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      MALAYSIA PM CALLS ELECTIONS
      Arab News, 14-02-2008
     Sarah Stewart, Agence France Presse KUALA LUMPUR, 14 February 2008 Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi dissolved Parliament yesterday to pave the way for snap polls.

Announcing that the king had consented to dissolve Parliament, the premier indicated he did not expect a repeat of the 2004 landslide when th >>>


      MARRIAGES DECREASING, CIVIL ANNULMENTS RISING IN THE PHILIPPINES
      Arab News, 14-02-2008
     Gloria Esguerra Melencio, Arab News MANILA, 14 February 2008 The number of marriages in the Philippines has been on the decline in the past years, while petitions for civil annulments are rising 15 percent a year, government records show.

A report by the National Statistics Office (NSO) showed that 2004 figure >>>


      RAJ THACKERAY AND AZMI ARRESTED, FREED ON BAIL
      Arab News, 14-02-2008
     Shahid Raza Burney, Arab News MUMBAI, 14 February 2008 Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) President Raj Thackeray and Samajwadi Party state unit President Abu Asim Azmi were briefly arrested yesterday for inciting violence. Both were released on bail within an hour of their arrest.

Public prosecutors asked Vikrol >>>


      ROADSIDE BOMB TARGETING ELECTION CANDIDATE KILLS TWO IN PAKISTAN
      Arab News, 14-02-2008
     Azhar Masood, Arab News ISLAMABAD/PESHAWAR, 14 February 2008 A roadside bomb blast ripped through an election candidates car in northwestern Pakistan yesterday, killing two people and wounding two others, police said.

The candidate from a pro–Taleban party was among those wounded in the blast, which happe >>>


      RUSSIAN INFORMATION CENTER OPENS IN DELHI
      Arab News, 14-02-2008
     Nilofar Suhrawardy, Arab News NEW DELHI, 14 February 2008 Russian Prime Minister Victor Zubkov said yesterday Indo–Russian strategic partnership was set to reach new heights as he spoke at the opening of a Russian information center here.

"We should bear in mind that the people of the two countries h >>>


      SHARJAH BANS MANNEQUINS FROM SHOPS
      Arab News, 14-02-2008
     Agence France Presse DUBAI, 14 February 2008 Sharjah, a member of the United Arab Emirates, has banned realistic mannequins from window displays and in shops, a newspaper reported yesterday.

The municipality of the emirate, adjacent to booming Western–oriented Dubai, slapped the ban on in line with a fatw >>>


      SOZ APPOINTED JAMMU & KASHMIR CONGRESS CHIEF
      Arab News, 14-02-2008
     Mukhtar Ahmad, Arab News SRINAGAR, 14 February 2008 Congress President Sonia Gandhi yesterday appointed Union Water Resources Minister Professor Saifuddin Soz as head of the Jammu and Kashmir Congress party unit.

Soz, however, will continue to discharge his duties as the union minister. The announcement was mad >>>


      SUDAN&#8217;S TWO MAIN PARTIES CLOSE TO POLL BILL DEAL
      Arab News, 14-02-2008
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JUBA, Sudan, 14 February 2008 Sudans two main parties are close to agreeing on a draft bill paving the way to historic national elections, but remain split over how votes will be counted, a southern minister sa >>>


      SUSPECTS CONFESS TO AIDING BENAZIR&#8217;S KILLER
      Arab News, 14-02-2008
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Suspects Confess to Aiding Benazirs Killer Azhar Masood, Arab News

ISLAMABAD, 14 February 2008 Two men arrested in connection with the murder of Benazir Bhutto confessed yesterday to helping the suicide bomber who killed the former Pakistani opposition leader, polic >>>


      2 REPORTS AT ODDS ON BIOTECH CROPS
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     Take your pick: The widening adoption of genetically engineered crops by farmers around the world is reducing global pesticide use, increasing agricultural yields and bringing unprecedented prosperity and food security to millions of the world‘s poorest citizens.

Or, it is fueling greater use of pesticide >>>


      3'1 YEARS OF MARRIAGE AND COUNTING
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     BROWNSBURG, Ind. –– Newlyweds could probably learn a few things from the five Estes sisters and their two brothers, who collectively have lived through 3'1 years of marriage.

