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      CHENEY APOLOGIZES FOR QUIP ON W. VIRGINIA
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     Vice President Cheney apologized for saying yesterday that he has "Cheneys on both sides" of his family tree dating back to the 1600s, "And we don‘t even live in West Virginia." The quip drew groans from the audience at the National Press Club, prompting the vice president to add, "You can >>>


      CLIMATE FINDINGS WERE DISTORTED, PROBE FINDS
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     By Juliet EilperinWashington Post Staff WriterTuesday, June 3, 2008; A02 An investigation by the NASA inspector general found that political appointees in the space agency‘s public affairs office worked to control and distort public accounts of its researchers‘ findings about climate change for at least two >>>


      CLINTON CAMPAIGN MAKING FINAL ASSESSMENTS
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     8:35 PM YANKTON, S.D. –– Hillary Rodham Clinton pushed through South Dakota Monday as an air of finality and resignation began to settle in among her supporters, aides and financial backers.

Nancy Sutterer, a 52–year–old unemployed technician, implored Clinton at a restaurant stop to tac >>>


      CODA FOR THE CLINTONS
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     Crank up your iPods, everyone. Herewith, a musical guide to the endgame of the epic contest for the Democratic nomination: Begin with "No More Drama" by Mary J. Blige. The hip–hop diva was singing about personal struggles, but her show–stopping anthem couldn‘t be more relevant to the nominati >>>


      FOR AN ‘OBAMACON,‘ COMMUNION DENIED
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     Word spread like wildfire in Catholic circles: Douglas Kmiec, a staunch Republican, firm foe of abortion and veteran of the Reagan Justice Department, had been denied Communion.

His sin? Kmiec, a Catholic who can cite papal pronouncements with the facility of a theological scholar, shocked old friends and adver >>>


      FOR SUPERDELEGATES, ‘HUGE RELIEF‘ AT END OF PRIMARY SEASON
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     The novelty of famous suitors and media interviews long ago eroded into exhaustion, and now state Rep. Gilda Cobb–Hunter of South Carolina is just plain sick of all this. An undecided superdelegate to the Democratic National Convention in August, she opens her e–mail inbox each morning and deletes a handful >>>


      FORMER GOP STAFF MEMBER PLEADS GUILTY TO FRAUD CHARGE
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     June 3, 2008; A13 The chief of staff to a former senior member of the House Appropriations Committee pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiring to commit fraud, becoming the latest casualty of the scandal centered on disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

John C. Albaugh admitted to accepting gifts –– >>>


      IS THERE LIFE AFTER EARMARKS?
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     It looks as though 2008 will be a year of few earmarks. Close observers of Capitol Hill predict that only a small number of these narrow home–state projects will be enacted this year, for two reasons: public outrage over "special interest" legislation and the bogging down of the congressional spending pr >>>


      JOURNEY OF A CAPITAL INSIDER FROM HILL TO VALLEY
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     By Jose Antonio VargasWashington Post Staff WriterTuesday, June 3, 2008; C01 WOODSIDE, Calif. –– Here, he‘s from another planet. Here in Silicon Valley, David Kralik is, let‘s face it, some strange import. That‘s why he‘s attracting such buzz one recent afternoon inside Buck‘s, >>>


      KENNEDY WALKING HOSPITAL HALLS AFTER BRAIN SURGERY
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     RALEIGH, N.C. –– Sen. Edward M. Kennedy enjoyed "a restful night‘s sleep" and was walking hospital hallways on Tuesday, one day after undergoing an aggressive brain surgery aimed at slicing away at a cancerous tumor to give chemotherapy and radiation treatments a chance to work.

Kenn >>>


      MUGABE‘S ROMAN HOLIDAY
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     With an unerring sense of timing, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe arrived in Rome yesterday, thereby demonstrating the profound limitations of international diplomacy. Indeed, it‘s hard to think of any other single gesture that would so effectively reveal the ineffectiveness of international institutions in th >>>


      OBAMA IS POISED TO CLINCH VICTORY
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     June 3, 2008; A01 TROY, Mich., June 2 –– On the eve of the final two primaries of a five–month marathon, Sen. Barack Obama stood poised to wrap up the Democratic presidential nomination, while Sen. Hillary Clinton weighed whether to stay in the race in hopes of delaying what appears an inevitable outco >>>


      OLD ISSUE IN N.J. RACE COULD BE PREVIEW
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     By Paul KaneWashington Post Staff WriterTuesday, June 3, 2008; A05 In a preview of what could become a central theme of the fall presidential campaign, New Jersey‘s Democratic voters will answer a question today that may weigh heavily on John McCain‘s prospects in November: Just how old is too old?

