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      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     Storm System in West Is Expected to Linger FERNLEY, Nev. –– Hundreds of homes sat in as much as eight feet of water Sunday after a canal rupture, and freezing weather spread sheets of ice over yards and streets, hindering efforts to drain the area.

Nearly 300 homes were damaged when the canal‘ >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     2 Alabama Men Arrested In Rural Church Arsons PHENIX CITY, Ala. –– Two men who authorities said dabbled in Satanism have been arrested in connection with a recent rash of arson and vandalism at rural churches.

Satanic graffiti was scrawled at or near some of the east Alabama churches, including &quo >>>


      NEW YORK PRESSES TO DEPLOY MORE BIOWEAPONS SENSORS
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     By Spencer S. HsuWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, January ', 2008; A03 NEW YORK –– City officials last month quietly activated some of the nation‘s newest generation of early warning sensors to detect a biological attack, turning on a limited number of filing–cabinet–size air filt >>>


      OBITUARIES IN THE NEWS
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     6:26 AM –– Merle Butler PLANT CITY, Fla. (AP) _ Merle Butler, who taught softball umpires the rules of the game as an International Softball Federation director and supervised officiating at three Olympics, has died. He was 72.

He died Sunday at his home in Edmond, Okla., the federation said Monday. >>>


      REDSKINS‘ GIBBS RESIGNS AS COACH
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     A01 Standing in an auditorium before a gleaming row of Super Bowl trophies

–– the monuments of a legacy he was unable to re–create –– Joe Gibbs resigned as coach and president of the Washington Redskins yesterday. Much as he did at the end of his previous, more successful run as Re >>>


      SEIU NEVADA ENDORSES OBAMA
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     AM LAS VEGAS –– Presidential hopeful Barack Obama has won an endorsement from the Nevada chapter of the Service Employees International Union, boosting his prospects against rival Hillary Rodham Clinton in Nevada‘s upcoming Democratic caucuses.

The influential union claims to represent 17,500 >>>


      SET–ASIDES ON WOMEN‘S CONTRACTS CRITICIZED
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     By Kendra MarrWashington Post Staff WriterMonday, January 7, 2008; D01 Women‘s business groups across the country are decrying a Small Business Administration plan they say threatens to limit their eligibility for government contracts set aside for disadvantaged companies.

In proposed rules issued two wee >>>


      SUSPECT IN COP‘S SLAYING IN CUSTODY
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     MIAMI –– Police believe a Miami detective was killed as a man ran through a nearby apartment complex firing his AK–47, authorities said Wednesday.

Ricardo Ajuste, 21, has not been charged with Miami police Detective James Walker‘s death, but was considered the main suspect and was being >>>


      U.S. EXPRESSES ALARM AFTER IRANIAN BOATS THREATEN THREE AMERICAN VESSELS
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     January 8, 2008; A15 We‘re coming at you, the Iranian radio transmission warned. Your ships will explode in a couple of minutes.

The United States and Iran reached the verge of a military confrontation early Sunday after five Iranian patrol boats sped toward the USS Port Royal and two accompanying ships a >>>


      VIOLENT CRIME DOWN IN FIRST HALF OF 2007
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     The number of violent crimes reported nationwide appears to have fallen modestly in the first half of 2007, signaling the first notable decline in violence in two years, the FBI said yesterday.

Violent crimes including homicides, robberies and assaults fell 1.8 percent in January to June of last year compared w >>>


      WIS. JURY HEARS DEAD WIFE‘S LETTER
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     By Carrie AntlfingerAssociated PressTuesday, January 8, 2008; A04 ELKHORN, Wis., Jan. 7 –– A dead woman‘s letter pointing the finger at her husband helps prove he poisoned her, a prosecutor said Monday as the man‘s murder trial began. His defense called it a touch of over–the–top thea >>>


      WOMEN AID CLINTON, MODERATES HELP MCCAIN
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     –– Women returned solidly to Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s side, helping her overcome Barack Obama‘s advantage among the large independent bloc in New Hampshire‘s Democratic primary, an exit poll found. John McCain‘s experience, reputation for "straight talk" and appeal among mod >>>


      ‘IT‘S NOT EASY,‘ AN EMOTIONAL CLINTON SAYS
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     A0' If there were any doubts that the presidential campaign has become a grueling

–– and personal –– experience for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, she laid them to rest yesterday in a diner in Portsmouth, N.H.

The trigger: a friendly question from a voter about how she stays s >>>


      ‘THIS IS A ONCE–IN–A–LIFETIME THING,‘ GW STUDENT SAYS
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     2008; A10 LONDONDERRY, N.H., Jan. 8 –– Three weeks. Washington, D.C., then Des Moines, then Londonderry. All for Sen. Barack Obama.

