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      AN IDEAL IN NEED OF RESCUE
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     One of the many disastrous consequences of President Bush‘s botched policy in Iraq is that it has given the promotion of democracy a bad name.

If the report of the Iraq Study Group is nothing else, it is a devastating declaration that the administration‘s approach is an abject failure and that the U >>>


      AT STATE, THE NEWS NEEDS NO MUSE
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     The Iraq Study Group report rocketed through town Wednesday, setting thousands of reporters off in search of foreign policy experts to opine about what it all meant.

Some agencies tried to make sure none of their people was caught talking out of school about the report, which, as White House spokesman Tony Snow >>>


      BUSH LISTENED, BUT DID HE HEAR?
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     I‘ve been in this business long enough to recognize journalism when I see it. The first tip–off was the way the canny old pros in the Iraq Study Group (not one of whom I‘d play poker with for money) studded their report‘s brief executive summary with explosive phrases –– a "grave >>>


      CONGRESS TO PASS STOPGAP FUNDS UNTIL FEBRUARY 15
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lawmakers were poised to pass legislation on Friday to keep the U.S. government running through February 15 after the outgoing Republican–led Congress failed to approve a series of regular spending bills.

The House of Representatives and Senate were expected to easily approve >>>


      CONGRESS TO TRY TO CONVENE 110TH SESSION
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     WASHINGTON –– The Republican era in Congress staggered toward a close with lawmakers trying to hold together a fragile agreement on a massive tax and trade legislation considered essential before they can adjourn.

House votes on the package, which includes some $38 billion in tax breaks for business >>>


      CONGRESS TO VOTE ON INDIA NUCLEAR DEAL
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     6:33 AM WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congress will vote on Friday on legislation that is a big step toward allowing nuclear–armed India to purchase U.S. nuclear reactors and fuel for the first time in three decades, lawmakers and aides said on Thursday.

The vote was set after negotiators for the Senate an >>>


      COSTLY FLEET UPDATE FALTERS
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     8, 2006; A01 A multibillion–dollar effort to modernize the Coast Guard‘s fleet has suffered delays, cost increases, design flaws and, most recently, the idling of eight 123–foot patrol boats that were found to be not seaworthy after an $88 million refurbishment.

The sidelining of eight of 10 M >>>


      DANGERS IN A DOLLAR ON THE EDGE
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     Let‘s face it. Foreign exchange markets are not mass entertainment. They‘re not the NFL, MTV or MySpace. So you might have missed the latest excitement of the sliding dollar. Who cares if the euro is now worth $1.33 instead of the $1.28 it was worth on Nov. 20 –– a 4 percent loss for the dollar?< >>>


      DIVERSITY OF OPINION ON IMAMS‘ DISPUTE WITH AIRLINE
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 7 –– For years, the Minneapolis–St. Paul area has been known for its liberalism and tolerance, especially when it comes to religion.

Many Muslims, including the largest population of Somalis outside of Mogadishu, make their home in the Twin Cities. The area just elected the n >>>


      FOLEY PANEL SAYS GOP NEGLIGENT OF TEENS
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     WASHINGTON –– The House ethics committee has concluded that Republican leaders were negligent in protecting male pages from ex–Rep. Mark Foley‘s improper advances, but they did not break any rules in handling the Foley case, a congressional aide said Friday.

The committee was releasing i >>>


      FOR NOW, AN UNOFFICIAL RIVALRY
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     By Charles Babington and Shailagh MurrayWashington Post Staff WritersFriday, December 8, 2006; A01 On Wednesday night, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy hosted the nine Democratic members of his health and education committee at an intimate dinner in his home in Washington‘s Kalorama neighborhood. The surroundings were styli >>>


      FORMER U.N. AMBASSADOR JEANE KIRKPATRICK DIES AT 80
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Jeane Kirkpatrick, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under former President Ronald Reagan, has died, the American Enterprise Institute, where she was a senior fellow, said on its Web site on Friday.

She was 80 years old.

>>>


      HIGHLIGHTS OF TAX AND TRADE LEGISLATION
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     ':07 PM –– Highlights of the tax and trade legislation considered by the House Thursday: TAX RELIEF: _Allows taxpayers with incomes of $65,000 or less ($130,000 for couples filing a joint return) to deduct $4,000 for higher education costs. The above–the–line deduction is $2,000 for those ear >>>


      HILL ACCORD REACHED ON NUCLEAR FUEL FOR INDIA
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     Lawmakers reached agreement yesterday on allowing U.S. shipments of civilian nuclear fuel to India, clearing the way for overturning decades of American anti–proliferation policy.

