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      AIDE SAYS HE REPORTED FOLEY 3 YEARS AGO
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      4, 2006; 10:54 PM WASHINGTON –– House Speaker Dennis Hastert‘s political support showed signs of cracking on Wednesday as Republicans fled an election–year scandal spawned by steamy computer messages from former Rep. Mark Foley to teenage male pages.

At the same time, Foley‘s form >>>


      ALLEN‘S WIFE MAY HELP SOFTEN HIS ROUGH EDGES
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      For three weeks, she didn‘t know. Then Susan Allen‘s phone buzzed one day last month as she was driving to the bank. Her subdued husband told her he had confirmed the rumor: His mother and grandparents were Jewish.

Sen. George Allen (R–Va.) had known the truth since late August, but he had ke >>>


      ARMY, MARINES WRITE NEW FIELD MANUAL
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      AM WASHINGTON –– Drawing on its successes and failures in Iraq, the military is completing a new counterinsurgency strategy that emphasizes working with and protecting civilians, defense officials said Thursday.

The Army and Marines have jointly written a new field manual that is to provide command >>>


      BERNANKE SAYS FED EYEING BOTH HOUSING AND INFLATION
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Reserve remains worried inflation is too high, but is also watching to see how much a "substantial correction" in housing markets will slow economic growth, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said on Wednesday.

"I would estimate that slowing housing construct >>>


      CHENEY STUMPS IN DELAY‘S FORMER DISTRICT
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      PM HOUSTON –– Vice President Dick Cheney on Wednesday gave a critical financial boost to the Republican candidate running a last–minute, write–in campaign to claim former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay‘s seat.

Nearly 200 people paid at least $500 to dine on sandwiches and potato >>>


      CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS IN FOLEY CASE
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      ':01 AM –– Important dates involving the messages that ex–Rep. Mark Foley, R–Fla., reportedly sent to then–current or former House pages.

_2003: Foley, a Florida Republican, reportedly writes sexually explicit instant messages to a male House page.

_May 2003: Foley fa >>>


      ETHICS PANEL LAUNCHES FOLEY CASE PROBE
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      WASHINGTON –– The House Ethics Committee met Thursday to investigate the unfolding scandal over Rep. Mark Foley‘s come–ons to congressional pages and accusations even by some Republicans that House speaker Dennis Hastert failed to protect the teens.

The committee, evenly divided between >>>


      EX–AIDE TO FOLEY CITES ‘03 WARNINGS
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      By Jonathan Weisman and Charles BabingtonWashington Post Staff WritersWednesday, October 4, 2006; A01 A longtime chief of staff to disgraced former representative Mark Foley (R–Fla.) approached House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert‘s office three years ago, repeatedly imploring senior Republicans to help stop Fol >>>


      EX–PAGE SAYS FOLEY MESSAGED HIM IN 1''0S
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      ATLANTA –– An Atlanta man told a local television station and newspaper that former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley sent him sexually suggestive messages after he served as a congressional page 10 years ago.

Tyson Vivyan, 26, of Buckhead told WAGA–TV in a Wednesday interview that Foley began sending him >>>


      EX–PAGE SAYS HE GOT MESSAGES FROM FOLEY
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      ATLANTA –– A former congressional page said Thursday he received sexually suggestive messages from then–Rep. Mark Foley in 1''7.

Tyson Vivyan‘s account appears to show the earliest exchange of suggestive messages reported so far between Foley and teens who had served in the Capi >>>


      FOLEY BALLOT NOTICE HEADED FOR BATTLE IN FLORIDA
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      MIAMI (Reuters) – The state that gave the world butterfly ballots and the hanging chad is headed for a new battle over whether and how voters should be told that disgraced former Rep. Mark Foley has dropped out of the Florida congressional race.

Foley, a six–term Republican congressman, resigned hi >>>


      FRANCE‘S CHIRAC DEFENDS FARM SUBSIDIES
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      COURNON D‘AUVERGNE, France (Reuters) – The system of EU subsidies for farmers should stay unchanged as agreed until 2013, French President Jacques Chirac said on Thursday.

The European Union‘s farm chief is keen to make changes to the EU‘s mammoth agriculture policy that might pave the >>>


      GINGRICH: DEMS‘ SEX SCANDALS ARE WORSE
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      GREENVILLE, S.C. –– Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Wednesday that Democratic sex scandals have been far worse than the suggestive Internet messages sent to teenage congressional pages by former Rep. Mark Foley.