Tobin Van Ostern, a 1'–year–old sophomore at George Washington University, began Tuesday morning the way he started last Thursday: sending Facebook mess >>>


      8 QUESTIONS NEW HAMPSHIRE COULD ANSWER
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     1. Will an Obama victory knock Clinton out of the race? A decision to quit would be totally out of character. Hillary Rodham Clinton has already said she will go forward no matter what happens in New Hampshire.

As Democratic strategist Bill Carrick put it: "No one quits a presidential campaign until they r >>>


      A CHINK IN THE STEELY FACADE OF HILLARY CLINTON
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     For a brief moment at a campaign stop in Portsmouth, N.H., Hillary Clinton let slip a glimpse of uncontrolled emotion. In response to a question from an empathetic voter who wondered how she remains upbeat and "so wonderful," Clinton‘s voice cracked as she conceded that the nonstop campaigning – an >>>


      A DRAMATIC SECOND ACT FOR THE SENATOR FROM ARIZONA
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     January ', 2008; A0' The architects of John McCain‘s 2008 campaign set out last year to avoid exactly where the Arizona Republican found himself last night: an insurgent emerging victoriously from New Hampshire with little money, little national presence and only the hope that momentum would take him to th >>>


      A SURGE AGAINST MALIKI
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     A new movement to oust Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al–Maliki is gathering force in Baghdad. And although the United States is counseling against this change of government, a senior U.S. official in the Iraqi capital says it‘s a moment of "breakthrough or breakdown" for Maliki‘s regime.

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      ALAS, MITT ROMNEY DOESN‘T GET THE BOOT AT TIMBERLAND
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     By Kevin MeridaWashington Post Staff WriterTuesday, January 8, 2008; C02 STRATHAM, N.H., Jan. 7 –– Mitt Romney carried his presidential dreams to one of the cultural symbols of cool today, the Timberland headquarters.

He did not emerge with a pair of boots. He told CEO Jeff Swartz he didn‘t ha >>>


      AS ELECTORAL FORTUNES RISE, FUNDRAISING TENDS TO FOLLOW
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     January ', 2008; A06 Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s top fundraisers said last night they believe her strong showing in New Hampshire will match the crush of donations Sen.

Barack Obama began to collect out of Iowa, and will keep them on even financial footing as the two top Democrats sprint to Super Tu >>>


      BLACKS PONDERING WHITES VOTING FOR OBAMA
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     A new version of an old race game has been gaining popularity among African Americans lately. I call it, "Divining the White Mind: Can a Black Man Be Elected President?" Imagine a board game in which a black figure moves across a map of the United States, offering up clues about racial attitudes in America.
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      BUSH SIGNS BIPARTISAN GUN LEGISLATION
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     President Bush signed legislation yesterday aimed at preventing the severely mentally ill from buying guns, a bill backed by both parties after the bloody Virginia Tech University shooting.

The law authorizes as much as $1.3 billion in grant money for states to improve their ability to track and report individu >>>


      CAN OBAMA BUILD A MOVEMENT?
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     The early predictions about this presidential race were mostly wrong. Republicans were supposed to return to a miniaturized version of Reaganism –– the narrow box of predictable, anti–government orthodoxy –– which would have turned out to be a political coffin. Instead, the two hottest Repu >>>


      CANDIDATES FIND IT HARD TO GET GRIP ON STATE IN POLITICAL FLUX
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     A11 CONCORD, N.H. –– New Hampshire is a tough place to get a handle on –– endearingly so, say its boosters. It can claim such New England icons as Robert Frost and Yankee magazine, yet it also boasts the region‘s premier NASCAR track, and one of its biggest draws is the raucous Motorcycle W >>>


      CLINTON‘S FAITHFUL, BRUISED BUT BOUNCING BACK
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     C01 PENACOOK, N.H., Jan. 8 –– The day did not begin well for Carol Burney, a former state legislator and Hillary Clinton‘s "visibility" coordinator here. First, she slipped and fell at home, which meant she arrived late at the Ward 1 polling location where she was supposed to be coordinating >>>


      CLINTON AND MCCAIN REBOUND TO TAKE N.H.
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     By Michael D. Shear and Juliet EilperinWashington Post Staff WritersWednesday, January ', 2008; A01 MANCHESTER, N.H., Jan. 8 –– Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the early Republican front–runner whose campaign imploded last summer, handily won the New Hampshire primary Tuesday, dealing former Massachus >>>


      CLINTON THANKS NEW HAMPSHIRE FOR COMEBACK AFTER PRIMARY WIN
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     SEN. HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON, D–N.Y. : Thank you. Thank you. I come tonight with a very, very full heart. And I want especially to thank New Hampshire. Over the last week, I listened to you and, in the process, I found my own voice.

