PRESSMON.COM
Russian, European, Latin American and US press archive



All articles from May 23, 2008
<< Select other date

Pages:    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

      REPORT SAYS NATION‘S WILDLIFE REFUGES UNDERFUNDED
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     ANCHORAGE, Alaska –– America‘s wildlife refuges are so short of money that one–third have no staff, boardwalks and buildings are in disrepair, and drug dealers are using them to grow marijuana and make methamphetamine, a group pushing for more funding says.

"Without adequate funding >>>


      REPUBLICANS SHIFT, A LITTLE, ON SURVEILLANCE RULES
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     WASHINGTON –– A months–long logjam over a new government surveillance bill may be coming to an end, with Republicans offering a compromise that would let people who think they were illegally spied on by the government have their day in court _ albeit a secret one.

House and Senate Republicans >>>


      RICE WARNS OF MORE U.S. SANCTIONS ON IRAN
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     PALO ALTO, California (Reuters) – The United States will aggressively impose more sanctions on Iran as long as it refuses to give up sensitive nuclear work and uses the world‘s financial system for "terrorism," U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Thursday.

On a joint trip to C >>>


      STUDY: HUMPBACK WHALE POPULATION RISES
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     HONOLULU –– Once hunted to the brink of extinction, humpback whales have made a dramatic comeback in the North Pacific Ocean over the past four decades, a new study says.

The study released Thursday by SPLASH, an international organization of more than 400 whale watchers, estimates there were betwee >>>


      TEXAS SEIZURE OF POLYGAMIST–SECT KIDS THROWN OUT
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     SAN ANGELO, Texas –– In a ruling that could torpedo the case against the West Texas polygamist sect, a state appeals court Thursday said authorities had no right to seize more than 440 children in a raid on the splinter group‘s compound last month.

The Third Court of Appeals in Austin said the >>>


      TODAY IN HISTORY – MAY 23
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     AM –– Today is Friday, May 23, the 144th day of 2008. There are 222 days left in the year.

Today‘s Highlight in History: On May 23, 1'34, bank robbers Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker were shot to death in a police ambush in Bienville Parish, La.

On this date: In 1430, Joan of Arc w >>>


      TOP U.S. OFFICER WARNS NOT TO MIX MILITARY AND POLITICS
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Military officers who denounce policies they helped implement are "cowardly," the top U.S. officer charged on Friday in an apparent reference to retired generals‘ attacks on Iraq war policy.

Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of staff, told U.S. Nava >>>


      TORNADO KILLS 1, INJURES 13 IN NORTHERN COLORADO
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     WINDSOR, Colo. –– Residents of a devastated neighborhood grabbed what they could from their debris–strewn homes before police imposed an overnight curfew after a tornado swept through northern Colorado, killing one person and injuring 13.

The twister skipped through several towns in Weld Count >>>


      TORNADOES RIP THROUGH COLORADO, KANSAS; 1 KILLED
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     WINDSOR, Colo. –– A large tornado skipped through several northern Colorado towns on Thursday, destroying dozens of homes, flipping tractor–trailers and freight rail cars, and killing at least one person.

The National Weather Service said the tornado touched down just before noon near Plattevi >>>


      VETS INSTALL PACEMAKER IN SEARCH–AND–RESCUE DOG
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     COLUMBIA, Mo. –– After years of helping authorities look for murder victims and survivors of natural disasters, a search–and–rescue dog named Molly has been rescued herself.

Surgeons at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine on Thursday installed a pacemaker in the 5&n >>>


      WIFE OF EX–FBI AGENT MISSING IN IRAN OFFERS REWARD
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     MIAMI –– The wife of a former FBI agent believed to be missing in Iran said Friday she is offering a $5,000 reward for information on her husband, who disappeared more than a year ago.

Robert Levinson, 60, of Coral Springs, disappeared in March 2007 during a business trip to Kish Island off Iran&lsq >>>


      APNEWSBREAK: MCCAIN APPEARS CANCER–FREE, HEALTHY
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     8:32 AM FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz. –– Three–time melanoma survivor John McCain appears cancer–free, has a strong heart and is in otherwise general good health, according to eight years of medical records reviewed by The Associated Press.

The Republican presidential nominee–in–wait >>>


      ARBITERS OF CLINTON‘S FATE?
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     Hillary Clinton is talking as if the battle over seating disputed delegations from Florida and Michigan at the Democratic National Convention is the greatest crisis for democracy since the 2000 Florida recount.