Gingrich said Democrats have wanted to punish their offenders less than the GOP >>>


      GREATER DIVERSITY OF LIFE IN TROPICS
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      PM WASHINGTON –– As explorers investigated the world in centuries past they began pondering a puzzle called the "latitudinal diversity gradient." That‘s science talk for: The farther you go from the tropics, the fewer different kinds of plants and animals there are.

The question bec >>>


      HASTERT WAY AHEAD OF THE STORY
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      Some lawmakers pay a lot of attention to their Web sites. Others less so. Up until just the other day –– sources say Monday –– House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert ‘s site was highlighting an Aug. 2' news release about how "Hastert Drives Effort to ‘Keep Kids Safe in Cyberspace.& >>>


      JAPAN PRESSES FOR U.N. STAND ON N.KOREA NUCLEAR VOW
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan pressed on with efforts on Thursday to secure a U.N. condemnation of North Korea‘s nuclear test threat after Washington, in its starkest warning so far, said it would not live with a nuclear–armed Pyongyang.

North Korea‘s neighbors, including China –– >>>


      LAWMAKER‘S INTENTIONS APPEAR CLEAR IN EXCHANGES
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      October 5, 2006; A01 The message exchanges included plenty of kid stuff –– talk of killer finals and botched SATs, cramming to learn the lines of a school play, picking up a sister at cheerleading practice. But when two former pages sat down at their computers to furtively chat with then–Rep. Mark Fol >>>


      NEW QUESTIONS WHEN LEADERS TOLD OF SEX SCANDAL
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top House Republican, under fire for his handling of a Capitol Hill sex scandal, gained support on Wednesday but new questions arose about when he was told of a former congressman‘s troubling behavior toward teenage boys.

A senior party aide said House Speaker Dennis Hast >>>


      NEW STAR AMONG THE DEMOCRATS
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      BOSTON –– The buzz here this autumn is all about the newcomer to elective politics who is threatening to break the hold that Republicans have had for an unusually long time on the governorship of this overwhelmingly Democratic state.

His name is Deval Patrick. Barely two years after he moved back t >>>


      OF PAIN AND CAMPAIGNS
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      By Jennifer FreyWashington Post Staff WriterThursday, October 5, 2006; C01 She found it in the shower, in one of those interchangeable hotel bathrooms that are a staple of campaign life. It was October 2004, and Elizabeth Edwards was in Kenosha, Wis., stumping for her husband, Democratic vice presidential nominee John >>>


      ORDER ON DOCUMENTS SIGNALS JUSTICE DEPT. MAY PURSUE FOLEY
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      5, 2006; A13 Federal prosecutors yesterday ordered the House of Representatives to preserve all documents and other materials related to Mark Foley‘s electronic communications with male teenage pages, signaling an intensifying investigation by the FBI and the Justice Department into possible criminal activity by >>>


      PELOSI EMPHASIZES ECONOMIC PROPOSALS
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      WASHINGTON –– Pointing toward midterm elections, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi promised on Thursday to raise the minimum wage while cutting taxes to spur economic growth and help the middle class.

She also vowed that Democrats will keep U.S. jobs from going overseas by repealing current tax >>>


      RATIONING EDUCATION
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      In dire circumstances –– a battlefield, a devastating natural disaster or an overcrowded emergency room –– we accept the rationing of scarce resources as a necessary if regrettable choice. We triage. We divide patients into three groups: the safe cases, those suitable for treatment and the hopel >>>


      REUTERS POLITICS SUMMARY
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      Foley ballot notice headed for battle in Florida MIAMI (Reuters) – The state that gave the world butterfly ballots and the hanging chad is headed for a new battle over whether and how voters should be told that disgraced former Rep. Mark Foley has dropped out of the Florida congressional race. Foley, a six– >>>


      U.S. REPORTS DISABLED ACCESS ATTAINED
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      PM WASHINGTON –– The Bush administration said Thursday it has forced government agencies and businesses into complying with federal disability laws in more than 2,000 cases over the past five years, mostly without imposing penalties.

The vast majority of the complaints _ an estimated 1,800 _ were r >>>


      U.S. TO STOP SEIZING PRESCRIPTION DRUGS IMPORTED FOR PERSONAL USE
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      A16 The federal government is scaling back its efforts to intercept personal prescription orders mailed from Canada and other countries, a step that could make it easier for consumers to obtain cheaper drugs from abroad.

