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      CARDIN, O‘MALLEY WIN IN MD.
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     November 8, 2006; 1:00 PM Maryland Democrats swept to victory in the major statewide races last night, as voters showed a deep unease about the direction of the country and a strong urge to return the state to its long tradition of Democratic leadership.

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., who refused to admit defeat l >>>


      CARDIN, O‘MALLEY WIN IN STATEWIDE DEMOCRATIC WAVE
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     November 8, 2006; A01 Maryland Democrats swept to victory in the major statewide races last night, as voters showed a deep unease about the direction of the country and a strong urge to return the state to its long tradition of Democratic leadership.

Baltimore Mayor Martin O‘Malley was elected the state&l >>>


      CASE AGAINST FORMER GOP FUNDRAISER TOM NOE GOES TO JURY
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     TOLEDO, Nov. 8 –– Jurors on Wednesday weighed the fate of a former GOP fundraiser accused of pilfering a state investment in rare coins, a day after the scandal helped toss many Republicans out of statewide office.

Jurors in the trial of Tom Noe did not reach a decision after five hours of deliberat >>>


      CHALLENGER MAINTAINS LEAD OVER SEN. BURNS
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     By Howard SchneiderWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, November 8, 2006;
11:26 AM Montana elections officials continued working today to sort out the result in a closely fought race that could determine control of the U.S. Senate, with software problems forcing a retabulation in one key county and several hundred >>>


      DEMOCRATIC VOTERS IN WASHINGTON SUBURBS SOLIDIFY THEIR POWER IN MD., VA. ELECTIONS
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     November 8, 2006; A01 The Washington suburbs on both sides of the Potomac turned a deeper shade of Democratic blue yesterday, leading the way in defeating Maryland‘s first Republican governor in a generation and turning against Virginia Republican incumbent Sen. George Allen.

Most striking in yesterday&ls >>>


      DEMOCRATIC WAVE WASHES OVER CAPITOL HILL‘S CHARACTER
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     2006; A38 Big thinkers, hardy veterans and a few real characters –– Tuesday‘s Republican trouncing claimed a broad spectrum of legislators whose departures will alter the character of the Hill.

"Sometimes you have these larger–than–life figures who just humanize the place,&quo >>>


      DEMOCRATS BLUNTED GOP EDGE IN KEY BLOCS
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     November ', 2006; A37 Democrats won big in Tuesday‘s election by undoing GOP gains among groups President Bush once envisioned as essential ingredients of a durable, conservative governing majority in Washington: Catholics, married mothers and Latinos.

These voters, who were instrumental in electing R >>>


      DEMOCRATS TAKE U.S. SENATE: MEDIA
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats have won enough seats to take control of the U.S. Senate from President George W. Bush‘s Republican Party and hold both houses of Congress for the first time in 12 years, according to media reports on Wednesday.

NBC television and the Associated Press reported that D >>>


      FACING UP TO REALITY
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     Never was a political wipeout better advertised in advance than the one that hit the Republican Party on Tuesday and cost Don Rumsfeld his job.

From the first of my political soundings in the Midwest in early spring, it was clear that the public‘s frustration with the war in Iraq, the inept performance of >>>


      FENTY TROUNCES FOES IN MAYORAL RACE
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     A2' Adrian M. Fenty, who inspired hope that he could fix the failing D.C. school system and resolve the divide between wealth and poverty, was overwhelmingly elected last night as the District‘s fifth mayor.

Fenty, a 35–year–old Democrat, had campaigned tirelessly for the job over the past >>>


      GATES NO STRANGER TO CONTENTION
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Robert Gates, President Bush‘s new nominee as U.S. Secretary of Defense, is no stranger to controversy on Capitol Hill. His last nomination, for CIA chief in 1''1, produced a grueling though ultimately successful confirmation battle.

But some who voted against him befo >>>


      GATES SEEKS TO RESUSCITATE POLICY IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     AM WASHINGTON –– President Bush‘s sudden selection of former CIA Director Robert Gates as defense secretary brings back a member of the team that waged the successful first Gulf War with just two years to resuscitate the faltering U.S. policy in Iraq.

Explaining his decision on Wednesday, Bush >>>


      HANOI WANTS KEY U.S. ISSUES RESOLVED BEFORE BUSH MEET
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam wants to be removed from a U.S. religious rights blacklist and for the U.S. Congress to pass a law normalizing trade ties before next week‘s visit by President George W. Bush, a government official said on Thursday.

