internal watchdog says.

A report obtained by The A >>>


      ARSON AT ‘GREEN‘ HOMES POINTS TO ENVIRONMENTALIST DIVISIONS
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     By Karl VickWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, March ', 2008; A04 ECHO LAKE, Wash. –– The carbon footprint of the big house on 214th Street is no longer a matter of chatty conjecture. Black ash laced with gray defines the perimeter of the $2 million home, "built green" as a showcase in this em >>>


      BILL CLINTON STUMPS FOR HILLARY IN MISS.
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     PASS CHRISTIAN, Miss. –– Former President Clinton highlighted his wife‘s support for reforming national flood insurance and for rebuilding wetlands in a town nearly wiped off the map by Hurricane Katrina as he campaigned ahead of next week‘s Democratic presidential primary in Mississippi.

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      BUSH SINGS AT JOURNALISTS‘ DINNER
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– President Bush said an early farewell to political Washington on Saturday night, making his first appearance on the stage of the Gridiron Club of Washington journalists.

Bush surprised the white–tie audience of more than 600, including Supreme Court justices, Cabinet members and >>>


      BUSH YEARNS FOR TEXAS IN RARE SINGING PERFORMANCE
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President George W. Bush donned a cowboy hat and sang an early goodbye to Washington on Saturday night with a performance that lampooned White House journalists and Vice President Dick Cheney among others.

Bush surprised cabinet secretaries, diplomatic officials and journalists at t >>>


      CONVICTED KILLER IS JAILED IN SLAYING OF BROTHER, 5 WITNESSES
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     Memphis By Woody BairdAssociated PressSunday, March ', 2008; A06 MEMPHIS, March 8 –– A convicted killer recently released from prison was charged Saturday with fatally shooting his brother during an argument and then killing five witnesses, including two of his brother‘s children, police said.
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      D.C. GUN CASE DRAWS CROWD OF HIGH COURT ‘FRIENDS‘
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     With the Supreme Court examining for the first time in 70 years the right to bear arms guaranteed by the Second Amendment, a group of gay and transgender gun owners called the Pink Pistols could not miss out on a chance to tell the justices about its special needs.

With the opaque and oddly punctuated 27 words >>>


      DEM. IN EARLY LEAD TO FILL HASTERT SEAT
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     CHICAGO –– A Democrat maintained a solid lead Saturday in a special election to fill former House Speaker Dennis Hastert‘s seat in a contest closely watched because of the possibility the longtime GOP district could change hands.

Democrat Bill Foster had a 53 percent to 47 percent lead over Re >>>


      DEMOCRAT WINS HASTERT‘S SEAT IN ELECTION
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     CHICAGO –– Nearly two years after taking control of Congress, the Democrats have claimed another prize by capturing former GOP House Speaker Dennis Hastert‘s seat _ a development that Republicans say is not a harbinger of things to come.

The longtime Republican district fell to the Democrats S >>>


      DEMOCRATS CRITICIZE BUSH‘S CIA–BILL VETO
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Democrats and human rights advocates criticized President Bush‘s veto Saturday of a bill that would have banned the CIA from using simulated drowning and other coercive interrogation methods to gain information from suspected terrorists.

Bush said such tactics have helped foil te >>>


      DETROIT MAYOR‘S TROUBLES TEST A CITY SHORT ON GOOD FORTUNE
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     By Darryl FearsWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, March ', 2008; A03 DETROIT –– When Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick settles behind the lectern Tuesday to deliver his annual State of the City address, he is expected to highlight his city‘s recent makeover, with two gleaming, new skyscrapers downtown and tw >>>


      DISPARATE FEDERAL RULES IN SPOTLIGHT
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     By Christopher LeeWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, March ', 2008; A04 Although the Agriculture Department prohibits the use of beef from "downer" cattle in federally funded school lunches, the agency sometimes allows the meat in the general food supply, a disparity that critics say undercuts officials&l >>>


      DRUGS FOUND IN WATERSHEDS OF 28 AREAS
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     –– At least one pharmaceutical or byproduct was detected in testing within the watersheds of 28 major metropolitan areas, according to an Associated Press survey of 62 major water providers and data obtained from independent researchers.

