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      CUSTODY BATTLE IS WAGED OVER COMATOSE GIRL
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      By David A. FahrentholdWashington Post Staff WriterMonday, December 12,
2005; A03 BOSTON –– During her 11 years of living, nobody seemed to care very much as Haleigh Poutre shifted from home to home and abuse to horrifying abuse.

But now, when the only questions left seem to be when and how she >>>


      FEMA ORDERED TO EXTEND HOTEL STAYS
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      A10 A federal judge in New Orleans yesterday ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency to continue paying the hotel bills of thousands of Hurricane Katrina evacuees until as late as Feb. 7, criticizing the government for inaction 15 weeks after the storm.

U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval ordered the di >>>


      FUNDING TIGHT FOR GREAT LAKES PLAN
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      A03 CHICAGO, Dec. 12 –– The Bush administration on Monday announced a comprehensive strategy to restore and protect the Great Lakes, winning positive reviews for the concept but criticism about uncertain funding.

The long–awaited document is the product of discussions among a wide array of go >>>


      GOVERNOR WON‘T BLOCK WILLIAMS‘ EXECUTION
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      SAN QUENTIN, Calif. –– Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger refused to block the execution of Stanley Tookie Williams, rejecting the notion that the founder of the murderous Crips gang had atoned for his crimes and found redemption on death row.

With the U.S. Supreme Court rejecting his final appeal, William >>>


      HUMAN BRAIN CELLS ARE GROWN IN MICE
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      By Rick WeissWashington Post Staff WriterTuesday, December 13, 2005; A03 By injecting human embryonic stem cells into the brains of fetal mice inside the womb, scientists in California have created living mice with working human brain cells inside their skulls.

The research offers the first proof that human em >>>


      IMMIGRATION HITS FIVE–YEAR HIGH, REPORT SAYS
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      PM WASHINGTON –– Immigration _ both legal and illegal _ continues to boom as Congress grapples with how to better control America‘s borders.

A new report by the Center for Immigration Studies found that 7.' million people moved to the United States in the past five years, the highest five >>>


      JURY INDICTS SIEGELMAN, SCRUSHY
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      MONTGOMERY, Ala. –– A federal grand jury on Monday indicted former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth Chairman Richard Scrushy on more charges in a political corruption case.

The new indictment accuses Scrushy of paying off Siegelman for a seat on the state health regulatory board, a >>>


      PIRRO‘S CHALLENGE TO SEN. CLINTON FALTERS
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      Republican prosecutor Jeanine Pirro‘s once–promising campaign for the U.S. Senate seat held by Hillary Rodham Clinton (D–N.Y.) is lingering somewhere between the critical list and terminal.

The latest bad news came yesterday when county Republican leaders emerged from a meeting and recommende >>>


      SAUDI PRINCE DONATES $40M TO UNIVERSITIES
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      PM BOSTON –– A Saudi prince believed to be the wealthiest businessman in the Muslim world has donated $40 million for Harvard and Georgetown to expand their Islamic studies programs, the schools announced Monday.

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud, who gave $20 million to each university, is a nephew >>>


      SENATE DEMOCRATS ASK ALITO FOR ANOTHER ROUND OF PAPERS
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      Senate Democrats yesterday called for Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr. to provide them with more information about his time as a federal judge and a government lawyer, citing "questions that seem to have incomplete answers." The White House said it was just part of a ploy leading up to Democratic sen >>>


      TIME REPORTER MAY HAVE TIPPED ROVE‘S LAWYER TO LEAK
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      December 12, 2005; A04 A Time magazine reporter testified in the CIA leak case that she alerted Karl Rove‘s lawyer in early 2004 that the top Bush adviser had leaked information to her colleague about Valerie Plame, according to a first–person account published yesterday in Time.

The reporter, Vive >>>


      TWO DEAD IN CHICAGO CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      CHICAGO –– A concrete slab crashed through the roof Monday of a building under construction on the city‘s South Side, crushing two workers to death, authorities said.

A construction crane was trying to position the slab atop the four–story masonry building. The workers were on the secon >>>


      U.S. AND JAPAN TO RESUME BEEF TRADE
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      A03 For the first time since mad cow disease was found in an animal in Washington state two years ago, American beef producers will be able to sell to the once–lucrative Japanese market, Agriculture Department officials said yesterday.

