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      BUSH SEEKS TO BUILD STANDING WITH PUBLIC
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      CHICAGO –– The president who loves to get home to his own bed is planning more nights on the road.

It‘s part of a public–relations effort aimed at boosting President Bush‘s low standing in polls and bolstering the chances of the Republican Party he leads in this fall‘s midte >>>


      BUSH TRIES OUT NEW MEDIA STRATEGY IN CHICAGO
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      CHICAGO (Reuters) – President George W. Bush, seeking to improve his standing among Americans and bolster Republican chances in November elections, argues his causes in the U.S.

Midwest on Friday as part of a new media strategy. At Chicago‘s Museum of Science and Technology, Bush holds a midmorning >>>


      COLLEGE STUDENT TRACKING ASSAILED
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      By Lois RomanoWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, July 7, 2006; A15 Private colleges yesterday fired a rather noisy shot across the bow of an education proposal aimed at keeping closer tabs on institutions of higher learning through a new national database of student records.

"Is there some reason to reve >>>


      DO PENNIES STILL MAKE SENSE?
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      By Jeff DonnAssociated PressFriday, July 7, 2006; A15 A penny used to buy a loaf of bread, but in an age of inflation and affluence, the coin is slowly sliding into monetary obsolescence.

For the first time, the U.S. Mint has said this year that pennies are costing more than 1 cent to make, thanks to higher me >>>


      EMERGENCY OVER, SAITH THE COURT
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      1861. 1'41. 2001. Our big wars –– and the war on terrorism ranks with the big ones –– have a way of starting in the first year of a decade. Supreme Courts, which historically have been loath to intervene against presidential war powers in the midst of conflict, have tended to give the presid >>>


      FALSE DILEMMA ON STEM CELLS
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      The issue of stem cell research –– which is back before the Senate –– is often described as a moral dilemma, but it simply is not. Or at least it is not the moral dilemma often used in media shorthand: the rights of the unborn vs. the needs of people suffering from diseases that embryonic stem c >>>


      FAVORITISM TRIAL HURTS CHICAGO MAYOR
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      CHICAGO, July 6 –– Mayor Richard M. Daley‘s former patronage chief broke the law by rigging city hiring decisions to reward loyal workers in Chicago‘s Democratic political machine, a federal jury concluded Thursday in a sharp blow to the five–term mayor.

In convicting Robert Soric >>>


      G8 MAY HOLD KEY TO WTO DEAL
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      GENEVA (Reuters) – WTO chief Pascal Lamy intensifies his search next week for a breakthrough in stalled global trade talks, but it is the St Petersburg G8 summit the following weekend that may decide the outcome, diplomats said on Friday.

A clear signal of readiness to make the needed concessions must co >>>


      G8 WILL DISCUSS TRADE: US
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – G8 leaders will discuss trade issues, including the stalled Doha Development round of talks, at a summit in Russia this month but as yet there are no plans for a separate gathering of the G6 group of leading trade powers, U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab said on Friday.

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      HOUSE SEEN DEBATING GAMBLING BILL NEXT WEEK
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The full U.S. House of Representatives is expected to debate next week legislation that would attempt to ban Internet gambling, a $12 billion–a–year industry that gets half its revenue from American gamblers, two Republican lawmakers said on Thursday.

The legislation to >>>


      IN CONN., LIEBERMAN DEFENDS SEAT, WAR STANCE
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      HARTFORD, Conn., July 6 –– Shunned by many in his own party because of his vigorous support for the war, Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (D–Conn.) clashed in a debate Thursday with a well–financed challenger who has roiled state politics and turned the Democratic primary into a national test of the ant >>>


      IRAQ TAKES CENTER STAGE IN LIEBERMAN DEBATE
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      HARTFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) – Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman, the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 2000, took a hammering over his support for the Iraq war on Thursday in a debate with an antiwar rival whose fight for the Senate is seen as a battle for the heart of the Democratic Party.

Lie >>>


      IT COULDN‘T HAPPEN HERE
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      Mexico is in a mess because voters in its presidential election were so closely divided between Andr?s Manuel L?pez Obrador, the candidate of the center–left, and Felipe Calder?n, the center–right candidate who was declared the narrow winner yesterday.

As a result, there are charges of theft and mi >>>


      JULY SIXERS GET THE CAKE; ANADIAN GETS THE CRUMBS
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      For Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, it was the all–important photo op: the grinning handshake with President Bush in the East Room after yesterday‘s joint news conference.

