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      YE SHALL BE JUDGED –– NOT
      Washington Post, 05-05-2008
     P resident Bush hasn‘t been having an easy time lately with Congress: One case in point is the ongoing confrontation over his judicial nominations.

Only a few weeks ago, the White House appeared pleased that Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D–Nev.) agreed, under GOP pressure, to move three appellate n >>>


      15 DEAD AFTER BOAT SINKS IN BRAZIL‘S AMAZON REGION
      Washington Post, 05-05-2008
     SAO PAULO, Brazil –– A boat ferrying at least 80 people home from a party sank in Brazil‘s Amazon region, killing at least 15 and leaving dozens missing, according to rescue officials and Brazil‘s government.

The wooden Comandante Sales ferryboat capsized in a pre–dawn rainstorm Su >>>


      ALMOST 4,000 DIE IN CYCLONE IN MYANMAR; TOLL COULD HIT 10,000
      Washington Post, 05-05-2008
     YANGON, Myanmar –– Almost 4,000 people were killed and nearly 3,000 others are unaccounted for after a devastating cyclone in Myanmar, a state radio station said Monday.

Foreign Minister Nyan Win told foreign diplomats at a briefing that the death toll could rise to more than 10,000, according to di >>>


      BOLIVIA‘S RICHEST REGION VOTES SOLIDLY FOR AUTONOMY
      Washington Post, 05-05-2008
     By Monte ReelWashington Post Foreign ServiceMonday, May 5, 2008; A0' SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia, May 4 –– Bolivia‘s wealthiest region voted Sunday to distance itself from the central government, directly defying President Evo Morales with a measure that aims to give local authorities more power over resou >>>


      CHINA MAY BE KFC‘S SALVATION AS U.S. FACES RECESSION
      Washington Post, 05-05-2008
     SHANGHAI (Reuters) – With a possible U.S. recession looming, Colonel Sanders is turning to China to fill the breach, offering a menu of fried dough and preserved egg porridge alongside the chicken that turned KFC into an American icon.

Beset by falling sales at home, Yum! Brands Inc, owner of the Kentucky >>>


      CYCLONE KILLS HUNDREDS IN MYANMAR; JUNTA RESPONSE A CONCERN
      Washington Post, 05-05-2008
     YANGON, Myanmar –– A powerful cyclone killed more than 350 people and destroyed thousands of homes, state–run media said Sunday. Some dissident groups worried that the military junta running Myanmar would be reluctant to ask for international help.

Tropical Cyclone Nargis hit at a delicate tim >>>


      CYCLONE KILLS HUNDREDS IN MYANMAR; JUNTA RESPONSE A CONCERN
      Washington Post, 05-05-2008
     YANGON, Myanmar –– A powerful cyclone killed more than 350 people and destroyed thousands of homes, state–run media said Sunday. Some dissident groups worried that the military junta running Myanmar would be reluctant to ask for international help.

Tropical Cyclone Nargis hit at a delicate tim >>>


      CYCLONE KILLS NEARLY 4,000 IN MYANMAR
      Washington Post, 05-05-2008
     YANGON (Reuters) – A devastating cyclone killed nearly 4,000 people and left thousands more missing in army–ruled Myanmar, which has yet to accept international offers of disaster assistance, state media said on Monday.

The death toll only covered two of the five declared disaster zones, where U.N. >>>


      EREMENKO INJURY HURTS RUSSIAN GOLD MEDAL HOPES
      Washington Post, 05-05-2008
     QUEBEC CITY (Reuters) – Russian gold medal hopes at the hockey world championships were dealt a blow when netminder Alexander Eremenko was ruled out of the tournament with a knee injury on Monday.

Eremenko, who plays for Salavat Yulayev Ufa in the Russian Superliga, was injured when he was pinned back awk >>>


      FISCAL PRESSURES LEAD SOME STATES TO FREE INMATES EARLY
      Washington Post, 05-05-2008
     May 5, 2008; A01 NEW YORK –– Reversing decades of tough–on–crime policies, including mandatory minimum prison sentences for some drug offenders, many cash–strapped states are embracing a view once dismissed as dangerously naive: It costs far less to let some felons go free than to keep them >>>


      FRANCE‘S FILLON STICKS TO REFORM PATH DESPITE POLLS
      Washington Post, 05-05-2008
     PARIS (Reuters) – The French government will press ahead with its reform program and cut state spending, Prime Minister Francois Fillon said on Monday, playing down disastrous opinion polls for his boss, President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Sarkozy won a clear cut election victory one year ago promising to usher in >>>


      GEORGIAN PLANES DOWNED OVER BREAKAWAY REGION
      Washington Post, 05-05-2008
     SUKHUMI, Georgia, May 4 –– Forces from Georgia‘s breakaway region of Abkhazia shot down two unmanned Georgian spy planes over the territory Sunday, an Abkhazian official said.

Georgia denied the assertion and traded accusations with Russia, which is struggling with the West for influence in th >>>


      HU HOPES TIBET TALKS HAVE ‘POSITIVE‘ RESULT
      Washington Post, 05-05-2008
     By Maureen FanWashington Post Foreign ServiceMonday, May 5, 2008; A12 BEIJING, May 4 –– President Hu Jintao said he hoped talks between China and representatives of the Dalai Lama would have a "positive outcome" as the two sides met Sunday at a state guesthouse in the southern Chinese city of Shenz >>>


      IN SOUTHERN IRAQ, AN UPGRADE FOR U.S. FACILITIES
      Washington Post, 05-05-2008
     The United States is moving south in Iraq, planning to upgrade facilities at Camp Delta and the Al Kut Air Base, which is about 140 miles southeast of Baghdad and just 35 miles from the Iranian border.