Her rhetoric flies in the face of intensive efforts by members of the party‘s rules committee t >>>


      BUSH TOURS ONCE–SQUALID LATRINE
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     FORT BRAGG, N.C., May 22 –– President Bush toured a spic–and–span latrine Thursday that appeared vastly improved from a month ago, when an Internet video showed raw sewage and peeling paint in barracks used to house U.S.

troops returning from Afghanistan. U.S. Army officials said $3 mill >>>


      CANDIDATES‘ FUNDRAISING DISPUTES MAY BE HEARD
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     There may soon be a referee to hear disputes about election rules in the 2008 race for president.

The Senate Committee on Rules and Administration yesterday approved the nominations of three new members to the Federal Election Commission.

Action on the nominees had been stalled for months because Democ >>>


      GRADUATE–LEVEL SCHOLARSHIPS AIM AT ‘MISSION–CRITICAL‘ JOBS
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     To help the government attract scientists, doctors, economists and other highly skilled professionals, two House members yesterday introduced a bill that would create graduate–level scholarships for students who commit to public service.

Recipients of the awards would be called Roosevelt Scholars, named f >>>


      HOUSE PANEL SUBPOENAS ROVE OVER ROLE IN JUSTICE DEPT. ACTIONS
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     The House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed former presidential adviser Karl Rove yesterday to testify about his alleged meddling in Justice Department operations, escalating a long fight over lawmakers‘ authority to question Bush administration aides.

Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. (D–Mich.) want >>>


      MCCAIN‘S RULES ON LOBBYING FACE TEST
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     May 23, 2008; A08 Charles R. Black Jr., the senior adviser to Republican John McCain whose work for foreign dictators has led Democrats to call for his ouster, is not the only lobbyist in the family volunteering on the senator from Arizona‘s presidential campaign.

His wife, Judy Black, is a national co&nd >>>


      OBAMA‘S METASTATIC GAFFE
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     When the House of Representatives takes up arms against $4 gas by voting 324–84 to sue OPEC, you know that election–year discourse has entered the realm of the surreal. Another unmistakable sign is when a presidential candidate makes a gaffe, then, realizing it is too egregious to take back without suffering >>>


      OBAMA AS YOU‘VE NEVER KNOWN HIM!
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     Here are some things we can look forward to learning about Barack Obama: '4;· That he was mentored in high school by a member of the Soviet–controlled Communist Party.

'4;· That he launched his Illinois state Senate campaign in the home of a terrorist and a killer.

'4;· That >>>


      OBAMA, MCCAIN BEGIN RUNNING–MATE SEARCHES
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     By Shailagh Murray and Juliet EilperinWashington Post Staff WritersFriday, May 23, 2008; A06 BOCA RATON, Fla. –– The Democratic presidential front–runner, Sen. Barack Obama, took his first step toward selecting a running mate, asking a prominent supporter to begin the search process, while his likely R >>>


      POW AFTEREFFECTS IN MCCAIN UNLIKELY
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     By David BrownWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, May 23, 2008; A06 Sen. John McCain‘s 5 1/2 years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam undoubtedly changed the course of his life. But now that he is 71, that remote trauma seems unlikely to shorten his life span or to lead to mental or physical conditions that are >>>


      PROGRAM AIMS FOR DRUG, DEVICE SAFETY
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     Federal health officials yesterday announced plans to begin mining the medical records of millions of patients to try to identify safety problems from drugs and medical devices more quickly.

The Sentinel Initiative will enable the Food and Drug Administration and others to analyze the growing number of database >>>


      SENTENCE IN MEMO DISCOUNTED FISA
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     What does "exclusive" mean? The answer was at the heart of a highly sensitive memo by the Justice Department‘s Office of Legal Counsel in 2001, when Bush administration officials were keen to institute warrantless domestic surveillance after the Sept. 11,
2001, attacks.

A 1'78 law appear >>>


      SPENDING ON IRAQ POORLY TRACKED
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     By Dana HedgpethWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, May 23, 2008; D01 The inspector general for the Defense Department said yesterday that the Pentagon cannot account for almost $15 billion worth of goods and services ranging from trucks, bottled water and mattresses to rocket–propelled grenades and machine guns t >>>


      THINKING THROUGH DOOMSDAY
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     At the headquarters of the National Counterterrorism Center, located in a bland office park in Northern Virginia, there‘s a unit called the "strategic analytical group" that is paid to think about the meta–questions of global terrorism: What‘s the nature of the threat? Is it getting worse or >>>


      WHAT HILLARY WANTS
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     Commentators trying to discern Hillary Clinton‘s endgame strategy have posited any number of wheels–within–wheels scenarios worthy of a spy novel.

