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      MAN IN MONTH–OLD VEGAS RICIN CASE WAKES
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     LAS VEGAS –– A man who may have been exposed to toxic ricin in his motel room a month ago has regained consciousness and was being questioned by investigators, authorities said Friday. Roger Bergendorff, 57, remained in critical condition in a hospital, where he has been hospitalized and unable to speak sinc >>>


      MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR CONSIDERS A GAMBLE
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     A01 PALMER, Mass –– In this once–prosperous, now–depressed former mill town in western Massachusetts, residents casually rattle off the names of all the factories that shut down long ago and of the businesses getting ready to leave.

"Everything is closing down," said Robyn Mori >>>


      MEDIA SHIELD LAW REMAINS IN DOUBT
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– As federal judges order more reporters to disclose their confidential sources, news organizations are pinning their hopes on congressional passage of a media shield bill the Bush administration opposes as a threat to national security.

The legislation being considered in the Senate off >>>


      NC SLAYINGS SUSPECT HELD WITHOUT BOND
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     DURHAM, N.C. –– A teenager accused of killing two college students was held without bond Friday as evidence emerged that one victim was shot in the forehead as a pillow was held tightly against his face.

An autopsy report released Friday detailed how Duke University doctoral student Abhijit Mahato, >>>


      OBAMA DENOUNCES PASTOR‘S '/11 COMMENTS
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Friday denounced inflammatory remarks from his pastor, who has railed against the United States and accused the country of bringing on the Sept. 11 attacks by spreading terrorism.

Obama called the statements appearing on television and >>>


      OBAMA DENOUNCES PASTOR‘S '/11 COMMENTS
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Friday denounced inflammatory remarks from his pastor, who has railed against the United States and accused the country of bringing on the Sept. 11 attacks by spreading terrorism.

Obama called the statements appearing on television and >>>


      OBAMA SAYS REZKO HAD BIGGER ROLE IN FUNDRAISING
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Presidential candidate Barack Obama said on Friday an indicted Chicago businessman raised up to $250,000 for his previous political campaigns, a higher figure than he previously reported, according to two Chicago newspapers.

The Illinois Democratic senator‘s campaign has previ >>>


      OLD POLARITIES PERSIST IN DEM RACE
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Something happened to the feel–good, way–cool Democratic presidential contest in the months since a woman and a black man began their path–breaking race for the White House.

By the millions, black voters voted for the black candidate and women voted for the woman. Whi >>>


      RECENTLY SUBPOENAED JOURNALISTS
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     PM –– Some recent high–profile cases in which journalists were subpoenaed in federal court to disclose confidential or nonconfidential material.

Under Senate legislation, journalists would generally get more protection from revealing confidential information.

_Former USA Today reporte >>>


      SEARCH FOR MISSING S.C. COUPLE BROADENS
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. –– The search for a couple missing for almost two weeks has expanded beyond this resort island, a sheriff said Friday without giving details.

John and Elizabeth Calvert, who live part time on a yacht at the Harbour Town marina they lease and manage, were last seen March 3. P >>>


      SPOT CHECKS SHOW POOR E–MAIL ACCESS
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     TRENTON, N.J. –– Think checking a governor‘s e–mail would show how key decisions are made?

Not so, according to spot checks of five states where The Associated Press sought gubernatorial e–mail.

The AP filed public records requests for a single day‘s worth of e&ndash >>>


      STORM PUMMELS DOWNTOWN ATLANTA
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     ATLANTA, March 14 –– A severe storm ripped through downtown Atlanta on Friday night, damaging skyscrapers, hotels and two major sports arenas filled with thousands of pro and college basketball fans.

National Weather Service officials were unsure whether a tornado had touched down, but wind was cloc >>>


      STORMS RIP THROUGH DOWNTOWN ATLANTA
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     ATLANTA –– A severe windstorm has ripped through downtown Atlanta, downing trees, breaking windows and tearing holes in the roof of the Georgia Dome while the Southeastern Conference basketball tournament was in progress.

Numerous windows were broken at CNN Center during the Friday night storm, and >>>


      TINY IOWA TOWN RESCINDS $5 CAT BOUNTY
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     DES MOINES, Iowa –– Cat haters, nevermind: The tiny town of Randolph has rescinded a $5 bounty on feral feline.

Instead, the southwest Iowa town of 200 people has agreed to work with animal rescue groups on a catch, neuter and release program.

"We‘ve told them to get it lined up >>>


      US TONES DOWN PRAISE FOR MUSHARRAF
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Just months ago, the United States publicly championed Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf as an "indispensable" ally.

Now, officials barely mention the man the Bush administration once promoted as essential to holding together a nuclear–armed country deemed crucial to >>>


      WAR STORIES ECHO AN EARLIER WINTER
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     Grim–faced and sorrowful, former soldiers and Marines sat before an audience of several hundred yesterday in Silver Spring and shared their recollections of their service in Iraq.