The base, which is about 37 square miles, is to be elevated from a contingency operating base to a strategic o >>>


      IRAN RULES OUT HALT TO SENSITIVE NUCLEAR WORK
      Washington Post, 05-05-2008
     TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran ruled out halting its disputed nuclear work on Monday, saying it would not consider any incentives offered by world powers that violated the Islamic Republic‘s atomic rights.

Six world powers agreed at a meeting in London on Friday to offer a new incentives package to coax Ir >>>


      IRAQ SAYS IT HAS PROOF OF IRANIAN MEDDLING
      Washington Post, 05-05-2008
     BAGHDAD, May 4 –– The Iraqi government said Sunday that it has "concrete evidence" Iran is fomenting violence in Iraq and that a high–level panel had been formed to document the proof.

The statement came as Iraqi officials find themselves trapped between the United States and Iran, w >>>


      ISRAEL‘S ADVENT ALTERED OUTLOOK FOR MIDDLE EAST JEWS
      Washington Post, 05-05-2008
     (This is the first story in a special series running this week to mark Israel‘s 60th anniversary) By Alistair Lyon, Special Correspondent SIDON, Lebanon (Reuters) – A ruined cemetery lies by the sea in Sidon, the worn Hebrew inscriptions on the headstones a reminder of Lebanon‘s once–thriving Jew >>>


      KURDISH REBELS THREATEN SUICIDE ATTACKS AGAINST US
      Washington Post, 05-05-2008
     QANDIL MOUNTAINS, Iraq –– Kurdish rebels could launch suicide attacks against American interests to punish the U.S. for sharing intelligence with Turkey after Turkey bombed rebel bases, a spokeswoman for a wing of a rebel group warned.

Turkey‘s military said more than 150 Kurdish rebels were k >>>


      LAWYER: AUSTRIAN SUSPECT FRITZL HAS MENTAL DISORDER
      Washington Post, 05-05-2008
     AMSTETTEN, Austria –– The lawyer for the Austrian man who allegedly imprisoned his daughter for 24 years and fathered seven children with her has said he is preparing an insanity defense.

In an interview broadcast late Sunday, attorney Rudolf Mayer said he believes Josef Fritzl has a serious mental >>>


      MBEKI RELEASES REPORT ON CONTROVERSIAL CRIME UNIT
      Washington Post, 05-05-2008
     PRETORIA (Reuters) – South African President Thabo Mbeki‘s government on Monday released an independent report that defended an elite crime fighting unit accused by his foes within the ruling ANC party of abusing power.

Bowing to pressure from the African National Congress, Mbeki has already approve >>>


      MOTORCADE CARRYING IRAQ‘S FIRST LADY BOMBED; WIFE UNHARMED
      Washington Post, 05-05-2008
     BAGHDAD –– Iraq‘s first lady escaped unharmed Sunday from a bomb attack in downtown Baghdad that struck her motorcade, injuring four body guards.

President Jalal Talabani‘s wife, Hiro Ibrahim Ahmed, was headed to the city‘s central National Theater to attend a cultural festival whe >>>


      MYSTERY DEEPENS OVER GERMAN POET SCHILLER‘S SKULL
      Washington Post, 05-05-2008
     BERLIN (Reuters) – A painstaking two–year investigation to determine which of two skulls belonged to Friedrich Schiller has found neither is a match, prolonging a 180–year–old mystery over the celebrated German poet‘s remains.

A team of international experts came to their surprise >>>


      PHILIPPINE REBEL AMBUSH KILLS 3 TROOPS
      Washington Post, 05-05-2008
     MANILA, Philippines –– Communist rebels ambushed an army convoy in the southern Philippines with land mines and machine–gun fire Monday, killing three soldiers and wounding 13.

Two army trucks carrying troops back to barracks from a combat operation hit several land mines along a highway in Pr >>>


      SERBIA‘S PRO–WESTERN PRESIDENT GETS DEATH THREATS
      Washington Post, 05-05-2008
     BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbian President Boris Tadic has received death threats for "betraying the Serb people" by seeking closer ties with the European Union despite its support for Kosovo‘s secession, officials said on Monday.

Tadic, also the leader of the main pro–Western party, bac >>>


      STRANDED SHIP OFF LATVIA EVACUATED
      Washington Post, 05-05-2008
     RIGA (Reuters) – Latvia‘s coast guard evacuated all 651 passengers from a grounded cruise ship after overnight efforts to move the vessel failed, officials said on Monday.

The Bahamas–registered Mona Lisa, with mainly Germans on board, ran aground on Sunday in the Irbe Strait, a main route fro >>>


      TENS OF THOUSANDS RIOT IN SOMALIA OVER RISING FOOD PRICES
      Washington Post, 05-05-2008
     MOGADISHU, Somalia –– Tens of thousands of people are rioting over high food prices in Somalia‘s capital, hurling stones and prompting hundreds of shops to close.