(APPLAUSE) I felt like we all spoke from our hearts, and I am so gratified >>>


      CONVENTIONAL WISDOM HITS THE RESET BUTTON
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     By Jonathan Weisman and Paul KaneWashington Post Staff WritersWednesday, January ', 2008; A10 An official Washington that only days ago was swept up in Obamamania began grappling last night with a Democratic primary fight that is looking like a long, extended battle between the Barack Obama phenomenon and a slow, st >>>


      EDWARDS REMARKS ON N.H. PRIMARY RESULTS
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     EDWARDS: Thank you all so much for being here tonight. (APPLAUSE) You know, last week, I congratulated Senator Obama when he finished first and I finished second in Iowa. One race down. Tonight, I congratulate Senator Clinton and Senator Obama, two races down. Forty–eight states left to go.

So up until no >>>


      FEC REDUCED TO OFFERING ADVICE
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     By Matthew MoskWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, January ', 2008; A13 Down to two members and unable to muster a quorum, the Federal Election Commission has decided to offer advice instead of binding decisions on questions from political campaigns.

This week, organizations with pending requests for dec >>>


      FOR MCCAIN AND OBAMA, ECHOES OF 2000 AND 2004
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     MANCHESTER, N.H., Jan. 7 New Hampshire voters are poised to make history by repeating history.

On the eve of the traditional first primary, polls point to a mirror image of the Republican contest of 2000 and the Democratic race four years ago.

If the results match those forecasts, Barack Obama will hav >>>


      FOR OBAMA‘S SUPPORTERS, TRIUMPH AND THEN DISASTER
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     January ', 2008; A08 NASHUA, N.H., Jan. 8 –– Tobin Van Ostern came here for a party. The 1'–year–old sophomore at George Washington University had spent three weeks devoted to Sen. Barack Obama –– in Washington, Des Moines and in Londonderry, N.H., where he knocked on '0 d >>>


      GIULIANI FOCUSES ON FLORIDA AFTER LOSS
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     MANCHESTER, N.H. –– Republican Rudy Giuliani didn‘t wait to hear how badly he fared in New Hampshire before pressing onward to what he hopes will be friendlier territory.

The former New York mayor quickly thanked his supporters Tuesday night then left for Florida, one of the delegate–ric >>>


      GIULIANI: ‘A LOT OF WORK TO DO‘ AFTER N.H. PRIMARY
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     FORMER MAYOR RUDOLPH W. GIULIANI, R–NEW YORK CITY : First of all, I want to thank all of you for your tremendous support, your tremendous help, your assistance, all of the advice, all of the time that we spent together, and all of your work on this campaign.

I‘d like to thank you particularly, Gover >>>


      HUCKABEE HAS TV CHAT WITH LETTERMAN
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     NEW YORK –– Talk about judgment: Mike Huckabee says he has placed his political fate in the hands of David Letterman.

"If I win New Hampshire, it‘s because I did this show," the former Arkansas governor said Monday night on CBS‘ "Late Show" while taking a break from c >>>


      HUCKABEE REMARKS ON LOSS TO MCCAIN, ROMNEY IN N.H. PRIMARY
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     FORMER GOV. MIKE HUCKABEE, R–ARK.: Thank you very much. Well, you may like me, but I want to tell you something: I love you guys. Thank you very much.

(APPLAUSE) I have a great, great friend, who is a highly decorated Marine from Vietnam, and he made a statement once. He said, I‘ve never lost at any >>>


      INVESTORS SEE TRADE, TAXES AS KEY IN WHITE HOUSE RACE
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     NEW YORK – The threat of growing protectionism and higher taxes are the issues nearest and dearest to investors as the U.S. presidential election gathers steam this week with Tuesday‘s primary in New Hampshire.

Barring upset wins by either of the two candidates that worry Wall Street the most &ndash >>>


      LITTLE NEW HAMPSHIRE COULD HOLD BIG SIGNIFICANCE FOR BOTH PARTIES
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     MANCHESTER, N.H., Jan. 7 –– A few months ago, New Hampshire‘s reputation for delivering spellbinding primary elections was in danger. But if trend lines hold, a pair of contested primaries Tuesday will deliver outcomes with potentially enormous significance.

