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      4.2–MAGNITUDE QUAKE SHAKES AREA NEAR PALM SPRINGS
      Washington Post, 01-05-2008
     PALM SPRINGS, Calif. –– A moderate earthquake has shaken an area near Palm Springs, Calif.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the 4.2–magnitude quake struck at 8:55 p.m., about 27 miles south of Palm Springs.

USGS geophysicist Randy Baldwin says the quake was felt from the Palm Springs a >>>


      AP NEWSBREAK: FORMER DEMOCRATIC LEADER SWITCHES TO OBAMA
      Washington Post, 01-05-2008
     WASHINGTON –– A leader of the Democratic Party under Bill Clinton has switched his allegiance to Barack Obama and is encouraging fellow Democrats to "heal the rift in our party" and unite behind the Illinois senator.

Joe Andrew, who was Democratic National Committee chairman from 1' >>>


      ILL. SCHOOL BUS DRIVER ACCUSED OF BRAKING HARD; 1' INJURED
      Washington Post, 01-05-2008
     HUNTLEY, Ill. –– A school bus driver angry at children on her bus slammed on the brakes, which threw them from their seats and injured 1' of them, police said.

One child was sent to a hospital and paramedics treated 18 others at the scene Wednesday. The children, ranging from 5 to 10 years old, >>>


      LACROSSE PLAYERS DISCIPLINED FOR BARE–BOTTOMED PROM INVITE
      Washington Post, 01-05-2008
     ANN ARBOR, Mich. –– Thirteen members of a high school lacrosse team have been disciplined for baring their bottoms to extend a prom invitation from one player to a girl.

The varsity lacrosse players at Huron High school displayed the question: "Will You Go To The Prom With Me? Yes or No?" >>>


      MAN CONVICTED IN REPORTER‘S 1'76 KILLING SEEKS CLEMENCY
      Washington Post, 01-05-2008
     PHOENIX –– A man serving a life prison sentence for the 1'76 murder of a newspaper reporter wants the state to give him clemency because he‘s in poor health.

Max Dunlap, 78, wants his sentenced commuted before his December 2014 parole date. He says he‘s incontinent from diabetes and >>>


      MCCAIN PROMISES BILLIONS IN SPENDING
      Washington Post, 01-05-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Republican John McCain is making promises that would cost billions of taxpayer dollars, yet he is vague about how he would pay for them.

McCain is handing around a campaign grab bag of goodies. There are little treats like a summer gas–tax holiday and new mortgages for struggling >>>


      MORE THAN 100 MAINE HOMES FLOODED AS RIVER SPILLS ITS BANKS
      Washington Post, 01-05-2008
     FORT KENT, Maine –– The raging St. John River spilled its banks, flooding more than 100 homes as emergency management officials feared the region could face its worst flooding in modern history Thursday.

About 600 people were evacuated in the Fort Kent area, and the downtown became a ghost town. Blu >>>


      RICE RETURNS TO MIDEAST AMID FEW SIGNS OF PROGRESS
      Washington Post, 01-05-2008
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice this weekend makes her fourth visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories since the November Annapolis peace conference with little to show for the U.S.

effort. Traveling ahead of President George W. Bush‘s May 13–18 trip to Israel >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 01-05-2008
     –– A major mid–Spring storm was in store for the middle part of the country Thursday.

Showers and thunderstorms were expected in the Rockies and Plains, and several inches of snow should fall from central Colorado through the western Dakotas. Significant rain was expected farther east in the D >>>


      WHITE HOUSE ADMITS FAULT ON ‘MISSION ACCOMPLISHED‘ BANNER
      Washington Post, 01-05-2008
     WASHINGTON –– The White House said Wednesday that President Bush has paid a price for the "Mission Accomplished" banner that was flown in triumph five years ago but later became a symbol of U.S. misjudgments and mistakes in the long and costly war in Iraq.

Thursday is the fifth anniversary >>>


      7 EUROPEAN, CANADIAN TOURISTS KILLED IN EGYPT BUS ACCIDENT
      Washington Post, 01-05-2008
     EL–ARISH, Egypt –– A bus carrying dozens of Canadian and European tourists overturned Thursday and caught fire in Egypt‘s Sinai peninsula, killing at least seven passengers and wounding at least 16, an emergency official said.

The bus was carrying around 40 tourists, mostly from Canada, >>>


      AFGHAN OFFICIALS: AL–QAIDA LINK IN ASSASSINATION PLOT
      Washington Post, 01-05-2008
     KABUL, Afghanistan –– The weekend plot to kill Afghan President Hamid Karzai was masterminded by militants with links to the al–Qaida who reside in Pakistan‘s lawless tribal areas, an Afghan intelligence official said Thursday.

Saeed Ansari, a spokesman for the Afghan intelligence servic >>>


      ALLEGED HEAD OF AL–QAIDA IN SOMALIA SAID KILLED IN AIRSTRIKE
      Washington Post, 01-05-2008
     MOGADISHU, Somalia –– The man believed to be the head of al–Qaida in Somalia was killed in an overnight airstrike along with eight other people, an Islamic insurgent group said Thursday.

The spokesman for the Islamic al–Shabab militia, Sheik Muqtar Robow, said the strike killed Aden Hash >>>


      BLAST IN BAGHDAD KILLS NINE
      Washington Post, 01-05-2008
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A bomb blast near a U.S. patrol in Baghdad killed nine Iraqis and wounded 23 people on Thursday.