Several people appeared to be injured in the protest in Mogadishu Monday. The protesters include women and children, who began marc >>>


      THE BEST OF BUDDIES, AMID DUST AND DANGER
      Washington Post, 05-05-2008
     Washington Post Staff PhotographerMonday, May 5, 2008; 12:00 AM THE DUST SMELLS LIKE CHALK. HEAVY AND STILL, the air is orange–tinted.

Breathable until it hits your chest, causing a stuttering cough. In the Karrada neighborhood of Baghdad, Hussein Abbas, 10, and Zaid Alaa,
12, head first to a pharmacy >>>


      TORCH LIGHTS A PATRIOTIC SPARK
      Washington Post, 05-05-2008
     By Edward CodyWashington Post Foreign ServiceMonday, May 5, 2008; A11 SANYA, China, May 4 –– After a stormy passage abroad, the Olympic torch began a three–month relay through the major cities of China proper Sunday in a protest–free celebration of patriotism and merrymaking.

The first l >>>


      US MILITARY SAYS ' SHIITE EXTREMISTS KILLED IN BAGHDAD
      Washington Post, 05-05-2008
     BAGHDAD –– A U.S. Air Force gunship strafed Shiite extremists who attacked U.S. soldiers in Baghdad on Monday, and the military said it killed at least nine militants in recent clashes in the capital.

Iraqi health officials on Monday said 41 that people, including women and children, have been wound >>>


      ARE MUTUAL FUND RATINGS MISLEADING?
      Haaretz, 05-05-2008
     By Sharon Shpurer Tags: Economy Shmuel Frenkel, co–founder and chairman of Epsilon Investment House, is at loggerheads with Standard & Poors Maalot, the Israel securities rating company, and has complained to the Israel Securities Authority against Maalot‘s practice of charging mutual funds tens or even >>>


      BUSINESS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 05-05-2008
     Real Estate Easy Start Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Business in Brief As Israel prepares to celebrate its 60th anniversary later this week, citizens nationwide have already begun to drape homes, public buildings and cars with the country‘s blue–and–white flag. But according to the Manufacturers A >>>


      DIAMOND EXCHANGE RENTS DOUBLE AS SPACE SHRINKS
      Haaretz, 05-05-2008
     By Raz Smolsky Tags: Economy "A shortage of available office space and a dearth of new construction starts will lead to a 10% price hike at the Diamond Exchange compound in Ramat Gan," says Yoram Blumenthal, director of the Inter Israel Real Estate Consultants.

It did not take long for demand to outpa >>>


      HOW TO TURN YOUR VILLA INTO A NIGHTMARE
      Haaretz, 05-05-2008
     By Ranit Nahum–Halevy Tags: Economy Gal (not his real name) was fed up with dumping his hard–earned cash into the pockets of landlords demanding high rental fees in Tel Aviv. He therefore decided that, instead of wasting his money on renting a poorly–maintained apartment, he would invest it in the purc >>>


      LONG–SHORT GAMES IN TEL AVIV
      Haaretz, 05-05-2008
     By Eytan Avriel Tags: Economy Hedge funds, the darlings of the international investment world, are known largely thanks to a financial strategy called "long/short." This term refers to a simple exercise in which an investment manager borrows a share he feels is overpriced, via a brokerage, then sells the share >>>


      MARKET REPORT / TA–25 JUMPS 2.5%, BLUEPHOENIX UP 30%, TELTECH RISES 6.'%
      Haaretz, 05-05-2008
     By Yael Pollak Tags: Economy The Tel Aviv Stock Exchange ended its first day of the new trading week yesterday with steep gains: The TA–25 blue–chip index rose 2.5% and the TA–100 rose 3%. The TelTech–15 jumped an impressive 6.'% and the Real Estate–15 shot up 5.'%. Turnover was NIS >>>


      MARKETS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 05-05-2008
     A U.S. subsidiary of Ormat Industries, Ormat Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: ORA) and Montana–Dakota Utilities Co. announced late last week that the two companies entered into an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) agreement to build a 5.3 MW recovered energy facility in Morton County, North Dakota. Ormat&ls >>>


      PAY NIS 400 NOW, GET FREE DIGITAL BROADCASTS FOR LIFE
      Haaretz, 05-05-2008
     By Amitai Ziv Tags: Economy A silent revolution is brewing in Israeli radio and television broadcasts: the switch from analog to digital technology. Soon – perhaps even next week – the Communications Ministry will issue a tender for the construction of a nationwide digital infrastructure.

In the fir >>>


      TEXAS PACIFIC BUYS 25% OF STRAUSS COFFEE FOR $288M
      Haaretz, 05-05-2008
     By Yoram Gabison Tags: Economy Texas Pacific Group (TPG), a private equity firm, is buying 25% of Strauss‘ coffee subsidiary for $288 million. The deal values Strauss‘ global coffee enterprise at $1 billion.