Then Raghubir Goyal of the obscure India Globe newspaper ruined everything for the visiting premier. "Happy birthd >>>


      KEY MONTGOMERY DEMOCRATS TURN TO O‘MALLEY
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      It didn‘t take long for Montgomery County‘s political establishment to change out of Team Duncan‘s mustard yellow uniform and suit up in the rival‘s neon green.

Dozens of the county‘s Democratic leaders gave their blessing yesterday to Baltimore Mayor Martin O‘Malley, who ha >>>


      LIEBERMAN,'4; LAMONT SPAR IN CONN. PRIMARY DEBATE
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      SPEAKERS: U.S. SENATOR JOSEPH LIEBERMAN (D–CT) NED LAMONT, FORMER SELECTMAN, GREENWICH, CT [×] ANNOUNCER: Live from NBC 30, Connecticut‘s news leader, this is a "Decision 2006" special presentation, the Democratic primary debate, Lieberman and Lamont.

JOANNE NESTI, NBC 30 NEWS: Good >>>


      MAYOR‘S STADIUM PROPOSAL ADVANCES
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      The D.C. Zoning Commission approved the mayor‘s plan for the new Nationals stadium in Southeast yesterday, including his proposal to wrap four levels of parking inside two condominium towers, a first for Washington architecture.

The $281 million towers will also feature a boutique hotel, shops and restau >>>


      MEXICO‘S GREAT DIVIDE
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      If there isn‘t an agreed–upon translation for "hanging chad" in Spanish, it looks as if there soon will be. Mexico‘s watershed presidential election ended up "tight as a tick," as Dan Rather would have said, and both stakes and passions are still so high that it‘s hard to ima >>>


      MOST STATES FALL SHORT ON STUDENT TESTING
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      WASHINGTON –– Most states are failing to pass muster with the government over student testing and may lose money unless they improve quickly.

The Education Department says 34 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have major problems with the tests that were supposed to be in place in the >>>


      N. KOREA TESTS COME AMID US TROOP DRAWDOWN
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      WASHINGTON –– North Korea‘s missile launches come at a time when the number of U.S. troops in South Korea and other nearby Asian nations is declining and the Pentagon has been focusing more on a potential threat from China.

As part of a worldwide realignment of American forces, the Pentagon i >>>


      PRESIDENT BUSH MEETS WITH THE CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      SPEAKERS: GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES STEPHEN HARPER, PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA [×] BUSH: Thank you all. Welcome.

It‘s been my honor to visit with Stephen Harper, the prime minister of Canada, in the Oval Office. After this exercise in democracy, I‘ll be buying him lunch...< >>>


      REUTERS POLITICS SUMMARY
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      Bush tries out new media strategy in Chicago CHICAGO (Reuters) – President George W. Bush, seeking to improve his standing among Americans and bolster Republican chances in November elections, argues his causes in the U.S.

Midwest on Friday as part of a new media strategy. At Chicago‘s Museum of Sc >>>


      SCHWARZENEGGER SAYS NO TAX INCREASE IF REELECTED
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger pledged on Thursday he would not raise taxes if reelected in November, drawing a stark contrast with his Democratic challenger, state Treasurer Phil Angelides.

The state‘s celebrity Republican governor had previously ruled out higher t >>>


      SENATE TAX WRITERS SEEK PRIVACY PROTECTION
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      WASHINGTON –– Consumer advocates worry that people who visit a tax preparer may be getting more than help with their tax returns. Taxpayers also could unknowingly or unthinkingly give away private information to companies marketing other products.

To head off that risk, some lawmakers are seeking t >>>


      US TO PROCEED WITH AIRLINE FOREIGN OWNERSHIP PLAN
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Bush administration plans to move ahead this summer with its proposal to ease restrictions on foreign investment in U.S. airlines despite strong congressional opposition, Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta said on Thursday.

Mineta, who has resigned from his post after 5&nda >>>


      VOTE ON NEW OPEN–MEETINGS LAW LOOMS
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      The D.C. Council‘s Government Operations Committee approved a bill yesterday that would open meetings of government bodies to the public whenever a quorum is present.

The full council will vote Tuesday on the Open Government Meetings Act, which would prohibit the council and many other government boards >>>


      A MULTI–HUED NATIONAL TEAM THRILLS RACIALLY UNEASY FRANCE
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      A01 PARIS, July 6 –– In the French National Assembly, 11 of the 577 members are minorities. In French boardrooms, white men are the rule. But on the French national soccer team, 17 of the 23 players are minorities, and that gave the black and Arab population here added cause for celebration when France beat >>>


      AMERICAN MAY BE PARALYZED FROM BULL FIGHT
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      PAMPLONA, Spain –– A New York man was partially paralyzed after a mock bullfight following the first running of the bulls Friday in Pamplona, and seven other people were hospitalized after being gored or trampled by the massive beasts.