Iraqi police said some U.S. troops were hit by the blast in the eastern Camp Sara district, where both Sunni and Shi‘ite Arabs live. A U.S. military spokesman was unable to confirm th >>>


      HONG KONG BUS ACCIDENT KILLS 12, INJURES 4'
      Washington Post, 01-05-2008
     HONG KONG (Reuters) – A bus packed with elderly Christian worshippers struck a roadside barrier and overturned in Hong Kong, killing 12 people and injuring 4' others, officials said on Thursday.

The bus, with seats for 55, was carrying around 65 passengers at the time of the accident, police said.
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      JAPAN DETERGENT SUICIDE SPARKS PANIC
      Washington Post, 01-05-2008
     TOKYO –– About 350 people fled their homes in northern Japan on Thursday to escape poisonous fumes released by a neighbor who killed himself by mixing detergent and other chemicals _ the latest in a series of such suicides.

The panic in Otaru came just hours after national police urged Internet prov >>>


      OFFICIALS: 3 BOMBS EXPLODE IN SPANISH BASQUE REGION
      Washington Post, 01-05-2008
     MADRID, Spain –– Three bombs exploded in Spain‘s Basque region on Thursday, officials said. No one was injured in the blasts, which police said were carried out by the separatist group ETA.

All three blasts, which occurred on the traditional workers holiday of May Day, targeted labor–rel >>>


      OFFICIALS: ' TOURISTS KILLED IN EGYPT BUS ACCIDENT
      Washington Post, 01-05-2008
     EL–ARISH, Egypt –– A speeding bus carrying dozens of Canadian and European tourists overturned and caught fire Thursday in Egypt‘s Sinai peninsula, killing at least nine passengers and wounding 28, security and emergency officials said.

The bus was carrying around 40 tourists, mostly fro >>>


      PHILIPPINE TROOPS WOUND TOP AL–QAIDA–LINKED MILITANT
      Washington Post, 01-05-2008
     JOLO, Philippines –– A top al–Qaida–linked militant long hunted by U.S. and Filipino troops was wounded during a military attack on a rebel encampment in the southern Philippines, a military spokesman said Thursday.

Philippine troops bombarded the Abu Sayyaf camp with artillery and morta >>>


      POLICE: 17 DEAD, 45 INJURED IN TOUR BUS CRASH IN HONG KONG
      Washington Post, 01-05-2008
     HONG KONG –– A tour bus crashed and overturned Thursday in suburban Hong Kong, killing at least 17 people and injuring 45, officials said. Police said they arrested the driver.

The bus was carrying about 65 passengers when it lost control while driving down a slope, then crashed and overturned at a >>>


      SCIENTIST REDISCOVERS RARE PLANT UNSEEN SINCE 1'85
      Washington Post, 01-05-2008
     ST. LOUIS –– A scientist with the Missouri Botanical Garden has rediscovered and identified a rare parasitic plant that hasn‘t been seen by botanists in more than 20 years.

A single specimen of the plant was found in Mexico in 1'85, but the plant wasn‘t seen again until St. Louis bot >>>


      SOMALI ISLAMISTS SAY 2 LEADERS KILLED IN AIR STRIKE
      Washington Post, 01-05-2008
     MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Two senior leaders of Somalia‘s Islamist movement were killed when four planes dropped bombs over the house they were staying in early Thursday morning, an Islamist commander said.

"It is true that infidel planes bombed Dusamareb. Two of our important people, including Ade >>>


      ANALYSIS: SHRINKING DOLLAR DOESN‘T FULLY EXPLAIN CUTBACKS
      Haaretz, 01-05-2008
     By Guy Grimland, Haaretz Correspondent Tags: High–tech, U.S. economy Retalix, Metalink, Delta 3, Topspin, IDT, Unipier and now Polycom Israel, are all high–tech companies that have recently imposed a wave of layoffs.

Have the erosion of the dollar, the global influence of recession and pessimistic m >>>


      BUSINESS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 01-05-2008
     Real Estate Easy Start Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Business in Brief El Al is raising its ticket prices as of today, May 1 by an average of 6.5%. This is the ninth time the airline has raised its prices since April 2007. El Al says the cause is the continued rise in jet fuel costs. El Al is also raising the costs >>>


      DESPITE CONCERNS OF ECONOMIC SLOWDOWN, EXPORTS WERE UP 15.6% IN FIRST QUARTER
      Haaretz, 01-05-2008
     By Moti Bassok Tags: export, Israel Neither estimates of policymakers nor scaremongering of industry captains have hindered Israeli wares. Export of goods was up 15.6% in the first quarter of 2008, the highest level registered for a single quarter in recent years. Although the fourth quarter of 2007 saw an increase of 2 >>>


      HEALTH MINISTRY: NO NEED TO STOP USING PLASTIC BABY BOTTLES
      Haaretz, 01-05-2008
     By Ronny Linder–Ganz and Barr Hayoun Tags: baby bottles, health ministry The Health Ministry published new instructions yesterday for using plastic baby bottles. The new rules prohibit filling them with boiling water. In addition, the ministry recommends not using scratched or worn–out bottles.

