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      GUNMEN RELEASE PAK STUDENTS HELD HOSTAGE
      Arab News, 29-01-2008
     Azhar Masood, Arab News ISLAMABAD, 2' January 2008 — A gang of seven gunmen who took up to 250 schoolchildren and teachers hostage at a village school in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan yesterday released their hostages and surrendered to tribal elders.

The gunmen, who had barged into the schoo >>>


      IRAN CLOSE TO RESUMING RELATIONS WITH EGYPT
      Arab News, 29-01-2008
     Agencies TEHRAN, 2' January 2008 — Iran is close to resuming full diplomatic relations with Egypt, its foreign minister said yesterday, but did not say when the ties that have been cut for almost three decades would be re–established.

Iran broke ties with Egypt in 1'7' after then Egyptian Pres >>>


      LEBANON ON HIGH ALERT AFTER DEADLY RIOTS
      Arab News, 29-01-2008
     Agence France Presse BEIRUT, 2' January 2008 — The Lebanese Army was on high alert in the capital Beirut yesterday following weekend riots that left at least eight people dead and stoked fears of civil unrest. Troops were out in force, setting up sandbags and checkpoints along roads leading from the mainly Shiite ne >>>


      MAHARASHTRA IN GRIP OF COLD WAVE
      Arab News, 29-01-2008
     Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News PUNE, 2' January 2008 — Mumbai, Pune and Mahableshwar experienced chilly weather yesterday as the mercury dipped to 0 degree Celsius in Mahabaleshwar,
5 Celsius in Pune and 10 in Mumbai. A thin sheet of ice formed on the surface of Venna Lake in the hill station of Mahabaleshwar, wh >>>


      MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS FROM 65 COUNTRIES SHOWCASED IN DUBAI
      Arab News, 29-01-2008
     K.T. Abdurabb, Arab News Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al–Maktoum, the UAE vice president and premier and ruler of Dubai, visits the pavilion of Arab Healthcare Group at Arab Health Exhibition that opened in Dubai on Monday. (AN photo)

DUBAI, 2' January 2008 — The four–day Arab Health, a world&ndas >>>


      NUCLEAR DEAL: US NUDGES INDIA AGAIN
      Arab News, 29-01-2008
     Indo–Asian News Service NEW DELHI, 2' January 2008 — With the future of the civil nuclear deal looking uncertain, US Ambassador David Mulford yesterday underlined the need for India to wrap up a safeguards pact with the IAEA so that it can be completed during the tenure of the Bush administration.

Und >>>


      OFW GROUP FINDS ARROYO’S HEDGE PROGRAM ‘PARASITIC’
      Arab News, 29-01-2008
     Gloria Esguerra Melencio, Arab News MANILA, 2' January 2008 — A group of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) yesterday lambasted the government for its «grandstanding» and its «parasitic» hedge program saying that they are not contented with the country’s labor policies.

Migrante Middle >>>


      A FROSTY MOMENT BETWEEN CLINTON, OBAMA
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     WASHINGTON –– The state of their union? Icy. Rival Democrats Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama came within a foot of one another just before President Bush‘s State of the Union speech without acknowledging each other.

It was quite a feat, given the packed House floor Monday night, the cu >>>


      ACLU SUES OVER PAPER BALLOTS IN OHIO
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     PM CLEVELAND –– The American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal judge on Monday to block the March 4 presidential primary in Ohio‘s biggest county if it switches to a paper ballot system that doesn‘t allow voters to correct errors.

In a follow–up to a suit it filed Jan. 17, the >>>


      AGENCY CLAIMS JUSTICE DEPT. BLOCKS PROBE
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     PM WASHINGTON –– The head of a federal inquiry into the firings of eight U.S.

attorneys claims the Justice Department has impeded his investigation. In a letter sent to Attorney General Michael Mukasey last week, Office of Special Counsel chief Scott J. Bloch said the department has thrown up roadbl >>>


      AP NEWS ALERT
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     MEXICO CITY –– Mexican officials have issued an arrest warrant for a U.S. Marine suspected of killing a pregnant colleague, a U.S. Embassy official says.
>>>


      BUSH‘S SUMMIT PLAN HAILED IN NEW ORLEANS
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     5:11 AM NEW ORLEANS –– President Bush was criticized for not mentioning the plight of New Orleans in past State of the Union addresses, but in his latest he announced that a high–profile summit is coming to this business–hungry town, and that he will attend.