Danger is what draws throngs of revelers to Spain‘s most >>>


      ANNE FRANK DIARY BURNING SPARKS OUTRAGE IN GERMANY
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      BERLIN (Reuters) – The ceremonial burning of the diary of Holocaust victim Anne Frank by far–right extremists in eastern Germany was condemned by the German government on Friday amid calls to intensify efforts to stamp out neo–Nazi activity.

"This act was beneath contempt and could scarc >>>


      AT LEAST 7 KILLED IN IRAQI GUNBATTLE
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      BAGHDAD, Iraq –– Iraqi soldiers clashed with gunmen in a Shiite district of Baghdad on Friday, killing at least seven people, officials said.

The gunbattle was sparked when Iraqi forces came under fire during a raid aimed at an "insurgent leader" in eastern Baghdad, the U.S. military said >>>


      BEFORE GRACELAND, A LESS–PUBLICIZED STOP AT WALTER REED
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      Loving tender and holding tight are about more than Elvis for Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi . Beneath the spontaneity and flamboyance that his countrymen sum up as Koizumi Theater lies heartfelt compassion.

On Thursday last week, the day before he went to Graceland, Koizumi spent some quality time >>>


      BOMB KILLS PILGRIMS AT SHRINE IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      7, 2006; A10 BAGHDAD, July 6 –– A green minibus loaded with explosives detonated Thursday morning amid a crowd of Iranian pilgrims visiting a Shiite Muslim shrine in southern Iraq, killing 14 people and injuring 38 others, according to police and hospital officials.

The attack, on the outskirts of >>>


      CALDERON REPRESENTS MEXICO MIDDLE CLASS
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      MEXICO CITY –– Charisma is not Felipe Calderon‘s strong suit. But the balding, bespectacled lawyer and technocrat proved to be a confident campaigner while steadily raising doubts about his wildly popular rival.

Poised to become the youngest president in Mexican history, the 43–year&nda >>>


      DAILY LOOK AT U.S. MILITARY DEATHS IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      PM –– As of Thursday, July 6, 2006, at least 2,542 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes seven military civilians.

At least 2,00' died as a result of hostile action, according to the >>>


      ENDANGERED WHALE GETS HABITAT PROTECTION
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      ANCHORAGE, Alaska –– Thousands of square miles off Alaska have been designated as critical habitat for North Pacific right whales, considered the most endangered whale in the world.

The federal rule published Thursday designates some 36,750 square miles in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska as criti >>>


      EXPLOSION IN NORTHERN CHINA KILLS 30
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      BEIJING –– An explosion killed at least 30 people in a northern Chinese province, a government news agency reported Friday.

The explosion in Shanxi province also injured six people, the Xinhua News Agency said.

It didn‘t give any other details. But Shanxi is a major coal–produc >>>


      GEORGIAN LEADER WARNS OF RUSSIAN THREAT
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      By Peter BakerWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, July 7, 2006; A11 Mikheil Saakashvili, president of the former Soviet republic of Georgia, warned yesterday that Russia is trying to undermine his government in hopes of intimidating democracy activists from rising up against corrupt regimes like the one he toppled thre >>>


      IRAN KEEPS WORLD GUESSING ON NUCLEAR ANSWER
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Iran kept a frustrated world guessing about its response to proposals aimed at defusing a standoff over its nuclear program Thursday when Tehran‘s chief negotiator met the European Union‘s foreign policy chief.

Ali Larijani, secretary of Iran‘s Supreme National Secu >>>


      IRAN SAYS HAS POSITIVE IMPRESSION OF NUCLEAR PROPOSAL
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      MADRID (Reuters) – Iran‘s chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani said on Friday he had a "positive impression" of a proposal for Iran to halt nuclear enrichment.

Western powers have demanded Iran make a full reply to an offer of a package of incentives for it to halt nuclear enrichment by >>>


      IRAQ MOSQUES BOMBED
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Attacks on mosques after Friday prayers killed 11 people in Iraq and 40 were killed or wounded in a Baghdad raid on Shi‘ite fighters that the U.S. military said netted a top militant wanted for kidnap and murder.

