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      ACLU PLANS TO INVESTIGATE RAINBOW FAMILY TREATMENT
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     CHEYENNE, Wyo. –– The American Civil Liberties Union said Saturday that it plans to investigate the actions of federal law enforcers who arrested five Rainbow Family members in western Wyoming during their annual gathering.

The U.S. Forest Service says a mob of about 400 members of the Rainbow Famil >>>


      AMERICANS‘ UNHAPPY BIRTHDAY: ‘TOO MUCH WRONG‘
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     –– Even folks in the Optimist Club are having a tough time toeing an upbeat line these days. Eighteen members of the volunteer organization‘s Gilbert, Ariz., chapter have gathered, a few days before this nation‘s 232nd birthday, to focus on the positive: Their book drive for schoolchildren and an >>>


      ANALYSIS: MCCAIN STRUGGLES TO REGAIN FOOTING
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     WASHINGTON –– John McCain calls himself an underdog. That may be an understatement. The GOP presidential candidate trails Democrat Barack Obama in polls, organization and money while trying to succeed a deeply unpopular fellow Republican in a year that favors Democrats.

McCain also doesn‘t see >>>


      CHICAGO BAN MAY TEST RULING
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     By Peter Slevin and Kari LydersenWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, July 6, 2008; A02 CHICAGO –– One small reflection of Chicago‘s bloody year is a sign outside a South Side school that says, "Congratulations Class of 2008. Stop the Violence." The school is not a college or a high school, b >>>


      DEA HOLDING SOME MIGHTY FINE CARDS
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     By Lyndsey LaytonWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, July 6, 2008; A03 Searching for a 1'0' Ty Cobb baseball card, part of the rare T206 series printed by the Sweet Caporal Cigarettes company? How about a 1'38 Goudey card featuring Joe DiMaggio?

You may be in luck. They‘re under federal guard, >>>


      FORECLOSURES TO RISE, WHOMEVER WINS WHITE HOUSE
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Home foreclosures will keep rising next year no matter who is elected president in November.

Even the optimism that surrounds a new president taking office cannot resurrect home values overnight, and presidents have no direct ability to reduce rising mortgage rates. Nevertheless, Democ >>>


      JONES BEACH EVACUATED AFTER FIREWORKS WASH UP
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     NEW YORK –– A popular beach on Long Island was evacuated at the height of a holiday weekend after stray, unexploded fireworks washed ashore the day after a July Fourth show, state parks officials said Saturday.

Roughly 2,000 visitors were told to leave Jones Beach immediately after the seaborne shel >>>


      MAN OUT–SPITS FATHER, CLAIMS PIT–SPITTING TITLE
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     EAU CLAIRE, Mich. –– Brian "Young Gun" Krause has out–spit his father to claim his seventh championship at the International Cherry Pit Spitting Championship in Eau Claire, Mich.

Krause‘s winning spit on Saturday was 56 feet, 7 1/2 inches. That‘s 6 1/2 inches better than >>>


      MAN OUT–SPITS FATHER, CLAIMS PIT–SPITTING TITLE
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     EAU CLAIRE, Mich. –– Brian "Young Gun" Krause has out–spit his father to claim his seventh championship at the International Cherry Pit Spitting Championship.

Krause‘s winning spit on Saturday was 56 feet, 7 1/2 inches. That‘s 6 1/2 inches better than his father, the seco >>>


      OBAMA: MEDIA RESPONSE TO IRAQ REMARKS OVERBLOWN
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     ST. LOUIS –– Barack Obama celebrated "active faith" as an obligation of religious Americans and a chief agent of societal change while speaking Saturday to a nearly all–black roomful of churchgoers, but hoping to reach far beyond them.

Earlier in the day as he flew from Montana to Mi >>>


      OBITUARIES IN THE NEWS
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     PM –– Eric Lieber LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Eric Lieber, whose television production credits include the long–running dating show "Love Connection," died Wednesday. He was 71.

Lieber died of leukemia at Cedars–Sinai Medical Center, said his wife, Peggy.

He created "Love >>>


      ORE. MAN COMPLETES FLIGHT OF FANCY – IN LAWN CHAIR
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     CAMBRIDGE, Idaho –– Using his trusty BB gun to help him return to Earth, a 48–year–old gas station owner flew a lawn chair rigged with helium–filled balloons more than 200 miles across the Oregon desert Saturday, landing in a field in Idaho.