The >>>


      ISRAEL CHEMICALS DROPS 2.7% ON HUGE TURNOVER
      Haaretz, 01-05-2008
     By Tal Levy Tags: Stock exchange, Tel Aviv The Tel Aviv Stock Exchange ended trading yesterday finally with gains, after three consecutive days of losses. The TASE rose slightly after Wall Street opened the day with moderate gains.

The TA–25 rose 0.4% to close at 1,080.5 points, and the TA–100 rose >>>


      ISRAELI COMPANIES MANAGE TO SELL ARS PORTFOLIOS WITHOUT LOSSES
      Haaretz, 01-05-2008
     By Yoram Gabison Tags: Teva pharmaceutical The sinking structured bond market dragged down the portfolio values of many Israeli companies traded in the United States. The companies had sought surplus yields from highly rated, liquid instruments such as auction rate securities (ARS) as part of their cash–flow manag >>>


      LEASING BUSINESS GROWS DESPITE CAR TAX REFORMS
      Haaretz, 01-05-2008
     Real Estate Easy Start Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Leasing business grows despite car tax reforms By Daniel Schmil Tags: Knesset, Car leasing Four months after the implementation of new rules governing the value of company cars for tax purposes, it now appears that the leasing market has not been damaged, and in >>>


      MARKETS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 01-05-2008
     Kitan Textile Industries is expected to hire 40 new workers for its plant in Dimona, pursuant to the transfer of Fibrotex‘s civilian textile operations to Kitan. On Tuesday, Kitan officials announced the signing of an agreement for the purchase of Fibrotex‘s household textile operations. Capital market sourc >>>


      MIGDAL MAKES SURE YOU MEET WITH THEIR AGENT
      Haaretz, 01-05-2008
     By Eti Aflalo Tags: insurance, Migdal "Look for the tower" – this is the slogan of Migdal (tower in Hebrew) Insurance‘s new marketing campaign.

Need a long–term insurance product? Whether you want a provident fund, retirement insurance or pension fund, the main thing is the tower (on >>>


      NEW WAVE OF PINK SLIPS STRIKES TECHNOLOGY SECTOR
      Haaretz, 01-05-2008
     By Guy Griml Tags: High–tech, Polycom Israel Layoffs in the high–tech industry are continuing. Polycom Israel, a branch of U.S.–based communications company Polycom, is closing its Yokne‘am R&D center and laying off about 15 employees.

The Israeli branch is run by employees of the Is >>>


      SECURITIES AUTHORITY REPORT SLAMS INTERNAL AUDITS AT PUBLICLY TRADED FIRMS
      Haaretz, 01-05-2008
     By Meirav Arlosoroff Tags: Stock exchange, Tel Aviv "Serious findings," "A whitewash of internal auditing," and "internal auditing that is little more than an organizational ornament," are some of the harsh comments found in the report evaluating the scope of internal auditing at companies >>>


      YOUR HEALTH – SPONSORED BY A BILLIONAIRE
      Haaretz, 01-05-2008
     By Ronny Linder–Ganz Tags: private donations Several weeks ago the director of one of Israel largest medical centers met with a group of potential donors in the United States. He showed them a photo of a woman injured in a terror attack who was being treated at his hospital. As everyone knows, pictures are worth a >>>


      STOPPING THE OX AT ITS THRESHING
      Haaretz, 01-05-2008
     By Nehemia Shtrasler Tags: Finance Ministry, Israel After two years of partying, expansion and augmentation, this week the time came to pay the bill. Finance Minister Roni Bar–On announced to the cabinet Tuesday that a real budget cut will have to be made. Although he did not announce the size of the cut, it is a >>>


      THE MOMENT BEFORE THE RESPITE
      Haaretz, 01-05-2008
     By Haaretz Editorial Tags: Truce, Palestinians, Egypt The Egyptian effort to achieve a cease–fire on the Israeli–Palestinian front seemed close to success yesterday, at least in terms of achieving the consent of the Palestinian side. This assessment must be made with reservations, because negotiations on suc >>>


      THE SUPERDELEGATES ARE IN A QUANDARY
      Haaretz, 01-05-2008
     By Shmuel Rosner Tags: Democratic Party Some 300 superdelegates have not yet declared whom they intend to support in the Barack Obama–Hillary Clinton face off. These superdelegates feel that they are carrying the Democratic Party‘s fate on their shoulders.

The immediate question is whether the Democ >>>


      THERE ARE NO HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS
      Haaretz, 01-05-2008
     By Yehudit Winkler Tags: Holocaust Remembrance Day Most of the friends of my '5–year–old mother are no longer with us. With her insights, her power of survival, her talent for suppression and her uncanny ability to be here and to live only with the good times that preceded what she calls "then," >>>


      WE ARE ALSO TO BLAME
      Haaretz, 01-05-2008
     By Israel Harel Tags: IDF, Beit Hanun Many Israelis were genuinely saddened by the death of a mother and her children in Beit Hanun. The prime minister, who expressed regret at their deaths, did a fine job of conveying the public‘s feelings. However, most Israelis believe that even if it was an Israeli shell that >>>