The simple truth has nothing to do with logic and everything to do with instinct: Keep moving forward until you drop.

It‘s not that >>>


      ‘FOR ALL THIS, PEOPLE HAVE DIED?‘
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     By Anthony ShadidWashington Post Foreign ServiceFriday, May 23, 2008; A13 BEIRUT, May 22 –– Under the gaze of the statue of Riyadh al–Solh, one of the founders of modern Lebanon, there were scenes of reconciliation in Beirut on Thursday. Roads were reopened, cars returned to parking lots overgrown with >>>


      3 PALESTINIAN MILITANTS KILLED IN ISRAELI STRIKE
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip –– Three militants were killed in an Israeli airstrike, Palestinian medical officials said Friday.

Witnesses said the men were on motorcycles close to a border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip on Friday during an Israeli incursion there.

Israel‘s military said >>>


      BURMESE AID REQUEST STIRS CONCERNS
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     Burma‘s military junta is seeking up to $11.7 billion in reconstruction aid at a donor conference scheduled this weekend in Rangoon, the former Burmese capital, raising fears among human rights activists and Western governments that Tropical Cyclone Nargis could become a diplomatic and financial windfall for the r >>>


      BUS CARRYING MOROCCANS CRASHES IN FRANCE, KILLS 6
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     PARIS –– French authorities say a bus carrying Moroccans crashed on a highway southwest of Paris, killing six people and injuring 26 more.

The National Road Information Center says the accident happened near La–Chapelle–Saint–Martin–en–Plai ne, in the Loire Valley south >>>


      CHINA MONITORS FLOOD THREAT FROM BLOCKED RIVERS
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     PENGZHOU, China –– Earthquake survivors living downstream from lakes formed by blocked rivers were being evacuated for fears that aftershocks could unleash flooding, and the death toll from the disaster rose Friday to more than 55,000.

Hardest–hit Sichuan province also announced plans to rebui >>>


      CHINA, RUSSIA CONDEMN U.S. MISSILE SHIELD PLAN
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     BEIJING (Reuters) – China and Russia on Friday condemned the United States‘ plans to set up a missile defense system, which Washington says is crucial to protecting the security of it and its allies.

"Both sides believe that creating a global missile defense system, including deploying such sys >>>


      CHINA, RUSSIA CRITICIZE US MISSILE DEFENSE PLAN
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     BEIJING –– China and Russia jointly condemned a U.S. plan for a global missile defense system on Friday at the start of a highly symbolic visit by new Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

More specific than previous joint criticisms, the statement from Medvedev and Chinese President Hu Jintao objected >>>


      COLOMBIA OPENS INVESTIGATION INTO REBEL LINKS
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     BOGOTA, Colombia –– Colombia‘s chief prosecutor opened preliminary investigations Thursday into contacts that prominent politicians, journalists and foreigners _ including a U.S. consultant _ have had with leftist rebels.

The prosecutor, Mario Iguaran, also asked the Supreme Court to probe thr >>>


      CORRECTION: AUSTRIA–SOUND OF MUSIC STORY
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     VIENNA, Austria –– In a May 1' story about Austrians protesting plans to turn a former home of "The Sound of Music" von Trapp family into a hotel, The Associated Press, relying on information provided by officials in Salzburg, erroneously identified the family‘s patriarch as Baron Georg L >>>


      FRENCH FISHERMEN IGNORE AID PROMISE, BLOCK PORTS
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     PARIS (Reuters) – French fishermen battling for cheaper fuel ignored calls by the government to lift their blockades of ports and fuel depots on Friday and found new ways to disrupt traffic on land and at sea.

The fishermen say they will go bust unless they obtain discounted diesel at 40 euro cents ($0.60 >>>


      GEORGIA OPPOSITION MULLS BOYCOTT OF PARLIAMENT
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     TBILISI (Reuters) – A leader of Georgia‘s main opposition coalition said on Friday it was close to declaring a boycott of parliament in protest at an election it said was rigged to hand victory to President Mikheil Saakashvili‘s party.

The vote in Georgia, an ex–Soviet state on an import >>>


      IN IRAQ, UPTICK IN U.S. AIRSTRIKES
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     By Ernesto Londońo and Amit R. PaleyWashington Post Foreign ServiceFriday, May 23, 2008; A10 CAMP TAJI, Iraq –– From an Apache helicopter, Capt. Ben Katzenberger‘s battlefield resembles a vast mosaic of tiny brown boxes.

