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      CHENEY: U.S. CLOSE TO ACHIEVING ITS GOALS IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Vice President Dick Cheney said on Sunday the United States was close to achieving its aims in Iraq.

Interviewed on CBS‘s "Face the Nation," Cheney offered another spirited defense of the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, of which he was a key proponent and architect.
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      COLLEGE DEGREE NO SHIELD AS MORE JOBS ARE SLASHED
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     By Annys ShinWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, January 4, 200'; A01 When Nena Razmara was laid off in November from her $70,000–a–year job with a high–end residential building supplier, she thought she would be working again by Christmas.

Having worked in residential construction for 20 >>>


      COLO. SENATE CHOICE NEW TO POLITICS BUT HAS SMARTS
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     DENVER –– A whip–smart lawyer who has turned successively to the worlds of business and education, Denver Superintendent Michael Bennet won‘t have much trouble adjusting to the biggest promotion of his life: to U.S. senator.

That‘s what colleagues are saying about the Yale–ed >>>


      COPS: DAD ORDERED TO PAY CHILD SUPPORT KILLS SON
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     AM NEW ORLEANS –– A man who initially told police gunmen kidnapped his 2 1/2–year–old son was arrested Saturday, accused of committing an "extremely hideous" murder because he was ordered to pay child support, Police Superintendent Warren Riley said.

Danny Platt confessed, told >>>


      COX‘S REIGN SEEN DENTING OWN IMAGE, SEC‘S FUTURE
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Christopher Cox will most likely be remembered as the regulator who was unable to do enough to protect investors during the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

When the 28th chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission steps down early this year, he will le >>>


      DENVER SCHOOLS CHIEF NAMED TO FILL SENATE VACANCY
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     AM DENVER –– Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter on Saturday named Denver‘s public schools superintendent as his choice to fill a Senate vacancy that will be created by the promotion of Sen. Ken Salazar to interior secretary in the Obama administration.

The move surprised many Republicans and Democrats, >>>


      DURBIN: NO PLANS TO SEE BURRIS PROVISIONALLY
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     WASHINGTON –– The Senate‘s No. 2 Democrat says there are no plans right now for the Senate to seat Roland Burris in the chamber.

Burris is the Democrat picked by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (blah–GOY‘–uh–vich) to take Barack Obama‘s seat. The governor has been a >>>


      FORMER DNC CHIEF ANNOUNCES VA. GOV RUN
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     AM RICHMOND, Va. –– Former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe said on Saturday he intends to run for governor of Virginia.

After months of speculation over his plans, McAuliffe announced his intentions in a video posted on his Web site. In the video, McAuliffe said he will make h >>>


      HOYER: STIMULUS UNLIKELY BEFORE INAUGURATION
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     WASHINGTON –– Don‘t expect Congress to have an economic recovery plan ready for Barack Obama when he takes office on Jan. 20.

That‘s the word from House‘s No. 2 Democrat, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland.

Hoyer says it would be tough to get a massive spending plan t >>>


      ILLINOIS SENATE APPOINTEE BURRIS PLANS BUSY SUNDAY
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     CHICAGO –– Senate appointee Roland Burris has plans to speak before ministers and supporters before he departs for Washington.

Embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich appointed Burris to Barack Obama‘s vacant U.S. Senate seat last week, but Senate Democratic leaders say they‘ll reject an >>>


      INAUGURATION TESTS A TROUBLED TRANSPORTATION GRID
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     WASHINGTON –– On a typical weekday, close to 2 million people commute to the nation‘s capital, snarling the highways and packing subway trains and buses during peak hours.

Now imagine doubling, or tripling, that for the inauguration. "I don‘t want in any way to discourage anyone,&qu >>>


      MORE THAN A DAY JOB
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     By Nancy TrejosWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, January 4, 200'; F01 Shelby Shenkelman enjoys working as a pricing analyst for a company that produces airline meals. At 25, she is making more than $50,000 a year.

"It should not be a bad salary," she said. That is, unless you have $30,000 in stu >>>


      OBAMA CONSIDERING EXPANDING JOBLESS BENEFITS: REPORT
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     NEW YORK (Reuters) – President–elect Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats are considering a major expansion of government–assisted health care insurance and unemployment benefits as part of a two–year economic recovery program, The New York Times reported in its Sunday editions.

Prop >>>


      RICE CANCELS CHINA TRIP TO DEAL WITH GAZA
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has canceled a trip to China this week because of the crisis in Gaza where Israel has launched a ground offensive, the State Department said on Sunday.

Rice had been set to leave for China on Sunday, with stops in other Asian destinations. But in >>>


      RICHARDSON WITHDRAWS AS OBAMA‘S COMMERCE PICK
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     CHICAGO (Reuters) – New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has withdrawn as President–elect Barack Obama‘s nominee for commerce secretary, an Obama aide said Sunday.