In an age when nearly half of new marriages are expected to end in divorce, the seven surviving children of C.M. and Minn >>>


      A LABYRINTHINE PATH TO JUSTICE
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     D01 Congress approved an economic stimulus package. The Treasury Department pressed lenders to reset mortgage rates for millions of troubled homeowners.

And New York‘s insurance regulator is attempting to bail out a critical sector of the industry.

But progressing more slowly is the work of inves >>>


      AFRICA BRIGHT SPOT IN BUSH FOREIGN POLICY LEGACY
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President George W. Bush travels this week to Africa, one of the few regions where he can claim globally recognized successes for efforts on AIDS and development in a foreign policy legacy dominated by the Iraq war.

But conflicts in Kenya and Darfur will intrude on a trip intended t >>>


      ASTRONAUTS WORK ON NEW LAB
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     4:52 AM HOUSTON –– With two of their three spacewalks completed, the astronauts aboard the linked shuttle–station complex focused Thursday on getting the new Columbus lab up and running.

NASA extended Atlantis‘ mission by a day on Wednesday to give the crew more time to work on the lab, >>>


      BILL CLINTON: CHOOSE RECORD NOT SPEECHES
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     MILWAUKEE –– Former President Bill Clinton advised potential primary voters Thursday to focus on presidential candidates‘ records, not eloquence.

Two days after his wife‘s rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. Barack Obama, drew 17,000 people to a rally in Madison, Clint >>>


      BUSH CRITICIZES CONGRESS ON TERROR BILL
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     WASHINGTON –– President Bush said Thursday that he will delay his five–nation trip to Africa if necessary to help members of the House pass a bill governing U.S. eavesdropping on phone calls and e–mails of suspected terrorists.

The president and House Democrats are engaged in a game of p >>>


      CDC CONFIRMS HEALTH RISKS TO OCCUPANTS OF TRAILERS
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     A15 Federal health officials have confirmed that high levels of formaldehyde gas pose health risks to hurricane victims housed in 38,000 government trailers on the Gulf Coast, and will recommend that occupants be moved before temperatures rise this spring and summer, Bush administration officials disclosed yesterday.
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      CLINTON‘S EDGE SLIPS WITH WHITES, WOMEN
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     2008; 1:20 AM WASHINGTON –– Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s crushing losses in Maryland and Virginia highlight an erosion in what had been solid advantages among women, whites and older and working–class voters. While this week‘s results can be explained by those states‘ relatively large num >>>


      CLINTON LEADING OBAMA IN OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA: POLL
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has double–digit leads over Barack Obama in Ohio and Pennsylvania, both crucial states in upcoming primaries, according to Quinnipiac University poll released on Thursday.

Clinton, a New York senator, has lost eight straight nomi >>>


      CONGRESS HEARS PORT POLLUTION PROBLEMS
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     –– The Bush administration is making headway with other nations in setting new global standards to reduce dangerous emissions from giant diesel–burning ships that pollute U.S. ports, a senior environmental official said Thursday.

An emergency room physician described a "diesel death zone& >>>


      DEFENSE SECRETARY SLIPS ON ICE, BREAKS ARM
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     2:16 PM Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates fell victim to the sheer ice that covered much of the Washington area last night, fracturing his right arm after taking a hard spill outside his District home.

Gates was returning from dinner about ':30 p.m. when he slipped on the pathway leading to his house and la >>>


      DIABETES TREATMENT RISK NOT FOUND IN 2ND STUDY
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     One week after U.S. researchers announced that pushing down blood sugar levels as close as possible to normal might be dangerous for high–risk diabetes patients, a preliminary analysis of a similar international study has found no such risk.

The seemingly conflicting findings, released yesterday, stoked t >>>


      DRIVER‘S LICENSE RULE ROILS MICHIGAN
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     LANSING, Mich. –– When Michigan officials recently reinterpreted state law to stop nonresidents from getting driver‘s licenses, critics said it had an unintended consequence.

The crackdown _ intended to target illegal immigrants _ also affected legal immigrants who are not permanent residents, >>>


      ETHICS PANEL SAYS CRAIG ACTED IMPROPERLY
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     WASHINGTON –– The Senate Ethics Committee said Wednesday that Idaho Sen. Larry Craig acted improperly in connection with a men‘s room sex sting last year and had brought discredit on the Senate.

In a letter to the Republican senator, the ethics panel said Craig‘s attempt to withdraw his >>>


      ETHICS PANEL SAYS CRAIG ACTED IMPROPERLY
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     WASHINGTON –– The Senate Ethics Committee said Wednesday that Idaho Sen. Larry Craig acted improperly in connection with a men‘s room sex sting last year and had brought discredit on the Senate.

