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      3 ARRESTED IN N. CALIFORNIA LESBIAN GANG RAPE CASE
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     RICHMOND, Calif. –– One man and two teens have been arrested on suspicion of gang–raping a woman last month in the San Francisco Bay area while allegedly taunting her for being a lesbian, police said Thursday as they searched for a fourth suspect.

Officers arrested 31–year–old Humb >>>


      AN OBAMA INAUGURAL BALL WILL BE ONLY FOR MILITARY
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     HONOLULU –– President–elect Barack Obama will have a Commander in Chief‘s Ball during his inauguration with military personnel, their spouses and those wounded fighting in the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as guests.

In announcing this Thursday, officials said that tickets for the >>>


      AP NEWSALERT
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     ASPEN, Colo. –– Police say man who left threats and homemade bombs around Aspen shot and killed himself.
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      BALTIMORE NOT AS BLOODY IN ‘08 WITH FEWER KILLINGS
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     BALTIMORE –– On the streets of one of the nation‘s most violent cities, Detective Danny Danzy is known as a "bodysnatcher." He‘s on the front lines of Baltimore‘s battle to reduce homicides, but he‘s not looking for dead bodies. Instead, he knocks on doors, taps on windows a >>>


      BOSTON TEEN FATALLY STABBED ON CITY BUS
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     BOSTON –– The district attorney‘s office says a 16–year–old boy has been fatally stabbed on a city bus in Boston‘s Dorchester neighborhood.

Jake Wark, a spokesman for the Suffolk District Attorney‘s office, says the teenager was stabbed at about ':30 p.m. on New Yea >>>


      BUSH STANCE ON CEASE–FIRE SHOWS SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     WASHINGTON –– By insisting that Hamas go first in any cease–fire with Israel, the Bush administration is sticking to its support for the Jewish state‘s right of self–defense while stopping short of encouraging an Israeli ground assault aimed at fully reoccupying the Hamas–controlled G >>>


      CHARTER SCHOOLS HELP JAIL INMATES GRADUATE
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. –– Albert Aragon dreams of working in real estate one day, but the 2'–year–old jail inmate is a high school dropout who believes employers don‘t hire people with general equivalency diplomas.

Now he has a chance to get his high school diploma, thanks to a new >>>


      CLINTONS, REVELERS RING IN 200' IN TIMES SQUARE
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     NEW YORK –– Hundreds of thousands of revelers rang in 200' from frigid Times Square as the famous Waterford crystal ball dropped, signaling the end of a historic and troubled year that saw the election of the first black U.S. president and the worst economic crisis in decades.

As the clock struc >>>


      COMMUNITY‘S FUTURE, VISTAS CLOUDED BY SLUDGE SPILL
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     HARRIMAN, Tenn. –– Tom Grizzard wonders what the future holds for a spot that once seemed the perfect place to live. His pastoral enclave boasted vistas of tree–covered hills, glimpses of the Emory River and access to fishing holes and hunting havens.

"We like it here. I‘d like to d >>>


      EGGS SERVED COLD ON DETROIT–AREA FREEWAY
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. –– State troopers and road crews had to scramble when a tractor–trailer crashed and spilled its load of eggs on a Detroit–area freeway.

Trooper Jim Smiley says eastbound Interstate '4 in Washtenaw County‘s Ypsilanti Township reopened about 1 a.m. Thurs >>>


      EXPLOITING NATURE TO CUT MOSQUITOES‘ LIFE SHORT
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     PM WASHINGTON –– Old mosquitoes usually spread disease, so Australian researchers figured out a way to make the pests die younger _ naturally, not poisoned.

Scientists have been racing to genetically engineer mosquitoes to become resistant to diseases like malaria and dengue fever that plague millio >>>


      HIKER KILLED BY ICE SLIDE IN WASH. STATE
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     BUCKLEY, Wash. –– Authorities say a woman hiker has died after she was hit by an ice slide near Washington state‘s Crystal Mountain.

Pierce County sheriff‘s Deputy Dan Hudson says the 24–year–old woman and a 26–year–old male friend had just completed a climb Wedne >>>


      JUDGE ORDERS PAYMENT TO MINER‘S FAMILY
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     SALT LAKE CITY –– A coal company has been ordered to pay full benefits to the family of one of the six miner killed in the 2007 collapse of the Crandall Canyon mine.

An administrative judge for the Utah Labor Commission ordered Genwal Resources Inc. and Rockwood Casualty Insurance Co. to pay $565 pe >>>


      MADOFF‘S STOLEN STATUE RETURNED _ WITH A ‘LESSON‘
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     PALM BEACH, Fla. –– Thieves calling themselves "The Educators" have returned a statue stolen from disgraced investment guru Bernie Madoff. And they hope he‘s learned his lesson.