After several days of talks, congressional negotiators signed off on the measure, which reconciles separate versions previousl >>>


      HOUSE PANEL FINDS REPUBLICANS NEGLIGENT IN SCANDAL
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A House ethics panel has concluded that Republicans failed to adequately respond to warnings about a lawmaker blamed for the Internet sex scandal that shook the U.S. Congress this year, a source said on Friday.

Concluding a two–month investigation, the bipartisan panel found t >>>


      INDIA SAYS NUKE DEAL WILL NOT BIND ITS FOREIGN POLICY
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A compromise bill agreed by U.S. lawmakers to allow civil nuclear energy cooperation with India was welcomed by New Delhi on Friday, but the foreign ministry said policy would not bound by the deal.

New Delhi had strongly objected to a provision in earlier drafts of the legislation w >>>


      IRAQ REPORT A REBUKE TO BUSH POLICY
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     WASHINGTON –– The bipartisan report urging a crash "diplomatic offensive" to stave off chaos in Iraq and seek solutions to the Arab–Israeli conflict is a more nuanced version of a common rebuke to President Bush‘s foreign policy: You can‘t go it alone.

The much awaited re >>>


      IT‘S A CHENEY!
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     My only regret about Mary Cheney‘s pregnancy is that it didn‘t happen earlier –– say, during the 2004 presidential race, when Cheney was working for her father‘s campaign and his running mate was busy trying to write discrimination against people like her into the Constitution.

Ima >>>


      JEANE KIRKPATRICK, EX–AMBASSADOR, DIES
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     WASHINGTON –– Former U.N. Ambassador Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, a one–time Democrat who switched to the Republican Party and warmly embraced Reagan era conservatism, has died. She was 80.

Kirkpatrick‘s death was announced Friday at the senior staff meeting of the U.S. mission to the United Na >>>


      LABOR SEES OPENING TO REVERSE DECLINES
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     WASHINGTON –– After 50 years of decline, the labor movement sees an opening to reverse that trend with the election of a Congress controlled by Democrats.

And they are starting an intense campaign Friday to win passage of the Employee Free Choice Act, a proposal that would make it easier to form a u >>>


      LABOR TO PUSH AGENDA IN CONGRESS IT HELPED ELECT
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     A13 Six months before the November elections, alarms sounded throughout the labor movement. A flurry of memos from the field warned that high–level rancor from the 2005 breakup of the AFL–CIO was gumming up political mobilization on the ground, threatening to blow the Democrats‘ opportunity to retake C >>>


      LAWMAKERS AGREE ON U.S.–INDIA NUKE BILL
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     WASHINGTON –– Lawmakers have settled differences on landmark legislation to allow U.S. shipments of civilian nuclear fuel to India, clearing the way for passage of a measure that will overturn three decades of American anti–proliferation policy.

The bill was likely to be approved in final Hous >>>


      LAWMAKERS POISED TO ACT ON ECONOMIC PACKAGE
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress was preparing to take up a patchwork economic package on Friday that would open trade with old foe Vietnam, give new life to some popular tax breaks and open parts of the Gulf of Mexico to new oil and gas drilling.

The U.S. House of Representatives was poised to ta >>>


      LAWMAKERS WORK TOWARD DEAL ON MEDICARE
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     WASHINGTON –– Lawmakers worked behind the scenes Thursday to reach agreement on Medicare legislation that would have a major impact on the bottom line for doctors, nursing homes, insurers and hospitals.

Before adjourning for the year, Congress looked for ways to avoid cutting doctors‘ pay for >>>


      RETIRING FRIST BIDS FAREWELL TO SENATE
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     WASHINGTON –– Their farewell hug was awkward at best. When Democratic leader Harry Reid held open his arms to the man he battled and will replace, retiring Majority Leader Bill Frist, the Tennessee doctor hesitated before returning the embrace.

Loosely. Frist, serving the last days of a self–i >>>


      REUTERS POLITICS SUMMARY
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     U.S. says trade friction with China could escalate HONG KONG (Reuters) – The United States sees potentially escalating trade friction with China next year as Beijing is stepping up restrictions on foreign investment and recent U.S.

Congressional elections create uncertainty, a U.S. trade official said on >>>


      RUMSFELD BIDS FAREWELL TO PENTAGON
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     WASHINGTON –– In an emotional farewell, Donald H. Rumsfeld said Friday the single worst day of his nearly six years as secretary of defense occurred when he learned of the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse in Iraq.