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      PAST THE TIME FOR TINKERING ON PUBLIC SERVICE
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     If federal employees are lucky, an enterprising aide to the next president will make sure that a new book by Paul C. Light, the longtime expert on public service, gets on the agenda for the inevitable Oval Office discussion on what to do about the federal government.

The government‘s problems are in plain >>>


      REAGAN‘S CHOICE
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     Gerald Ford went to his grave believing that Ronald Reagan‘s challenge for the Republican presidential nomination cost him the White House in 1'76. In truth, Reagan sharpened Ford as a candidate, much as Hillary Clinton‘s campaign has sharpened Barack Obama in 2008. What damaged Ford in his effort to ove >>>


      REPUBLICAN CONVENTION IN VA. SENDS A MESSAGE
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     By Tim CraigWashington Post Staff WriterTuesday, June 3, 2008; B01 RICHMOND, June 2 –– Saturday‘s Virginia Republican Party convention, at which conservatives ousted the state party chairman and put a scare into former governor James S. Gilmore III‘s senatorial hopes, will have lasting consequenc >>>


      SPOKESMAN SAYS SEN. ROBERT C. BYRD HOSPITALIZED
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Sen. Robert C. Byrd was hospitalized Monday night at his doctor‘s urging after suffering from lethargy and sluggishness at the Capitol and, later, at his home, a spokesman for the '0–year–old Democrat said.

Press secretary Jesse L. Jacobs said the West Virginia se >>>


      VICTORIES FOR MONEY–LAUNDERING DEFENDANTS
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     The Supreme Court yesterday made it tougher for prosecutors to prove money–laundering charges, ruling twice against the government‘s employment of what it says is a critical weapon in fighting drug lords and other criminals.

The justices were unanimous in one case that merely proving that a person h >>>


      6 DIE AFTER HUMAN ANTIBODY INJECTIONS IN CHINA
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     BEIJING –– Six people died after being injected with a human antibody in eastern China, a hospital spokeswoman said Monday, the latest case of deaths caused by suspect medicine.

The six died after being injected with immune globulin, and the company that sold the drugs was ordered to stop selling th >>>


      AFTER QUAKE, CHINA‘S ELDERLY LONG FOR FAMILY
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     LEIGU, China, June 2 –– A lone blue tent stands out among its neighbors in this dusty refugee camp, not for its outward appearance but because of who is inside.

Seven senior citizens sit on dirty quilts, surrounded by buzzing flies and boxes of instant noodles and bottled water provided by the army. >>>


      AHMADINEJAD SAYS ISRAEL TO VANISH WITH OR WITHOUT IRAN
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     ROME (Reuters) – Israel will cease to exist with or without the involvement of Iran, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday, and Israel branded Iran a "neighborhood bully" that must be met with firmness.

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni told a closed door meeting of Israeli lawmakers >>>


      AU AND U.N. TO NAME JOINT DARFUR MEDIATOR: U.N.
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     KHARTOUM (Reuters) – The African Union and United Nations are working to appoint a joint chief mediator to jumpstart efforts to bring peace to Sudan‘s Darfur region, U.N. Darfur envoy Jan Eliasson said on Monday.

The former Swedish foreign minister, who is also working on a new diplomatic initiative >>>


      AUSTRALIA‘S RUDD DEFENDS REDEPLOYMENT OF TROOPS
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     By Ernesto LondońoWashington Post Staff WriterTuesday, June 3, 2008; A0' BAGHDAD, June 2 –– On a day when a suicide bomber killed at least three Iraqi policemen, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd defended Monday his decision to end his country‘s combat role in Iraq and accused his predecess >>>


      AUSTRALIAN PM ATTACKS DECISION TO JOIN WAR IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     CANBERRA, Australia –– Prime Minister Kevin Rudd accused his predecessor of abusing intelligence information to justify entering the Iraq war, saying Monday that the Australian people were misled.

In remarks to parliament on the withdrawal of troops from Iraq, which began Sunday, Rudd said the natio >>>


      AUSTRALIAN POLICE OFFICER ARRESTED FOR DRUGS
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     SYDNEY, Australia –– A senior Australian police officer was arrested in connection with a conspiracy to import hundreds of pounds of drug–making chemicals along with suspects in Europe and Asia, authorities said Tuesday.

Mark Standen, an assistant director of the New South Wales state Crime Co >>>


      BRITON HELD IN AIRPLANE BOMB PLOT TESTIFIES
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     A10 LONDON, June 2 –– A man accused of leading a plot to bomb transatlantic airliners in 2006 denied the charges in court Monday, telling a jury that he planned to detonate a bomb in the British Parliament but never targeted airplanes or intended to kill anyone.

