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      ‘BEACH–COMBING‘ PILOT DIES IN PLANE CRASH IN ALASKA
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     ANCHORAGE, Alaska –– A California pilot died after his small plane stalled and crashed as he was looking at a whale skeleton near a western Alaska village, the pilot of a companion airplane said.

Alaska State Troopers said 33–year–old Shaun Lunt of Loma Linda, Calif., was dead at the sce >>>


      6 PARTICIPANTS IN GULF OF MEXICO BOAT RACE MISSING
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     HOUSTON –– A search for six people in the Gulf of Mexico who were competing in a boat race is underway, the Coast Guard said Saturday.

Authorities say a sailboat matching the description of one reported missing was found capsized with no one in sight.

The Coast Guard says communication with >>>


      AMERICA: AT THE EDGE OF HISTORY ONCE AGAIN?
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     –– One day this past January, Mary Kim Titla‘s parents left their home on the San Carlos Apache Reservation in southeastern Arizona and drove across the desert to Phoenix with a single purpose in mind _ getting an up–close glimpse of a long shot named Barack Obama.

With them they brought >>>


      AP NEWSALERT
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     BEIJING –– Chinese state news agency: Strong aftershock rocks quake–formed lake, causes landslides.
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      BAHRAIN PICKS JEW AS U.S. ENVOY, LOCAL MEDIA CRITICAL
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     MANAMA (Reuters) – Bahrain has nominated a Jewish woman to be its ambassador to Washington, the Gulf Arab kingdom‘s foreign minister said on Sunday, dismissing doubts about her suitability to represent the small Muslim country.

Houda Nonoo‘s appointment as Bahrain‘s envoy to the United S >>>


      CALIF. BATTLE OVER GAY MARRIAGE RAISES NOVEL LEGAL QUESTIONS
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     By Ashley SurdinWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, June 8, 2008; A05 LOS ANGELES –– Two things are certain in California‘s mounting legal showdown over same–sex marriage: Gay couples will wed this month, and, come November, voters will decide whether the state‘s constitution should exclude >>>


      COAST GUARD FINDS 5 MISSING SAILORS IN GULF
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     GALVESTON, Texas –– A helicopter crew found five of six missing regatta competitors alive early Sunday after their boat was found capsized in the Gulf of Mexico, a Coast Guard spokeswoman said.

Crews continued to search for the sixth sailor. The search started after the 38–foot Cynthia Woods m >>>


      COMING HOME AFTER A REDUCED SENTENCE
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     By Darryl FearsWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, June 8, 2008; A02 Days after her release from prison, Nerika Jenkins made a bold prediction: "I‘ll bounce right back into society." Although the world changed considerably over the 11 years of her imprisonment, she said, "I‘m not afraid." >>>


      FIRE DESTROYS TEXAS GOVERNOR‘S MANSION
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     AUSTIN, Texas –– Texas state officials say a four–alarm fire has caused "catastrophic" damage to the Texas Governor‘s Mansion in Austin.

Governor‘s spokesman Robert Black says said no one was inside the 150–year–old home when the fire began shortly before 2 a. >>>


      FLA. OFFICIALS: 4 PEOPLE DEAD, 2 DEPUTIES INJURED
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     TAMPA, Fla. –– Three people were fatally shot in a suburban home on Saturday, and a man spotted fleeing the scene was shot and killed after he fired at two sheriff‘s deputies pursuing him, authorities said.

Deputies had caught up to the suspect about a mile and a half from the house in the Car >>>


      GROUPS TO MONITOR DC VEHICLE CHECKPOINTS
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Police in the nation‘s capital set up controversial vehicle checkpoints Saturday in a neighborhood reeling from gun violence, with civil liberties groups considering legal action and closely observing officers.

Police in neon yellow vests stopped motorists traveling through the m >>>


      HAMILTON‘S HOME MOVED TO NEW SPOT IN HARLEM
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     NEW YORK –– Two hundred and eighty tons of American history were on the move Saturday in Harlem.

The home of Alexander Hamilton, who conceived the country‘s banking system and was killed in a duel with a political rival, rolled inch by inch down a Harlem hillside to its new location overlookin >>>


      JUDGE SEEKS END TO 12–YEAR SUIT OVER INDIAN MONEY
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     WASHINGTON –– It has been 12 years since a group of American Indians sued the government, saying Washington had cheated them out of profits from land royalties since 1887. On Monday, a federal judge plans to begin hearings to determine how much he thinks the government should pay the Native Americans.
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      MIDWEST STORMS SPAWN TORNADOES
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     A large tornado damaged homes, toppled power lines and overturned semitrailers across Chicago‘s southern suburbs Saturday. Severe storms also flooded central Indiana with as much as 10 inches of rain and spawned damaging tornadoes in Wisconsin.