      ‘MY MOTHER CAME TO TELL ME I HAD TO REMAIN AMONG THE LIVING‘
      Haaretz, 01-05-2008
     By Ofri Ilani One day, while he was being held captive at the Sobibor extermination camp, Dov Freiberg decided he would commit suicide the next day. After the night body count, he lay down on his bunk and dreamed a dream. "I dreamt that my mother came to visit me, together with little Yankeleh. I wanted to tell the >>>


      3 SUSPECTED OF BEATING WOMAN WHILE REPOSESSING HER PROPERTY
      Haaretz, 01-05-2008
     By Eli Ashkenazi Three repossession agents are suspected of having beaten and lightly injured an Israeli Arab woman in the Wadi Ara village of Ein al–Sahla while in the process of repossessing her property yesterday. According to police Chief Superintendent Kobi Shabtai, the three acted against procedure. The fami >>>


      ALL 12 PALESTINIAN FACTIONS AGREE TO GAZA CEASE–FIRE
      Haaretz, 01-05-2008
     By Yoav Stern, Barak Ravid, Amos Harel and Jack Khoury Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman is expected to arrive in Israel shortly to receive Israel‘s official response to the Egyptian cease–fire proposal, Palestinian sources in Cairo said yesterday.

Suleiman is to report to Israel on the agre >>>


      AT WORKPLACE FOR THE DISABLED, THE TOILETS AREN‘T WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE
      Haaretz, 01-05-2008
     By Ruth Sinai BG, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, has to urinate almost every hour because of medication he is taking. But the width of the door to the toilets at a factory providing employment for disabled persons near Kiryat Gat does not allow him to enter in his wheelchair. Lacking any alternative, he gets down >>>


      BUSH WON‘T PRESENT HIS FINAL–STATUS GUIDELINES FOR NOW, SAY U.S. OFFICIALS
      Haaretz, 01-05-2008
     By Barak Ravid Senior U.S. administration officials stressed during meetings last week in Washington with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that President George Bush does not intend at this stage to present guidelines of his own for resolving the core issues of an Israeli–Palestinian permanent peace a >>>


      EGYPTIAN OFFICIAL: WE EXPECT ISRAEL TO IMPLEMENT TAHADIYA AGREEMENT
      Haaretz, 01-05-2008
     By Yoav Stern Egypt is expecting Israel to accept and implement the cease–fire proposal agreed on yesterday by the Palestinian factions, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit‘s bureau chief said yesterday.

Speaking by phone to Haaretz from Cairo, Hossam Zaki, who is also the Egyptian Foreign M >>>


      FORMER SHIN BET FIGURE: WHY DIDN‘T GUARDS PROTECT BARAK?
      Haaretz, 01-05-2008
     By Yossi Verter A former senior Shin Bet security service officer yesterday blasted bodyguards from the service for failing to protect party leader and defense minister Ehud Barak at a violent incident earlier this week, in what he called "an extremely serious security and protection failure." Shin Bet guards >>>


      ISRAELI LIVING IN MANCHESTER BUSTED FOR TRAFFICKING IN WOMEN
      Haaretz, 01-05-2008
     By Jonathan Lis The Police International Crime and Investigations Unit has recently arrested an Israeli man living in Manchester who is suspected of being involved in bringing women to the U.K. for prostitution.

Meir Mizrahi, 58, of Beit Dagan, was nabbed by police on Monday shortly after arriving in Israel for >>>


      NEW CRITERIA SET FOR GRADING MATH MATRICULATION TEST
      Haaretz, 01-05-2008
     By Or Kashti The Education Ministry is set to change the system by which points are counted in the math matriculation exam, to provide a "safety net" allowing students to pass the test even if they do not sit for the whole thing.

According to the new system – to be implemented in some 100 high s >>>


      NEWS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 01-05-2008
     Members of the commission studying the situation of Holocaust survivors said yesterday that their recommendations, to be released in a few weeks, would take the government‘s budgetary constraints into consideration. "The government should be able to accept these recommendations easily," a committee membe >>>


      PROJECT TO HELP SHOAH SURVIVORS LIVING ON KIBBUTZIM EXPANDS
      Haaretz, 01-05-2008
     By Eli Ashkenazi A project aimed at raising the awareness of Holocaust survivors who live on kibbutzim of their rights to compensation and governmental aide will be expanded over the next few months due to its success.

The Havatzelet and Spring for Survivors groups that organized the project in tandem with the >>>


      RISING MEDICAL COSTS FORCING MORE ISRAELIS TO FORGO CARE
      Haaretz, 01-05-2008
     By Ran Reznick The high cost of medical care is forcing a startling number of Israelis to skip clinic visits and forgo medication, a new telephone survey by the Israel Medical Association has found.

According to the results of the survey of 700 people announced at a news conference yesterday, 31 percent of Isra >>>


      SAVING THE EAGLE
      Haaretz, 01-05-2008
     By Eli Ashkenazi Four eagle chicks that recently emerged from their shells sat in their nests this week in the Gamla nature reserve and enjoyed the shade for the entire day. The chicks‘ parents shaded them with their broad wings, protecting them from the sun‘s rays.

The four chicks are being closely >>>


      SDEROT RESIDENTS PROTEST 60TH CELEBRATIONS IN CITY
      Haaretz, 01-05-2008
     By Mijal Grinberg and Amos Harel Residents of Sderot have started a petition meant to prevent Independence Day celebrations in the Qassam–battered city next week, in light of the rocket barrages fired in recent days by Palestinians from the nearby Gaza Strip.