The stories spilled out, sometimes haltingly, sometimes in a rush: soldiers firing indiscriminately on Iraqi vehicles, an apar >>>


      BEN FRANKLIN,‘ BETSY ROSS‘ TO MARRY
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     PHILADELPHIA –– Ben Franklin and Betsy Ross are engaged. That would be Ralph Archbold, Philadelphia‘s best–known Franklin portrayer, and Linda Wilde, who‘s been at his side lately, portraying the flag–stitcher.

The couple met Sept. 1 after Wilde hired Archbold for a friend&ls >>>


      ACTIVISTS ON EACH SIDE OF WAR EFFORT OFFER A PREVIEW OF CLASHES
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     B03 The speakers had just finished lamenting recent acts of vandalism at military recruiting centers and had opened the floor to questions at the National Press Club when peace activist Tighe Barry jumped up, took off his shirt and revealed the pink military tunic he was wearing underneath.

"This is what I >>>


      ASSURANCES OFFERED ON U.S. STUDENT LOANS
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     Turmoil in credit markets has not blocked access to federally guaranteed student loans, Education Secretary Margaret Spellings told lawmakers yesterday, but the administration is planning a safety net for students who might need help.

"Let me assure you, and especially students and families, that federal s >>>


      BUSH NOTES ‘ROUGH PATCH‘ BUT SAYS ECONOMY‘S NOT ‘IN THE DITCH‘
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     NEW YORK, March 14 –– The S–word is okay ("slowdown"). Even the grimmer D–word is acceptable ("downturn"). But don‘t expect the R–word to slip out of the president‘s lips.

As President Bush tried to calm the nation‘s economic anxiety Friday, he >>>


      FDA SAYS CONTAMINANT IN BLOOD THINNER IS NEARLY IDENTIFIED
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     Tests of the active ingredient produced in China to make heparin for Baxter International found a contaminant in 20 of 28 samples, further tying a spike in serious and occasionally fatal allergic reactions in American patients to the drug‘s overseas sources, officials said yesterday.

Food and Drug Adminis >>>


      FED COMES TO RESCUE AS WALL ST. GIANT SLIPS
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     By Neil Irwin and Tomoeh Murakami TseWashington Post Staff WritersSaturday, March 15, 2008; A01 The Federal Reserve took the extraordinary step yesterday of providing emergency funding to one of Wall Street‘s venerable firms, Bear Stearns, after it ran out of cash to repay its lenders.

The Fed used a litt >>>


      HUD PROPOSES RULES TO CLARIFY MORTGAGES
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     By Dina ElBoghdadyWashington Post Staff WriterSaturday, March 15, 2008; D03 A federal proposal announced yesterday aims to give mortgage borrowers clearer information about their loans and encourage them to shop around for the best deals.

Housing officials said borrowers‘ confusion about loan terms and cl >>>


      IN ONE MAN‘S FALL, BRUISES FOR ALL
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     By Monica HesseWashington Post Staff WriterSaturday, March 15, 2008; C01 All week long it‘s been going on.

Sometime in the middle of watching wall–to–wall Spitzermania, maybe during the second painful news conference, maybe after the 40th ex–call girl shared her exclusive glimpse into th >>>


      NATIONALS, D.C. OFFICIALS TANGLE OVER STREET VENDING, CONTROVERSIAL SIGN
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     B01 With a few weeks before Opening Day for the Washington Nationals‘ new stadium, the team and the D.C. Council are at odds over street vending and the council‘s desire to post a sign protesting the city‘s lack of a vote in Congress, District officials and vendors said yesterday.

Council memb >>>


      OUTSPOKEN MINISTER OUT OF OBAMA CAMPAIGN
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     CHICAGO, March 14 –– A campaign spokesman said Friday night that the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., former pastor at Chicago‘s Trinity United Church of Christ, is no longer affiliated with Sen. Barack Obama‘s presidential race after coming under fresh scrutiny for controversial comments that the Il >>>


      SENATOR‘S SUPPORTERS ARE INVITED TO LUNCH WITH A LORD
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     Sen. John McCain plans at least one campaign event on his week–long congressional trip to Europe and the Middle East: a March 20 fundraiser in London. An invitation sent out by the campaign says the luncheon will be held at Spencer House, St. James‘s Place, "by kind permission of Lord Rothschild OM GBE >>>


      SHULMAN CONFIRMED AS IRS COMMISSIONER
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Newly confirmed Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Douglas H. Shulman said Friday he would work to ensure that the tax agency is fair, and he would concentrate both on enforcement and service.