In the first detailed laying out of d >>>


      BRITONS TOO BUSY TO PEEL ORANGES
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     LONDON (Reuters) – Britons are too busy to eat oranges in their lunch breaks nowadays and are opting instead for "easy to peel" fruit like satsumas, according to a survey.

For the third year in a row, orange consumption has fallen. It was down 2 percent at some 600 million compared with the prev >>>


      CHINA SANCTIONS LAWYERS OFFERING TO HELP TIBETANS
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     AM BEIJING, June 3 –– Chinese judicial authorities have in effect disbarred two activist lawyers who offered to defend Tibetans arrested in a recent Chinese security crackdown, lawyers said Tuesday.

The two, Jiang Tianyong and Teng Biao, were denied renewal of the annual licenses necessary to practi >>>


      CHINESE POLICE DRAG GRIEVING PARENTS FROM PROTEST
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     DUJIANGYAN, China –– Chinese police dragged away more than 100 parents Tuesday while they were protesting the deaths of their children in poorly constructed schools that collapsed in last month‘s earthquake.

The parents, many holding pictures of their dead children, were pulled down the street >>>


      COUP NO ANSWER TO THAILAND‘S POLITICAL MESS: GENERAL
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand‘s political problems are too complex to be resolved by a military coup, the country‘s top general said in an apparent admission that a bloodless 2006 putsch was a flop.

Supreme Commander General Boonsrang Niumpradit, one of the generals who ousted former Prime Mini >>>


      DESPITE DAMAGE, MANY SCHOOLS REOPEN IN MYANMAR
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     THUWANA, Myanmar –– As students filed into Middle School No. 1 on Monday for the first day of classes since the cyclone hit Myanmar a month ago, all eyes stared skyward _ at the gaping hole in the roof.

The school in Thuwana, a southern suburb of Yangon, was one of at least 4,100 that were damaged o >>>


      DUTCH MAN INJURES POSTERIOR IN MOONING ACCIDENT
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     UTRECHT, Netherlands –– Utrecht police say a 21–year–old Dutch man is recovering after a "mooning" that went horribly wrong.

A police statement says the man and two others had run down a street in Utrecht with their pants pulled down in the back "for a joke." It says >>>


      FORMER SCREEN SIREN BARDOT CONVICTED IN RACE CASE
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     PARIS –– Brigitte Bardot was convicted Tuesday of provoking discrimination and racial hatred for writing that Muslims are destroying France.

A Paris court also handed down a $23,325 fine against the former screen siren and animal rights campaigner. The court also ordered Bardot to pay $1,555 in dama >>>


      IRAQ SAYS LIKELY TO MISS DEADLINE FOR U.S. PACT
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A July target for negotiating an agreement on future relations between Iraq and the United States is likely to be missed, an Iraqi government spokesman said on Tuesday.

U.S. and Iraqi officials began talks in March on twin agreements on the status of U.S. military forces in Iraq after >>>


      ISRAEL MUST QUIT ALL SYRIAN LAND FOR PEACE: ASSAD
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     DUBAI (Reuters) – Israel must be prepared to return all Syrian lands occupied in the 1'67 Middle East war as part of any peace deal between the two sides, Syrian President Bashar al–Assad said in remarks published on Tuesday.

Briefing editors of United Arab Emirates newspapers during a visit to >>>


      MALAYSIA TO LIFT FUEL PRICE CONTROLS
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia –– Malaysia will remove price controls on gasoline and diesel, allowing stations to sell fuel at world market prices in an attempt to reduce the government‘s ballooning subsidy bill, a Cabinet minister said Tuesday.

The new price structure will start in August, and retai >>>


      MCCAIN URGES SANCTIONS, DIVESTMENT TO PRESS IRAN
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     June 3, 2008; A05 Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, called yesterday for broad sanctions against Iran and a South Africa–style worldwide divestment strategy aimed at pressuring Tehran to abandon efforts to acquire nuclear weapons and encourage its people‘s democratic aspirati >>>


      MEXICO WARNS IT MAY REJECT US DRUG AID
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     MEXICO CITY –– The Mexican government warned Monday it would not accept conditions the U.S. Congress has imposed on an aid package to combat drug trafficking.

The Merida Initiative would provide US$1.4 billion over several years to help Mexico, Central America, the Dominican Republic and Haiti comba >>>


      NEARBY FIRING RANGES COMPLICATE SOLDIERS‘ RECOVERY FROM STRESS
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     FORT BENNING, Ga. –– Army Sgt. Jonathan Strickland sits in his room at noon with the blinds drawn, seeking the sleep that has eluded him since he was knocked out by the blast of a Baghdad car bomb.