The announcement of the initial, but binding, agreement was made yesterday by Ofra Strauss, >>>


      IT‘S TIME FOR LIVNI
      Haaretz, 05-05-2008
     By Akiva Eldar Tags: Ehud Olmert As expected, Ehud Olmert stated yesterday at the start of the cabinet meeting that, "I have an agenda as prime minister of Israel, I intend to carry out this agenda, and continue conducting the meetings and performing the tasks I have to do." In other words, he intends to conti >>>


      LEAVE OLMERT ALONE FOR NOW
      Haaretz, 05-05-2008
     By Uzi Benziman Tags: Ehud Olmert On the eve of Independence Day in the Jewish year 5760 (May 2000), President Ezer Weizman announced that he would retire by the end of the year. The announcement came amid a police investigation that found that Weizman had received money from a businessman, Eduard Seroussi. After the an >>>


      THREE–DIMENSIONAL CHESS GAME
      Haaretz, 05-05-2008
     By Moty Cristal Tags: Palestinians Israel is currently conducting negotiations with Hamas through several tracks. Contact through the direct tracks involves exchanges of fire and mutual recriminations. The indirect tracks run via Egypt and European mediators.

However, while the direct "negotiations" w >>>


      USE THE FULL RIGOR OF THE LAW, NOW
      Haaretz, 05-05-2008
     By Haaretz Editorial Tags: Ehud Olmert It has been made clear to the Israeli public that the current investigation of the prime minister, details of which are not yet public, is different from the numerous other investigations into his affairs. Several factors create this impression: the news blackout on the questioning >>>


      WE HAVE HAD IT UP TO HERE WITH THE ULTRA–ORTHODOX
      Haaretz, 05-05-2008
     By Asher Maoz Tags: ultra–Orthodox These are painful statements, but they must be said loud and clear: Two peoples live in this land, both Jewish – they and we. They are the ultra–Orthodox, who see themselves as emissaries of God on earth. We are all the rest secular, traditional and religious. It is n >>>


      1'48 DIARIES: SAVING THE JEWS FROM THEMSELVES
      Haaretz, 05-05-2008
     By Ofri Ilani Tags: diaries, Zionism, Jews Judah Magnes, a founder of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and its first president, was in poor health on April 13, 1'48. The 70–year–old Magnes knew the end was near, but that didn‘t stop him from flying to Washington, D.C., in an effort to end the vio >>>


      3 SOLDIERS CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING PALESTINIAN
      Haaretz, 05-05-2008
     By Yuval Azoulay Three soldiers of the Kfir Brigade were recently charged at the Jaffa Military Court with assaulting, abusing and beating a Palestinian civilian.

The incident occured in late January near the taxi stop at the roadblock near Kafr Fahm, southwest of Jenin. According to the testimony of the Palest >>>


      A WEB SITE INSTEAD OF A MEMORIAL
      Haaretz, 05-05-2008
     haaretz.com Back to Homepage Rosner‘s Domain Diplomacy Defense Jewish World Opinion National Print Edition Advertising Books Arts & Leisure Business Real Estate Easy Start Travel Week‘s End Anglo File A Web site instead of a memorial By Yuval Azoulay Sergeant Alon Feintouch‘s eyes stare out from th >>>


      BABY SUFFOCATES TO DEATH AT JAFFA DAYCARE CENTER
      Haaretz, 05-05-2008
     By Roni Singer–Heruti A ten–month–old baby was found dead yesterday at a daycare facility in Jaffa. Police suspect the infant choked to death as the result of an object wrapped around her neck, but the daycare operator claims she died in her sleep, possibly after choking on her own vomit. The daycare o >>>


      COURT TURNS DOWN RESTRAINING ORDER AGAINST GAY PARTNER
      Haaretz, 05-05-2008
     By Ruth Sinai A Family Court judge in Ramat Gan turned down a request by a man for a restraining order against a former male partner on the grounds that Israel‘s family and domestic violence laws do not apply to homosexual partnerships.

The complainant told the court that the former lover, a younger man w >>>


      FORMER FINANCE MINISTER ABRAHAM HIRCHSON TO FACE INDICTMENT FOR THEFT OF NIS 2.5 MILLION
      Haaretz, 05-05-2008
     By Tomer Zarchin MK Abraham Hirchson will be indicted on charges of embezzlement, aggravated bribery, corporate breach of trust, money laundering and falsifying corporate documents. Attorney General Menachem Mazuz yesterday told Knesset Speaker Dalia Itzik and Knesset House Committee Chairman MK David Tal that he will b >>>


      GAYDAMAK, FORMER PENSIONERS SET SIGHTS ON CABINET
      Haaretz, 05-05-2008
     By Yair Ettinger The chairman of the Social Justice party, Arcadi Gaydamak, said yesterday he would be pleased to be the minister of diaspora affairs in the Olmert government. Speaking in English at a press conference he called to announce the establishment of his first power base in the Knesset, he told reporters, &quo >>>


      INDEPENDENCE DAY AMONG RELIGIOUS ZIONISTS: LESS HAPPY, MORE QUESTIONS
      Haaretz, 05-05-2008
     By Nadav Shragai When the author S.Y. Agnon wrote the prayer for the welfare of Israel after the War of Independence, he could not have imagined that 60 years later it would find itself on outdoor stages in city streets on the eve of Independence Day. The rabbis of Tzohar, an Orthodox organization working toward dialogu >>>


      LIVNI TELLS RICE: ISRAEL HAS NO HIDDEN AGENDA ON SETTLEMENTS
      Haaretz, 05-05-2008
     By Haaretz Staff and Agencies Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said yesterday that Israel has "no hidden agenda" regarding West Bank settlements, after U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called Israel‘s policy in the area "problematic." The two leaders met on the second day of Rice‘s vi >>>