"For the majority of Americans who pay their taxes willingly and on time, there must >>>


      STOCKS DIVE ON NEWS OF TURMOIL AT BEAR STEARNS
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     By Alejandro Lazo and Neil IrwinWashington Post Staff WritersSaturday, March 15, 2008; D01 U.S. stocks plunged yesterday, the third day of volatile trading this week, as investors sold off financial shares on news that the Wall Street investment bank Bear Stearns was teetering on collapse and in need of a bailout from t >>>


      TOUGHER POLLUTION RULES ISSUED FOR SHIPS, LOCOMOTIVES
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     By Juliet EilperinWashington Post Staff WriterSaturday, March 15, 2008; A02 Diesel–powered locomotives, ships, ferries and tugboats will have to eliminate '0 percent of the soot and 80 percent of the nitrogen oxides in their exhaust by 2030 under tougher air–pollution standards issued by the Environmenta >>>


      U.S. TRANSFERS BIN LADEN AIDE
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     By Joby WarrickWashington Post Staff WriterSaturday, March 15, 2008; A03 A former translator for Osama bin Laden alleged to have helped the terrorist leader escape from Afghanistan‘s Tora Bora mountains in 2001 was recently transferred to the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after lengthy interrogatio >>>


      UCC IS HAPPILY RIDING OBAMA‘S COATTAILS
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     By David BriggsReligion News ServiceSaturday, March 15, 2008; B11 CLEVELAND –– For the United Church of Christ, a graying, Cleveland–based denomination that has lost more than 40 percent of its members since the 1'60s, Sen. Barack Obama is a godsend.

Church leaders expect more people to co >>>


      WORLD BANK, INDIA TO PROBE 5 HEALTH PROJECTS
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     D01 The World Bank and the Indian government have launched official investigations in response to an internal bank report that found "serious" incidents of fraud and corruption in five bank–financed health projects in India.

The findings in the report, released in January by the World Bank&lsquo >>>


      ACTIVISTS VOW TO STOP KANGAROO CULL
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     CANBERRA, Australia –– Protesters gathered at an abandoned military site in the Australian capital Saturday to prevent the planned slaughter of 400 kangaroos blamed for ruining the habitat of rare lizards and insects.

About 70 protesters congregated at the gate of the disused naval communications st >>>


      AIRING VIEWS AND CASTING BALLOTS AT A TEHRAN MOSQUE
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     By Thomas ErdbrinkWashington Post Foreign ServiceSaturday, March 15, 2008; A08 TEHRAN, March 14 –– Only a small, blue–tiled pool divided the two long lines outside the entrance to the Jafar Sadegh mosque in western Tehran.

Men on the right side and women on the left had come to cast their ball >>>


      AT LEAST 2 FEARED DEAD IN PAKISTANI CAPITAL BLAST
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A blast at an Italian restaurant in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad on Saturday appears to have killed at least two people and wounded 15, according to Geo Television.

Geo said a foreign woman was one of the dead. A witness told Reuters the explosion occurred in a garden dining ar >>>


      AUSTRIAN HOSTAGES HELD NEAR MALI TOWN: REPORT
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     ALGIERS (Reuters) – Al Qaeda is in talks with an Austrian envoy about the possible release of two Austrian hostages held near a town in northern Mali, an Algerian Web site that specializes in security matters reported on Saturday.

The Web site of the daily Ennahar said the two were being held by a group l >>>


      BLAST KILLS 2 AT RESTAURANT IN ISLAMABAD
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     ISLAMABAD, Pakistan –– A bomb exploded in the back garden of an Italian restaurant popular with foreigners in Pakistan‘s capital Saturday night, killing two people and wounding nine, police said.

It appeared to be the first attack targeting foreigners in a recent wave of violence.

Pol >>>


      BOMB ATTACK IN AFGHANISTAN KILLS CHILD
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     KABUL, Afghanistan –– A suicide car bomb attack near a convoy of international troops Saturday killed a 13–year–old Afghan child and wounded a soldier, officials said.

The bomber attacked a four–vehicle convoy of troops in the eastern province of Khost, NATO and Khost provincial po >>>


      BOMB KILLS ONE, WOUNDS 12 IN MUSLIM THAI SOUTH
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     PATTANI, Thailand (Reuters) – A bomb killed one man and wounded 12 people in Thailand‘s rebellious Muslim south on Saturday, police said on Saturday.

The bomb, hidden in a car, exploded near the entrance of a hotel in the city of Pattani, one of three far south provinces where more than 2,300 people >>>


      CARTELS SUSPECTED IN MEXICO KILLINGS
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     By Manuel Roig–FranziaWashington Post Foreign ServiceSaturday, March 15,
2008; A08 MEXICO CITY, March 14 –– Mexican authorities announced Friday that a total of 33 bodies had been found in graves at a drug cartel safe house and that seven people were killed in a law office that has represented drug >>>


      CHAVEZ SAYS US CAN ‘SHOVE‘ TERROR LIST
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     CARACAS, Venezuela –– President Hugo Chavez dared the U.S. on Friday to put Venezuela on a list of countries accused of supporting terrorism, calling it one more attempt by Washington to undermine him for political reasons.