In a separate raid, Iraqi and U.S. forces arrested another command >>>


      IRAQI SOLDIERS CLASH WITH SHIITE MILITIAMEN IN BAGHDAD
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      7, 2006; ':38 AM BAGHDAD, July 7 –– Iraqi soldiers clashed Friday morning with Shiite militiamen in the eastern Baghdad slum of Sadr City, killing or capturing 30 to 40 fighters in one engagement, according to a statement from the U.S. military.

While the statement did not name the militia invo >>>


      ISRAEL KILLS MILITANT IN GAZA AS TROOPS DIG IN
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      GAZA (Reuters) – An air strike killed one Hamas militant on Friday as Israeli troops dug in across a swathe of the northern Gaza Strip following the bloodiest day of fighting with Palestinian gunmen in nearly two years.

The Israeli army said an aircraft had opened fire at a group of four armed men close >>>


      ISRAELIS KILL MILITANT IN GAZA AS TROOPS DIG IN
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      GAZA (Reuters) – Israeli troops dug in across a swathe of the northern Gaza Strip on Friday and an air strike killed a Hamas militant following the bloodiest day of fighting with Palestinian gunmen in nearly two years.

The Israeli army said an aircraft had opened fire at a group of four armed men close t >>>


      JAPAN BEGINS WITHDRAWING TROOPS FROM IRAQ
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      TOKYO –– The first batch of Japanese troops began pulling out of Iraq Friday, with about 30 arriving in Kuwait on their way home, news reports said Friday.

A C–130 transport aircraft of Japan‘s air force carrying about 30 troops arrived at a Kuwaiti airport Friday afternoon, Kyodo News >>>


      JAPAN DRAFT THREATENS N. KOREA SANCTIONS
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      UNITED NATIONS –– Japan circulated a new draft Security Council resolution Friday that retains the threat of sanctions against North Korea, ignoring Chinese and Russian concerns of inflaming tensions with the isolated communist nation.
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      JAPAN MAY CALL FOR'4; UN VOTE ON N. KOREA
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      UNITED NATIONS – Japan, backed by Western allies, may call for a vote this weekend on applying sanctions to North Korea‘s missile programs despite opposition from Russia and China, U.N. Security Council envoys said Friday.

A new version of the draft resolution, obtained by Reuters, rewords the bans >>>


      JUDGE ORDERS BERLUSCONI TO STAND TRIAL IN FRAUD CASE
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      MILAN (Reuters) – A judge on Friday ordered Italy‘s former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to stand trial over alleged fraud at his family‘s broadcaster Mediaset.

Preliminary hearings began in October after a four year investigation by Milan magistrates into claims of embezzlement, false acc >>>


      MAN KILLS 1 AND INJURES 6 IN ARGENTINA
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      BUENOS AIRES, Argentina –– A gunman opened fire on a busy Buenos Aires avenue Thursday, killing one person and wounding six others before escaping, authorities said.

Police Chief Ricardo Torres said authorities did not have any suspects or know what motivated the violence.

"Witnesses >>>


      MOST ISRAELIS WANT HAMAS LEADERS ASSASSINATED: POLL
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The vast majority of Israelis believe the Jewish state should assassinate leaders of the governing Palestinian movement Hamas in response to the crisis in Gaza, a newspaper poll published on Friday showed.

The survey in the Maariv daily showed 82 percent of Israelis favored killing >>>


      N.KOREA RAPS JAPAN AS US SEEKS ACTION
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      SEOUL (Reuters) – A senior U.S. envoy began an Asian tour on Friday to press Washington‘s case that Pyongyang must be brought to heel, as North Korea lashed out at Japan for imposing sanctions over this week‘s barrage of missile tests.

The United States has stumbled in attempts to impose U.N. >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      Tongan Royal Couple Killed In N. California Car Crash SAN FRANCISCO –– Two members of the royal family of the South Pacific island nation of Tonga were killed when a teenager racing her car crashed into their sport–utility vehicle, authorities said Thursday.

Prince Tu‘ipelehake, 56, and >>>


      NORTH KOREA DEMANDS JAPAN REVOKE SANCTIONS: REPORT
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      TOKYO (Reuters) – North Korea demanded that Japan halt sanctions it has imposed in reaction to Pyongyang‘s missile launches, threatening "stronger action" if Tokyo continues with the measures, Kyodo news agency said on Friday.

"Japan is translating its criticism against us into actio >>>


      ONE YEAR ON, LONDON POLICE WARN OF MORE BOMBINGS
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      LONDON (Reuters) – As Britain marked the first anniversary of the London suicide bombings on Friday, the city‘s chief police officer said the threat of another attack had grown.