Illinois State Trooper Mark Dorencz said one person was injur >>>


      NYC STUNT SPOTLIGHTS DANGERS OF URBAN CLIMBING
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     NEW YORK –– The spectacle of two climbers scaling the 52–story New York Times tower within hours raised questions about the building‘s security and how to deter future daredevils.

The perilous thrills of climbing urban structures from the Eiffel Tower to the Empire State Building with no >>>


      RULING PAKISTAN PARTY SAYS TO CUT MUSHARRAF‘S POWER
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan‘s ruling party has said it is determined to curtail the powers of the presidency in favor of parliament, whether President Pervez Musharraf likes it or not. Staunch U.S. ally Musharraf, facing a chorus of calls to resign, told journalists on Saturday, in his first meeting with >>>


      SEVERE STORMS BRING FLOODING, TORNADOES TO MIDWEST
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     MARTINSVILLE, Ind. –– Margaret Clemmons stood barefoot on the shoulder of a highway and stared at the floodwaters surrounding her home.

"I believe it‘s going to call for new carpets," she said. "We‘re just glad nobody got hurt, really." Firefighters in a boat had just >>>


      SHIP THAT SPILLED OIL IN SF BAY BLAMES US
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     SAN FRANCISCO –– A container ship‘s owner blames the U.S. government for a major San Francisco Bay oil spill last year because the ship‘s pilot was granted a license despite a history of drug and alcohol abuse.

A lawsuit filed earlier by the Justice Department claims the owner and the pi >>>


      SHUTTLE ASTRONAUTS TO GO ON FINAL SPACEWALK
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     HOUSTON –– Final outfitting of the international space station‘s new lab, replacing an empty nitrogen gas tank and retrieving some debris from a solar wing‘s rotating joint were the tasks Sunday for the final spacewalk of space shuttle Discovery‘s crew.

Astronauts Michael Fossum an >>>


      SPECIALIZED NYPD UNIT TRACKS GRAFFITI WRITERS
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     NEW YORK –– Graffiti artists come to New York City from all over the world to make their mark on subway cars, buildings and billboards. They spend hours surveying and then spray–painting hard–to–reach spaces with remarkable precision.

The finished product may be impressive, but it& >>>


      THE TALK SHOWS
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (WTTG), ' a.m.: Govs. Timothy M. Kaine (D–Va.) and Tim Pawlenty (R–Minn.).

THIS WEEK (ABC, WJLA), 10 a.m.: Sens. John F. Kerry (D–Mass.), Lindsey O. Graham (R–S.C.) and Dianne Feinstein (D–Calif.).>>>


      TODAY IN HISTORY – JUNE 8
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     AM –– Today is Sunday, June 8, the 160th day of 2008. There are 206 days left in the year.

Today‘s Highlight in History: On June 8, A.D. 632, the prophet Muhammad died in Medina.

On this date: In 1845, Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, died in Nashville, Tenn >>>


      WAR BILL HELPS IRAQIS, MAY IGNORE KATRINA VICTIMS
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     PM NEW ORLEANS –– A long way from Iraq and the war debate in Washington, Herman Moore sat outside a tent in a downtown New Orleans homeless camp, trying to make sense of a proposal that helps Iraqi war refugees but will likely exclude Hurricane Katrina victims.

"Messed up is not the phrase. I t >>>


      A THANK–YOU FOR 18 MILLION CRACKS IN THE GLASS CEILING
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     During the campaign, it was her opponent who owned the lofty rhetoric. But on the day she finally conceded defeat, it was Hillary Clinton‘s words that soared.

"As we gather here today," she told her supporters and staff members at the National Building Museum yesterday, "the 50th woman to l >>>


      ALTAR EGOS
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     By Michelle BoorsteinWashington Post Staff WriterSaturday, June 7, 2008; B0' First it was Republicans, and now Democrats, scrambling in recent presidential elections to snuggle up closely to men of the cloth, seeking the endorsement of well–known clergymen and campaigning with preachers, all in an effort to de >>>


      BLOOMBERG KEEPS HIS PLANS UNDER WRAPS
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     By Keith B. RichburgWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, June 8, 2008; A03 NEW YORK –– With the epic Democratic primary battle now over, the most intense political guessing game in New York revolves around a new question: What will Mike do?