Vietnam remains on the United States‘ list of " >>>


      HILL DEMOGRAPHIC GOES SLIGHTLY MORE FEMALE
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     By Lois RomanoWashington Post Staff WriterThursday, November ', 2006; A3' The House and Senate elections this week added at least five women to the next Congress, the only notable demographic shift in an otherwise dramatic political upheaval.

For the most part, Congress will remain dominated by white me >>>


      LEGGETT HEADS A DEMOCRATIC CHARGE
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     A2' Montgomery County Democrats asserted their political dominance yesterday, as voters chose former Maryland Democratic Party chairman Isiah "Ike" Leggett as their first new executive in 12 years and ousted the County Council‘s sole Republican, Howard A. Denis.

Leggett, a former council mem >>>


      MEETING AT THE MIDDLE
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     It‘s over. American voters, in their wisdom, ended an era on Tuesday. They rejected a poorly conceived war policy in Iraq that has weakened the United States.

They rejected a harshly ideological approach to politics that cast opponents as enemies of the country‘s survival. They rejected a president >>>


      MEXICAN LEADER ASSAILS BORDER FENCE PLAN
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     WASHINGTON –– Ahead of a meeting with President Bush, Mexican President–elect Felipe Calderon is acknowledging his unhappiness with U.S. border security measures, saying the two countries need "bridges for progress and not walls that isolate and divide." U.S. steps to stem the flow of migrant >>>


      MISLEADING GOP HANDOUTS CALLED A POLITICAL ‘LOW POINT‘
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     November 8, 2006; A2' At least six chartered buses carried mostly poor, black men from as far as Philadelphia to hand out inaccurate voter guides in Baltimore and Prince George‘s County yesterday as part of an effort by backers of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and U.S. Senate candidate Michael S. Steele to woo bl >>>


      MOST VOTING IS SMOOTH, BUT LINES IN MD. DELAY COUNTS
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     November 8, 2006; A44 Long lines in some Maryland precincts extended voting hours past the deadline last night, but otherwise, voting went off relatively well yesterday, as embattled state election officials avoided a reprise of the troubled September primary.

Local election boards were almost gleeful that the >>>


      PELOSI STEPS INTO THE SPOTLIGHT
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     By Shailagh Murray and Juliet EilperinWashington Post Staff WritersThursday, November ', 2006; A31 Nancy Pelosi is a bit of a control freak.

She obsesses over the wording of statements from her office. She has a tight circle of confidants and demands utter loyalty. She can be incredibly stubborn. On a tour >>>


      PRESIDENT BUSH‘S ELECTION NEWS CONFERENCE
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     BUSH: Say, why all the glum faces? Yesterday, the people went to the polls and they cast their vote for a new direction in the House of Representatives. And while the ballots are still being counted in the Senate, it‘s clear the Democrat Party had a good night last night. And I congratulate them on their victories >>>


      PRESIDENT DELIVERS REMARKS ON BIPARTISAN GOVERNMENT
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     BUSH: Earlier this week, the American people went to the polls and they cast their ballots for a new Congress. The American people made their decision.

I respect the results. So does my Cabinet. I want to congratulate the Democrat leaders on the victory they achieved for their party. In a few minutes, Congressw >>>


      REID, MCCONNELL LIKELY SENATE LEADERS
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     PM WASHINGTON –– The leaders in a new Senate filled with big egos and presidential wannabes are inside players whose best work is done behind closed doors rather than in front of television cameras.

The majority leader likely will be Democrat Harry Reid of Nevada, the minority leader probably Republ >>>


      REPUBLICAN BLINDNESS
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     With one Republican bastion after another falling as returns poured in for Democrats Tuesday night, the GOP‘s carefully constructed defenses crumbled.

The party‘s barriers failed to prevent the election from being a referendum on Iraq, George W. Bush and the Republican–controlled Congress. It >>>


      REPUBLICAN SCANDALS HELPED PAVE THE WAY FOR DEMOCRATIC GAINS
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     A34 Intense voter disapproval of lawmakers‘ ethical lapses assisted the Democrats‘ capture of the House of Representatives yesterday, with seats formerly held by Republican lawmakers tainted by allegations of corruption or immoral conduct shifting to Democratic control in at least four states, according to e >>>


      REPUBLICAN SENATOR WON‘T CONCEDE IN MONTANA
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     GREAT FALLS, Montana (Reuters) – Democrat Jon Tester declared victory over Republican Sen. Conrad Burns in Montana on Wednesday in a close contest, but the incumbent declined to concede in a race crucial to control of the U.S. Senate.