Beginning Monday, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency will end an 11–month >>>


      UKRAINE‘S CHOICE: TOWARD EUROPE
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      Throughout European history, my country, Ukraine, has been badly misunderstood in Western capitals. Until the middle of the past century, it was referred to as "the Okraina," literally the borderlands between European civilization and a distant and unfathomable Russia. There are perhaps many in Europe who sti >>>


      VOTERS SAY SCANDALS WILL AFFECT VOTES
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      WASHINGTON –– Congressional Republicans, already struggling against negative public perceptions of Congress, now face voters who say new scandals will significantly influence their vote in November.

With midterm elections less than five weeks away, the latest Associated Press–Ipsos poll found >>>


      WHAT GOETH BEFORE THE FALL
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      The Reverend Elmer Gantry was reading an illustrated pink periodical devoted to prize–fighters and chorus girls in his room at Elizabeth J. Schmutz Hall late of an afternoon when two large men walked in without knocking.

"Why, good evening, Brother Bains –– Brother Naylor! This is a plea >>>


      WITH ALLEN‘S HELP, WEBB‘S FUNDRAISING SOARS
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      October 5, 2006; B05 RICHMOND, Oct. 4 –– The big question confronting James Webb when he became Virginia‘s Democratic U.S. Senate candidate in June was this: Could he raise enough money to compete with Republican Sen. George Allen‘s well–funded campaign?

The answer came Wednesday, >>>


      ‘HOSTILE‘ MEDIA CAN‘T CATCH MORALES
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      LA PAZ, Bolivia –– President Evo Morales led a squad of journalists in circles Wednesday, leaving them wheezing as they chased the South American leader through the thin air of Bolivia‘s mountain capital.

But the reporters weren‘t looking for a quote, only trying steal the ball during a >>>


      ‘JUST A COMMA‘ BECOMES PART OF IRAQ DEBATE
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      By Peter BakerWashington Post Staff WriterThursday, October 5, 2006; A1' SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Oct. 4 –– When the president speaks, every word can be subject to scrutiny. Even the punctuation marks.

As he heads out on the campaign trail, haunted by an unpopular war, President Bush has begun reassu >>>


      AL–QAEDA‘S FAR–REACHING NEW PARTNER
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      By Craig WhitlockWashington Post Foreign ServiceThursday, October 5, 2006; A01 PARIS –– In a video released last month on the Internet, al–Qaeda‘s deputy leader, Ayman al–Zawahiri, declared that he had "great news." Al–Qaeda, he reported, had joined forces with an obscure A >>>


      BRAZIL COURT CONVICTS 14 JAIL WORKERS
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      SAO PAULO, Brazil –– Fourteen workers at a juvenile detention center were convicted and sentenced to up to 87 years in prison for beating inmates with iron bars and wood to find out who organized an escape attempt, court officials said Wednesday.

The 13 men and one woman were implicated in the tort >>>


      CANADA IN QUANDARY OVER GAS EMISSIONS
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      By Doug StruckWashington Post Foreign ServiceThursday, October 5, 2006; A28 TORONTO, Oct. 4 –– Canada‘s conservative government, groping for a new policy on climate change, is facing a dilemma over how to deal with greenhouse gas emissions from the hugely profitable Alberta oil fields in western Canad >>>


      DOZENS OF SOMALI MPS LEAVE GOVT SEAT, MEET ISLAMISTS
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A group of Somali lawmakers met powerful Islamists in their Mogadishu stronghold after leaving the temporary capital because of growing security fears since last month‘s assassination attempt on the president.

The Islamists‘ most influential leader, Sheikh Hassan Dahir A >>>


      GEORGIANS VOTE IN MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      10:37 AM TBILISI, Georgia –– Georgians voted Thursday in municipal elections seen as a crucial test for President Mikhail Saakashvili during a diplomatic crisis with Russia.

Allies and opponents of the president are competing for more than 1,700 seats on municipal and regional councils, which in tu >>>


      GERMANY UNCOVERS NAZI–ERA MASS GRAVE
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      MENDEN–BARGE, Germany (Reuters) – German authorities have unearthed the remains of 51 people, many of them children, in what may be a mass grave for murdered victims of Adolf Hitler‘s Nazi regime.

Local officials said on Thursday that the skeletons of 22 children and 2' adults had been ex >>>


      IN 30–YEAR–OLD TERROR CASE, A TEST FOR THE U.S.
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      By Manuel Roig–FranziaWashington Post Foreign ServiceThursday, October 5, 2006; A20 HAVANA –– A quarter–century before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a bomb ripped a gash in a civilian jetliner in the skies off Barbados.