Under an agreement announced in Hong Kong, the United States and Japa >>>


      VIOXX CASE LEADS TO HUNG JURY; RETRIAL PLANNED IN 2001 DEATH
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      HOUSTON, Dec. 12 –– The nation‘s first federal Vioxx trial ended Monday with a hung jury, but the judge said the case, involving the 2001 death of a Florida man who took the once–popular painkiller for a month, will be retried.

The mistrial leaves Vioxx‘s maker Merck & Co. wit >>>


      2006 LOOMS AS A TEST OF NATIONAL VS. LOCAL ISSUES
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      "All politics is local," the late House Speaker Thomas P. "Tip" O‘Neill Jr. (D–Mass.) liked to say. He should have added, "except when it isn‘t." As both major parties gear up for the 2006 midterm elections, a crucial strategic divide is emerging in the battle for the Hou >>>


      ACLU OPPOSES PATRIOT ACT PROVISION
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      The American Civil Liberties Union raised objections yesterday to a little–noticed provision of the latest version of the USA Patriot Act bill, arguing that it would give the Secret Service wider latitude to charge protesters accused of disrupting major events including political conventions and the Olympics.
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      BEYOND THE WAR SPIN
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      After this week‘s elections in Iraq, will our national debate be about what the United States should do to salvage the best outcome it can from a war policy that has been riddled with errors and miscalculations? Or will we mostly discuss how politicians should position themselves on the war?

Here‘s >>>


      BUSH ESTIMATES 30,000 IRAQIS KILLED IN WAR
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      PHILADELPHIA –– In a rare, unscripted moment, President Bush on Monday estimated 30,000 Iraqis have died in the war, the first time he has publicly acknowledged the high price Iraqis have paid in the push for democracy.

In the midst of a campaign to win support for the unpopular war, Bush unexpecte >>>


      BUSH: RACE NOT FACTOR IN KATRINA RESPONSE
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      WASHINGTON –– President Bush said Monday the federal government‘s reaction to Hurricane Katrina was appalling, but was not the result of racial indifference to blacks hard–hit by the storm. "You can call me anything you want, but do not call me a racist," Bush said.

In an inte >>>


      DEMOCRATIC UNIT VOTES TO ADD EARLY ‘08 CONTESTS
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      By Dan BalzWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, December 11, 2005; A11 A Democratic Party task force approved changes yesterday aimed at bringing more diversity to the early stages of the 2008 presidential nominating calendar but only after defeating a far more significant proposal to eliminate the special first–i >>>


      FRIST CAUTIONS SENATORS AGAINST STALLING ALITO VOTE
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      By Ceci ConnollyWashington Post Staff WriterMonday, December 12, 2005; A05 Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R–Tenn.) threatened yesterday to strip Democrats of the power to filibuster if they block the vote on Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr.

"It would be against the intent of the Foundin >>>


      GANG LEADER SET TO DIE AS APPEALS FAIL
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      SAN QUENTIN, California (Reuters) – California prepared to execute Stanley Tookie Williams early on Tuesday after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger denied clemency, citing the former Crips gang leader‘s lack of remorse for four brutal murders.

The clemency rejection, as well as the denial of last–mi >>>


      GENTLE SENATOR, PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL EMPOWERED U.S. ANTIWAR MOVEMENT
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      December 11, 2005; A01 Eugene J. McCarthy, 8', the scholarly and erudite Minnesota senator whose pursuit of the presidency in 1'68 galvanized popular opposition to the war in Vietnam and helped drive Lyndon B. Johnson from the White House, died yesterday at the Georgetown Retirement Residence in Washington. He >>>


      HILLARY CLINTON CRAFTS CENTRIST STANCE ON WAR
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      At a time when politicians in both parties have eagerly sought public forums to debate the war in Iraq, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D–N.Y.) has kept in the shadows.

Clinton has stayed steadfastly on a centrist path, criticizing President Bush but refusing to embrace the early troop withdrawal options th >>>


      HOLLYWOOD‘S CRUDE CLICHES
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      I don‘t know if anyone does time capsules anymore, but if they do I suggest that a DVD of the George Clooney movie "Syriana" be included. I‘m not sure it tells you much about today‘s America –– not as much as an iPod, for instance, or a clip from "Entertainment Tonight" >>>


      HOUSE TO TAKE UP STRICTER IMMIGRATION MEASURE
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      By Jonathan WeismanWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, December 11, 2005; A08 Driven by the rising anger of their constituents, House Republicans are pushing ahead with tough legislation to tighten control of the nation‘s borders and clamp down on the hiring of illegal immigrants –– without offering n >>>


      IN IRAQ, BUSH PUSHED FOR DEADLINE DEMOCRACY
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      By Peter Baker and Robin WrightWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, December 11, 2005; A01 Whenever he was asked in public last winter about the prospect of delaying Iraq‘s first election since the fall of Saddam Hussein, President Bush flatly dismissed it. His administration, he insisted, was "very firm&quo >>>


      IRAQ‘S PR BATTLE CONTINUES IN U.S., ABROAD
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      11:27 AM President Bush on Wednesday compared the task at hand in the Middle East to the lofty objectives the United States faced during World War II, saying that the attempt to build a stable democracy in Iraq is essential to the future security of America.