Like many of the wounded soldiers living in the newly built "warrior transition" barracks he >>>


      NEW SOUTH KOREAN PRESIDENT UNDER FIRE IN BEEF ROW
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     SEOUL, South Korea –– President Lee Myung–bak took office in February on a wave of popularity propelled by his vow to boost South Korea‘s economy with skills honed in business. He soon led his conservative party to win control of the legislature in national elections.

But a misreading of >>>


      NEW U.S. GENERAL TAKES COMMAND OF AFGHAN NATO FORCE
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     KABUL (Reuters) – U.S. General David McKiernan took command of around 50,000 troops in NATO‘s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan on Tuesday, pledging that anyone who stood in the way of security would be dealt with.

McKiernan takes over ISAF at a time when the internationa >>>


      NO HONEYMOON FOR UNPOPULAR S.KOREAN PRESIDENT
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     SEOUL (Reuters) – No new South Korean president has fallen as far and as fast as Lee Myung–bak who marked 100 days in office on Tuesday with tumbling support and mass street protests that could slow his economic policy agenda.

It has been a dizzying reversal of fortune for the former construction co >>>


      NORWAY COURT ACQUITS 3 MEN IN EMBASSY BOMB PLOTS
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     OSLO, Norway –– Three Norwegians were acquitted Tuesday of plotting attacks against Israeli and U.S. embassies in 2006, but one was convicted of a shooting at an Oslo synagogue.

The Oslo District Court said there was insufficient evidence against Arfan Bhatti and two other suspects in Norway‘s >>>


      ONCE AGAIN, ARGENTINES FEELING ON EDGE
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     By Monte ReelWashington Post Foreign ServiceTuesday, June 3, 2008; A08 BUENOS AIRES –– Today‘s Argentina is not gripped by crisis. It‘s gripped by the fear of crisis.

Several strikes by farmers, furious over government policies, have sparked concerns about lasting damage to the economy. >>>


      PANAMA BLAMES ENGINE FOR HELICOPTER CRASH
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     PANAMA CITY, Panama –– An aging helicopter had engine trouble when it crashed into a building in the Panamanian capital, killing Chile‘s national police chief and 10 other people, aviation officials said Monday.

A technical review found "evidence that motor No. 1 was not operating normall >>>


      PARLIAMENT COMMITTEE TO PROBE MINISTER
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     TORONTO –– A Canadian parliamentary committee opened an inquiry Monday into a security breach by the country‘s foreign minister, who left classified documents at the home of an ex–girlfriend with ties to a notorious motorcycle gang.

Maxime Bernier resigned last week just as the woman, Ju >>>


      PATRIOTISM LEADS COMEBACK OF RUSSIAN FILMMAKING
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     PM SUZDAL, Russia (Reuters) – A gang of black–clad horsemen gallop past a line of gallows, splattering tufts of snow against frozen corpses.

They are the ‘oprichniki‘, loyal henchmen of Russia‘s sixteenth century tsar, Ivan the Terrible. Severed dogs‘ heads dangle from their >>>


      REPORT: ASSAD SAYS TALKS WITH ISRAEL NEED US SPONSOR
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     DUBAI, United Arab Emirates –– Syria‘s president said he was willing to hold direct peace talks with Israel in the future under U.S. sponsorship, laying out his vision of how negotiations could progress.

President Bashar Assad said the preliminary stages of negotiations will be conducted indir >>>


      RUSSIAN PRESIDENT CRITICIZES MEDIA BILL
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     MOSCOW –– Russia‘s new president urged parliament Monday to scrap a bill widely seen as restrictive to the media.

In a letter to the lower house of Parliament, the text of which was released by the Kremlin, President Dmitry Medvedev criticized the proposed legislation and warned that it could >>>


      S. KOREA PRESIDENT BACKS AWAY FROM BEEF DEAL WITH U.S.
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     1:16 PM SEOUL, June 3 –– With his approval ratings poisoned by mass anxiety about American beef, South Korean President Lee Myung–bak backed away on Tuesday from a wildly unpopular agreement to resume imports of beef from the United States. Lee had personally approved the deal less than two months ago. >>>


      SKOREA ASKS US TO LIMIT BEEF IMPORTS
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     SEOUL, South Korea –– South Korea said Tuesday it has asked the U.S. to make a key change to a beef import agreement, following large–scale protests by South Koreans concerned over mad cow disease.

Agriculture Minister Chung Woon–chun told a press conference that the government asked the >>>


      SOLDIER WAS KNOWN FOR KINDNESS, LOYALTY
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     After the rifles sounded and taps were played and more than 100 mourners were driven away from Arlington National Cemetery yesterday, Sgt. John K. Daggett‘s father, who had stayed behind, stepped across the grass at Section 60 and rested his face against the dark wooden casket.