Chavez said the "threat to include us on the terrorist list" is Wa >>>


      CHINESE OFFICIALS CALL FOR TIBETAN PROTESTERS TO SURRENDER
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     By Jill Drew and Edward CodyWashington Post Foreign ServiceSaturday, March 15, 2008; 11:33 AM BEIJING, March 15 –– Chinese armed police flooded into the streets of the Tibetan capital Saturday to smother the riots that have destroyed scores of Chinese–owned businesses in Lhasa and killed 10 people by t >>>


      CONSERVATIVES FORGE AHEAD IN IRAN PARLIAMENT VOTE
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     TEHRAN (Reuters) – Conservatives took an early lead in an election for Iran‘s 2'0–seat parliament with 108 seats to 33 for their reformist opponents, Iran‘s state Press TV said on Saturday, citing unofficial results so far.

Friday‘s election was seen as likely to keep conservat >>>


      COURT SAYS OK FOR GERE TO VISIT INDIA
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     NEW DELHI –– Richard Gere is free to go back to India _ and he may have a new reason to book a trip.

India‘s top court suspended an arrest warrant Friday against Gere, wanted for allegedly breaking public obscenity laws by kissing Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty at a public AIDS awareness even >>>


      CUBA WIVES CALL FOR PRISONERS‘ RELEASE
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     HAVANA –– About two dozen women marched in Havana on Friday to demand the release of their husbands and other political prisoners ahead of the fifth anniversary of a crackdown on dissent.

Of the 75 government critics arrested March 18–1', 2003, and given long prison terms, 55 remain impris >>>


      DOZENS FEARED DEAD AT ALBANIA BLAST
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     TIRANA (Reuters) – About 160 people, including several Americans, were killed or injured on Saturday by a series of large explosions at an Albanian army base on the outskirts of the capital Tirana, government officials said.

The explosions are believed to have begun while three teams were dismantling muni >>>


      DRUG TRADE TYRANNY ON MEXICO‘S BORDER
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     2008; A01 TIJUANA –– The killers prowled through Loma Bonita in the pre–dawn chill.

In silence, they navigated a labyrinth of wood shacks at the crest of a dirt lane in the blighted Tijuana neighborhood, police say. They were looking for Margarito Salda'4;ża, an easygoing 43– >>>


      FRIEND‘S DEATH SHOWS COST OF IRAQ WAR
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     –– In my nightmares, the helicopters still come out of a dark sky, two black spots barely visible against the backdrop of night.

Their swirling blades grow louder until they finally touch down on earth and fall silent. They look like giant steel bugs from another planet, bulbous robots with eyes of >>>


      GLOBAL CHANGES SKEW CALCULUS OF FOOD AID FOR N. KOREA
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     A01 SEOUL –– A grim rite of spring in Northeast Asia is the calculation of how many North Koreans could starve before the fall harvest –– and what the neighbors are willing to do about it.

This year, though, the famine bailout season is more urgent, more complicated and more politically >>>


      HARD–LINERS TAKE EARLY EDGE IN IRAN VOTE
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     2008; 3:47 AM TEHRAN, Iran –– Hard–liners allied with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took the lead in Iran‘s parliamentary elections, according to partial results early Saturday, but reformists showed strength in some cities where the clerical leadership allowed them to compete.

Reformist >>>


      HU JINTAO RE–ELECTED AS CHINA PRESIDENT
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     AM BEIJING –– Hu Jintao was re–elected Saturday as China‘s president and head of its military commission, a formality to cement a second five–year term for the leader of the world‘s most populous country.

The National People‘s Congress also appointed Xi Jinping, a top C >>>


      LAURA BUSH, MEXICO FIGHT BREAST CANCER
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     MEXICO CITY –– First lady Laura Bush joined her Mexican counterpart on Friday to inaugurate a two–country alliance to promote breast cancer awareness and research.

At the launch of the U.S.–Mexico Partnership for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research, Bush and Margarita Zavala spoke of im >>>


      MCCAIN ON WORLD STAGE ON MIDEAST, EUROPE TRIP
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     By Michael D. ShearWashington Post Staff WriterSaturday, March 15, 2008; A06 Sen. John McCain will step off a plane in Iraq this weekend to see firsthand the effects of the troop increase that he has championed and that his presidential ambitions are tied to, at the outset of a week–long series of private meetings >>>


      MY LAI MARKS 40TH MASSACRE ANNIVERSARY
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     MY LAI, Vietnam –– To the villagers who survived the My Lai massacre and many of the Americans who fought in the Vietnam War, all the anniversaries of the atrocity are important.