Just months ago, Sen. Hillary Rodha >>>


      MCCAIN‘S FAMILY MATTERS
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     I don‘t agree with John McCain on all the issues. But I found his victory in New Hampshire last night gratifying for one simple reason: Like me, he is the father of a Marine.

As this campaign has unfolded, I have been thinking about how military parents should think about this election and decide which ca >>>


      MCCAIN VOWES TO SERVE NATION AFTER WIN IN N.H. PRIMARY
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     SEN. JOHN MCCAIN, R–ARIZ. : First, I‘d like to thank my wife, Cindy, and my seven children, and all of our campaign team who did such a wonderful job. And I‘m very grateful.

My friends, you know, I‘m past the age when I can claim the noun "kid," no matter what adjective precede >>>


      MCCAIN WORKS LIKE A CHARM
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     By Lois RomanoWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, January ', 2008; C01 NASHUA, N.H., Jan. 8 –– John McCain began his long day swamped by shouting supporters at a polling place and ended it the same way –– in a hotel ballroom jammed with sweaty revelers, jubilant if not a bit stunned at the >>>


      N.Y. SENATOR DEFIES POLLS, EDGES OBAMA
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     January ', 2008; A01 MANCHESTER, N.H., Jan. 8 –– Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton narrowly won the New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary on Tuesday night, a surprise victory for the onetime front–runner that revived her sagging fortunes and reshaped yet again the fight for the party‘s nomi >>>


      OBAMA ‘STILL FIRED UP‘ AFTER TOUGH LOSS IN N.H. PRIMARY
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     SEN. BARACK OBAMA, D–ILL: Thank you, New Hampshire. I love you back. Thank you. Thank you.

Well, thank you so much. I am still fired up and ready to go. (APPLAUSE) Thank you. Thank you.

Well, first of all, I want to congratulate Senator Clinton on a hard–fought victory here in New Hampshire >>>


      OBAMA CARRIES MOMENTUM TO N.H.
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     By Anne E. Kornblut and Michael D. ShearWashington Post Staff WritersTuesday, January 8, 2008; A01 LEBANON, N.H., Jan. 7 –– A buoyant Sen. Barack Obama, anticipating a victory in Tuesday‘s New Hampshire primary, told voters Monday that he is "riding a wave, and you‘re the wave," as pres >>>


      OBAMA TRIES TO PROVE ELECTABILITY TO BLACKS IN S.C.
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     By Perry Bacon Jr.Washington Post Staff WriterWednesday, January ', 2008; A10 GREENWOOD, S.C., Jan. 8 –– Barack Obama‘s visit in June to this rural town so delighted its African American residents that their only complaint was that not enough people had been invited to the small gathering.

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      OBAMA, MCCAIN GET EARLY VOTES
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     DIXVILLE NOTCH, N.H. –– Residents of two tiny towns stayed up late to give Barack Obama and John McCain early victories in the New Hampshire presidential primary.

Voters in two small New Hampshire villages, Dixville Notch and Hart‘s Location, cast the initial ballots just after midnight Tuesda >>>


      POLLS WERE RIGHT ABOUT MCCAIN BUT MISSED THE CALL ON CLINTON‘S PRIMARY WIN
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     January ', 2008; A07 While pre–election polls in New Hampshire got Sen. John McCain‘s margin of victory about right on the Republican side, late polls fundamentally mischaracterized the status of the Democratic race.

Polls released in the two days before the election had Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) >>>


      PROMISES THEY CAN‘T KEEP
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     The big lie of campaign 2008 –– so far –– is that the presidential candidates, Democratic and Republican, will take care of our children. Listening to these politicians, you might think they will. Doing well by children has now passed motherhood and apple pie as an idol that all candidates must w >>>


      ROMNEY CONGRATULATES MCCAIN, ACCEPTS ‘SILVER‘ IN N.H.
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     FORMER GOV. MITT ROMNEY, R–MASS. : Thank you so much. What a job you guys have done.

Well, I spent the last about 45 minutes writing some very carefully thought notes out about exactly what I wanted to say. They‘re right here. But there‘s no podium, so I‘m not going to use that.

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      SHE LIVES
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     HOOKSETT, N.H., Jan. 8 "I come here tonight with a very full heart," Hillary Rodham Clinton told a gym full of screaming and chanting supporters here a few minutes after 11 p.m. Tuesday. The unexpected victor in the New Hampshire primary, she vowed to "give America the kind of comeback New Hampshire has j >>>


      SURVEY: DIPLOMATS OPPOSE IRAQ POLICY
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Nearly half of U.S. diplomats unwilling to volunteer to work in Iraq say one reason for their refusal is they don‘t agree with Bush administration‘s policies in the country, according to a survey released Tuesday.

