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      AMBASSADOR TO MOSCOW UP FOR STATE POST
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     WASHINGTON –– President Bush will nominate the U.S. ambassador to Russia, William Burns, for the State Department‘s third–highest job and plans to put him in charge of the administration‘s efforts to contain Iran.

He would replace Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Nich >>>


      ASK AP: YOUR NEWS QUESTIONS, ANSWERED
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     AM –– What does college football eligibility have to do with the price of oil? Not much, usually. But both topics inspired people to e–mail The Associated Press with questions about the news _ questions that are getting answered in this first installment of the interactive Q&A column "Ask AP.& >>>


      BLACK VOTERS GENERATIONS APART
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     AM ATLANTA –– When civil rights elders signed on to support Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s run for president, it was seen as a coup in the competition for the black vote, especially in the Deep South.

Yet many younger black voters seem to be shrugging off the sway of leaders such as Rep. John Lewis >>>


      BLOOMBERG TAX CUT COULD HELP ANY ‘08 RUN
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     NEW YORK –– Mayor Michael Bloomberg keeps saying he‘s not a presidential candidate, but analysts are calling his new plan to extend a $1 billion property tax cut a shrewd political move if he does make a bid for the Oval Office.

Despite declining tax revenue from New York‘s troubled fina >>>


      BUS CRASH ON NEVADA HIGHWAY INJURES 25
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     LAS VEGAS –– A bus carrying workers to a casino drove off a freeway, crashed into a guardrail and caught fire on Thursday, injuring at least 25 people, three critically, authorities said.

No one was killed in the crash on Interstate 15 about seven miles from the town of Primm, which is along Nevada& >>>


      BUSH ENVOY TO N. KOREA CRITICIZES SIX–PARTY TALKS
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     A U.S. official, in a rare public departure from Bush administration policy, yesterday criticized the nuclear talks with North Korea, contending that Pyongyang is not serious about disarming.

Jay Lefkowitz, President Bush‘s envoy on North Korean human rights, said the North will likely "remain in its >>>


      CAPTURED INMATES MAKE COURT APPEARANCE
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     ELIZABETH, N.J. –– Two inmates returned Friday to the scene of their daring Hollywood–style escape last month, which also led to the suicide of one of their guards.

Shackled and surrounded by officers, Jose Espinosa, an admitted killer, and Otis Blunt, a robbery suspect, made their first court >>>


      CHERTOFF: TOUGHER ID RULES FOR BORDERS
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     17, 2008; ':07 PM WASHINGTON –– New border–crossing rules that take effect in two weeks will mean longer lines and stiffer demands for ID, including for returning Americans, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Thursday.

A driver‘s license won‘t be good enough to g >>>


      CHILD THROWN TO DEATH ON HAWAII FREEWAY
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     HONOLULU –– The man in hospital scrubs threw the toddler like a doll from a pedestrian overpass to the freeway humming with traffic. The 2 1/2–year–old boy fell 30 feet to the asphalt and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The horrifying incident Thursday on the highway cutting through th >>>


      CLINTON HOLDS NARROW NEVADA LEAD ON OBAMA: POLL
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     1:12 AM WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrat Hillary Clinton holds a narrow 5–point lead on rival Barack Obama in Nevada on the eve of the state‘s presidential nominating contest, according to a Reuters/C–SPAN/Zogby poll released on Friday.

Clinton, a New York senator and former first lady, l >>>


      CLINTON TRIES TO MEND TIES TO BLACKS
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     COMPTON, Calif. –– Hillary Rodham Clinton and her campaign tried to mend ties to black voters Thursday when a key supporter apologized to her chief rival, Barack Obama, for comments that hinted at Obama‘s drug use as a teenager. The candidate herself, meanwhile, praised the Rev. Martin Luther King and >>>


      CONN. BABY SITTER CHARGED WITH MURDER
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     ELLINGTON, Conn. –– Julie Adkins–Gasque never worried when she spotted a fresh bruise on her 1–year–old son. He just played rough with the baby sitter‘s son, she thought.

Yet there was the working mom on Thursday, burying her boy, Elijah Gasque, in a snow–covered rural >>>


      COPS: CHILD THROWN TO DEATH ON FREEWAY
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     HONOLULU –– A man dressed in hospital garb threw a toddler 30 feet from a pedestrian overpass onto a major highway Thursday, and the boy was later pronounced dead, authorities said.

