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      &#8216;PAKISTAN WANTS TO ENSLAVE AFGHANISTAN&#8217;
      Arab News, 14-12-2006
     Agencies KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, 14 December 2006 Afghanistans president yesterday accused the Pakistani government of trying to turn his countrymen into "slaves," in his strongest words yet blaming Islamabad for a wave of violence.

Hamid Karzai added that he was the only person able to prevent Afghans >>>


      ARAB LEAGUE CHIEF CITES PROGRESS IN LEBANON PARLEYS
      Arab News, 14-12-2006
     Agencies BEIRUT, 14 December 2006 Arab League chief Amr Moussa said yesterday he was making significant progress toward a deal to end Lebanons political crisis.

"In my estimation, there is a great hope that we will reach something (an agreement) on the various issues," Moussa told reporters after talk >>>


      ATTENDANCE DOWN AT SHARJAH BOOK FAIR
      Arab News, 14-12-2006
     Shadiah Abdullah, Arab News DUBAI, 14 December 2006 It was the best of times and worst of times ... for the 25th Sharjah World Book Fair in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) running through tomorrow.

The minimal amount of censorship, a wide variety of books, bargain prices, well organized stalls and ample space fo >>>


      CALL FOR UN ACTION OVER ISRAELI N–ARMS
      Arab News, 14-12-2006
     Agencies CAIRO, 14 December 2006 Iran and Arab states yesterday seized on Prime Minister Ehud Olmerts statement implying that Israel has nuclear weapons, calling it proof of a regional threat and demanding UN action.

On Monday Olmert appeared to admit in breach of the Jewish states decades–long policy of >>>


      EGYPT&#8217;S MINISTER DUE IN ISLAMABAD TODAY
      Arab News, 14-12-2006
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Egypts Minister Due in Islamabad Today Azhar Masood, Arab News

ISLAMABAD, 14 December 2006 Egyptian Foreign Minister Aboul Gheit will arrive here today on a two–day visit to Pakistan.

Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam and Press Counselor at the >>>


      HAMAS JUDGE SLAIN IN GAZA
      Arab News, 14-12-2006
     Agencies KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza, 14 December 2006 Unidentified gunmen dragged a judge from the Hamas Islamist movement out of a taxi and shot him dead in front of his courthouse in Gaza yesterday, increasing fears of a Palestinian civil war. Officials from the governing Hamas faction said Bassam Al–Fara,
28, was a >>>


      IAJUDDIN SAYS ARMY WILL STAY NEUTRAL
      Arab News, 14-12-2006
     Reuters DHAKA, 14 December 2006 Bangladeshs embattled President Iajuddin Ahmed said yesterday he was determined to hold a fair and credible election, despite calls from one of the main contestants in next months elections for him to step down.

Iajuddin, the ceremonial chief of the armed forces, also said the ar >>>


      IRAN PROVINCE LOOKS TO EVERYDAY ISSUES IN POLLS
      Arab News, 14-12-2006
     Aresu Eqbali, Agence France Presse An Iranian woman talks on her cell phone while going home in the town of Takestan, 200 km west of Tehran, on Wednesday. (AFP)

TAKESTAN, Iran, 14 December 2006 Conservative–reformist power struggles or foreign policy are far from the minds of the voters of Takestan, a dus >>>


      JORDAN, IRAQ SET UP EXTRADITION PANEL: BOLANI
      Arab News, 14-12-2006
     Abdul Jalil Mustafa, Arab News AMMAN, 14 December 2006 Visiting Iraqi Interior Minister Jawad Bolani said yesterday that he had agreed with his Jordanian counterpart Eid Al–Fayez on the setting up of higher committee for the extradition of people wanted by the Iraqi government. "The talks have so far produced >>>


      KASHMIRIS SLAM EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT REPORT
      Arab News, 14-12-2006
     Reuters ISLAMABAD, 14 December 2006 Activists from the Himalayan region of Kashmir marched through the Pakistani capital yesterday in a protest against a European Parliament report they said glossed over rights abuses by the Indian military.

The activists opposed to Indian rule in the region said the report iss >>>


      MANMOHAN IN JAPAN FOR TALKS
      Arab News, 14-12-2006
     Nilofar Suhrawardy & Agencies TOKYO/NEW DELHI, 14 December 2006 Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday started a visit to Japan to seek support from the major civilian atomic power for the controversial US–India nuclear cooperation pact.