Yet, during War World II, Americans and Europeans sa >>>


      IT‘S TIME TO REBUILD AMERICA
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      By Felix G. Rohatyn and Warren RudmanTuesday, December 13, 2005; A27 Two recent, very different events on opposite sides of the United States serve as startling examples of our unwillingness to support needed public investment or to consider the consequences of failing to do so.

On the Gulf Coast, the failure >>>


      JUSTICES TO REVIEW DELAY–LED DISTRICTING
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      A01 The Supreme Court agreed yesterday to consider the legality of Texas‘s 2003 congressional redistricting plan, which was engineered by then–House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R–Tex.) and helped cement GOP control of the House.

The court will hear challenges from Democrats and minority groups >>>


      PIRRO URGED TO DROP N.Y. SENATE BID
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      ALBANY, N.Y. –– New York‘s Republican Party county leaders recommended Monday that Jeanine Pirro abandon her struggling campaign to challenge Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and instead run for state attorney general.

State GOP Chairman Stephen Minarik said no vote was taken but that was the cons >>>


      PRESIDENT BUSH DELIVERS REMARKS ON THE WAR ON TERRORISM
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA DECEMBER 12, 2005 SPEAKER: GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES [×] BUSH: Thank you all. Thank you. Thanks for the warm welcome. Thank you for the chance to come and speak to the Philadelphia World Affairs Council.

This is an important organization that, since 1'4 >>>


      PRISON–WORKER TRANSFER SOUGHT AFTER THREATS
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      A23 Two senators have asked the Bureau of Prisons to transfer a federal penitentiary employee for his own safety after the man received death threats for helping anti–terrorism investigators translate some inmates‘ letters from Arabic to English.

In a letter to Bureau of Prisons Director Harley G. >>>


      PROSECUTOR WILL APPEAL DISMISSAL IN DELAY CASE
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      A Texas prosecutor signaled yesterday that he intends to appeal the dismissal of one of the indictments leveled earlier this year against Rep. Tom DeLay (R–Tex.) for his alleged role in injecting corporate funds into the 2002 Texas elections. That decision will complicate DeLay‘s hope of regaining his role >>>


      REUTERS POLITICS SUMMARY
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      Fight looms if Republicans change Senate rules WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd warned on Monday that he would bring the U.S. Senate to a virtual standstill if Republicans carry out a threat to change its rules by outlawing filibusters on judicial nominations.

Byrd of West Virginia, a s >>>


      RICHARD PRYOR: PREACHER OF TRUTH
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      Whenever he took the stage, Richard Pryor brought with him a collection of lost souls –– manic cokeheads with eyes as big as saucers, pimps so cool they couldn‘t be bothered to move their lips when they spoke, women of exceedingly loose morals, prison inmates who richly deserved their incarceration, s >>>


      SCHWARZENEGGER DECLINES TO HALT EXECUTION OF GANG FOUNDER
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      A01 SAN QUENTIN, Calif., Dec. 12 –– Stanley "Tookie" Williams, a gang leader–turned–peace advocate whose cause drew worldwide attention, was set to be executed in San Quentin‘s death chamber Tuesday morning after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger denied his last–ditch plea for cle >>>


      SUPREME COURT TO REVIEW TEXAS REDISTRICTING
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      WASHINGTON –– The Supreme Court waded into the thicket of Texas politics Monday, agreeing to review controversial redistricting that produced ballot box gains for Republicans but an ethics rebuke and criminal charges for GOP Rep. Tom DeLay.

The justices had seemed to leave scant room in 2004 for th >>>


      TALK SHOWS
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (WTTG), ' a.m.: Sen. Bill Frist (R–Tenn.); Thomas A. Ferguson , director of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing; activist Bianca Jagger ; and prosecutor Robert Martin .