In a letter to the Republican senator, the ethics panel said Craig‘s attempt to withdraw his >>>


      FOSSILS OF NEW MEAT–EATING DINOS FOUND
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     CHICAGO –– Fossil hunters say they have discovered bones of two massive meat–eating dinosaurs in Africa.

In the journal Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, University of Chicago paleontologist Paul Sereno and co–author Stephen Brusatte named one Kryptops palaios, or "old hidden face,&quo >>>


      HOUSE MEMBERS PROPOSE NEW FARM BILL
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     8:33 PM WASHINGTON –– House lawmakers are proposing a new version of a wide–ranging farm bill in an attempt to appease the White House, which had contended that the legislation was full of wasteful spending.

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D–Minn., and Virginia Rep. >>>


      HOUSE PANEL BACKS 10–MONTH ANDEAN TRADE RENEWAL
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Expiring U.S. trade benefits for Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia would be renewed through the end of this year under a bill approved on Thursday by a U.S. House of Representatives committee.

The 10–month extension is a compromise between Democrats who had favored renewing >>>


      JOBLESS CLAIMS DECREASED LAST WEEK
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     AM WASHINGTON –– The number of newly laid off workers filing claims for unemployment benefits fell last week by a larger–than–expected amount.

The Labor Department reported Thursday that applications for jobless benefits totaled 348,000 last week, down by ',000 from the previous week >>>


      JOIN THE ARMY, BUY A HOUSE?
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     ALBANY, N.Y. –– How‘s this for a recruiting slogan? Join the Army, Buy a House. Faced with the challenge of expanding the U.S. Army in wartime, the military is testing an incentive program that pays enlistees up to $40,000 toward a home or a startup business after their commitment. The Army Advantage F >>>


      JUSTICE DEPT: WATERBOARDING NOT LEGAL
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     AM WASHINGTON –– A senior Justice Department official says laws and other limits enacted since three terrorism suspects were waterboarded has eliminated the technique from what is now legally allowed, going a step beyond what CIA Director Michael Hayden has said.

"The set of interrogation metho >>>


      MAKING HIS PITCH
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     E01 Roger Clemens now has a new performance to fit in among all the others, the pair of 20–strikeout games, the tips of his cap after each of his three retirements, the wins in the playoffs and World Series. Added to that legacy yesterday were 4 1/2 hours of Clemens defending himself –– sometimes uneas >>>


      MARINE JET CRASHES IN NORTH CAROLINA
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. –– The Marine Corps says one of its fighter jets has crashed during a training mission in coastal North Carolina. But the corps says the pilot ejected safely and is fine.

The II Marine Expeditionary Force says the AV–8B Harrier crashed at about 1 p.m. Wednesday. Officials sa >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     German Astronaut Allowed on Spacewalk CAPE CANAVERAL –– Two spacewalking astronauts supplied the international space station with a fresh tank of nitrogen Wednesday, one of them a German who was too sick to venture outside a few days earlier.

Looking and sounding fit, Hans Schlegel joined Rex Walhei >>>


      NYC UNVEILS OFFICIAL NEW CONDOM
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     NEW YORK –– The official New York City condom has a different look and a sexy new slogan: New Yorkers are being encouraged to "get some" on Valentine‘s Day.

Street teams will be handing out the free condoms at busy hubs around the city on Thursday, including Times Square, Wall Street >>>


      ONLINE RESTING PLACE FOR BROKEN HEARTS
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     NEW YORK –– If the love affair is dead, why not give it a proper send–off? A new Web site offers the lovelorn a way to bury memories of an old love affair _ by writing an obituary.

Relationshipobit.com is the brainchild of Kathleen Horan, a 38–year–old reporter for WNYC public radi >>>


      REFINERY FIRE‘S TOLL RISES TO AT LEAST 8
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     PM PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. –– A week after a deadly sugar refinery explosion, the death toll rose to at least eight Thursday and dozens of firefighters continued to battle the obstinate blaze.

Michael Kelly Fields, 40, died early Thursday at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta >>>


      SENATE VOTES TO BAN WATERBOARDING
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     14, 2008; 1:2' AM WASHINGTON –– Congress on Wednesday moved to prohibit the CIA from using waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods on terror suspects, despite President Bush‘s threat to veto any measure that limits the agency‘s interrogation techniques.