The aide gave no further details, saying only that a statement was due to be released shortly.

NBC news quoted a statement by >>>


      RICHARDSON WITHDRAWS BID TO BE COMMERCE SECRETARY
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     WASHINGTON –– New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson says he is withdrawing his nomination to be President–elect Barack Obama‘s commerce secretary amid a grand jury investigation.

Obama said in a statement Sunday that he accepted Richardson‘s withdrawal "with deep regret" but th >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     AM –– Snow was to fall in the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes on Sunday morning. Southern Wisconsin, Michigan, and parts of the Ohio Valley were to get a mixture of rain, snow, and freezing rain.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms were expected in the Southeast. The precipitation was to gradually cre >>>


      THE TALK SHOWS
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (WTTG), ' a.m.: Former president George H.W. Bush and House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D–Md.).

THIS WEEK (ABC, WJLA), 10 a.m.: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R–Ky.), Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D–Ill.) >>>


      TONE MAY BE KEY TO OBAMA‘S AGENDA
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     4, 200'; A01 Rarely have lawmakers confronted an agenda as ambitious as the one Congress will face upon convening this week, with an incoming president pushing to stabilize an economy on the brink of long–term recession, to create universal health coverage and to overhaul federal energy policies.

Ther >>>


      TOP HOUSE DEMOCRAT SEES STIMULUS PASSED IN FEBRUARY
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The number–two–ranked Democrat in the House of Representatives on Sunday said he hoped Congress could pass a massive financial stimulus package by early to mid–February.

Steny Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat who is House Majority Leader, said on Fox News Sunday that ear >>>


      US: HAMAS TO BLAME FOR MIDEAST VIOLENCE
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     WASHINGTON –– Avoiding any criticism of Israel, the White House said Hamas rocket attacks were to blame for the escalating violence between the Palestinians and Israelis and blocked approval of a U.N. Security Council statement on a cease–fire.

A State Department official said Saturday the U.S >>>


      COLO. SENATE REPLACEMENT NAMED
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     By Shailagh MurrayWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, January 4, 200'; A04 In a surprise choice, Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter (D) appointed Denver schools Superintendent Michael Bennet to fill the Senate seat vacated by Ken Salazar, who is slated to become interior secretary in Barack Obama‘s administration.
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      DROPPING THE BALL
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     By Monica HesseWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, January 4, 200'; M01 At the 18'3 inaugural ball of Stephen Grover Cleveland, heralded as "a triumph of the electricians‘ skill" at the time, a canopy constructed of 10,000 square yards of gold bunting hung over a jubilant display of silk, flowers >>>


      FOR OBAMA‘S HOME TOWN, IT‘S NOT GOODBYE
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     By Philip RuckerWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, January 4, 200'; A03 CHICAGO, Jan. 3 When he was just a Chicago politician, Barack Obama would walk to breakfast at Valois Cafeteria, a classic eatery in his Hyde Park neighborhood. Now that he‘s a president–in–waiting, he sends someone to Valois >>>


      FRANKEN IS AHEAD AS RECOUNT FOR MINN. SENATE SEAT ENDS
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     ST. PAUL, Minn., Dec. 3 –– Victory in Minnesota‘s drawn–out Senate race moved within Democrat Al Franken‘s grasp Saturday when he increased his lead over Republican Norm Coleman as the statewide recount drew to a close.

The state Canvassing Board will reconvene Monday to declare wh >>>


      KEY WINS BOLSTER O‘MALLEY IN RUN–UP TO 2010 ELECTIONS
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     Maryland Gov. Martin O‘Malley began last year at the nadir of his popularity, having just raised taxes. At year‘s end, he was weighing deep budget cuts likely to strain relations with key constituencies.

But along the way, O‘Malley managed to rack up several political victories, in Maryland an >>>


      MCAULIFFE DECLARES BID FOR GOVERNOR
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     Former Democratic National Committee chairman and McLean businessman Terry McAuliffe said yesterday that he has decided to run for Virginia governor.

In a three–minute video e–mailed to supporters yesterday afternoon, McAuliffe,
51, said a two–month tour of the state convinced him that his >>>


      MICHELLE OBAMA, GIRLS ARRIVE IN WASHINGTON
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     4, 200'; A03 Future first lady Michelle Obama and her two daughters slipped into Washington last night, flying in from Chicago a day earlier than expected and checking into their new, temporary home at the posh Hay–Adams Hotel.