"We won this thing," Tester, 50, the state senate president a >>>


      REPUBLICANS‘ ANGRY FACTIONS POINT FINGERS AT EACH OTHER
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     A31 After minutes upon minutes of soul–searching, Republicans are now in recrimination mode. And the GOP‘s various factions all agree: This wouldn‘t have happened if the party had listened to us.

In the aftermath of the historic GOP losses Tuesday night, moderate Republicans quickly concluded >>>


      RESULTS GIVE CLINTON AND MCCAIN FOOD FOR THOUGHT ON THE FUTURE
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     2006; A37 Tuesday marked not only the end of Election 2006, but also the beginning of Election 2008.

Democrats romped this year, but Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.), who polls say is the party‘s front–runner for president, learned that her positions on Iraq might be an electoral handicap, analyst >>>


      REUTERS POLITICS SUMMARY
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     Bush‘s Pentagon nominee no stranger to contention WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Robert Gates, President Bush‘s new nominee as U.S. Secretary of Defense, is no stranger to controversy on Capitol Hill. His last nomination, for CIA chief in 1''1, produced a grueling though ultimately successful confirmat >>>


      RUMSFELD‘S TENURE A LONG, HARD SLOG
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     PM WASHINGTON –– He has been the square–jawed face of the war, the man behind the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that he predicted were just the beginnings of a long, hard slog.

On Wednesday, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld resigned from his post and became the latest casualty of those conf >>>


      RUSSIANS BELIEVE DEMOCRAT WINS IN CONGRESS BAD NEWS
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     MOSCOW (Reuters) – Victory by the Democrats in U.S. congressional elections will mean a tougher line toward Russia on human rights and possible accession to the World Trade Organization, Russian politicians and media said on Thursday.

"The success of the opposition in the congressional polls will har >>>


      SENATE CONTROL HINGES ON VIRGINIA RACE
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Control of the U.S. Senate hinged on one final race in Virginia where Democrat James Webb on Thursday clung to a 7,000–vote lead.

Webb has claimed victory over Republican Sen. George Allen, and several media outlets including television networks NBC and CBS and The Associated >>>


      THE DEFENSE SECRETARY WE HAD
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     Senior military officers referred to it as "the 7,000–mile screwdriver." That was their way of describing Donald Rumsfeld‘s penchant for micromanaging aspects of the Iraq war that interested him. And it‘s one reason the military has to be happy that Rumsfeld is leaving –– even hap >>>


      U.S. TO TABLE INDIA ATOMIC BILL NEXT WEEK: ENVOY
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The United States will table a bill to approve a landmark nuclear deal with India in the Senate next week but chances of its passage this month remain uncertain, the U.S. envoy to India said on Thursday.

David Mulford‘s comments came a day after the Democrats swept elections to >>>


      VIRGINIA SENATE RACE TOO CLOSE TO CALL
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     By Michael D. Shear and Daniela DeaneWashington Post Staff WritersWednesday, November 8, 2006; 12:42 PM Democratic challenger James Webb held a slim lead over Republican Sen.

George Allen today in Virginia‘s U.S. Senate race, a dramatic and nasty battle that almost certainly will be decided by a recount n >>>


      WEBB‘S SMALL LEAD HOLDING UP AS ‘SENATOR–ELECT‘ STARTS STAFFING
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     November ', 2006; A01 RICHMOND, Nov. 8 –– Virginia‘s Democratic Senate candidate, James Webb, claimed the title of senator–elect Wednesday and began organizing his congressional staff even as Republican incumbent George Allen dispatched teams of lawyers and operatives across Virginia in searc >>>


      WINNING A BATTLE, LOSING THE WAR: IN UPSTATE N.Y., A VERY THIN RED LINE
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     November 8, 2006; D01 BUFFALO, N.Y., Nov. 7 Cruising around his district yesterday wearing his lucky white shirt, slapping backs, Thomas M. Reynolds, the Republican field marshal responsible for keeping control of the House, rallied his forces.

This one, he vowed, would be a "local" election. But a sn >>>


      WOLF, MORAN, DAVIS RETAIN THEIR SEATS
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     A44 In the Washington region‘s marquee U.S. House race, veteran Republican Rep. Frank R. Wolf soundly defeated Democrat Judy Feder yesterday to claim a 14th term in his Northern Virginia district.

Wolf, 67, rolled up solid leads across the 10th Congressional District, including in key Fairfax County preci >>>


      WORD OF THE DAY: ‘BIPARTISAN‘
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     As former House member Gerry Sikorski (D–Minn.), now head of the government practice at Holland &Knight , put it, some of his fellow Democratic lobbyists have a nice "jump to their step" today after the Democratic takeover of the House.