The prohibition wa >>>


      SISTER: OBAMA‘S SUCCESS ROOTED IN HAWAII
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     PM HONOLULU –– Millions of voters look at Barack Obama and see a future president.

Maya Soetoro–Ng looks at her big brother and sees a father figure. Soetoro–Ng, who is nine years younger than Obama, said her mother divorced her father when she was ', making Obama, her half brother, >>>


      STUDENT WHO DROVE HALBERSTAM SENTENCED
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     REDWOOD CITY, Calif. –– A graduate student charged in the car crash that killed Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist David Halberstam was sentenced Thursday to five days in jail, but a judge recommended he serve the time on a supervised work program.

Kevin Jones, 27, pleaded no contest last fall >>>


      SUSPECT SOUGHT IN NYC HACKING DEATH
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     NEW YORK –– Police hunting for a man who hacked a psychologist to death with a '–inch knife and a meat cleaver have plenty of clues: a sketch, a witness, surveillance footage, and two bags full of bizarre items the killer left in the basement of the victim‘s office building.

What the >>>


      U.S. BACKS EXXON IN VENEZUELA ASSETS BATTLE
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Wednesday backed Exxon Mobil Corp‘s effort to win compensation from Venezuela for seized assets in a case that has prompted the OPEC nation to threaten to cut off oil supplies to America.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a foe of the United States, says E >>>


      US: BROKEN SATELLITE WILL BE SHOT DOWN
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     PM WASHINGTON –– The Pentagon is planning to shoot down a broken spy satellite expected to hit the Earth in early March, The Associated Press has learned.

U.S. officials said Thursday that the option preferred by the Bush administration will be to fire a missile from a U.S. Navy cruiser, and shoot d >>>


      WHAT‘S IN A NAME? EVERYTHING IN PRESIDENT RACE
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Just call her Hillary. Say hello to Barack. This year‘s crop of U.S. presidential candidates are using distinctive first and last names to connect with voters and create a brand that they hope will resonate on Election Day.

So what‘s in a name? Quite a bit when you&lsquo >>>


      WIS. COLLEGE TO GIVE BIKES TO FRESHMEN
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     RIPON, Wis. –– A tiny liberal arts college here hopes it has found an answer to a nagging shortage of campus parking: a bicycle giveaway.

If incoming freshmen promise not to bring a car to campus for a full year, Ripon College will give them a Trek 820 mountain bike, a helmet and a lock _ a $400 val >>>


      A DID–SOMETHING CONGRESS
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     The voters‘ message is getting through, not only in settling the fights for the Republican and Democratic nominations but in changing the mind–set of Washington.

The clearest evidence of the change is what happened last week on the economic stimulus bill. A week ahead of their self–imposed dea >>>


      BLACKBERRYS IN HAND, SENATORS THUMB THEIR NOSES AT BAN
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     So much for the tradition of the Senate, at least when it comes to the legendary decorum that includes a ban on senators or staff using electronic devices on the chamber floor.

Any number of senators and staff can be seen using their BlackBerrys with reckless disregard for the rules that forbid their use. Openl >>>


      BOTTOM FEEDERS
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     The world might look very different today if Congress had spent as much energy probing Iraq for weapons of mass destruction as it did yesterday examining Roger Clemens‘s derriere.

At the invitation of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the Rocket, a seven–time Cy Young winner, had >>>


      BUSH‘S IRAQ CALCULUS
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     The last thing the Bush White House would want, you might think, would be to make the 2008 presidential election a referendum on the unpopular war in Iraq. The 2006 congressional elections were such a referendum, and the Republicans got hammered.

But President Bush, newly confident that his troop–surge st >>>


      BUSH IMPOSES NEW SANCTIONS ON SYRIA
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     WASHINGTON –– President Bush ordered new sanctions on Wednesday to punish Syria for its alleged efforts to undermine stability in Iraq and undercut Lebanon‘s sovereignty and democracy.

Bush, in an executive order, said he was expanding penalties against senior government officials in Syria and >>>


      CANDIDATES‘ EARMARKS WORTH MILLIONS
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton helped secure more than $340 million worth of home–state projects in last year‘s spending bills, placing her among the top 10 Senate recipients of what are commonly known as earmarks, according to a new study by a nonpartisan budget watchdog group.