Security concerns and separation from family ranked as the t >>>


      THE COLOR OF AN ADVANTAGE
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     WARSAW –– "Will Americans vote for a black man for president?" If I had a 10–euro bill for every time some incredulous foreigner asked me that question in the past week, I‘d be a very rich person, particularly given the current exchange rate.

I never had a proper answer prepare >>>


      THE GUY WITH THE BUS IS ON A ROLL
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     ABOARD THE STRAIGHT TALK EXPRESS, Jan. 7 For the moment, at least, the John McCain of yore has returned.

The 2008 model Straight Talk Express is a cheap version of the 2000 model, befitting a low–budget operation. But old–time McCainiacs are on board, the Dunkin‘ Donuts coffee is pouring, and >>>


      THE MAN WHO WON‘T GO AWAY
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     MANCHESTER, N.H. –– Standing alone in the fluorescent–lit shabbiness of American Legion Post 2', ringed by an audience of veterans sitting on metal folding chairs, John McCain was arguing that he was still relevant.

"I can win in New Hampshire as I did in 2000," McCain asserted. >>>


      TIGHT DEMOCRATIC RACE, MCCAIN BID SPUR RECORD TURNOUT
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     The record turnout in yesterday‘s primary was almost enough to send town clerks in New Hampshire to the photocopiers, with special dispensation to run off copies of ballots if the pre–printed reserves ran too low.

Secretary of State William M. Gardner correctly predicted that the vote would draw a r >>>


      WHITE HOUSE DROPS APPEAL ON FOREST CASE
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     WASHINGTON –– The Bush administration has dropped its appeal of a 2007 court decision that had overturned new management rules for 1'1 million acres of national forests. Opponents to the rules had argued they weakened protection for wildlife and the environment to the benefit of the timber industry.
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      WITH ECHOES OF CLINTON ‘'2, ANOTHER ‘COMEBACK KID‘
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     MANCHESTER, N.H., Jan. 8 –– New Hampshire proved to be the political firewall that the Clinton campaign long had hoped for. Just as New Hampshire voters saved Bill Clinton‘s candidacy 16 years ago, they revived Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s faltering presidential campaign Tuesday night.

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      2 NATIONS OPT OUT OF UN FORCE FOR DARFUR
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     STOCKHOLM, Sweden –– Sweden and Norway have dropped plans to send about 400 troops to the U.N. peacekeeping force in Darfur because of opposition from Sudan‘s government, a Swedish Foreign Ministry official said Wednesday.

The two Scandinavian countries had planned to send a joint engineering >>>


      2 ROCKETS HIT NORTHERN ISRAEL
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     By Jonathan FinerWashington Post Foreign ServiceWednesday, January ', 2008; A12 JERUSALEM, Jan. 8 –– Two Katyusha rockets fired from Lebanon struck a small town in northern Israel early Tuesday, causing no injuries, Israeli police and army officials said. It was the first such attack on that region in si >>>


      2 VIETNAMESE CHARGED IN ANIMAL TRAFFICKING
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     HANOI, Vietnam –– Two Vietnamese were arrested for animal trafficking after two live tigers were found sedated in the back seat of a car and four dead cats were found frozen in a home, state media reported Wednesday.

Nguyen Thuy Mui, 48, and Nguyen Quoc Truong, 43, were detained Monday after the two >>>


      A WARM RECEPTION FOR ICE
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     By Manuel Roig–FranziaWashington Post Foreign ServiceThursday, January 3, 2008; A14 MEXICO CITY –– It was a big idea. Huge, in fact.

The mayor of Mexico City wanted to build the world‘s biggest ice rink in one of the world‘s biggest squares in the middle of one of the world‘s >>>


      AFTER BHUTTO‘S DEATH, SHARIF STEPS FORWARD
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     By Emily Wax and Imtiaz AliWashington Post Foreign ServiceFriday, January 4, 2008; A14 LAHORE, Pakistan, Jan. 3 –– In the polished marble foyer of his mansion, former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif keeps two ferocious–looking stuffed lions. They were purchased in Africa, and they greet visitors >>>


      ANC ENDORSES ZUMA TO LEAD S. AFRICA
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     A12 JOHANNESBURG, Jan. 8 –– The African National Congress announced Tuesday that its newly elected leader, Jacob Zuma, would be the party‘s nominee for president of South Africa in 200' despite an 84–page indictment filed against him last month.