The Palm Beach Post reports that the $10,000 copper sculpture turned up Wednesday near the country club Ma >>>


      MAN SAYS HE SHOT CAR WITH PAINTBALLS TO DETER DUI
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     KENNEWICK, Wash. –– A man who reportedly told police he was trying to deter a friend from driving drunk by blasting the friend‘s windshield with paintballs wound up in jail. In the words of Kennewick, Wash., police Sgt. Ken Lattin: "This is a very creative way to prevent someone from drinking and >>>


      MUMMERS STRUT IN PHILLY DESPITE COLD, MONEY WOES
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     PHILADELPHIA –– Thousands of people are braving sub–freezing temperatures to celebrate 200' Philadelphia–style.

They‘re watching the Mummers parade of comics, musicians and others dressed in elaborate costumes of satin, sequins and feathers.

True to promise, the Mummer >>>


      OBITUARIES IN THE NEWS
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     8:07 AM –– Helen Suzman JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) _ South African anti–apartheid activist Helen Suzman has died. She was '1.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation announced Suzman‘s death Thursday. Foundation chief executive Achmat Dangor says Suzman was a "great patriot and a fea >>>


      PASSING GAME DIFFERENCE–MAKER FOR MSU, GEORGIA
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) –– A matchup of two All–American running backs could well come down to the quarterbacks in the Capital One Bowl.

Either No. 16 Georgia‘s Matthew Stafford or No. 1' Michigan State‘s Brian Hoyer could have to make a difference if his top rusher gets thwarted &n >>>


      RECORDING STUDIO IN HOSPITAL ABOUT MORE THAN MUSIC
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     HOUSTON –– Just down the hall from the chemo infusion rooms at Texas Children‘s Hospital, Jalen Huckabay was about to slip into another world, away from the wearying regimen of pokes, prods and pinches she‘d endured since being diagnosed with lymphoma in November.

For the next few hours, >>>


      ROSE PARADE STAYS AFLOAT DESPITE RECESSION
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     PASADENA, Calif. –– Thousands of campers and revelers gathered along the Rose Parade route before the first dawn of 200', eagerly awaiting the floral floats that will proceed down Colorado Boulevard escorted by marching bands and well–groomed horses on New Year‘s Day.

The recession a >>>


      SENATE FIGHT DEFLECTS ATTENTION FROM ILL. GOVERNOR
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     CHICAGO –– Roland Burris is battling for a U.S. Senate seat in court and through the media, briefly shifting the spotlight away from the man who picked him for the job, embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Burris filed a motion with the Illinois Supreme Court seeking to force Secretary of State Jesse Whi >>>


      SPEEDING CAR CRASHES, KILLS 4 ADULTS, 1 CHILD
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     DAYTON, Ohio –– Authorities in Dayton, Ohio say a speeding car hit a railroad track, went airborne and crashed, killing four adults and a child.

Police Lt. Larry Faulkner says the crash happened just after midnight Wednesday. The car was going 8' mph in a 35 mph zone. Police suspect alcohol was >>>


      STUDY: HAWAII‘S PYGMY KILLER WHALES STAY CLOSE
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     HONOLULU –– A new study of pygmy killer whales _ one of the least understood marine mammal species _ shows that those living off Hawaii tend to stay close to the islands and don‘t swim out to the open ocean. There are very few of the whales, probably less than 200 individuals, in this distinct pygmy ki >>>


      SUSPICIOUS PACKAGES FORCE EVACUATIONS IN ASPEN
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     ASPEN, Colo. –– Much of downtown Aspen was evacuated Wednesday after suspicious packages were found at two banks.

Police said a downtown Wells Fargo Bank discovered a package with a threatening note at about 2:30 p.m. A nearby Vectra Bank reported a similar package minutes later.

Authoritie >>>


      SUSPICIOUS PACKAGES FORCE MASS EVACUATION IN ASPEN
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     ASPEN, Colo. –– Authorities say they‘re looking for a former Aspen resident after a bomb scare effectively shut down this resort town on New Year‘s Eve, one of its busiest nights of the year.

Suspicious packages and threatening notes were found at two banks, forcing the evacuation of a 1 >>>


      TEXAS HOME OF ‘GREAT DEBATERS‘ HAS A TEAM AGAIN
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     MARSHALL, Texas –– The movie "The Great Debaters" made millions aware of the decades–old accomplishments of the debate team at a small historically black college tucked deep in the piney woods of East Texas _ and gave that history new life at the school itself. Before work began on the film, >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     AM –– Two low pressure systems were moving across the country on Thursday. The Northwest was expecting wet conditions to start off the New Year as a strong system moved in from over the Pacific. Heavy rain were to fall over the coastal regions, while anywhere from 10 to 20 inches of snow was possible for the >>>


      WASH. TRIBE SEEK TO MOVE AWAY FROM FLOODING DANGER
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     HOH INDIAN RESERVATION, Wash. –– Flooding used to be a problem every five or 10 years for the tiny Hoh Indian Reservation. These days it‘s an annual event.