"I look forward to using this visit to elevate Indi >>>


      PHILIPPINE TROOPS, POLICE FLEX MUSCLES AHEAD OF MASSIVE PROTEST RALLY
      Arab News, 14-12-2006
     Julie Javellana–Santos, Arab News MANILA, 14 December 2006 The armed forces and national police were placed on «high alert» yesterday amid fears of violence as church groups prepared for a massive rally to protest moves by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to change the Philippine Constitution.
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      UN HUMAN RIGHTS BODY HITS SNAG IN DARFUR TALKS
      Arab News, 14-12-2006
     Agencies GENEVA, 14 December 2006 The United Nations Human Rights Council was still struggling yesterday to reach an agreement on a fresh fact–finding mission to the strife–torn Sudanese region of Darfur, despite intense diplomatic pressure. The special session on rights violations in Darfur was moved behind >>>


      US PRESIDENT WILL NOT UNVEIL NEW IRAQI DIRECTION UNTIL 2007
      Arab News, 14-12-2006
     Barbara Ferguson, Arab News WASHINGTON, 14 December 2006 US President George W. Bush, facing intense pressure to craft a new blueprint for the Iraq war, will not be unveiling his new strategy for Iraq until next year, according to his aides, though they insist the US will hold fast to its objectives and commitment.
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      YEMEN BANS TWO JOURNALISTS OVER PROPHET CARTOONS
      Arab News, 14-12-2006
     Arab News ADEN, 14 December 2006 A Yemeni court yesterday sentenced two journalists to a suspended four–month jail term and banned them from writing for one month for reprinting cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), court sources said.

Akram Sabra, editor in chief of the Al–Hu >>>


      ‘04 PENTAGON REPORT CITED DETENTION CONCERNS
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     A01 A previously undisclosed Pentagon report concluded that the three terrorism suspects held at a brig in South Carolina were subjected to months of isolation, and it warned that their "unique" solitary confinement could be viewed as violating U.S. detention standards.

According to a summary of the 2 >>>


      ANTIDEPRESSANTS A SUICIDE RISK FOR YOUNG ADULTS
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     By Shankar VedantamWashington Post Staff WriterThursday, December 14, 2006; A16 Widely used antidepressants double the risk of suicidal behavior in young adults, from around three cases per thousand to seven cases per thousand, according to a huge federal analysis of hundreds of clinical trials. It marks the first time >>>


      DA: PLAYSTATION 3 INVESTIGATION GOES ON
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     WILMINGTON, N.C. –– The investigation into the fatal police shooting of a college student suspected of stealing video game consoles is continuing, even though a grand jury declined to indict a former sheriff‘s deputy, a prosecutor said Thursday.

Another grand jury could hear evidence against f >>>


      DEFENSE RESTS IN THOMPSON MURDER TRIAL
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     PM PASADENA, Calif. –– The defense rested Wednesday in the Mickey Thompson murder trial after calling a flurry of witnesses intended to undermine the prosecution‘s case against the racing legend‘s former business partner.

Deputy Public Defender Elena Saris, an attorney for former sports >>>


      E. COLI CULPRIT WAS PROBABLY LETTUCE, FDA SAYS
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     Shredded lettuce is the most likely source of an E. coli outbreak linked to Taco Bell restaurants in the Northeast, federal officials said yesterday as Taco Bell executives tried to reassure customers that it was safe to eat at the fast–food chain.

Investigators have not found E. coli in samples of lettuc >>>


      EXECUTION OF FLA. INMATE TAKES 34 MIN.
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     STARKE, Fla. –– A man convicted of murdering the manager of a topless bar nearly three decades ago was executed by injection Wednesday, appearing to grimace before dying 34 minutes after receiving the first of two doses of chemicals.

The manner of his death will likely rekindle the argument that Flo >>>


      FIRST FEMALE U.S. SCOUTMASTER DIES AT 88
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     MILFORD, Conn. –– Catherine Pollard, who became the Boy Scouts of America‘s first female U.S. scoutmaster after a years–long legal fight, died Wednesday.

She was 88. Pollard, who volunteered with the Scouts in Milford, died in Seminole, Fla., said Shawn Smith of Smith Funeral Home in Mil >>>


      FOR SALE: 142 ACRES WITH A STORIED PAST
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     LOS GATOS, Calif. –– It was called Holy City, but it was not exactly a model of Christian piety. It was, rather, a commune and tourist trap created in the 1'20s by a white–supremacist huckster.