Party officials went on the offensive >>>


      AU REVOIR TO THE SMOKE–FILLED FRENCH CAFE
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     January 3, 2008; A14 PARIS, Jan. 2 –– In bars and cafes across Paris, in restaurants and casinos throughout France, the once–revered cigarette now is officially banned, relegating one of the Western world‘s last public smoking holdouts to the ashtray of history.

On Wednesday, the public >>>


      BHUTTO‘S DEATH STOKES REGIONAL RIVALRY
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     KARACHI, Pakistan –– When vast crowds paid their last respects to Benazir Bhutto before her burial, angry mourners from her native Sindh province chanted separatist slogans: "We don‘t want to be part of Pakistan!" Although Bhutto, a two–time prime minister and leader of the country&lsqu >>>


      BOMBING TARGETS TROOPS IN TURKEY‘S KURDISH AREA; 5 CIVILIANS DIE
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     A16 CAIRO, Jan. 3 –– A bombing near a bus carrying Turkish troops in Turkey‘s Kurdish southeast killed five civilian bystanders on Thursday, the country‘s military said.

The attack, which also wounded about 60 civilians and soldiers, substantiated fears that Turkey‘s escalated camp >>>


      BUSH VISITS ISRAEL TO PROMOTE MIDEAST PEACE
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     2008; 10:28 AM TEL AVIV, Jan.'––President Bush on Wednesday launched his first visit to Israel since becoming president, exchanging warm words of support with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and others as he began a final push for an Israeli–Palestinian peace deal before leaving office next year.
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      BUSH VISITS ISRAEL TO PUSH FOR PEACE
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     JERUSALEM –– President Bush, seeking to pull Israel and the Palestinians toward serious negotiations, said Wednesday that despite ongoing land squabbles and fears of violence he has high hopes that a Mideast peace pact can be achieved before he leaves office at the end of the year.

"I come as a >>>


      BUSH WARNS IRAN OF CONSEQUENCES IF U.S. SHIPS ATTACKED
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     JERUSALEM (Reuters) – U.S. President George W. Bush warned Iran on Wednesday of "serious consequences" if it attacked U.S. ships in the Gulf, adding that all options were on the table.

"My advice to them is don‘t do it," Bush said at news conference in Israel, days after Washingt >>>


      COLOMBIA: CHILD BORN TO HOSTAGE IS NOT WITH FARC
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     By Juan ForeroWashington Post Foreign ServiceWednesday, January 2, 2008; A06 BOGOTA, Colombia, Jan. 1 –– A 3 1/2 –year–old boy whom Marxist rebels pledged to include in a hostage release that collapsed Monday is not in their hands, and has almost certainly been living in a foster care program in >>>


      DEMOGRAPHIC CRISIS, ROBOTIC CURE?
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     By Blaine HardenWashington Post Foreign ServiceMonday, January 7, 2008; A12 TOKYO –– With a surfeit of the old and a shortage of the young, Japan is on course for a population collapse unlike any in human history.

What ails this prosperous nation could be treated with babies and immigrants. Yet many >>>


      DNA LINKS BOY TO FARC HOSTAGE
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     By Juan ForeroWashington Post Foreign ServiceSaturday, January 5, 2008; A14 BOGOTA, Colombia, Jan. 4 –– DNA tests show that a 3 1/2 –year–old boy who has grown up in foster care in Bogota was probably born in a clandestine rebel camp to Clara Rojas, a politician kidnapped by guerrillas six years >>>


      ECHOES OF BLAME AGAINST MEXICO IN U.S. ELECTIONS
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     12:00 AM WASHINGTON –– The United States and Mexico reached a historic milestone this week in their ongoing journey toward trade integration. As established 15 years ago by NAFTA negotiators, this New Year‘s Day was the deadline to eliminate the final export–import barriers between the two nation >>>


      ECOS DE CULPA CONTRA MÉXICO EN ELECCIONES ESTADOUNIDENSES
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     12:00 AM Estados Unidos y México alcanzaron esta semana un hito histórico en su continuo avance hacia la integración comercial. Como lo establecieron los negociadores del NAFTA hace 15 años, el 1 de enero de 2008 era la fecha límite para eliminar las últimas barreras comerciales >>>


      EGYPT TO BOLSTER GAZA BORDER
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     By Ellen KnickmeyerWashington Post Foreign ServiceMonday, January 7, 2008; A14 CAIRO, Jan. 6 –– Egypt has agreed to spend $23 million in U.S. military aid on robots and other advanced technology to detect smuggling tunnels along its border with the Gaza Strip, a U.S. congressman said Sunday.