THIS WEEK (ABC, WJLA), ' a.m.: Sen. Joseph R. Bi >>>


      THE POET WHO TOOK ON LBJ
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      I love you so. . . . Gone? Who will swear you wouldn‘t have done good to the country, that fulfillment wouldn‘t have done good to you.

–– Robert Lowell "For Eugene McCarthy" (July 1'68) By August 1'68 Sen. Eugene McCarthy was gone and his supporters were left to wonder >>>


      U.S. WON‘T JOIN IN BINDING CLIMATE TALKS
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      By Juliet EilperinWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, December 11, 2005; A01 MONTREAL, Dec. 10 –– Despite the Bush administration‘s adamant resistance, nearly every industrialized nation agreed early Saturday to engage in talks aimed at producing a new set of binding limits on greenhouse gas emissions >>>


      VENTURE CAPITALIST HAS A PLAN TO TAKE LOBBYING SHOPS PUBLIC
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      Kenneth P. Ducey Jr. is the mystery man of K Street. Downtown D.C. has been buzzing for weeks about a venture capitalist who‘s been secretly trying to buy a bunch of lobbying shops, tie them together and take them public. Well, the gossip is true, and the 41–year–old, Connecticut–based Ducey is >>>


      WARNING LABEL ON DARWIN SOWS DIVISION IN SUBURBIA
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      By Peter WhoriskeyWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, December 11, 2005; A03 MARIETTA, Ga. –– The evolution controversy in this comfortable Atlanta suburb began with one boy‘s fascination with dinosaurs.

"He was really into ‘Jurassic Park,‘ " his mother recalled. The tro >>>


      WELCOME TO THE PALL MALL
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      It appears John K. Tanner , chief of the Justice Department‘s voting section, was a bit miffed about the recent leak of an internal document that showed most of the section‘s lawyers who had reviewed a controversial Georgia voting law felt it would discriminate against black voters. The lawyers were overrul >>>


      WHITE HOUSE PUSHES CONGRESS ON ALASKA DRILLING
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Bush administration officials on Monday urged Congress to include opening Alaska‘s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling in a broad budget–cutting bill that could see a vote this week.

ANWR drilling is one of several politically sensitive items that will be in >>>


      A RACE TO HELP IN KASHMIR‘S MOUNTAINS
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      By John LancasterWashington Post Foreign ServiceTuesday, December 13, 2005; A17 KOT, Pakistan –– For almost three weeks, Isabelle Giasson and Daniel Desmarais have camped in a remote earthquake–ravaged valley, distributing aid to 13 villages that can be reached only by helicopter or on foot. Living ou >>>


      A UNIT‘S FITFUL YEAR AT WAR
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      By Steve FainaruWashington Post Foreign ServiceTuesday, December 13, 2005; A01 BALAD, Iraq Long before he came to Iraq, Spec. Russell Nahvi hoped to save the world. In a spiral–bound notebook filled with math equations, he jotted his secret yearnings: "I PRAY one day I can make the world proud of me.

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      BEIRUT BLAST KILLS FOE OF SYRIA
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      A01 BEIRUT, Nov. 12 –– A memento sat in Gebran Tueni‘s office that the journalist, lawmaker and opponent of Syria pointed to with pride. It was a broken jar, shattered by residents of the Lebanese border town of Majdal Anjar on April 26, the day the last Syrian troops left the country after a 2'&n >>>


      BUSH ESTIMATES IRAQI DEATH TOLL IN WAR AT 30,000
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 12 –– President Bush estimated Monday that 30,000 Iraqis have died in the war since U.S.–led forces invaded in March 2003, but he offered no second thoughts about ordering the attack and said the threat of terrorism against the United States has subsided as a result.

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      COURT MAY HEAR CHINESE DETAINEES
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      A federal judge in Washington said yesterday that he will consider allowing two detainees in the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to appear before him in court to challenge their confinement, telling lawyers that the ethnic Uighurs who have been cleared for release have been held too long.

U.S. Distric >>>


      DEADLOCKED WTO SHIFTS FOCUS TO POOREST NATIONS
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      1:3' AM HONG KONG (Reuters) – Deadlocked in negotiations for a free trade accord, ministers from around the world shifted their focus on Tuesday to delivering trade support to developing nations as they gathered for a week of talks in Hong Kong.

There was no sign that the ministers would break their >>>


      EAST COAST IRAQIS BEGIN VOTE TODAY IN N.VA.
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      Starting today, thousands of Iraqi nationals living up and down the Eastern Seaboard are expected to turn out in Northern Virginia to help elect Iraq‘s first full–term parliament.