The announcement Monday that >>>


      BUSH SAYS FAITH HELPED HIM BEAT DRINKING
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     BALTIMORE, Md. –– President Bush on Tuesday referred to his former struggles with alcohol as an "addiction," a blunt characterization of his less disciplined adult days before a reliance on faith help him turn his life around.

"Addiction is hard to overcome," Bush said in speakin >>>


      BUSH SPEECH COMES AMID HIGH ANXIETY
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     WASHINGTON –– The state of the union is anxious. In the eighth and final year of George Bush‘s presidency, Americans have stomach–clenching worries about a recession, soaring fuel costs, huge budget deficits, the war in Iraq, fighting in Afghanistan, a showdown with Iran, global terrorism _ the l >>>


      BUSH URGES ECONOMIC ACTION, IRAQ PATIENCE
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     WASHINGTON –– President Bush, standing before Congress one last time, urged the nation Monday night to persevere against gnawing fears of recession and stay patient with the long, grinding war in Iraq. He pressed Congress to quickly pass a plan to rescue the economy.

"We can all see that growth >>>


      COLD DRUGS PUT 7,000 CHILDREN A YEAR IN ERS
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     By Rob SteinWashington Post Staff WriterTuesday, January 2', 2008; A03 More than 7,000 children get rushed to emergency rooms each year after suffering adverse reactions to cough and cold medicines, according to the first national estimate of the risks posed by the widely used remedies.

Most of the problems >>>


      COUPLE SENTENCED IN MAID ABUSE CASE
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     LOS ANGELES –– A former Hollywood studio attorney and his wife have been sentenced for abusive treatment of their Filipino maid in a case federal prosecutors said "amounts to modern–day slavery." James Jackson, former vice president of legal affairs at Sony Pictures, was ordered to perform 20 >>>


      DETROIT MAYOR NAMES NEW CHIEF OF STAFF
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     DETROIT –– Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick named a new chief of staff Tuesday, a day after the woman who previously held the post resigned amid allegations that she and the mayor lied under oath about an affair.

Kandia Milton, who has served as deputy chief of staff and liaison to Detroit‘s Cit >>>


      DURABLE GOODS ORDERS RISE BY 5.2 PERCENT
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     AM WASHINGTON –– Orders to factories for big–ticket manufactured goods soared in December by the largest amount in five months, a surprisingly strong finish for a generally weak year in U.S. manufacturing.

The Commerce Department reported that demand for durable goods shot up 5.2 percent last >>>


      EX–CONGRESSIONAL HOPEFUL ON TRIAL IN NH
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     DOVER, N.H. –– Then–congressional candidate Gary Dodds soaked his feet in cold water as part of a ploy to drum up attention for his campaign by faking a story about getting lost after a car crash, a prosecutor charged Tuesday.

Dodds claimed he waded across an icy river and spent the night in w >>>


      FINAL YEAR‘S REALITIES PUSH BIG IDEAS INTO BACKGROUND
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     Gone were the grand dreams of remaking Social Security, immigration law or the tax code. In their place were modest initiatives, such as hiring preferences for military spouses. The economic package targeted tax breaks to low– and middle–class workers. And the foreign policy stressed Middle East peacemaking >>>


      FLORIDA PRIMARY COULD BOOST GOP WINNER
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     12:11 PM MIAMI –– John McCain and Mitt Romney clashed in a hard–fought Florida primary on Tuesday, seeking campaign momentum before the race for the Republican presidential nomination turns into a nationwide delegate struggle on Feb.
5.

Rudy Giuliani and Mike Huckabee also had spots on the >>>


      GIULIANI IN TROUBLE AS FLORIDA REPUBLICANS VOTE: POLL
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     2008; 1:10 AM WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Rudy Giuliani‘s White House quest could be in deep trouble as he lags far behind the leaders in a Florida presidential primary he counted on winning, according to a Reuters/C–SPAN/Zogby poll released on Tuesday.

Hours before the start of Florida& >>>


      GIULIANI SEEKS TO PROVE EXPERTS WRONG
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     FORT MYERS, Fla. –– Rudy Giuliani, having bet almost his entire presidential campaign on Florida, hinted for the first time that he may drop out if he doesn‘t win the state‘s primary but insisted anew Tuesday that he intends to win.

"I expect to win it," he said. "You don& >>>


      GORE–BACKED CABLE CHANNEL TO GO PUBLIC
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     SAN FRANCISCO –– Cable television upstart Current Media Inc. plans to go public later this year, giving investors a chance to assess the entrepreneurial skills of its co–founder, Al Gore.