But then, he said, everyone must get down to the fact t >>>


      A MEEK DEPARTURE FROM THE WAR CABINET
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     By Thomas E. Ricks and Michael AbramowitzWashington Post Staff WritersThursday, November ', 2006; A01 With a wry smile, Donald H. Rumsfeld gently alluded to the controversies of his tenure as defense secretary, perhaps the most consequential since that of Robert S. McNamara during the Vietnam War, in a brief Oval Of >>>


      BOMB ATTACKS ON BAGHDAD MARKETS KILL 16
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     BAGHDAD, Iraq –– Bomb attacks on markets in predominantly Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad killed at last 16 people, among 38 Iraqis killed or found dead across the country on Thursday in the latest outbreak of sectarian violence.

Seven of those were killed when a car bomb detonated outside shops in >>>


      BOMBS HIT EIGHT CAR SHOWROOMS IN THAI SOUTH
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     BANGKOK (Reuters) – Bombs hit eight car and motorcycle showrooms in Thailand‘s rebellious Muslim south almost simultaneously on Thursday, wounding nine people, despite post–coup government gestures to encourage peace, police said.

Police said they had been on the alert for attacks in Yala a da >>>


      BRAZIL OFFICIAL DEFENDS AIR CONTROLLERS
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil –– Brazil‘s defense minister on Wednesday defended air traffic controllers involved in the country‘s deadliest air disaster, dismissing claims that controllers allegedly ordered an executive jet to fly at the wrong altitude.

Waldir Pires told a news conference it w >>>


      BRITONS SEEK U.S. RELATIONS ONLINE
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     LONDON (Reuters) – Britons can check if they are distantly related to Tom Cruise or Halle Berry with the help of a Web site which sheds light on the millions who migrated to the United States in search of a new life.

Passenger lists from thousands of ships that left Britain and Ireland packed with migrant >>>


      BUSH OUSTS EMBATTLED RUMSFELD; DEMOCRATS NEAR CONTROL OF SENATE
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     By Michael A. Fletcher and Peter BakerWashington Post Staff WritersThursday, November ', 2006; A01 President Bush emerged from an election in which his party took what he described as a "thumping" and ousted Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld yesterday, saying that a "fresh perspective" is need >>>


      COURT ORDERS NEW KLEBNIKOV MURDER TRIAL
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     MOSCOW –– The Supreme Court on Thursday overturned the acquittal of three suspects in the killing of U.S. journalist Paul Klebnikov, a court spokesman said.

The court, acting on an appeal by prosecutors, ordered a new trial with a new judge, said court spokesman Pavel Odintsov.

Klebnikov, 4 >>>


      EDFORS TAKES EARLY LEAD, TIGER STARTS SLOWLY IN SHANGHAI
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Johan Edfors made the most of a balmy autumn morning to take a two–shot lead after 13 holes of his opening round at the $5 million Champions tournament on Thursday.

World number one Tiger Woods, looking rusty after a five–week layoff, was in a share of 23rd through 10 hole >>>


      ENVOY SEEKS TO REASSURE WARY IRAQIS
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     By John Ward AndersonWashington Post Foreign ServiceThursday, November ', 2006; A23 BAGHDAD, Nov. 8 –– The U.S. ambassador in Baghdad sought to reassure Iraqis on Wednesday that major Democratic gains in Tuesday‘s elections did not herald an immediate or dramatic change in U.S. policy, saying Presi >>>


      FATAH, HAMAS LEADERS RESUME TALKS
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip –– Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas‘ exiled leader Khaled Mashaal spoke to each other for the first time in months Thursday in what officials said was a sign that the rivals are close to forming a coalition government.

The renewed talks also signaled that Ham >>>


      FIJI ARMY CHIEF SNUBS TALKS CALLED TO END CRISIS
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     SUVA (Reuters) – Fiji‘s defiant military chief snubbed a meeting of influential tribal chiefs on Thursday that was called in an attempt to resolve a bitter standoff with the government that has raised fears of a coup.

A day after he refused to rule out overthrowing Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase, ar >>>


      FIJI ARMY HEAD WON‘T MEET WITH CHIEFS
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     SUVA, Fiji –– Fiji‘s indigenous chiefs met Thursday to mediate a growing dispute between the government and the military over legislation that would hand prime coastal land to natives and grant amnesty to participants in the 2000 coup. But military commander Frank Bainimarama was a no–show, sayin >>>


      FORMER MILITARY RULER SEEKS NIGERIAN PRESIDENCY
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     A20 KANO, Nigeria, Nov. 8 –– Former Nigerian military ruler Ibrahim Babangida on Wednesday formally joined the race for president, becoming one of the top candidates vying to lead Nigeria through its first democratic transfer of power.