Now, decades after Holy City fell into ruin, the 142–acre site is a prime piece of real es >>>


      GA. BOARD: HARRY POTTER BOOKS CAN STAY
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     PM ATLANTA –– The Georgia Board of Education voted Thursday to uphold a local school board‘s decision to leave Harry Potter books on library shelves despite a mother‘s objections.

The board members voted without discussion to back the Gwinnett County school board‘s decision to deny >>>


      ICE SWEEP WAS LARGEST EVER AGAINST ONE FIRM
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     A0' The immigration raids on meatpacking plants in six states were the largest sweep of their kind against a single company and resulted in the arrests of 1,282 suspected illegal immigrants, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said yesterday.

The raids early Tuesday of facilities owned by meatpacki >>>


      JUDGE REJECTS DETENTION CHALLENGE OF BIN LADEN‘S DRIVER
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     A0' A federal judge dismissed yesterday a challenge from Osama bin Laden‘s driver over his more than four years of detention at the Guantanamo Bay military prison, saying a new anti–terrorism law approved by Congress this fall removes the lower court‘s jurisdiction in the matter.

U.S. Dist >>>


      MASS. GUNMAN LEFT NOTE BEFORE SUICIDE
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     NEW BEDFORD, Mass. –– A gunman who sneaked into a strip club with an assault rifle and killed two people before fatally shooting himself left behind a note expressing regret, according to an investigator close to the probe.

In the brief note, seized by police from Scott Medeiros‘ home in Freet >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     Soldier Who Refused Return To Iraq Sentenced to 30 Days A soldier who refused to redeploy to Iraq with her unit amid claims of sexual harassment and coercion by her superiors was sentenced yesterday to 30 days in military prison for going AWOL.

Army Spec. Suzanne Swift, 22, formally pleaded guilty to charges of >>>


      NEW CITIZENS, HISTORY MEET IN NYC
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     NEW YORK –– Since becoming the nation‘s chief archivist, Allen Weinstein has embarked on a campaign to expand what he calls "civic literacy" _ teaching people to better understand and appreciate the origins and meaning of American democracy.

Where better to offer such a class than on >>>


      NYPD HOSTS COUNTERTERRORISM CONFERENCE
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     NEW YORK –– Inside an ordinary–looking trailer in Brooklyn, police have recreated the ramshackle apartment used by terrorists to cook up the explosives used last year in the suicide bombings of the London transit system.

Strewn about are empty bottles of hydrogen peroxide and containers of pep >>>


      POLYGAMY SECT LEADER BACK IN COURT
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     AM ST. GEORGE, Utah –– Prosecuting Warren Jeffs on charges of rape as an accomplice could enhance, not diminish, the way the polygamist sect leader is revered by faithful followers, historians say.

The case against Jeffs, head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, was sc >>>


      SEN. JOHNSON RECOVERING FROM SURGERY
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With the balance of power in the U.S. Senate possibly at stake, Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson was recovering on Thursday from surgery performed after he was hospitalized with stroke–like symptoms.

A nurse at George Washington University Hospital said the hospital would issue a s >>>


      SEN. JOHNSON UNDERGOES SURGERY: SOURCE
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota underwent surgery on Wednesday, a source said, after suffering what a doctor called "symptoms of a stroke." The actions prompted concerns about his fellow Democrats‘ razor–thin majority in the incoming Senate.

While there was no >>>


      SOLAR WING REMAINS HALF–RETRACTED
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     PM CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. –– After almost 50 start–and–stop commands, dozens of engineering huddles and seven hours of working on the task, NASA has decided to leave a 115–foot solar wing on the international space station halfway retracted.

The space agency had wanted to retract it >>>


      SOLDIER WON‘T FACE DEATH IN RAPE CASE
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     One of four U.S. soldiers charged with rape and murder in an attack on an Iraqi teenager and her family in March will no longer face the death penalty. U.S. Army officials dropped the maximum punishment in the case yesterday.

The soldier, Pfc. Jesse V. Spielman, 22, could still face life in prison if convicted >>>


      U.S. GETS SUBPOENA TO FORCE ACLU TO RETURN LEAKED MEMO
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     Federal prosecutors are demanding that the American Civil Liberties Union turn over all copies of a secret document it has obtained, in what is apparently the first time a criminal grand jury subpoena has been used in an attempt to seize leaked material, the ACLU and legal experts said yesterday.