Working with her New Yo >>>


      CASINO BATTLE RAGES IN CONGRESS
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     By Susan SchmidtWashington Post Staff WriterThursday, February 14, 2008; A04 An unusual effort by several powerful congressmen to clear the way for two Indian casinos in Michigan is fueling a fierce multimillion–dollar lobbying battle of a scale not seen since the fall of Jack Abramoff.

More than a dozen >>>


      CHANGE IS IN THE AIR, AT THE POLLS
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     Win or lose, Barack Obama has changed America. It‘s one thing to believe in a picture we‘d like to be true –– a society moving toward a colorblind ideal –– and something entirely different to live each day with a personification of that ideal.

"I‘ve actually change >>>


      CLINTON SCRAMBLES TO TRY TO REVERSE OBAMA‘S MOMENTUM
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     February 14, 2008; A06 After big losses to Sen. Barack Obama in Tuesday‘s Potomac Primary, Sen.

Hillary Rodham Clinton signaled yesterday that she will challenge her rival more aggressively, launching new television ads and attempting to overcome the Obama campaign‘s clear organizational advantages. >>>


      DEFENDANTS‘ LAWYERS FEAR LOSS OF POTENTIAL EVIDENCE AT GUANTANAMO BAY
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     Lawyers representing military detainees at Guantanamo Bay have expressed concern that the government has violated a federal court order by losing or erasing several years‘ worth of digital video recordings that could shed light on the legality of detainee treatment.

The concerns are based in part on a rec >>>


      FAST–MOVING ECONOMY CHALLENGED ARCHITECTS OF STIMULUS
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     For months, the government has been trying to get in front of the problems facing the economy, most recently with the stimulus bill President Bush signed yesterday.

But policymakers from the administration to Congress and the Federal Reserve are finding that the efforts that seemed proactive at the time are in >>>


      GILCHREST JUST AS CONTENT IN DEFEAT
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     A08 From the beginning, there was no grand scheme, no intricate political calculation, involved. When Wayne Gilchrest decided one day in 1'88 to run for Congress, he simply took a lunch break from his job painting houses, got in his old Ford pickup and drove to the state election office in Annapolis.

He did >>>


      GRASS–ROOTS DRIVE, POLITICAL MACHINERY WERE KEY TO OBAMA
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     A10 Sen. Barack Obama‘s 3 to 1 trouncing of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in the District was a combination of political machinery and grass–roots momentum.

Pre–certified election results released yesterday show that Obama won more than 75 percent of the Democratic vote and that 123,735 resident >>>


      HARDBRAWL
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     C01 Last fall, as network executives, members of Congress and other hotshots gathered beneath a massive tent at Washington‘s Decatur House to celebrate the 10th anniversary of "Hardball," Chris Matthews began to address the crowd.

Dispensing with the usual platitudes about his MSNBC show, Matthe >>>


      HITTING MERIT PAY WITH A FAIR–PLAY STANDARD
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     Rep. Danny K. Davis (D–Ill.), chairman of the House federal workforce subcommittee, is increasingly skeptical of pay–for–performance systems in the federal government. He‘s also a little frustrated.

At a hearing Tuesday afternoon, Davis recalled that federal agencies and compensation exp >>>


      HOME BUILDERS HALT CAMPAIGN FUNDS AFTER SETBACK
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     2008; D01 The National Association of Home Builders, one of the top 10 corporate donors to politicians, has stopped contributing to congressional candidates after it failed to get what it wanted in recent anti–recession legislation.

The powerful lobby said Tuesday that it was taking the unprecedented acti >>>


      HOUSE GOP LEADERSHIP ENDORSES MCCAIN
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     A07 A day after winning the Potomac Primary, Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) was handed another victory yesterday when he was unexpectedly endorsed by the entire House Republican leadership.

Republican leaders had said Tuesday they intended to remain neutral, but after an hour–long, closed–door session wit >>>


      HOWLERS, WHOOPS AND MIRACLES
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     With metronomic regularity –– the rhythm may arise from some strangely shared metabolic urge, which may explain the mystery of their marriage

–– the Clintons say things that remind voters of the aesthetic reason for recoiling from them. Aesthetic considerations even cause many Republican >>>


      LAWMAKERS MOVE TO GRANT BANKS IMMUNITY AGAINST PATENT LAWSUIT
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     2008; A22 Sen. Jeff Sessions (R–Ala.) has sponsored an unusual provision at the urging of the nation‘s banks granting them immunity against an active patent lawsuit, potentially saving them billions of dollars.