Sandbags permanently surround the tribal center and many homes because the nearby Hoh River has meandered dangerously closer over time. Me >>>


      3 BLASTS IN INDIA‘S NORTHEAST LEAVE 5 DEAD
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     GAUHATI, India –– Three bombs exploded in India‘s restive northeast Thursday, killing at least five people and wounding about 50, hours before the nation‘s new home minister was to arrive in the area, police said.

Senior police official P. Saloi said authorities suspected the militant se >>>


      CUBA CELEBRATES REVOLUTION‘S 50TH ANNIVERSARY
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     HAVANA –– Fifty years after triumphant armed rebels descended from the eastern mountains, communist Cuba celebrated the revolution‘s anniversary Thursday with toned–down festivities after a trio of devastating hurricanes and under the enduring public absence of an ailing Fidel Castro.

Th >>>


      CZECH REPUBLIC TAKES OVER EU PRESIDENCY
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     PRAGUE, Czech Republic –– The Czech Republic took over the rotating European Union presidency Thursday, with the bloc aiming to see its new governance treaty approved in 200'.

At the stroke of midnight on New Year‘s Eve, authorities illuminated central Prague‘s giant metronome know a >>>


      DOZENS DIE IN NIGHTCLUB FIRE IN BANGKOK
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     BANGKOK, Thailand –– A fire raced through a two–story nightclub packed with hundreds of well–heeled New Year‘s revelers early Thursday, killing at least 61 people as they stampeded to escape the raging flames.

More than 200 were injured, including 35 foreigners. The cause of the fi >>>


      EGYPTIAN SHIP SEIZED BY SOMALI PIRATES
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     CAIRO, Egypt –– An Egyptian official says that Somali pirates have seized an Egyptian cargo ship with 28 crew members on board.

The vessel, called Blue Star, was carrying 6,000 tons of fertilizer when it was attacked and snatched after it passed through the Red Sea and entered the Gulf of Aden on Th >>>


      IRAQ TAKES CONTROL OF GREEN ZONE FROM US
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     BAGHDAD –– Iraq‘s prime minister says the handover of the heavily fortified Green Zone and the presidential palace is the most visible sign his country has regained its sovereignty.

Nouri al–Maliki spoke Thursday during a ceremony marking the takeover by Iraqi authority of Saddam Hussein >>>


      ISRAEL‘S PUNISHING ASSAULT ON GAZA CONTINUES FOR SIXTH DAY
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     By Sudarsan Raghavan, Girffe Witte and Debbi WilgorenWashington Post Foreign ServiceThursday, January 1, 200'; 11:22 AM JERUSALEM, Jan. 1 –– A top Hamas leader was killed Thursday in an Israeli air strike in the Gaza Strip, as violence entered its sixth day and a Hamas rocket destroyed part of an apartme >>>


      ISRAEL DEMANDS MONITORS AS PART OF A GAZA TRUCE
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     200'; 6:38 AM GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip –– Israel demanded international monitors as a term of any truce with Gaza militants, as its warplanes bombed the parliament building in Gaza City Thursday and its ships attacked coastline positions of the territory‘s Islamic Hamas rulers.

An internation >>>


      ISRAELI PLANES STRIKE GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS IN GAZA
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     GAZA (Reuters) – Israeli warplanes attacked government buildings in the Gaza Strip on New Year‘s Day after Israel and its Islamist Hamas foe both spurned ceasefire calls in a conflict that has killed about 400 Palestinians.

Israeli tanks and troops were massed near the border of the Hamas–cont >>>


      MALAYSIAN CHOPPER SAVES INDIAN TANKER FROM PIRATES
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia –– A maritime official says a Malaysian naval helicopter has saved an Indian ship from pirates in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia.

Noel Choong of the International Maritime Bureau‘s piracy reporting center said pirates on two speed boats attacked the tanker early Thursday b >>>


      NKOREA VOWS TO STRENGTHEN ITS MILITARY
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     SEOUL, South Korea –– North Korea ushered in 200' with an appeal Thursday to unite around leader Kim Jong Il and bolster the country‘s military, while reaffirming its commitment to denuclearization and breaking with tradition by not criticizing the U.S.

North Korea traditionally marks New >>>


      NOTABLE DEADLY NIGHTCLUB FIRES
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     11:52 AM –– Some deadly nightclub fires in recent years: _ Dec. 31, 2008: At least 61 dead in Bangkok. Cause unclear.