Test protocols varied widely. Some researchers tested for more >>>


      DRUGS IN WATER COULD AFFECT HUMAN CELLS
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     –– Troubled by drugs discovered in European waters, poisons expert and biologist Francesco Pomati set up an experiment: He exposed developing human kidney cells to a mixture of 13 drugs at levels mimicking those found in Italian rivers.

There were drugs to fight high cholesterol and blood pressure, >>>


      FLA. MAIL–IN PRIMARY PLAN GAINS TRACTION
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– A consensus began to emerge Sunday that the best way to give Florida‘s Democrats a voice in electing a candidate for president lies with the U.S. Postal Service.

The Democratic National Committee stripped Florida and Michigan of all their convention delegates _ a total of 313 _ f >>>


      GAO ASKED TO AUDIT IRAQI OIL REVENUE
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– The Democratic chairman and Republican former chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee have asked government auditors to determine what Iraq is doing with the billions of dollars in oil revenue it generates.

"We believe that it has been overwhelmingly U.S. taxpayer money th >>>


      JURY RECOMMENDS DEATH IN OKLA. SLAYING
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     NORMAN, Okla. –– A jury recommended the death penalty Friday for a man convicted of luring a 10–year–old girl into his apartment, killing her and mutilating her body.

Jurors deliberated for nearly 8 1/2 hours before recommending that Kevin Underwood, 28, be put to death for killing Jamie >>>


      MAN CHARGED IN AUBURN STUDENT‘S DEATH
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     AUBURN, Ala. –– A man arrested after a car and foot chase by police who suspected him in a string of robberies was charged with capital murder in the abduction and shooting death of an Auburn University freshman, police said Saturday.

Courtney Lockhart was arrested Friday in Phenix City, about 30 mi >>>


      MAN CHARGED IN AUBURN U. STUDENT DEATH
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     AUBURN, Ala. –– A man arrested after a car and foot chase by police who suspected him in a string of robberies was charged with capital murder in the abduction and shooting death of an Auburn University freshman, police said Saturday.

Courtney Lockhart was arrested Friday in Phenix City, about 30 mi >>>


      MAN CHARGED IN DISMEMBERED WOMAN‘S DEATH
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     STROUDSBURG, Pa. –– Police say a man has been charged with killing a woman whose dismembered remains were found dumped along Pennsylvania highways in January.

Police say 33–year–old Charles Ray Hicks was arrested in the death of 36–year–old Deanna Null. He told reporters at h >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     Snowstorms Bury Many Parts of U.S. COLUMBUS, Ohio –– A foot of snow buried parts of the Ohio and Tennessee valleys early Saturday, creating whiteout conditions and keeping many would–be weekend travelers at home.

Winter storm warnings were in effect from eastern Kentucky to Upstate New York an >>>


      NOVEL BY SLAIN NYPD VOLUNTEER PUBLISHED
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     NEW YORK –– A volunteer police officer shot dead by a gunman on a rampage in Greenwich Village last year will have his first novel published posthumously this spring.

Nicholas Pekearo‘s "The Wolfman" is due out May 13 from Tor Books. The New York–based publisher was working wit >>>


      NYC: TRACES OF SEDATIVES IN NYC WATER
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     NEW YORK –– Locals say this city makes the world‘s best bagels from the best water, piped in from rustic reservoirs up to 150 miles north. Yet few know of a secret ingredient in their source water: a dash of pharmaceuticals.

Research studies have turned up minute amounts of more than 15 drugs >>>


      OBAMA‘S BLACK SUPPORT SHOWS ITS LIMITS
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     CHICAGO –– Barack Obama would not be leading the Democratic presidential race without the enthusiasm and high turnout of black voters.

They spearheaded his comeback win in South Carolina, where Obama trounced Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Edwards with the backing of four out of every five black vo >>>


      PAKISTAN‘S SHARIF TO JOIN BHUTTO PARTY IN COALITION
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     BHURBAN, Pakistan (Reuters) – Former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif agreed on Sunday to join the late Benazir Bhutto‘s party in a coalition, raising the prospect of a government hostile to U.S. ally President Pervez Musharraf.

In an ominous sign for Musharraf, Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari, Bhu >>>


      PENNSYLVANIA: SAFE WIN FOR CLINTON? MAYBE NOT ..
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Pennsylvania, the biggest remaining state in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, should be a safe win for Hillary Clinton but experts say there are pockets of vulnerability for Barack Obama to exploit.