Daggett, 21, whose family c >>>


      SOMALI GROUPS SEEK U.N. SANCTIONS ON WARMONGERS
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     DJIBOUTI (Reuters) – Somali civil groups urged the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday to impose sanctions on political leaders opposed to peace talks and to call for the withdrawal of Ethiopian forces backing the interim government.

The Somali government had said it hoped for a peace deal after members of t >>>


      SYRIA SAYS WANTS NUCLEAR ENERGY UNDER ARAB UMBRELLA
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     DUBAI (Reuters) – Syria is not seeking nuclear weapons but wants to have access to atomic energy for peaceful purposes through a collective Arab project, President Bashar al–Assad said in remarks published on Tuesday.

The Dubai–based Gulf News also quoted Assad as saying that the United States >>>


      THE CLIMAX––OR NOT
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     AM Is tonight the night?

Will Barack Obama, having made a great show of going to the site of the Republican convention, be able to claim the Democratic nomination?

Will the pundits finally be able to write finis to this chapter? Will Montana and South Dakota matter? Will people tune in to watch nonstop >>>


      TIBET PROTESTS RESUME IN NEPAL, 28 HELD
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepali police detained 28 pro–Tibet protesters in Kathmandu on Tuesday as refugees demanding freedom for their Himalayan homeland resumed anti–China demonstrations after a lull of several weeks.

The protesters –– shouting slogans including "We want free T >>>


      TURKISH COURT TO MULL HEAD SCARF LAW
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     ANKARA, Turkey –– A judicial official says Turkey‘s top court will consider this week whether to cancel a law allowing Islamic head scarves in universities.

Two opposition parties have asked the Constitutional Court to abolish the law. Many secular Turks see the Islamic head scarf as an emblem >>>


      TUSSAUDS DEFENDS PLANNED HITLER DISPLAY IN BERLIN
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     BERLIN –– Madame Tussauds on Tuesday defended its decision to include a wax likeness of Adolf Hitler at its new Berlin museum, arguing that it would make little sense to ignore his role in German history.

Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit had urged the museum to carefully consider whether to include Hitle >>>


      U.S. SUSPENDS TALKS WITH SUDAN OVER OIL TOWN ROW
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     KHARTOUM (Reuters) – The United States suspended talks with Sudan on Tuesday, saying leaders from the north and south were not serious about ending clashes in an oil–producing region that have stoked fears of a return to civil war.

The announcement by the U.S. envoy to Sudan raised pressure on both >>>


      UN CHIEF: FOOD PRODUCTION MUST RISE 50 PERCENT BY 2030
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     2008; 7:21 AM ROME –– World food production must rise by 50 percent by 2030 to meet increasing demand, U.N. chief Ban Ki–moon told world leaders Tuesday at a summit grappling with hunger and civil unrest caused by food price hikes.

The secretary–general told the Rome summit that nations >>>


      UN: 1 MILLION IN MYANMAR AREN‘T GETTING BASIC AID
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     BANGKOK, Thailand –– More than 1 million people still don‘t have adequate food, water or shelter a month after a devastating cyclone swept through Myanmar, and it‘s not clear what the military junta is doing to help them, the United Nations said Tuesday.

Humanitarian groups say they cont >>>


      US CAPTURES SUSPECTS IN SEPARATE IRAQI RAIDS
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     BAGHDAD –– The U.S. military captured two al–Qaida in Iraq bombing suspects and a Shiite militia leader in separate raids Tuesday north and south of Baghdad, the military said.

One of the men, arrested along with four aides, is believed to oversee security for al–Qaida‘s Iraq branc >>>


      US GENERAL BECOMES NATO COMMANDER IN AFGHANISTAN
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     KABUL, Afghanistan –– The American general who led the ground invasion of Iraq took command of the 40–nation NATO–led campaign in Afghanistan on Tuesday.

Army Gen. David D. McKiernan took charge of the 51,000–member International Security Assistance Force from Gen. Dan McNeill, who >>>


      US MILITARY DEATHS IN AFGHANISTAN REGION AT 436
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     AM –– As of Monday, June 1, 2008, at least 436 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan as a result of the U.S.

invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to the Defense Department. The department last updated its figures May 24 at 10 a.m. EDT. Of those, the >>>


      VENEZUELAN INTELLIGENCE LAW DRAWS PROTESTS
      Washington Post, 03-06-2008
     PM CARACAS, Venezuela –– A new intelligence law that President Hugo Chavez enacted by decree is drawing protests from human rights activists who say it could lead to serious violations of civil liberties and become a tool for cracking down on dissent.