Prosecutors ob >>>


      U.S. SEN. JOHNSON IN HOSPITAL AFTER POSSIBLE STROKE
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson, a South Dakota Democrat, was hospitalized Wednesday after suffering a possible stroke, Johnson‘s office said.

"At this stage, he is undergoing a comprehensive evaluation by the stroke team," Johnson‘s office said in a statement.

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      UNPOPULAR IRAQ WAR STILL HAS SUPPORTERS
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     LAKE TEXOMA, Oklahoma (Reuters) – "GOD–BLESS–OUR–TROOPS" is spelled out in four big signs along a wooded stretch of highway in rural southern Oklahoma.

Support for U.S. soldiers in Iraq runs deep in these parts and throughout much of the South and Southwest.

But while >>>


      USGS SCIENTISTS OBJECT TO STRICTER REVIEW RULES
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     By Juliet EilperinWashington Post Staff WriterThursday, December 14, 2006; A2' A new Bush administration policy for reviewing scientific documents before publication has angered some U.S. Geological Survey scientists, who say the elaborate internal review of their work may impede them from conveying information to t >>>


      WASH. MAN FOUND DEAD, RATS EATING BODY
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     KIRKLAND, Wash. –– A deputy investigating neighbors‘ latest complaint that a reclusive homeowner fed rats and didn‘t take out the garbage found a decomposing body in the home with rats feeding on it.

Health officials believe the body found Monday is that of the house‘s resident, Th >>>


      WEATHER HAMPERS SEARCH FOR MT. HOOD CLIMBERS
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     COOPER SPUR, Ore., Dec. 13 –– Cold rain lashed the base of Mount Hood on Wednesday as search parties headed back up the treacherous slopes to look for three climbers missing since the weekend.

A fresh team was joining the search Wednesday, and crews may get some help from heat–seeking unmanned >>>


      WEATHER STYMIES MOUNT HOOD HUNT
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     AM COOPER SPUR, Ore. –– Despite an army of rescue crews and plenty of high–tech equipment, the search for three missing men on Mount Hood has come down to the whims of Mother Nature.

Searchers on Wednesday said brutal winter weather has raged across the top of the mountain and stymied efforts >>>


      WHITE HOUSE CONTESTS POST ON PROVIDING VISITOR LOGS
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     The Bush administration asked an appeals court yesterday to overrule a federal judge and allow the White House to keep secret any records of visitors to Vice President Dick Cheney‘s residence and office.

To make the visitor records public would be an "unprecedented intrusion into the daily operations >>>


      520 BREAKS FOR SELECT COMPANIES ADDED TO TAX BILL
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     A06 A huge tax bill that Congress passed last week contained a little–noticed gift for select corporations –– tens of millions of dollars in breaks on import tariffs.

Early Saturday morning, in the frantic final hours of the 10'th Congress, lawmakers rolled 520 tariff suspensions into the >>>


      AN IOWAN YOU SHOULD KNOW
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     Last week, during a washingtonpost.com chat, a reader in Orange, Calif., asked: "What about Vilsack? He‘s an experienced governor/executive, wins as an underdog at the ballot box, after being ignored by the press. He‘s Midwestern, he‘s a centrist, and he isn‘t Hillary Clinton. Are you not me >>>


      BUSH SR. WORRIED CHINA FACES TRADE BACKLASH IN U.S.
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     BEIJING (Reuters) – China needs to do more to address its trade deficit with the United States or risk a backlash from protectionist elements in the newly Democrat–controlled legislature, former President George Bush said on Thursday.

Bush, father of the current U.S. president and a self–descr >>>


      CHERTOFF SAYS FEMA STILL HAS WORK TO DO
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     PM WASHINGTON –– Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff delivered a backhanded slap Thursday at one of his own agencies, warning it should not allow bureaucratic red tape to tie up emergency victims.

Chertoff, who listed the department‘s response to Hurricane Katrina as one of the " >>>


      CLINTON AND GIULIANI HAVE EARLY EDGE IN ‘08 RACE, POLL SHOWS
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     14, 2006; A03 New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D) and former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani (R), who briefly competed against each other in a Senate race in 2000, hold early leads over potential rivals for their parties‘ 2008 presidential nominations, according to a new Washington Post–ABC News poll >>>


      CLINTON INVITED TO HEADLINE N.H. EVENT
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     CONCORD, N.H. –– New Hampshire Democrats have invited New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to be the featured speaker at a major fundraiser early next year and the potential presidential candidate is considering the invite.