"If the election were held today it would probably be Sen >>>


      RECORD SNOW BURIES COLUMBUS
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     COLUMBUS, Ohio –– Snow plows and clean–up crews were to continue working overtime Sunday to dig out of a record–setting snow storm that buried Ohio‘s capital city and many parts of Ohio and Indiana.

The heavy winter storm dumped more than 20 inches of snow on Columbus on Saturday, >>>


      REPUBLICAN MCCAIN PLANNING EUROPE, MIDEAST TRIP
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – John McCain, the Republican candidate for U.S. president, plans to travel to Europe and the Middle East for 10 days in mid–March as part of a congressional delegation, officials familiar with the trip said on Sunday.

McCain, an Arizona senator, is staking his claim on the pres >>>


      SMALLER BURGS DON‘T TEST WATER FOR DRUGS
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     PM –– The Associated Press surveyed 52 small water providers that serve communities with populations generally around 25,000 _ one in each state, and two in Missouri and Texas.

All but one said their drinking water had not been screened for pharmaceuticals; officials in that community, Emporia, Kan. >>>


      TODAY IN HISTORY – MARCH '
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     AM –– Today is Sunday, March ', the 6'th day of 2008. There are 2'7 days left in the year.

Today‘s Highlight in History: On March ', 1862, during the Civil War, the ironclads Monitor and Virginia (formerly Merrimac) clashed for five hours to a draw at Hampton Roads, Va.

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      TODAY ON THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN TRAIL
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     AM –– IN THE HEADLINES Obama defeats Clinton in Wyoming caucuses, the latest prize in epic Democratic race ... Democrat wins Ill. special election to fill former House Speaker Hastert‘s seat ... Iraq veteran says in Democrats‘ radio address that McCain‘s war policies would hurt country ...< >>>


      VA. TARGETS ADULTS WHO FRENCH KISS KIDS
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     RICHMOND, Va. –– State legislators passed a law Saturday that would require adults who French kiss a child younger than 13 to register as a sex offender.

Those convicted of tongue–kissing a child would be guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and a $2,500 fine. The Hous >>>


      VOLUNTEERS HELP WARM NEW ENGLAND HOMES
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     BANGOR, Maine –– The low point in Kimberly Henderson‘s struggle to keep her family warm came in early January when she was too broke to order an oil delivery and had to buy a 5–gallon container to take to her dealer to get enough fuel to make it through the night.

But later that month, w >>>


      WOMAN FILES $20M LONG–SHOT CASINO SUIT
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. –– She was an ambitious lawyer and TV commentator who starting going to Atlantic City casinos to relax, and soon was getting high–roller treatment that included limousines whisking her to the resort.

Arelia Margarita Taveras says she was even allowed to bring her dog, Sasha >>>


      ALAS, WE‘RE JUST WILD ABOUT HURRY
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     We have no patience. Our culture wants instant brilliance and immediate perfection; learning curves are no longer tolerated. People who stumble in their professional lives have no time to try to right themselves before the public starts demanding apologies, suspensions, heads on a platter. We no longer wait for the fina >>>


      ANNAPOLIS‘S FADING HOPE
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     The Annapolis peace conference last November was a good moment for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. She seemed to be getting serious, finally, about using American diplomacy to push for an Israeli–Palestinian agreement whose basic parameters are understood by everyone –– but which requires U.S.
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      AT THE GRIDIRON, POLS AND PRESS SHARE A LITTLE SIZZLE AND A LOT OF CHEESE
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     The annual Gridiron Club dinner, that white–tie relic of old Washington, has come and gone again. It ended with the first and last performance of President Bush and the Busharoos. But more on that later.

Last night, Washington‘s journalistic and political elite –– about 600 total – >>>


      CULTURE WARS? HOW 2004.
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     I f you were looking for a presidential election that revolved around religion and "moral values," you wouldn‘t start with President Bush‘s victory in 2004 –– nor, indeed, with any recent election. You‘d go back to 1'28. Now there was a culture war.

At that moment of >>>


      FIRING BACK AT OUTLOOK
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     These comments come from the more than 1,500 letters and e–mails received by The Washington Post in response to "We Scream, We Swoon. How Dumb Can We Get?" by Charlotte Allen, which appeared in last week‘s edition of Outlook.