A 23–year–old man was arrested after witnesses saw him throwing something, followed him and called police, >>>


      COURT ALLOWS CASINO VOTE THAT MAY BOOST OBAMA
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – A federal judge on Thursday allowed Nevada Democrats to hold presidential voting in casino hotels on the Las Vegas Strip, potentially helping Sen. Barack Obama in the next round of the campaign on Saturday.

For the first time, Nevada Democrats planned to set up nine locations for Sat >>>


      COURT TAKES DRUG LAWSUIT
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     WASHINGTON –– A drug manufacturer won Supreme Court review Monday of a $6.8 million verdict in the case of a woman whose arm had to be amputated after she was injected with one of its medications.

A jury in Vermont awarded the money to Diana Levine, who sued Wyeth after she was injected with its Phe >>>


      COURT WILL HEAR "LIGHT" CIGARETTES CASE
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     WASHINGTON –– The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide whether tobacco companies can be sued in state courts over alleged deceptive advertising of "light" cigarettes.

The issue before the justices is whether federal law bars such lawsuits. The Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Ac >>>


      DEATH TO LIFE IN RETARDATION CASE
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     YORKTOWN, Va. –– A death row inmate whose case led to the U.S. Supreme Court banning execution of the mentally retarded has had his sentence commuted to life in prison.

Circuit Judge Prentis Smiley Jr. commuted the sentence Thursday after finding that prosecutors had failed to turn over potentially >>>


      DIVERS FIND BODY OF PILOT IN LAKE CRASH
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     CLEVELAND –– The body of a pilot whose twin–engine plane crashed into Lake Erie was located Thursday in about 30 feet of water, authorities said.

Thomas Fijalkovich‘s body was found in the plane‘s fuselage, but strong winds made the water choppy and conditions unsafe for divers to >>>


      EUROPEAN ETHICS GROUP OPPOSES FOOD FROM CLONED ANIMALS
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     Opponents of cloning animals for food got a boost yesterday as a European ethics body came out against the practice, expressing concerns about the clones‘ welfare.

The report, from the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies, which advises the European Commission, is likely to weigh heavi >>>


      EXHIBIT ON BOSNIA‘S ETHNIC CLEANSING
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     AM CREVE COEUR, Mo. –– The photos of emaciated concentration camp survivors and mass graves are reminiscent of another Holocaust.

But this one was less than two decades ago, when Slobodan Milosevic put his plan for "ethnic cleansing" into place. The Bosnian city of Prijedor, where Muslims, >>>


      FAA: PLANES HAVE CLOSE CALL NEAR NEWARK
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     NEWARK, N.J. –– An air traffic controller mistakenly gave a passenger jet the frequency for the wrong airport, an error that put that plane and another landing at Newark Liberty International Airport much closer than they should have been, authorities said Thursday.

The Federal Aviation Administrati >>>


      FEMA FLIP–FLOPS AGAIN ON TRAILERS
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     Those trailers the Federal Emergency Management Agency bought to house Hurricane Katrina victims were at the center of the storm again yesterday

–– and not in a way that‘s going to make folks at the beleaguered agency any happier.

FEMA hurriedly bought the 145,000 trailers and mobile >>>


      FORECLOSURES, LENDERS‘ PREFERRED FIX
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     At a time when mortgage lenders were touting efforts to help homeowners avoid foreclosure, delinquent borrowers were almost twice as likely to lose their homes as they were to reach an agreement with their lender that would allow them to stay put, according to a Mortgage Bankers Association survey released yesterday.
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      ILL. INMATE SENTENCED IN KILLING SPREE
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     MARION, Ill. –– An inmate charged in a multistate killing spree in the 1'70s and 1'80s pleaded guilty Friday to stabbing and strangling a woman in this southern Illinois town.

Timothy Krajcir was sentenced to 40 years in prison in the 1'78 slaying of Virginia Lee Witte, whom he admitted >>>


      MAN SENTENCED IN RANSOM KILLINGS
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     LOS ANGELES –– An illegal immigrant from Lithuania was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in federal prison for his role in the kidnapping and murder of Russian immigrants whose bodies were found in a reservoir near Yosemite National Park.