Speaking to a gathering of Pentagon employees 10 days before he is scheduled to leave office, >>>


      SENATE APPROVES FDA CHIEF
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     By Christopher LeeWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, December 8, 2006; A37 The Senate broke with tradition yesterday in clearing a path for Andrew C. von Eschenbach to become commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration despite attempts by two lawmakers to block the final vote.

In one of his last official >>>


      THAT MURDER IN LONDON
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     The poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, renegade Russian spy and fierce critic of Vladimir Putin‘s government, is everywhere being called a mystery.

There is dark speculation about unnamed "rogue elements" either in the Russian secret services or among ultranationalists acting independently of th >>>


      THE LAST GASP OF A SMOKE–FILLED ROOM?
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     By Lyndsey LaytonWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, December 8, 2006; A01 When the District goes smoke–free Jan. 2, at least one nicotine haven will remain: the U.S. Capitol. Lawmakers, several of whom enjoy a good cigar, have exempted themselves from the city‘s smoking ban, not to mention rules that forbid >>>


      U.S. TROOPS MAY BE ABLE TO LEAVE IRAQ
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     AM WASHINGTON –– Significant U.S. combat troops could be pulled out of Iraq by early 2008 as long as the Iraqis meets specific goals toward establishing a unified government, a senior U.S. commander in Iraq said Friday.

"I think that‘s possible, if, in fact, we have interim steps that are >>>


      UPON RETIRING, FRIST URGES SENATORS TO WORK TOGETHER
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     As man–hugs go, this one was definitely uncomfortable to watch. Apparently taking the Democrats‘ pledge of civility seriously, Sen. Harry M. Reid of Nevada bearhugged a startled Sen. Bill Frist yesterday, as Frist, the outgoing majority leader, bid farewell to his colleagues on the Senate floor. As the two m >>>


      VA MENTAL HEALTH SPENDING IS FAULTED
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     By Suzanne GamboaAssociated PressFriday, December 8, 2006; A37 The Department of Veterans Affairs did not spend all of the extra $300 million it budgeted to increase mental health services and failed to keep track of how some of the money was used, a government report says.

VA launched a plan in 2004 to improve >>>


      W.HOUSE WON‘T ACCEPT ALL PROPOSALS FROM BAKER GROUP
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Friday dismissed former Secretary of State James Baker‘s appeal that his Iraq recommendations be largely adopted as a whole and said President George W. Bush was considering various proposals for a change in course.

Democrats who will take control of the U.S >>>


      ANGLING FOR A WHIFF OF FREEDOM ON A JAMPACKED CITY BRIDGE
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     A20 ISTANBUL At 1 p.m. on a November weekday, the urban fishermen of Istanbul are lined up elbow–to–elbow on the Galata Bridge.

Aydin Aydogan has waited all morning for this –– his lunchtime escape from a claustrophobic little jewelry stall in the congested Grand Bazaar. Two hours of fre >>>


      ANOTHER LITVINENKO WITNESS HIT BY RADIATION: IFAX
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     MOSCOW (Reuters) – Andrei Lugovoy, a contact of poisoned Russian ex–spy Alexander Litvinenko, is suffering from radiation poisoning, Interfax news agency said on Friday, quoting medical sources.

"Disruption in the functioning of some organs affected by radiation nuclides has been found," t >>>


      ARMED GROUP SURFACES IN KOSOVO
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     PRISTINA, Serbia (Reuters) – The United Nations urged patience in Serbia‘s breakaway Kosovo province on Friday following reports of armed men patrolling the tense west.

Their appearance follows a decision to delay until 2007 a decision on independence from Serbia which the '0 percent Albanian ma >>>


      BILL CLINTON SUPPORTS DIALOGUE WITH IRAN
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     THE HAGUE, Netherlands –– Former President Bill Clinton on Thursday endorsed the idea of talks with Iran and Syria to help ease the bloodletting in Iraq, saying it would also be in Tehran‘s interests.

Clinton spoke in the Netherlands the day after the Iraq Study Group, a bipartisan panel that >>>


      BLAIR STOKES DEBATE ON RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     LONDON –– Prime Minister Tony Blair stoked a simmering debate over religious tolerance and cultural assimilation on Friday, saying it was the duty of all immigrants to integrate into British society.

Blair announced plans to more carefully allocate funding to faith groups, saying grants would no lon >>>


      BLAIR TELLS MIGRANTS TO ACCEPT BRITISH VALUES
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     LONDON (Reuters) – People wanting to settle in Britain had a duty to integrate and must conform to its values or stay away, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Friday.