      NEWS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 05-05-2008
     Sir John Scarlett, the head of the British Intelligence Agency MI6 is expected to visit Israel for talks with his Israeli counterpart, Mossad chief Meir Dagan, The Sunday Times reported on Sunday. In a bid to step up what Israeli officials call "strategic dialogue," Dagan is expected to brief Scarlett on Israe >>>


      OLMERT CANCELS HOLIDAY INTERVIEWS
      Haaretz, 05-05-2008
     By Mazal Mualem Despite attempts yesterday by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to convey a sense of business as usual, the cancellation of holiday interviews he was to give to a number of media outlets transmitted the opposite message. Olmert had already given holiday interviews to the three major newspapers before Passover, >>>


      OLMERT USED PMO TO FURTHER WIFE‘S ART CAREER
      Haaretz, 05-05-2008
     By Na‘ama Lanski and Gidi Weitz Prime Minister Ehud Olmert used his bureau to promote the artistic career of his wife Aliza, a Haaretz report reveals. The report also says that when the couple were in New York for a private art exhibit by Olmert, their stay at a luxury hotel was paid for by an American association >>>


      PANEL: MODI‘IN ILLIT SHOULD BE CITY, DESPITE ILLEGAL CONSTRUCTION
      Haaretz, 05-05-2008
     By Akiva Eldar Tags: Bil‘in, Matityahu east The ultra–Orthodox settlement of Modi‘in Illit in the West Bank should be granted city status despite suspicions that its council members were involved in authorizing illegal construction, an ad hoc committee set up by the Interior Ministry has recommended.>>>


      PM‘S ASSOCIATES FEAR TURMOIL AFTER GAG ORDER IS LIFTED
      Haaretz, 05-05-2008
     By Mazal Mualem "It‘s something like the investigation against Omri Sharon and the Likud primary," Prime Minister Ehud Olmert‘s people told party members regarding the ongoing investigation against him that is being kept under wraps by a court–imposed gag order.

Olmert and his people >>>


      REPORT: SWISS FM DISAPPOINTED AT NO INVITE TO ISRAEL‘S 60TH
      Haaretz, 05-05-2008
     By The Associated Press BERN, Switzerland – Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy–Rey has expressed disappointment that no member of her country‘s government has been invited to attend the celebration of Israel‘s 60th anniversary, according to a Swiss newspaper.

"Switzerland will b >>>


      RUMBLINGS OF DISSATISFACTION
      Haaretz, 05-05-2008
     By Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff Tags: Egypt, Palestinians, Israel The new police investigation against Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is expected to have serious implications on the developments in the political–security arena, and mainly on the Egyptian effort to achieve a cease–fire in the Gaza Strip. If asp >>>


      SEPHARDIC CHIEF RABBI TO REVOKE RULING INVALIDATING THOUSANDS OF CONVERSIONS
      Haaretz, 05-05-2008
     By Yair Ettinger Sephardic Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar, acting in his capacity as president of the Supreme Rabbinical Court, will attempt to revoke a ruling from last week that invalidated thousands of conversions carried out in Israel over the last few years.

The judges, it emerges, went ahead with the ruling over >>>


      SOURCES: OLMERT PROBE CLEAR–CUT; DECISION SOON ON INDICTMENT
      Haaretz, 05-05-2008
     By Jonathan Lis and Tomer Zarchin Sources involved in the police investigation of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, the details of which cannot be published due to a gag order, said yesterday it would be clear within a few days whether or not Olmert would be indicted on unspecified charges.

"Within days, it will >>>


      TEACHERS DEMAND EXTRA PAY FOR CIVICS PROJECTS
      Haaretz, 05-05-2008
     By Or Kashti The Secondary School Teachers Association (SSTA) has threatened not to implement the Education Ministry‘s directive to monitor students‘ year–long civics projects if the teachers are not paid to do so, SSTA head Ran Erez said. "We will not agree for the teachers to be burdened with ad >>>


      NOW LABOUR HAS TO LISTEN AT LAST
      The Daily Mail, 05-05-2008
     Gordon Brown: One glimmer of light is that he doesn‘t have to call a General Election for two years I do understand what people are most worried about...I feel the hurt they feel...my immediate priority is how we get through this difficult economic time which is causing so much anxiety...

So a wounded but >>>


      ‘HYSTERICAL‘ GAZZA HOSPITALISED AGAIN AFTER EIGHT POLICE ARE CALLED TO RESTRAIN HIM AT LONDON HOTEL
      The Daily Mail, 05-05-2008
     Last night it emerged that Gazza had been expressing "suicidal thoughts" when staff and customers at the Millennium Hotel in Knightsbridge became alarmed about his behaviour.

Sources said the former England star was in a very distressed state and witnesses were concerned that he would harm himself.
>>>


      ‘I‘M TOO MUCH TO HANDLE RIGHT NOW...‘, SAYS TEEN SUPERSTAR MILEY CYRUS
      The Daily Mail, 05-05-2008
     Miley Cyrus, the teenage superstar at the centre of controversy over a photo shoot for Vanity Fair has said: ‘I think I‘m too hot to handle right now‘.

After those Vanity Fair pictures, and others that emerged of her on the internet perched on the lap of an ex–boyfriend – with midr >>>


      AS THEIR BATTLE TO THE DEATH NEARS ITS CLIMAX, MAX HASTINGS DELIVERS A SURPRISING VERDICT ON THE WHITE HOUSE RIVALS
      The Daily Mail, 05-05-2008
     Outside the White House on a grey, drizzly spring evening, few other gawkers were visible except the usual posse of cops.