Kent Couch created a sensation in this t >>>


      PRIZE–WINNING SC COOK DISHES UP WHIMSICAL FARE
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     LEXINGTON, S.C. –– A South Carolina woman‘s whimsical approach to food is helping her crack the insular world of cooking contests with such novel dishes as pecan–encrusted oysters over asiago cheese grits. And she‘s taking home a lot more than blue ribbons and kitchen gadgets.

Cand >>>


      SPECIAL COURT FOR VETS ADDRESSES MORE THAN CRIME
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     BUFFALO, N.Y. –– The first clue that the Tuesday afternoon session in Part 4 of Buffalo City Court is not like other criminal proceedings comes just before it starts.

Judge Robert Russell steps down from his bench and from the aloofness of his black robe. He walks into the gallery where men and wome >>>


      STABBING SUSPECT CAUGHT FLEEING IN WHEELCHAIR
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     EL PASO, Texas –– El Paso police arrested a man on a charge of attempted murder Saturday after he was caught fleeing the scene of a stabbing in his motorized wheelchair.

The 52–year–old is accused of stabbing his neighbor in an El Paso apartment complex after several days of feuding, pol >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     –– Showers and thunderstorms were expected Sunday from eastern Colorado through Wisconsin. There was a slight chance of severe weather from eastern Nebraska through Wisconsin.

Widespread scattered showers and thunderstorms were expected in the Southeast and southern Texas.

In the West, scat >>>


      THE TALK SHOWS
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (WTTG), ' a.m.

THIS WEEK (ABC, WJLA), 10 a.m.: Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr and Sens. Joseph I. Lieberman (I–Conn.) and Jack Reed (D–R.I.).

NEWSMAKERS (C–SPAN), 10 a.m.: Transportation Se >>>


      THEFT OF CAR ANTI–POLLUTION DEVICE UP ACROSS US
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     CINCINNATI –– Marty Boyer‘s carefully maintained sport utility vehicle growled more like a dragster than a 2001 Honda Passport when he turned the key.

"The second I turned it over, and it sounded like a tank and a Harley, I knew exactly what had occurred," said Boyer, 33, .

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      TIRED FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE 330 CALIF. WILDFIRES
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     LOS ANGELES –– Firefighters got a gift of a mild, mostly windless night and a forecast for similar conditions Sunday as they attempted to protect thousands of homes from a huge wildfire with their energy and resources taxed by more than 300 blazes still burning around the state.

"The firefighte >>>


      TODAY IN HISTORY – JULY 6
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     AM –– Today is Sunday, July 6, the 188th day of 2008. There are 178 days left in the year.

Today‘s Highlight in History: On July 6, 1'28, the first all–talking feature, "The Lights of New York," had its gala premiere in New York.

On this date: In 1535, Sir Thomas M >>>


      TROPICAL STORM BERTHA APPROACHES WARMER WATERS
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     MIAMI –– Tropical Storm Bertha is approaching warmer waters and is likely to strengthen during the next couple of days.

At 5 a.m. EDT Sunday, Bertha was centered about 1,310 miles east of the northern Leeward Islands in the Caribbean.

Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph with some higher >>>


      VETERANS HIT THE BATTLEGROUNDS
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     Sen. John McCain is getting battleground–state help this week from Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who will appear in a television commercial aimed at convincing the public that the United States is winning the Iraq war and should stay to finish the job.

Produced by Vets for Freedom, an organization of vete >>>


      WIS. STUN GUN THIEF WHO POSTED VIDEO GETS PRISON
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     WAUKESHA, Wis. –– A Wisconsin man who posted a video online showing him and his father shocking each other with a stolen stun gun has been sent to prison.

Paul Crowell pleaded guilty to possession of an electric weapon and was sentenced June 20 to two years.

Documents say he stole a Taser f >>>


      AUDIT FINDS ABUSE OF EDUCATION DEPT. CREDIT CARDS
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     U.S. Department of Education employees inappropriately used government credit cards to purchase $4',500 worth of goods and services, including meals, items at clothing stores and rental cars, for personal use, according to a review by the department‘s inspector general.

Auditors examining a sample of >>>


      BLOC–BUSTER IDEA: MAKE IT THE G–3
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     LONDON –– John McCain would kick Russia out of the Group of Eight economic powers that meet in Japan this week. But this is no time to think small.

The G–8 leaders themselves should declare surrender and disband their high–profile huddle on the state of the world.