One year after four young British Muslims blew themselves up on London‘s transport system, killing 52 people and wo >>>


      PAKISTAN ALLOWS BAIL FOR FEMALE ADULTERERS
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      ISLAMABAD, Pakistan –– Pakistan‘s president amended a controversial Islamic law Friday so that women facing charges for adultery and other minor crimes can be released on bail. The much–awaited amendment by President Gen. Pervez Musharraf to the Hadood Ordinance will initially affect 1,300 femal >>>


      PHILIPPINES ARRESTS SIX ROGUE TROOPS IN RAID
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine security forces said on Friday they arrested six rogue military officers and their lawyer wanted in connection with a coup plot against President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Oscar Calderon, the national police chief, said a huge cache of assault rifles, grenades and explosives >>>


      PRAY OR DIE, SOMALI SHEIKH TELLS MUSLIMS
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      AM MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A leading Mogadishu sheikh said on Friday Muslims who do not pray five times a day should be put to death –– the latest sign of a fast–emerging hardline face to Somalia‘s newly–powerful Islamists.

The sheikh‘s statement –– which he >>>


      PREPARING FOR BATTLE AND ITS VICTIMS IN A PALESTINIAN CITY
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      By Scott WilsonWashington Post Foreign ServiceFriday, July 7, 2006; A14 BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip, July 6 –– Throughout the day, the Atatara neighborhood of this northern Gaza city provided simultaneous views of the size and strength of Israel‘s military and of the guerrilla strategy being employed by H >>>


      REPORT: CHINA BUILDING COLLAPSE KILLS 2
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      BEIJING –– A seven–story apartment building collapsed early Friday in the major city of Zhengzhou in central China, killing at least two people and burying an unknown number of others, the government news agency said.

Rescuers pulled three people alive from the debris and were searching for o >>>


      REPORT: N.KOREA MAY LAUNCH ANOTHER MISSILE
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      SEOUL, South Korea –– Intelligence suggests North Korea could have another long–range Taepodong–2 at a launch site, but a test does not appear imminent, a news report quoted South Korea‘s defense minister as saying Friday.

Defense Minister Yoon Kwang–ung said that an earlier >>>


      RUSSIA‘S SIGNAL TO STATIONS IS CLEAR: CUT U.S. RADIO
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      MOSCOW, July 6 –– Russian regulators have forced more than 60 radio stations to stop broadcasting news reports produced by Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, according to radio managers and Russian officials.

The regulators cited license violations and unauthorized changes in pro >>>


      U.S. MILITARY DEATHS IN AFGHANISTAN
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      PM –– As of July 1, 2006, at least 251 members of the U.S. military have died in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan as a result of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to the Defense Department.

Of those, the military reports 153 were killed by hostile action. Outside the Afgh >>>


      UKRAINE‘S ORANGE COALITION FALLS APART
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      KIEV, Ukraine –– Ukraine‘s Western–leaning Orange coalition fell apart in acrimony Friday less than a month after its formation, boosting the fortunes of the pro–Russian opposition in this former Soviet republic.

The split underscored divisions in the country between the mainly Ru >>>


      US–LED FORCES ARREST TOP MILITIA COMMANDER IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      BAGHDAD (Reuters) – U.S.–led forces arrested a regional commander for a pro–government Shi‘ite militia suspected of smuggling surface–to–air missiles and spying for Iran, the U.S.

military said on Friday. Adnan al–Unaybi, leader of the Mehdi Army militia in charge of a >>>


      WORLD IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 07-07-2006
      Spain Holds Rare Meeting With Basque Separatist ? MADRID –– A delegate from Spain‘s ruling party met with the leader of an outlawed Basque separatist group Thursday in historic talks hailed as a step toward peace.

The meeting brought together Arnaldo Otegi, the leader of Batasuna, the politic >>>


      A MANAGERIAL FAILURE
      Haaretz, 07-07-2006
      By Nehemia Shtrasler It was infuriating to hear Uri Ben–Nun, the CEO of the Israel Electric Corporation, explain why he is actually doing us a favor by getting up and going to work in the morning: "My wife is angry, I don‘t see the grandchildren, and the pay is lousy," he said, and added: "I >>>


      BETWEEN WELFARE AND WORK
      Haaretz, 07-07-2006
      By Haaretz Editorial In his weekly appearance before the Knesset Finance Committee to present the government‘s economic policy guidelines for 2007, Finance Minister Abraham Hirchson also made note of the expected expansion of social–welfare spending and the limitations on that expansion. "The economy&l >>>