Honestly, the only stupid things men do are drink directly from >>>


      FROM THE RIGHT, HE LOOKS TOO BLUE
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     By L. Brent BozellSunday, March ', 2008; B01 The conservative talk–show community? Don‘t mind them –– they‘re irrelevant.

This message from John McCain surrogates and other members of the political class is filling the airwaves and op–ed pages. In the Wall Street Journal, >>>


      HILLARY CLINTON, THROUGH A LENS WRONGLY
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     This isn‘t about Hillary. Well, okay, it is. But it isn‘t only about her. It‘s also about every woman who has ever been underestimated, failed to get credit for work she did or been denied opportunities to do work at which she would have excelled.

With Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s presi >>>


      HOW TO MAKE AN EXIT
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     "I‘m rather clever at appearing," said the Cheshire Cat grinning at Alice and the White King, "and I‘m even better at disappearing." –– V.R. Parton‘s variant of "Alice in Wonderland" George W. Bush promises to sprint to the finish line of his presidency.
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      ILLINOIS DEMOCRAT WINS RACE TO SUCCEED HASTERT
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     The Democratic Party scored a major symbolic win last night when a soft–spoken Democratic physicist claimed the suburban Chicago seat held by the former Republican House speaker, J. Dennis Hastert, for nearly 21 years.

Democrat Bill Foster took 52 percent of the vote to 48 percent for Republican dairy mag >>>


      INFLUENTIAL DEMOCRATS WAITING TO CHOOSE SIDES
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     By Dan BalzWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, March ', 2008; A01 Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s trio of victories over Sen. Barack Obama last week appears to have convinced a sizable number of uncommitted Democratic superdelegates to wait until the end of the primaries and caucuses before picking a candidate, >>>


      IS THERE A CURE FOR CUBA?
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     On Dec. 2', 1'62, 11 months before he was murdered by an advocate for Fidel Castro‘s regime (Lee Harvey Oswald had distributed propaganda on a New Orleans street for the Fair Play for Cuba Committee), President John Kennedy, speaking in Miami‘s Orange Bowl to veterans of the Bay of Pigs fiasco, recei >>>


      MANAGING: AN AFFAIR OF STATES
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     The drama of this winter‘s presidential campaign obscures the fact that for most of us, the government services that most directly affect our lives are delivered from state capitols or city halls.

That‘s why, at the first break in many months on the primary calendar, I went to a briefing last week a >>>


      MCCAIN SITS IN CAMPAIGN‘S CATBIRD SEAT AS DEMOCRATS BICKER
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     By Michael D. ShearWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, March ', 2008; A11 Sen. John McCain (R–Ariz.) has sketched out an ambitious plan to exploit the ongoing bickering between Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D–N.Y.) and Barack Obama (D–Ill.), through weeks of heavy fundraising, a trip abroad, policy >>>


      PHILADELPHIA MAYOR‘S ENDORSEMENT SUDDENLY MATTERS
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     On paper, Michael Nutter and Sen. Barack Obama have much in common. African American, 50 years old and elected last year as mayor of Philadelphia on a reform platform, Nutter has in many ways experienced a political rise similar to that of the Illinois Democrat vying for his party‘s presidential nomination.
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      THE CASE FOR A HOUSING RESCUE
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     Problems that began in the U.S. mortgage markets have led to the most serious international economic crisis since the late 1''0s. Huge losses and concern about credit quality have spread far beyond the housing sector. America faces the prospect of a sharp recession, made all the likelier by the probable default >>>


      THE IRAQ WAR WILL COST US $3 TRILLION, AND MUCH MORE
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     There is no such thing as a free lunch, and there is no such thing as a free war. The Iraq adventure has seriously weakened the U.S. economy, whose woes now go far beyond loose mortgage lending. You can‘t spend $3 trillion

–– yes, $3 trillion –– on a failed war abroad and not feel >>>


      THIS YEAR‘S STIMULUS REBATE IS ONE INCENTIVE TO FINISH FILING
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     F01 You‘ve heard it before, but this year the advice gains new import: Be sure to file.

If you‘re hoping to get your rebate from the economic stimulus legislation, you must file a tax return this year –– and the earlier the better.

Another bit of advice for this season: Get rece >>>


      WE CAN‘T WIN THESE WARS ON OUR OWN
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     It‘s now my job to train U.S. military advisers who are embedded in the Iraqi and Afghan security forces –– which often gets me thinking back to my time fighting in 2004 in Iraq‘s Anbar province, and the death of Lt.