The Cubana Airlines plane plummeted into the Caribbean Sea >>>


      IRAN: SANCTIONS WON‘T DERAIL ENRICHMENT
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      PM HASHTGERD, Iran –– President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned Wednesday that sanctions will not stop Iran from enriching uranium after a European negotiator conceded "endless hours" of talks had made little progress and suggested the dispute could wind up at the U.N. soon.

The talks had been >>>


      MEXICO HID POLICE RAPES OF PROTESTERS: AMNESTY
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Police who beat, sexually abused and raped women arrested after riots in a rebellious town near Mexico City have not been punished and authorities hid what happened, Amnesty International said on Thursday The rights group interviewed women who say they were abused when they were arrested a >>>


      NATO TAKES OVER EASTERN AFGHANISTAN
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      KABUL, Afghanistan –– NATO took over eastern Afghanistan from U.S.–led forces Thursday, assuming control of 12,000 American troops and extending its military role to the entire country.

The commander of the NATO–led force, British Gen. David Richards, who was promoted to a four–st >>>


      NEW CENTRE–RIGHT SWEDISH PM TAKES OFFICE
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Centre–right opposition leader Fredrik Reinfeldt, who has pledged to cut taxes and trim the welfare state, formally became Sweden‘s new prime minister on Thursday after winning a vote in parliament.

Reinfeldt got 175 votes in his favor and 16' against in the 34'& >>>


      NIGERIA TROOPS SEARCH FOR SOLDIERS
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria –– Troops launched a search–and–rescue mission Thursday for Nigerian soldiers missing after militants ambushed a military–escorted supply convoy in the oil–rich south, and the president called an emergency meeting with security chiefs.

President Oluseg >>>


      NIGERIAN MILITANTS CALL OFF ATTACKS IN OIL DELTA
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      ABUJA (Reuters) – Militants in Nigeria‘s oil heartland said on Thursday they had called off attacks on troops after two bloody gunbattles and would fight only in response to actions by the military.

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) said it had killed 17 soldiers in separa >>>


      NUCLEAR TALKS SEEN LEAVING IRAN CLOSER TO U.N. SANCTIONS
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      HASHTGERD, Iran, Oct. 4 –– President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned Wednesday that sanctions will not stop Iran from enriching uranium after a European negotiator conceded that "endless hours" of talks had made little progress and suggested that the dispute could wind up at the United Nations soon.
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      OFFICIALS: AL–MASRI PROBABLY NOT KILLED
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      BAGHDAD, Iraq –– The U.S. military is performing DNA tests on a slain militant to determine if he is the leader of al–Qaida in Iraq, but U.S. and Iraqi officials said Thursday it did not appear that Abu Ayyub al–Masri had been killed.

Reports that al–Masri, also known as Abu Hamza >>>


      PAKISTAN WANTS MORE QUAKE AID, REJECTS OXFAM FEARS
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan‘s President Pervez Musharraf asked the international aid community on Thursday for an extra $800 million to cover reconstruction costs after a devastating earthquake a year ago.

Musharraf, addressing a conference to update donors on progress ahead of the October 8 ann >>>


      PILOTS MAY FACE CHARGES IN BRAZIL CRASH
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil –– Prosecutors could charge two American pilots of an executive jet with manslaughter following the high–altitude collision with a Brazilian jetliner that apparently led to a crash that killed all 155 people aboard, federal police said Wednesday.

Police seized the passp >>>


      PYONGYANG WARNED ON WEAPON TESTING
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      10:28 AM The Bush administration delivered a secret message to North Korea yesterday warning it to back down from a promised nuclear test, and it said publicly that the United States would not live with a nuclear–armed Pyongyang government.

North Korea "can have a future or it can have these weapons >>>


      RICE CITES CONCERN FOR PALESTINIANS, BUT LOW EXPECTATIONS MARK VISIT
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      7:12 AM WEST BANK, Oct. 4 –– Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice pledged Wednesday to "redouble" U.S. efforts to alleviate the economic plight of Palestinians facing escalating tensions and the threat of a humanitarian crisis. But U.S. officials cautioned not to expect any significant breakthrough >>>


      RICE MAKES SURPRISE VISIT TO IRAQ
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      BAGHDAD, Iraq –– Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, making an election–season visit to Iraq, said Thursday she will tell its leaders they have limited time to settle political differences spurring sectarian and insurgent violence.

"They don‘t have time for endless debate of these >>>


      ROCKET LAUNCHERS FOUND NEAR PAKISTANI PARLIAMENT
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani police found two rocket launchers on Thursday near parliament house in the capital Islamabad, police said.

Police cordoned off roads leading to parliament house and investigations have started, a senior police official said.