"The city looks like a bucket of Legos dumped out on the ground >>>


      IN SIGN OF CHANGE, ISRAELI, PALESTINIAN OFFICERS MEET
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     SALEM CHECKPOINT, Israel –– The military men don‘t look like diplomats and the sun–baked checkpoint dividing the West Bank from Israel couldn‘t have been farther from the Jerusalem hotels and ministerial residences where Israeli–Palestinian peace talks unfold.

But the fate of >>>


      INDIANA JONES MAKES RUSSIAN COMMUNISTS SEE RED
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     MOSCOW (Reuters) – Communist party members in St Petersburg on Friday condemned the new Indiana Jones‘ film as crude anti–Soviet propaganda that distorted history and called for it to be banned from Russian screens.

"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" stars Harrison >>>


      IRAN AND SYRIA TO ATTEND IRAQ MEETING IN SWEDEN: UN
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Iran‘s foreign minister and Syria‘s ambassador to Sweden are among the officials expected to attend next week‘s ministerial meeting of the Iraq Compact Annual Review, U.N. officials said on Friday.

The talks in Stockholm will focus on assessing progress in impl >>>


      IRAQ OFFICIALS: 2 CHILDREN DIE IN US AIRSTRIKE
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     BAGHDAD –– A U.S. helicopter strike north of Baghdad killed eight people in a vehicle, including at least two children, Iraqi officials said Thursday, insisting all the dead were civilians. The U.S. military said six were al–Qaida militants but acknowledged children were killed.

AP Television >>>


      IRAQI TROOPS DISPERSE SADR SUPPORTERS DURING PRAYER
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraqi soldiers opened fire to disperse supporters of anti–American cleric Moqtada al–Sadr who were gathering for prayers in Basra on Friday, jeopardizing a fragile peace in the southern city.

Police said Iraqi troops fired in the air to disperse hundreds of worshippers, >>>


      ISRAELI JETS SCRAMBLE TOWARD BLAIR PLANE
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     JERUSALEM –– Israeli fighter jets scrambled to intercept an unidentified aircraft suspected to be hostile this week, only to find that it carried none other than Tony Blair, a top military official said Friday.

Blair, the International Mideast peace envoy, was on a private plane from the World Econo >>>


      ISRAELI POLICE TO QUESTION PM OLMERT AGAIN
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     JERUSALEM –– Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Friday faced a second police interrogation about corruption allegations that threaten his political survival and Israeli efforts for peace with Syria and the Palestinians.

A court also was due to decide whether to grant a request by Olmert‘s lawyers t >>>


      JAPAN EARMARKS $54 MILLION IN FOOD GRANTS
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     TOKYO –– Japan allocated $54 million in emergency grants on Friday to the United Nations to help Afghanistan, Africa and Palestinian refugees cope with the ongoing food crisis.

The money will be given to the U.N.‘s World Food Program and Relief and Works Agency to buy and distribute food in th >>>


      JUNTA AGREEMENT OPENS DOOR TO MORE MYANMAR AID
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar (Reuters) – Myanmar‘s junta agreed on Friday to admit foreign aid workers of all nationalities to the delta area worst hit by Cyclone Nargis, in what the U.N. called a breakthrough for aiding survivors.

Western disaster experts, largely kept out of the Irrawaddy Delta and restrict >>>


      MANAGERS FINED OVER GERMAN HIGH–SPEED TRAIN CRASH
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     OSNABRUECK, Germany –– Two train track managers were convicted Friday of involuntary manslaughter and fined in connection with a 2006 high–speed train crash that killed 23 people.

The court ruled that the two managers failed to take the necessary precautions to protect the test track and train >>>


      MCCAIN REJECTS PASTOR‘S BACKING OVER REMARKS
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     May 23, 2008; A01 STOCKTON, Calif., May 22 –– Sen. John McCain on Thursday repudiated the presidential endorsement of the Rev. John Hagee after learning about a sermon in which the megachurch pastor from San Antonio declared that God allowed the rise of Adolf Hitler because it resulted in returning Israel to >>>


      MEXICO TOWN‘S POLICE FORCE QUITS IN FEAR
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     ACAPULCO, Mexico –– A southern Mexican town‘s 15–member police force has quit for fear of being assassinated in retaliation for a shootout with gunmen, a security official said Thursday.

Zirandaro was the second town in less than two weeks to be left without its police force as Mexico&ls >>>


      MORALES: FIDEL CASTRO THIN BUT LUCID
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     CARACAS, Venezuela –– Bolivian President Evo Morales says that Fidel Castro appears to have lost weight, but that the ailing former Cuban leader remains mentally alert.