Mike, of course, is New York‘s billionaire mayor, Mich >>>


      CLINTON URGES BACKERS TO LOOK TO NOVEMBER
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     By Anne E. KornblutWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, June 8, 2008; A01 Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the most successful female presidential candidate in U.S. history, officially ended her campaign yesterday with a forceful promise to help elect Sen. Barack Obama –– and the declaration that, even though she >>>


      DEMOCRATS HOPE TO GAIN HOUSE SEATS WITH CROWDED PACK OF CONTENDERS
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     C06 Virginia Democrats, emboldened by rising support for their party in statewide and local elections, say the crowded field of Democratic contenders in Tuesday‘s congressional primaries suggests that they have a deep bench of good candidates that could help them pick up seats in the House of Representatives.
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      DETAINEE‘S ATTORNEY SEEKS DISMISSAL OVER ABUSE
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     By Josh WhiteWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, June 8, 2008; A04 A military defense attorney for a detainee held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has asked that all charges against his client be dismissed after prosecutors provided him documents that show the detainee was subjected to an abusive technique that had been banned >>>


      EACH PARTY IS SET TO HUNT THE OTHER‘S USUAL GROUND
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     The 2008 general election will pit the best–organized nomination campaign in the history of modern Democratic politics against the battle–tested machinery of the Republican Party, with both Sen. Barack Obama (D–Ill.) and Sen. John McCain (R–Ariz.) determined to shake up an electoral map that has >>>


      FOR OBAMA, ANOTHER BLUE–COLLAR CHALLENGE
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     Sen. Barack Obama did all he could to win over white working–class voters during the Democratic primaries –– shaking hands at factories, downing beers, bowling a few frames –– but it was largely in vain, as Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton trounced Obama with the group in most states.

N >>>


      HEED COMBAT VETERANS, GRADUATES ARE TOLD
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     By Ann Scott TysonWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, June 8, 2008; A0' The nation‘s top military official yesterday urged graduating U.S. officers at the Army War College to listen to the combat–tempered soldiers below them, saying it is critical to keep young veterans in the force and tap their underst >>>


      HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON SUSPENDS HER PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     Courtesy CQ Transcripts WireSaturday, June 7, 2008; 1:33 PM [×] CLINTON: Thank you very, very much. Well, this isn‘t exactly the party I‘d planned, but I sure like the company.

(APPLAUSE) And I want to start today by saying how grateful I am to all of you, to everyone who poured your hearts an >>>


      HUCKABEE HELPS CHOKING NC CANDIDATE WITH HEIMLICH
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     GREENSBORO, N.C. –– Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee put the squeeze on a politician at the North Carolina Republican Party convention, but in a good way.

The former Arkansas governor performed the Heimlich maneuver on Robert Pittenger, Republican candidate for lieutenant gover >>>


      LAWMAKERS URGE SPECIAL COUNSEL PROBE OF HARSH INTERROGATION TACTICS
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     Nearly 60 House Democrats yesterday urged the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel to examine whether top Bush administration officials may have committed crimes in authorizing the use of harsh interrogation tactics against suspected terrorists.

In a letter to Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey, the >>>


      ONCE GRAND, NOW BEDRAGGLED
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     By Paul SchwartzmanWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, June 8, 2008; A01 The front door to one of Washington‘s finer addresses, a four–story townhouse valued at $3.' million, is padlocked and covered with plywood. The brass–toned plate above the entrance reads: "Embassy of the Republic of Mala >>>


      ‘FEELING THE STRAIN‘
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     World leaders met in Rome last week to find ways to ease a global food crisis that is affecting millions of people on every continent. A glimpse of how consumers in several countries are dealing with higher prices and shortages.

Post a Comment Comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappro >>>


      ‘QUAKE LAKE‘ DRAINAGE EASES DANGER IN CHINA
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     TAOHUA MOUNTAIN, China, June 7 –– The residents of low–lying areas of Mianyang city who had not yet been ordered to evacuate trudged up nearby hills, scouting out the best places to set up tents and checking their emergency supplies.

"I‘ve prepared bottled water to drink, some steam >>>


      2 REPORTED DEAD IN TOKYO STABBING SPREE
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     TOKYO –– A reported Japanese gangster went on a midday stabbing rampage in Tokyo‘s premier electronics and video game district Sunday, knifing at least 14 people. A news report said at least two of the victims were dead.

The attack at lunchtime in the Akihabara district, known as Electric Town >>>


      37 MINERS MISSING FROM UKRAINE MINE BLAST
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     KIEV, Ukraine –– Ukrainian officials say dozens of miners are trapped underground following an explosion at a mine in the eastern Donetsk region.

A spokeswoman for Ukraine‘s industrial safety watchdog agency says the blast occurred at the Karl Marx mine early Sunday.