Think of it as >>>


      DECIDER ON THE HIGH COURT
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     The most dramatic stories in any field of competitive endeavor are those that recount events that almost never happened. It‘s the scoreless ballgames that end with a walk–off homer in the bottom of the ninth that linger in the psyches of winners and losers –– not the '–3 walkovers.
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      FUNDRAISING RULING PROMPTS A SCRAMBLE
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     In summer 2003, an Illinois state senator used a new law to collect campaign contributions six times the normal limit for his insurgent U.S. Senate race against a multimillionaire securities trader.

But last week the Supreme Court struck down that law, the "Millionaire‘s Amendment," which helped >>>


      LANDSCAPE, WITH CANDIDATES
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     Uniquely American images. By Joel AchenbachSunday, July 6, 2008; W10 Two photos, two very different candidates: Barack Obama dribbles a basketball on an unadorned slab of concrete in what you can tell, even from ground level, is flyover country –– a square in the checkerboard of Middle America [See photo 1 i >>>


      LEADING MEN
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     By Stephen HunterSpecial to The Washington PostSunday, July 6, 2008; M01 W onderful moment in John Ford‘s "The Searchers," from way back in 1'56: John Wayne, as the surly, violent Ethan Edwards, signals to his young compadre that it‘s time to move on in their pursuit of Scar, the Comanche chief >>>


      OBAMA ADDRESSES HIS FAITH
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     ST. LOUIS, July 5 –– Sen. Barack Obama ended a week‘s focus on values by giving a conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church a highly personal account of his spiritual journey and a promise that he will make "faith–based" social service "a moral center of my administratio >>>


      OBAMA: STRENGTH OUT OF WEAKNESS
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     During the July 4th week, Barack Obama did something that‘s becoming characteristic of his campaign: He took an issue on which he appeared to be vulnerable

–– in this case the cluster of themes lumped together as "patriotism" – and by going on the offensive in a powerful speech >>>


      SALMONELLA TOLL GROWS; PROBE ADDS JALAPEŃOS, SALSA FIXINGS
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     The government yesterday increased its tally of the number of people reported being sickened in a record salmonella outbreak in which tomatoes are the leading suspect although investigators are testing other types of fresh produce.

There have been '43 cases reported nationwide, with at least 130 hospitaliza >>>


      ‘TO BE BUSY HELPS THEM FORGET‘
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     Washington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, July 6, 2008; A01 BOGALAY, Burma –– Two months after a cyclone savaged the fertile Irrawaddy Delta, in Burma‘s southwest, the bones of drowning victims still clutter the muddy banks of waterways.

One bamboo stick at a time, survivors in hundreds of flatte >>>


      2 EX–GENERALS ARRESTED IN ALLEGED TURKEY COUP PLOT
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     ANKARA, Turkey –– Two retired generals were jailed Sunday in connection with an alleged plot to topple Turkey‘s Islamic–rooted government, the highest–ranking ex–soldiers detained as part of the probe, a news report said.

The two, arrested late Saturday, were among 21 people >>>


      20 KILLED, WOUNDED IN AFGHANISTAN
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     KABUL, Afghanistan –– Afghanistan‘s Ministry of Defense says more than 20 militants have been killed and wounded during a battle with NATO–backed Afghan forces.

The ministry says the militants were traveling in two vehicles when they were attacked by Afghan troops aided by NATO airstrike >>>


      3 FREED US HOSTAGES GIVE THANKS FOR THEIR RESCUE
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     SAN ANTONIO –– The three American hostages rescued by Colombia‘s military said in their first public statement that they are doing fine and are thrilled to "return home to the country we love." In a statement released late Friday by the U.S. Army, the men thanked their families, the Colombian >>>


      5.7 MAGNITUDE QUAKE SHAKES ISLANDS NORTH OF JAPAN
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of the largely uninhabited Kuril Islands in the Pacific Ocean on Sunday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The epicenter of the quake was located 148 miles east of Kurilsk, Kuril Islands, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. >>>


      8 DEAD, 13 INJURED IN CHINA BUILDING COLLAPSE
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     BEIJING –– China‘s state news agency says a four–story building under construction in the central part of the country collapsed and killed eight people.

Xinhua News Agency says 100 rescuers were searching for missing workers on Sunday. It was unclear how many people were on the site when >>>


      AFGHAN PRESIDENT ORDERS PROBE INTO CIVILIAN DEATHS
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered an investigation into a U.S.–led coalition air strike that local officials say killed 15 civilians, but the U.S. military says killed only armed Taliban militants.

The issue of civilian casualties is an emotive one in Afghanistan, feeding a >>>


      AFGHANISTAN ORDERS INVESTIGATION INTO US ATTACK
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     KABUL, Afghanistan –– Afghanistan‘s president has ordered an investigation into allegations that missiles from U.S. helicopters struck civilians, though the Ministry of Defense said Sunday that the attack killed or wounded 20 militants.