The departure allowed the family a little extra time to get situated befor >>>


      PR. GEORGE‘S INAUGURAL BALL TIED TO AFRICA
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     C01 It will draw foreign leaders from Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America and Europe. Celebrities such as Aretha Franklin will be on hand. Usher, Patti LaBelle and the O‘Jays are expected to perform. So are an Israeli artist, Brazilian dancers and a South African a cappella group.

The Africa and Interna >>>


      REID HAS CONFLICT OF INTEREST, BLAGOJEVICH SPOKESMAN SAYS
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     CHICAGO, Jan. 3 –– Illinois‘s embattled governor said through his spokesman Saturday that Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D–Nev.) has a conflict of interest regarding the Senate seat being vacated by President–elect Barack Obama.

Reid telephoned Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) in ea >>>


      SECURITY AGENCIES ALTER STRATEGIES, ADD BACKUP FOR INAUGURATION WEEK
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     A01 Authorities are organizing what appears to be the largest security operation ever for an inauguration, bringing in thousands of extra police, agents and troops to handle crowds as President–elect Barack Obama is sworn in.

Security officials are bracing not just for the ceremony and parade Jan.
20 >>>


      U.S. FOREST POLICY IS SET TO CHANGE, AIDING DEVELOPER
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     By Karl VickWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, January 4, 200'; A02 LOS ANGELES –– The Bush administration appears poised to push through a change in U.S. Forest Service agreements that would make it far easier for mountain forests to be converted to housing subdivisions.

Mark E. Rey, the forme >>>


      2 DEAD, DOZENS MISSING IN NEPAL BOAT ACCIDENT
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     AM KATMANDU, Nepal –– An overcrowded boat carrying mostly women and children capsized in a river in eastern Nepal on Sunday, killing two people and leaving dozens missing.

More than 50 people were believed on board the boat and only 14 were rescued from the Saptakosi river, about 250 miles (400 kilo >>>


      AFGHAN SHIITES EMBRACE NEW ACCEPTANCE
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     By Pamela ConstableWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, January 4, 200'; A12 KABUL, Jan. 3 –– For the past week, caravans of cars have raced triumphantly around the Afghan capital, trailing huge green and red banners. Overpasses are draped with black cloth, and loudspeakers blare hypnotic religious cha >>>


      AFRICA HAILS GHANA ELECTION AS DEMOCRATIC SUCCESS
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     ACCRA (Reuters) – Ghana‘s peaceful presidential election was a rare example of a functioning democracy in Africa and should be a model for the continent, African leaders and voters said on Sunday.

Much attention in Africa and elsewhere was focused on the Ghanaian vote after a year of political crise >>>


      ANALYSIS: IN GAZA, ISRAEL TRIES TO EXCISE LEBANON
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     JERUSALEM –– Israel says the main goal of its ground offensive against Gaza‘s Hamas rulers is to end years of rocket fire on its southern towns.

But perhaps an equally important, if unspoken, objective is to wipe away the errors of Israel‘s 2006 war in Lebanon.

That 34–day >>>


      ATTACKS FURTHER SPLIT ARAB RULERS, PEOPLE
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     By Anthony ShadidWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, January 4, 200'; A15 BAGHDAD, Jan. 3 –– "War on Gaza" was the description the satellite channel al–Jazeera gave for the Israeli ground invasion that began Saturday, a culmination of eight days of bombing that have killed hundreds of >>>


      BRAZILIAN POLICE DETAIN SUSPECT IN WOLFFER‘S DEATH
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     SAO PAULO, Brazil –– A man suspected of piloting a motorboat that struck and killed a New York winery owner as he swam off Brazil‘s coast was detained on Sunday, police said.

Seventy–year–old Christian Wolffer, owner of the Wolffer Estate winery, bled to death after suffering two d >>>


      CHENEY: U.S. CLOSE TO ACHIEVING ITS GOALS IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Vice President Dick Cheney said on Sunday the United States was close to achieving its aims in Iraq.

Interviewed on CBS‘s "Face the Nation," Cheney offered another spirited defense of the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, of which he was a key proponent and architect.
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      DARFUR PEACE PUSH SLOWED BY SPLITS AMONG REBELS
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     NYALA, Sudan –– International mediators pushing for new negotiations on Darfur are being hampered by divisions among Darfur‘s rebels and by some rebels‘ hopes that genocide charges will bring down Sudan‘s president.

The ethnic African rebels, who rose up against the Arab–domi >>>


      FIREWORKS FACTORY BLAST KILLS 13 IN EASTERN CHINA
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     BEIJING –– An explosion at an illegal fireworks factory in eastern China killed 13 people, state media reported Sunday.