"We have detained a few people for >>>


      S. KOREA, RUSSIA TRY TO STOP N. KOREA
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      SEOUL, South Korea –– South Korean President Roh Moo–hyun has ordered his government to send a "grave warning" to North Korea about the consequences of a threatened nuclear weapons test, Yonhap news agency reported Thursday.

Meanwhile, a U.S. military plane capable of detecting radi >>>


      SLOW RECONSTRUCTION HAMPERS PAKISTAN
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      PM MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan –– After a huge earthquake struck Pakistan and India a year ago, one of the biggest fears was for the more than 3 million newly homeless facing the onset of the Himalayan winter.

The cold proved milder than anticipated. But now another winter is at hand and reconstruction, >>>


      SRI LANKA SUGGESTS DATE FOR REBEL TALKS
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      PM COLOMBO, Sri Lanka –– The Sri Lankan government said Thursday it was willing to attend talks with Tamil Tiger rebels at the end of the month, while a bombing blamed on rebels killed a soldier, and the air force raided areas in the north and east.

"We have agreed to the resumption of talks o >>>


      STRIKING GREEK TEACHERS BRING ATHENS TO STANDSTILL
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      ATHENS (Reuters) – Thousands of striking Greek teachers brought central Athens to a standstill for hours on Thursday, leaving dozens of foreign tourists struggling with their luggage through gridlocked streets.

The teachers are demanding pay rises and accuse the government of reversing pre–election >>>


      THAI COUP LEADER TO HOLD TALKS WITH REBELS
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      AM BANGKOK, Thailand –– The Thai army chief who staged last month‘s coup said Thursday that he has agreed to hold talks with rebel leaders in the restive south, an abrupt policy change from the administration of the ousted prime minister.

Gen. Sondhi Boonyaratkalin, who led the bloodless coup >>>


      THREE MORE PULL OUT OF U.N. LEADER RACE, LEAVING BAN
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Three more candidates withdrew on Thursday from the race to become U.N. secretary–general, leaving only South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki–Moon to face an official U.N. Security Council vote next week.

Latvian President Vaira Vike–Freiberga, the only woman a >>>


      U.N. DELAYS GO AHEAD FOR PLANNED AFRICAN IVORY SALE
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      GENEVA (Reuters) – A U.N. environmental agency on Thursday postponed a plan to allow three southern African states to make a one–off sale of 60 tonnes of elephant ivory.

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) said in a statement that more informa >>>


      U.N. TO DISCUSS SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      PM UNITED NATIONS –– The U.N. Security Council will start discussing a resolution next week that would impose sanctions on Iran for refusing to suspend uranium enrichment, Britain‘s U.N. ambassador said Thursday.

The council‘s decision to take up a sanctions resolution follows lengthy n >>>


      U.S. CALLS U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL SESSION ON SUDAN
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States called an emergency U.N. Security Council session on Thursday, after Sudan sent a letter warning nations considering troops for Darfur that their action was a "prelude to an invasion." The letter from Sudan‘s U.N. mission was sent to more than 50 states >>>


      U.S. PUSHES RUSSIA IN WTO TALKS TO CLOSE MP3 WEB SITE
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Russia should shut down a pirate music Web site that is robbing U.S. recording companies of sales if it wants to become a member of the World Trade Organization, the top U.S. trade official said on Wednesday.

"I have a hard time imagining Russia becoming a member of the WTO an >>>


      WATERBOARDING HISTORICALLY CONTROVERSIAL
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      By Walter PincusWashington Post Staff WriterThursday, October 5, 2006; A17 Key senators say Congress has outlawed one of the most notorious detainee interrogation techniques –– "waterboarding," in which a prisoner feels near drowning. But the White House will not go that far, saying it would be wr >>>


      WEST SHOULD BE OPEN TO MORE IRAN TALKS, SAYS SOLANA
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      ROME (Reuters) – The West should be open to further talks with Iran despite an impasse over its nuclear aspirations, the EU‘s top diplomat said on Thursday, hinting at lingering European hesitation to pursue sanctions sought by Washington.