President Hamid Karzai ordered the defense and interior m >>>


      AFRICAN IMMIGRANTS AMONG OBAMA‘S ENTHUSIASTIC BACKERS
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     A catered fundraiser for Sen. Barack Obama was held recently at Duke‘s City, an upscale restaurant and bar nestled amid the hip new condominiums in the District‘s U Street corridor, where up–and–coming white professionals are slowly taking over an area that was once mostly black.

But the >>>


      AP EXCLUSIVE: US REMOVES URANIUM FROM IRAQ
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     –– The last major remnant of Saddam Hussein‘s nuclear program _ a huge stockpile of concentrated natural uranium _ reached a Canadian port Saturday to complete a secret U.S. operation that included a two–week airlift from Baghdad and a ship voyage crossing two oceans.

The removal of 550 >>>


      BAGHDAD CAR BOMB KILLS SIX, WOUNDS 14: POLICE
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A car bomb killed six civilians and wounded 14 other people in the Shaab district of northern Baghdad on Sunday, police said.

One woman was among the dead and three policemen were wounded in the attack, which targeted a police patrol.

There has been a relative lull in violence >>>


      BUSH CELEBRATES 62ND BIRTHDAY ON THE FLY
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     TOYAKO, Japan –– Wedged between America‘s Independence Day and a summit of world leaders, President Bush‘s 62nd birthday got shortchanged this year.

His advisers tried hard to mark his milestone. As he flew to Japan, White House press advisers quietly gathered in a darkened conference ro >>>


      BUSH DEFENDS DECISIONS ON NORTH KOREA, OLYMPICS
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     TOYAKO, Japan –– President Bush on Sunday defended removing North Korea from the list of state sponsors of terrorism and attending the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics as world leaders assembled to address soaring gas prices, climate change and African aid.

They faced major differences, es >>>


      BUSH, FUKUDA LAY OUT GOALS FOR G–8 SUMMIT IN JAPAN
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     TOYAKO, Japan –– Before focusing on global challenges, President Bush sought on Sunday to address Tokyo‘s concerns that progress in ending a nuclear standoff with North Korea has not helped settled the sensitive issue of Japanese citizens kidnapped by the North.

The president held talks with J >>>


      COLOMBIA ARMY FINDS TON OF EXPLOSIVES
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     BOGOTA, Colombia –– Colombia‘s military says it has found more than a ton of explosives in a house in a rural area outside the capital.

Gen. Luis Perez Arango says the ton of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil was discovered in the town of Bojaca, 20 miles west of Bogota.

Perez says the ex >>>


      COLOMBIAN OFFICIALS RECOUNT RESCUE PLAN
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     By Juan ForeroWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, July 6, 2008; A12 BOGOTA, Colombia, July 5 –– Colombian Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos told a special team of intelligence agents assigned with drawing up a hostage rescue operation to be inventive and bold.

The country‘s largest rebel >>>


      EXPLOSION IN PAKISTAN CAPITAL; ASUALTIES REPORTED
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     ISLAMABAD, Pakistan –– Officials say there‘s been an explosion in the Pakistani capital near a police station and that as many as 15 people are dead or wounded.

Kamal Shah, the interior secretary, says early information indicates a suicide bomber was involved.

Television footage showe >>>


      FOUR BLASTS IN GEORGIA BREAKAWAY REGION: AGENCIES
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian peacekeepers said four explosions went off in the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia early on Sunday, according to Russian news agencies reports, in the latest sign of growing conflict.

"The explosions occurred almost simultaneously," Alexander Diordiev, assistant c >>>


      G–8 SUMMIT DRAWS GRAB–BAG OF ACTIVISTS, CAUSES
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     RUSUTSU, Japan –– Battling maternal mortality, demanding clean water and urging the destruction of capitalism might not seem to have much in common _ unless you‘re at a summit of the world‘s top industrialized nations.

The Group of Eight annual meetings draw a hodgepodge of activists and >>>


      GERMANY‘S MERKEL URGES G8 ACTION ON FOOD
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     BERLIN –– German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on the Group of Eight summit to agree on a "comprehensive package of measures" to tackle the fallout from soaring food prices, according to commentary published Sunday.