The blast occurred Saturday in an abandoned kiln being used illegally to produce fireworks in the city of Weifang in Shandong province, said the official Xinhua News Agency.
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      GAZA CIVILIANS LEFT EXPOSED IN ISRAELI INVASION
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     200'; 12:40 PM GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip –– With booms from artillery and airstrikes keeping them awake, the 10 members of Lubna Karam‘s family spent the night huddled in the hallway of their Gaza City home.

Earlier strikes shattered the living room windows, letting cold air pour in. The Karam >>>


      GUNMEN SEIZE OIL SERVICES VESSEL OFF NIGERIA: SOURCES
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     LAGOS (Reuters) – Gunmen hijacked a vessel belonging to French oil services group Bourbon off Nigeria‘s Niger Delta on Sunday as it traveled toward a Royal Dutch Shell offshore oilfield, security sources said.

The vessel was carrying four expatriates from Cameroon, Ghana and Lebanon when it was atta >>>


      INVASION OFFERS BENEFITS BUT ALSO RISKS TO BOTH SIDES
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     January 4, 200'; A01 JERUSALEM, Jan. 3 –– In the first eight days of Israel‘s battle against Hamas, the conflict was fought from the air, with Israeli fighter jets striking from the skies on targets in Gaza, and with Hamas firing unguided rockets with the hope they would land on Israelis living in >>>


      IRAQI STATION REBUTS U.S. ACCOUNT OF EMPLOYEE‘S SHOOTING
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     A12 BAGHDAD, Jan. 3 –– The employer of an Iraqi television producer shot and wounded by U.S. troops on New Year‘s Day disputed the military‘s assertion Saturday that she had acted suspiciously and had failed to heed warnings before the troops opened fire.

Hadil Imad, who works for the sa >>>


      ISRAELI ARABS ON GAZA FIRING LINE LACK SHELTER
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     RAHAT, Israel –– A rocket exploded a few hundred yards from Mateb Abu Nasr‘s house, driving home the message that tens of thousands of Israeli Arabs living within range of militant attacks from Gaza are just as vulnerable as their Jewish neighbors.

But there‘s a difference: When the wail >>>


      ISRAELI FORCES BISECT GAZA, SURROUND BIGGEST CITY
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     4, 200'; 5:51 AM GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip –– Israeli ground troops and tanks cut swaths through the Gaza Strip early Sunday, bisecting the coastal territory and surrounding its biggest city as the new phase of a devastating offensive against Hamas gained momentum.

Thousands of soldiers in three bri >>>


      ISRAELI FORCES PUSH FARTHER INTO THE GAZA STRIP
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     By Sudarsan Raghavan and Griff WitteWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, January 4, 200'; 11:16 AM JERUSALEM, Jan. 4 –– Israeli ground forces backed by air and naval power moved into the Gaza Strip on Sunday, bisecting the northern and southern sections and targeting areas from which Hamas fighters are >>>


      MORALES SAYS BOLIVIA TO LAUNCH STATE NEWSPAPER
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     LA PAZ, Bolivia –– President Evo Morales says Bolivia will launch a state newspaper soon and also plans to create a television station with Venezuelan and Iranian backing.

The leftist president says he has asked the government‘s communication department to inaugurate the newspaper on Jan. 22, >>>


      NAVY SETS HEARING ON STATUS OF MISSING GULF WAR PILOT
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     The Navy has scheduled a hearing for Monday to review the status of a Navy pilot who has been missing since his plane was shot down in Iraq on the first night of the Persian Gulf War.

The family of Capt. Michael Scott Speicher, who has been missing since January 1''1, says it will oppose any decision by >>>


      NEPAL BOAT SINKS, 2' MISSING: POLICE
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     KATHMANDU (Reuters) – At least 2' people were missing after a crowded boat sank in the Kosi river in east Nepal Sunday, police said.

The incident took place in Sunsari district, 200 km (125 miles) southeast of Kathmandu.

"Eleven of the estimated 40 people on the boat have been rescued an >>>


      NEW YORK MAYOR, IN ISRAEL, BACKS STRIKES ON HAMAS
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     JERUSALEM –– New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg expressed solidarity with Israelis threatened by Hamas rockets on Sunday in a daylong trip to Israel that included visits to two towns targeted by the Islamic militant movement in recent weeks.

During the visit to the embattled town of Sderot, Bloomberg >>>


      OPPOSITION LEADER TO BE GHANA‘S PRESIDENT
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     By Francis KokutseAssociated PressSunday, January 4, 200'; A16 ACCRA, Ghana, Jan. 3 –– Opposition leader John Atta Mills was declared Ghana‘s next president Saturday after a peaceful ballot that secured the West African nation‘s place as a beacon of democracy on a volatile continent.