Adopted with little fanfare, the amendment would prevent a small Texas company called Dat >>>


      OBAMA‘S ECONOMIC PLAN IS A PITCH TO THE WORKING CLASS
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     February 14, 2008; A01 JANESVILLE, Wis., Feb. 13 –– Sen. Barack Obama offered a detailed prescription for the ailing U.S. economy Wednesday, answering skeptics who contend he has not matched his inspirational talk with a mastery of policy and targeting voters in crucial primaries in Wisconsin, Ohio and Texas >>>


      OBAMA SAILED BEHIND GALVANIZED VOTERS AND BROADENED SUPPORT
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     14, 2008; A10 Sen. Barack Obama‘s surprising 28–point win in Tuesday‘s Virginia primary, in which he piled up a larger share of the votes than in Maryland, showed his campaign‘s success in turning out voters and broadening his formidable coalition of supporters in the week since Super Tuesday.
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      ON CAPITOL HILL, CLEMENS DENIES STEROID USE
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     February 14, 2008; A01 Legendary baseball pitcher Roger Clemens faced the trainer who has accused him of using steroids and human growth hormone and repeatedly denied the charges during a contentious congressional hearing yesterday that left lawmakers deeply divided about whom to believe and uncertain whether Clemens sh >>>


      PREDATORY LENDERS‘ PARTNER IN CRIME
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     By Eliot SpitzerThursday, February 14, 2008; A25 Several years ago, state attorneys general and others involved in consumer protection began to notice a marked increase in a range of predatory lending practices by mortgage lenders. Some were misrepresenting the terms of loans, making loans without regard to consumers&ls >>>


      RARE DUAL LOSSES IN MD. PUT INCUMBENTS ON NOTICE
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     Staff WritersThursday, February 14, 2008; A01 Two long–serving members of the House of Representatives from Maryland were ousted in primaries Tuesday, as voters seeking change united with ideological activists in both parties who wanted to punish congressmen thought to have strayed from party principles.

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      SENATE VOTES TO PROHIBIT CIA FROM USING WATERBOARDING
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     6:12 PM The Senate voted today to prevent the CIA from using waterboarding and other coercive interrogation techniques that are not allowed under U.S.

Army regulations. The provision, part of a larger bill that was previously approved by the House, now goes to President Bush, who has threatened to veto the meas >>>


      U.S. SEEKS TO DEFLECT CRITICISM OVER TRIAL OF TERROR SUSPECTS
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     The Bush administration is uneasy about how other countries will view its new plan to try six suspected al–Qaeda terrorists before a military commission, where the rights of the accused are more limited than in civilian courts.

Attorneys for the defendants are expected to argue at trial that key evidence >>>


      UNTRUTH BE TOLD
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     It wasn‘t just that he almost certainly lied on Capitol Hill; it was the enormity of Roger Clemens‘s untruth, the Texas–size audaciousness to think that his stature in society was big enough to get away with committing perjury.

It‘s the greatest pitcher of his generation believing, down >>>


      WHAT‘S NEW IN NEW ORLEANS
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     NEW ORLEANS –– The imposing presence of Robert A. Cerasoli as the city‘s first inspector general is the clearest sign that the changes Hurricane Katrina wrought on New Orleans in 2005 were not limited to physical devastation.

By declaring war on municipal corruption, Cerasoli has signaled that >>>


      AL–QAIDA IN IRAQ THREATENS ISRAEL
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     AM CAIRO, Egypt –– The purported leader of al–Qaida‘s affiliate in Iraq called in a new posting on a militant Web site on Thursday for attacks on Israel and proposed that Iraq‘s territory be a "launching pad" to seize Jerusalem.

In the 30–minute audiotape, Abu Omar >>>


      CHINA CRACKS DOWN ON HORROR VIDEOS
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     BEIJING –– China has banned video and audio products containing elements of horror or the supernatural in a bid to protect the "psychological health" of minors.