The leaders of the world‘s leading industrial nations open their a >>>


      INDIA ADVOCATES B& BS TO EASE HOTEL CRUNCH
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     By Rama LakshmiWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, July 6, 2008; A16 NEW DELHI –– When schoolteacher Meera Dass quit her job last year, she just wanted to enjoy being at home for a change. Then she read a newspaper ad that said she could earn money at home while making friends from all around the world.>>>


      INTERVIEW WITH IRANIAN PRESIDENTIAL ADVISER MOJTABA SAMAREH HASHEMI
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     A transcript of correspondent Thomas Erdbrink‘s interview with Mojtaba Samareh Hashemi, special adviser to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on June 28 at the presidential building in Tehran.

TE: Iran has often stated that it is ready to have relations with any country except for Israel, but you requ >>>


      IRAN‘S LEADERS DIVIDED ON U.S.
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     By Thomas ErdbrinkWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, July 6, 2008; A14 TEHRAN –– A senior adviser to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has rejected a proposed expansion of the U.S. diplomatic presence in Iran, saying in an interview that the idea is a "propaganda pose." Mojtaba Samareh Hashemi, in >>>


      IRAN INDICATES IT HAS NO PLANS TO HALT ENRICHMENT
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     TEHRAN, Iran –– Iran indicated Saturday that it has no plans to meet a key Western demand that it stop enriching uranium, a day after Tehran sent the European Union a response to an international offer of incentives for halting enrichment.

The content of that response has not been made public and th >>>


      IRAQ: ELECTRICITY PRODUCTION UP OVER 10%
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     BAGHDAD –– Iraq‘s electricity production jumped more than 10 percent in roughly the first six months of 2008 compared to the same period a year ago, the director of energy operations for coalition forces said Sunday.

Iraqi authorities have taken advantage of the recent decline in violence to r >>>


      ISRAEL TO REOPEN GAZA BORDER CROSSINGS
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel was reopening some border crossings with Gaza on Sunday, an official said, after it closed them on Thursday following the launch of a rocket into the Jewish state by Palestinian militants.

Reopening the crossings will allow goods into the largely blockaded territory and humani >>>


      MALAYSIA ASKS INTERPOL HELP TO FIND MISSING DETECTIVE
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia has issued an international alert for a missing private eye after he made, and abruptly retracted, allegations about the deputy prime minister‘s links to a high–profile murder case, police said on Sunday.

The detective, Balasubramaniam Perumal, disappeared alo >>>


      MORE POWER IN IRAQ, BUT SHORTAGES LINGER
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     BAGHDAD –– Don‘t try to convince Taha Yassin that Iraq‘s power shortages are finally easing: His children cry each night when the fan cuts off and the house heats up.

Iraq is producing on average 11 percent more electricity this year than a year ago, officials announced Sunday. Improved >>>


      MORE THAN 10 DEAD IN BLAST NEAR PAKISTAN MOSQUE
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – More than 10 people were killed on Sunday in an apparent suicide bomb attack on police near a site where Islamists had been marking the anniversary of an army commando raid on a mosque in Pakistan‘s capital.

The blast happened several hundred meters (yards) from the Red Mosque, >>>


      MYANMAR JUNTA DISMISSES SUU KYI VICTORY
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     YANGON, Myanmar –– The overwhelming election victory by Aung San Suu Kyi‘s party in 1''0 has been nullified by the approval of a military–backed constitution and her National League for Democracy party should prepare for a new vote in 2010, Myanmar‘s state–run newspaper said S >>>


      NO QUICK END TO MONGOLIA POLITICAL TURMOIL IN SIGHT
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     ULAN BATOR (Reuters) – Private television was back on the air, alcohol on sale and restaurants open after the end of Mongolia‘s emergency rule, but a week after a disputed election the country‘s political problems were still far from resolved.

Prime Minister Sanjaagiin Bayar urged citizens to >>>


      POST–'/11 DRAGNET TURNS UP SURPRISES
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     By Ellen NakashimaWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, July 6, 2008; A01 In the six–and–a–half years that the U.S. government has been fingerprinting insurgents, detainees and ordinary people in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa, hundreds have turned out to share an unexpected background, FBI and >>>


      REPORT: UNITED ARAB EMIRATES CANCELS IRAQI DEBT
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates –– The United Arab Emirates is canceling all the debt Iraq owes to the tiny oil–rich Gulf state.

Emirates‘ official news agency quotes the UAE president as saying he will cancel $4 billion in debt owed by Iraq.