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      OPPOSITION: NO HOPE FOR FUTURE OF MYANMAR
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     YANGON, Myanmar –– Myanmar‘s pro–democracy party marked the 61st anniversary of the country‘s independence from Great Britain on Sunday, saying it foresaw no hope for the military–ruled country.

At a ceremony inside the dilapidated headquarters of the opposition National Leag >>>


      POLICE, PROTESTERS CLASH NEAR US BEIRUT EMBASSY
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     BEIRUT, Lebanon –– Police fired tear gas on Sunday at scores of demonstrators rallying against Israel‘s ground offensive in Gaza as the protesters tried to reach the U.S. Embassy compound north of the Lebanese capital, Beirut.

Thousands also held an anti–Israel demonstration in Turkey as >>>


      POLICE: SUICIDE ATTACK KILLS 7 IN PAKISTAN
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan –– A suicide bomber attacked police Sunday in northwest Pakistan as they rushed to treat civilians injured by an earlier explosion, killing seven people and wounding at least 25 others, said a police official.

The bomber attacked police investigating a minor blast in the t >>>


      RUSSIA–UKRAINE GAS ROW DISRUPTS SUPPLIES TO EU
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     AM KIEV/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia and Ukraine looked no closer to compromise on Sunday over a gas row that has disrupted supplies to at least four European Union countries as they face freezing winter temperatures.

Poland, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria have reported drops in supplies by as much as 40 perc >>>


      RUSSIAN GAS EMBARGO ON UKRAINE IS FELT IN E. EUROPE
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     A12 MOSCOW, Jan. 3 –– The impact of Russia‘s natural gas embargo against Ukraine spread to several Eastern European countries Saturday, as a senior Ukrainian official warned of serious fuel disruptions across the continent in as little as 10 days if Russia refused to resume shipments.

Poland, >>>


      SAMURAI ARCHERY, AN ANCIENT SPORT, STILL THRIVES
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     ZUSHI, Japan –– It is about as far from the Olympic sport of archery as it can get. The bow is taller than the person shooting it, and, to the uninitiated, it appears lopsided and unbalanced. There are no sights, no high–tech stabilizers.

And, of course, it is done on horseback, at upward of 4 >>>


      SERIES OF POWERFUL QUAKES KILLS 4 IN INDONESIA
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     JAKARTA, Indonesia –– A series of powerful earthquakes at dawn Sunday killed at least four people and injured dozens more in remote eastern Indonesia, cutting power lines and destroying buildings.

One of the quakes _ a 7.3–magnitude tremor _ sent small tsunamis into Japan‘s southeastern >>>


      SOMALI GOVERNOR: 2 FOREIGN JOURNALISTS RELEASED
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     AM MOGADISHU, Somalia –– Two foreign journalists _ a Briton and a Spaniard _ were released Sunday after nearly six weeks in captivity in Somalia, a regional official said.

The journalists, reporter Colin Freeman of The Sunday Telegraph and freelance photographer Jose Cendon, were working on a piracy >>>


      SOMALI KIDNAPPERS RELEASE WESTERNERS
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     BOSASSO, Somalia (Reuters) – Somali kidnappers have freed two foreign journalists abducted last November in the northern port of Bosasso, local officials said on Sunday.

Briton Colin Freeman, a correspondent for the Sunday Telegraph, and Spanish freelance photographer Jose Cendon were seized in November a >>>


      SRI LANKA PUSHES AHEAD WITH WAR ON REBELS
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     AM KILINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka –– Battle tanks rumbled north, attack helicopters flew overheard and artillery fire roared through the jungles as Sri Lankan forces pushed ahead Sunday with an offensive aimed at capturing the Tamil Tigers‘ last strongholds and crushing the rebel group.

Two days after >>>


      SUICIDE BOMBER KILLS DOZENS IN BAGHDAD
      Washington Post, 04-01-2009
     By Anthony ShadidWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, January 4, 200';
8:53 AM BAGHDAD, Jan. 4 –– A woman wearing an explosive belt packed with ball bearings blew herself up in Baghdad near one of Iraq‘s most sacred Shiite shrines, killing as many as 40 people and wounding scores more in a de >>>


      BIRTHRIGHT JEWISH PROJECT ADMITS: WE ARE BROKE
      Haaretz, 04-01-2009
     By Ranit Nahum–Halevy Tags: israel news "We are broke. Every dollar we received, we spent in order to connect another Jew with his roots. Our budget was on an enormous upward trend, but it will be smaller next year, partly because of the huge campaign we led in honor of the state‘s 60th anniversary,&quo >>>


      BIRTHRIGHT JEWISH PROJECT: OUR BUDGET HAS SHRUNK
      Haaretz, 04-01-2009
     By Ranit Nahum–Halevy Tags: Israel News, Birthright "Every dollar we received, we spent in order to connect another Jew with his roots. Our budget was on an enormous upward trend, but it will be smaller next year, partly because of the huge campaign we led in honor of the state‘s 60th anniversary," >>>