Egypt a >>>


      EX–CIA AGENT PHILIP AGEE DEAD IN CUBA
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     HAVANA –– Philip Agee, a former CIA agent who became an outspoken critic of Washington‘s Cuba policy, has died in a Havana hospital following ulcer surgery, state media reported Wednesday. He was 72.

Agee quit the CIA in 1'6' after 12 years working mostly in Latin America at a time whe >>>


      EX–REBEL WILL LEAD KOSOVO AS PREMIER
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     PRISTINA, Serbia –– Kosovo‘s parliament elected a former rebel leader as prime minister Wednesday, a vote foreshadowing a declaration of independence from Serbia.

Lawmakers voted 85–22 to make Hashim Thaci head of the coalition government. Both the U.S. and key European governments suppo >>>


      GAS BLAST KILLS AT LEAST 7 IN RUSSIA
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     MOSCOW –– A natural gas blast ripped through an apartment building in Russia‘s Tatarstan region early Wednesday, killing at least seven people, officials said.

Others were feared trapped beneath the rubble in freezing temperatures. The explosion brought down an entire section of the three&ndas >>>


      HIGH–PROFILE ROMANCE GETS SERIOUS FOR SARKOZY
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     By Molly MooreWashington Post Foreign ServiceTuesday, January 8, 2008; A16 PARIS, Jan. 7 –– Nicolas Sarkozy, who less than three months ago became the first French president to divorce while in office, is now reported to be on the verge of becoming the first one to wed while occupying the Elysee Palace.
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      IN INDIA, GODS RULE THE ‘TOON‘ UNIVERSE
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     A11 NEW DELHI –– Eight–year–old Tejas Vohra is used to spending most of his after–school hours watching "Power Rangers," "Transformers" and "Looney Tunes." But these days, one of his favorite superheroes is a cool cartoon version of Hanuman, the monkey–he >>>


      INDONESIA‘S SUHARTO IMPROVES SLIGHTLY
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     JAKARTA, Indonesia –– Former Indonesian dictator Suharto showed slight signs of improvement but remained in critical condition, doctors said Wednesday, as they struggled to control internal bleeding, a fluid buildup in his lungs, and low–level heart failure.

Suharto, 86, whose regime was widel >>>


      KENYA PRESIDENT APPOINTS CABINET MEMBERS
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     PM NAIROBI, Kenya –– Kenya‘s president named half his Cabinet Tuesday, angering opposition leaders who accuse him of stealing the recent election and undermining mediation attempts for a power–sharing agreement to end violence that has left more than 500 dead.

In the hours after Presiden >>>


      KENYANS SAY NEIGHBORS‘ ‘ARROGANCE‘ SPARKED RAMPAGE
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     2008; A13 BURNT FOREST, Kenya, Jan. 7 –– The two friends had talked politics easily before the presidential election, but in the days after, the relatively tolerant mood here in western Kenya vanished.

And so it was that John, who offered only his first name, given the circumstances, was among a gro >>>


      MAJOR OFFENSIVE TARGETS INSURGENTS
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     By Amit R. PaleyWashington Post Foreign ServiceWednesday, January ', 2008; A11 ZAHMM, Iraq, Jan. 8 –– The U.S. military launched a major offensive early Tuesday against one of the largest known redoubts of al–Qaeda in Iraq, part of a new nationwide campaign to destroy remaining pockets of the Sunni >>>


      MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS THREATEN ELECTIONS
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     5, 2008; A11 MEXICO CITY, Jan. 4 –– Drug cartels are trying to influence the outcomes of major elections in Mexico by kidnapping and threatening candidates, according to Mexican Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora.

The remarks by Medina Mora, released by his office Friday, underscored the Mexican g >>>


      MEXICO REBUKES U.S. CANDIDATES ON MIGRANT ISSUES
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     2008; A16 MEXICO CITY, Jan. 7 –– Mexico‘s foreign minister accused U.S. presidential candidates Monday of worsening an already "adverse climate" for Mexican migrants and vowed to redouble efforts to protect the rights of her country‘s citizens living and working in the United States.
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      MORE VIOLENCE IN KENYA AS AU STARTS TALKS
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     2:48 AM NAIROBI (Reuters) – President Mwai Kibaki‘s appointment of a partial cabinet sparked more violence in Kenya overnight as the African Union began talks on Wednesday to end post–election turmoil that has killed around 500 people.