Aleksejus Markovskis, 34, was part of a crime ring that kidnappe >>>


      MATURE HUMAN EMBRYOS CREATED FROM ADULT SKIN CELLS
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     Scientists at a California company reported yesterday that they had created the first mature cloned human embryos from single skin cells taken from adults, a significant advance toward the goal of growing personalized stem cells for patients suffering from various diseases.

Creation of the embryos –&ndash >>>


      MORE WARRANTS ISSUED IN OFFICERS‘ DEATHS
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     ATLANTA –– Authorities said Friday they were seeking two more suspects in the killings of two police officers who were gunned down while working as off–duty security guards at an apartment complex.

The DeKalb County Sheriff‘s Office issued arrest warrants for William Maurice Woodard, 26, >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     Padilla‘s Mother Seeks Leniency MIAMI –– Jose Padilla‘s mother told a federal judge Thursday that he is "not a monster" despite convictions on terrorism conspiracy, and she pleaded for mercy instead of the life–in–prison sentence sought by prosecutors.

Padilla&lsquo >>>


      OBAMA DEBUTS NEW ACT IN VEGAS
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     LAS VEGAS –– The White House campaign has brought a new act to Vegas. Barack Obama has stepped up his campaign against Hillary Rodham Clinton, and he‘s trying to use humor to bring her down before this weekend‘s Democratic presidential caucus.

His argument is starkly different from the & >>>


      PAULSON PREDICTS QUICK STIMULUS PLAN
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     PM WASHINGTON –– Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson predicted Friday that the administration and Congress can come together quickly to enact a stimulus package that would bring help within weeks to an economy in danger of toppling into a recession.

Paulson kicked off a major lobbying campaign with app >>>


      POLICE: VICTIM DRUNK DURING TIGER ATTACK
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     SAN FRANCISCO –– One of the three victims of San Francisco Zoo tiger attack was intoxicated and admitted to yelling and waving at the animal while standing atop the railing of the big cat enclosure, police said in court documents filed Thursday.

Paul Dhaliwal, 1', told the father of Carlos Sousa >>>


      POLICE: VICTIM DRUNK DURING TIGER ATTACK
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     SAN FRANCISCO –– One of the three victims of San Francisco Zoo tiger attack was intoxicated and admitted to yelling and waving at the animal while standing atop the railing of the big cat enclosure, police said in court documents filed Thursday.

Paul Dhaliwal, 1', told the father of Carlos Sousa >>>


      ROMNEY CRITICIZES RIVALS‘ LOBBYISTS
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     COLUMBIA, S.C. –– Republican Mitt Romney said Thursday he could govern in the country‘s best interest because "I don‘t have lobbyists running my campaign," although Washington insiders are on his senior staff and registered lobbyists are top advisers.

One of them, Ron Kaufman, >>>


      ROMNEY CRITICIZES RIVALS‘ LOBBYISTS
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     COLUMBIA, S.C. –– Republican Mitt Romney said Thursday he could govern in the country‘s best interest because "I don‘t have lobbyists running my campaign," although Washington insiders are on his senior staff and registered lobbyists are top advisers.

One of them, Ron Kaufman, >>>


      ROMNEY IN HEATED EXCHANGE OVER LOBBYIST CLAIM
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     COLUMBIA, South Carolina (Reuters) – Presidential candidate Mitt Romney was challenged on Thursday over the role of lobbyists in his campaign as he sought to portray himself as more of a Washington outsider than his Republican rivals.

A reporter took issue with Romney‘s assertion that no lobbyists w >>>


      ROMNEY, AP REPORTER EXCHANGE WORDS
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Mitt Romney‘s assertion about lobbyists and his presidential campaign was challenged by an Associated Press reporter Thursday. The blogosphere immediately lit up over the exchange.

Speaking at a business supply store in Columbia, S.C., Romney was telling reporters, "I don&ls >>>


      TEXAS JUSTICE CHARGED IN ARSON CASE
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     HOUSTON –– A Texas Supreme Court justice was indicted Thursday on suspicion of tampering with evidence in a fire that destroyed his home, a blaze the judge‘s wife is accused of setting, their attorney said.