_ Sept. 20, 2008: At least 43 dead in Shenzhen, China. Fireworks. _ April 1', 2008: At least 14 dead in Quito, Ecuador. Fireworks. _ Sept. 26, 2007: 12 dead in Fuzhou, China. Cau >>>


      PAUL HOFMANN, WHO INFORMED ON NAZIS, DIES AT '6
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     ROME –– Paul Hofmann, an Austrian who informed on his Nazi commanders in occupied Rome and later became a New York Times correspondent and author, has died, the newspaper reported Thursday. He was '6.

Hofmann died in Rome on Tuesday, the Times quoted his son, Alexander Hofmann–Lord, as say >>>


      RUSSIA CUTS GAS TO UKRAINE, BUT NOT REST OF EUROPE
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     6:25 AM MOSCOW/KIEV (Reuters) – Russia said on Thursday it had cut off gas to its neighbor Ukraine over a contract dispute but had increased supplies to customers in the rest of Europe.

European Union states, which receive a fifth of their gas from pipelines crossing Ukraine, want to avoid a repeat of a J >>>


      SOUTH AFRICAN ACTIVIST HELEN SUZMAN DIES AT '1
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     CAPE TOWN, South Africa –– South African anti–apartheid activist Helen Suzman, who was one of the few white lawmakers to fight against the injustices of racist rule, died Thursday. She was '1.

Suzman fought a long and lonely battle in the South African parliament against government repress >>>


      SRI LANKA SAYS IT IS ABOUT TO SEIZE REBEL CAPITAL
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     AM COLOMBO, Sri Lanka –– Sri Lankan forces captured a key crossroads from Tamil Tiger rebels in the north Thursday and will seize the guerrillas‘ de facto capital within two days, the military said.

The fall of Kilinochchi would be devastating to the separatist group, which has been forced out >>>


      SUSPECTED U.S. DRONE KILLS 3 IN PAKISTAN
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – A suspected U.S. drone fired two missiles on Thursday into Pakistan‘s South Waziristan region on the Afghan border, killing three foreign militants and wounding one, Pakistani intelligence agents said. U.S. forces in Afghanistan, frustrated by a spreading Taliban insurgency tha >>>


      TALIBAN MILITANTS KILL 20 AFGHAN POLICE IN AMBUSH
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     KANDAHAR, Afghanistan –– Taliban militants ambushed a group of Afghan police while they were eating lunch in a remote and dangerous part of southern Afghanistan, killing 20 officers and one of the policeman‘s mother, an Afghan official said Thursday. A Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousef Ahmadi, said two Ta >>>


      U.S. SOLDIERS WILL REMAIN IN GREEN ZONE NEXT '0 DAYS
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     By Amit R. PaleyWashington Post Foreign ServiceThursday, January 1, 200';
1:27 PM BAGHDAD, Jan. 1 –– The United States on Thursday handed the Iraqi government formal control of the Green Zone, the locus of power in the country and symbol of American influence for the past five years, but officials an >>>


      UKRAINE STUDENTS SEEK TO SAVE THEIR WHITE HOUSE
      Washington Post, 01-01-2009
     CHERNOMYN, Ukraine –– Its paint is peeling, its grounds are scruffy and there are no Secret Service agents in sight. But the 1'th–century mansion otherwise bears an uncanny resemblance to one of the world‘s most famous residences _ the White House.

Built for a nobleman as a country e >>>


      ARE BANKERS WORTH THE MONEY?
      Haaretz, 01-01-2009
     By Yoram Gabison Tags: banks, israel news The average wage at Israel‘s five biggest banks is 30% above the average national wage. Leaving out the workers of the great state monopolies, the Israel Electric Corporation and Mekorot water company, the finance sector workers are the best paid in the land, we learn from >>>


      BANK DISCOUNT SUED FOR SLUGGISH CHECK HANDLING
      Haaretz, 01-01-2009
     By Hila Raz Tags: bank discount, israel news While on bank services, Discount Bank faces a class action motion for alleged sluggish handling of deposit envelopes.

If the Tel Aviv District Court accepts the suit as a class action, it could cost the bank NIS 40 million.

The plaintiff argued in the case f >>>


      BUSINESS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 01-01-2009
     Real Estate Joy of Giving Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Business in Brief The ministry of trade and industry announced this week that it has launched a state guaranteed loan fund for small businesses in Sderot and communities surrounding Gaza. The fund is operated by the ministry together with the treasury and Bank >>>


      DAMAGE TO SOUTHERN FARMERS ESTIMATED AT HALF–BILLION SHEKELS
      Haaretz, 01-01-2009
     By Amiram Cohen and Paz Vaysman Tags: israel, gaza, israel news While farmers in Israel‘s south are tallying the damage they‘re suffering from the clashes between Israel and the Palestinians, industry in Be‘er Sheva is working on adaptating to the new reality.