But Sunday‘s anniversary _ the 40th _ seems especially urgent to some of the Americans who have come to commemorate >>>


      NATO SAYS NEAR DEAL ON RUSSIAN AFGHAN HELP
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO said on Saturday it was nearing a deal to use Russian land and airspace to supply its security forces in Afghanistan, but Western diplomats denied any trade–off with Moscow to keep Ukraine and Georgia out of NATO.

A NATO spokesman said the alliance was negotiating accords o >>>


      PALESTINIAN FORCES‘ TRAINING MARRED BY DELAYS, POLITICS
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     March 15, 2008; A01 MUWAQQAR, Jordan –– A U.S.–funded program to train and equip Palestinian security forces is mired in delays, a shortage of resources, and differences between Israelis and the Americans over what military capabilities those forces should have once deployed in the territories.

>>>


      POLICE ARREST DOZENS AFTER CLASHES IN IRAQI CITY
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     KUT, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraqi police arrested dozens of members of Shi‘ite cleric Moqtada al–Sadr‘s Mehdi Army militia on Saturday, hours after two policemen were killed in gunbattles in the southern city of Kut, police said.

Clashes this week between Iraqi security forces and the militia >>>


      POVERTY NOT BIGGEST FACTOR DRIVING AFGHAN DRUG CROP
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan poppy farmers are some of the richest in the country, so poverty is not a big factor driving drug production in Afghanistan which last year produced '3 percent of the world‘s opium, a United Nations report said.

Despite millions of dollars spent to eradicate the crop and >>>


      QUAKE HITS JAPAN‘S SOUTHEASTERN ISLAND
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     TOKYO –– A strong earthquake struck a remote island southeast of Tokyo, the Meteorological Agency said Saturday. There were no immediate reports of damage.

The magnitude 6.3 temblor struck at 7:32 a.m. Saturday near the remote island of Chichijima, about 600 miles southeast of Tokyo.

The ag >>>


      REPORT: CHINA COAL MINE BLAST KILLS 14
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     BEIJING –– Chinese state media report a gas explosion at a southwestern coal mine has killed 14 miners and injured four.

Investigators were looking into the cause of the Friday night blast in Yunnan province, the Xinhua News Agency said Saturday.

China has the world‘s deadliest mines, >>>


      SRI LANKA: U.S. THROWS LIFELINE TO TAMIL TIGERS
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     COLOMBO (Reuters) – Smarting at mounting criticism of its human rights record amid escalating civil war, Sri Lanka‘s government has accused the United States of throwing a lifeline to the widely banned Tamil Tiger rebels.

In its annual report on human rights practices, the U.S. State Department said >>>


      SUICIDE BLAST HITS NATO CONVOY IN AFGHAN SOUTHEAST
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     KHOST, Afghanistan (Reuters) – A suicide bomber rammed a car into a convoy of NATO–led forces on Saturday in southeastern Afghanistan, but it was not immediately clear if there were any casualties, police said.

The attack happened on a road outside the town of Khost, close to the border with Pakista >>>


      TOP SAUDI CLERIC CALLS FOR WRITERS‘ DEATHS
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia‘s most revered cleric said in a rare fatwa this week that two writers should be tried for apostasy for their "heretical articles" and put to death if they do not repent.

Sheikh Abdul–Rahman al–Barrak was responding to recent articles in al– >>>


      TURKISH PROSECUTORS SAY AK PARTY SEEKS ISLAMIC STATE
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     ANKARA (Reuters) – State prosecutors demanding the closure of Turkey‘s ruling AK Party accuse it of trying to turn the country into an Islamic state, according to the text of their indictment quoted on Saturday by Turkish media.

The 162–page file, sent to Turkey‘s Constitutional Court on >>>


      TWO AFGHANS KILLED IN SUICIDE ATTACK ON NATO CONVOY
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     KHOST, Afghanistan (Reuters) – A suicide car bomb attack on a convoy of NATO–led forces in southeastern Afghanistan on Saturday killed two Afghan civilians, an official said.

One NATO soldier was wounded in the attack which happened on a road outside the town of Khost, close to the border with Pakis >>>


      UN: DROP IN IRAQ VIOLENCE MAY NOT LAST
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     BAGHDAD –– The influx of thousands of U.S. forces has driven down insurgent attacks in Baghdad, but violence elsewhere in Iraq raises questions about whether killings will continue to drop as American forces begin to leave, the United Nations said Saturday.

As security improved in Baghdad, violent a >>>


      VETO KEEPS GUATEMALA EXECUTIONS ON HOLD
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     AM GUATEMALA CITY –– Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom on Friday vetoed a bill that would have reinstated capital punishment and given the president the power to commute death penalty sentences.