Blair said the government would take a series of measures to encourage immigrants and minorities to mix with mainstream British soci >>>


      CANADA WON‘T REOPEN GAY MARRIAGE DEBATE
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     TORONTO –– Canada‘s Parliament voted Thursday not to reopen the gay marriage debate, letting stand a law passed last year that legalized marriage for same–sex couples.

During the last election campaign, Conservative leader Stephen Harper _ now the prime minister _ had promised to hold a >>>


      CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER LOSES BID TO OUTLAW GAY MARRIAGE AGAIN
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     A23 TORONTO, Dec. 7 –– Canada‘s House of Commons rejected a move Thursday by Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper to reopen debate on a national law permitting same–sex marriages.

The House, by a vote of 123 to 175, refused the motion brought by Harper to fulfill a campaign promise >>>


      COURT: OK TO GOSSIP BEHIND BOSS‘ BACK
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia –– It‘s OK to use derogatory and vulgar language about your superiors in the office as long as it is done behind their backs, a Malaysian court has ruled.

The Industrial Court said a secretary at Malaysia National Insurance Bhd. was not guilty of misconduct when she sent >>>


      CYPRUS SAYS WILL GET TOUGH IF EU ACCEPTS TURKISH OFFER
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     NICOSIA (Reuters) – Cyprus said on Friday it would adopt a tougher stance to Turkey‘s EU membership negotiations if its EU partners accepted a last–ditch offer from Ankara to avert partial suspension of talks.

Turkey offered on Thursday to open a major port to traffic from Cyprus in a step tow >>>


      EGYPT EXPELS 2 BELGIAN, 8 FRENCH SUSPECTED TERRORISTS
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     CAIRO, Dec. 7 –– Authorities expelled two Belgian and eight French suspected terrorists Thursday, but an American and another French citizen remained in Egyptian custody, officials said.

The 12, along with an unknown number of Egyptians and Arabs from other countries, were arrested late last month f >>>


      EU PRESIDENT SAYS TURKISH OFFER NOT ENOUGH
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     PM HELSINKI/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU President Finland said on Friday a Turkish offer to open one port to Cypriot ships did not go far enough and it expected the bloc to approve a partial freeze of accession talks with Ankara next week.

"What Turkey has said is not enough...Turkey has not fulfilled it >>>


      EX–DETAINEES SEEK TO SUE U.S. OFFICIALS
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     By Carol D. LeonnigWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, December 8, 2006; A10 In a federal courtroom today, nine former prisoners at U.S. military prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan will seek through an unusual lawsuit to hold outgoing Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and top military commanders personally responsible f >>>


      FIJIAN CHIEFS MAY MEET WITH COUP LEADER
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     SUVA, Fiji –– Fiji‘s powerful tribal chiefs indicated Friday they would meet the armed forces leader who ousted the prime minister in a coup this week, boosting his hopes of gaining credibility and solidifying his power.

The beleaguered premier, Laisenia Qarase, urged bureaucrats to defy order >>>


      GUANTANAMO DETAINEES GOING TO NEW PRISON
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba –– The U.S. military transferred the first group of detainees on Thursday to a new maximum–security prison at Guantanamo Bay designed to restrict contact among the prisoners and prevent attacks on guards.

More than 40 detainees were brought to the $37 million pr >>>


      HANIYEH: HAMAS WILL NOT RECOGNIZE ISRAEL
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     AM TEHRAN, Iran –– Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh told thousands of Iranians on Friday that his Hamas–led government will never recognize Israel and will continue to fight for the "liberation of Jerusalem." Making his first visit abroad since the militant group took power in March, >>>


      HEZBOLLAH CHIEF RALLIES PROTESTERS
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     By Anthony ShadidWashington Post Foreign ServiceFriday, December 8, 2006; A20 BEIRUT, Dec. 7 –– Hezbollah‘s leader, Hasan Nasrallah, vowed Thursday to keep protesters in downtown Beirut until a new Lebanese government is installed, but insisted that his group and its allies would not provoke another ci >>>


      HOW U.S. AID TO EL SALVADOR COULD MISS OUT
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     By Marcela SanchezSpecial to washingtonpost.comFriday, December 8, 2006;
12:00 AM WASHINGTON –– El Salvador has become the first low– to middle–income country to secure a grant from the Millennium Challenge Corporation, President Bush‘s foreign aid program designed to assist well– >>>


      ILLNESS SPREADS TO THIRD LITVINENKO CONTACT: REPORT
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     MOSCOW (Reuters) – A second Russian businessman who met murdered ex–spy Alexander Litvinenko on the day he fell ill is now sick from radiation poisoning, local media quoted medical sources as saying on Friday.