Justice David Medina and his wife, Francisca, have denied involvement in the June fire, >>>


      THIRD–RANKING STATE OFFICIAL RESIGNING
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     WASHINGTON –– The State Department‘s third–highest diplomat, Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns, is resigning, a senior U.S.

official said Friday. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice planned to appear at a ceremony with Burns at ':45 a.m. Friday to announce >>>


      U.S. DIPLOMAT NICHOLAS BURNS TO STEP DOWN: OFFICIAL
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns, the number three U.S. diplomat, is expected to step down for personal reasons in an announcement to be made on Friday, a U.S. official said.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who plans to make the announcement at ' >>>


      US SAYS THERE‘S UNANIMITY ON NORTH KOREA
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     WASHINGTON –– The White House on Friday denied there was dissent on how to deal with North Korea‘s nuclear weapons, a day after a U.S. official issued a rare public criticism of the Bush administration‘s policy.

White House spokesman Tony Fratto told reporters that the five nations worki >>>


      WAXMAN PLANS WHITE HOUSE E–MAIL HEARING
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     WASHINGTON –– A White House chart indicates no e–mail was archived on 473 days for various units of the Executive Office of the President, a House committee chairman says.

Rep. Henry Waxman, D–Calif., says a White House spokesman‘s comments suggesting no e–mail had disappeare >>>


      A DEMOGRAPHIC THE DEMOCRATS CAN‘T FORGET
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     This is a good time to put in a word for the white working class. For days, the Democratic campaign for president was mired in a discussion, started by Hillary Clinton, about Martin Luther King Jr.‘s role in winning passage of civil rights laws. There was also much talk of the crucial part women played in the New >>>


      BLACK DREAMS, WHITE LIBERALS
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     Dr. King‘s dream began to be realized when President Lyndon Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1'64. . . . It took a president to get it done.

–– Hillary Clinton, Jan. 7 So she said. And then a fight broke out. That remarkable eruption of racial sensitivities and racial charges lacked >>>


      BUSH CALLS FOR $145 BILLION ECONOMY PLAN
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     2008; 11:44 AM WASHINGTON –– President Bush on Friday called for about $145 billion worth of tax relief and other incentives to stimulate a sagging economy and fend off a possible recession. He said a growth package must include tax incentives for business investment and "direct and rapid" tax reli >>>


      CALLOUS CONSERVATIVE
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     After watching Fred Thompson debate his Republican rivals, I have often wondered why he is not in the top tier of candidates. He seems to have John McCain‘s honesty, without his razor–sharp edges, and Mitt Romney‘s conservatism, without his jaw–dropping inconsistencies.

This contrast bet >>>


      CAMPAIGNING FOR HIS WIFE, CLINTON INVOKES ‘'0S BATTLES
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     The question was about a campaign polling memo in 2008, but somehow the answer drifted back to the political wars of 1''8. Bill Clinton was holding forth to a group of college students in New Hampshire too young to remember much about the investigations and battles of his presidency. But Clinton remembered.
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      CHRIS MATTHEWS BACKS OFF ‘NASTY‘ REMARK ON CLINTON
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     Under pressure from feminist groups and his own bosses at MSNBC, Chris Matthews apologized yesterday for remarks about Hillary Clinton that he now admits sounded "nasty." For 10 days, the "Hardball" host had doggedly insisted he was just reciting a bit of history when he said on the air that "th >>>


      CIA PLACES BLAME FOR BHUTTO ASSASSINATION
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     By Joby WarrickWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, January 18, 2008; A01 The CIA has concluded that members of al–Qaeda and allies of Pakistani tribal leader Baitullah Mehsud were responsible for last month‘s assassination of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto, and that they also stand behind a n >>>


      COAL INDUSTRY PLUGS INTO THE CAMPAIGN
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     A group backed by the coal industry and its utility allies is waging a $35 million campaign in primary and caucus states to rally public support for coal–fired electricity and to fuel opposition to legislation that Congress is crafting to slow climate change.

The group, called Americans for Balanced Energ >>>


      FED CHAIRMAN BACKS STIMULUS
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     By Neil Irwin and Jonathan WeismanWashington Post Staff WritersFriday, January 18, 2008; A01 Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke endorsed government efforts to stimulate the economy yesterday, as congressional leaders and the Bush administration moved closer to agreement on a plan.

President Bush plans to >>>


      JUDGE ALLOWS CASINO SITES FOR NEVADA CAUCUSES
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     18, 2008; A08 LAS VEGAS, Jan. 17 –– A federal judge on Thursday refused to shut down nine casino–based sites for Saturday‘s caucuses, delivering a victory to Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) in what has become an increasingly bitter Democratic contest here.