In documents filed Monday, the San Francisco–based owner of the Current TV cable channel set a preli >>>


      HOME FORECLOSURE RATE SOARS IN 2007
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     LOS ANGELES –– The number of U.S. homes that slipped into some stage of foreclosure in 2007 was 7' percent higher than in the previous year, a real estate tracking company said Tuesday. Many homeowners started to fall behind on mortgage payments in the last three months, setting the stage for more forecl >>>


      KANSAS GOVERNOR CALLS FOR COOPERATION
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Democrats in the midst of their own roiling presidential nomination fight followed President Bush‘s State of the Union address not so much with a response as with their own theme of bipartisan cooperation.

Their messenger Monday night was Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a red&ndas >>>


      MCCAIN EDGES INTO FLORIDA LEAD: POLL
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     7:55 AM WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican John McCain opened a narrow lead on rival Mitt Romney ahead of a critical Florida primary after picking up the endorsement of Gov. Charlie Crist, according to a Reuters/C–SPAN/Zogby poll released on Monday.

McCain gained 3 points overnight after winning the >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     Chief of Staff to Mayor Of Detroit Will Resign DETROIT –– The chief of staff to Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick said Monday that she is resigning amid allegations that she and the mayor lied under oath about an affair.

In a letter to Kilpatrick that was released by his office, Christine Beatty said s >>>


      NEW AIRPORT IN NY COULD EASE CONGESTION
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. –– The passenger terminal at Stewart International Airport used to be a parachute packing plant. One of the entry roads is lined with abandoned, boarded–up military barracks. New York City is more than 60 miles away.

But the former Air Force base has a runway long enough to l >>>


      NEW ORLEANS POLICE OFFICER SHOT TO DEATH
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     NEW ORLEANS –– A vagrant wanted for questioning in a rape overpowered a police officer who was trying to handcuff him, then shot her to death with her own weapon, police said.

The officer‘s death was a blow to this city, where hopes were high that a new year could hold back a wave of crime tha >>>


      OBAMA SPEAKS TO JEWISH VOTERS ON ISRAEL
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     JERUSALEM –– Barack Obama wooed Jewish voters and skeptical Israelis in interviews published Tuesday, voicing support for key Israeli demands in peace talks with the Palestinians.

Winning over Israel could help the Democratic presidential candidate gain favor with American Jews, who make up large vo >>>


      OBITUARIES IN THE NEWS
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     5:20 AM –– Zhang Hanzhi BEIJING (AP) _ Zhang Hanzhi, an elegant Chinese diplomat who was Mao Zedong‘s English tutor and U.S. President Richard Nixon‘s interpreter during his historic 1'72 trip to China, has died. She was 72.

Zhang died Jan. 26 in Beijing from a lung–related ill >>>


      ROMNEY, MCCAIN: TIGHT RACE AS FLA. VOTES
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     TAMPA, Fla. –– After hammering each other on the economy and national security for a week, all that was left for Republicans John McCain and Mitt Romney to do Tuesday was urge their supporters to turnout as voting began in Florida‘s presidential primary.

The contest could solidify one man as t >>>


      STATE OF THE UNION REACTIONS
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     PM –– Some quotes about President Bush‘s final State of the Union address Monday: ___ "President Bush today said that earmarks have tripled in number over the last decade, but he forgot to tell the public that he signed those earmarks into law. President Bush also neglected to mention that the tri >>>


      TEXT OF BUSH‘S FINAL STATE OF THE UNION
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     PM –– By contrast, a failed Iraq would embolden extremists, strengthen Iran and give terrorists a base from which to launch new attacks on our friends, our allies and our homeland. The enemy has made its intentions clear. At a time when the momentum seemed to favor them, al–Qaida‘s top commander >>>


      THE NEW 42ND STREET, NEAR A NUDE 8TH AVENUE
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     A0' NEW YORK –– The stretch of 42nd Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues is jammed shoulder to shoulder these days with office workers and tourists.

Families catch a production of "Mary Poppins" at the refurbished New Amsterdam Theatre. European and Japanese visitors line up for M >>>


      U.S. MOVES TO KEEP F–14 PARTS FROM IRAN
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     WASHINGTON –– President Bush signed legislation Monday prohibiting the Pentagon from selling leftover F–14 fighter jet parts, a move prompted by security gaps in the military‘s surplus auction.