Yossi Timsit, whose wife was seriously hurt wh >>>


      SON GETS DAD‘S AUSCHWITZ TATTOO ON OWN ARM
      Haaretz, 01-05-2008
     By Yair Ettinger, Haaretz Correspondent Tags: survivor, Auschwitz One day about eight years ago, Dr. Ron Folman walked into a tattoo studio on Tel Aviv‘s Dizengoff Street accompanied by his parents, Professor Yeshayahu and Dr. Ahuva Folman. He asked his father to bare his left forearm, and told the tattooist: &quo >>>


      TA UNIVERSITY: 6.6% RISE IN VIOLENT ANTI–SEMITIC ATTACKS WORLDWIDE
      Haaretz, 01-05-2008
     By Anshel Pfeffer Despite an overall decline in anti–Semitic incidents around the world in 2007, there was a 6.6 percent rise specifically in violent anti–Semitic attacks, including arson and the use of firearms with intent to kill.

This was the finding released yesterday in the annual report of the >>>


      TOO MUCH IN T.A., TOO LITTLE IN THE SOUTH
      Haaretz, 01-05-2008
     Medical equipment is in short supply in the south of the country, whereas Tel Aviv has equipment to spare, according to data collected by a Be‘er Sheva–based womens group dedicated to eradicating the inequality in health–care services with regard to the South.

With regard to six out of 18 medi >>>


      TRUCE DEAL / HAMAS CLAIMS VICTORY
      Haaretz, 01-05-2008
     By Zvi Bar‘el Several Arab states were required to bring about the truce with the Palestinian factions in Cairo yesterday. Egypt orchestrated the move, but in coordination with Jordan and Saudi Arabia and with Syria‘s assistance.

The Egyptians‘ resolve stemmed from their fear that Hamas would >>>


      WORLD NEWS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 01-05-2008
     The young woman whose hospitalization triggered the discovery that her family had been imprisoned and terrorized for decades was struggling for her life yesterday. Kerstin Fritzl‘s condition was critical but stable, authorities said. The 1'–year–old is one of seven children Josef Fritzl fathered wi >>>


      SHOW THE POLITICIANS WHO THEIR BOSSES ARE
      The Daily Mail, 01-05-2008
     British democracy has taken an appalling battering over the past decade, as countless powers once exercised by the authority of the electorate have been handed over to unaccountable judges, quangocrats and EU officials.

No wonder so many voters choose to stay at home on polling day – particularly in local >>>


      ‘POPULATION SURGE‘ MEANS THOUSANDS OF PUPILS CAN‘T GET A PLACE AT PRIMARY SCHOOL
      The Daily Mail, 01-05-2008
     Thousands of parents missed out on their first choice of primary school this year or have been left without a place at all.

A surge in the number of families moving into some boroughs has led to ‘unprecedented‘ demand for places, council officials said.

One in four parents in the worst&ndas >>>


      ‘STIFF UPPER LIP‘ CULTURE BLAMED AS BRITISH MEN TOP EURO DEPRESSION LEAGUE
      The Daily Mail, 01-05-2008
     Pain: The ‘stiff upper lip‘ and long work hours make British men depressed The traditional "stiff upper lip" was blamed yesterday for a high rate of depression among British men.

A study of mental illness in six countries found that the rate of major depression and panic syndrome was highe >>>


      A TRULY BAD HAIR DAY: WIND REVEALS LIZ HURLEY‘S BEAUTY SECRET
      The Daily Mail, 01-05-2008
     On the red carpet, she appears to radiate a natural glamour. But it seems Liz Hurley has a few props to help her in that department.

And as she returned home yesterday, one of the secrets of her effortless elegance was plainly visible at the back of her head.

Scroll down for more ... Oops: Liz‘s >>>


      AMY SHOWS OFF LOVE BITE TO PROVE HER RELATIONSHIP WITH BLAKE IS STILL GOING STRONG
      The Daily Mail, 01-05-2008
     After her relationship with Blake Fielder–Civil has been called into question, Amy Winehouse was keen to prove the passion is still very much alive between her and her incarcerated husband today.

As the singer returned from a visit with Fielder–Civil, 25, she drew photographers‘ attention to a >>>


      APPRENTICE WATCH: KEVIN, THE DELUDED BOSS OF PLANET ZOG, GETS HIS CARDS
      The Daily Mail, 01-05-2008
     The latest episode of The Apprentice saw the remaining 11 hopefuls battle it out for a job with Sir Alan Sugar. Kevin Shaw became the latest contestant fired. Here, TV critic Jaci Stephen passes her judgment on the contestants...

On the day that Lucinda finally leaves the Apprentice house (let‘s call it t >>>


      BRITAIN OLDEST NEWLYWEDS MARRY AGAIN – IN THE SAME VILLAGE CHURCH THE BRIDE FIRST MARRIED 70 YEARS AGO
      The Daily Mail, 01-05-2008
     When Bess Atkins tracked down the chap she‘d met on the bus and asked him out, she was afraid he‘d think her a bit forward.