Morales met with Castro on Thursday during a brief visit to Cuba. "I saw him looking thin, but very lucid," said Morales, >>>


      OFFICIAL: SOMALI PIRATES RELEASE UAE–OWNED SHIP
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     NAIROBI, Kenya –– Somali pirates on Friday released a UAE–owned ship they captured a week ago, a regional maritime official said.

The owners of the MV Victoria told the East Africa Seafarers Assistance Program that the ship was released Friday and is now traveling with a handful of Somali sold >>>


      PRINCE CHARLES HAS NON–CANCEROUS GROWTH REMOVED
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     LONDON –– A royal spokesman says Prince Charles has had a small non–cancerous growth removed from his face.

A spokesman at Charles‘ official residence, Clarence House, said Friday that the operation was a minor and routine procedure. Charles had the growth removed from the side of his no >>>


      SAUDI ARABIA CELEBRATES 75 YEARS OF OIL
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) – Conservative Saudi Arabia cut loose for one night with bright lights and loud music to celebrate 75 years of the oil era, which has turned a backward desert kingdom into a super–rich power.

King Abdullah watched dancing children and listened to actors and government >>>


      SCHOOLS FELL WHILE OTHER BUILDINGS HELD
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     By Ariana Eunjung ChaWashington Post Foreign ServiceFriday, May 23, 2008; A01 MIANZHU, China –– The day the earthquake hit was supposed to be a special one for Ding Yao. Her hair done up in pigtails, she was sitting in the front of a fourth–grade classroom, waiting for the teacher to hand out prizes to >>>


      SODERBERGH CHALLENGES CANNES WITH EPIC CHE TALE
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     CANNES, France –– Unless it is one of his "Ocean‘s Eleven" casino romps, Steven Soderbergh never makes things easy for an audience.

With his epic film biography of Latin American revolutionary Che Guevara, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, Soderbergh defiantly has made the >>>


      SOUTH AFRICA SAYS APARTHEID FOES FAN VIOLENCE
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – South Africa‘s security chief on Friday accused rightwingers linked to the former apartheid government of fanning xenophobic violence that has spread to Cape Town, the second largest city and tourist centre.

At least 42 people have been killed and more than 25,000 driven from t >>>


      SOUTH KOREA SAYS MASSIVE FAMINE UNLIKELY IN NORTH
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     SEOUL, South Korea –– North Korea‘s food shortages are unlikely to lead to a massive famine like the one that killed up to 2 million people in the 1''0s, a South Korean intelligence agency official said Friday.

The National Intelligence Service has told Parliament that the North faces >>>


      SULEIMAN: SYMBOL OF UNITY IN DIVIDED LEBANON
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     BEIRUT (Reuters) – General Michel Suleiman, set to be elected Lebanon‘s president on Sunday, has kept the army unified through three years of turmoil that have taken the country to the brink of a new civil war.

As Lebanon‘s new head of state, his main challenge will be trying to reconcile feud >>>


      THE WORLD
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     Military Expenditures on the Upswing Global military spending increased 30 percent between 2001 and 2006, when it totaled about $1.18 trillion, a German research organization said this month. Almost half that amount was spent by the United States. Some believe China underreports its spending.

The top five milit >>>


      TOP COURT OVERTURNS DEAD FLY–IN–WATER DAMAGE CLAIM
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     OTTAWA –– A man who claimed that he became depressed, anxious and phobic after finding a a dead fly in a bottle of water will no longer get the judgment he won against a bottling company, Canada‘s top court ruled Thursday.

Martin Mustapha will have to shell out thousands in court costs, instea >>>


      U.N. CHIEF TO PRESS MYANMAR JUNTA BOSS ON AID
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar (Reuters) – U.N. chief Ban Ki–moon flew into army–ruled Myanmar‘s remote new capital on Friday for a rare audience with junta supremo Than Shwe to press him to accept more aid for 2.4 million people left destitute by Cyclone Nargis.

It is impossible to say whether his >>>


      U.N. CHIEF: BURMA WILL TAKE RELIEF AID
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     YANGON, Myanmar –– U.N. Secretary–General Ban Ki–moon said Myanmar‘s junta agreed Friday to allow all aid workers into the country but refused to let U.S., British and French warships dock with relief supplies.

Myanmar‘s military government did not immediately confirm the agr >>>


      UK LEADER‘S PARTY LOSES SPECIAL ELECTION
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     LONDON –– Britain‘s Conservative Party won a special election that was viewed as a barometer of Labour Party leader Gordon Brown‘s popularity, according to vote results Friday.