Those gaps made the surplus auction a prime place for Iran to shop for the spares it desperate >>>


      BARACK OBAMA, CAMELOT‘S NEW KNIGHT
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     People have been trying to stake a claim to the legacy of President John F. Kennedy ever since that day in Dallas more than 44 years ago. Remember Dan Quayle, who compared his congressional tenure to Kennedy‘s and got chastised by fellow senator and vice presidential candidate Lloyd Bentsen with that immortal insu >>>


      BUSH AIMS TO CUT EARMARKS, BUT NOT YET
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     A12 Just last month, President Bush signed into law a phone–book–size spending bill that funded virtually the entire federal government. It included $150,000 for a visitor‘s center at the Louis Armstrong House museum in Corona, N.Y., $'75,000 for curriculum development at the Clinton School of Publ >>>


      BUSH IS UPBEAT ON IRAQ AND THE ECONOMY
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     By Michael Abramowitz and Dan EggenWashington Post Staff WritersTuesday, January 2', 2008; A01 President Bush told the American people last night that his strategy to stabilize Iraq is achieving results "few of us could have imagined just one year ago," even as he sought to reassure the public that his new >>>


      CALIF. HEALTH INITIATIVE ON DEATHBED
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     A02 The California Senate‘s health committee effectively killed an ambitious proposal to create a near–universal health–care system, dealing a major political defeat yesterday to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and a setback to similar efforts nationally.

The bill, which would have covered nearly 4 >>>


      CARDS FROM A WORN–OUT DECK
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     Playing the race card against Barack Obama didn‘t work out quite the way Bill Clinton had hoped. Neither did a reported last–minute personal appeal to keep Ted Kennedy, venerable guardian of the Camelot flame, from joining the Obama crusade. The question now is whether the Clintons understand how the country >>>


      EXCERPTS OF PRESIDENT BUSH‘S 2008 STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     As prepared for delivery: "The actions of the 110th Congress will affect the security and prosperity of our Nation long after this session has ended. In this election year, let us show our fellow Americans that we recognize our responsibilities and are determined to meet them. And let us show them that Republicans >>>


      GOP UNABLE TO FORCE VOTE ON BUSH SURVEILLANCE BILL
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     By Paul KaneWashington Post Staff WriterTuesday, January 2', 2008; A03 The Senate yesterday left the fate of a new electronic surveillance law backed by the Bush administration up in the air, as a Republican–led effort to cut off a Democrat–led debate and proceed to a vote on the bill failed, mostly alon >>>


      GREATER USE OF PRIVILEGE SPURS CONCERN
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     The U.S. government has been increasing its use of the state secrets privilege to avoid disclosure of classified information in civil lawsuits, prompting legislation in the Senate that would provide more congressional oversight of the practice.

Though there have been modest increases in the use of the state sec >>>


      HOBBLED BY HUBBY
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     Barack Obama‘s broad victory in the South Carolina primary and his endorsement by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy fundamentally alter the dynamics of the 2008 Democratic presidential contest.

Only a week ago, Hillary Clinton, with her upset victory in the New Hampshire primary and her solid triumph in the Nevada c >>>


      INTERIOR SECRETARY SKIPS SPEECH
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne stayed away from the Capitol on Monday night in case of a catastrophic attack or accident as President Bush delivered his seventh State of the Union address.

By long–standing tradition, a member of the president‘s Cabinet misses the speech >>>


      JON VOIGHT, YES. DELIVERANCE, NO.
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     SANFORD, Fla. Just when it seemed nothing else could go wrong for Rudy Giuliani, the actor Jon Voight got up to introduce the candidate at an airport rally here Monday and found a malfunctioning microphone.

"This is a [inaudible] man," the father of Angelina Jolie told the meager crowd. "I saw fi >>>


      LAWMAKERS FAULT FEMA ON TRAILERS
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     Democratic leaders of a House science subcommittee alleged yesterday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency manipulated scientific research into the potential danger posed by a toxic gas emitted in trailers still housing tens of thousands of survivors of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

FEMA "ignored, hi >>>


      MCCAIN, ROMNEY GO ANOTHER ROUND IN FLA.
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     Washington Post Staff WritersTuesday, January 2', 2008; A01 ORLANDO, Jan. 28 –– The front–runners in the Florida Republican primary exchanged some of their sharpest criticisms of the campaign on Monday, with each seeking a win on Tuesday that would provide a big haul of delegates and a burst of mom >>>


      NORTHUP TO SEEK OLD CONGRESSIONAL SEAT
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     LOUISVILLE, Ky. –– Anne Northup will run for the congressional seat the Republican narrowly lost two years ago, a longtime political adviser of hers said Monday.