      ORWELLIAN LANGUAGE EXPRESSES AN UPSIDE–DOWN WORLD
      Haaretz, 07-07-2006
      By Yossi Sarid Maybe I would have supported the policy of "an eye for an eye" had I not discovered that the new law does not restrict overdrafts in the eye and tooth bank. Therefore, before we tear out our enemies‘ eyes and pull out their teeth, we had better preserve the apple of our eye. This is not e >>>


      STOP YAKKING AND START DOING
      Haaretz, 07-07-2006
      By Yoel Marcus Yigal Allon, commander of the Palmach and a foreign minister in the first Rabin administration, once boasted that a Syrian plane hadn‘t been made that could invade Israeli airspace. The next day, the sonic boom of a Syrian plane was heard over Haifa. Years have passed, but the bragging and big talk >>>


      THE LURE OF MADNESS
      Haaretz, 07-07-2006
      By Doron Rosenblum Had an international board of experts convened to invent that action that exemplifies the quintessence of a national march of folly, it is doubtful that it would have achieved the perfection of the launching of rockets from the Gaza Strip into pre–1'67 Israel. Even in comparison with past r >>>


      ‘UK MUST MAKE EU KEEP ITS PROMISES TO AFRICA‘
      Guardian, 07-07-2006
      Hél';ne Mulholland Friday July 7, 2006 Guardian Unlimited The UK government should set a "positive example" as most European countries fail to deliver on their "noble" pledges to Africa, a parliamentary report warns today.

The report by the Lords‘ European Union committee >>>


      AN OPEN DEBATE ON LABOUR‘S FUTURE
      Guardian, 07-07-2006
      Friday July 7, 2006 The Guardian Tony Blair‘s recent article was published under the heading "No more coded critiques – let‘s have an open debate on where we go next" (June 27). We welcome that and agree there should now be an open public debate on the future direction of our party and gover >>>


      GORDON BROWN TAKE NOTE
      Guardian, 07-07-2006
      Although New Labour‘s strategy of ‘triangulation‘ has served the party well in three general elections, it has undermined the party‘s traditional appeal, says Timothy Stanley Tuesday July 4, 2006 As a parliamentary candidate for the Labour party in 2005 I was invited to a series of late night po >>>


      GOVERNMENT ACCUSED OF BULLYING WORKERS OVER PENSIONS COLLAPSE
      Guardian, 07-07-2006
      Bankrupt firms‘ staff risk huge losses in pursuing compensation European test case may only benefit a handful of those affected Phillip Inman Friday July 7, 2006 Guardian Unlimited The government was accused yesterday of threatening workers, many of them unemployed and on benefit, with multi–million pound b >>>


      INTELLIGENCE HAS BECOME A HOSTAGE TO POLITICAL POSTURING
      Guardian, 07-07-2006
      Surveillance in Britain is mushrooming, but the security services are still struggling to keep up with an evolving terror threat Michael Clarke Friday July 7, 2006 The Guardian There are 6,000 extra police on London‘s streets this week to provide vigilance and reassurance. Throughout Britain over 4 million survei >>>


      LIGHT RELIEF OF A SORT
      Guardian, 07-07-2006
      Simon Hoggart Friday July 7, 2006 The Guardian MPs are among the last people who still take parliament with due seriousness.

For this reason they tend to be disproportionately amused when one of their number makes a joke, or even a small drollery. To them it is a moment of delicious light relief amid the thund >>>


      LONDON BOMBINGS REMEMBERED
      Guardian, 07-07-2006
      Mark Oliver Friday July 7, 2006 Guardian Unlimited Ken Livingstone and Culture Media and Sport Secretary Tessa Jowell lay flowers at King‘s Cross Station

Commemoration services are taking place across London today as Britain remembers the 52 victims of the July 7 bombings.

The first of a series >>>


      NEW CONCERNS OVER OFFICIALS‘ INTERVENTION IN EMAILS
      Guardian, 07-07-2006
      David Hencke and Rob Evans Friday July 7, 2006 The Guardian Fresh concerns over John Prescott‘s involvement in plans for a casino at the Millennium Dome emerged yesterday when three Whitehall emails came to light suggesting special treatment.

One email says that the deputy prime minister received a three >>>


      NUCLEAR LAST RESORT, SAY TORIES
      Guardian, 07-07-2006
      Helen Dowd and Will Woodward Friday July 7, 2006 The Guardian David Cameron yesterday positioned the Conservatives in the middle of the debate on atomic energy by promising that a future Tory government would allow the building of new nuclear power stations only as a "last resort".