Direct and indirect damage to agr >>>


      MARKET REPORT / BRAINSWAY LEAP LIFTS 2008 ADVANCE TO 87%
      Haaretz, 01-01-2009
     By Nathan Sheva The year 2008 did not smile on investors. About $14 trillion in market capitalization was erased from world stock markets in 2008 in the wake of the worst credit crisis since the Great Depression of the 1'30s. Over here, the benchmark TA–25 index lost more than 46% even though it ended the year >>>


      MARKETS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 01-01-2009
     Clal Finance unit Mabat Teudot Sal shares the information that the benchmark TA–25 index lost 51' points, or 48% of its value in 2008, and that we can thank the biggest companies – banks Hapoalim and Leumi, Israel Chemicals‘ parent company the Israel Corporation, Makhteshim Agan and Africa Israel f >>>


      SURPRISE! ISRAELI GDP GREW BY 4.1% IN 2008
      Haaretz, 01-01-2009
     By Moti Bassok Tags: israel news, economy, GDP Despite the grim business pages in recent months, in fact the year 2008 was a good one for Israel‘s economy. Preliminary estimates by the Central Bureau of Statistics place the growth of Israel‘s gross domestic product at 4.1% in 2008. That is a respectable figu >>>


      TAKING STOCK / THE YEAR HISTORY WAS REWRITTEN
      Haaretz, 01-01-2009
     By Guy Rolnik The business pages today will be dripping with gory red ink, describing the year that was. The numbers will be horrifying, the stories gloomy, the mortification vast.

The year 2008 taught the experts a lesson in humility. The lesson for the global banking system was especially painful: The people >>>


      TYCOONS IN TROUBLE
      Haaretz, 01-01-2009
     By Michael Rochvarger Tags: nochi dankner, shari arison The origin of the word "tycoon" is from the Japanese word taikun, a synonym for shogun. It means great leader, or these days, powerful businessman.

During the five–year boom, not a few Israeli businessmen won that coveted label as their ope >>>


      ISRAELIS WHO BLAME ISRAEL ARE NOT HELPING THE PALESTINIANS
      Haaretz, 01-01-2009
     By Ari Shavit Tags: gaza, israel news, israel Operation Cast Lead is a just campaign. Just, because in the summer of 2005 Israel destroyed all the Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip and withdrew unilaterally to the international border. Just, because from 2006 to 2008 the Palestinian entity in the Strip did not take a >>>


      LIKE IN LEBANON, IN GAZA ISRAEL BLINKED FIRST
      Haaretz, 01-01-2009
     By Israel Harel Tags: israel news, hamas, gaza Many people have been receiving over the Internet a link where Yitzhak Rabin is heard sarcastically attacking those who "fear peace" and who threaten that letting Yasser Arafat‘s forces into Gaza would lead to Katyushas on Ashkelon. About six months ago, whe >>>


      PARDON WITHOUT POLITICS
      Haaretz, 01-01-2009
     By Ze‘ev Segal Tags: israel news Last week‘s High Court of Justice ruling has sharpened basic constitutional questions that touch upon the essence of the president‘s authority to grant pardons and reductions in punishment and to the nature of the justice minister‘s authority to intervene in these >>>


      TIME FOR DIPLOMACY
      Haaretz, 01-01-2009
     Defense Jewish World Opinion National Print Edition Car Rental Books Haaretz Magazine Business Real Estate Joy of Giving Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Time for diplomacy By Haaretz Editorial Advertisement But that means a lengthy conflict with the local terror organizations and could lead to heavy losses of troops >>>


      TO THE SOUTH WITH LOVE
      Haaretz, 01-01-2009
     By Shlomi Barzel Tags: Israel, Gaza, Israel News This column is dedicated to the residents living near Gaza and those in the south within range of the Katyusha and Grad rockets. There really is no other option. We in the media are not made of stone, we generate the consensus and define it, we are the biggest opportunist >>>


      AIR FORCE BOMBS MOSQUE USED FOR ROCKET ATTACKS
      Haaretz, 01-01-2009
     By Yoav Stern, Avi Issacharoff and Barak Ravid The Israel Air Force continued its bombing of Gaza Strip targets yesterday, reporting it hit 25 terror–related targets including the offices of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and a mosque in the city of Gaza where Hamas activists were hiding. Rockets had also bee >>>


      BIG PAYBACK SEEN IN CASH INCENTIVES FOR STUDENTS
      Haaretz, 01-01-2009
     By Or Kashti Twelfth–graders who received a monetary reward for succeeding in their matriculation exams received higher grades and went on in larger numbers to higher education than their peers who did not receive such rewards.