France, while suggesting Iran was exploiting the stalemate >>>


      WORLD IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 05-10-2006
      Russia Intensifies Crackdown on Georgia MOSCOW –– President Vladimir Putin accused Georgia of blackmail, and lawmakers threatened more sanctions Wednesday as Moscow police went after businesses allegedly tied to Georgian organized crime and cracked down on illegal migrants from the Caucasus Mountains nation >>>


      A TUG OF WAR OVER THE COMMON GROUND
      Guardian, 05-10-2006
      This autumn social solidarity is a priority, but can anyone agree on how to tackle just what makes communities and groups stick together? Anna Bawden reports Thursday October 5, 2006 SocietyGuardian.co.uk Three strands led to the rediscovery this autumn of social cohesion as a task and objective for public managers.
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      BRITAIN TO US: WE DON‘T WANT GUANT'3;NAMO NINE BACK
      Guardian, 05-10-2006
      Documents reveal secret talks in Washington British residents have no right to return say officials Ian Cobain and Vikram Dodd Tuesday October 3, 2006 The Guardian At least nine British residents are held behind the wire at Guantánamo but the US wants to see most of them returned to the UK. Photograph: Brennan Lin >>>


      CAMERON‘S PLEDGE: I‘M MORE THAN HEIR TO BLAIR AND I OFFER SUBSTANCE NOT SPIN
      Guardian, 05-10-2006
      Leader strives for cutting edge with plea for understanding price of progress and forsaking ‘pie in the sky‘ solutions Patrick Wintour, political editor Thursday October 5, 2006 The Guardian David Cameron yesterday closed his party‘s transformed annual conference promising a leadership of substance, n >>>


      CAMERON CLAIMS ROLE OF NHS PROTECTOR
      Guardian, 05-10-2006
      Closing speech will stress personal debt to health service Patrick Wintour, political editor Wednesday October 4, 2006 The Guardian David Cameron works on his conference speech in his hotel room in Bournemouth.

Photograph: Andrew Parsons/PA David Cameron today seeks to cast himself and his modernised Tory part >>>


      EU STAMPS ON SHOE IMPORTS WITH EXTENSION OF ANTI–DUMPING DUTIES
      Guardian, 05-10-2006
      Renewed levy denounced as protectionism Peter Mandelson unveils strategy for open markets David Gow in Brussels Thursday October 5, 2006 The Guardian The EU yesterday renewed punitive anti–dumping duties on Chinese and Vietnamese shoe imports for two years just as Peter Mandelson, the EU trade commissioner, issue >>>


      GREENPEACE CHALLENGES ‘FLAWED‘ ENERGY REVIEW
      Guardian, 05-10-2006
      Press Association Thursday October 5, 2006 Guardian Unlimited Greenpeace has launched a court action claiming the government‘s recent energy review, which backed a new generation of nuclear power plants, was "legally flawed".

In legal papers lodged at the high court in London today, the environ >>>


      I‘M NO COOK, BLAIR TELLS BLUE PETER VIEWERS, AS EXIT STRATEGY KICKS IN
      Guardian, 05-10-2006
      Owen Gibson, media correspondent Tuesday October 3, 2006 The Guardian Despite the howls of derision it attracted, Tony Blair has decided to tick at least one box of his leaked "exit strategy" by tonight appearing on BBC children‘s show Blue Peter to answer questions from viewers.

Presenter Konn >>>


      IS CAMERON REALLY EQUIPPED TO DEAL WITH SOCIAL DIVISION?
      Guardian, 05-10-2006
      Tory fortunes now rest on a man who is more interested in effective process than in tax cuts or public sector reduction Martin Newland Thursday October 5, 2006 The Guardian A year ago I hosted a dinner for David Cameron and George Osborne at the Tory party conference in Blackpool. During the meal Mr Cameron described h >>>


      LABOUR AXES SPRING CONFERENCE
      Guardian, 05-10-2006
      Matthew Tempest, political correspondent Thursday October 5, 2006 Guardian Unlimited The Labour party has scrapped next year‘s spring conference, but denied the measure is a cost–saving cut in the face of rising debts and an internal reorganisation.

Instead of a formal weekend gathering, which ordi >>>


      LABOUR MINISTERS ACCUSED OF BEING SOFT ON CORRUPTION
      Guardian, 05-10-2006
      Will Woodward, chief political correspondent Thursday October 5, 2006 The Guardian The Conservatives moved yesterday to define their own territory on international development as they accused Labour ministers of being soft on the corrupt use of aid cash. But outside speakers at the conference tempered their encourageme >>>


      LEADER‘S MESSAGE
      Guardian, 05-10-2006
      What he said on ... Thursday October 5, 2006 The Guardian On tax "Everyone in this hall, me included, knows that a low tax economy is a strong economy. Some people want me to flash up some pie–in–the–sky tax cuts just to show what we stand for. Let me tell you straight. That is not substance. And >>>


      LIVINGSTONE NOT ANTI–SEMITIC, JUDGE TELLS HEARING OVER MAYOR‘S DIATRIBE
      Guardian, 05-10-2006
      Challenge to suspension hears of feud with papers ‘Brain not fully engaged‘ during spat with reporter Jeevan Vasagar Thursday October 5, 2006 The Guardian A high court judge yesterday defended Ken Livingstone against accusations of anti–semitism as the mayor of London appealed against an order suspend >>>


      LIVINGSTONE SUSPENSION OVERTURNED
      Guardian, 05-10-2006
      Tara Conlan and agencies Thursday October 5, 2006 MediaGuardian.co.uk The high court has overturned a decision to suspend Ken Livingstone from his duties as mayor of London.