Mr Cameron would b >>>


      OPINION
      Guardian, 07-07-2006
      What is behind Cameron‘s growling about the BBC? Emily Bell Monday July 3, 2006 The Guardian The revelation that Rupert Murdoch would consider backing David Cameron, given a 12–to–18 month stand–off between him and Gordon Brown, ranks as pretty unsurprising. In Murdoch‘s shoes, who wouldn& >>>


      PM REVEALS OFFICIAL TALKS WITH PRESS TYCOONS
      Guardian, 07-07-2006
      Will Woodward Friday July 7, 2006 The Guardian A campaign to get Tony Blair to reveal dates of meetings with press barons Rupert Murdoch and Richard Desmond has achieved partial victory.

The Cabinet Office revealed that the prime minister spoke to Mr Murdoch by phone on March 13 2003, and met Mr Desmond on Jan >>>


      POLICE REPORT: FOREIGN POLICY HELPED MAKE UK A TARGET
      Guardian, 07-07-2006
      Vikram Dodd Friday July 7, 2006 The Guardian The effect the war in Iraq has had on motivating Muslims planning acts of violence in the UK is underlined to senior Scotland Yard officers in a private briefing document compiled by anti–terrorist specialists.

The document, marked "restricted", says >>>


      PRESCOTT DUCKS QUESTIONS ABOUT WEB GOSSIP
      Guardian, 07-07-2006
      PM told to reveal Murdoch dates Former party leader ‘spotted at swingers‘ clubs‘ Emily Bell: What is behind Cameron‘s growling about the BBC?

Lance Price: Rupert Murdoch is effectively a member of Blair‘s cabinet Vanity Fair‘s arresting look at Blair‘s Britain Murdoch >>>


      REID AGREES BRITISH HACKER CAN BE DEPORTED FOR US TRIAL
      Guardian, 07-07-2006
      American prosecutors say 375,000 damage caused Defence claims UFO ‘nerd‘ may face Guantánamo jail internment Bobbie Johnson, technology correspondent Friday July 7, 2006 The Guardian A Briton accused of hacking into the Pentagon‘s computers is to be extradited to the US, the Home Office has confi >>>


      SCOTTISH MP TAKES KELVIN MACKENZIE TO TASK
      Guardian, 07-07-2006
      Dan Milmo Friday July 7, 2006 MediaGuardian.co.uk A Scottish MP has accused Kelvin MacKenzie of "irresponsible and dangerous" journalism after the former Sun editor branded Scots as "tartan tosspots" in a newspaper column.

Jim Sheridan, Labour MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire, called for a d >>>


      TORIES DENY DEBT CLAIMS
      Guardian, 07-07-2006
      Hél';ne Mulholland and agencies Friday July 7, 2006 Guardian Unlimited The Conservatives denied press reports today that they were 30m in debt, insisting that party finances were "in good shape".

Today is the deadline for parties to submit their accounts to the political spending watchdo >>>


      URGENT PLAN TO REINFORCE TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN AS CRITICISM GROWS
      Guardian, 07-07-2006
      Dead paratrooper‘s father attacks government policy Minister denies British mission is unclear Richard Norton–Taylor Friday July 7, 2006 The Guardian The government is poised to send hundreds of extra troops to southern Afghanistan after demands from commanders for immediate reinforcements and amid growing >>>


      WE WILL NEVER ABOLISH CHILD POVERTY IN A SOCIETY SHAPED LIKE THIS ONE
      Guardian, 07-07-2006
      The way we live has to become fairer in every way. Politicians must begin the heavy lifting of public persuasion Polly Toynbee Friday July 7, 2006 The Guardian However his reign ends, whatever his legacy may be, one moment will always stand out as a monument to Tony Blair. It was that remarkable, utterly unexpected ple >>>


      WHERE THE OLD LEFT LIVES ON
      Guardian, 07-07-2006
      The Durham Miners‘ Gala is a key date in the old Labour calendar. It may also be the launch pad for a challenge to Gordon Brown‘s leadership ambitions, writes James Ball Friday July 7, 2006 Guardian Unlimited Durham may not have a single colliery left, but the spirit of its industrial past lives on as forme >>>


      YESTERDAY IN PARLIAMENT
      Guardian, 07-07-2006
      Yesterday in parliament Prime minister‘s questions Prescott forced to declare ranch visit Blair rules out England–only Commons votes Questions for the prime minister Yesterday in parliament Yesterday in parliament Yesterday in parliament 8.45am Yesterday in parliament Press Association Friday July 7, 2006 G >>>


      2 IN TONGAN ROYAL FAMILY KILLED IN CALIF.
      Guardian, 07-07-2006
      Friday July 7, 2006 1:16 AM By TERENCE CHEA Associated Press Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Two royal family members from the South Pacific island nation of Tonga were killed when a teenager racing her car crashed into their sport utility vehicle, authorities said Thursday.