The finding is the result of a study by Prof. Victor Lavy of the Hebrew Univer >>>


      BLOGGERS TRY TO COUNTER MEDIA BIAS IN RUSSIA
      Haaretz, 01-01-2009
     By Lily Galili In the last few days a newspaper in Russia featured a report that Israel is bombing a Russian city. How did this happen? Instead of writing about the unwillingness of the Bnei Ayish Local Council, most of whose residents are Russian speakers, including the council head, to accept that missiles might be la >>>


      GROUP DENIED FUNDS DUE TO ‘OCCUPIED‘ ADDRESS
      Haaretz, 01-01-2009
     By Akiva Eldar Mercantile Discount Bank has refused to execute a bank transfer from a Spanish government agency to an Israeli human rights organization because the transfer form listed the organization‘s East Jerusalem address as being in "the Occupied Palestinian Territories." Yesterday, the Jerusalem M >>>


      HOME FRONT CONFUSION / IN SOUTH, FINDING SHELTER IS OFTEN MISSION IMPOSSIBLE
      Haaretz, 01-01-2009
     By Nir Hasson Tags: israel, hamas, gaza Tens of thousands of people in southern Israel would like to follow the instructions of Home Front Command chief Yair Golan to seek shelter when an alarm sounds, but their houses have no concrete walls or they are mobility–impaired.

Golan said Tuesday that the peopl >>>


      IDF GETS GREEN LIGHT TO CONTINUE OPERATION CAST LEAD
      Haaretz, 01-01-2009
     By Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff, Haaretz Correspondents and News Agencies Tags: Israel, Gaza, Hamas The Israel Defense Forces yesterday recommended a major, but relatively short–term, ground offensive in the Gaza Strip as military preparations continued on the border. The army was given the green light to forge >>>


      LABOR, BARAK ENJOY POPULARITY SURGE THANKS TO GAZA OPERATION
      Haaretz, 01-01-2009
     By Yossi Verter The Labor Party has emerged the biggest political winner of the war against Hamas so far.

Labor and its head, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, have made significant gains, bringing the left–wing to a 60:60 draw against right–wing and ultra–Orthodox parties.

Advertisement J >>>


      LIEBERMAN PROBE WON‘T CLOSE UNTIL AFTER ELECTION
      Haaretz, 01-01-2009
     By Jonathan Lis Senior police officers said recently that the investigation of MK Avigdor Lieberman (Yisrael Beiteinu) on suspicions including fraud and money–laundering will not be completed before elections are held in February.

The police said completion of the probe, which began in 2001 and is one of >>>


      NEWS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 01-01-2009
     Tags: israel news The Home Front Command is mobilizing hundreds of Bedouin reserve soldiers, using emergency orders, in the wake of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip into the southern Negev, which has a large Bedouin population. Officials in the command believe that Bedouin communities can be better served by Bedouin rese >>>


      OLMERT SETS TERMS FOR CEASE–FIRE: INTERNATIONAL BODY TO ENFORCE FUTURE DEAL
      Haaretz, 01-01-2009
     Print Edition Car Rental Books Haaretz Magazine Business Real Estate Joy of Giving Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Olmert sets terms for cease–fire: International body to enforce future deal By Barak Ravid Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is interested in the establishment of an international supervision and enforcem >>>


      POLICE SAY CRIMINAL PROBE LIKELY IN BAR–ON DOUBLE–VOTING SCANDAL
      Haaretz, 01-01-2009
     By Jonathan Lis The police‘s investigations branch has presented the attorney general, Menachem Mazuz, with the results of its preliminary examination in the case in which Finance Minister Roni Bar–On is suspected of double–voting in the Knesset. Bar–On allegedly voted in place of another MK in a >>>


      POLICEMAN ACCUSED OF RAPING AND BEATING 18–YEAR–OLD YERUHAM WOMAN
      Haaretz, 01-01-2009
     By Yanir Yagna A policeman from the Taibeh station and a friend who is an inspector in a secret Ministry of Transportation unit, who also is a police volunteer, are suspected of abducting an 18–year–old woman from Yeruham and raping her.

The two were indicted in the Be‘er Sheva District Court, >>>


      REHOVOT MAYOR ADMITS TO CONTRACT SCHEME
      Haaretz, 01-01-2009
     By Ofra Edelman Rehovot Mayor Yehoshua "Shuky" Forer was convicted yesterday of breach of trust as part of a plea agreement reached in November.

According to the original indictment, the Rehovot municipality awarded work costing about NIS 3.75 million to a public works contractor without issuing a ten >>>


      RIGHTIST PARTIES ACCUSE EACH OTHER OF EXTREMISM
      Haaretz, 01-01-2009
     By Nadav Shragai MK Zevulon Orlev, a leader of the new right–wing Orthodox party Habayit Hayehudi, yesterday attacked the National Union, most of whose members split from Habayit Hayehudi, saying that components in the party were "desecrating the name of religious Zionism." Orlev, who leads the National >>>


      ROCKETS RUIN NEW YEAR IN SOUTH
      Haaretz, 01-01-2009
     By Yuval Goren, Noah Kosharek and Yanir Yagna The staff at Fishenson‘s Bar in Ashkelon can count on the fingers of one hand the number of customers they have seen since Saturday while the Todra dance bar was busy cancelling the fireworks and DJ for last night‘s planned festivities. On New Year‘s Eve th >>>


      TALKING TO THE WALL
      Haaretz, 01-01-2009
     By Eli Ashkenazi When a tourist visiting Safed three and a half years ago was horrified by the state of city‘s sidewalks, she took the trouble to go to city hall and drop a letter in the complaint box.