Andrei Lugovoy has damage to vital organs consistent with exposure to dangerous levels of >>>


      INDONESIANS PIN HIGH HOPES ON ELECTIONS
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     DAYAH TANOH, Indonesia –– Before last year‘s peace deal, Cek Bi used to lie awake at night listening to gunfire rattling through her village. Now, she hopes Monday‘s elections will make the truce between the government and rebels in Indonesia‘s Aceh province permanent.

"My hus >>>


      INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES ‘MUST DO BETTER‘
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     By Walter PincusWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, December 8, 2006; A31 The U.S. intelligence community has failed to provide policymakers with a clear understanding of the Iraq insurgency, the role of militias or the level of violence in that country, according to the Iraq Study Group.

"Clearly U.S. int >>>


      IRAQIS, U.S. DISPUTE DEADLY RAID IN NEW FRICTION
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi and U.S. officials disputed each others‘ accounts of an overnight raid and air strike on Friday that killed up to 20 people in a new sign of friction over allegations of American troops killing civilians.

The U.S. military said ground forces with air support killed 20 suspe >>>


      KURDISH LEADER REJECTS IRAQ REPORT
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     BAGHDAD, Iraq –– Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani, a longtime Washington ally, has angrily rejected the Iraq Study Group‘s recommendations, warning that any delay in deciding the fate of an oil–rich region claimed by the Kurds would have "grave consequences." Barzani, president of the 15& >>>


      LA OPORTUNIDAD QUE PODR?A PERDER LA AYUDA DE EE.UU. A EL SALVADOR
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     Por Marcela SanchezEspecial por washingtonpost.comFriday, December 8, 2006;
12:00 AM La semana pasada El Salvador se convirti? en el primer pa?s de ingresos medios bajos en beneficiarse de la Cuenta del Reto del Milenio (MCC, seg?n siglas en ingl?s),el programa de ayuda exterior del Presidente Bush dise?ado para asi >>>


      LEBANON PRIME MINISTER DERIDES HEZBOLLAH
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     BEIRUT, Lebanon –– Prime Minister Fuad Saniora denounced Hezbollah and its leader on Friday in an unusually personal attack, a day after the guerrilla group‘s chief renewed his pledge to bring down the U.S.–backed government.

The prime minister and Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah >>>


      MAHMOUD ABBAS WEIGHS OPTIONS ON HAMAS
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     RAMALLAH, West Bank –– A panel has advised Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to leave the militant Hamas group in power for now, but call new elections after the economic crisis in the Palestinian territories worsens further, a member of the group said Thursday.

In Gaza, meanwhile, some 2,000 supp >>>


      NIGERIAN MILITANTS THREATEN MORE ATTACKS
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     ABUJA (Reuters) – A Nigerian militant group, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), has claimed responsibility for a raid on an oil export terminal on Thursday in which four expatriate workers were kidnapped.

MEND, which staged a series of attacks on the oil industry in February that >>>


      PROBE CONTINUES AS RUSSIAN SPY BURIED
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     LONDON –– A former KGB agent was buried in a rain–swept London cemetery Thursday, his grave surrounded by Russian emigres and his body sealed in a coffin to prevent further contamination by the radioactive substance that killed him.

But the drama of Alexander Litvinenko‘s death was not o >>>


      PROPOSALS DRAW SHARPLY DIVIDED REACTIONS IN MIDEAST
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     December 8, 2006; A2' JERUSALEM, Dec. 7 –– The Iraq Study Group‘s call for a broad Middle East peace conference put Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert‘s government on the defensive Thursday, while Palestinian officials praised the recommendations as a possible "turning point" for U. >>>


      Q&A: ABDUL AZIZ AL–HAKIM, SHIITE LEADER
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     On Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006, Abdul Aziz al–Hakim, leader of Iraq‘s largest Shiite party, met with several editors and reporters of The Washington Post. Following are excerpts of his answers to questions about the ongoing conflict in Iraq, as translated from Arabic.

On the Iraq Study Group‘s reco >>>


      RUSSIAN TIED TO EX–SPY ALSO ILL FROM RADIATION
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     8, 2006; ':24 AM MOSCOW, Dec. 8 –– A Russian businessman who met with a former Russian domestic intelligence officer in London the day the man fell ill from radioactive poison has himself become suddenly and seriously sick, Russian news organizations reported Thursday night.