The announcement came as Iraq‘ >>>


      RESTORING PAST GLORY IN OLD KABUL
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     By Candace RondeauxWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, July 6, 2008; A12 KABUL –– The road that rings the old city district of Murad Khane is thick with smoke from the hearths of a row of blacksmiths. Until recently, few people in the Afghan capital had much reason to venture beyond the plumes of black sm >>>


      SEWAGE GLUT _ ANOTHER UGLY RESULT OF GAZA‘S WARS
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     SHATI REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip –– When a toilet is flushed in Gaza City, the waste sloshes straight into the Mediterranean.

A yearlong standoff between Israel and Hamas has left the territory‘s sewage system in a state of collapse, flooding its coastal waters with human waste and blanketing cr >>>


      SOUTH KOREA MOVES TO CUT OIL CONSUMPTION
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea said on Sunday it would restrict driving of cars owned by public organizations from this week as part of contingency measures aimed at reducing energy consumption in the face of skyrocketing oil prices.

The move marks the first direct restriction on energy consumption introdu >>>


      TURKEY ARRESTS RETIRED GENERALS IN COUP PROBE
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     ANKARA (Reuters) – Two former Turkish generals were arrested on Sunday on charges of forming and leading a terrorist group and seeking to overthrow the Islamist leaning government, the state Anatolian news agency said.

A court ordered the arrest of Sener Eruygur, once head of the paramilitary gendarmerie, >>>


      U.S. AND CZECHS TO SIGN RADAR DEAL DESPITE OPPOSITION
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     PRAGUE (Reuters) – The Czech Republic and the United States will sign a treaty on Tuesday to build a missile defense radar on Czech soil despite opposition at home and in Russia.

Washington wants to build the radar southwest of Prague and put 10 interceptor rockets in neighboring Poland as a part of a def >>>


      URIBE EASES TENSIONS WITH VENEZUELA
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     BOGOTA, Colombia –– Colombian leader Alvaro Uribe pledged closer ties with Venezuela‘s Hugo Chavez on Saturday after months of on–and–off tensions, but Ecuador‘s leftist president said problems remain and he isn‘t ready to re–establish relations with Colombia.

Uri >>>


      US CHECKS MEXICO FOR SOURCE OF SALMONELLA OUTBREAK
      Washington Post, 06-07-2008
     AUTLAN, Mexico –– Inspectors are collecting soil, water and produce samples, reviewing export logs and combing packing plants in three major tomato–growing states in Mexico.

But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration appears no closer to finding the source of a mysterious salmonella outbreak th >>>


      BUSINESS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 06-07-2008
     Real Estate Easy Start Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Business in Brief All of the Transportation Ministry‘s Licensing and Registration offices will be closed today to the public as workers go on strike. The Licensing Bureau employees are protesting the ministry‘s decision to outsource a number of tasks >>>


      BUYING LESS: GROCERY SALES DROP
      Haaretz, 06-07-2008
     By Adi Dovrat Israeli supermarket chains are beginning to feel the economic slowdown.

Their sales in May 2008 were only 1.6% higher than they were in May 2007, according to a report prepared by Nielsen for TheMarker.

In comparison, sales in January of this year were '.1% higher than in January 2007 >>>


      KOBI ALEXANDER WINS PARTIAL VICTORY IN HIGH COURT
      Haaretz, 06-07-2008
     By TheMarker Correspondent and Agencies , By Nir Zelik Next extradition hearing for ex–Comverse CEO in Namibia is scheduled for September 17 A Namibian prosecutor ruled late last week that a new judge will be appointed to hear the extradition case of fugitive Israeli businessman Jacob "Kobi" Alexander. T >>>


      WHY YOU NEED A MACHER
      Haaretz, 06-07-2008
     By Guy Lashem Doing business in Israel is already very difficult, and only getting harder There are many Hebrew words, which lack counterparts in other languages.

The word "macher," which actually comes from Yiddish and means a middleman who can solve problems, fix things and cut red tape with the aut >>>


      DIVIDING JERUSALEM
      Haaretz, 06-07-2008
     By Uzi Benziman Tags: East Jerusalem, terrorism On June ', 1'67, two days after Israel Defense Forces troops reached the Western Wall, Anwar al–Khatib, the Jordanian official responsible for administering the Jerusalem district, was whisked away to the Ambassador Hotel in the eastern part of the city for a >>>


      DON‘T DESTROY TERRORISTS‘ HOMES
      Haaretz, 06-07-2008
     By Amnon Straschnov Tags: Terrorism, Israel After the terrorist attack on the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva, where eight people were murdered in March, and last week‘s attack in Jerusalem, where three people lost their lives, we are again hearing calls to demolish the homes of people who commit such acts, in which the perp >>>