"I strongly protest the state of the paving stones in the sidewalks. This hazard could cause an acc >>>


      THE TURKISH OPTION
      Haaretz, 01-01-2009
     By Zvi Bar‘el The involvement of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in pushing a cease–fire indicates primarily the deep–seated differences between the Syria–Hamas–Iran axis and the Egypt–Saudi Arabia–Palestinian Authority axis. These two axes that now need an external >>>


      TRAGEDY AVOIDED AS GRAD HITS EMPTY BE‘ER SHEVA CLASSROOM
      Haaretz, 01-01-2009
     By Yanir Yagna and Or Kashti "If we had not canceled classes many students still would not have come to school, but this class would have been full. There would have been a huge tragedy if there were children here," said Dr. Ruth Frankel, who is in charge of education in the Be‘er Sheva municipality, spe >>>


      TWO ISRAELIS SHOT AT MALL IN DENMARK
      Haaretz, 01-01-2009
     By Haaretz Correspondent and AP , By Barak Ravid A gunman wounded two Israelis working at a packed shopping mall in central Denmark yesterday, Danish police said.

The condition of the two wounded men, in their 20s, is unclear. One was shot in the arm and the other in the leg. Police spokesman Lars Thede said it >>>


      U.S. QUITS SADDAM‘S PALACE, MARKING START OF POWER TRANSFER
      Haaretz, 01-01-2009
     By Reuters BAGHDAD – United States officials withdrew from the Saddam Hussein–era palace they have occupied in Baghdad since 2003 yesterday, a sign of the change of power as their troops came under Iraqi authority at midnight last night.

The U.S. force in Iraq, now more than 140,000 strong, has oper >>>


      WORLD BIDS ADIEU TO A ROCKY 2008, HOPES FOR HAPPIER 200'
      Haaretz, 01-01-2009
     By The Associated Press PARIS – When French shoppers start cutting back on buying champagne, oysters and foie gras for New Year‘s, it‘s been a rough year.

As the world prepared to ring in 200', many revelers said belt–tightening was their top New Year‘s resolution. The vow foll >>>


      IMPLEMENTATION RESULTS OF MAIN SOCIO–ECONOMIC TARGETS
      Nhan Dan, 01-01-2009
     Nhan Dan – Following are the implementation results of the main socio–economic targets in 2008 compared to 2007 and the main socio–economic development targets set for 200' in comparison with 2008 Implementation results of the main socio–economic targets in 2008 compared to 2007 Gross domesti >>>


      INDUSTRY AND TRADE SECTOR URGED TO LEAD IN COMBATING RECESSION
      Nhan Dan, 01-01-2009
     At a conference hosted by the Ministry of Industry and Trade in Hanoi on December 31, PM Dung praised the sector‘s great contributions to the country‘s achievements this year, including a 14.6% increase in industrial production and a 2'.5% rise in export turnover.

Despite a wide range of difficu >>>


      ISRAËL CONTINUE SON MASSACRE Ŕ GHAZA: 400 MORTS, PLUS DE 2000 BLESSÉS
      APS, 01-01-2009
      GHAZA – Le bilan provisoire des agressions israéliennes contre la bande de Ghaza, lancées depuis samedi, s‘él';ve ŕ 400 morts et quelque 2.000 blessés, ont annoncé jeudi des sources hospitali';res dans le territoire palestinien. Au moins "quatre cents Pales >>>


      A LOOK AT VIOLENCE NUMBERS IN AFGHANISTAN IN 2008
      , 01-01-2009
     Associated Press December 31, 2008 The following are estimates of violent deaths in Afghanistan in 2008 compiled by The Associated Press based on figures from Western and Afghan officials. The count is not definitive and relies heavily on official statements.

Afghan officials are known to exaggerate Taliban dea >>>


      AFGHANISTAN FACING MANY HURDLES AS IT HEADS INTO ELECTION YEAR
      , 01-01-2009
     amid faltering efforts to democratize the country. The presidential and provincial council elections planned for September will be held under a cloud of increasing lawlessness in a country facing severe food shortages, major hurdles in development and threats of violence from an emboldened Taliban.

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      AFGHANISTAN: FARMERS IN THE MIDST OF POPPY CULTIVATION DILEMMA
      , 01-01-2009
     The reduction has been a result of "successful counter–narcotic efforts" by the government and "unfavourable weather" in some areas, the UNODC said.