By filing papers in Abuja, the capital, Babangida, 65, became th >>>


      FRANCE TESTS NEW LONG–RANGE MISSILE
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     BISCARROSSE, France (Reuters) – France test–fired a new generation of intercontinental ballistic missiles for the first time on Thursday and said the launch was a success.

The M51 missile –– which is designed to carry a nuclear payload –– has a range of 6,000 km (3,726 miles) >>>


      GAZA KILLINGS DIVIDE ISRAEL
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli newspapers were filled with a mixture of remorse and recrimination on Thursday, a day after the army shelled a town in the Gaza Strip, killing 18 civilians, including women and children.

While some commentators said the attack, which Palestinians have termed a massacre, calle >>>


      GOVERNMENT: CANADA‘S HOMICIDE RATE UP
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     OTTAWA –– Canada‘s homicide rate rose for the second straight year in 2005, fueled in part by an increase in gang–related violence, according to government statistics released Wednesday.

Police reported 658 homicides last year, 34 more than in 2004. The government said 222 people were ki >>>


      HUNDREDS OF CHINESE FARMERS HOLD OFFICIALS, INVESTORS HOSTAGE
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     12:34 PM BEIJING, Nov. ' –– Hundreds of enraged farmers in southern China surrounded a granary and for nearly 24 hours held hostage dozens of officials and investors gathered inside, villagers said Thursday, in the latest sign of rural unrest in the region.

The officials and investors had gather >>>


      IRAQIS WON‘T MISS RUMSFELD, BUT STILL PESSIMISTIC
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The resignation of one of the main architects of the U.S.–led invasion, Donald Rumsfeld, brought some satisfaction to Iraqis on Thursday but did little to inspire confidence that a slide into chaos can be halted.

A string of car bombs in Baghdad that killed more than a dozen peop >>>


      KENYAN URGES PLANTING OF TREES GLOBALLY
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     NAIROBI, Nov. 8 –– A Kenyan environmentalist and Nobel Peace Prize winner called on people around the world Wednesday to plant 1 billion trees in the next year, saying the effort is a way ordinary citizens can fight global warming.

"It‘s one thing to plant a tree, it‘s another to ma >>>


      MEXICO‘S CALDER?N HEARTENED BY OUTCOME OF U.S. ELECTIONS
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     A18 Mexican President–elect Felipe Calder?n said yesterday that Democratic gains in Congress could lead to "room for improvement" in U.S.–Mexican relations, a suggestion that headway may be made on immigration and other bilateral issues.

At a White House meeting with President Bush today, >>>


      OFFICIALS TO FREE PUERTO RICAN PARROTS
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico –– Twenty–one Puerto Rican parrots raised in captivity will be released _ a first attempt to create a new population of the threatened species by reintroducing it into an area where it previously existed, U.S.

wildlife officials said Wednesday. The parrots _ which are bri >>>


      PALESTINIANS BURYING DEAD KILLED IN GAZA
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip –– Palestinians were burying dead women and children and Israel was absorbing harsh condemnation after its artillery shells exploded in a Gaza neighborhood and killed 18 members of a family, the highest civilian death toll among Palestinians in six years of conflict.

Khaled M >>>


      ROBERT GATES LAUDED AS BREAKER OF BARRIERS
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     By Ann Scott Tyson and Walter PincusWashington Post Staff WritersThursday, November ', 2006; A24 Robert M. Gates, a veteran intelligence official whom President Bush nominated to become his new secretary of defense, is widely viewed as a consensus–builder who may break down barriers between civilian and milita >>>


      SRI LANKAN MILITARY KILLS 45 TAMILS
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     PM COLOMBO, Sri Lanka –– Government forces bombarding rebels with artillery hit a school where scores of civilians had taken refuge Wednesday from the fighting, killing at least 45 Tamils and wounding 125 in Sri Lanka, a senior rebel official said.

Military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe said h >>>


      SRI LANKAN NAVY CLASHES WITH REBELS
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     COLOMBO, Sri Lanka –– Up to nine vessels were destroyed Thursday off the northern coast of Sri Lanka following a naval clash between Tamil rebels and the Sri Lankan navy.