I peered through the railings, contemplating the beleaguered Bushes, invisible somewhere behind the lighted windows.

Does George W. possess sufficient self–knowledge to be con >>>


      ATTACK OF THE KILLER RAVENS: FLOCKS ARE SUDDENLY SLAUGHTERING LAMBS – WHAT IS GOING ON?
      The Daily Mail, 05-05-2008
     High in the darkening sky, a flock of enormous ravens swoop and swirl narrow black wings stretched wide, heads protruding forward and huge hairy beaks scything through the air.

Every few minutes they let out deep, throaty, honking calls as they soar effortlessly, circling around until, finally, they spot their >>>


      BBC FACING &#163;250,000 FINE OVER TELETHON QUIZ SCAMS
      The Daily Mail, 05-05-2008
     The BBC is facing a record fine of up to 250,000 after repeatedly ripping off licence fee payers on a string of shows.

The amount, however, is nowhere near the 4million sanction ITV is facing over its scandals, as it is protected from big money punishments.

Many are annoyed the corporation is insulated >>>


      BIANCA GASCOIGNE‘S WET AND WILD MODELLING SHOOT
      The Daily Mail, 05-05-2008
     Bianca Gascoigne was spotted at a Manchester car wash over the weekend, but rest assured it‘s not a change of vocation.

The 21–year–old was modelling for a magazine shoot, changing into a series of skimpy outfits through out the day including a pink bikini and a pair of denim hotpants.

>>>


      BRITAIN‘S WIDE OPEN PRISONS: 14,000 CONVICTS – INCLUDING 130 KILLERS – HAVE ESCAPED FROM LOW–SECURITY JAILS
      The Daily Mail, 05-05-2008
     Murderer: Roderick McDonald absconded from Scotland‘s Castle Huntly open prison More than 100 convicts abscond from open prisons every month, it was revealed yesterday.

The huge number was disclosed amid growing evidence that many contain violent offenders.

Unions claim hundreds of dangerous crim >>>


      DISTRAUGHT MOTHER FINDS 15–YEAR–OLD DAUGHTER HANGED FROM TREE IN THEIR OWN GARDEN
      The Daily Mail, 05-05-2008
     Jenna Darnley has been found hanged from a tree in the garden of her Preston home A girl of 15 has been found hanged from a tree two weeks after one of her closest friends was fatally injured outside a nightclub.

Jenna Darnley (pictured) was deeply upset by the death of Aaron Emery. He died in hospital on the e >>>


      EMBATTLED BROWN TO BIN RUBBISH TAX IN BID TO WIN BACK BRITAIN
      The Daily Mail, 05-05-2008
     Gordon Brown has ditched Labour plans to burden families with taxes on their rubbish as part of a summer fightback to save his leadership.

He vetoed a national pay–as–you–throw scheme in a round of consumer–friendly measures designed to win back the trust of middle class voters.

>>>


      FIT TO BURST: ANGELINA JOLIE TAKES HER HUGE BABY BUMP FOR A HELICOPTER RIDE
      The Daily Mail, 05-05-2008
     Pregnant actress Angelina Jolie looked fit to burst as she stepped out for a helicopter ride with partner Brad Pitt over the weekend.

The Tomb Raider star, 32, and Brad, 44, are currently staying on the French Riviera for the summer with their four children.

On Saturday, Angelina and Brad left three of >>>


      FRITZL KEPT SEX SLAVE DAUGHTER CHAINED UP WITH A DOG LEAD IN THE DUNGEON THAT SHE HELPED TO BUILD
      The Daily Mail, 05-05-2008
     Josef Fritzl dragged a 300 kilo door into the cellar to turn it into a prison Elisabeth Fritzl was forced to help build the dungeon where she was kept by her sadistic father Josef, it emerged yesterday.

For the first nine months of her 24 years in captivity, she was also tethered with a 5ft dog leash around her >>>


      GORDON BROWN‘S TV GRILLING
      The Daily Mail, 05-05-2008
     Did someone sprinkle cayenne pepper on Andrew Marr‘s Weetabix? The BBC‘s political interviewer, sometimes accused of being soft on Labour, came over all hot and bolshy.

"You‘re in a hole!" he barked at the Prime Minister, by way of an opener. No I‘m not, I‘m in a TV studi >>>


      HAVE BABY, WILL TRAVEL: TOM AND KATIE TAKE DAUGHTER SURI ON A MANHATTAN MINIBREAK
      The Daily Mail, 05-05-2008
     A sleepy–looking Suri Cruise peeks out from beneath her over–long fringe as she is carried by her mother to a waiting car.

Looking the image of both her famous parents, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, it‘s not hard to understand why father Tom was enraged by rumours that the cute two–year&n >>>


      HOMECOMING QUEEN: BRITNEY SPEARS FLIES IN FOR PREGNANT TEEN SISTER‘S BABY SHOWER
      The Daily Mail, 05-05-2008
     Britney Spears has flown back to her hometown in Louisianna for the first time in over a year to attend her teen sister‘s baby shower.