After a lull in clashes sparked by Kibaki‘s disputed >>>


      MOVE TO ARREST JOURNALIST SPARKS BACKLASH IN CHINA
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     By Edward CodyWashington Post Foreign ServiceWednesday, January ', 2008; A11 BEIJING, Jan. 8 –– Government officials from a county in northeastern China‘s Liaoning province were not pleased by a magazine story criticizing their local Communist Party leader. So they traveled nearly 500 miles to Beij >>>


      MUCK MAKES MONEY –– NAPLES GARBAGE IS MAFIA GOLD
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     NAPLES (Reuters) – "For us, rubbish is gold," is how one Italian gangster explained the mafia‘s involvement in waste trafficking to an investigating magistrate in Naples.

Areas of the southern city have ground to a halt this week because of piles of rotting rubbish and sometimes violent pr >>>


      NEPAL RADIO BREAKS TABOOS TO FIGHT HIV/AIDS
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Ignoring social taboos in this conservative nation, a Nepali radio program on safe sex is spreading awareness against HIV/AIDS and offers life–saving advice to young people who are vulnerable to the disease.

Confined only to a few towns six years ago, "Chatting with my bes >>>


      NEW LEADERS OF SUNNIS MAKE GAINS IN INFLUENCE
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     By Sudarsan RaghavanWashington Post Foreign ServiceTuesday, January 8,
2008; A01 MADERIYAH, Iraq –– Saad Mahami wanted more firepower. He didn‘t trust the Iraqi government to give him support, so inside Patrol Base Whiskey, at the edge of this village south of Baghdad, he told U.S. commanders that >>>


      ODINGA REJECTS TALKS WITH KENYAN LEADER
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     ELDORET, Kenya, Jan. 8 –– Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga rejected a presidential invitation for talks, calling the offer "public relations gimmickry" that would undermine international attempts to end a violent election standoff in which more than 500 people have died.

President Mwa >>>


      PRESIDENT CALLS ACTION OF IRANIAN BOATS ‘PROVOCATIVE‘
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     By Robin WrightWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, January ', 2008; A02 President Bush warned Iran yesterday that its confrontation with three U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf on Sunday was a provocative act, as the Pentagon released audio and video recordings of the dawn showdown.

"It is a dangero >>>


      PROTESTERS DEMAND GEORGIA VOTE RUNOFF
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     12:27 PM TBILISI, Georgia –– Several hundred government opponents protested in the snow Wednesday to demand a presidential runoff vote as Georgia‘s top electoral official said a nearly complete ballot count confirmed Mikhail Saakashvili‘s re–election.

The pro–Western presiden >>>


      S. AFRICA‘S TEENS GIVE NEW LAW THE KISS–OFF
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     By Craig TimbergWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, January 6, 2008; A12 JOHANNESBURG, Jan. 5 –– The lights dimmed. Couples skated purposefully onto the ice. And at the command of an unseen deejay, teenage lips touched in defiance of what even authorities here have grudgingly come to call "the kissin >>>


      SARKOZY LETS WORLD IN ON HIS LOVE LIFE
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     A12 PARIS, Jan. 8 –– To hear French President Nicolas Sarkozy tell it, he‘s just an ordinary guy caught up in romance. "The love life of a president is like the love life of anyone," Europe‘s most prominent bachelor declared Tuesday.

Except that 650 journalists turn up to hear >>>


      SOUTH AFRICAN CORRUPTION INVESTIGATOR ARRESTED
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     JOHANNESBURG, Jan ' (Reuters) – The law enforcement official leading the investigation into corruption allegations against South Africa‘s police chief has been arrested on graft charges, a police official said on Wednesday.

Gerrie Nel, a senior official of the Scorpions elite crime–fightin >>>


      STRAINS INTENSIFY IN PAKISTAN‘S ETHNIC PATCHWORK
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     KARACHI, Pakistan –– To Khaled Chema, an unemployed 32–year–old living in a sprawling slum of this mega–city by the sea, Benazir Bhutto wasn‘t assassinated because she opposed extremism and advocated democracy. She was killed because, like him, she was a Sindhi.

And just as h >>>


      SUDANESE TROOPS FIRE ON U.N. CONVOY IN DARFUR
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     KHARTOUM, Sudan, Jan. 8 –– Sudanese soldiers shot at a convoy of U.N. peacekeepers in Darfur, critically wounding a local driver and wrecking a fuel tanker barely a week into the force‘s new mission in the region, U.N. officials said Tuesday.

The attack was the latest challenge for the U.N. fo >>>


      TERROR SUSPECTS HONE ANTI–DETECTION SKILLS
      Washington Post, 09-01-2008
     By Craig WhitlockWashington Post Foreign ServiceSaturday, January 5, 2008; A11 MILAN, Italy –– In an age of spy satellites, security cameras and an Internet that stores every keystroke, terrorism suspects are using simple, low–tech tricks to cloak their communications, making life difficult for authori >>>



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