A site in McLean, the Best Western Tysons Westpark, was selected to serve as one of eight voting centers nationwide. Ot >>>


      EL PROBLEMA DE ENVIAR DINERO A CASA
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      Hace dos décadas, expertos economistas determinaron que el país no podía seguir dependiendo del café y otros pocos productos agrícolas de exportación.

El país tenía que diversificar, dijeron, atrayendo inversión y utilizando su fuerza laboral barat >>>


      FROM KABUL TO A KEY COUNTERTERROR ROLE
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      U rsula Mueller always wanted to be a diplomat, a writer or an inventor. "I knew very early this is what I wanted to do. I think I have done all three of them," she said about her childhood ambitions and career in the German foreign service.

In 1''5, Mueller became Germany‘s first ombud >>>


      IRAQ PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      Why are Iraqis voting? About 15 million Iraqis are eligible to vote Dec. 15 for a new national assembly, the first chosen since the ratification of the Iraqi constitution in October. The assembly‘s 275 members will serve four–year terms. The assembly will select a president who in turn will appoint a prime >>>


      IRAQI PREMIER DECRIES TORTURE OF DETAINEES
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      By Ellen KnickmeyerWashington Post Foreign ServiceTuesday, December 13,
2005; A18 BAGHDAD, Dec. 12 –– Prime Minister Ibrahim Jafari on Monday said he would not tolerate torture by the Shiite–dominated government police forces, renewing his condemnation of the practice after U.S. and Iraqi forces f >>>


      ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS: IRAQI VOTE ‘SATANIC‘
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      BAGHDAD, Iraq –– Soldiers, patients and prisoners began voting Monday in national elections, three days ahead of the general population, while insurgents denounced the balloting as a "satanic project" but did not threaten to attack polling stations.

The early voting went ahead despite the >>>


      JAPAN–CHINA CAUGHT IN SPOTLIGHT AT EAST ASIA TALKS
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      12:2' AM KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – A long–standing feud between Japan and China caught the spotlight on Tuesday on the eve of the first East Asian summit, rekindling concerns that the bad blood could thwart progress of the new grouping.

Japan and China, along with South Korea and 10 Southeast As >>>


      PAKISTANI BUS LEAVES ON TRIAL RUN TO INDIAN CITY
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) – A Pakistani bus left the eastern city of Lahore on Tuesday for a trial run to the Indian city of Amritsar in the latest step in a slow–moving peace process between the nuclear–armed rivals.

Nine people, including Pakistani tourism officials, were on the bus, paint >>>


      POWERFUL QUAKE STRIKES UNDER SEA NEAR FIJI
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      SUVA, Fiji –– A powerful undersea earthquake struck near Fiji on Tuesday, and officials issued a tsunami alert for the local area.

The 6.3 magnitude quake occurred at 3:16 p.m. local time about 150 miles northeast of Vanua Levu, the main tourist spot in Fiji‘s chain of islands.

The U >>>


      REPORT SAYS SYRIA INTERFERED IN HARIRI PROBE
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 12 –– Syria has interfered with a U.N. probe into the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri by burning intelligence archives and intimidating a key witness who had tied senior Syrian officials to the killing, according to testimony made public Monday by U.N. inves >>>


      RIOTS RAGE AGAIN IN SUBURBS OF SYDNEY
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      SYDNEY, Dec. 12 –– Scores of youths of Middle Eastern descent drove through predominantly white suburbs of Sydney in a second night of violence Monday, smashing windows of cars, homes and stores and raising fears that racial unrest would spread.

[In response, the state‘s premier said Tuesday >>>


      SAUDI GIVES $20 MILLION TO GEORGETOWN
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      By Caryle MurphyWashington Post Staff WriterTuesday, December 13, 2005; B01 A prominent Saudi businessman said yesterday that he is donating $20 million each to Georgetown and Harvard universities for the study of Islam and the Muslim world as part of his philanthropic efforts to promote interfaith understanding.
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      SERBIAN COURT CONVICTS 14 IN MASSACRE OF POWS IN ‘'1
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      BELGRADE, Dec. 12 –– A Serbian court on Monday convicted 14 former Serb militia members of the massacre of nearly 200 Croatian prisoners of war, many of them already wounded, during the battle of Vukovar in November 1''1.