Maryna Nikitina s >>>


      BOMB TARGEST BASQUE PAPER IN SPAIN; NO INJURIES
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     ZAMUDIO, Spain –– A bomb exploded in northern Spain early Sunday at printing facilities belonging to a Basque newspaper known for its hard–line stance against separatist violence, authorities said. No one was injured.

The explosion occurred around 3 a.m. at an El Correo plant in Zamudio, east >>>


      ENGLAND: "PEOPLE USED TO TIP. . . . NOW, THEY WAIT FOR THEIR CHANGE."
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     Feyzan Ulker, 32, owns a small deli in North London, a wealthy suburb. In the past few months, he has seen about a 35 percent increase in the price of food.

"Four months ago, baguettes cost me 8.'' a bundle. Now they cost 15.''" pounds, up from about $18 to $31.50, he said. "How a >>>


      FIRST LADY LAURA BUSH IN AFGHANISTAN
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     BAMIYAN, Afghanistan –– First lady Laura Bush, on a mission to highlight signs of rebirth in war–weary Afghanistan, ventured outside of Kabul on Sunday to an area that symbolizes both the destruction of war and Afghanistan‘s attempt at rebirth.

Mrs. Bush, on her third unannounced visit t >>>


      FUJIMORI‘S CANCEROUS LESION REMOVED
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     LIMA, Peru –– Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori is recovering satisfactorily after having a cancerous lesion removed from his tongue, his doctor said Saturday.

Dr. Alejandro Aguinaga said a study conducted on the removed lesion showed it was cancerous, not precancerous as doctors initially >>>


      G–8 ENERGY CHIEFS MEET AS OIL SOARS
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     AOMORI, Japan –– Japan‘s energy chief launched a meeting of ministers from the world‘s top industrialized nations Sunday by warning that soaring oil prices could trigger a global recession if they‘re not checked.

The Group of Eight rich nations met in northern Japan with representa >>>


      GERMANY: "IT‘S PALPABLE."
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     Frank Hermann, 53, sells antiques at a flea market in Berlin. He makes a decent living but "began to notice a real change in prices several months ago. I have changed my shopping patterns to compensate." A price–conscious consumer, Hermann is frustrated with price increases.

"Even when I am >>>


      IN CHINA, HIGH–TECH REUNIONS
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     By Maureen FanWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, June 8, 2008; A17 CHENGDU, China –– Not long ago, students from four devastated schools at the epicenter of last month‘s earthquake were evacuated to a leafy corner of Chengdu‘s Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, many of them sep >>>


      INDIA‘S SLUM DWELLERS FACE RUIN IN DEVELOPMENT BLITZ
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     MUMBAI (Reuters) – Prakash Kajuri is asset rich but cash poor. The Mumbai courier earns about $6 a day delivering packages in India‘s most populous city but his home is sitting on land worth about $2 million dollars.

Kajuri lives in Dharavi, often described as Asia‘s biggest slum, where around >>>


      INDIA: "IT IS BECOMING VERY DIFFICULT NOW."
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     Akhlidevi Hiralal, 35, works in a grain shop cleaning wheat grains from jute sacks. She goes to three stores to do this chore every day, earning a little more than $4 a day.

She lives in a slum for Dalits, a lower caste, in south Delhi. Her husband died five years ago, leaving her as the only breadwinner for he >>>


      IRAN LUXURY CARS TO BE BARRED FROM CHEAP FUEL: REPORT
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     TEHRAN (Reuters) – Drivers of luxury cars in Iran will no longer be able to buy heavily subsidized gasoline from June 21, official Iranian media reported on Sunday.

It is the latest change of a rationing system launched a year ago under which motorists can buy 120 liters per month at the price of 1,000 ri >>>


      IRAN PROMISES TO HELP ESTABLISH SECURITY IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran pledged on Sunday to help establish security in Iraq and visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al–Maliki vowed his country would not be used to harm Iran.

Some Iraqi officials and the United States have accused Iran of trying to destabilize Iraq by financing, training and equipp >>>


      IRAQ SUICIDE BLAST KILLS US SOLDIER, WOUNDS 18
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     BAGHDAD –– The U.S. military says a suicide car bomb has killed a soldier and wounded 18 others near an American patrol base in northern Iraq.

A brief statement from the military says two Iraqi contractors also were wounded in the blast Sunday in Tamim province.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDA >>>


      IRAQ, NOT ECONOMY, FRAMES THE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     With the country confronting a rising jobless rate, soaring gas prices and a shaky stock market, voters say their biggest concern is the economy.