Dmitry Kovtun, a bus >>>


      SAUDIS REPORTEDLY FUNDING IRAQI SUNNIS
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     CAIRO, Egypt –– Private Saudi citizens are giving millions of dollars to Sunni insurgents in Iraq and much of the money is used to buy weapons, including shoulder fired anti–aircraft missiles, according to key Iraqi officials and others familiar with the flow of cash.

Saudi government official >>>


      SENATORS CHALLENGE FEASIBILITY OF IRAQ PLANS
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     By Thomas E. RicksWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, December 8, 2006; A32 Members of Congress yesterday questioned the practicability of recommendations from the Iraq Study Group about how to reverse the chaos in Iraq, but they praised the panel‘s stark assessment of conditions there.

Sen. Carl M. Levin >>>


      SERB ULTRANATIONALIST ENDS HUNGER STRIKE
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     THE HAGUE, Netherlands –– A Serb war crimes suspect ended his nearly monthlong hunger strike Friday after judges allowed him to conduct his own defense and granted several other demands, the U.N. Yugoslav tribunal announced.

Vojislav Seselj began his hunger strike Nov. 11 to demand unrestricted spou >>>


      SERB WAR CRIMES SUSPECT SESELJ ENDS HUNGER STRIKE
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Serbian ultranationalist leader Vojislav Seselj has ended his hunger strike in detention, the U.N. war crimes tribunal said on Friday, after its Appeals Chamber granted Seselj‘s request to represent himself.

Seselj is on trial in the Hague charged with the murder and persecutio >>>


      SOMALIA–ETHIOPIA FIGHTING REPORTED
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     AM MOGADISHU, Somalia –– A top Islamic official said Friday that militiamen are fighting Ethiopian troops in a southern Somalia town, and he called on Somalis to defeat "the enemies who have invaded our land." If confirmed, it will be the first time the Islamic militias that control most of souther >>>


      SOMALIA MILITANTS WARN OF POSSIBLE WAR
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     ':14 PM MOGADISHU, Somalia –– Islamic militants in control of most of southern Somalia warned Thursday that war will erupt over a U.N. decision authorizing an African force to protect the country‘s virtually powerless government.

The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved the resolutio >>>


      SOUTH KOREA CHARGES FIVE WITH SPYING FOR NORTH
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     SEOUL (Reuters) – Five people including a Korean American have been charged by South Korean prosecutors with spying to aid the communist North in the largest espionage case since the two Koreas began political reconciliation in 2000.

A senior official of a leftist South Korean opposition party was among t >>>


      SOUTHEAST ASIAN SUMMIT POSTPONED
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     CEBU, Philippines –– A major storm bearing down on the Philippines forced the postponement Friday of the annual Southeast Asian summit scheduled for next week.

The storm, following less than two weeks after Typhoon Durian struck the Philippines, leaving more than 1,000 people dead or missing, is exp >>>


      SPLITS WIDEN IN FIJI; OMMONWEALTH SUSPENSION
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     SUVA (Reuters) – Divisions over Fiji‘s military takeover widened on Friday as powerful traditional chiefs and politicians split on whether to support the bloodless overthrow of the South Pacific island nation‘s government.

The military received a further blow late on Friday when the Commonweal >>>


      TURKEY‘S OFFER ON CYPRUS IS SEEN BY E.U. AS INADEQUATE
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     ANKARA, Turkey, Dec. 7 –– Turkey has offered to open a major seaport and an airport to longtime foe Cyprus to try to keep its European Union entry talks on track, Turkish and E.U. officials said Thursday. The European Union called the step positive but insufficient.

Turkey‘s refusal to open it >>>


      U.N. CITES ARAB WORLD‘S ‘EMPTY GESTURES‘ ON WOMEN
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     A25 Arab countries have made some advances in their treatment of women in recent years but have failed to significantly improve conditions for them, according to a report carried out under the aegis of the U.N. Development Program.

The report, released yesterday in Yemen, urged Arab leaders to make genuine chan >>>


      U.S. MILITARY SAYS KILLS 20 AL QAEDA MILITANTS IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – U.S. troops killed 20 suspected al Qaeda militants, including two women, during a ground and air operation in central Iraq on Friday, the U.S. military said.

The assault took place in the Thar Thar area of Salahaddin province, north of Baghdad, a Sunni Arab militant stronghold.