Col. Suleyman. Suleyman was the best of my Iraqi comrades in arms in An >>>


      80 WOUNDED IN COLOMBIA SOCCER BRAWL
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     BOGOTA, Colombia –– A stadium brawl at a soccer rivalry game left about 80 people wounded in the Colombian city of Cali late Saturday, 18 of them with stab wounds, emergency officials said.

Clashes broke out among America de Cali‘s "Red Baron" fan club in the 82nd minute of the match >>>


      BRITAIN HONORS SAILORS KILLED IN WWII
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     LONDON –– Britain‘s Royal Navy floated a wreath Saturday over the recently discovered wreck of a World War II destroyer that went down with 110 men on board in a battle with Nazi forces.

The HMS Hunter was discovered this month by a Norwegian minehunter participating in exercises with British, >>>


      CHAVEZ CALLS ON FARC HEAD TO RELEASE BETANCOURT
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez made a public appeal to the head of Colombia‘s FARC guerrillas on Saturday to release high–profile French–Colombian hostage Ingrid Betancourt.

"From here I send a request to Manuel Marulanda. Manuel Marulanda, send us Ingrid. Send >>>


      CHINA FOILS ATTEMPTED TERROR ATTACK ON FLIGHT
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     BEIJING (Reuters) – A China Southern flight was forced to make an emergency landing last week after an attempt to "cause an air disaster," the governor of China‘s restive northwestern region of Xinjiang said on Sunday.

The China Southern flight originated in Urumqi, capital of the restive >>>


      CHINA: FOOD POISONING DEATHS UP IN 2007
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     BEIJING –– Food poisoning deaths in China rose by about one–third in 2007, the state–run news agency reported Sunday amid ongoing scrutiny over the safety of the country‘s food production chain.

Citing figures from the Ministry of Health, Xinhua News Agency said 258 people were kil >>>


      CHINA: TERRORISTS TARGETED OLYMPICS
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     BEIJING –– Chinese police killed alleged terrorists plotting to attack the Beijing Olympics, while a flight crew managed to prevent an apparent attempt to crash a Chinese jetliner in a separate case just last week, officials said Sunday.

Wang Lequan, the top Communist Party official in the western r >>>


      COLOMBIAN REBEL‘S SLAYING BOOSTS URIBE
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     BOGOTA, Colombia –– The guerrilla walked out of the jungle tired, hungry and bearing the dismembered hand of his slain commander.

The rebel, known simply as Rojas, said the Colombian troops were closing in on his guerrilla column and he wanted out of the fight. But the rebels shoot deserters _ so in >>>


      CORRECTED: PHILIPPINES‘ WOMEN–ONLY COP STATION IS CRISIS CENTRE
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     (Corrects sixth paragraph to clarify Tanigue is the first woman police officer promoted to general since the national police force was formed) By Manny Mogato MANILA (Reuters) – The rows of fixed lines and a mobile phone hotline never stop ringing as trained counselors alternately take calls from distressed women >>>


      DESPITE LANDMARK CHANGES IN N. IRELAND, TRUST IN POLICE STILL LAGS
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     A18 BELFAST –– The two young men, in their teens or early 20s, one of them with fresh bruises on his face, walked up the Shankill Road on a busy Friday afternoon in January, carrying placards that read, "I‘m a thief and a burglar." For an hour, people poured out of shops and pubs to watch the >>>


      ECUADOR LEADER SAYS COLOMBIA MUST CONTROL CONFLICT
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Colombia must make sure neighboring countries are never again affected by its war against the leftist guerrilla group FARC, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa said in a newspaper interview on Sunday.

Correa has said it will take time to restore diplomatic ties with Colombia even t >>>


      EUROPEAN CARGO ROCKET TAKES OFF FOR SPACE STATION
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     KOUROU, French Guiana (Reuters) –– An unmanned Ariane rocket blasted–off from French Guiana early on Sunday in Europe‘s first mission to carry supplies to the International Space Station (ISS), space officials said.