Mr Livingstone challenged a decision by the Adjudication Panel for England that he was guilty of being "unnecessarily insensitive an >>>


      MAYOR ADMITS INFATUATION WITH CLERK
      Guardian, 05-10-2006
      Steven Morris Thursday October 5, 2006 The Guardian A mayor admitted yesterday he had been foolish and unprofessional in inviting his female town clerk to go on holiday with him. Tony Prior, 67, said he had let down himself, his wife and the people he represented when he became infatuated with Sally Bing, 31.

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      MPS GET PAINTING TO PROVE LEADER‘S POINT
      Guardian, 05-10-2006
      Tania Branigan, political correspondent Thursday October 5, 2006 The Guardian Backbencher Tobias Ellwood finished the Tories‘ longest and most popular fringe meeting yesterday, shortly before setting foot in the conference centre for the first time. The Bournemouth East MP had spent the week leading a regeneratio >>>


      MY BROTHER IS DENIED THE HELP OF HIS ADOPTED COUNTRY
      Guardian, 05-10-2006
      Britain calls Guantánamo a ‘shocking affront‘, but refuses to lift a finger for this country‘s residents held there without charge Amani Deghayes Thursday October 5, 2006 The Guardian I am left astounded at the cruel irony. This week we learned that the British government is refusing to allow the >>>


      NHS PRAISED FOR SPEEDING UP CANCER TREATMENT
      Guardian, 05-10-2006
      Sarah Boseley, health editor Thursday October 5, 2006 The Guardian The NHS has met almost all the tough cancer waiting times targets set by the government six years ago, a report from the cancer tsar will say today.

It reveals that nobody suspected of having the disease waits more than a month for treatment af >>>


      ONLY CONNECT
      Guardian, 05-10-2006
      The demand for social cohesion will give fresh impetus to the perennial quest for joined–up government, writes Adam Taylor Thursday October 5, 2006 SocietyGuardian.co.uk The search for social cohesion is a good instance of where government needs to be "joined up".

It‘s a ready phrase, def >>>


      OPPONENTS CLAIM TOP PROSECUTOR QUIT OVER MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE
      Guardian, 05-10-2006
      Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent Thursday October 5, 2006 The Guardian Scotland‘s most senior law officer resigned suddenly yesterday, prompting claims he was forced to quit over a long–running miscarriage of justice scandal.

The lord advocate, Colin Boyd, announced he was to step down with >>>


      OUR MACHO POLITICAL SYSTEM EXCLUDES HALF THE POPULATION
      Guardian, 05-10-2006
      Rampant male chauvinism thwarts the Westminster ambitions of many women, says Dr Katherine Rake Thursday October 5, 2006 The Guardian Mrs Pritchard is a supermarket manager turned prime minister, talking commonsense politics to a country weary of Westminster. The trouble is, The Amazing Mrs Pritchard is a piece of BBC >>>


      POOR FACE HIGHEST WORK DISINCENTIVE, SAYS IFS
      Guardian, 05-10-2006
      Larry Elliott, economics editor Thursday October 5, 2006 The Guardian Britain‘s leading financial thinktank prompted a political row last night after it said Gordon Brown‘s tax breaks for the working poor had weakened incentives to stay in a job or to earn more. In a critical analysis of the government&lsqu >>>


      PRISON POPULATION NEARS CAPACITY
      Guardian, 05-10-2006
      Matthew Tempest, political correspondent Thursday October 5, 2006 Guardian Unlimited The home secretary, John Reid, is holding emergency talks with senior prison and probation service officials as the prison population approaches full capacity.