Ted Jackson said the five–term former congresswoman will file candidacy papers Tuesday _ the filing deadline _ for the Louisville&nd >>>


      OBAMA MINES SMALL, TRADITIONALLY RED STATES
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     TOPEKA, Kan. –– More than just a trip to his Kansas roots, Sen. Barack Obama‘s visit to his grandfather‘s home town Tuesday is part of a broad and unorthodox strategy to build support in Republican–dominated states.

In Kansas and Idaho, Utah and Alaska, Obama‘s goal is to win >>>


      PRESIDENT BUSH‘S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESSES
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     Read President Bush‘s State of the Union Addresses to Congress and the American people:
2008: Full Text | Washington Post Analysis | Video 2007: Full Text | Additional Washington Post Reports 2006: Full Text | Washington Post Analysis 2005: Full Text | Washington Post Analysis | Graphical Analysis 2004: Full T >>>


      SENATE DEMOCRATS ADDING TO STIMULUS
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     ':24 PM WASHINGTON –– A top Senate Democrat unveiled a $156 billion economic stimulus package Monday that awards rebates to senior citizens living off Social Security and extends unemployment benefits, setting up a clash with the White House and House leaders pushing a narrower package.

As the H >>>


      SENATE TO OFFER OWN STIMULUS PACKAGE
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     A01 The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee yesterday unveiled a rival plan to stimulate the economy, offering a $500 check to virtually every American –– including low–income seniors and rich financiers –– in a direct challenge to the bipartisan deal reached last week by President Bus >>>


      SENS. OBAMA AND KENNEDY DELIVER REMARKS AT A CAMPAIGN EVENT
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     CQ Transcripts WireMonday, January 28, 2008; 4:36 PM SPEAKERS: SEN. BARACK OBAMA, D–ILL.

SEN. EDWARD M. KENNEDY, D–MASS. REP. PATRICK J. KENNEDY, D–R.I. CAROLINE KENNEDY [×] P. KENNEDY: Thank you, Amanda.

Thank you all for being here. And let‘s here it again for Amanda. Wh >>>


      STAYING THE COARSE
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     In 1'76, Fred Harris –– a populist precursor of this year‘s version of John Edwards, championed "the little people." When he finished fourth with just 10.8 percent of the vote in the New Hampshire primary, he cheerfully explained that the little people were too little to reach the levers >>>


      THE FED IN THE ECHO CHAMBER
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     Jim Cramer –– the hyperactive, loud and opinionated host of CNBC‘s "Mad Money" –– is no fan of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. If you‘d tuned into "Mad Money" any time in recent months, you might have caught one of Cramer‘s outbursts against the former >>>


      THE MONEY‘S COMING, BUT WHERE‘S IT GOING?
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     The feeding frenzy begins this week at the Senate Finance Committee. At least that‘s the hope of dozens of interests eager to get a free ride on the first must–pass piece of legislation of the year: the economic stimulus package.

The House of Representatives plans to take up and approve President Bu >>>


      30 HOSTAGES IN VENEZUELAN BANK STANDOFF
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     CARACAS, Venezuela –– Gunmen held more than 30 people hostage inside a Venezuelan bank Tuesday during a lengthy and tense standoff with police that began with a botched robbery.

A 2–week–old infant, a 10–year–old boy and a woman who is eight months pregnant were among about 3 >>>


      75 YEARS SINCE HITLER ROSE TO POWER
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     2', 2008; 1:15 PM BERLIN –– The 75th anniversary of Adolf Hitler‘s elevation to German chancellor on Wednesday is one the country would prefer to forget, but the ignominious event that ultimately led to the deaths of millions remains part of the nation‘s weighted history.

Hitler&lsqu >>>


      AFGHAN WOMEN PROTEST AMERICAN KIDNAPPING
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     KANDAHAR, Afghanistan –– About 500 Afghan women gathered in a rare mass protest Tuesday against the kidnapping of an American aid worker. The women, many wearing burqas, called on officials to find the captive American and urged the kidnappers to release her.

Officials said they still had not identi >>>


      ALGERIA CAR BOMB ON POLICE POST KILLS TWO: REPORT
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     THENIA, Algeria (Reuters) – A car bomb attack on a police station killed two people and wounded 23 in a town east of Algiers on Tuesday, the second such bombing in the OPEC member in a month, the official APS news agency reported.