U.S. District Judge James C. Mahan rej >>>


      LAWMAKER TELLS COURT FBI AGENTS BULLIED HIM
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     By Jerry MarkonWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, January 18, 2008; A03 Rep. William J. Jefferson (D–La.) testified yesterday that an FBI agent cursed at him and told him that "this is going to be the worst day of your life," just before agents searched his Louisiana home as part of the investigation th >>>


      MINING GIANT TO PAY $20 MILLION EPA FINE
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     By David A. FahrentholdWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, January 18,
2008; A16 One of Appalachia‘s coal–mining giants agreed yesterday to pay $20 million, the largest such fine imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency, after an investigation found more than 4,500 instances in which mine runoff ta >>>


      NEXT TIME, SKIP THE APPOINTMENT
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     When last we saw former congressman Mark Deli Siljander, he was at the Dec. 1' opening downtown of "Charlie Wilson‘s War," the movie about the heroic former Texas lawmaker‘s efforts to get the Soviets out of Afghanistan.

Siljander looked relaxed, happy, seemingly without a care in the >>>


      REP. RANGEL VOWS SWIFT ACCORD WITH GOP ON ECONOMY
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     5:0' PM House Ways and Means Chairman Charles B. Rangel (D–N.Y.) vowed today to reach accord with congressional Republicans and President Bush over an economic stimulus package, even snubbing his presidential candidate, Hillary Rodham Clinton, in the interest of bipartisanship.

In an interview with wa >>>


      THE HARD CHOICE IS NOW
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     If it‘s any consolation, this is the hard part. When it comes time for the general election campaign, voters will be faced with a clear choice on the major issues. The primaries, meanwhile, are forcing us to figure out not just who the candidates are but who we are as well.

On what is now the issue of gre >>>


      THOMPSON HOPES S.C. REVIVES HIS CAMPAIGN
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     18, 2008; A08 COLUMBIA, S.C., Jan. 17 –– Time is running out for former senator Fred D. Thompson of Tennessee to make a statement in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Once billed as the party‘s next Ronald Reagan, he is just two days from knowing whether his candidacy has a future.>>>


      UNDER FIRE, CHARITY CHIEF DEFENDS GROUPS‘ SPENDING
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     A congressional investigation yesterday uncovered new allegations of questionable spending practices at two veterans charities, including one that paid retired Army Gen. Tommy Franks $100,000 to appear in its solicitation letters using money the nonprofit raised to help soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
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      WHITE HOUSE STUDY FOUND 473 DAYS OF E–MAIL GONE
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     January 18, 2008; A01 The White House possesses no archived e–mail messages for many of its component offices, including the Executive Office of the President and the Office of the Vice President, for hundreds of days between 2003 and 2005, according to the summary of an internal White House study that was disclos >>>


      2 TOURISTS KILLED IN YEMEN CONVOY ATTACK
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     SAN‘A, Yemen –– Gunmen believed to be al–Qaida militants opened fire on a tourist convoy near the ancestral home of Osama bin Laden in Yemen on Friday, killing two Belgian women and their Yemeni driver, a security official said.

The two slain women and four wounded were traveling in a to >>>


      6 BODIES FOUND AFTER TIJUANA SHOOTOUT
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     TIJUANA, Mexico –– Officials found six bodies Thursday inside a Tijuana house where gunmen took refuge during a shootout with soldiers and police.

Investigators were trying to determine if the bodies belonged to gunmen or kidnaping victims kept at the house, said a spokesman for Baja California stat >>>


      A SCHOLAR‘S LEGAL PERIL IN POLAND
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     By Craig WhitlockWashington Post Foreign ServiceFriday, January 18, 2008; A14 WARSAW –– Polish prosecutors are considering taking the unusual step of filing criminal charges against an Ivy League professor for allegedly "slandering the Polish nation" in a book that describes how Poles victimized Je >>>


      AT LEAST 13 DEAD IN DAY OF KENYA PROTESTS
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     AM NAIROBI (Reuters) – At least 13 people were killed in Kenya on Friday when police fired into a Nairobi slum and ethnic groups clashed during protests against the disputed re–election of President Mwai Kibaki.