>>>


      U.S. PILOTS CHARGED IN BRAZIL JET CRASH
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     SAO PAULO, Brazil –– Federal police Friday charged two U.S. pilots involved in a collision with a Brazilian jet that killed 154 people, and if convicted, they could face up to 12 years in prison.

Joseph Lepore, 42, of Bay Shore, N.Y., and Jan Paladino, 34, of Westhampton Beach, N.Y., were questioned >>>


      U.S. SAYS TRADE FRICTION WITH CHINA COULD ESCALATE
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     HONG KONG (Reuters) – The United States sees potentially escalating trade friction with China next year as Beijing is stepping up restrictions on foreign investment and recent U.S.

Congressional elections create uncertainty, a U.S. trade official said on Friday.

"There‘s potential next >>>


      U.S. TO HELP UPGRADE RESIDENCE OF U.N. CHIEF
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 7 –– After stalling efforts to renovate the United Nations‘ Manhattan headquarters, the Bush administration joined other U.N.

members this week in approving $4.' million to renovate incoming Secretary General Ban Ki Moon‘s East Side residence, including a new $2. >>>


      U.S., IRAQIS DISPUTE RAID, AT LEAST 17 KILLED
      Washington Post, 08-12-2006
     ISHAQI, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraqi and U.S. officials gave sharply differing accounts of an overnight raid and air strike on Friday in which up to 20 people were killed, with a town mayor accusing American troops of killing five children.

The U.S. military issued a statement saying ground forces with air supp >>>


      ‘SURVIVOR‘ WINNER APPEALS CONVICTION
      Guardian, 08-12-2006
     Friday December 8, 2006 1:46 AM By ERIC TUCKER Associated Press Writer PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Survivor‘‘ winner Richard Hatch, who is serving more than four years in prison for failing to pay taxes on his $1 million prize, appealed his convictions Thursday.

In the appeal, filed in 1 >>>


      2 ASIAN SUMMITS POSTPONED BY STORM
      Guardian, 08-12-2006
     Friday December 8, 2006 1:16 PM AP Photo XPR101 By PAUL ALEXANDER Associated Press Writer CEBU, Philippines (AP) – An approaching storm has forced the postponement of two Asian summits scheduled for next week, a top Philippine official said Friday.

Marciano Paynor Jr., head of the summit organizing commit >>>


      AFTER DELAY, CONGRESS TRIES TO FINISH UP
      Guardian, 08-12-2006
     Friday December 8, 2006 4:01 PM AP Photo DCCG10' By JIM ABRAMS Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – Lawmakers hoped to bring the painfully divisive 10'th Congress to a close Friday, but first they had to act on massive tax and trade legislation with provisions that left some angry and unhappy.

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      ALASKA LAWMAKER ARRESTED IN FBI PROBE
      Guardian, 08-12-2006
     Friday December 8, 2006 11:31 AM ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A state legislator was arrested on a federal bribery warrant, three months after federal agents raided the offices of at least six Alaska lawmakers in an investigation into a large oil field services company.

Rep. Tom Anderson was arrested Thursday >>>


      AP POLL: FEW EXPECT VICTORY IN IRAQ
      Guardian, 08-12-2006
     Friday December 8, 2006 8:31 AM AP Photo BAG111 By NANCY BENAC Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans are overwhelmingly resigned to something less than clear–cut victory in Iraq and growing numbers doubt the country will achieve a stable, democratic government no matter how the U.S. gets out, a >>>


      ARK. WOMAN LOOKS BACK ON HER 10' YEARS
      Guardian, 08-12-2006
     Friday December 8, 2006 ':01 AM AP Photo ARDJ102, ARDJ101 By ANNIE BERGMAN Associated Press Writer LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – At 10' years old, Ruth Lincoln can recall such events as the first flight at Kitty Hawk and the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School.

So many wonderful >>>


      ATTACKS SAID WEARING THIN ON AFGHANS
      Guardian, 08-12-2006
     Friday December 8, 2006 4:31 PM AP Photo ABD103 By FISNIK ABRASHI Associated Press Writer KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – The Afghan public is losing patience with attacks launched from Pakistan, President Hamid Karzai told Pakistan‘s foreign minister.