Rebel military spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan told The Associated Press that fighting broke out when navy vessels disturbed their >>>


      STAGE SET FOR IRAQ POLICY SHIFT
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     By Glenn Kessler and Thomas E. RicksWashington Post Staff WritersThursday, November ', 2006; A25 Democratic control of the House and possibly the Senate, combined with the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, has set the stage for a dramatic shift in the Bush administration‘s policy toward the >>>


      SUDAN SAYS READY FOR TALKS WITH DARFUR‘S NRF REBELS
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     CAIRO (Reuters) – The Sudanese government is willing to start unconditional talks with the National Redemption Front rebel group to stop the violence in Darfur but sees no need for a new peace deal, a senior presidential adviser said.

Nafie Ali Nafie, addressing reporters in Egypt, South Africa, France, a >>>


      SUICIDE BOMBING KILLS 41 TROOPS AT PAKISTANI ARMY BASE
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     By Pamela Constable and Kamran KhanWashington Post Foreign ServiceThursday, November ', 2006; A16 PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Nov. 8 –– A suicide bomber detonated explosives on a field filled with army recruits doing exercises in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday morning, killing at least 41 soldiers and wounding >>>


      TEARS AND ANGER AS GAZA BURIES ITS DEAD
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     BEIT HANOUN, Gaza (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered at a mass funeral in Gaza on Thursday as the bodies of 18 civilians killed by Israeli shelling were buried to the accompaniment of gunfire and vows of revenge.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said a technical failure by Israeli ar >>>


      THOUSANDS FLEE AFTER SRI LANKA ARMY KILLS REFUGEES
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     VALACHCHENAI, Sri Lanka (Reuters) – Thousands of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees fled their camp in Tamil Tiger rebel territory in the island‘s east on Thursday, survivors said, a day after army artillery pounded it and killed dozens of civilians.

Rights groups and diplomats voiced outrage at Wednesday&ls >>>


      TROPICAL STORM ROSA FORMS OFF MEXICO
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     MEXICO CITY –– Tropical storm Rosa formed Thursday off Mexico‘s Pacific coast, but was forecast to weaken within a day, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

Rosa‘s winds were clocked at 40 mph, but the storm was not expected to threaten land, the hurricane center said. It was rou >>>


      U.N.: CHAD CLASHES MAY HAVE KILLED 200
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     NAIROBI, Kenya –– Ethnic clashes along Chad‘s border with Sudan‘s Darfur region may have left as many as 200 people dead and nine villages looted, the U.N. refugee agency reported Thursday.

The United Nations sent a team to eastern Chad to investigate reports of armed men on horseback at >>>


      U.S. REJECTS REFERENDUM FOR REBEL GEORGIA REGION
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States rejects an independence referendum planned for Sunday in the separatist South Ossetia region of Georgia, the State Department said on Wednesday.

"These actions will only serve to exacerbate tensions and divert attention from the need to peacefully resolve the >>>


      U.S. SURPRISED BY STRENGTH OF TALIBAN FIGHTBACK
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     KABUL (Reuters) – Taliban insurgents have fought back against Afghan government and Western forces with surprising intensity this year, strengthened by drug money and the ability to shelter in Pakistan, a top U.S. official said on Thursday.

Assistant Secretary of State for Central and South Asian Affairs >>>


      WORLD IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 09-11-2006
     Chinese News Agency Calls Journalism a Dangerous Job BEIJING –– Being a reporter is the third most dangerous occupation in China, the official New China News Agency said, second only to being a miner or a police officer.

"An increasing number of reporters are obstructed, scolded, even beaten du >>>


      ‘FED–EX‘ FEDERLINE HAS DUBIOUS FUTURE
      Guardian, 09-11-2006
     Thursday November ', 2006 ':16 AM AP Photo CPTH10' By ERIN CARLSON Associated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) – While a newly fit and fabulous Britney Spears appears to be staging a career comeback, her soon to be ex–husband, Kevin Federline, is hanging on by a very thin thread.

He might not >>>


      28 SUSPECTED TALIBAN KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN
      Guardian, 09-11-2006
     Thursday November ', 2006 11:46 AM AP Photo KAB103 By NOOR KHAN Associated Press Writer KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) – NATO launched airstrikes as clashes in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar killed 28 suspected Taliban militants, police said Thursday.

Canadian troops from a NATO–led securi >>>


      28 SUSPECTED TALIBAN KILLED IN CLASHES
      Guardian, 09-11-2006
     Thursday November ', 2006 2:46 PM AP Photo KAB103 By NOOR KHAN Associated Press Writer KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) – NATO launched airstrikes as clashes in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar killed 28 suspected Taliban militants, police said Thursday.