Chavez says the Intelligence and Counterintellig >>>


      BABY NEEDS A TRAIN
      Haaretz, 03-06-2008
     By Doron Tsur Obama‘s truth tactic missed the point, and the solution: public transportation yle frightens and angers many Americans, especially if it‘s being done to appease foreigners.

Advertisement "I take umbrage when government threatens to stick its nose into how I live my life," wro >>>


      BUSINESS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 03-06-2008
     Real Estate Easy Start Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Business in Brief You can stop boiling water for drinking and cooking in Tel Aviv, the Health Ministry said yesterday. On Friday, the ministry advised some of the city‘s residents to boil water for fear of contamination in a pipeline because of infrastructu >>>


      DANYA CEBUS SUING THE STATE OVER ROUTE 431 DELAYS
      Haaretz, 03-06-2008
     By Avi Bar–Eli Danya Cebus, the construction company controlled by Lev Leviev‘s Africa Israel Investments, has filed seven suits against the state, which the company is blaming for the massive increase in the estimated costs of contract work on Route 431.

The delays in construction resulted in net f >>>


      EXPERT: GOV‘T INCITING PANIC OVER WATER
      Haaretz, 03-06-2008
     By Avi Bar–Eli Water expert Dr. Peretz Dar reads the screaming headlines about a water crisis, hears the apocalyptic forecasts and the calls for increasing desalination and shakes his head in disbelief. "One newspaper talks about drying out public parks, the minister of infrastructure says it hasn‘t bee >>>


      GAL–ON BILL WOULD JAIL ‘ONLINE BROTHEL MANAGERS‘ FOR 5 YEARS
      Haaretz, 03-06-2008
     By Ruth Sinai, Haaretz Correspondent Tags: prostitution, Israel, sex Is there really such a thing as an "online brothel," offering virtual sexual services for sale? Knesset member Zahava Gal–On of the Meretz party says there is, and has opened a new front in the battle against traders in women and sex se >>>


      HARD LOOK / THE CAPTAINS OF COMMERCE LOVE SHAUL MOFAZ
      Haaretz, 03-06-2008
     By Meirav Arlosoroff Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz is running for prime minister these days, as the internal struggle within the Kadima party heats up. Mofaz has armed himself with an asset of great importance to him in the race

– his experience as chief of staff. But it‘s not likely that he w >>>


      MANUFACTURERS, LABOR BLAST BAR–ON FOR LACK OF ACTION ON DOLLAR
      Haaretz, 03-06-2008
     By Ido Solomon Two economic leaders have joined the gloomy forecasts recently published by Dun & Bradstreet economists, warning that one quarter of the leading companies in the Israeli economy are expected to lay off workers as a result of an upcoming recession.

"The data on forecasted layoffs is not s >>>


      MARKET REPORT / BANK HAPOALIM DIVES 3.6%
      Haaretz, 03-06-2008
     By Rotem Sella Tel Aviv stocks sank yesterday on moderate to heavy turnover of NIS 2 billion.

As trading wound down for the day in Tel Aviv, Wall Street was opening in the red. The TA–25 index lost 1% to end at 1,111 points and the TA–100 index retreated by the same to close at 1,026 points. The Ban >>>


      MINISTER VOTES YEA? LET HIS MINISTRY PAY, SAYS BAR–ON
      Haaretz, 03-06-2008
     By Moti Bassok Finance Minister Roni Bar–On took aim yesterday at the ministerial legislative committee that agreed to link old–age stipends to the average wage. He has no problem with the decision to tie old–age allowances to the average wage in order to prevent their erosion, stated the finance minis >>>


      OFAKIM CAPITAL SHAREHOLDERS TRADE BARRAGES IN DIRTY DISPUTE
      Haaretz, 03-06-2008
     By Yuval Maoz and Nurit Roth Shimon (Moni) Harel‘s petition to dissolve Ofakim Capital, whose sole asset is 47% of Metis Capital, reveals sordid details of his dispute with Amnon Barzilay. Metis owns half of Subaru importer Japanauto Holdings, jointly with Barzilay.

In the petition, Harel states that Ofak >>>


      SPIRIT OF FORGIVENESS DOESN‘T APPEASE AUTHORITIES
      Haaretz, 03-06-2008
     By Hila Raz Two friends may have come to a sulha – reconciliation agreement – after one hacked off four of the other‘s fingers, but that doesn‘t exempt the aggressor from having to cover the cost of his friend‘s National Insurance compensation, a Hadera court ruled last week.