The worst bloodshed was in the huge Kibera slum, an opposition stronghold, where at leas >>>


      BIN LADEN SON WANTS TO BE PEACE ACTIVIST
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     CAIRO, Egypt –– Omar Osama bin Laden bears a striking resemblance to his notorious father _ except for the dreadlocks that dangle halfway down his back. Then there‘s the black leather biker jacket. The 26–year–old does not renounce his father, al–Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, but in a >>>


      BOOMERANG COMES BACK AFTER 25 YEARS
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     BRISBANE, Australia –– Boomerangs really do come back _ even after 25 years. Officials in an Australian Outback town were surprised when a boomerang arrived in the post. Along with it was a note from a guilt–ridden American who said he stole it years earlier from a museum in the mining town of Mount Is >>>


      BRITISH COUNCIL SUSPENDS ACTIVITIES AT 2 RUSSIAN OFFICES
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     By Peter FinnWashington Post Foreign ServiceThursday, January 17, 2008;
2:27 PM MOSCOW, Jan. 17 –– The British Council on Thursday suspended operations at its two regional offices in Russia, citing "a campaign of intimidation against our staff" that the cultural organization said presented a &q >>>


      CANADA MANUAL: US PRISONERS FACE TORTURE
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     TORONTO –– A training manual for Canadian diplomats lists the United States as a country where prisoners risk torture and abuse, citing interrogation techniques such as stripping prisoners, blindfolding and sleep deprivation.

The Foreign Affairs Department document, released Friday, singled out the >>>


      CHESS MASTER BOBBY FISCHER DIES AT 64
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     REYKJAVIK, Iceland –– Bobby Fischer, the reclusive chess genius who became a Cold War hero by dethroning the Soviet world champion in 1'72 and later renounced his American citizenship, has died. He was 64.

Fisher died in a Reykjavik hospital on Thursday, his spokesman, Gardar Sverrisson, said Fr >>>


      COLOMBIA VOLCANO ERUPTS
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     BOGOTA, Colombia –– A volcano erupted violently in southwestern Colombia Thursday, spewing ash miles into the sky and prompting the evacuation of several thousand people living nearby.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or serious property damage after the 14,110–foot Galeras volcano >>>


      CUBA TO HOLD PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     HAVANA –– There is no mudslinging or million–dollar war chest. No party nominations, dirty tricks or battles for key endorsements.

In fact, there‘s no campaigning at all _ and the most famous candidate, Fidel Castro, hasn‘t been seen in public for almost 18 months.

Still, >>>


      ENGINE FAILURE BLAMED FOR HEATHROW CRASH–LANDING
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     LONDON (Reuters) – Initial investigations showed that the engines of a British Airways Boeing 777 failed to respond shortly before it crash–landed at London‘s Heathrow Airport on Thursday, investigators said on Friday.

Thirteen people were injured when BA flight 83 from Beijing came down well >>>


      FAIRFAX SOLDIER KILLED IN GRENADE ATTACK
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     An Army soldier from Fairfax County was killed in Iraq on Wednesday when he and two other soldiers were attacked by grenade and small–arms fire during a combat operation, the Army said yesterday.

David H. Sharrett II, 27, grew up in the Oakton area, was a star defensive end on the Oakton High School footb >>>


      FORMER CHESS CHAMPION FISCHER DIES: ICELAND RADIO
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     REYKJAVIK – Former world chess champion Bobby Fischer has died of an unspecified illness, Iceland national radio reported on Friday.

Fischer, who beat Russian Boris Spassky in 1'72 to become world champion, was considered by some chess experts to be the greatest player of all time.

Iceland ra >>>


      HEATHROW CRASH REPORT: ENGINES FAILED
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     LONDON –– The engines on a British Airways plane that crash–landed at London‘s Heathrow airport failed to respond for a demand to increase thrust, a preliminary accident report said Friday.

Using flight recorder information, investigators will focus on what other systems might have cause >>>


      IRAN PRESIDENT SAYS BUSH CONFRONTATIONAL
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     PM CAIRO, Egypt –– Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday that President Bush sent a "message of confrontation" during his recent Mideast trip. Bush spent much of his visit to the region, which he wrapped up on Wednesday, rallying support among Arab allies for a strong stance against I >>>


      IRAN RECEIVES NUKE FUEL
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     TEHRAN, Iran –– Iran received a third shipment of nuclear fuel from Russia on Friday for a power plant being constructed in the southern port of Bushehr, state radio reported.