Some residents said the blast in Thenia appeared to be a suicide attack, th >>>


      ALGERIA: CAR BOMB BLAST KILLS AT LEAST 3
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     ALGIERS, Algeria –– A car bomb exploded Tuesday outside a police station in northern Algeria, killing at least three people and wounding several others, security officials said.

The blast in the city of Thenia, some 40 miles east of the capital Algiers, seriously damaged several nearby houses, the o >>>


      ASIAN MARKETS RISE ON WALL STREET GAINS
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     HONG KONG –– Asian stock markets rebounded Tuesday morning as investors cheered an overnight rally on Wall Street and snapped up beaten down shares on expectations of a U.S. interest rate cut later this week.

Japan‘s benchmark Nikkei 225 index jumped 2.7 percent at the opening before trimming >>>


      BALI BOMBERS‘ EXECUTION COULD BE DELAYED BY APPEAL
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     JAKARTA (Reuters) – A last–ditch appeal by three Islamic militants on death row for a 2002 bombing on Indonesia‘s Bali could delay their execution, an official said on Tuesday.

The Indonesians –– Imam Samudra, Mukhlas and Amrozi –– face a firing squad for two nightclub >>>


      BANK ROBBERS SEIZE HOSTAGES IN VENEZUELA STANDOFF
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     ALTAGRACIA DE ORITUCO, Venezuela (Reuters) – Armed robbers held more than 30 hostages at a bank in central Venezuela in a standoff with hundreds of police that stretched into a second day on Tuesday with little sign of a breakthrough, officials said.

The handful of hostage–takers seized employees an >>>


      BERLUSCONI URGES ITALIAN PRESIDENT: CALL POLLS NOW
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     ROME (Reuters) – Opposition leader Silvio Berlusconi called for immediate elections at a meeting with the Italian president on Tuesday, seeking a return to power after the collapse of the centre–left government last week.

With the centre left –– including President Giorgio Napolitano, a >>>


      BRAZIL SEEKS TO BUILD NUCLEAR SUBMARINE
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     SAO PAULO, Brazil –– Brazil is seeking to buy military technology from France that could help it become the first country in Latin America to have a nuclear submarine, the Defense Ministry said on Monday.

Defense Minister Nelson Jobim traveled to France last week to discuss the possible purchase of >>>


      CAR BOMB TARGETS US PATROL, KILLS IRAQI
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     AM MOSUL, Iraq –– A suicide car bomber targeted a U.S. patrol Tuesday in Mosul, killing at least one Iraqi and wounding as many as 15, the military and police said, a day after a roadside bomb killed five American soldiers in the increasingly lawless northern city.

At a U.S. base outside Mosul, scor >>>


      CHILEAN ACTIVIST ENDS LONG HUNGER STRIKE
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     SANTIAGO, Chile –– An indigenous rights activist jailed for setting fire to a farm once owned by Mapuche Indians ended a 110–day hunger strike on Monday, government and religious officials said.

Patricia Troncoso ended her fast after Chilean officials agreed to transfer her to a special, rural >>>


      CHINA ACKNOWLEDGES 6 DEATHS IN OLYMPIC CONSTRUCTION WORK
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     A16 BEIJING, Jan. 28 –– Six workers have died helping to build venues for this summer‘s Olympic Games, including two who worked at Beijing‘s celebrated "bird‘s nest" stadium, a top work safety official said Monday.

The announcement followed a British news report last week >>>


      EXILED LEADER‘S PROXY CHOSEN AS THAI PREMIER
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     BANGKOK, Jan. 28 –– A combative veteran politician representing deposed prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra‘s interests was chosen as Thailand‘s new prime minister Monday, a move that could put him on a collision course with the military that ousted Thaksin in a 2006 coup.

In a vote in par >>>


      FIREBRAND NAMED THAILAND‘S NEW PREMIER
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     BANGKOK, Thailand –– A combative veteran politician representing ex–Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra‘s interests was chosen as premier Monday, a move that could put him on a collision course with the military that ousted Thaksin in a 2006 coup.

Samak Sundaravej easily beat the Democrat >>>


      FOLK SINGER RODRIGUEZ PLAYS CUBAN PRISON
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     GUAMAJAL, Cuba –– It was far from Folsom Prison and certainly no "Jailhouse Rock," but folk singer Silvio Rodriguez and other musicians played a penitentiary in Cuba on Monday through a government program to bring art to inmates.