      LIVING FOREVER BY BOMBARDMENT
      Haaretz, 06-07-2008
     By Gideon Levy Tags: Israel, Iran So what is the "great plan"? As things look now, this is the way Israel is planning its future: Every time some Middle Eastern country tries to obtain nuclear weapons, Israel will bomb it. Bomb – and bombard. Beyond the problematic assumption that we are allowed to do wh >>>


      THE PLEBISCITE ABSURDITY
      Haaretz, 06-07-2008
     By Zvi Bar‘el Tags: Golan Heights, Syria, Israel The Knesset members are panicking. The Golan Heights are about to slip out of Israel‘s grip and return to their owner. Best hurry up and secure them with heavy legislative chains, lest peace between Israel and Syria sneak up and prove too tempting for the gove >>>


      YES, INVESTIGATE
      Haaretz, 06-07-2008
     By Haaretz Editorial Tags: Israel, Ehud Olmert Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann‘s plan to name a governmental commission of inquiry to probe the prosecution‘s handling of the wiretapping affair during the Haim Ramon investigation is slated for discussion in today‘s cabinet meeting.

The minist >>>


      BARAK: DEMOLISH J‘LEM TERRORISTS‘ HOMES
      Haaretz, 06-07-2008
     By Haaretz Staff Defense Minister Ehud Barak has ordered the Israel Defense Forces to issue injunctions calling for the demolition of the homes of two East Jerusalem men who carried out terror attacks in the capital, Army Radio reported Friday.

The first home to be demolished would be that of Hussam Duwiyat, wh >>>


      DESPITE OIL LEAK, PILOT WAITED UNTIL LAST MINUTE TO RADIO
      Haaretz, 06-07-2008
     By Zohar Blumenkrantz Due to a technical malfunction, Israir flight 215 was forced to land in Israel on Friday with only one functioning engine. Passengers and aviation experts praised the pilot‘s handling of the situation, but expressed skepticism about the airline‘s safety procedures.

The plane, a >>>


      GENERAL STAFF: USE FORCE IN RESPONSE TO QASSAMS
      Haaretz, 06-07-2008
     By Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff Tags: Gaza Strip, Hamas Israel should respond to the rocket fire from the Gaza Strip with a targeted military response, the Israel Defense Forces General Staff stated in a document distributed to government and military leaders last week.

Israel has so far responded to infracti >>>


      LABOR WANTS COMPTROLLER TO REVIEW CONDUCT OF RAMON CASE
      Haaretz, 06-07-2008
     By Barak Ravid The Labor Party today will propose to make the state comptroller responsible for reviewing the police and state prosecution‘s conduct in the sexual assault investigation against former justice minister Haim Ramon. The proposal is meant as an alternative to Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann‘s c >>>


      MAN TEARS HEAD OFF HITLER WAX FIGURE IN BERLIN
      Haaretz, 06-07-2008
     By The Associated Press BERLIN – A man tore the head off an Adolf Hitler wax figure at Madame Tussauds‘ new branch in Berlin in what appeared to be a symbolic protest on the museum‘s opening day, police said yesterday.

The 41–year–old man, who looked absolutely normal, shoved aside >>>


      MORE PROOF OF SDEROT‘S EXODUS: FEWER BIRTHS AND FEWER KIDS IN SCHOOL
      Haaretz, 06-07-2008
     By Fadi Eyadat Tags: Qassams, Sderot, Israel About a year ago, Danny and Keren Dahan from Sderot were trying to decide whether to give their 4–year–old twins Stav and Raveh a baby brother or sister. But the escalation of Qassam rockets made the decision for them.

"We decided that this is not th >>>


      NEWS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 06-07-2008
     Public Security Minister Avi Dichter yesterday declared that Kadima‘s "commitment" to the public was to replace Prime Minister Ehud Olmert with a new leader.

Speaking in an interview with Channel 2, Dichter said of his party mate: "Olmert is trying to extend his tenure as prime minister thr >>>


      NOTES FROM SDEROT / FAR FROM MISERABLE
      Haaretz, 06-07-2008
     By Avirama Golan It is not easy to identify the exact moment Sderot was first associated with misery. It is also difficult to determine absolutely that responsibility for this lies beyond the city‘s boundaries.

Sderot, despite all it has suffered in recent years, despite the dozens of television news piec >>>


      PLAQUE HONORING NAOMI SHEMER‘S EUCALYPTUS GROVE RAISES CONTROVERSY
      Haaretz, 06-07-2008
     By Eli Ashkenazi The people of Kvutzat Kinneret can argue about anything, says Ya‘akov Melamed, a member of the kvutza, or small kibbutz.