Canadian troops from a NATO–led securit >>>


      3 CHARTER BUSES COLLIDE IN N.C.
      Guardian, 09-11-2006
     Thursday November ', 2006 4:31 PM ERWIN, N.C. (AP) – Three charter buses collided early Thursday in central North Carolina, injuring at least nine people, who were taken to hospitals, officials said.

The buses collided on U.S. 421 between Raleigh and Fayetteville around 7:30 a.m., Harnett County offic >>>


      A LOOK AT GOP HOUSE TURNOVER
      Guardian, 09-11-2006
     Thursday November ', 2006 2:46 AM By The Associated Press A look at the House seats currently controlled by Republicans that Democrats won in the midterm elections. As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, two Democrats – Patrick Murphy in Pennsylvania‘s 8th Congressional District and Joe Courtney in Connecticut‘s >>>


      AP: HASTERT WON‘T SEEK HOUSE LEADER POST
      Guardian, 09-11-2006
     Thursday November ', 2006 1:46 AM AP Photo ILJR103 By DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) – Triggering a post–election shake–up, Dennis Hastert announced Wednesday he will not run for leader of House Republicans when Democrats take control in January.

Obviously I >>>


      AP: STARTLING FINDINGS IN TILLMAN PROBE
      Guardian, 09-11-2006
     Thursday November ', 2006 5:46 AM AP Photo NY346 By SCOTT LINDLAW and MARTHA MENDOZA Associated Press Writers In a remote and dangerous corner of Afghanistan, under the protective roar of Apache attack helicopters and B–52 bombers, special agents and investigators did their work. They walked the landscape with >>>


      ATTORNEYS: FOUR TO ENTER ARSON PLEAS
      Guardian, 09-11-2006
     Thursday November ', 2006 ':01 AM By JEFF BARNARD Associated Press Writer GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – Four people intend to plead guilty to causing $20 million in damages from firebombings around the Northwest, according to lawyers in the case.

Attorneys for the defendants and the prosecution refused >>>


      BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION ON ROBERT GATES
      Guardian, 09-11-2006
     Thursday November ', 2006 1:16 AM AP Photo WX111 By The Associated Press NAME – Robert M. Gates.

AGE–BIRTH DATE – Sept. 25, 1'43, Wichita, Kan. EXPERIENCE – CIA intelligence analyst, 1'66–1'74; National Security Council staff, 1'74–1'7'; director o >>>


      BLACK GOP CANDIDATES COME UP SHORT
      Guardian, 09-11-2006
     Thursday November ', 2006 3:01 AM AP Photo PAKS108 By PHILIP ELLIOTT WASHINGTON (AP) – Memo to Republican chief Ken Mehlman regarding recruiting black candidates: Try again.

Republicans had hoped to hail 2006 as the year of the black Republican. But with high–profile failures in Maryland‘s >>>


      BOMB ATTACKS ON BAGHDAD MARKETS KILL 16
      Guardian, 09-11-2006
     Thursday November ', 2006 2:01 PM AP Photo BAG101 By QAIS AL–BASHIR Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Bomb attacks on markets in predominantly Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad killed at last 16 people, among 38 Iraqis killed or found dead across the country on Thursday in the latest outbreak of >>>


      BRITISH LEADER: IRAQ AT CRITICAL POINT
      Guardian, 09-11-2006
     Thursday November ', 2006 4:31 PM By BETH GARDINER Associated Press Writer LONDON (AP) – Iraq is at a critical point and faces a real risk of violence escalating further, British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett said Thursday, warning against a precipitous withdrawal by the U.S.–led coalition.

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      BUSH CHANGES TUNES ON RUMSFELD STAYING
      Guardian, 09-11-2006
     Thursday November ', 2006 2:31 AM WASHINGTON (AP) – A week ago President Bush said he wanted Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to remain in his administration until the end. On Wednesday, he said Rumsfeld was leaving. Here‘s a look at what Bush said last Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Pres >>>


      BUSH PLEDGES TO WORK WITH DEMOCRATS
      Guardian, 09-11-2006
     Thursday November ', 2006 1:31 AM AP Photo DCPM110 By DEB RIECHMANN and TOM RAUM Associated Press Writers WASHINGTON (AP) – President Bush pledged Wednesday to work with Democrats after the thumping‘‘ that Republicans took on Election Day. He named a new defense secretary to oversee the w >>>


      BUSH TAPS GATES TO REPLACE RUMSFELD
      Guardian, 09-11-2006
     Thursday November ', 2006 ':01 AM AP Photo DCPM113 By ROBERT BURNS and KATHERINE SHRADER Associated Press Writers WASHINGTON (AP) – After years of defending his secretary of defense, President Bush on Wednesday announced Donald H. Rumsfeld‘s resignation within hours of the Democrats‘ triumph in >>>