      BUSINESS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 04-01-2009
     Real Estate Joy of Giving Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Business in Brief The Bank of Israel missed its inflation target in 2008, just as it did in 2007 and 2006. The central bank and cabinet set a 1%–3% target for annual inflation, which in 2008 is forecast to come in at around 3.5% when the final figures ar >>>


      PROJECT BROUGHT IN $1.5B FOR ISRAELI ECONOMY
      Haaretz, 04-01-2009
     By Ranit Nahum–Halevy and Irit Rosenblum Tags: israel news The Taglit–Birthright project has contributed NIS 1.5 billion, or $3'0 million, to the Israeli economy over its nine years, says the organization.

Birthright CEO Gideon Mark says the project has brought 200,000 visitors to Israel, and th >>>


      RESERVISTS MAKING UP A LITTLE FOR THE DROP IN BUSINESS IN THE SOUTH
      Haaretz, 04-01-2009
     Real Estate Joy of Giving Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Reservists making up a little for the drop in business in the south By Tali Heruti–Sover, Ora Coren and Moti Bassok Tags: israel news Those Israel Defense Forces soldiers, particularly reservists, deployed in the south as part of Operation Cast Lead are >>>


      AND THERE LIE THE BODIES
      Haaretz, 04-01-2009
     By Gideon Levy Tags: israel, gaza, hamas The legend, lest it be a true story, tells of how the late mathematician, Professor Haim Hanani, asked his students at the Technion to draw up a plan for constructing a pipe to transport blood from Haifa to Eilat. The obedient students did as they were told. Using logarithmic rul >>>


      ON THE PILOT‘S MIND
      Haaretz, 04-01-2009
     By Giora Rom Tags: israel, israel news, hamas Pilots drop bombs. Pilots kill people. Pilots destroy things that took great effort to build. Pilots do all of this without seeing the results of their actions up close.

Pilots also carry out strategic goals. With their unique expertise, they serve as intermediaries >>>


      THROUGH THE EYES OF A SQUAD LEADER
      Haaretz, 04-01-2009
     By Zvi Bar‘el Tags: hamas, israel news, gaza How to define victory? The squad leader is bound to have a very clear answer.

The chief of staff and the politician will probably begin to philosophize over it. They will all agree without difficulty, though, that one‘s definition of victory depends on th >>>


      TIME FOR DIPLOMACY
      Haaretz, 04-01-2009
     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 Tags: gaza, hamas, israel news After eight days of fighting in Gaza, it is still difficult to ascertain whether general goals >>>


      WORKING TOWARD A HIGHER MOTIVATION
      Haaretz, 04-01-2009
     By Nehemia Shtrasler Tags: israel, Yuli Tamir, education For years successive education ministers have been trying to increase the percentage of high school graduates eligible for a full matriculation certificate.

That rate is, in effect, the most popular index for measuring the education minister‘s perfo >>>


      ANALYSIS / INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY GIVING ISRAEL TIME TO WEAKEN HAMAS IN GAZA
      Haaretz, 04-01-2009
     Print Edition Car Rental Books Haaretz Magazine Business Real Estate Joy of Giving Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Last update – 05:08 04/01/200' ANALYSIS / International community giving Israel time to weaken Hamas in Gaza By Aluf Benn Tags: Israel News, Gaza, Hamas The international community, headed by t >>>


      ANALYSIS / ISRAEL‘S AIM IN GAZA IS TO BREAK HAMAS RESISTANCE
      Haaretz, 04-01-2009
     By Amos Harel & Avi Issacharoff Tags: Israel, Hamas, Israel News On Saturday night, one week after the start of Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip, the ground operation began. The Israel Defense Forces started deploying combat units to surround Hamas‘ main power base. The goal is not to chase after and dest >>>


      ANALYSIS / SOLUTION TO GAZA CRISIS REQUIRES PAN–ARAB EFFORT
      Haaretz, 04-01-2009
     By Zvi Bar‘el Tags: Hamas, Israel News, Israel The intensification of the military operation in Gaza has not yet led to a similar increase in the Arab states‘ diplomatic efforts. A lasting diplomatic solution to the Gaza situation demands more than an agreement between Hamas and Israel – it demands pan >>>


      BLITZ VETERAN‘S ADVICE: EAT CAKE
      Haaretz, 04-01-2009
     By Yanir Yagna Eva Navon, '4, of Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, is not going anywhere. "We‘re not afraid," she says.