The Afghan people are suffering from terror >>>


      AUTOPSY: MISSING MAN DIED OF HYPOTHERMIA
      Guardian, 08-12-2006
     Friday December 8, 2006 1:46 AM AP Photo FX106, FX105, FX10', WXS11' By JEFF BARNARD Associated Press Writer CENTRAL POINT, Ore. (AP) – Lost in the snowy wilderness and seeking help for his stranded family, James Kim probably traveled more than 10 miles on foot before he died, believing he could find a nea >>>


      BLAIR STOKES DEBATE ON RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE
      Guardian, 08-12-2006
     Friday December 8, 2006 12:31 PM AP Photo DCKW107 LONDON (AP) – Prime Minister Tony Blair stoked a simmering debate over religious tolerance and cultural assimilation on Friday, saying it was the duty of all immigrants to integrate into British society.

Blair announced plans to more carefully allocate fun >>>


      BRITISH, DANISH FORCES DETAIN 5 IRAQIS
      Guardian, 08-12-2006
     Friday December 8, 2006 11:31 AM AP Photo BAG103 BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – More than 1,000 British and Danish troops stormed five houses Friday in southern Iraq, using ground forces, boats, helicopters and jets in a raid that detained five Iraqis and confiscated a large cache of weapons, a spokesman said.

U.S. >>>


      BUSH SAYS NEW APPROACH NEEDED IN IRAQ
      Guardian, 08-12-2006
     Friday December 8, 2006 5:46 AM AP Photo DCSA104 By TERENCE HUNT AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) – President Bush, admitting that it‘s bad in Iraq,‘‘ acknowledged Thursday that the United States needs a new approach in the unpopular war and promised to unveil details in an >>>


      BUSH, CONGRESS LEADERS TO MEET ON IRAQ
      Guardian, 08-12-2006
     Friday December 8, 2006 8:46 AM AP Photo DCSA104 By TERENCE HUNT AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) – Searching for a new approach to the unpopular war in Iraq, President Bush is turning to leaders of Congress and awaiting ideas from his national security team before announcing his decisions in a speech >>>


      CANADA WON‘T REOPEN GAY MARRIAGE DEBATE
      Guardian, 08-12-2006
     Friday December 8, 2006 3:01 AM AP Photo OTTJ104 By ROB GILLIES Associated Press Writer TORONTO (AP) – Canada‘s Parliament voted Thursday not to reopen the gay marriage debate, letting stand a law passed last year that legalized marriage for same–sex couples.

During the last election campaign, >>>


      CASKET TRUCK HITS, KILLS BROOKLYN BOY, 6
      Guardian, 08-12-2006
     Friday December 8, 2006 3:01 AM NEW YORK (AP) – A truck hauling empty caskets struck and killed a 6–year–old boy Thursday on a street near a deli owned by his family, police said.

Andry Vega was walking to the deli in the city‘s Brooklyn borough from a school with an adult. Witnesses tol >>>


      COALITION FORCES KILL 20 INSURGENTS
      Guardian, 08-12-2006
     Friday December 8, 2006 4:01 PM AP Photo BAG107 By SAMEER N. YACOUB Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – U.S.–led coalition forces killed 20 insurgents, including two women, Friday in fighting and airstrikes that targeted al–Qaida in Iraq militants northwest of Baghdad, the military said. The m >>>


      COALITION RAIDS IRAQ AREAS, KILLING 20
      Guardian, 08-12-2006
     Friday December 8, 2006 1:46 PM AP Photo BAG103 By SAMEER N. YACOUB Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – U.S.–led coalition forces killed 20 insurgents, including two women, Friday in fighting and airstrikes that targeted al–Qaida in Iraq militants northwest of Baghdad, the military said. The m >>>


      CONGRESS TO TRY TO CONVENE 110TH SESSION
      Guardian, 08-12-2006
     Friday December 8, 2006 ':01 AM By JIM ABRAMS Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican era in Congress staggered toward a close with lawmakers trying to hold together a fragile agreement on a massive tax and trade legislation considered essential before they can adjourn.

House votes on >>>


      CORRECTION: IRAQ–US DEATHS STORY
      Guardian, 08-12-2006
     Friday December 8, 2006 4:16 PM By The Associated Press In a Dec. 7 story about military deaths in Iraq, The Associated Press, relying on information from the Department of Defense, erroneously reported the hometown of Army Staff Sgt. Robert L. Love Jr. He was from Livingston, Ala., not Meridian, Miss., according to fam >>>


      COURT DELAYS NEVADA SMOKING BAN
      Guardian, 08-12-2006
     Friday December 8, 2006 1:16 AM LAS VEGAS (AP) – A judge on Thursday granted a 15–day restraining order to block a new ban on smoking at some bars and around the slot machines at supermarkets, gas stations and convenience stores in southern Nevada.

Clark County District Court Judge Douglas Herndon s >>>



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