      BUSH, NANCY PELOSI TRY TO RECONCILE
      Guardian, 09-11-2006
     Thursday November ', 2006 2:01 PM AP Photo WHRE113 By JENNIFER LOVEN Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – He mocked her as a secret admirer‘‘ of tax cuts and an opponent of measures crucial to keeping Americans safe, warning that terrorists win and America loses‘&lsqu >>>


      CALIFORNIA TO REBUILD WITH MODEL PLAN
      Guardian, 09-11-2006
     Thursday November ', 2006 3:46 PM By AARON C. DAVIS Associated Press Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) – Tired of exasperating traffic jams, aging schools and inadequate affordable housing, Californians have launched a new era of public works construction that could become a model for other states.

California v >>>


      CARIBBEAN WON‘T RESTORE EXECUTION ORDER
      Guardian, 09-11-2006
     Thursday November ', 2006 5:46 AM By ROSEANN PILE Associated Press Writer BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) – A new Caribbean court made its first death penalty ruling Wednesday, dismissing an appeal by the Barbados government that sought to restore execution orders for two convicted murderers.

Barbados had a >>>


      CARJACKER EXECUTED FOR TEXAS SLAYING
      Guardian, 09-11-2006
     Thursday November ', 2006 4:16 PM AP Photo DN101 By MICHAEL GRACZYK Associated Press Writer HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) – Texas executed a man convicted in the 1''2 carjack slaying of a vacationer who had been living under an assumed identity in the federal Witness Protection Program.

Willie Shanno >>>


      CONTROL OF SENATE HINGES ON VA. RACE
      Guardian, 09-11-2006
     Thursday November ', 2006 1:01 AM AP Photo VAEV115 By BOB LEWIS AP Political Writer RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – With control of the Senate hanging in the balance, Democrat Jim Webb clung to an excruciatingly small lead and began calling himself Virginia‘s senator–elect Wednesday, while Republican Sen. Geo >>>


      COURT ORDERS NEW KLEBNIKOV MURDER TRIAL
      Guardian, 09-11-2006
     Thursday November ', 2006 12:16 PM MOSCOW (AP) – The Supreme Court on Thursday overturned the acquittal of three suspects in the killing of U.S. journalist Paul Klebnikov, a court spokesman said.

The court, acting on an appeal by prosecutors, ordered a new trial with a new judge, said court spokesman >>>


      DEJA VU: FLA. RECOUNT LIKELY FOR HOUSE
      Guardian, 09-11-2006
     Thursday November ', 2006 3:46 PM AP Photo FLSN101, FLSN108 By PHIL DAVIS Associated Press Writer SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) – The touch–screen voting machines Katherine Harris championed as secretary of state after the 2000 presidential recount may have botched this year‘s election to replace her in the >>>


      DEMOCRATIC PRIORITIES IN CONGRESS
      Guardian, 09-11-2006
     Thursday November ', 2006 2:46 AM By The Associated Press Some priorities set by Democrats in Congress:

–Military: Force an immediate drawdown of troops in Iraq and conduct oversight hearings on missteps on the war. The announcement Wednesday that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was resigning met De >>>


      DEMOCRATS GAIN STATEHOUSE SEATS
      Guardian, 09-11-2006
     Thursday November ', 2006 2:01 AM By ADAM GELLER AP National Writer Riding voter discontent with national Republican leadership, state–level Democrats cemented control of both legislative chambers in 23 states and improved their position in others.

With an estimated net gain of nearly 300 seats, the v >>>


      DEMOCRATS TAKE CONTROL OF THE SENATE
      Guardian, 09-11-2006
     Thursday November ', 2006 1:46 AM AP Photo VAEV118 By LIZ SIDOTI and BOB LEWIS Associated Press Writers WASHINGTON (AP) – Democrats wrested control of the Senate from Republicans Wednesday with an upset victory in Virginia, giving the party complete domination of Capitol Hill for the first time since 1' >>>


      DEMOCRATS WIN CONTROL OF SENATE
      Guardian, 09-11-2006
     Thursday November ', 2006 1:46 AM By LIZ SIDOTI and BOB LEWIS WASHINGTON (AP) – Democrats wrested control of the Senate from Republicans Wednesday with an upset victory in Virginia, giving the party complete domination of Capitol Hill for the first time since 1''4.

Jim Webb‘s squeaker wi >>>



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