The Health Ministry has asked, and warned, the residents of her nursing home to leave, because of the rocket fire on the western Negev. But Navon and the other 30 residents, including >>>


      DIPLOMATS: U.S. PEACE EFFORTS HAVE NOT YET ADDRESSED ISRAEL‘S TERMS
      Haaretz, 04-01-2009
     By Barak Ravid The U.S. has been engaged in intensive efforts with Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia to formulate a framework for an agreement to end the fighting in the Gaza Strip and to reach a stable and long–term ceasefire. However, according to senior diplomats, the American initiative has not yet reached a form >>>


      IDF LAUNCHES GAZA GROUND OPERATION
      Haaretz, 04-01-2009
     By Amos Harel, Avi Issacharoff, Barak Ravid and Mazal Mualem The Israel Defense Forces launched a ground offensive last night into Gaza, as large numbers of infantry and tank forces invaded the northern Strip following several hours of heavy aerial and artillery bombardment.

IDF troops exchanged fire with armed >>>


      ISRAEL ALLOWS 300 PEOPLE TO LEAVE GAZA
      Haaretz, 04-01-2009
     By Amira Hass and Maya Zinshtein Departees were mostly foreigners married to Gazans, and their children Three hundred Gaza residents left Gaza on Friday morning on their way to the Allenby Bridge. The embassies that spent several days working with the Israeli government to secure their exit call them evacuees, but escap >>>


      LEBANESE SOURCES: HEZBOLLAH WON‘T OPEN NEW FRONT
      Haaretz, 04-01-2009
     By Yoav Stern Ahead of Israel‘s ground offensive into Gaza, leading Lebanese political commentators said Hezbollah would not open a military front with Israel even if it invades Gaza. The commentators further explained that Hezbollah was not interested in a destructive round of violence months before the Lebanese >>>


      MASSIVE ARTILLERY, AERIAL BOMBARDMENT PRECEDES INVASION BY IDF GROUND FORCES
      Haaretz, 04-01-2009
     By Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff The forces that entered the Gaza Strip last night represented the largest ground operation in the coastal territory since Israel withdrew in the summer of 2005. Palestinian sources reported massive artillery shelling and air force strikes accompanying the advance of the infantry, armore >>>


      NATO LEADER TO ARRIVE FOR TALKS
      Haaretz, 04-01-2009
     By Amir Oren Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, the secretary–general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, is expected to arrive in Israel next weekend for talks with senior members of the cabinet and Israel Defense Forces officers.

According to sources in Jerusalem, Scheffer will not be discussing the possible >>>


      NEWS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 04-01-2009
     A senior Iranian official visiting Damascus held talks on Israel‘s weeklong offensive in Gaza with Syrian President Bashar Assad and leaders of radical Palestinian factions, Syria‘s official news agency reported yesterday.

The report added that chief Iranian nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili, also the >>>


      PROTESTERS ACROSS EUROPE URGE ISRAEL TO END ATTACKS ON GAZA STRIP
      Haaretz, 04-01-2009
     By The Associated Press LONDON – Demonstrators hurled shoes at the tall iron gates outside the British prime minister‘s residence in London yesterday and waved Palestinian flags in more than a dozen European cities as tens of thousands protested Israel‘s bombardment of Gaza.

In London, at leas >>>


      ROCKETS POUND NEGEV; APARTMENT BUILDING IN ASHDOD TAKES DIRECT HIT
      Haaretz, 04-01-2009
     By Yuval Goren and Yanir Yagna A barrage of at least 30 Gaza–launched rockets exploded inside Israel yesterday, including a direct hit on an apartment building in Ashdod that lightly wounded two Israelis.

A woman sustained leg injuries when a rocket slammed into her home in Netivot, causing the structure >>>


      WHAT‘S ON, WHAT‘S NOT IN THE SOUTH
      Haaretz, 04-01-2009
     Tags: Israel News, Gaza, Hamas Transportation Ministry Driving tests scheduled to take place in Ashdod and Ashkelon in the coming days will be conducted in Beit Shemesh. Those scheduled to take place in Sderot, Netivot and Ofakim will be held in Be‘er Sheva, as scheduled. Motor vehicle registration offices in all >>>


      ACCIDENT DE LA ROUTE Ŕ S‘HAOURIA (MASCARA): 5 MORTS ET 17 BLESSÉS
      APS, 04-01-2009
      ORAN – Cinq personnes ont trouvé la mort et dix–sept autres ont été blessées dans un accident de la route, survenu dimanche pr';s de la localité de S‘haouria dans la daďra de Mohammadia (Mascara), apprend–on de source hospitali';re. L‘accident >>>