The San Mateo County Coroner Robe >>>


      2 TOP COURTS RULE AGAINST GAY MARRIAGE
      Guardian, 07-07-2006
      Friday July 7, 2006 6:01 AM AP Photo AB401 By MARK JOHNSON Associated Press Writer ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – The highest courts in two states dealt gay rights advocates dual setbacks Thursday, rejecting same–sex couples‘ bid to win marriage rights in New York and reinstating a constitutional amendment banni >>>


      21 PALESTINIANS, 1 ISRAELI SOLDIER KILLED
      Guardian, 07-07-2006
      Friday July 7, 2006 6:46 AM AP Photo JRL154 By IBRAHIM BARZAK and SARAH EL DEEB Associated Press Writers BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza Strip (AP) – Palestinian militants armed with AK–47s and rocket–propelled grenades battled Israeli helicopters and tanks Thursday in the bloodiest day since Israel invaded Gaza ov >>>


      6 KILLED IN CLASH IN SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN
      Guardian, 07-07-2006
      Friday July 7, 2006 10:46 AM AP Photo XIN101 KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) – One U.S.–led coalition soldier and five militants were killed in a clash in southern Afghanistan, the coalition said Friday.

Militants attacked a coalition convoy in the Baghran Vally in Helmand province on Thursday, killing >>>


      6 PHILIPPINE MILITARY OFFICERS ARRESTED
      Guardian, 07-07-2006
      Friday July 7, 2006 7:16 AM By OLIVER TEVES Associated Press Writer MANILA, Philippines (AP) – Six fugitive military officers linked to a failed 2003 mutiny against President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo were arrested Friday, officials said.

Police and military intelligence agents captured the men in a dawn r >>>


      ACLU SUES OVER SECURITY FOR BUSH PROTEST
      Guardian, 07-07-2006
      Friday July 7, 2006 5:01 AM By JEFF BARNARD Associated Press Writer MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) – The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging the U.S. Secret Service and state and local police protecting President Bush during a 2004 campaign appearance discriminated against protesters when they cl >>>


      AMERICAN SERIOUSLY INJURED AT BULL RUN
      Guardian, 07-07-2006
      Friday July 7, 2006 3:01 PM AP Photo DO811 By PAUL HAVEN Associated Press Writer PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) – An American man was thrown by a young cow and seriously injured Friday in a mock bull fight following the first day of the running of the bulls in Spain‘s San Fermin festival.

The man, a 31&ndash >>>


      ANDREA YATES‘ SUICIDE ATTEMPTS RECOUNTED
      Guardian, 07-07-2006
      Friday July 7, 2006 10:46 AM By ANGELA K. BROWN Associated Press Writer HOUSTON (AP) – Andrea Yates attempted suicide twice in 1''', first swallowing about 50 sleeping pills and then holding a knife to her throat, according to testimony at her retrial for the 2001 bathtub drownings of her children.
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      AT LEAST 7 KILLED IN IRAQI GUNBATTLE
      Guardian, 07-07-2006
      Friday July 7, 2006 8:46 AM AP Photo BAG12' By SAMEER N. YACOUB Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Iraqi soldiers clashed with gunmen in a Shiite district of Baghdad on Friday, killing at least seven people, officials said.

The gunbattle was sparked when Iraqi forces came under fire during >>>


      ATLANTIC CITY CASINOS COULD REOPEN FRIDAY
      Guardian, 07-07-2006
      Friday July 7, 2006 2:31 PM AP Photo NJMG103 By JOHN CURRAN Associated Press Writer ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – Slot machines could be ringing and dealers could be shuffling again in New Jersey‘s casinos as soon as Friday evening after lawmakers and Gov. John S. Corzine reached a state budget deal that could >>>


      BRITAIN MARKS YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF BOMBINGS
      Guardian, 07-07-2006
      Friday July 7, 2006 2:16 PM AP Photo LJRM115 By KATIE FRETLAND Associated Press Writer LONDON (AP) – Prime Minister Tony Blair, police and survivors bowed their heads for a nationwide two–minute silence Friday commemorating the anniversary of suicide bombings on London‘s mass–transit system that >>>



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