There are 34 prisoners in limbo on death row after a high court in 2002 suspended executions, ruling that >>>


      WITH REPORTS OF VIOLENCE, ANGER IGNITES BEYOND TIBET
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     A10 NEW DELHI, March 14 –– When Lhakpa Tsering received a call from his friend in Tibet on Friday afternoon, he immediately suspected something was wrong.

"Even before my friend spoke, I could hear the sound of gunfire and shouting in the background," Tsering said in a telephone interview >>>


      WORLD IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 15-03-2008
     turkey Move Against Ruling Party Turkey‘s chief prosecutor asked its highest court Friday to disband the ruling party for attacking the country‘s secular traditions, including a ban on women‘s head scarves in universities, a court official said.

Court head Hasim Kilic told reporters that the p >>>


      ‘WE MUST ESTABLISH LINES WITH TERROR GROUPS LIKE AL–QAIDA‘ SAYS FORMER BLAIR AIDE
      The Daily Mail, 15-03-2008
     Jonathan Powell, one of former Prime Minister Tony Blair‘s top advisers, said Western governments must talk to terror groups including Hamas, al–Qaida and the Taliban to persuade them to stop their campaigns of violence.

Powell, Blair‘s chief of staff from 1''5 to 2007, said the Northe >>>


      &#163;46MILLION DIVORCE SETTLEMENT MAKES HEATHER MILLS ONE OF UK‘S RICHEST WOMEN
      The Daily Mail, 15-03-2008
     Heather Mills is to receive a divorce settlement of up to 46million from Sir Paul McCartney.

The former model will get an immediate lump sum payment of 25million from the ex–Beatle.

But she has told friends she also hopes to be given maintenance of up to 1.5million a year as the main carer of the >>>


      ATTACKS ON STAFF AND PUPILS, FALSE ALLEGATIONS AND DEATH THREATS: THE CRIMES OF BRITAIN‘S 32 WORST PUPILS (WHO WERE STILL ALLOWED BACK INTO CLASSROOMS)
      The Daily Mail, 15-03-2008
     Teachers have blacklisted 32 of the country‘s worst behaved pupils. Some of the children used weapons, including knives and scissors, to attack staff and pupils.

Others made death threats or laid false allegations that threatened to wreck teaching careers.

Scroll down for more ... How it should b >>>


      BAG OF SMALL BONES FOUND IN RESERVOIR WHERE LAWYER CLAIMS MADELEINE MCCANN‘S BODY WAS DUMPED
      The Daily Mail, 15-03-2008
     Divers searching a reservoir for Madeleine McCann yesterday found a plastic bag containing small bones.

Police experts were last night examining the gruesome find at the lake only 20 minutes from the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz, where Madeleine

– three at the time – disappeared last M >>>


      BRITAIN HEADING FOR SNOW AND HEAVY DOWNPOURS OVER EASTER
      The Daily Mail, 15-03-2008
     The weather forecast for the Easter weekend looks grim for much of the country.

A wintry snap is expected to settle in next week, with experts warning of cold northerly winds and heavy downpours.

Temperatures are also likely to fall as low as six degrees centigrade (42 F) with the unsettled weather las >>>


      CAMERON PLEDGES TO MAKE BRITAIN MORE ‘FAMILY FRIENDLY‘
      The Daily Mail, 15-03-2008
     David Cameron today put family at the heart of his party‘s agenda, telling a gathering of Conservative activists that his ambition was to make Britain "more family–friendly".

Support for the family is the key to curing social ills like crime, drug abuse and educational under–performa >>>


      CHILDREN WHO LIVE WITH BOTH PARENTS IMPROVE GCSE PERFORMANCE TWICE AS FAST AS CLASSMATES LIVING WITH JUST THEIR MOTHERS
      The Daily Mail, 15-03-2008
     Children who live with both parents are improving their GCSE performance almost twice as fast as classmates living with just their mothers, it was revealed.

Statistics showed 60 per cent of those from two–parent households gain five good GCSEs – up from 4' per cent in 1''7.

In c >>>


      CONTROVERSIAL COMPUTER GAME MANHUNT 2 WILL BE RELEASED DESPITE ‘ENCOURAGING SADISTIC VIOLENCE‘
      The Daily Mail, 15-03-2008
     A computer game described as "unremittingly bleak, callous and sadistic" will be released despite being banned last year.

Manhunt 2 was slammed by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) last year for being excessively violent.

But the ban has been overturned after an appeal by the ma >>>


      CORONER CONDEMNS DEATH OF SAS CAPTAIN IN PARACHUTE ACCIDENT WHICH COULD HAVE BEEN AVERTED WITH &#163;50 RADIO
      The Daily Mail, 15-03-2008
     The mother of an SAS captain killed when his parachute failed to open said Ministry of Defence penny–pinching over a radio cost him his life.

Carol Wright spoke out yesterday after an inquest heard how her son Daniel died during a training jump.