In an order posted on its Web site, China‘s General Administration of Press and Publication said all existing products were >>>


      CHINA DISMISSES US SPYING ALLEGATIONS
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     BEIJING –– China on Thursday called U.S. allegations of Chinese spying "groundless" and urged the U.S. to stop its "Cold War thinking." The reaction from a Foreign Ministry spokesman came after a U.S. Defense Department analyst and a former engineer for Boeing Co. were charged in separate >>>


      CHINESE ACTIVIST TO BE TRIED FOR INCITING SUBVERSION
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     12:00 PM BEIJING, Feb. 14 –– An activist who helped organize a petition complaining that Chinese want "human rights, not the Olympics" will be tried for inciting subversion against the state, his lawyer said Thursday.

Yang Chunlin, whose trial was set for Tuesday in the far northern city o >>>


      COMMANDER BECAME PROTOTYPE OF EXTREMISM
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     By Robin WrightWashington Post Staff WriterThursday, February 14, 2008; A21 Lance Cpl. Eddie DiMarco was the only survivor who saw how it happened.

The big yellow Mercedes truck circled outside the Marine compound in Beirut, strangely gaining speed, until it broke straight for the building where a battalion of >>>


      DIPLOMATS: IRAN PROCESSES URANIUM GAS
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     VIENNA, Austria –– Iran‘s new generation of advanced centrifuges have begun processing small quantities of the gas that can be used to make the fissile core of nuclear warheads, diplomats told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The diplomats emphasized that the centrifuges were working with mi >>>


      DIPLOMATS: IRAN USING GAS IN NEW CENTRIFUGES
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     VIENNA, Feb. 13 –– Iran‘s new–generation advanced centrifuges have begun processing small quantities of the gas that can be used to make the fissile core of nuclear warheads, diplomats said Wednesday.

The diplomats emphasized that the centrifuges were working with minute amounts of urani >>>


      DIPLOMATS: US GAVE IAEA IRAN INTEL
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     VIENNA, Austria –– The U.S. has shared new intelligence with the International Atomic Energy Agency that it claims is evidence Iran was trying to make a nuclear weapon, diplomats said Thursday.

One of the diplomats said Washington also gave the IAEA permission to confront Iran with at least some of >>>


      EAST AFRICAN QUAKE KILLS AT LEAST 1
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     AM KIGALI, Rwanda –– A 5.4 magnitude earthquake in East Africa killed at least one person Thursday and injured dozens of others, including 16 school children, local officials said.

An elderly woman was killed when her house collapsed in western Rwanda, said Elam Karara, a disaster management officia >>>


      EXILED GEORGIAN BILLIONAIRE FOUND DEAD IN HIS BRITISH HOME
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     A18 LONDON, Feb. 13 –– A Georgian tycoon who financed opposition causes in his home country and had expressed fear of assassination was found dead in his house in Britain, officials said Wednesday. Police are investigating the death as "suspicious." Badri Patarkatsishvili, 52, died late Tuesday at >>>


      FRANCE MULLS GREATER ROLE IN AFGHANISTAN
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     PARIS –– In American military parlance, it‘s gut–check time for NATO in Afghanistan, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy appears ready to answer allies‘ calls for more forces to fight the Taliban and al–Qaida.

As early as Thursday, Sarkozy‘s top brass is to present him >>>


      FRENCH HELPED CHAD‘S ARMY
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     PARIS –– French forces transported munitions from Libya and other countries to Chad‘s army during a rebellion earlier this month, a Defense Ministry spokesman said Thursday.

Laurent Teissiere said France "helped Chad receive munitions coming from other countries" to Chadian governmen >>>


      HEZBOLLAH CHIEF THREATENS ISRAEL
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     PM BEIRUT, Lebanon –– The chief of Hezbollah told throngs of supporters at a funeral for slain commander Imad Mughniyeh his group would retaliate against Israeli targets anywhere in the world after accusing the Jewish state of killing the militant.

Israel ordered its military, embassies and Jewish i >>>


      HEZBOLLAH THREATENS ISRAEL AT SLAIN COMMANDER FUNERAL
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     BEIRUT (Reuters) – Hezbollah‘s chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Thursday threatened Israel with "open war" after accusing the Jewish state of killing one of its top commanders.

"Zionists, if you want this type of open war then let the whole world hear: let it be an open war," Nas >>>


      HEZBOLLAH TO HOLD MASS FUNERAL FOR SLAIN COMMANDER
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon‘s Hezbollah holds a mass funeral for its assassinated commander Imad Moughniyah, one of the United States‘ most wanted men, in Beirut on Thursday to calls of revenge against its sworn enemy Israel.