The 11–ton consignment arrived at the Bushehr power plant on Friday morning, and the remainder of the fuel will arrive >>>


      IRAQI FORCES BATTLE CULT GUNMEN
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraqi soldiers and police fought running battles with gunmen from a Shi‘ite cult in two southern cities on Friday in which at least 14 people were killed and scores wounded, security and hospital officials said.

The clashes are the biggest test yet for Iraq‘s army and p >>>


      IRAQI TROOPS CLASH WITH SHIITE CULT
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     BAGHDAD –– Gunmen from a messianic Shiite cult attacked police and worshippers preparing Friday for a major Shiite holiday, prompting fierce clashes that left at least 15 people dead a year after the group plotted a similar attack, authorities said.

Carrying yellow flags or wearing yellow headbands >>>


      ISRAEL CLOSES GAZA BORDER CROSSINGS
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     JERUSALEM –– Israel has closed all border crossings into Gaza, cutting off food and humanitarian supplies to the coastal strip in a bid to pressure its Hamas rulers to stop a barrage of rocket attacks on Israeli towns, defense officials said Friday.

Ten rockets slammed into southern Israel on Friday >>>


      ISRAEL DESTROYS HAMAS–RUN INTERIOR MINISTRY IN GAZA
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     GAZA (Reuters) – An Israeli missile strike destroyed Hamas‘s Interior Ministry in Gaza City on Friday, but the building was empty at the time, Hamas security sources and local witnesses said.

The four–storey building was flattened by the blast, which caused up to 20 casualties nearby.
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      JAPAN PM SET FOR NEW SHOWDOWN IN DIVIDED PARLIAMENT
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     TOKYO (Reuters) – Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda called on Friday for Japan‘s divided parliament to put the public‘s interests first as he headed for a fresh showdown with the powerful opposition over key policies.

Having forced through a law last week to resume a controversial naval mission in s >>>


      JOINT CHIEFS TO GIVE OWN TROOP CUT VIEW
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador –– The Pentagon‘s top generals and admirals will make their own assessment for President Bush on whether to continue pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq in the second half of the year _ independent of what Bush‘s commander in Baghdad recommends, the top U.S. military officer >>>


      KENYA OPPOSITION VOWS STRIKES, BOYCOTTS
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     NAIROBI, Kenya –– Their protests weakened by a harsh police crackdown, Kenya‘s opposition said Friday it would turn to economic boycotts and strikes to keep up pressure against President Mwai Kibaki over his disputed re–election.

Opposition spokesman Salim Lone vowed protesters would tak >>>


      KENYAN OPPOSITION TO CALL FOR STRIKES, BOYCOTTS
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     By Stephanie McCrummenWashington Post Foreign ServiceFriday, January 18,
2008; A12 NAIROBI, Jan. 17 –– Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga said Thursday that he would call for strikes and boycotts of businesses owned by President Mwai Kibaki‘s inner circle to pressure him to address a post– >>>


      LEADING CHINA ECONOMIST TIPPED FOR WORLD BANK JOB
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A leading Chinese economist, Justin Yifu Lin, is a front runner for the World Bank‘s top economist job, Bank sources said on Thursday.

Lin, 56, is a director and founder of the China Center for Economic Research think tank and an economics professor at Peking University in Bei >>>


      MAIN SERBIAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     AM –– The main candidates in Serbia‘s presidential election: _ BORIS TADIC: Incumbent president and the leader of the pro–Western Democratic Party, Boris Tadic is hoping to win his second term in office by promising Serbia‘s European integration and a better life for all its citizens. The 5 >>>


      NEPALI REBELS CLAIM BUS ATTACK THAT KILLS SEVEN
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     KATHMANDU (Reuters) – At least seven people were killed and 22 injured on Friday after a bus exploded in flames in southern Nepal, police and local media said.

A rebel group fighting for regional autonomy claimed responsibility, local media reported. Police said they were unable to confirm this.