Tory candidate Edward Timpson handily defeated his left–wing competitor Tamsin Dunwoody to take the parli >>>


      UK POLICE: BOMBING SUSPECT INJURED IN BLAST
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     LONDON –– Police arrested a 22–year–old man in connection with a bombing Thursday at a restaurant in southwestern England that left the suspect injured, officials said.

Police evacuated a large part of Exeter city center after a small explosion at the Giraffe restaurant around lunchtime. >>>


      UN PEACEKEEPERS AMBUSHED IN DARFUR
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     KHARTOUM, Sudan –– Dozens of men on horseback armed with machine guns and rocket–propelled grenades ambushed Nigerian peacekeepers serving with the joint U.N.–African Union force in Darfur, though no casualties were reported, the U.N. said.

About 50 to 60 armed men dressed in military ca >>>


      UN SAYS ARMS ILLEGALLY GOING TO SOMALIA
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     UNITED NATIONS –– U.N. experts investigating violations of an arms embargo against Somalia report that countries and private traders are supplying weapons to warlords and militants, South Africa‘s U.N. ambassador said Thursday.

Dumisani Kumalo, who chairs the Security Council committee monitor >>>


      UN SAYS IT IS READY TO STEP UP MYANMAR AID
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     GENEVA –– Aid agencies say they are ready to step up relief to cyclone victims in Myanmar following the announcement of new openness by the country.

But U.N. officials say they need first to know the details of the country‘s new commitment to admit all aid workers to the devastated coastal are >>>


      UNITED NATIONS CHIEF MEETS WITH MYANMAR LEADER
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     NAYPYITAW Myanmar –– United Nations chief Ban Ki–moon met Friday with the inflexible leader of Myanmar‘s ruling junta, hoping to persuade him into allowing full international access to 2.5 million cyclone survivors.

Ban arrived at the remote capital of Naypyitaw after a flight from Yango >>>


      WILL EXTRADITION SERVE JUSTICE BEYOND U.S. ANTI–DRUG AIM?
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     12:00 AM WASHINGTON –– Early last week, the government of Colombia extradited 13 commanders of the United Self–Defense Forces of Colombia to the United States. They are among the most feared men in Colombia, accused of unconscionable acts of torture, massacres and the displacement of entire villages.>>>


      WORKERS START TO RAZE HARD–HIT TOWN IN CHINA
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     BEICHUAN, China –– Heavy equipment began toppling the few buildings left standing in this quake–stricken town once home to 30,000 people, and workers in white protective suits sprayed disinfectant Thursday in the silent streets amid roaming dogs and chickens.

Ten days after China‘s worst >>>


      ¯HARÁ JUSTICIA LA EXTRADICIÓN MÁS ALLÁ DEL INTERÉS ANTI–DROGAS DE EE.UU.?
      Washington Post, 23-05-2008
     12:00 AM A comienzos de la semana pasada el gobierno de Colombia extraditó a 13 comandantes de las Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia a los Estados Unidos.

Se trata de algunos de los hombres más temidos en Colombia, acusados de actos de tortura inconcebibles, masacres y desplazamiento de poblaciones >>>


      ' MILLION MOVIE TICKETS A YEAR IS ONLY PART OF THE STORY
      Haaretz, 23-05-2008
     By Rina Rozenberg DVD libraries report thousands of subscribers, cinemas still teem with moviegoers and the Internet has become a means to download movies – illegally.

Movies remain as popular as ever, it‘s just that technology and the way they are "consumed" have changed. People formerly >>>


      BEZEQ RINGS UP FLAT QUARTER AS IT LOSES 48,000 CUSTOMERS TO HOT
      Haaretz, 23-05-2008
     By Amitai Ziv Bezeq group revenues for the first quarter of 2008 totaled NIS 3.1 billion, very similar to the figure for the parallel quarter in 2007, and net profits were identical in both first quarters – NIS 385 million.

Bezeq‘s landline operations continue to decline, for both calls and Internet >>>


      BUSINESS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 23-05-2008
     Real Estate Easy Start Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Business in Brief Ex–treasury budgets chief Kobi Haber moves to Bank Leumi Advertisement Kobi Haber, who until the end of 2007 was budgets director at the Finance Ministry, is about to be crowned head of Bank Leumi‘s finance division.