Accompanied by a flutist, Rodriguez sat on a wooden stool an >>>


      HATE CRIMES ON RISE IN RUSSIA
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     PM MOSCOW –– Hate crimes in Russia have grown increasingly brutal and deadly but authorities do little to combat xenophobia, one of the country‘s leading rights groups said Tuesday.

Last year, 67 people were killed and more than 550 injured across Russia in ethnically motivated attacks, a 13 p >>>


      HELICOPTERS SWOOP ON KENYAN MOB
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     NAIVASHA, Kenya (Reuters) – Kenyan military helicopters swooped to break up machete–wielding mobs on Tuesday as the killing of an opposition legislator stoked bloody protests across the east African country.

About a dozen people were killed on Tuesday, bringing the toll to more than 850 since Presid >>>


      IN THE WIDENING WORLD OF REALITY TV, BEING A ‘CROWD‘ IS NO EASY JOB
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     A15 MUMBAI Eighteen–year–old Mital Limbad stretches lazily in bed in her tiny, one–room tenement. It is 8:30 a.m., and she has been home for only a few hours, having spent the previous night at a long and tiring TV shoot.

As her family goes about the morning chores, her cellphone rings. Limbad >>>


      IRAN SANCTIONS VOTE AT U.N. SEEN WEEKS AWAY
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – It will take weeks before the U.N. Security Council is ready to vote on a new round of sanctions against Iran proposed last week by six world powers, council diplomats said on Monday.

Britain, France, Germany, the United States, Russia and China circulated a draft proposal on Fr >>>


      ISRAEL WON‘T BLOCK ABBAS CONTROL AT EGYPT CROSSING
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel will not block Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas from assuming control of the Gaza Strip‘s breached border crossing with Egypt as part of an agreement with Cairo, Israeli officials said on Tuesday.

It is unclear how Abbas, the Fatah leader, can take over the crossing w >>>


      MAO‘S ENGLISH TUTOR DIES AT AGET 72
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     BEIJING –– Zhang Hanzhi, an elegant Chinese diplomat who was Mao Zedong‘s English tutor and U.S. President Richard Nixon‘s interpreter during his historic 1'72 trip to China, has died. She was 72.

Zhang died Jan. 26 in Beijing from a lung–related illness, state media reported w >>>


      MEXICO ISSUES WARRANT FOR MISSING MARINE
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     MEXICO CITY –– Mexican officials have issued an arrest warrant for a U.S. Marine suspected of killing a pregnant colleague who had accused him of rape, a U.S. Embassy official said Tuesday.

A cousin told reporters last week that Marine Cpl. Cesar Laurean visited family in the area of Guadalajara, Me >>>


      MISSILE KILLS 10 IN PAKISTAN: SECURITY OFFICIALS
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     BANNU, Pakistan (Reuters) – A missile strike on a house in Pakistan‘s North Waziristan region on the Afghan border killed 10 suspected militants, four of them foreigners, security officials said on Tuesday.

Violence has intensified in northwestern Pakistan in recent weeks with militants attacking se >>>


      OIL DIVERS SUE NORWEGIAN GOVERNMENT
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     OSLO, Norway –– A group of deep sea divers sued the government Monday, saying that working at extreme depths in the early years of Norway‘s offshore oil boom ruined their health and violated their human rights.

The so–called pioneer divers were sent to extreme, sometimes experimental dep >>>


      OPPOSITION LAWMAKER KILLED IN KENYA
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     NAIROBI, Kenya –– Gunmen killed an opposition lawmaker in Nairobi and government helicopters fired on crowds in the Rift Valley on Tuesday, the latest flare–up of the ethnic fighting that has gripped Kenya since its disputed presidential election.

Under increasing pressure to share power, Pres >>>


      POLICE DETAIN TURKISH AIRLINES HOSTAGE–TAKER
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Police detained a Turkish Airlines employee on Tuesday after he released a woman he had been holding hostage with a gun at the company‘s headquarters, a company spokeswoman told Reuters.

Police, including special forces teams, had set up a security cordon around the area where t >>>


      RIGHTS GROUP: SYRIA ARRESTS DISSIDENT
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     BEIRUT, Lebanon –– A prominent Syrian dissident, who the United States had urged be allowed to travel abroad for cancer treatment, has been arrested, a Syrian human rights group said Tuesday.