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      COURTROOM ESCAPE AS MAN ON TRIAL FOR SHOOTING BRIDEGROOM ON WEDDING DAY JUMPS FROM THE DOCK
      The Daily Mail, 15-03-2008
     A man facing an attempted murder charge broke out of the dock, bit a policeman on the nose and fled from a court yesterday.

Jason McInerney – who is accused of shooting a bridegroom at a wedding reception – was on the run last night after the breakout.

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      EASTENDERS JANINE BUTCHER MAKES COMEBACK TO THE SQUARE
      The Daily Mail, 15-03-2008
     EasEnders bad girl Janine Butcher has returned to Eastenders after a three year break.

Janine, played by 26–year–old Charlie Brooks, arrives back in Walford for her father Frank Butcher‘s funeral.

Scroll down for more... Janine as she appears in her return to EastEnders, alongside Pat >>>


      EVEN THE TORIES CAN‘T PROMISE TAX CUTS NOW AS OSBORNE DELIVERS GRIM FORECAST ON HOPED–FOR RELIEF
      The Daily Mail, 15-03-2008
     Disappointment: Shadow chancellor George Osborne today downgraded Conservative tax cuts to an Shadow chancellor George Osborne yesterday dashed hopes of a pledge to cut the tax burden at the next election.

Mr Osborne, speaking as Tories gathered for their spring conference in Newcastle, downgraded his commitmen >>>


      HERO WHO CLAIMED TO HAVE SAVED PENSIONER FROM FIRE EXPOSED AS FANTASIST AFTER REAL LIFESAVERS COME FORWARD
      The Daily Mail, 15-03-2008
     Vernon Barratt: Told newspaper of his bravery It was an apparent act of selfless courage that saved the life of a '1–year–old man trapped in his blazing home.

In recognition of his bravery, Vernon Barratt was to be presented with a heroism award at a ceremony attended by Gordon Brown.

B >>>


      HOW ENGLAND IS LOSING THE VERY THINGS THAT MAKE IT WORTH LIVING IN
      The Daily Mail, 15-03-2008
     When I was a small boy, my grandparents owned a sweet shop in a village in Sussex. It had tubs of toffees and liquorice whirls on long shelves above the counter and bottles of tooth–rotting, fluorescent fizzy pop next to the ice cream freezer. Its smells and atmosphere lodge in my memory more than anything else fr >>>


      HOW MANY MORE LOVERS DID ‘SUICIDE‘ POLICE CHIEF HAVE?
      The Daily Mail, 15-03-2008
     The widow of Greater Manchester police chief Michael Todd returned to the family home yesterday for the first time since his body was found on Mount Snowdon on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, it emerged he had sent "absolutely devastating" text messages to his mistress Angie Robinson and an unnamed policewoman sh >>>


      HOW YOKO KEEPS JOHN LENNON‘S MEMORY ALIVE ... WITH A TACKY MUSICAL BASED ON HIS LIFE AND LENNON ICE CREAM
      The Daily Mail, 15-03-2008
     Yoko exposed: The 75–year–old widow of John Lennon poses for a publicity photo Joe‘s pub is something of a New York institution. It‘s known for its plush seats, chandeliers and tiny tables, and for the twice–nightly cabaret performances, which range from jazz to sets by Broadway stars.
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      MADONNA IS AT IT AGAIN IN YET ANOTHER SULTRY PHOTO SHOOT
      The Daily Mail, 15-03-2008
     The Material Girl is at it again ... posing in nothing but a wrestling belt and black leotard just days after the release of a similar sultry cover photo for a U.S. magazine.

The queen of pop is this time posing for the cover of her new album, Hard Candy promising "it kicks ass".

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      MY PERSONALITY CHANGED AFTER MY KIDNEY TRANSPLANT – AND I STARTED TO READ JANE AUSTEN AND DOSTOEVSKY INSTEAD OF CELEBRITY TRASH
      The Daily Mail, 15-03-2008
     Cheryl Johnson has switched off the soaps and ditched the lowbrow novels. These days, she prefers to watch documentaries on Egyptology or spend her time reading Jane Austen and Fyodor Dostoevsky.

The 37–year–old mother of one says her personality has been transformed since she had a kidney transplan >>>


      OUTRAGE AT &#163;50 LEVY TO GET YOUR BINS EMPTIED WEEKLY ... IN THE NAME OF GREEN TAX
      The Daily Mail, 15-03-2008
     Households face paying an extra tax for weekly rubbish collections, it emerged yesterday.

Town halls who have switched to fortnightly bin rounds are being given powers to restore more frequent pick–ups for individual homes.

Scroll down for more... Rubbish! Households who want to return to weekly >>>


      PARIS HILTON TAKES A MOMENT TO ADMIRE HER OWN AMPLE CLEAVAGE
      The Daily Mail, 15-03-2008
     Paris Hilton has never been one for modesty. It should come as no surprise then that she was recently caught admiring her favourite Hollywood celebrity – herself.