The modified Ariane–5 launcher lifted–off at 1:03 a.m. (11:0 >>>


      EX–DEFENSE OFFICIAL ASSAILS COLLEAGUES OVER RUN–UP TO WAR
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     March ', 2008; A01 In the first insider account of Pentagon decision–making on Iraq, one of the key architects of the war blasts former secretary of state Colin Powell, the CIA, retired Gen. Tommy R. Franks and former Iraq occupation chief L. Paul Bremer for mishandling the run–up to the invasion and the >>>


      EX–MODEL WARIS DIRIE FOUND IN BELGIUM
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     BRUSSELS, Belgium –– Police on Friday found Waris Dirie, three days after the Somali–born model who launched a worldwide campaign against female genital mutilation had vanished.

Dirie, 43, appeared to be in good health and was being questioned by police about the disappearance, said Estelle Ar >>>


      GRAVE OF AUSTRALIAN OUTLAW NED KELLY SAID FOUND
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian archaeologists believe they have found the grave of the country‘s legendary outlaw, Ned Kelly, on the site of an abandoned prison.

Kelly, immortalized for using home–made amour in a final shoot–out with police, became a folk hero of Australia‘s colonia >>>


      GRIPES AND GOODWILL IN A 4–BUNK SLEEPING CAR
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     A16 KERMAN, Iran As the train slowly leaves Tehran‘s southern suburbs on its overnight journey to the Iranian desert city of Kerman, two passengers start complaining.

"How about those rising prices?" one man says casually, using a standard opener for a public conversation between strangers in Ir >>>


      IN BOOMING INDIA RETIREMENT HOMES SPREAD
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     PUNE, India –– She grew up listening to her grandparents‘ stories over dinner, three generations gathered in the house they shared, like nearly every Indian family she knew.

But now that Uma Paranjpe is a grandmother, she finds herself living alone in a small apartment, her children abroad, he >>>


      INDIA‘S MOVIE MECCA GOES GLOBAL
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     By Emily WaxWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, March ', 2008; A17 MUMBAI –– When Amit Shah, a budding young actor born in Chicago, auditioned for a role in the upcoming Hollywood comedy "Fraternity House," the directors picked him to play an Indian exchange student. He was told to wear glas >>>


      IRAQ SEEKS PARTNERSHIP WITH TURKEY
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     ANKARA, Turkey –– Iraq‘s president said Saturday that he wants to promote more Turkish investment in his country, where Turkish troops recently carried out an eight–day ground incursion.

Jalal Talabani spoke to members of a Turkish–Iraqi business group at the end of a visit aimed a >>>


      ISRAELI OFFICIALS SAY TALKS PROCEED
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     JERUSALEM –– Peace talks with the Palestinians will proceed this week despite a shooting attack at a Jerusalem religious seminary that killed eight Israelis, Israeli officials said.

Police across the country were on alert Sunday for possible additional attacks. Meanwhile, an Israeli soldier wounded >>>


      MALAYSIA PM WON‘T RESIGN DESPITE POLL DEBACLE
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia‘s premier said on Sunday he has no plan to step down after leading his ruling coalition to its worst election result in decades, despite calls by his influential predecessor for him to quit.

Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi‘s multi–racial National Fr >>>


      MARGARET THATCHER LEAVES HOSPITAL
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     LONDON –– Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher spent the night in a London hospital for medical checks and returned home Saturday.

Thatcher, her arm held by a hospital staff member, waved to photographers before ducking into a Jaguar car outside St. Thomas‘ Hospital in south London, >>>


      MASS GRAVE CONTAINING 100 BODIES FOUND NORTH OF BAGHDAD
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     A17 BAGHDAD, March 8 –– Iraqi security forces have discovered a mass grave containing the skeletal remains of about 100 people in an area north of Baghdad once dominated by the Sunni insurgent group al–Qaeda in Iraq, U.S.

and Iraqi officials said Saturday. The grave was found Friday on the out >>>


      MEN QUESTIONED IN TOURIST DEATH IN INDIA
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     PANAJI, India –– Police questioned three men Sunday in an investigation into the death of a 15–year–old British girl whose body was found on a beach in southern India, officials said.

There were unconfirmed reports later Sunday from the Press Trust of India news agency that a man had bee >>>


      MUFTI WARNS SAUDIS TO WATCH THEIR MONEY
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     RIYADH, Saudi Arabia –– Saudi Arabia‘s top religious authority warned Saudis against giving money to "evil" organizations, a newspaper considered close to the government reported Saturday.