The trip would be Clinton‘s first to the early presidential primary st >>>


      DEMOCRATIC SEN. JOHNSON IN HOSPITAL
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     By Charles Babington and Jonathan WeismanWashington Post Staff WritersThursday, December 14, 2006; A01 Sen. Tim Johnson (D–S.D.) was hospitalized yesterday after falling ill at the Capitol, introducing a note of uncertainty over control of the Senate just weeks before Democrats are to take over with a one–vo >>>


      FAREWELL TO PAX AMERICANA
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     With hindsight we may see 2006 as the end of Pax Americana. Ever since World War II, the United States has used its military and economic superiority to promote a stable world order that has, on the whole, kept the peace and spread prosperity. But the United States increasingly lacks both the power and the will to play >>>


      FBI: CLERIC‘S ILLNESS MAY SPARK ATTACK
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     PM WASHINGTON –– The health of terrorist cleric Omar Abdel–Rahman, the so–called Blind Sheik, is deteriorating _ renewing fears that his death in prison could trigger an attack on the United States, officials said Thursday.

There is no credible indication that an attack on the U.S. is im >>>


      FDA TO DISCUSS HUMAN BLOOD SUBSTITUTE
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     AM WASHINGTON –– The Navy‘s latest proposal to test a blood substitute on 1,100 trauma victims appears more likely to earn a go–ahead from regulators who had blocked the experiment over safety concerns.

The Navy wants to test the product, derived from cow blood, on civilian trauma victim >>>


      HOUSE WIN ADDS INSULT TO INJURY FOR DELAY
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     Staff WriterThursday, December 14, 2006; A04 AUSTIN, Dec. 13 –– Former congressman Ciro Rodriguez‘s victory in a House runoff election Tuesday in Texas not only allowed Democrats to pick up their 30th seat of the 2006 elections but served as a final rebuke to one of the architects of the Republican Hou >>>


      MCCAIN INC.?
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     Some 30 invited corporate representatives and other lobbyists gathered at the Phoenix Park Hotel on Capitol Hill Tuesday morning to hear two senior mainstream Republican senators pitch the 2008 presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain. They were selling him to establishment Republicans as the establishment‘s cand >>>


      MINIMUM WAGE: DEMOCRATS TO RAISE WAGES FOR POOR WORKERS
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The incoming Democratic–led U.S. Congress intends to give a hand to dishwashers, fast–food cooks and America‘s other poorest–paid workers by raising the federal minimum wage for the first time in a decade.

With the gap between rich and poor widening, Democrat >>>


      MINUS JOHNSON, SENATE WOULD SPLIT 50–50
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     12:41 PM WASHINGTON –– The last time the Senate convened with a perfect balance of 50 Republicans and 50 Democrats, the two parties struck a power–sharing agreement.

Republicans got control of the Senate, but gave Democrats equal representation on the committees that drive the legislative mach >>>


      NEW CONGRESS IS MORE TRUSTED THAN PRESIDENT
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     December 14, 2006; A03 Americans trust Democratic lawmakers more than President Bush to handle the nation‘s toughest problems, including the Iraq war, and a quarter of Republicans are glad that Democrats have won control of Congress, a Washington Post–ABC News poll finds.

At the same time, however, >>>


      PAULSON KEEPS UP PRESSURE ON CHINA TO SPEED REFORM
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson urged China on Thursday to work toward a freely floating currency, only to be told that America fails to understand how Beijing is making headway on economic reform.

Speaking at the start of two days of high–powered talks aimed at easing trad >>>


      PAULSON WASTES NO TIME PUSHING CHINA ON YUAN
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson urged China on Thursday to make its currency more flexible as a prelude to a freely floating exchange rate in the medium term.

Paulson was speaking at the start of high–powered talks with China aimed at easing trade and currency frictions tha >>>


      PHYSICIAN CONFIRMS JOHNSON‘S CONDITION
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     ':58 AM –– Statement from Adm. John Eisold, attending physician of the United States Capitol, about the condition of Sen. Tim Johnson, D–S.D., as released by Johnson‘s office Thursday: "Subsequent to his admission to George Washington University Hospital yesterday, Senator Tim Johnson wa >>>


      REUTERS POLITICS SUMMARY
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     Sen. Johnson undergoes surgery: source WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota underwent surgery on Wednesday, a source said, after suffering what a doctor called "symptoms of a stroke." The actions prompted concerns about his fellow Democrats‘ razor–thin majority in the incom >>>


      RUMSFELD BACKS OFF FROM MEDIA BATTLES IN LAST DAYS
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Donald Rumsfeld, once famous for his combative news conferences, has chosen to limit his media contacts to friendly audiences in his final days as defense secretary rather than do battle one last time.