But it is the debate over Iraq that could define the contest between Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama. While pocketbook issues worry many Americans and will be >>>


      IRAQI LEADER SAYS SECURITY DEAL WON‘T HARM IRAN
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     TEHRAN, Iran –– Iraq‘s prime minister sought to ease Iranian fears over a proposed security deal with the U.S. Sunday, saying his government will not allow Iraq to become a launching pad for an attack on its neighbor.

Prime Minister Nouri al–Maliki met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahma >>>


      JAPAN: "I WASN‘T AWARE THAT WE WERE SO DEPENDENT ON IMPORTS."
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     Hana Mukai, 38, an apparel merchandiser in Tokyo, had always been a carefree shopper. "But now that prices of many of the foods out there have gone up, I am feeling the strain. And I think I will come to feel it more," she said.

Nearly everything Mukai buys is more expensive. "I am thinking of sw >>>


      MUSHARRAF FACES MORE CALLS FOR OUSTER IN PAKISTAN
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     ISLAMABAD, Pakistan –– A junior party in Pakistan‘s government called Sunday for its main coalition partner to back the impeachment of President Pervez Musharraf, a day after the former army strongman rebuffed calls from both parties to resign.

Ahsan Iqbal, a spokesman for ex–Prime Minis >>>


      MUSHARRAF VOWS TO STAY IN OFFICE
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     By Candace RondeauxWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, June 8, 2008; A1' ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, June 7 –– In his first public interview in months, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf on Saturday moved to dispel rumors that he plans to step down amid renewed calls for his resignation.

Musharraf >>>


      MYANMAR TOURISM SECTOR REELS AFTER CYCLONE
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     YANGON, Myanmar –– When a taxi carrying two Westerners pulled up this past week at the Shwe Sin hotel at the Chaung Tha beach resort in Myanmar‘s cyclone–stricken Irrawaddy delta region, cheers rang out from local residents and workers.

The two were congratulated for being the first fore >>>


      OBIT: MUSTAFA KHALIL, EGYPTIAN PEACE NEGOTIATOR
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     CAIRO, Egypt –– Mustafa Khalil, a former Egyptian prime minister who was an architect of the 1'7' Camp David peace treaty between Egypt and Israel, has died, the state news agency reported Sunday. He was 88.

MENA said Khalil died late Saturday in a Cairo hospital, where he was being treated >>>


      PAKISTAN: "IT‘S A BIG CHALLENGE TO COPE WITH THIS."
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     Faiz–ul–Mal owns a makeshift restaurant in a slum area of Peshawar, the capital of North–West Frontier Province. Most of his customers are cabdrivers or day laborers working in construction, and few have much money. He serves 80 to 100 people a day.

"The day I increase prices of meal in m >>>


      PERU: "CUSTOMERS ARE SHOCKED [BY] THE PRICES."
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     Carmen Lopez, 24, has owned a market stall in the Jesus Maria district of Lima since 2006. She sells dry goods, which have seen the biggest price increases here in recent months. She used to operate a small bodega out of her family‘s home in downtown Lima but decided to become independent.

"My custom >>>


      PLANE WITH 10 PEOPLE MISSING IN CHILE
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     SANTIAGO, Chile –– Officials say an airplane carrying 10 people is missing after taking off from an airport in southern Chile.

Air Force Gen. Hugo Pena says the Cessna 208 Caravan took off early Saturday afternoon from the Puerto Montt airport 650 miles (1,000 kilometers) south of Santiago. It has b >>>


      PROTESTERS, POLICE CLASH IN BEEF RALLIES
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     SEOUL, South Korea –– South Korean protesters fought with police, tried to overturn riot–control buses and smashed their windows Sunday amid a deepening political crisis over U.S. beef imports, hours after their president appealed to Washington for help to ease growing public anger.

A pledge f >>>


      REPORT ON U.N. PROGRAM ASSAILS WHISTLE–BLOWER
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     UNITED NATIONS –– A U.N. official showed up at the U.S. mission to the United Nations in 2006 with an alarming story: The U.N. Development Program office he ran in North Korea had stashed thousands of dollars in counterfeit U.S. cash in a safe, diverted tens of millions more into the coffers of North Korean >>>


      S. KOREAN PROTESTERS, POLICE CLASH IN BEEF RALLIES
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     SEOUL, South Korea –– South Korean protesters fought with police Sunday amid a deepening political crisis over U.S. beef imports, hours after their president appealed to Washington to help ease growing public anger.