The heiress was spotted checking out her cleavage at the opening of an LA store last Friday.

Scroll down for more... Simply the breast >>>


      REBUKE FOR SCHOOLS THAT WON‘T CHANGE THEIR READING HABITS AND TEACH PHONICS
      The Daily Mail, 15-03-2008
     Investigations revealed that only three–quarters of schools were using phonics properly to teach pupils how to read A quarter of schools are still not using back–to–basics methods to teach reading, according to ministers.

Synthetic phonics has been on the national curriculum since 2006 and all >>>


      REVEALED: THE ‘SCRUFFY MISFIT‘ WHO LOST HIS OWN TWO CHILDREN
      The Daily Mail, 15-03-2008
     Minutes after Shannon Matthews was carried out of the flat in Batley Carr, safely cradled in the arms of a policeman, another figure emerged.

While the nine–year–old girl was described as "clinging on for dear life" to her rescuer, Paul Drake had to be dragged out by plain–clothes of >>>


      REVEALED: WHAT THE WORLD WILL LOOK LIKE WHEN WE‘VE GONE
      The Daily Mail, 15-03-2008
     Welcome to Planet Earth: Population 0. This is what our world would look like without people. The images were created to illustrate what would happen if human life ceased tomorrow, if, for whatever reason, mankind was obliterated.

The question it raises is: how long would the remnants of our civilisation remain >>>


      SHANNON‘S DAD: ‘GETTING MY GIRL BACK IS LIKE WINNING THE LOTTERY‘
      The Daily Mail, 15-03-2008
     Relief: Leon Rose speaks to the press after learning his daughter has been found alive The father of Shannon Matthews said today he was "over the moon" that his daughter had been found alive.

Leon Rose said being reunited with the missing nine–year–old would be like "winning the lotte >>>


      SHANNON‘S DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY: A STEPFATHER ACCUSED OF VIOLENCE AND A MOTHER AT WAR WITH HER PARENTS
      The Daily Mail, 15-03-2008
     Yesterday, the "Welcome Back" banners replaced the ones which, for more than three weeks, have carried the desperate plea: "Find Shannon." But with the revelation that 3'–year–old Paul Drake, arrested on suspicion of abduction, is the uncle of Shannon‘s stepfather, Craig Meehan, >>>


      SHANNON WAS HELD IN HOUSE A MILE FROM HER HOME BY A RELATIVE WHOSE OWN CHILDREN HAD BEEN TAKEN FROM HIM
      The Daily Mail, 15-03-2008
     For days, hundreds of police had been searching for her around the clock. Yesterday, nine–year–old Shannon Matthews was found alive in a dingy flat only a mile from home.

Police who broke down the door after a tip–off discovered the terrified child hidden in one of the two compartments of a dr >>>


      THAT‘S NOT WHAT TO WEAR! TRINNY WOODALL BARES SKIN AND BONES IN A GAPING RED GOWN
      The Daily Mail, 15-03-2008
     Waspish What Not To Wear presenter Trinny Woodall may have earned 3.2m last year doling out fashion tips, but she seems determined to ignore her own commandments.

Leaving the Quintessentially gala banquet in aid of the Soil Association last night at Guildhall, her slender frame was almost drowned in a voluminou >>>


      THE CURIOUS CASE OF SAMANTHA MORTON‘S STROKE
      The Daily Mail, 15-03-2008
     Amid the faceless concrete precincts of the City of Westminster magistrates‘ court this week, Samantha Morton cut a distinctly incongruous and vaguely Dickensian figure.

Swathed in a voluminous and unflattering black smock coat and with her mousy hair scraped back into a severe bun, the pallid translucenc >>>


      THE QUEEN OPENS THE STATE–OF–THE–ART TERMINAL 5 AT HEATHROW... BUT THE MISERY GOES ON AT NEARBY TERMINAL 4
      The Daily Mail, 15-03-2008
     Walking through the wide open spaces of Heathrow‘s new Terminal 5, the Queen arrives to declare the 4.3billion building officially open yesterday.

The massive glass and steel structure, which could house 50 football pitches, promises state–of–the–art security and the ability to whisk mil >>>


      THE SHADOWY MR CALIL ACCUSED OF BEING THE &#163;100M MASTERMIND BEHIND FAILED COUP THAT LANDED SIMON MANN IN JAIL
      The Daily Mail, 15-03-2008
     The reclusive Nigerian–born, British–based businessman Eli Calil, whose estimated 100million fortune makes him one of the richest people in this country, could almost be a leading character in one of his friend Jeffrey Archer‘s more outlandish thrillers.

The 62–year–old Calil certa >>>



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