The ex–college wrestler reveled in sparring with reporters during the war i >>>


      RUMSFELD CAREER ENDING IN IGNOMINY OF IRAQ
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     AM WASHINGTON –– History seems to be in a hurry to judge Donald H. Rumsfeld.

And despite his half century in public service, a defense secretary who served three presidents and oversaw two wars is being sized up not by the long reach of his career but by its ending _ the body slam of Iraq.

>>>


      RUN NOW, OBAMA
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     New Hampshire was recently brightened by the presence of Barack Obama,
45, who, calling the fuss about him "baffling," made his first trip in 45 years to that state, and not under duress. Because he is young, is just two years distant from a brief career as a state legislator and has negligible national se >>>


      RUSSIA‘S KILLING WAYS
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     The KGB and its predecessors liquidated people abroad quite regularly in the 1'20s and ‘30s and even after World War II. But after two embarrassing and highly publicized defections of assassins, in 1'57 and 1'5', these activities ceased. Nikita Khrushchev, Leonid Brezhnev and later Yuri Andropov al >>>


      S.D. SEN. TIM JOHNSON UNDERGOES SURGERY
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     5:33 AM WASHINGTON –– Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson underwent surgery after being hospitalized with symptoms of a stroke just weeks before his party, with only a one–vote majority, was to take control of the Senate.

The nature of the surgery or the South Dakota lawmaker‘s condition was not >>>


      SEN. JOHNSON RECOVERING FROM SURGERY
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With the balance of power in the U.S. Senate possibly at stake, Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson was recovering on Thursday from surgery performed after he was hospitalized with stroke–like symptoms.

A nurse at George Washington University Hospital said the hospital would issue a s >>>


      SENATOR KERRY URGES DIALOGUE WITH IRAN, SYRIA
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     CAIRO (Reuters) – U.S. Senator John Kerry, the Democratic candidate for the presidency in 2004, said on Thursday the U.S.

administration should talk to Syria and Iran. Kerry also told reporters in Cairo he believed U.S. policy in the Middle East was in trouble, partly because the United States had failed >>>


      SOUTH DAKOTA SEN. JOHNSON SUFFERS POSSIBLE STROKE
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     By LAURIE KELLMAN Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) –– Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota suffered a possible stroke Wednesday and was taken to a hospital, his office said.

If he should be unable to continue to serve, it could halt the scheduled Democratic takeover of the Senate. Demo >>>


      SOUTH DAKOTA SENATOR HOSPITALIZED
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     ':2' PM WASHINGTON –– Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota was hospitalized after becoming disoriented Wednesday, weeks before his party is to take control of the Senate by a one–vote margin.

Johnson, who turns 60 on Dec. 28, was admitted to George Washington University Hospital >>>


      U.S. MILITARY CHIEFS URGE SHIFT IN IRAQ WAR: REPORT
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff are recommending a shift in the military focus in Iraq from battling insurgents to strengthening Iraqi forces along with a new emphasis on resolving political and economic issues, The Washington Post reported on Thursday.

Citing sources familiar with t >>>


      U.S. SEN. JOHNSON HOSPITALIZED
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota was hospitalized on Wednesday with what was initially described as a possible stroke, drawing the concern of fellow Democrats preparing to take control next month of a closely divided Senate.

Several hours after Johnson was admitted to George Wa >>>


      US GENERAL URGES POLITICAL, ECONOMIC STEPS IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The new U.S. operational commander in Iraq urged the Iraqi government on Thursday to take more political and economic steps to ease sectarian violence, including holding regional elections in 2007 and creating jobs.

"This is not just a military solution," Lieutenant General R >>>


      WASHINGTON EXPERTS DIFFER OVER ENGAGING IRAN
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     2006; 2:08 PM WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. attempts to engage Iran on single issues like Iraq and nuclear weapons have no chance of success unless they are part of a comprehensive approach including restoring normal relations, some U.S. experts say.

President George W. Bush, now urgently reassessing an Ira >>>


      WAYS & MEANS
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     By Wil HaygoodWashington Post Staff WriterThursday, December 14, 2006; C01 Back then, on the streets of Harlem, he‘d take a full swing at his foes.