A pledge from U.S. President George W. Bush on Saturday to address South Korean fear >>>


      SAUDI ARABIA: "WE‘VE NEVER EXPERIENCED . . . THIS BEFORE."
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     Leah Escorpizo, 32, is a native of the Philippines but lives in Saudi Arabia with her husband and two children. "I‘m used to food price increases in the Philippines," she said. "But in the nine years I‘ve lived in Saudi Arabia, I‘ve never noticed such a price spike. We‘ve never exp >>>


      SOUTH AFRICA: "BEFORE I GOT MONEY, BUT NOW IT‘S GONE."
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     Steven Masilela, 36, has a small vegetable stand in Randburg, a working–class section of Johannesburg. The soaring cost of food has cut his daily profits in half, from about $40 a day to $20.

"It‘s bad," he said. "Before I got money, but now it‘s gone." Masilela‘s bus >>>


      SOUTH KOREA WARNS CRACKDOWN ON PROTESTS OVER U.S. BEEF
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     SEOUL (Reuters) – The South Korean government vowed on Sunday to crack down on street protests after daily candle–lit rallies against President Lee Myung–bak‘s decision to resume imports of U.S. beef turned into a violent clash with police.

Critics say the deal could expose South Koreans >>>


      TROOPS BLAST DEBRIS SLOWING CHINA QUAKE LAKE DRAIN
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     JIANGYOU, China –– Soldiers blew up wooden houses and other debris Sunday in a lake formed by China‘s deadly earthquake to speed the flow of water into a spillway and ease the threat of flooding for more than 1 million people.

The Tangjiashan lake, created when a landslide dammed the Tongkou R >>>


      UGANDA: "FOOD IS ALWAYS AN ISSUE IN AFRICA."
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     Esther Kasirye, 44, works in the finance department of a bank in Kampala, the Ugandan capital.

She first noticed that the price of food was increasing at the beginning of the year, the same time a political crisis in neighboring Kenya –– East Africa‘s largest economy –– was affecti >>>


      UN URGES REBEL GROUP IN CONGO TO DISARM
      Washington Post, 08-06-2008
     KINSHASA, Congo –– The U.N. Security Council on Saturday praised Congolese President Joseph Kabila‘s vision for the country while urging a key rebel group to disarm and participate in talks to bring peace to the war–ravaged region.

During an hour–long meeting with Kabila at the Pre >>>


      FANTASY LTD.
      Haaretz, 08-06-2008
     By Shuki Sadeh Tags: Israel Lately it seems impossible to open the financial section of the paper without seeing an article on either the Red Sea–Dead Sea canal or the electric car.

The similarity between these two initiatives may indicate something about the connection between the upper echelons of busin >>>


      HOW NOT TO RUN A TAX REBATE PROGRAM
      Haaretz, 08-06-2008
     By Guy Leshem Tags: Israel Much has already been written about the industry behind the employment of foreign workers in Israel. Middlemen, personnel agencies and even some employers all profit at the expense of these labor migrants. And yet, there‘s always a new twist. Following a long battle on the part of human >>>


      IEC WANTS 6.3% RATE HIKE TO FUND EMERGENCY PLAN
      Haaretz, 08-06-2008
     By Avi Bar–Eli Tags: Israel Israel Electric Corporation is asking for a 6.3% increase in electricity rates to fund the emergency plan for the country‘s power grid, which includes the construction of four new generating plants by 2012 and has an estimated price tag of NIS 7 billion.

At a meeting held >>>


      NEW WORLD ORDER
      Haaretz, 08-06-2008
     By Dafna Maor Tags: Israel The most optimistic thing that can be said about the current state of the global capital markets and the United States economy is that it is amazing they held on as long as they did. On Friday, petroleum prices jumped by $11 a barrel, to an all–time high of $138. The spike caused the Dow >>>


      OIL SOARS ON MOFAZ THREATS
      Haaretz, 08-06-2008
     By Noam Rodeh Tags: Israel Statements by Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz about the "unavoidability" of an Israeli attack on Iran if the Islamic Republic did not abandon its nuclear program, combined with the release of disappointing employment figures in the United States, were being blamed for Friday&lsqu >>>


      ASSAD, AHMADINEJAD AND MOFAZ
      Haaretz, 08-06-2008
     By Zvi Bar‘el Tags: Israel Kadima has nothing to worry about. It has no political platform for elections, but it has two winning candidates. One of them is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the other is Bashar Assad, and they already have the kind of backing that no other candidate has yet to receive: Transportation Ministe >>>