That&ls >>>


      DOLLAR AT 11–YEAR LOW VS. SHEKEL
      Haaretz, 23-05-2008
     By Yuval Maoz Tags: Israel, Oil, Dollar, Shekel The dollar is continuing its free fall, sinking 0.7% Thursday and 2.5% for the week to a representative rate of NIS 3.338 to the dollar. That‘s an 11–year low for the U.S. currency against the lowly shekel.

Trade took place Thursday in the shadow of ri >>>


      HIGH COURT REJECTS BANK YAHAV PETITION ON SALARY DEDUCTIONS
      Haaretz, 23-05-2008
     By Nurit Roth The High Court of Justice yesterday rejected the petition from Bank Yahav against the minister of finance and Bank Discount. Bank Yahav, "the bank of state employees," sought permission to continue dipping into state workers‘ wages at the source, withholding funds from their salaries for lo >>>


      MARKET REPORT / TA–25 BEATS TREND TO RISE 0.2% FOR WEEK
      Haaretz, 23-05-2008
     By Nathan Sheva A decline in world markets drove down trading numbers on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange throughout the trading day yesterday, but shortly before the final bell most of the declines reversed after positive news from trading on Wall Street started pouring in and changed the atmosphe.

The TA–25 >>>


      MARKETS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 23-05-2008
     Chairman of big company? Focus! Advertisement Chairmen of government companies and large publicly traded companies will shortly be forced to confine their attentions to that job, to be held full–time.

They won‘t be able to hold other positions, recommended a public committee headed by Prof. Rami Fri >>>


      PETROCHEMICALS FIZZLES
      Haaretz, 23-05-2008
     By Nathan Sheva Heavy financing costs, mainly due to the depreciation of the dollar against the shekel, as well as rising raw materials prices dragged Israel Petrochemical Enterprises‘ bottom line deep into the red, with first quarter losses of NIS 7'.8 million, versus NIS 28.5 million in profits for the first >>>


      SALE OF 2% CELLCOM STAKE NETS NIS 132 MILLION FOR DIC AND NOCHI DANKNER
      Haaretz, 23-05-2008
     By Michael Rochvarger Discount Investments (DIC), a subsidiary of Nochi Dankner‘s IDB Holdings, continues to spot opportunities for profits. Yesterday DIC announced the drafting of an agreement with Deutsche Bank for the sale of 1.' million shares – about 1.'% – of DIC‘s holding in Cellco >>>


      THE ALPHA AND BETA OF OMEGA–3
      Haaretz, 23-05-2008
     By Rina Rozenberg Consuming omega–3 fatty acids is beneficial to the heart and nervous system, including the brain, studies have shown. "Omega–3" actually refers to a group of unsaturated fatty acids that has been credited with increasing the level of "good cholesterol" in the blood and r >>>


      UBS: BANKS AND CELLULAR FIRMS WILL STAND OUT DESPITE SHAKY ECONOMY
      Haaretz, 23-05-2008
     By Rotem Sella Israel‘s banks are the "potential winners" in the current economic climate, UBS Investment Research says in a survey published yesterday. UBS notes that while the banks stand to benefit from high inflation and a strong shekel, the Israeli economy will slow due to the impact on exports.
>>>


      AVOID ALL DELAYS
      Haaretz, 23-05-2008
     By Haaretz Editorial The resumption of talks with Syria, and the prime minister‘s promise that the Palestinian and Syrian tracks will move forward simultaneously, are both good news. Both tracks are aimed at obtaining strategic goals vital to Israel‘s security. And even if neither reaches completion during E >>>


      CLIMATE FOR CHANGE
      Haaretz, 23-05-2008
     By Lucy Michaels When Al Gore visited Israel this week, he presented compelling arguments for Israelis to address climate change through serious economic and lifestyle changes. But how ready are Israelis to adopt more environmentally friendly behavior, such as car–pooling, and flying less? Or to pay more for gasol >>>


      DON‘T EULOGIZE SOVIET JEWRY JUST YET
      Haaretz, 23-05-2008
     By David Stromberg I scribbled the note during a late–night debate about the morality of Jews living in Germany today. We were gathered in Israel – a group of young, professional, Russian–speaking Jews from all over the world – for a week–long seminar to consider, among other things, the me >>>


      EVEN THE TRUMPETS SHOULD HAVE BEEN ASHAMED
      Haaretz, 23-05-2008
     By Yossi Sarid The trumpets and applause have fallen silent, the slaps on the back have ceased, and yet the speech continues to resonate. Its echoes traveled this week here and mainly there, in America, from coast to coast.