He was a high school dropout, a dead–end kid until he picked himself up and put on that military uniform. In the Korean War he fought like hell, brought >>>


      2 IRAQI POLICEMEN KILLED IN CAR BOMBING
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     AM BAGHDAD, Iraq –– A car bomb killed two policemen who were trying to defuse it in Baghdad‘s Sadr City section, where officers were on high alert Thursday after receiving tips that militants were moving more bombs into the Shiite slum.

Four civilians were wounded in the blast at 11:30 p.m. We >>>


      300 MAZAHUA INDIANS SEIZE MEXICAN PLANT
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     MEXICO CITY –– A group of about 300 Mazahua Indians briefly seized a water treatment plant on Mexico City‘s western outskirts Wednesday and temporarily cut off one of the main sources of water for the metropolis of 18 million people, the National Water Commission said.

The protest was motivate >>>


      AFGHAN PRESIDENT LASHES OUT AT PAKISTAN
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     KANDAHAR, Afghanistan –– Afghan President Hamid Karzai has dumped diplomatic talk of "brotherly relations" with Pakistan for rhetorical fireballs blaming the neighboring country for his nation‘s spiraling militant violence. Analysts said Karzai could trying to wrench U.S. attention from Iraq >>>


      AT LEAST 55 DIE IN MORE IRAQI VIOLENCE
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     PM BAGHDAD, Iraq –– A new round of car bombings and other violence struck Iraq on Wednesday, with 55 people killed or found dead as the Iraqi government unveiled a plan to assume responsibility for security in Baghdad by early next year.

The relentless attacks indicate how hard it may be for the Ira >>>


      BAN SWORN IN AS U.N. SECRETARY–GENERAL
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     PM UNITED NATIONS –– South Korea‘s Ban Ki–moon was sworn in Thursday as the eighth secretary–general of the United Nations, promising to make his top priority the restoration of trust in the world body that has been tarnished by corruption scandals.

Ban, 62, will take the reins of >>>


      BUS CRASH KILLS 21 IN PERUVIAN JUNGLE
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     LIMA, Peru –– A passenger bus slammed into an oncoming truck on mountain curve and plunged into a river in Peru‘s Amazonas state Wednesday, killing at least 21 people and injuring 30, authorities said.

The accident happened in a mountainous jungle region of Amazonas, 422 miles northwest of the >>>


      BUSH ‘WON‘T BE RUSHED‘ ON IRAQ
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     2006; 6:02 PM President Bush said today he has rejected "some ideas that would lead to defeat" as he considers a new Iraq strategy, and he vowed not to be "rushed" into a decision.

Wrapping up a round of consultations with U.S. military and civilian officials and Iraqi leaders, Bush said aft >>>


      BUSH ADDS 8 MORE COUNTRIES TO MALARIA FIGHT
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     1:58 PM President Bush and first lady Laura Bush hosted a summit on malaria today and added eight more African countries to a White House initiative aimed at taming the mosquito–borne disease that still claims more than a million lives a year, mostly young children in sub–Saharan Africa.

The adminis >>>


      CATHOLIC PRIEST GUILTY IN RWANDA GENOCIDE
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     NAIROBI, Dec. 13 –– A Catholic priest was convicted Wednesday of taking part in Rwanda‘s 1''4 genocide by ordering militiamen to set fire to a church and then bulldoze it while 2,000 people seeking safety were huddled inside.

The Rev. Athanase Seromba was sentenced by the International >>>


      CIRCUMCISIONS FOUND TO SLOW SPREAD OF HIV
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     2006; 5:40 PM JOHANNESBURG, Dec. 13 –– Two major studies released Wednesday confirmed that circumcision can dramatically slow the spread of HIV among African men, suggesting that widely offering the procedure could prevent millions of deaths in countries most seriously affected by AIDS, researchers said.
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      COMMUNISTS VOW TO STEP UP ATTACKS IN PHILIPPINES
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine communist guerrillas vowed to step up attacks on government security forces outside the capital to coincide with protests against attempts to alter the political system, a rebel spokesman said late on Wednesday.