The i >>>


      THE CASE OF THE VANISHING CREDIT
      Haaretz, 03-06-2008
     By Barr Hayoun A technical glitch in magnetic shopping cards issued by the Blue Square group, Rav Card, has resulted in the erroneous zeroing of the card balances of some customers.

Rav Cards are issued to employees mainly through employee committees, who buy them from Blue Square ‘pre–charged&lsquo >>>


      TOWER WON‘T GET MODU BUSINESS, FOR NOW
      Haaretz, 03-06-2008
     Real Estate Easy Start Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Tower won‘t get Modu business, for now By Guy Griml Dov Moran may be chairman of Tower Semiconductors as well as founder of Modu, but forget it: The chip maker from Migdal Haemek isn‘t going to get business from the cellular–devices startup, at >>>


      YOU CAN‘T WED AT THE MUSEUM ANY MORE
      Haaretz, 03-06-2008
     By Raz Smolsky The Eretz Israel Museum can‘t hold events and parties on the premises, after 15 years of operating as a museum–cum–banquet hall without appropriate licensing. The Tel Aviv District Appeals Committee yesterday reversed the decision of the local Planning and Building Committee, which had d >>>


      ANYTHING BUT ELECTIONS
      Haaretz, 03-06-2008
     By Yoel Marcus Tags: elections A certain person has become embroiled at his "workplace" in suspicions of criminality, of having accepted envelopes overflowing with dollars about which it is not clear whence they came and where they went. Even if the "workplace" is the prime ministership, and even if >>>


      NO PIPE DREAM
      Haaretz, 03-06-2008
     By Yossi Sarid Tags: sarid Sometimes it seems that they stand on the navigation bridge just to stare into space – with dangling sails and drooping eyelids – while the ship floats hither and thither with no direction or purpose. Years can go by like that, their only goal not to sink, and to survive.

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      THEY ONLY APPEAR TO BE SUPPORTERS
      Haaretz, 03-06-2008
     By Colette Avital Tags: supporters The Israeli public is so thirsty for love that it becomes very excited by the support it gets from Christian groups; this is the case when the support comes in the form of political support or in the form of millions of dollars in cash that flows generously to various causes in Israel, >>>


      TOO MUCH VIOLENCE AGAINST DOCTORS
      Haaretz, 03-06-2008
     By Haaretz Editorial Tags: violence, violence The frustration and anger of doctors who are exposed to violence by patients and their families do not characterize the health system only in Israel.

In the United States, gynecologists are exposed to threats of murder, and even actual murder, by opponents of aborti >>>


      WHERE PIGGISH CAPITALISM HAS BROUGHT US
      Haaretz, 03-06-2008
     By Nehemia Shtrasler Tags: capitalism It was a bad weekend for the knights of social welfare and poverty. For years, they claimed that the government‘s policy of "piggish capitalism" would cause an economic crisis, a halt to growth and a rise in unemployment.

But, lo and behold, the opposite has >>>


      ADVISORY C‘TEE: RENEW CHANNEL 10‘S FRANCHISE FOR TWO YEARS, COLLECT DEBTS
      Haaretz, 03-06-2008
     By Asaf Carmel The Turgeman Committee investigating Channel 10‘s circumstances has recommended that the Second Television and Radio Authority council demand the local television channel‘s future operations be conditional upon payment of its debt of NIS 103 million. In addition, the committee recommends that >>>


      ANTI–SEMITIC INCIDENTS HIT RECORD IN CANADA
      Haaretz, 03-06-2008
     By Rhonda Spivak WINNIPEG – Anti–Semitic incidents in Canada hit a record high in 2007, according to a recently released report by the League of Human Rights of B‘nai Brith Canada.

The group recorded 1,042 anti–Semitic incidents in Canada in 2007, up 11.4% since 2006. A 5'.1% increas >>>


      BILL CALLS FOR CULTURAL SENSITIVITY IN SENTENCING
      Haaretz, 03-06-2008
     By Shahar Ilan Immigrants and foreigners convicted of crimes that would not be considered crimes in their own culture should be given lighter sentences, according to a bill submitted yesterday by MK Shlomo Molla (Kadima).

Molla, who was born in Ethiopia, cited child marriage and hitting one‘s children, wh >>>


      EGYPT TRIES TO THWART ISRAEL‘S PLANS IN EUROPE
      Haaretz, 03-06-2008
     By Barak Ravid, Haaretz Correspondent Tags: Egypt, Israel, European Union Egypt has recently been attempting to thwart a proposed agreement to upgrade Israel‘s relationship with the European Union.

The proposed deal would significantly improve Israeli access to European markets, and could thus add billion >>>


      GREEN ACTIVISTS FEAR TEL AVIV IS SLICING UP BEACHFRONT PARK
      Haaretz, 03-06-2008
     By Yigal Hai Environmentalists are up in arms over what they claim to be plans for new construction north of Tel Aviv that will leave insufficient open spaces between the beachfront and built–up areas.