Big crowds are expected in Beirut‘s Shi‘ite Muslim southe >>>


      IRAN BANS 5 WEB SITES FOR NEWS COMMENTS
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     AM TEHRAN, Iran –– Iranian authorities banned five Web sites that comment on current events for "poisoning" public opinion ahead of the crucial mid–March parliamentary elections, the state radio reported on Thursday.

The move came two days after Iran‘s hard–line constitut >>>


      IRAN POSTPONES IRAQI SECURITY TALKS WITH U.S.: IRAQ
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iran has postponed a scheduled round of talks with the United States on Iraqi security in Baghdad, giving no reason for the delay, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari said on Thursday.

Zebari told Reuters the talks were to have been held on Friday. "Yesterday we were informed t >>>


      IRAQ‘S DEAF SOCCER TEAM BRAVES VIOLENCE TO PLAY
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Anyone born deaf and mute faces a challenge playing in a soccer team –– it‘s hard to communicate on the pitch, players cannot hear the referee‘s whistle and few coaches know sign language.

Add the risk of being shot or blown up on the way to training in Baghdad >>>


      KENYA CRISIS TALKS ADJOURNED TO MONDAY
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     ':34 AM NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya‘s feuding political parties adjourned talks for the weekend on Thursday, dashing chief mediator Kofi Annan‘s hopes to have a final political settlement this week to the post–election crisis.

But a spokesman for Annan indicated some progress had been >>>


      KOSTUNICA TELLS SERBIA KOSOVO CAN‘T BE HELD
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     BELGRADE (Reuters) – Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica went on national television on Thursday to brace Serbia for the imminent secession of its historic Kosovo province, which he said Serbs would never accept.

His statement was the most open acknowledgment he has yet made that Serbia cannot now prevent K >>>


      LEBANON: MUGHNIYEH FUNERAL, HARIRI RALLY
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     AM BEIRUT, Lebanon –– Throngs of Lebanese came out Thursday for two opposing gatherings: Hezbollah backers for the funeral of a slain militant suspected in hundreds of American deaths, and their pro–Western opponents to mark the assassination of an anti–Syrian former prime minister.

It w >>>


      MALAYSIA‘S ETHNIC INDIANS TO VENT ANGER AT THE POLLS
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     TANGKAK, Malaysia (Reuters) – On Malaysia‘s lush green rubber estates, Indian laborers whose ancestors were brought by British colonial rulers in the 1'th century to work in tin mines and on plantations, complain of being marginalized.

Indians, one of the smallest ethnic groups in Malaysia makin >>>


      MEXICAN RIGHTS PANEL CALLED ‘DISAPPOINTING‘
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     By Manuel Roig–FranziaWashington Post Foreign ServiceThursday, February 14, 2008; A20 TIJUANA, Mexico, Feb. 13 –– A leading U.S. human rights group said Wednesday that Mexico‘s national human rights commission routinely avoids investigating alleged abuses committed by the military and "has h >>>


      MILITANT GIVES DETAIL IN BHUTTO KILLING
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     RAWALPINDI, Pakistan –– An Islamic militant who is accused of helping carry out the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto wanted to avenge the death of a friend in the military attack last year, a senior police officer said Wednesday.

Husnain Gul and his cousin, identified only as Ra >>>


      MUGABE CHALLENGER SHORT ON SPECIFICS
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     By Craig TimbergWashington Post Foreign ServiceThursday, February 14, 2008; A20 HARARE, Zimbabwe, Feb. 13 –– A former ruling party stalwart opened his presidential campaign Wednesday by saying he would defeat President Robert Mugabe in a landslide in Zimbabwe‘s March 2' election, but he offered few >>>


      MYANMAR ETHNIC REBEL LEADER KILLED
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     MAE SOT, Thailand –– The leader of the Karen National Union, one of the biggest ethnic rebel groups fighting Myanmar‘s military government, was shot to death Thursday in Thailand, a dissident said.

KNU general secretary Mahn Sha was shot at his home in Mae Sot at about 4:30 p.m. by two unident >>>


      PHILIPPINES REPORTS ASSASSINATION PLOT
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     PM MANILA, Philippines –– Security officials on Thursday reported uncovering plots to kill President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and bomb foreign embassies, just as opposition leaders were calling for more protests urging the unpopular Philippines leader to resign.

Brig. Gen. Romeo Prestoza, head of the >>>



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