The troubled star was reunited her mother Lynne and pregnant Jamie Lynn,
17, as she arrived at the small party held at the family‘s gated mansion in Kentwood ove >>>


      JUST IN TIME FOR THE BANK HOLIDAY: HOTTEST WEATHER OF THE YEAR SO FAR – BUT ONLY FOR SOME
      The Daily Mail, 05-05-2008
     The warmest day of the year finally arrived yesterday – but only for the lucky ones.

Others could be forgiven for thinking they were seeing a repeat of last year‘s wash–outs.

Britain is sandwiched between high and low pressure weather systems, meaning the country is experiencing two v >>>


      LABOUR COULDN‘T RUN A WHELK STALL. BUT CAN THE CAMEROONS REALLY DO ANY BETTER?
      The Daily Mail, 05-05-2008
     Ouch. It was almost too distressing to watch. The Prime Minister clearly thought that by touring the TV studios yesterday he could steady nerves after last week‘s shattering local election defeats.

Instead, he proceeded to display yet again all the charm, humility and insightfulness of a satnav directing >>>


      LINDSAY LOHAN REVEALS HER ‘UGLY‘ SIDE IN NEW TELEVISION ROLE
      The Daily Mail, 05-05-2008
     Troubled party girl Lindsay Lohan is attempting to revive her floundering career with a guest appearance on US television comedy Ugly Betty.

The 21–year–old actress plays a schoolmate of America Ferrera‘s character Betty Suarez in a flashback scene for the show‘s season finale.

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      MEN LIVING IN POLLUTED AREAS ARE MORE LIKELY TO GO BALD THAN THOSE LIVING IN THE COUNTRY, SAYS STUDY
      The Daily Mail, 05-05-2008
     Thin disguise: The classic comb–over To the follicly–challenged who‘ve tried gels, drugs and even a transplant with little joy, the research will come as a breath of fresh air.

A study suggests men living in polluted areas are more likely to go bald than those who enjoy a cleaner atmosphere.>>>


      NEARLY 50 CHILDREN A DAY CALL A HELPLINE BECAUSE THEY FEEL PRESSURED TO HAVE SEX, SAYS CHILDLINE
      The Daily Mail, 05-05-2008
     In the last year almost 6,000 girls, some as young as 12, called Childline to discuss pregnancy worries Childline has revealed that nearly 50 children a day call in because they feel pressurised to have sex or lack basic knowledge on relationships, pregnancy and puberty.

Between April 1 last year and March 31, >>>


      NEWLY–SINGLE SOAP BABE KYM MARSH FLITS BETWEEN TWO HUNKS IN TWO DAYS
      The Daily Mail, 05-05-2008
     You can‘t keep a good woman down. Soap actress Kym Marsh appears to be back on the dating scene after being spotted with two celebrity hunks within two days of each other – just weeks after splitting from husband Jack Ryder.

The stunning Coronation Street actress was seen swapping jokes – and >>>


      OLD BORIS IS BACK: LONDON‘S NEW MAYOR PICTURED IN A POLICEMAN‘S CAP (AND HIS WIFE IN A SARI) AT FESTIVAL
      The Daily Mail, 05-05-2008
     Boris Johnson is preparing to unveil a crackdown on crime which could be adopted nationwide if the Tories win the next election.

The new London mayor will order hundreds more policemen to patrol the streets and pledge to introduce weapon scanners at Tube and railway stations.

He will also set out plans >>>


      ONE POSTAL WORKER A DAY IS CAUGHT STEALING FROM MAIL
      The Daily Mail, 05-05-2008
     Under pressure: Post Office chief executive Adam Crozier More than 1,300 Royal Mail employees have been caught stealing from the post in the last four years.

Postal workers are being prosecuted and sacked at the rate of more than one for every working day.

However, experts believe the true scale of the >>>


      PARENTS ARE ‘DUMPING‘ CHILDREN ON SCHOOLS AS LABOUR PUSHES FOR LONGER WORKING HOURS, SAY TEACHERS
      The Daily Mail, 05-05-2008
     Ministers were yesterday accused of promoting a backto–work culture where parents dump their children on schools and nurseries.

A head teachers‘ leader warned that plans for a massive expansion of childcare and a 50–hour week in schools encouraged parents to hand responsibility for bringing up >>>


      PATRICK SWAYZE LOOKS GREY AND GAUNT AS BATTLE AGAINST CANCER TAKES ITS TOLL
      The Daily Mail, 05-05-2008
     Desperately ill actor Patrick Swayze looked just a shadow of his former self as he went shopping this week.

The 55–year–old, who is battling cancer, appeared grey and gaunt and even a pair of sunglasses could not hide the ravages of the disease and months of treatment.

Swayze, the star of G >>>


      PEACHES GELDOF FACING POLICE INTERVIEW AFTER SHE IS FILMED HANDING CASH TO ‘DRUG DEALER TO THE STARS‘
      The Daily Mail, 05-05-2008
     Peaches Geldof is to be questioned by police after she was filmed handing cash to an alleged drug dealer to the stars.

Peaches, 1', was seen giving Jonny Blagrove up to 1'0 and saying to him: "I‘m going to need Valium tomorrow after this." Taking Valium is a common way for drug abusers t >>>


      PICTURED: THE ‘WORKMAN‘S VAN‘ DISGUISED BY POLICE TO TARGET MOTORISTS WITH A HIDDEN SPEED CAMERA
      The Daily Mail, 05-05-2008
     Many motorists have long suspected the police of being a little too enthusiastic in their fight against speeding.