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      OFFICIALS DECLINE TO GIVE DATE FOR IRAQ TROOP WITHDRAWAL
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     By William BraniginWashington Post Staff WriterThursday, January 17, 2008;
4:23 PM Two senior defense officials told a House committee today that Iraq plans to take full responsibility for internal security sometime between early 200' and 2012, but they declined to predict when U.S. military personnel could with >>>


      POLAR BEAR CUB OPENS EYES FOR FIRST TIME
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     BERLIN –– Germany‘s latest famous polar bear cub opened her eyes for the first time on Tuesday _ and it appears she may be cross–eyed. Though her eyes have just opened as tiny slits, zoo keeper Stefanie Krueger said it appears she is "a little crossed–eyed." However, "Flocke& >>>


      POLICE CLASH WITH CULT GUNMEN IN SOUTHERN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraqi police clashed with gunmen from a Shi‘ite cult who staged a series of hit–and–run raids in two southern cities on Friday, security officials said.

Witnesses in Iraq‘s southern oil hub of Basra and Nassiriya said at least four people may have been kille >>>


      SE BUSCA MEDIADOR PARA LA PAZ CON LAS FARC
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     12:00 AM Por primera vez en más de seis años, dos secuestradas de las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia fueron liberadas la semana pasada. La participación del Presidente venezolano Hugo Chávez lo hizo posible y los colombianos estaban profundamente agradecidos, incluido el Presiden >>>


      SOUTH AMERICA‘S CONSTITUTIONAL BATTLES
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     By Monte ReelWashington Post Foreign ServiceFriday, January 18, 2008; A12 BUENOS AIRES –– Movements to rewrite national constitutions are dramatically changing the political paths of several South American countries, triggering bitter debates over whether new charters will benefit future generations or simpl >>>


      SRI LANKA SAYS REBELS KILL 10 PEOPLE IN SOUTH
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     COLOMBO (Reuters) – Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels shot dead at least 10 people in southern Sri Lanka, the military said on Friday, two days after 27 people were killed in a bus ambush in a nearby town.

A six–year truce between the state and rebels formally ended on Wednesday, opening the way for a mi >>>


      SUICIDE BOMBER STRIKES AT SHIITE MOSQUE
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     By Amit R. PaleyWashington Post Foreign ServiceFriday, January 18, 2008; A15 BAGHDAD, Jan. 17 –– A suicide bomber killed at least eight people Thursday in front of a mosque in volatile Diyala province as worshipers gathered for a Shiite holiday, another sign of continuing unrest in northern Iraq despite the >>>


      THAILAND AWAITS KEY COURT POLITICAL VERDICT
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand‘s Supreme Court threw out a lawsuit on Friday seeking to annul its December 23 election, bringing the party backing ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra another step closer to forming a coalition government.

The court was also due to deliver its verdict on another su >>>


      TIMELINE OF FISCHER‘S CAREER
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     PM –– Bobby Fischer, former chess world champion, has died at the age of 64. A chronology of his life and career: March ', 1'43 _ Robert James Fischer born in Chicago to Regina Fischer, an American of German–Jewish descent. She and her husband Gerhardt, a German biophysicist, divorce when Bobby >>>


      UK‘S BROWN SEEKS TO TAKE CHINA RELATIONSHIP TO NEW LEVEL
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     BEIJING (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Gordon Brown told China on Friday he was taking their relationship to a new level and that he wanted Britain to be the number one choice for Chinese trade and investment.

Brown arrived in a snowy Beijing on a short trip to the heart of the world‘s fastest&n >>>


      WANTED: MEDIATOR FOR PEACE WITH FARC
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     12:00 AM WASHINGTON –– Colombians had a whiplash moment this past week. For the first time in more than six years, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known by its Spanish initials FARC, freed two hostages. The deal was made possible through the participation of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who >>>


      WORLD CHESS CHAMPION BOBBY FISCHER DIES
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     REYKJAVIK, Iceland –– Bobby Fischer, the reclusive American chess master who became a Cold War icon when he dethroned the Soviet Union‘s Boris Spassky as world champion in 1'72, has died. He was 64.

Fischer died Thursday in a Reykjavik hospital, his spokesman, Gardar Sverrisson, said. Ther >>>


      WORLD IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 18-01-2008
     pakistan ' Die in Gunfire at Shiite Mosque A suspected Sunni extremist opened fire in a Shiite mosque in Peshawar on Thursday and then blew himself up, killing nine people on the eve of a religious festival that has been scarred by sectarian violence in the past.

The blast in northwestern Pakistan wounded a >>>



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