The area in question is a 2.5–kilometer stretch of land from the edge of Sde Dov Airport to the bo >>>


      IN ABOUT–FACE, GOVERNMENT MAY OPEN DOORS TO FALASHMURA IMMIGRATION
      Haaretz, 03-06-2008
     By Anshel Pfeffer Tags: Falashmura, Israel In a reversal of its position, the government has decided to consider examining the eligibility for immigration of an additional 8,700 Falashmura.

But people at the meeting on the subject at the Prime Minister‘s Office on Sunday complained that the decision was p >>>


      KADIMA CHIEFS DRUM UP SUPPORT, AS PRIMARY APPROACHES
      Haaretz, 03-06-2008
     By Mazal Mualem Kadima‘s leaders are preparing for a party primary, even though discussions on a voting date will start only next week when Prime Minister Ehud Olmert returns from Washington.

The political jostling began in earnest last week, after the testimony by American businessman Morris Talansky in >>>


      MOFAZ PARLAYS WITH SHAS TO AVOID EARLY ELECTIONS
      Haaretz, 03-06-2008
     By Mazal Mualem Tags: Shas, Yishai, Kadima, Mofaz Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz has been forging closer links with Shas to head off early elections and lay the groundwork for an alternative government headed by him in the current Knesset.

Mofaz has held several discussions with the Shas chairman – I >>>


      NATALIE PORTMAN GETS ‘JOINT‘ ROLE IN RWANDA
      Haaretz, 03-06-2008
     By Anshel Pfeffer The Jewish people‘s public relations effort will enjoy a bonanza this summer: In August, a youth village is slated to open in Rwanda for 500 children orphaned by the 1''4 genocide there.

The youth village is being built by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, finance >>>


      NEWS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 03-06-2008
     Organs of Maria Josa Porta, who died on Friday at the age of 23, were transplanted on Sunday and yesterday in four patients. Porta died in Assaf Harofeh Medical Center in Zrifin following a stroke. A 26–year–old woman received her lungs; a 57–year–old man received her liver; and a 62–year&n >>>


      NEWS IN BRIEF II
      Haaretz, 03-06-2008
     Finance Minister Roni Bar–On and Social Affairs Minister Isaac Herzog yesterday presented Shas Chairman Eli Yishai with various proposals to reduce child poverty that could serve as alternatives to increasing child allowances, thereby hoping to woo Shas from its threat to quit the government unless child allowance >>>


      PHYSICIANS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICIAL DETAINED BY SHIN BET
      Haaretz, 03-06-2008
     By Akiva Eldar, Haaretz Correspondent Tags: Israel, human rights, PHR A senior official for Physicians for Human Rights was questioned by the Shin Bet recently on the activities of the organization, its budget, the identity of its donors, and details about others employed by PHR.

The director of the mobile clin >>>


      PM HEADS TO D.C. TO LOBBY BUSH ON IRAN
      Haaretz, 03-06-2008
     By Barak Ravid Prime Minister Ehud Olmert begins a two–day visit in Washington today, which will include an address at the annual gathering of AIPAC, the pro–Israel lobby, and a meeting with president George Bush that will focus on the Iranian nuclear program and upgrading the bilateral defense ties between >>>


      SOME REMAINS FROM HEZBOLLAH TRANSFER IDENTIFIED
      Haaretz, 03-06-2008
     By Yuval Azoulay and Roni Singer–Heruti Specialists at the Abu Kabir Forensic Laboratory have been working on three shifts around the clock to identify the remains Hezbollah transferred to Israel on Sunday. Officials said yesterday that the remains that have been identified belong to three of nine Israeli soldiers >>>


      STATE RENEGES ON GREEN DEAL FOR WADI ARA JEWISH TOWN
      Haaretz, 03-06-2008
     By Zafrir Rinat Tags: State, Wadi Ara, Shai Avital Shai Avital, director general of the Environmental Protection Ministry, will back plans to establish a new Jewish community in Wadi Ara at a meeting of the National Council for Planning and Construction today. The council has refused to approve an Arab community there, >>>


      THREE LOD ARABS INDICTED IN PLOT TO KIDNAP, MURDER IDF SOLDIER
      Haaretz, 03-06-2008
     By Yuval Azoulay and Yoav Stern Three Israeli Arabs were indicted in the Petah Tikva District Court yesterday on charges of planning to kidnap and kill an Israel Defense Forces soldier and then demand the release of Palestinians imprisoned in Israel in exchange for his body.

The three defendants, all residents >>>



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