Just days before the warning by Sheikh Abdul–Aziz Abdullah al–Sheikh, grand mufti o >>>


      MUGABE APPROVES ZIMBABWE NATIONALIZATION LAW
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe‘s President Robert Mugabe has signed into law a bill giving local owners the right to take majority control of foreign companies, including mines and banks, a government newspaper reported on Sunday.

Analysts fear the move could sound the death knell for an economy that h >>>


      MYANMAR JUNTA REJECTS U.N. OFFER OF POLL MONITORS
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar‘s military government has rejected a United Nations offer of observers for May‘s constitutional referendum and elections in 2010, redoubling concerns about the freedom and fairness of both polls.

"Holding the referendum for the constitution is within the State s >>>


      OLMERT OKS HOMES FOR W.BANK SETTLEMENT: OFFICIAL
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel announced on Sunday plans to build up to 750 new homes in a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank, near Jerusalem, in a move likely to complicate its U.S.–brokered peace talks with the Palestinians.

Government officials said the housing units would be erected in th >>>


      PAKISTAN‘S SHARIF TO JOIN BHUTTO PARTY IN COALITION
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     BHURBAN, Pakistan (Reuters) – Former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif said on Sunday he would join the late Benazir Bhutto‘s party in a coalition, raising the prospect of a government hostile to President Pervez Musharraf.

Bhutto‘s Pakistan People‘s Party (PPP) won the most seats in >>>


      PAKISTAN OPPOSITION TO FORM GOVERNMENT
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     BHURBAN, Pakistan –– Pakistan‘s election winners sealed an agreement Sunday to form a coalition government and said parliament would restore judges fired by President Pervez Musharraf _ further clouding the U.S.–allied leader‘s political future.

In the capital, police fired tear ga >>>


      POLICE IN CHINA RELEASE HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     BEIJING, March 8 –– A prominent Chinese human rights lawyer was released Saturday after two days of secret police detention.

Teng Biao, 34, said police questioned him about articles calling for an independent and fair legal system that he has written for his blog and overseas Chinese Web sites. Chin >>>


      RULING ALLIANCE UPSET IN MALAYSIA
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, March 8 –– Malaysia‘s ruling coalition suffered its biggest electoral upset ever Saturday, losing control of four state governments and more than one–third of Parliament in a show of frustration over racial tensions, crime and corruption.

It was a humiliating outc >>>


      SERBIAN GOVERNMENT COLLAPSES OVER KOSOVO IMPASSE
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     BELGRADE, Serbia, March 8 –– Serbia‘s government collapsed Saturday over an impasse between the nationalist prime minister and the pro–Western president about how Kosovo‘s independence affects the Balkan country‘s pursuit of membership in the European Union.

"The governm >>>


      SOLAR ENERGY FIRMS LEAVE WASTE BEHIND IN CHINA
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     A01 GAOLONG, China –– The first time Li Gengxuan saw the dump trucks from the nearby factory pull into his village, he couldn‘t believe what happened.

Stopping between the cornfields and the primary school playground, the workers dumped buckets of bubbling white liquid onto the ground. Then th >>>


      SPAIN DECIDES WHETHER TO GIVE ZAPATERO SECOND TERM
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     MADRID (Reuters) – Spain votes on Sunday in an election likely to return the ruling Socialists to power, though again short of an absolute majority, after an ill–tempered campaign focused on a weakening economy.

Four years ago, then opposition leader Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero came from behind to >>>


      SURVEY SAYS IRANIANS FAVOR FREE ELECTION OF THEIR TOP LEADER
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     As Iran‘s brief election campaign for parliament heats up, a new public opinion poll shows that the vast majority of Iranians would like to directly elect their supreme leader in a free vote –– and be able to replace him.

The power of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has long been at the heart of politi >>>


      UPSWING IN IRAQ ATTACKS NOT A TREND: U.S. MILITARY
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The U.S. military said on Sunday a recent increase in bombings was not the start of a wider trend in Iraq and violence had decreased overall.

U.S. military spokesman Rear Admiral Greg Smith said he did not think recent security gains were being reversed.

"I would not look >>>


      US: RECENT IRAQ ATTACKS NOT A TREND
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     BAGHDAD –– The U.S. military said Sunday it does not believe a recent wave of deadly attacks in Baghdad reflects a trend toward an overall increase in violence.