      EHUD BARAK, MR. ALMOST
      Haaretz, 08-06-2008
     Tags: Israel Ehud Barak reminds one of the "almost man" from Hanoch Levin‘s ballad, sung by Yehudit Ravitz: "The almost man loved the lady for a while, almost told her, but did not." The almost man is a man who flinches at the last moment, who misses the opportunity, who wants but does not dare >>>


      NOT WHAT THE ZIONIST FOREFATHERS HAD IN MIND
      Haaretz, 08-06-2008
     Tags: Israel Every year, intellectuals and public figures hold what seems like an endless spate of symposia on the various aspects of Israel–Diaspora relations gatherings that touch on a number of crucial theoretical, religious, ethical, historic and political dimensions. Yet one issue that is never discussed is c >>>


      SURVIVAL AT OUR EXPENSE
      Haaretz, 08-06-2008
     By Haaretz Editorial Tags: Israel The politicians are talking about the survival of the country but are thinking about their own survival. Once more they are recruiting the dead, the prisoners, the Qassam rockets, the Palestinians, the Syrians and the Iranians to buy a little more time. This is a critical moment, Ehud O >>>


      THE CONVERTS‘ HOLIDAY
      Haaretz, 08-06-2008
     By Avraham Burg Tags: Israel Shavuot, the holiday of the giving of the Torah, by tradition also marks the birth and death of King David. In memory of David and his Moabite grandmother, on this holiday we read the Book of Ruth, the mother of all converts. This is a beautiful biblical story of the full acceptance of the f >>>


      ‘TOO EARLY TO TALK OF GAZA OPERATION‘
      Haaretz, 08-06-2008
     By Amos Harel Despite stern warning from Israeli officials about an impending massive operation against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, the big invasion is less certain and imminent than how it is painted in the media, according to defense and military sources.

The sources told Haaretz yesterday that negotiations on a >>>


      BATTERED BY ROCKETS, GAZA–AREA KIBBUTZ HEADS NORTH FOR SHAVUOT
      Haaretz, 08-06-2008
     By Eli Ashkenazi Tags: Hamas, Israel, Qassam, Gaza Two hundred members of Kibbutz Kfar Aza, on the border of the Gaza Strip, have been invited to spend the Shavuot holiday in Kibbutz Degania Alef in the northern Jordan Valley. This is the second consecutive year in which the northern kibbutz has hosted Kfar Aza, which l >>>


      BILL WOULD BLOCK COURT FROM REPEALING IMMIGRATION LAWS
      Haaretz, 08-06-2008
     By Ofra Edelman and Shahar Ilan The Ministerial Committee on Legislation is scheduled to review a bill barring the High Court of Justice from repealing restrictive immigration laws.

The bill, by MK Michael Eitan (Likud) Eitan, attempts to import the British model of partial judicial review of legislation.
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      BLACK JEWISH FILMMAKER SETS OUT TO CAPTURE HER IDENTITY
      Haaretz, 08-06-2008
     By Anshel Pfeffer Tags: u.s., race, judaism Lacey Schwartz began to ask herself questions about her identity only at age 18. How did it happen that her American–Jewish, white parents gave birth to a dark–skined girl? She discovered that the father who had raised her since birth was not her biological father; >>>


      CLINTON ENDS CAMPAIGN, URGES SUPPORTERS TO ELECT BARACK OBAMA
      Haaretz, 08-06-2008
     By The Associated Press WASHINGTON – Hillary Rodham Clinton ended her historic campaign for the presidency yesterday and told supporters to unite behind rival Barack Obama, closing out a race that was as grueling as it was groundbreaking.

The former first lady, who as recently as Tuesday declared herself >>>


      CONDITIONALLY JEWISH
      Haaretz, 08-06-2008
     By Yair Ettinger Tags: Israel, religion A group of prospective Jewish converts stood on Wednesday around a threshing floor at the Neot Kedumim Biblical Landscape Reserve near Jerusalem. In an excited voice, the tour guide told them: "This is where it all began." The Absorption Ministry invited some 1,500 conve >>>


      EUROPEAN DIGNITARIES INJURED IN BIL‘IN
      Haaretz, 08-06-2008
     By Yuval Azoulay The vice president of the European parliament, an Italian judge and a Northern Irish Nobel Peace prize laureate were among the five people injured at Friday‘s weekly demonstration in Bil‘in against the separation fence.