The New People‘s Army (NPA) said it had ordered its member >>>


      DEFYING BUSH, SENATOR VISITS SYRIA
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     By Robin WrightWashington Post Staff WriterThursday, December 14, 2006; A22 The White House lashed out at Syria yesterday, as Sen. Bill Nelson (D–Fla.) defied pressure from the administration and went ahead with talks with Syrian President Bashar al–Assad in Damascus. Afterward, Nelson said he sees a new &qu >>>


      EVICTION OF BUSHMEN IS RULED ILLEGAL
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     By Craig TimbergWashington Post Foreign ServiceThursday, December 14, 2006; A20 JOHANNESBURG, Dec. 13 –– A court in Botswana ruled Wednesday that the government was wrong to evict thousands of Bushmen from their homes in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and should allow one of Africa‘s most ancient pe >>>


      FDA APPROVES TEST TO SCREEN BLOOD FOR DISEASE SPREAD BY PARASITE
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     A15 The Food and Drug Administration yesterday approved a test to screen donated blood and organs for Chagas disease, an infection common in parts of Latin America.

Infections traceable to transfusions or transplants are extremely rare, with only a dozen documented in North America in the past two decades.
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      FLURRY OF TEXT MESSAGES ENDS IRAN VOTE CAMPAIGN
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     TEHRAN (Reuters) – In a flurry of last–minute mobile text messages from rival camps, campaigning ended in Iran before Friday‘s elections that will be the first popularity test for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad since he won the presidency last year.

"Let us show our unity again. Vote for Ahmadinejad >>>


      GUNBATTLE PROMPTS GAZA CROSSING SHUTDOWN
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     PM RAFAH, Gaza Strip –– Hamas militants, angry that Israel had blocked the Palestinian prime minister‘s return to Gaza, burst into the Rafah border terminal Thursday and engaged in a gunbattle with guards before it was closed.

After dark, two loud explosions rocked the area and police said mil >>>


      GUNMEN KIDNAP 10 CHILDREN IN HAITI
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     AM PORT–AU–PRINCE, Haiti –– Gunmen abducted 10 children after hijacking a school bus and another car Wednesday in brazen daylight assaults, according to local media reports.

Haitian police spokesman Frantz Lerebours confirmed that several students were kidnapped, but said he did not know >>>


      HOLOCAUST CONFERENCE BRINGS DISBELIEF ON ALL SIDES
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     December 14, 2006; A02 NEW YORK –– They sent congratulatory telegrams to Hamas, their rabbis advised Yasser Arafat (and took a fee for their trouble), and they stood outside the White House wagging signs –– "Judaism Has No Right to Rule over ANY PART of the Holy Land" –– to >>>


      ISRAEL‘S COURT UPHOLDS MILITARY‘S RIGHT TO ASSASSINATE
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     8:14 AM JERUSALEM, Dec. 14––Israel‘s high court on Thursday upheld the military‘s right to assassinate members of what the state defines as terrorist organizations, but cautioned that decisions to launch such operations should always weigh the potential harm to civilian bystanders and the rights >>>


      ISRAEL BLOCKS PALESTINIAN PM FROM RETURNING TO GAZA
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     GAZA (Reuters) – Israel blocked Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, a Hamas leader, from returning to Gaza on Thursday after a visit abroad, in an effort to prevent him bringing in money donated by Iran.

The Israeli move ratcheted up tensions further in the Gaza Strip, where security has declined s >>>


      JAILED FORMER ETA LEADER BEING FORCE FED
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     MADRID, Spain –– Doctors have begun force–feeding a jailed former leader of the Basque separatist group ETA who is staging a second hunger strike to protest his imprisonment, a prison department spokesman said Wednesday.

Jose Ignacio de Juana Chaos _ who has been in prison since 1'87 for k >>>


      LEBANESE GOVERNMENT ISSUES OWN WARNING
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     2006; A22 BEIRUT, Dec. 13 –– For years, Fouad Siniora was a man of numbers more than rhetoric, as a banker, finance minister and friend to Rafiq al–Hariri, the billionaire former prime minister assassinated last year. This week, he stood before a crowd that included more than 1,800 women at his barrica >>>


      MARINE IN PHILIPPINES RAPE CASE APPEALS
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     AM MANILA, Philippines –– Lawyers for a U.S. Marine convicted of raping a Filipino woman asked a Philippine court on Thursday to transfer him to American custody during his appeal.

Lance Cpl. Daniel Smith‘s lawyers filed the motion with the Court of Appeals a day after Judge Benjamin Pozon of >>>


      MASS ABDUCTION IN IRAQ, US GENERAL DEMANDS ACTION
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Gunmen in camouflage uniforms kidnapped about 30 Iraqis in a daylight attack in Baghdad on Thursday, highlighting the threat from sectarian death squads which a top U.S. general said must be reined in.

Most were released unharmed hours later in the predominantly Shi‘ite Muslim Sh >>>



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