But when a girl has reached her '0s, she doesn‘t like to mess about. Luckily, her bravery paid off – and she has become one half of Britain‘s oldest newly >>>


      CHANTELLE, CHANELLE AND CHARLOTTE: UNHOLY TRINITY OF D–LISTERS DESCEND ON FUNKY BUDDHA
      The Daily Mail, 01-05-2008
     The say good things come in threes, but last night Chantelle Houghton, Chanelle Hayes and Charlotte Mears went some way to debunk the theory.

The trio descended on London hotspot Funky Buddha, each one in a short skirt and more plunging neckline than the next, and battled it out for a moment in the paparazzi&ls >>>


      CUT FUEL TAX BY 'P A LITRE, BROWN IS URGED
      The Daily Mail, 01-05-2008
     An accountant has said that Gorgon Brown could even afford to take 'p a litre off petrol and diesel and not feel the pinch Gordon Brown could afford to cut fuel tax by 'p a litre, City analysts believe.

Motoring groups say ministers should scrap a 2p–a–litre tax rise planned for October &nda >>>


      DAVID BLAINE HOLDS HIS BREATH FOR 17 MINUTES AND 4 SECS TO SMASH WORLD RECORD LIVE ON OPRAH
      The Daily Mail, 01-05-2008
     Magician David Blaine set a world record for holding breath – underwater – when he stopped breathing for more than 17 minutes suspended in a water–filled sphere onstage, on Oprah Winfrey‘s talk show.

Submerged in a water–filled sphere, he held his breath for precisely 17 minutes an >>>


      EYE EYE, BEATRICE: PRINCESS STRUGGLES TO RULE THE WAVES ON JET SKI JAUNT
      The Daily Mail, 01-05-2008
     She‘s a qualified diver, an accomplished skier and, rumour has it, no slouch on the dancefloor. She even considered putting her skates on to appear on Dancing On Ice.

However, it seems that riding a jet ski was a challenge too far for Princess Beatrice – at least at first.

After attempting >>>


      FATHER KILLS HIMSELF AFTER FAILING TO GET DAUGHTER INTO PREFERRED SCHOOL, INQUEST TOLD
      The Daily Mail, 01-05-2008
     Distraught and in despair, a father threw himself under a train after a battle to get his daughter into her chosen school.

Surveyor Steve Don believed he was an ‘unfit‘ parent because he had failed to win a place at the local secondary for the 11–year–old child.

The tormented pa >>>


      FOR YOU, MUM: BRAVE FRANK LAMPARD‘S PENALTY CATAPULTS CHELSEA TO ALL–ENGLISH EURO CUP FINAL A WEEK AFTER MUM DIES
      The Daily Mail, 01-05-2008
     An emotional Frank Lampard put aside the personal grief at losing his mum to help Chelsea into an all–English Euro cup final against bitter rivals Manchester United.

On a night of high drama at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard scored a vital penalty that carried his team to a late 3&ndash >>>


      GLOBAL WARMING ‘COULD STOP NATURALLY WITHIN TEN YEARS,‘ SAY SCIENTISTS
      The Daily Mail, 01-05-2008
     Global warming will be "put on hold" over the next decade because of natural climate variations, scientists claim.

A study of sea temperature changes predicts a lull as traditional climate cycles cancel out the heating effect of greenhouse gases from pollution.

The findings suggest the offici >>>


      GOVERNMENT SET TO ABOLISH ‘MIXED–SEX ACCOMMODATION‘ ON NHS WARDS
      The Daily Mail, 01-05-2008
     The NHS will get rid of mixed–sex accommodation in their wards within a year Health Secretary Alan Johnson yesterday vowed to axe mixed–sex ‘ accommodation‘ in hospitals but left critics furious by failing to abolish shared wards.

He said the ban would take place within a year. But oppos >>>


      HER CAREER‘S IN FREEFALL, ANOTHER ENGAGEMENT‘S OVER AND SHE‘S MOURNING HER BELOVED FATHER – SO WHAT‘S KELLY GOT TO SMILE ABOUT?
      The Daily Mail, 01-05-2008
     Trooper that she is, Kelly Brook is showing no sign of succumbing to her current personal travails. She is quick to tell concerned friends, ringing to console her over her split from Hollywood actor Billy Zane, that she has been sleeping like a baby.

Meanwhile, mornings have been passed with girlie phone calls >>>


      IT‘S CHUCKING IT DOWN AGAIN AND THE FORECAST IS FOR MORE RAIN – BUT HERE‘S 20 REASONS TO LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE
      The Daily Mail, 01-05-2008
     So much for global warming – it is tempting to say. After a long run of dry, warm and even hot springs (remember the traffic jams on the way to the coast a little over a year ago this week?), Britain‘s weather has reverted to what we assume is type.

Cold, wet, generally soggy, pretty windy and with >>>


      JAILED FOR 54 YEARS: THE ‘FERAL‘ MUGGERS WHO KICKED A 62–YEAR–OLD GRANDFATHER TO DEATH FOR REFUSING TO HAND OVER HIS MOBILE
      The Daily Mail, 01-05-2008
     James Smith was beaten and left to die when he refused to give his mobile phone to muggers A grandfather who stood up to a pair of young thugs who demanded his mobile phone paid for his defiance with his life.

James Smith, 62, who was said by a judge to have been defending the values of his generation, was beat >>>


      JOHN MORREY
      The Daily Mail, 01-05-2008
     On February 16 we illustrated a story about Wayne Rooney and Coleen McLoughlin‘s wedding plans with a photograph captioned, «Snub: Wayne‘s uncle, John Rooney».