However, experts at the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU), say the reduction in poppy cultivation is largely due to economi >>>


      CANADIAN MILITARY UNIT PROBES POSSIBLE ‘INAPPROPRIATE CONDUCT‘ IN AFGHANISTAN
      , 01-01-2009
     Investigation centres on alleged insurgent who died in Helmand province CBC News / December 31, 2008 The investigative arm of the Canadian Forces is probing possible "inappropriate conduct" stemming from the death of a "presumed insurgent" in Afghanistan‘s Helmand province, military officials s >>>


      FRENCH DEFENCE MINISTER VISITS TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN
      , 01-01-2009
     Wed Dec 31, 4:00 am ET KABUL (AFP) French Defence Minister Herve Morin arrived in Kabul Wednesday for a New Year visit with French soldiers in the multinational, NATO–led force helping Afghanistan fight an extremist insurgency.

Morin was due to meet Afghan President Hamid Karzai later Wednesday, said an >>>


      NATO AND RUSSIA DISCUSS EQUIPMENT MOVE TO AFGHANISTAN
      , 01-01-2009
     Reuters / December 31, 2008 NATO and Russia are discussing whether to allow the military alliance to move its equipment through Russian airspace to Afghanistan, the pact‘s spokesman said on Wednesday. Skip related content "Talks are underway for NATO–wide air transit for military equipment," said J >>>


      PAKISTAN KILLS 3 IN AFGHAN SUPPLY ROUTE OPERATION
      , 01-01-2009
     By Riaz Khan Associated Press Wed Dec 31, ':55 am ET PESHAWAR, Pakistan Pakistani troops killed three militants in an operation to secure the major supply route to U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, an official said Wednesday.

The route through the famed Khyber Pass remained closed for a second day beca >>>


      RECORD 151 US TROOPS DIE IN AFGHANISTAN IN 2008
      , 01-01-2009
     Col. Jerry O‘Hara, a U.S. military spokesman, said Afghanistan is a "work in progress" but that advances were made in 2008.

"New forces are going to be coming to Afghanistan and it‘s going to come with a pretty lethal punch, if a lethal punch is still needed, to ensure we have securit >>>


      SECURITY DEVELOPMENTS IN AFGHANISTAN, DEC 31
      , 01-01-2009
     (Reuters) – Following are security developments in Afghanistan at 10 a.m. British time on Wednesday: Skip related content EASTERN AFGHANISTAN – NATO–led forces killed six suspected insurgents in eastern Afghanistan during a close combat air operation on Wednesday, NATO–led forces said.

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      SKOREA TO STUDY WAYS TO HELP AFGHANISTAN: DEFENCE MINISTER
      , 01-01-2009
     Wed Dec 31, 4:17 am ET SEOUL (AFP) South Korea will send a team to Afghanistan in January to see if it can do more to help rebuild the war–ravaged country, Defence Minister Lee Sang–Hee said Wednesday.

"We‘ll consider ways to help Afghanistan, taking into account the situation there and >>>


      "En la guerra, un acto extraordinario deviene normal"
      El Pais, 01-01-2009
     Zeina Abirached (Beirut, 1'81) creci creyendo que los disparos de francotiradores eran tiros con que los cazadores abatan a los pjaros, o que haba vacaciones cada vez que su familia parta de Beirut (porque se recrudecan los combates). Eran las mentiras con las que su madre intentaba protegerla de la guerra civil. "Era cmico, >>>


      "En la guerra, un acto extraordinario deviene normal"
      El Pais, 01-01-2009
     Zeina Abirached (Beirut, 1'81) creci creyendo que los disparos de francotiradores eran tiros con que los cazadores abatan a los pjaros, o que haba vacaciones cada vez que su familia parta de Beirut (porque se recrudecan los combates). Eran las mentiras con las que su madre intentaba protegerla de la guerra civil. "Era cmico, >>>


      "En la guerra, un acto extraordinario deviene normal"
      El Pais, 01-01-2009
     Zeina Abirached (Beirut, 1'81) creci creyendo que los disparos de francotiradores eran tiros con que los cazadores abatan a los pjaros, o que haba vacaciones cada vez que su familia parta de Beirut (porque se recrudecan los combates). Eran las mentiras con las que su madre intentaba protegerla de la guerra civil. "Era cmico, >>>


      "En la guerra, un acto extraordinario deviene normal"
      El Pais, 01-01-2009
     Zeina Abirached (Beirut, 1'81) creci creyendo que los disparos de francotiradores eran tiros con que los cazadores abatan a los pjaros, o que haba vacaciones cada vez que su familia parta de Beirut (porque se recrudecan los combates). Eran las mentiras con las que su madre intentaba protegerla de la guerra civil. "Era cmico, >>>



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