Navy Rear Adm. Gregory Smith, the military spokesman, said a wave of horrific violence, including a single attack on Thursday that killed 6 >>>


      VENEZUELA NABS SUSPECTED COLOMBIAN COCAINE KINGPIN
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan authorities have arrested a suspected drug lord and arms smuggler with paramilitary links wanted in the United States on charges of trafficking cocaine, a television station reported on Sunday.

Venezuela‘s national guard arrested Hermagoras Gonzalez close to the border >>>


      VOTING STARTS AS SPAIN DECIDES IF PM ZAPATERO TO STAY
      Washington Post, 09-03-2008
     MADRID (Reuters) – Voting got under way in Spain‘s general election on Sunday, a ballot expected to return the ruling Socialists to power, though again short of an absolute majority after a tough campaign focused on a flagging economy.

Four years ago, then opposition leader Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapat >>>


      AVERAGE MONTHLY WAGE GREW 2% IN 2007
      Haaretz, 09-03-2008
     By Moti Bassok Tags: Israel The average gross monthly wage for salaried employees rose in 2007 by 2% to NIS 7,645, up from NIS 7,466 in 2006.

According to figures released last Thursday by the Central Bureau of Statistics, there were 2.807 million salaried employees in Israel in 2007. This included 2.717 millio >>>


      BUSINESS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 09-03-2008
     Real Estate Easy Start Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Business in Brief Customs and VAT workers in the Tax Authority raised the stakes in their battle against management. The Israel Chambers of Commerce is worried because tax authority employees increased their sanctions on Friday in their work dispute. In addition >>>


      COMVERSE SELLING RA‘ANANA PLOT SET FOR NEW HEADQUARTERS
      Haaretz, 09-03-2008
     By Raz Smolsky Tags: Israel Comverse is giving up on its dream to build an Israeli headquarters complex on land it owns in the Ra‘anana industrial zone.

Comverse is now attempting to sell the about 40–dunam plot through an online Internet sale. The land‘s estimated value is about $500–60 >>>


      IBERIAN ENERGY GIANT EDP INTERESTED IN SOLAR–POWER TENDER
      Haaretz, 09-03-2008
     By Avi Bar–Eli Tags: Israel One of Europe‘s largest energy companies, the EDP Group, is considering organizing a consortium of companies to bid on the tender for two new Negev solar plants. Senior executives of EDP renewable energy subsidiary Neo Energia (New Energy) visited Israel over the weekend and met w >>>


      INTEREST RATES ARE NOT THE ANSWER
      Haaretz, 09-03-2008
     Tags: Israel Up until only a few days ago, the big battle on the economic front here was over the level of Israeli interest rates.

"We are being strangled by the dropping dollar, businesses are losing money and soon we will be forced to fire thousands of workers." This was a typical rant by the repres >>>


      PERRIGO TO COOPERATE WITH TEVA ON OVER–THE–COUNTER ALLERGY DRUG ZYTREC
      Haaretz, 09-03-2008
     Tags: Teva Drug developer Perrigo Co. announced that Teva received Food and Drug Administration approval to sell Cetirizine, an over–the–counter version of the allergy treatment Zyrtec–D. Perrigo and Teva are partners in marketing the drug, and Perrigo made its announcement last Thursday. Teva will man >>>


      TEVA SUFFERS BIG LEGAL SETBACK
      Haaretz, 09-03-2008
     By Haaretz Correspondent and Agencies , By Yoram Gabison Tags: Teva Teva Pharmaceuticals suffered a big loss on Friday as a U.S. federal appeals court upheld a lower court ruling that Teva had infringed on two patents held by Pfizer, Inc. on its popular Celebrex drug. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit re >>>


      A PARTNERSHIP OF EQUALS
      Haaretz, 09-03-2008
     By Zvi Bar‘el Tags: israel "This shows that the Palestinian Authority is not adequately fighting terrorism," said the prime minister in reaction to the Mercaz Harav yeshiva attack.

He could just as well have said that "the Shin Bet isn‘t adequately combating terrorism – indeed, >>>


      BLOOD, RELIGION, AND NEGOTIATIONS
      Haaretz, 09-03-2008
     By Haaretz Editorial Tags: Israel The murderous attack at the Mercaz Harav yeshiva in Jerusalem raised anew the questions inherent in striving for an Israeli–Palestinian peace agreement.

From an Israeli viewpoint, the victims of the massacre are akin to any other eight fatalities, most of them secular, in >>>



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