      GHAZA: L‘INVASION ISRAÉLIENNE TERRESTRE SE HEURTE Ŕ UNE FORTE RÉSISTANCE, HAMAS ANNONCE LA MORT DE ' SOLDATS ENNEMIS
      APS, 04-01-2009
      GHAZA – L‘armée d‘occupation israélienne opérait dimanche aux portes de la ville de Ghaza, ŕ la fronti';re avec Israël, ont rapporté des agences de presse, citant des témoins selon lesquels des blindés et des unités d‘infanterie ont ét >>>


      INSTALLATION DE LA COMMISSION NATIONALE DE PRÉPARATION DES ÉLECTIONS PRÉSIDENTIELLES: COMMUNIQUÉ DU PREMIER MINISTČRE
      APS, 04-01-2009
      ALGER – Le Premier ministre, Ahmed Ouyahia, a procédé dimanche ŕ l‘installation de la Commission nationale chargée de la préparation et de l‘organisation des élections présidentielles du mois d‘avril 200'. A l‘issue de cette installation, les services >>>


      LES HABITANTS DE DJANET (ILLIZI) CÉLČBRENT LA SBIBA
      APS, 04-01-2009
      ILLIZI – Les habitants de ville de Djanet, dans la wilaya d‘Illizi, cél';brent la Sbiba, une fęte annuelle puisant son origine dans l‘histoire ancienne des Touaregs du Tassili Ajers. Une enveloppe de trois millions de DA a été allouée par le minist';re de la Cu >>>


      LES PALESTINIENS APPELLENT Ŕ UNE "ACTION URGENTE" POUR SAUVER LE PEUPLE DE GHAZA
      APS, 04-01-2009
      ALGER – Les responsables palestiniens appellent ŕ une "action urgente" internationale pour sauver le peuple de Ghaza, soumis depuis plus de huit jours aux agressions barbares israéliennes. Les officiels palestiniens, cités par les agences, exhortent la communauté internationale ŕ >>>


      MANIFESTATIONS CONTRE LES AGRESSIONS BARBARES ISRAÉLIENNES SUR GHAZA
      APS, 04-01-2009
      ALGER– Plusieurs milliers de personnes ont continué de manifester dans les capitales occidentales pour protester contre les agressions barbares israéliennes sur la population du territoire palestinien de Ghaza. Le jour du déclenchement d‘une opération militaire israélienne terrestre >>>


      NOUVEAUX RAIDS ISRAÉLIENS CONTRE GHAZA: LE BILAN S‘ALOURDIT, PLUS DE 500 MORTS, PLUS DE 2.400 BLESSÉS
      APS, 04-01-2009
      GHAZA – Quarante sept Palestiniens sont tombés en martyrs et plus de 200 autres ont été blessés depuis le début de l‘invasion terrestre samedi soir de Ghaza, a annoncé une source médicale palestinienne dans un nouveau bilan. Selon les męmes sources, au moins 30 Palest >>>


      AFGHAN SECURITY NOT AS BAD AS PORTRAYED: NATO FORCE DEPUTY
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 04-01-2009
     KABUL (AFP) — The deputy head of the NATO–led force that has more than 50,000 soldiers in Afghanistan helping to fight extremist insurgents has said security did not deteriorate last year as much as portrayed.

A few "spectacular attacks" by the insurgents in 2008 had fed perceptions that securit >>>


      AFGHANISTAN‘S CONTINUING MISERY
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 04-01-2009
     Walking through central Kabul one day, I felt a little tug at the back of my thick winter coat.

I turned and looked down and saw a little girl with a serious face asking for money.

She was about five years old, dressed in old unwashed clothes and wearing plastic flip–flops.

I gave her th >>>


      AFGHANISTAN: GENERALS FOCUS ON NEW WAYS TO DEFEAT TALIBAN
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 04-01-2009
     to join the foreign troops stationed in Afghanistan and the demand for supplies will increase.

NATO has been exploring new routes from the Black Sea, Russia, Central Asia into Afghanistan. It is the most expensive landlocked route, but if fighting flared again in the Khyber Agency, NATO would have no other choi >>>


      AFGHANS THIRSTY FOR WATER ON TAP
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 04-01-2009
     neighbours. "Last night these brutal people did not give me water for drinking," he fumes.

The previous day he had been unable to push through the crowd to get a turn at the nearest tap which is about 300 metres (yards) down a steep path from his hillside home.

The tap serves more than 80 hou >>>


      GOVT TRYING FOR RELEASE OF KIDNAPPED INDIAN IN AFGHANISTAN
      Афганская пресса онлайн, 04-01-2009
     NEW DELHI: The Centre has been doing its best for the safe release of an Indian worker who was abducted by militants at Herath province in Afghanistan two months ago, the government said on Saturday.

"Details will not be revealed as it is a kidnap case. The Embassy is at the job. They are trying through th >>>



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