Unfortunately the photograph was of another uncle, John Morrey who, we have been asked to point out, did not attend Coleen&lsquo >>>


      LABOUR BRACED FOR A MAY DAY ELECTORAL MAULING BUT BROWN STILL DEFIANT IN FACE OF POLL GLOOM
      The Daily Mail, 01-05-2008
     On the campaign trail: Ken Livingstone enjoys a cup of tea yesterday Gordon Brown yesterday brushed aside the prospect of crushing defeats in today‘s local and London elections as he made clear his determination to carry on fighting.

He came out swinging in the Commons with a personal swipe at "shall >>>


      MOTHER, 81, BECOMES OLDEST LIVING KIDNEY DONOR WITH A GIFT OF LIFE TO HER SON
      The Daily Mail, 01-05-2008
     They say there is nothing stronger than the bond between a mother and her son.

So when Christine Wright was offered the chance to save the life of her seriously ill son, David, by donating one of her kidneys, she didn‘t hesitate to help.

But her sacrifice is all the more remarkable, given that Mr >>>


      NATIONAL TRUST PUTS 5P CHARGE ON ITS PLASTIC BAGS TO STEM TIDE OF COUNTRYSIDE LITTER
      The Daily Mail, 01-05-2008
     Taking action: The National Trust wants to stem the tide of plastic bags in the countryside The National Trust is introducing a 5p charge on plastic bags in its 220 shops today in the hope of cutting waste.

The move comes amid mounting pressure on stores to stem the tide of plastic that is littering the country >>>


      ONE IN EVERY THREE DRIVERS IS FINED ANNUALLY – RAISING UP TO &#163;800M FROM ‘CASH COW‘ MOTORISTS
      The Daily Mail, 01-05-2008
     One in every three drivers is fined annually – but the majority of offences are minor, leading to concerns motorists are being used as ‘cash cows‘ One in three drivers is caught each year by a parking warden or speed camera.

The total rises to more than four in ten when the number of motorists >>>


      PETER PHILLIPS‘S FIANCEE RENOUNCES HER CATHOLIC FAITH SO HE CAN KEEP HIS PLACE IN THE ROYAL SUCCESSION
      The Daily Mail, 01-05-2008
     Peter Phillips‘s fiancee has renounced her Catholic faith and converted to Anglicanism in a move that means he keeps his place in the Royal succession.

Canadian Autumn Kelly, 2', will marry the Queen‘s eldest grandson on May 17.

But due to the fact that she was baptised a Catholic, thei >>>


      PICTURED: PRINCE WILLIAM AT THE CONTROLS AS HE FLYS FALLEN COMRADE HOME FROM AFGHANISTAN
      The Daily Mail, 01-05-2008
     Prince William helped bring home the body of a fellow soldier while on his secret flying visit to Afghanistan.

He took the controls of the C–17 Globemaster which was repatriating the body of Trooper Robert Pearson of the Queen‘s Royal Lancers.

Clarence House aides said William, 25 was " >>>


      POISON IN THE KITCHEN...HOW TAP WATER COULD DAMAGE YOUR BRAIN, BLIND OR EVEN KILL YOU
      The Daily Mail, 01-05-2008
     As he dipped his hand into the River Wear to quench his thirst, William Sproat could not have known he was about to unleash the horror of cholera on Britain.

Sunderland in 1831 was a hectic place. The Industrial Revolution was redefining our cities, while filth and squalor grew with urban populations.

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      PUT JUSTIN DOWN MADONNA, YOU‘RE OLD ENOUGH TO BE HIS MOTHER
      The Daily Mail, 01-05-2008
     While she was shocking the world with her provocative track Like a Virgin back in the mid 1'80s, he was barely out of nappies.

But last night Madonna spent almost every second of her No. 1 track Four Minutes bumping and grinding against Justin Timberlake, despite being well and truly old enough to be his mo >>>


      RECORD 2,675 CRIMINALS RELEASED LAST MONTH TO EASE OVERCROWDED PRISONS
      The Daily Mail, 01-05-2008
     Freedom: Overcrowding has sparked a surge in early releases A record number of criminals were let out of jail early in March, it emerged yesterday.

The Ministry of Justice was forced to admit 2,675 inmates had their sentences reduced by 18 days to ease desperate levels of overcrowding.

The total freed >>>


      ROBO–POP: LOLLIPOP LADIES GET HI–TECH CAMERAS IN THEIR HEADGEAR AND STICKS TO COMBAT ROAD RAGE
      The Daily Mail, 01-05-2008
     Many of them face abuse and aggression from drivers every day. But lollipop men and women have been given a new weapon against reckless or angry motorists.

Video cameras are being built into their lollipop poles. Scroll down for more... Action: Lollipop sticks will have in–built cameras to capture any pro >>>


      SIR ALAN FIRES THE ‘NATURAL–BORN LEADER‘ WHO ‘SMELLED OF ARROGANCE‘ IN BBC‘S APPRENTICE
      The Daily Mail, 01-05-2008
     He claimed to be a natural born leader who could make people do things they never imagined.

But it seems Kevin Shaw‘s self–proclaimed powers of manipulation had no affect on Sir Alan Sugar.