He was explaining the heated discussion underway Friday evening, next to a sign that the Society for the Preservation of Israel Heritage Sites (SPIHS) had placed at the >>>


      SOME SDEROT COUPLES PUTTING OFF HAVING KIDS BECAUSE OF QASSAM STRIKES
      Haaretz, 06-07-2008
     raids in kindergarten?‘" Dahan says continued tension has ravaged the city. "There‘s tension between spouses, and the children take more energy and investment than before.

So you say to yourself, now‘s not the time for another baby. Let‘s deal with what we have." Advertise >>>


      SYRIA TELLS UN: ISRAEL BURYING NUCLEAR WASTE IN GOLAN HEIGHTS
      Haaretz, 06-07-2008
     By The Associated Press Syria has complained to the United Nations about a series of alleged Israeli wrongdoings in the Golan Heights, including burying nuclear waste and discriminating against the region‘s Druze residents.

The complaint was made in a report Syria handed to a UN fact–finding committ >>>


      T.A. FLAT MAY HOLD KEY TO HOLES IN KAFKA BIO
      Haaretz, 06-07-2008
     By Ofer Aderet Ceremonies were held around the world Thursday to commemorate what would have been the 125th birthday of Franz Kafka, the Prague–born writer who gained renown only after his death at 41.

Even today, 84 years after his death, many holes remain in his tragic life story. For years, researchers >>>


      THE SHALIT TALKS / BOTH SIDES ARE BLUFFING
      Haaretz, 06-07-2008
     By Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff Tags: Gaza Strip, cease–fire The tahadiyeh, the partial cease–fire established two and a half weeks ago between the Israel Defense Forces and Hamas, is gradually emerging as a complex, elusive deal, one whose terms may turn out to be unfavorable for Israel.

Under th >>>


      TOURIST HIT BY JEEP ON HAIFA BEACH
      Haaretz, 06-07-2008
     By Fadi Eyadat Tags: Haifa, Israel A 24–year–old tourist from Sweden was seriously injured Saturday when a jeep ran her over as she sunbathed on a Haifa beach. The tourist had been lying on the sand as an Israeli friend went for a swim.

The 34–year–old driver ran her over while driving i >>>


      WORLD BRIEFS
      Haaretz, 06-07-2008
     Pakistani security forces have halted an operation against militants in the country‘s volatile northwest to try negotiating peace through tribal elders, officials said yesterday. Tariq Hayat, chief administrator for the Khyber tribal area, said local tribal leaders have agreed in principle to conditions including >>>


      CÉLÉBRATION CONJOINTE DES FĘTES NATIONALES ALGÉRIENNE ET AMÉRICAINE Ŕ ELKADER
      APS, 06-07-2008
      ALGER – L‘ambassadeur d‘Algérie aux Etats–Unis d‘Amérique, Amine Kherbi a participé les 4 et 5 juillet ŕ la ville américaine d‘Elkader (Etat de l‘Iowa) aux cérémonies de la célébration conjointe des fętes nationales algérie >>>


      LA DERNIČRE CALČCHE DE BISKRA...
      APS, 06-07-2008
      BISKRA (Algérie) – Des nombreuses cal';ches sillonnant jadis la ville de Biskra, il n’en reste aujourd’hui qu’une seule pour proposer ses services aux rares personnes appréciant encore une virée urbaine ŕ bord d’un véhicule hippomobile. L‘opiniâtre Hocine est le propri& >>>


      LE PRÉSIDENT ABDELAZIZ BOUTEFLIKA Ŕ HOKKAIDO (JAPON) POUR PARTICIPER AU SOMMET DU G8
      APS, 06-07-2008
      HOKKAIDO (Japon) – Le président de la République, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, est arrivé dimanche sur l‘île de Hokkaďdo pour prendre part, le 7 juillet, au Segment "Afrique" du Sommet du Groupe des Huit (G8) qui se tiendra du 7 au ' juillet dans cette ville du Japon. Le pr&# >>>


      PREMIER FESTIVAL DE LA CHANSON ET DE LA DANSE NAILIES Ŕ DJELFA
      APS, 06-07-2008
      DJELFA (Algérie) – Le premier festival de la chanson et danse nailies a été lancé, samedi ŕ Djelfa, dans la liesse, ŕ l‘occasion des festivités commémorant le double anniversaire (46e) de l‘indépendance et de la jeunesse. Des troupes de chant et groupes de >>>



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