The three dignitaries – Giulio Toscano, Luisa Morgantini >>>


      GIDEON EZRA AND GREENS EXCHANGE POTSHOTS OVER KISHON STREAM
      Haaretz, 08-06-2008
     By Zafrir Rinat Environmental Protection Minister Gideon Ezra has accused green groups in Israel of being copy–cats of groups abroad with little sense of what is applicable here, and what the priorities should be. In an interview with Haaretz last week, Ezra Ezra referred to the Clean Air bill, which is being prom >>>


      IDF KILLS 1, WOUNDS 17 PALESTINIANS IN GAZA ACTION
      Haaretz, 08-06-2008
     By Haaretz Correspondent and News Agencies , By Yuval Azoulay The Israel Air Force attacked a Hamas position in the northern Gaza Strip early Friday morning, injuring at least 15 Palestinians. In a different incident, one gunman was killed and two were wounded during a battle with Israeli ground troops in northern Gaza. >>>


      MINISTRY ACTS AGAINST TEACHERS OVER CRITICISM
      Haaretz, 08-06-2008
     By Or Kashti The Education Ministry is taking steps against teachers expressing their opposition to the ministry‘s reforms in elementary schools, according to letters obtained by Haaretz.

Among the letters are those asking the teachers to explain their statements, which are in opposition to regulations pr >>>


      NEWS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 08-06-2008
     The High Court of Justice rejected more petitions against the state over its imposition of limitations on the fuel supply to the Gaza Strip. The petitions were submitted by nine human rights organizations, among them B‘Tselem and Adalah. The groups told the court that since April ', the state had not met its o >>>


      SDEROT SCHOOLS STILL NOT REINFORCED AS ACADEMIC YEAR NEARS END
      Haaretz, 08-06-2008
     By Mijal Grinberg Tags: Israel, Gaza, Sderot, Qassam Construction has not yet begun on the five new reinforced schools in Sderot on which the government decided at the start of the school year, even though the year is almost over.

According to Interior Ministry Director General Aryeh Bar, the delay is due to a >>>


      TOO HIGH A PRICE FOR A PRIMARY
      Haaretz, 08-06-2008
     By Yossi Verter Since Kadima‘s leadership contest has not officially begun, and no date for the primary has even been set, it is hard not to be impressed with the activity of candidate Shaul Mofaz: In a single week, he moved to the Golan Heights, set up a new cabinet and bombed Iran – all with his mouth.
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      U.S. PROPOSES TRILATERAL TALKS WITH ISRAEL, PA
      Haaretz, 08-06-2008
     By Barak Ravid, Haaretz Correspondent and News Agencies Tags: peace, Israel, U.S., PA The United States has proposed holding trilateral talks with Israel and the Palestinians in order to accelerate negotiations on the core issues and bridge the major gaps that still exist.

But both Israel and the Palestinian Au >>>


      WORLD BRIEFS
      Haaretz, 08-06-2008
     Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al–Maliki was in Tehran yesterday for talks with Iranian leaders that are expected to focus on a proposed U.S.–Iraq security agreement that Iran fears will keep the U.S. military in neighboring Iraq for years. The deal, which the Iraqis and Americans hope to finish by midsummer, wo >>>


      Atacan a un camionero en el corte de ruta de Roque Pérez
      Clarin, 08-06-2008
     07:56 "Una persona se acercó y lo atacó por la espalda con un arma blanca", dijeron en la comisaría local. El incidente ocurrió esta madrugada mientras los productores rurales cortaban la ruta 205. La víctima, de unos 55 años, está internada en el hospital local "en observación". Ayer, hubo discusiones y peleas entre ruralistas y producto >>>


      Atacan a un camionero en el corte de ruta de Roque Pérez
      Clarin, 08-06-2008
     07:56 "Una persona se acercó y lo atacó por la espalda con un arma blanca", dijeron en la comisaría local. El incidente ocurrió esta madrugada mientras los productores rurales cortaban la ruta 205. La víctima, de unos 55 años, está internada en el hospital local "en observación". Ayer, hubo discusiones y peleas entre ruralistas y producto >>>


      Atacan a un camionero en el corte de ruta de Roque Pérez
      Clarin, 08-06-2008
     07:56 "Una persona se acercó y lo atacó por la espalda con un arma blanca", dijeron en la comisaría local. El incidente ocurrió esta madrugada mientras los productores rurales cortaban la ruta 205. La víctima, de unos 55 años, está internada en el hospital local "en observación". Ayer, hubo discusiones y peleas entre ruralistas y producto >>>


      Atacan a un camionero en el corte de ruta de Roque Pérez
      Clarin, 08-06-2008
     07:56 "Una persona se acercó y lo atacó por la espalda con un arma blanca", dijeron en la comisaría local. El incidente ocurrió esta madrugada mientras los productores rurales cortaban la ruta 205. La víctima, de unos 55 años, está internada en el hospital local "en observación". Ayer, hubo discusiones y peleas entre ruralistas y producto >>>



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