One newspaper reported from the Knesset that there were 14 standing ovations; another do >>>


      EVERYTHING IS FOR SALE
      Haaretz, 23-05-2008
     By Zeev Sternhell Since its birth in ancient Greece, modern democracy has been based on moral conventions. That is the source of its strength, but also the cause of its weakness. The essence of democracy‘s existence lies in the moral power of the idea of equality, and in the citizen‘s trust in those charged >>>


      FIVE COMMENTS ON THE SITUATION
      Haaretz, 23-05-2008
     By Yoel Marcus 1. I would love to be a fly on the wall when the police investigators visit Prime Minister Ehud Olmert at home today for questioning that will take "an hour at most." How will they address him? Will they say "Mr. Prime Minister, we have a few questions for you," or will they speak to h >>>


      ROMANCING EUROPE
      Haaretz, 23-05-2008
     By Claude Kandiyoti In October 2007, toward the end of Ehud Olmert‘s first visit to France as prime minister, Jean–David Levitte, Nicolas Sarkozy‘s national security advisor, told a member of the Israeli delegation: "The president not only understands, but shares Israel‘s concerns. Your secu >>>


      TIDINGS FROM A LEPER
      Haaretz, 23-05-2008
     By Doron Rosenblum The term "deja vu" seems to have been invented especially for describing the ritual of "talks with Syria." Such talks reawaken periodically and have been a repeating pattern for 40 years, down to the last detail – from their sudden appearance as a subject at the top of the Is >>>


      WHOEVER CONTROLS THE PAST
      Haaretz, 23-05-2008
     By Laurence Weinbaum It was Orwell who observed that whoever controls the past controls the future, and whoever controls the present controls the past. That is why contemporary politics in Poland, a great repository of Jewish history, are of such interest and importance to Jewish historians.

In recent months, a >>>


      AMID TALKS, GOLAN GETS FIRST MALL, AND DEVELOPMENT BOOMS
      Haaretz, 23-05-2008
     By Yuval Azoulay As Turkish envoys were mediating Israeli–Syrian talks in Istanbul, construction workers in Moshav Bnei Yehuda were putting the finishing touches on the first mall in the southern Golan Heights, which will open next month.

According to the mall‘s owner, Terrace Investments, it is mea >>>


      BILL WOULD REQUIRE GOLAN REFERENDUM
      Haaretz, 23-05-2008
     By Shahar Ilan Tags: Referendum, Golan Heights A special Knesset committee is currently preparing a bill that would require holding a referendum or elections before ceding any territory under Israeli sovereignty – including the Golan Heights.

A majority of MKs support the bill, but the cabinet opposes it. >>>


      BILL: IDF WIDOWS COULD REMARRY, KEEP PENSIONS
      Haaretz, 23-05-2008
     By Yuval Azoulay The widows of slain Israel Defense Forces soldiers would continue to receive their husband‘s pensions even if they remarry, according to a bill submitted by MKs from several parties.

Currently, a widow who remarries automatically loses her IDF pension. As a result, the bill‘s author >>>


      DIPLOMAT, PROFESSOR MEDIATING TALKS
      Haaretz, 23-05-2008
     By Yoav Stern ISTANBUL – A professional diplomat with pro–Israel views and an Islamist professor who is Turkey‘s liaison to Hamas are the two Turks mediating the Israeli–Syrian talks.

Feridun Sinirlioglu, the diplomat, spent several years as Turkey‘s ambassador to Israel. The Turki >>>


      FISCHER: SCHOOLING IS GOING DOWNHILL
      Haaretz, 23-05-2008
     By Moti Bassok Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer yesterday criticized the decline of the country‘s education standards, and warned that without top–quality education, Israel would lose all its advantages.

"No issue is more critical for our future than education. In the long term, it is as >>>


      IDF SEEKS AMERICAN APPROVAL TO BUY 25 F–35 STEALTH FIGHTERS
      Haaretz, 23-05-2008
     By Yuval Azoulay Defense Minister Ehud Barak submitted an official request this week to the U.S. government to purchase 25 F–35 stealth warplanes for the Israel Air Force. According to reports in the U.S. media, the planes will cost about $80 million each.

Israel wants to receive the first squadron in 201 >>>


      ISRAEL‘S ELEPHANT EXPERT KILLED IN ADDIS ABABA MINIBUS BOMBING
      Haaretz, 23-05-2008
     By Haaretz Correspondent and Agencies , By Ofri Ilani An Israeli elephant expert died Wednesday from injuries sustained in an explosion in the Ethiopian capital.

Professor Yehezkel Shoshani, a world–renowned specialist, was killed after a minibus blew up in Addis Ababa. Two other passengers were killed in >>>



Pages:    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20