The 24–year–old bank manager has become the fifth contestant to be fired from BBC2‘ >>>


      THE AMAZING ‘PIXIE DUST‘ MADE FROM PIGS BLADDER THAT REGREW A SEVERED FINGER IN FOUR WEEKS
      The Daily Mail, 01-05-2008
     Scientists are claiming an amazing breakthrough – regrowing a man‘s severed finger with the aid of an experimental powder.

Four weeks after Lee Spievack sliced almost half an inch off the top of one of his fingers, he said it had grown back to its original length.

Four months later it looke >>>


      TOO FAT TO DRIVE: 12 STONE WOMAN REFUSED JOB AS BUS DRIVER FOR ‘BEING OVERWEIGHT‘
      The Daily Mail, 01-05-2008
     With 20 years experience on the job and a clean licence, you would think Maire Parker was an ideal candidate to drive a bus.

But when she applied for a post, she was turned down straight away – for having a spare tyre.

The bus company told Mrs Parker, who is 4ft 11in and 12st, that her Body Mass >>>


      TRAVELLERS BUILD A &#163;12,000 HALL AT ILLEGAL CAMP – WITH TAXPAYERS‘ CASH, AND WITHOUT PLANNING PERMISSION
      The Daily Mail, 01-05-2008
     Travellers facing eviction from a notorious illegal camp have built a community hall on the site with 12,000 of taxpayers‘ money.

The funds were handed to the travellers – even though no one has applied for planning permission.

Building has gone ahead – even though the 1,000–str >>>


      WHY DESPITE HIS FLAWS (AND THERE ARE MANY), A BORIS VICTORY COULD BE JUST WHAT BRITAIN NEEDS
      The Daily Mail, 01-05-2008
     Today‘s local elections are nationwide – or at any rate they concern large parts of England and Wales.

The Tories are anxious to gain a foothold in Wolverhampton and North Tyneside to show they are a truly national party again (minus Scotland).

But most of our interest will be focused on th >>>


      WOMAN, 21, HANGED HERSELF AFTER FOURTH MISCARRIAGE
      The Daily Mail, 01-05-2008
     A bar manager became depressed and killed herself after suffering her fourth miscarriage, her mother revealed.

Shelly Boast, 21, hid her inner turmoil from her family and friends and appeared to be coping with her loss.

But shortly after losing the baby she went into the walk–in wardrobe in her b >>>


      FIVE PARTY GOERS KILLED IN SYDNEY HARBOUR BOAT CRASH
      The Daily Mail, 01-05-2008
     Alcohol and speed are being blamed for a horror crash between two boats in pitch darkness on Sydney Harbour which left five young people dead.

Nine partying people in their late teens and early 20s were injured, three seriously.

A 31–year–old man with head injuries was fighting for his life >>>


      FOUR BRITONS INJURED AS EGYPTIAN TOURIST BUS OVERTURNS KILLING NINE TOURISTS
      The Daily Mail, 01-05-2008
     A speeding bus carrying British and other tourists overturned and caught fire today on a desert highway in Egypt‘s Sinai peninsula, killing at least nine passengers and wounding 28.

The bus was carrying around 40 tourists – mostly from Canada, Britain, Italy and Eastern Europe – from the Sinai >>>


      OBAMA TO ‘BEAT HILLARY CLINTON AFTER WINNING OVER SUPERDELEGATES ON CAPITOL HILL‘
      The Daily Mail, 01-05-2008
     Confident: A relaxed Obama on the campaign trail yesterday Barack Obama has won the battle for superdelegates on Capitol Hill, it is claimed.

Washington insiders say the majority of Democrats in the Senate and the House of Representatives have secretly pledged their support to his camp.

The Illinois se >>>


      PICTURED: THE AMAZING CATACOMBS FULL OF MUMMIFIED MONKS
      The Daily Mail, 01-05-2008
     Imagine walking into a crumbling stone crypt and coming face to face with row upon row of carefully preserved mummies.

It sounds like something out of a horror movie – except this is the macabre sight which greets thousands of tourists in Palermo, Sicily, each year.

A total of 8,000 mummies are h >>>


      TSVANGIRAI WINS 47 PER CENT OF VOTES IN ZIMBABWE ELECTION
      The Daily Mail, 01-05-2008
     Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai claims he won the March 2' vote outright and accuses Mugabe of delaying the results to rig victory Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai won 47 per cent of the votes in the presidential election, beating President Mugabe, senior government sources have reported.

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      CONDECORAN A CIENTIFICOS Y TECNICOS DE RAMA CIBERNETICA
      , 01-05-2008
      Pyongyang, 30 de abril (ATCC) –– Tuvo lugar el dia 2' en el Palacio Cultural del Pueblo la premiacion a los funcionarios, cientificos y tecnicos que contribuyeron en gran medida al desarrollo de la tecnologia cibernetica y al cumplimiento de la revolucion tecnica del pais al desarrollar en los ultimos >>>


      DAY OF SUN COMMEMORATED
      , 01-05-2008
      Pyongyang, April 30 (KCNA) –– Meetings and a film show were held in India, Venezuela, Poland and Hungary from April 15 to 18 to commemorate the Day of the Sun.

Displayed in the venues of the functions were works of President Kim Il Sung and General Secretary Kim Jong Il and photos showing their u >>>



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