As the number of prisoners incarcerated is expected to reach capac >>>


      PROVOS HAVE BEEN TRANSFORMED, SAYS MONITORING BODY
      Guardian, 05-10-2006
      IMC refers to substantial change in republicanism Scottish talks offer unique opportunity, says Blair Owen Bowcott, Ireland correspondent Thursday October 5, 2006 The Guardian The Provisional IRA has undergone a "transformation", disbanding military structures, standing down volunteers and following through o >>>


      SHERIDAN ACCUSES MI5 AND MURDOCH OVER ‘MOTHER OF STITCH–UPS‘
      Guardian, 05-10-2006
      Video confession a fake, says former party leader News of World ‘wanted revenge‘ after libel defeat Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent Wednesday October 4, 2006 The Guardian Tommy Sheridan yesterday accused his former close friends and allies of conspiring with MI5 and Rupert Murdoch to "fake" >>>


      SIR IAN LLOYD
      Guardian, 05-10-2006
      MP gripped by the threats of communism and climate change Andrew Roth Thursday October 5, 2006 The Guardian The superior and disdainful manner of the former Conservative MP Sir Ian Lloyd, who has died aged 85, prevented people from taking adequate notice of his first–rate brain. For 28 years, from 1'64 to 1&# >>>


      STRAW ASKS MUSLIM WOMEN TO REMOVE VEIL
      Guardian, 05-10-2006
      Press Association Thursday October 5, 2006 Guardian Unlimited Commons leader Jack Straw revealed today that he asks Muslim women to remove their veils when they visit his constituency surgery.

Mr Straw wrote that he now makes sure a female member of staff is with him during his surgeries and, after explaining >>>


      TORY PEER TO HEAD ADVERTISING ASSOCIATION
      Guardian, 05-10-2006
      Mark Sweney Thursday October 5, 2006 MediaGuardian.co.uk The Advertising Association has appointed Conservative front bench peer Peta Buscombe to be its new chief executive and director general.

Baroness Buscombe will become the first woman to run an ad industry body when she takes up the role in January 2007. >>>


      WE AREN‘T FOR KIPPING. WE ARE FOR NO 10
      Guardian, 05-10-2006
      Simon Hoggart Thursday October 5, 2006 The Guardian David Cameron tried to drive a stake through the heart of Thatcherism yesterday.

Whether her supporters will pull it out like a cocktail stick from a sausage remains to be seen. But yesterday he won cheers from the Tory conference for gay marriage, single par >>>


      YESTERDAY IN BRIEF
      Guardian, 05-10-2006
      Thursday October 5, 2006 The Guardian Boris Johnson faced the faithful after some injudicious remarks about Jamie Oliver. The higher education spokesman insisted he had been "completely misquoted" in remarks which, among other things, supported parents who have been giving fast food to pupils in schools with >>>


      2 ROCKETS DEFUSED AT PAKISTAN PARLIAMENT
      Guardian, 05-10-2006
      Thursday October 5, 2006 11:46 AM By MUNIR AHMAD Associated Press Writer ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) – Two rockets rigged with mobile phones and primed to fire toward Pakistan‘s parliament were discovered by a construction worker Thursday and safely defused by bomb disposal experts, a security official said.>>>


      20 MAY HAVE DIED SAILING FROM AFRICA
      Guardian, 05-10-2006
      Thursday October 5, 2006 3:01 PM SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Canary Islands (AP) – At least 20 migrants drowned when their boat split while sailing from Africa to Spain‘s Canary Islands, survivors told police Thursday.

The seven adults and four children were picked up by a South African ship some 120 m >>>


      AMISH FUNERAL PASSES BY GUNMAN‘S HOME
      Guardian, 05-10-2006
      Thursday October 5, 2006 6:31 PM By MARK SCOLFORO Associated Press Writer GEORGETOWN, Pa. (AP) – A procession of 34 buggies and carriages carried mourners to a hilltop cemetery Thursday as the Amish community buried the first of five girls killed by a gunman inside their tiny one–room schoolhouse.

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      AMISH GATHER TO PRAY AT GIRLS‘ FUNERALS
      Guardian, 05-10-2006
      Thursday October 5, 2006 6:46 PM AP Photo PACK102 By MARK SCOLFORO Associated Press Writer GEORGETOWN, Pa. (AP) – A procession of 34 buggies and carriages carried mourners to a hilltop cemetery Thursday as the Amish community buried the first of five girls killed by a gunman inside their tiny one–room schoo >>>


      AMISH JOIN TO PRAY AT FUNERALS FOR GIRLS
      Guardian, 05-10-2006
      Thursday October 5, 2006 5:01 PM AP Photo PAME102 By MARK SCOLFORO Associated Press Writer GEORGETOWN, Pa. (AP) – A trickle of black, horse–drawn buggies glided past roadblocks Thursday as the Amish gathered to bury four of the five young girls who were shot to death inside their schoolhouse Monday.

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