And their worst fears look like being confirmed by this scruffy blue van. For the Renault, complete with filthy paintwork and a GB sticker in its back window, is a speed trap that just happens to lo >>>


      PROUD CHELSY, WILLIAM AND CHARLES LOOK ON AS PRINCE HARRY GETS CAMPAIGN MEDAL FROM AUNTY ANNE
      The Daily Mail, 05-05-2008
     Grinning with pride, Prince Harry received his first Army campaign medal today as his proud father, brother, aunt and, significantly, girlfriend looked on.

As a sign of the extent to which she has been accepted by the Royal Family, Chelsy Davy was seated alongside Prince William and Prince Charles at the ceremo >>>


      RAUNCH ALOUD: SEXY CHERYL AND THE GIRLS SET PULSES RACING IN SKIN–TIGHT PVC CORSETS
      The Daily Mail, 05-05-2008
     As far as pop image goes, Girls Aloud has come a long way from the squeaky clean clan that once won ITV‘s Popstars.

The five girls left little to the imagination as they squeezed into tight corsets and PVC gear to perform their raunchiest show to date at The Odyssey in Belfast.

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      ROMANCE PATROL: THE BILL STAR LOUISA LYTTON COPS A KISS FROM MYSTERY MAN
      The Daily Mail, 05-05-2008
     The Bill star Louisa Lytton clearly made an arresting impression on a mystery man after partying at Essex nightclub Faces last night.

The actress and her new companion could barely keep their hands off each other as they made a late exit from the venue.

Scroll down for more... Passion police: The Bill >>>


      ROYAL WAGS KATE AND CHELSY BOND OVER THE BUBBLY AS THEIR PRINCES PLAY POLO
      The Daily Mail, 05-05-2008
     For the men it‘s scarlet shirts, white trousers and tan boots. And for the ladies watching them there appears to be a unifom too – jeans tucked into knee–high boots, a cropped jacket and large pairs of sunglasses.

There‘s also one other essential accessory for the royal girlfriend at a p >>>


      SCIENTISTS DISCOVER A SECOND FAT GENE – ROGUE DNA CARRIED BY ONE THIRD OF THE POPULATION
      The Daily Mail, 05-05-2008
     Scientists have discovered a rogue DNA that increases the chances of being fat Scientists have made a second genetic discovery to help explain why some of us are always battling the bulge.

They pinpointed a stretch of rogue DNA that is carried by more than a third of the population and increases the chances of >>>


      SEX SLAVE DUNGEON: I KNEW FRITZL HAD RAPED HIS DAUGHTER, SAYS MAN UPSTAIRS
      The Daily Mail, 05-05-2008
     Evicted: Leitner kicked out after his dog kept running to the cellar door A man who rented a room in the Austrian House of Horrors knew Josef Fritzl had raped his own daughter but remained silent because he feared being evicted.

Sepp Leitner said he had been told of the crime before he moved into the property >>>


      THE BIGGEST BUMP OF THEM ALL: ULRIKA BEAMS LOOKING READY TO GIVE BIRTH ANY DAY
      The Daily Mail, 05-05-2008
     Her bump may be too big for her maternity trousers but an extremely pregnant Ulrika Jonsson was still smiling as she got ready for baby number four.

Accompanied by husband Brian Monet, the 40–year–old was glowing as she visited Cookham Medical Centre in Berkshire.

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      THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT‘S OFFICIAL RESPONSE TO ARMAGEDDON IN 1'55: A NICE CUP OF TEA
      The Daily Mail, 05-05-2008
     Five million are dead, our cities laid waste and the nation‘s infrastructure is shattered.

The nightmare aftermath of a Soviet nuclear assault is outlined in apocalyptic detail in a secret government report in 1'55.

And among the issues troubling civil servants is...tea. More precisely, would >>>


      THREE BRITISH CHILDREN TAKEN INTO CARE AFTER PARENTS ‘DRANK THEMSELVES INTO A STUPOR‘ ON ALGARVE HOLIDAY
      The Daily Mail, 05-05-2008
     Family hotel: The Mourabel in Vilamoura, Portugal Three British children were taken into care in Portugal after their parents allegedly drank themselves into a stupor.

Police were called after Eamon McGuckin, 34, was found passed out in a hotel reception while his wife Antoinette, 32, threw up in front of the c >>>


      WHAT HOUSING CRISIS? ARGOS LAUNCHES FLATPACK LOG CABIN – FOR JUST &#163;13,0''
      The Daily Mail, 05-05-2008
     In these days of sky–high house prices, it could be the answer to a couple‘s prayers.

As long as they‘re handy with a hammer, that is. And are able to follow instructions. Argos, known for its toasters and toys, has branched out into flat–pack DIY family homes.

For just over 13, >>>


      WHO‘S THAT GIRL? INCOGNITO QUEEN ENJOYS STEAM TRAIN TRIP IN HEADSCARF AND MAC
      The Daily Mail, 05-05-2008
     Usually the Queen‘s trips by rail involve a sumptuously–appointed carriage gliding swiftly through stations to come to a smooth stop next to a red carpet.

But at the weekend she took a seat next to the driver of a small steam engine and chugged away for a 20–minute trip around the grounds of a >>>



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