Riad Seif, a former member of Syria‘s parliament, was taken into custody Monday evening, the National >>>


      ROBBERS REFUSE TO GIVE UP HOSTAGES IN VENEZUELA SIEGE
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     ALTAGRACIA DE ORITUCO, Venezuela (Reuters) – Four robbers with pistols refused to give up about 30 hostages, including a pregnant woman and children, on Tuesday in a standoff with hundreds of heavily–armed police at a bank in central Venezuela.

"We are in real danger. They can kill us. Please h >>>


      SIDE ORDER OF SCHOOL
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     By Mary JordanWashington Post Foreign ServiceTuesday, January 2', 2008; A14 LONDON, Jan. 28 –– They‘re already calling them McDiplomas.

The British government announced Monday that McDonald‘s, an airline and a rail company will be the first private companies authorized to give nation >>>


      SOLDIER FROM THE ROANOKE AREA, A MOTHER OF 3, IS KILLED
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     Sgt. Tracy Renee Birkman, an Army mechanic and mother of three from the Roanoke area, died Friday after suffering injuries unrelated to combat in Owesat, Iraq, according to military officials. The incident is under investigation, they said.

In addition to her three sons, Birkman, 41, of New Castle, is survived >>>


      SOMALIA IS WORST HUMANITARIAN CRISIS: UN OFFICIAL
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     LONDON (Reuters) – High levels of malnutrition and the difficulties of delivering aid make Somalia the world‘s most pressing humanitarian crisis, the U.N. refugee agency‘s representative there said on Tuesday.

More than 1 million people have fled their homes in Somalia, which is convulsed by f >>>


      US DIPLOMAT PRESSES NUCLEAR DEAL
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     INCHEON, South Korea –– The State Department‘s top Korea expert said he‘ll press North Korea to quickly provide a full accounting of its weapons programs as he launched a mission Tuesday to advance a stalled nuclear disarmament deal.

The North pledged to give the declaration by the end o >>>


      VIENNA INVESTIGATES 85–YEAR–OLD NAZI CAMP SUSPECT
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     VIENNA (Reuters) – Austrian authorities are investigating an 85–year–old woman suspected of murder in a Nazi concentration camp during World War Two.

New evidence from Poland suggested the woman may have committed murder in the Majdanek camp near the Polish city of Lublin, state prosecutors in >>>


      VIETNAM POLICE PROBE CHURCH LAND DISPUTE
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     HANOI, Vietnam –– Police in Vietnam‘s capital have launched a criminal investigation into Catholic Church protests over a land dispute, while state–run media accused church leaders Tuesday of abusing their power to incite followers to confront the Communist government.

Catholic parishion >>>


      WORLD IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 29-01-2008
     canada Prime Minister Warns Of Afghanistan Pullout Canada will extend its military mission in Afghanistan only if another NATO country puts more soldiers in the dangerous south, the prime minister said Monday, echoing the recommendation of an independent panel to withdraw unless additional forces are deployed.

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      ANALYSIS / WAITING FOR BERNANKE
      Haaretz, 29-01-2008
     By Moti Bassok Tags: Stanley Fischer Stanley Fischer decided yesterday, as most forecasters had predicted, to leave February interest rates unchanged. Yesterday‘s interest decision was probably the most complicated and problematic he has had to make since he became Bank of Israel governor almost three years ago.>>>


      CISCO CEO VISITS, AND RIVAL JUNIPER HURRIES TO FOLLOW IN HIS WAKE
      Haaretz, 29-01-2008
     By Amitai Ziv Tags: Israel, Cisco In an interesting coincidence of timing, Juniper Networking has announced that Dr. Jacob Richter, a member of the senior management of Juniper, will meet with top telecom and security markets representatives in Israel.

Simultaneously, the chairman of Juniper‘s competitor, >>>


      EBAY SUBSIDIARY BUYS ISRAELI STARTUP FRAUD SCIENCES FOR 1200% RETURN
      Haaretz, 29-01-2008
     By Guy Griml Tags: Ebay, Israel The parade of 2008 exits marches on, with the buyout of Israeli startup Fraud Sciences by U.S. on–line auctioning giant eBay. Privately owned Fraud Sciences, which has developed technology for securing commercial transactions and the prevention of credit–card fraud on the Inte >>>


      FISCHER LEAVES INTEREST RATES UNCHANGED AT 4.25%
      Haaretz, 29-01-2008
     By Moti Bassok Tags: Bank of Israel, Israel The governor of the Bank of Israel, Stanley Fischer, yesterday announced

– as expected – that he would leave Israeli interest rates unchanged for February at 4.25%.

The central bank‘s official announcement stated: "The decision to leave >>>



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