A special Belgrade court found them guilty of carrying out the execut >>>


      STRONG QUAKE HITS NORTHEASTERN AFGHANISTAN, SHAKES PAKISTAN
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      KABUL, Afghanistan, Dec. 13 –– A strong earthquake early Tuesday struck remote northeastern Afghanistan and shook neighboring Pakistan, the scene of a devastating quake two months ago. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude–6.7 qua >>>


      SYRIA EYED IN DEATH OF LEBANESE EDITOR
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      BEIRUT, Lebanon –– Journalist and lawmaker Gibran Tueni, a relentless critic of Syria who spent months in France fearing assassination, was killed Monday in a car bombing _ only a day after returning to his homeland.

A previously unknown group claimed responsibility, but suspicion quickly settled o >>>


      THE TROUBLE WITH SENDING MONEY HOME
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      4:21 PM Two decades ago, economic gurus proclaimed El Salvador had to break away from its dependence on coffee and other traditional agricultural exports.

The country should diversify, they said, by attracting investment and utilizing its inexpensive and dedicated work force to increase production of labor&nda >>>


      UN COUNCIL CONSIDERS ACTION ON KILLINGS IN LEBANON
      Washington Post, 13-12-2005
      UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The 15–nation Security Council weighs its response on Tuesday to a U.N. investigation that accused Syria of hindering its probe into the slaying of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri.

The council first hears an oral presentation from Detlev Mehlis, the German pro >>>


      ‘HOW OFTEN DOES A LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD COME ALONG WHO RESEMBLES A MONKEY IN EVERY PARTICULAR?‘
      Guardian, 13-12-2005
      Five years ago, Steve Bell was still trying to draw Bush as a turkey. Then he spotted a decidedly simian pout ...

Tuesday December 13, 2005 The Guardian Five years? At my time of life, when the weeks seem to whizz past with increasing speed, I am genuinely surprised that he‘s been president for such a sh >>>


      A JOB WORTH DOING
      Guardian, 13-12-2005
      Rebecca Smithers Tuesday December 13, 2005 The Guardian Interviews are being held this week for a successor to Sir David Normington, permanent secretary at the Department for Education and Skills, who departs for the same job at the Home Office in the new year. The chief inspector of schools, David Bell – much li >>>


      BLAIR PLANS COMPROMISE ON EU REBATE
      Guardian, 13-12-2005
      Nicholas Watt in Brussels Tuesday December 13, 2005 The Guardian Tony Blair is preparing to give ground to Jacques Chirac later this week over the EU budget by offering to make further – and permanent – cuts to its rebate.

As France threatened to block EU enlargement unless Britain slashed its reba >>>


      CAMERON AIDE GETS FRONTBENCH ROLE
      Guardian, 13-12-2005
      Matthew Tempest, political correspondent Tuesday December 13, 2005 David Cameron appointed the man dubbed the "brains" behind his successful election campaign to a frontbench role today, as he completed the junior ranks of his reshuffle.

Michael Gove, the former Times journalists turned Tory MP, take >>>


      CAMERON REITERATES TORY TRANSFORMATION PLEDGE
      Guardian, 13-12-2005
      Birmingham hosts first shadow cabinet meeting Support for move to boost number of women MPs Tania Branigan Political correspondent Tuesday December 13, 2005 The Guardian David Cameron will today seek to emphasise his promise to transform the Conservative party, building on yesterday‘s announcement of measures to >>>


      FOUR IN 10 ‘NOT SAVING FOR OLD AGE‘
      Guardian, 13-12-2005
      Ben Child Tuesday December 13, 2005 Four out of 10 of people still in work have made no pension provision whatsoever and will have to rely on the state for an income in retirement, according to a large–scale survey of British attitudes.

Yet 60% of the more than 3,000 people questioned thought that anyone >>>


      FOUR IN TEN ‘NOT SAVING FOR OLD AGE‘
      Guardian, 13-12-2005
      Ben Child Tuesday December 13, 2005 Four out of ten of people still in work have made no pension provision whatsoever and will have to rely on the state for an income in retirement, according to a large–scale survey of British attitudes.

Yet 60% of the more than 3,000 people questioned thought that anyon >>>


      FRAUD GANGS TARGET JOBCENTRE STAFF
      Guardian, 13-12-2005
      Up to 10,000 identities may have been stolen Ministers accused of hushing up scale of scam David Hencke, Westminster correspondent Tuesday December 13, 2005 The Guardian The identities of up to 10,000 civil servants have been stolen by criminals to make thousands of fraudulent claims for family tax credit in one of the >>>


      GO FOR GROWTH: GROW GRADUATES
      Guardian, 13-12-2005
      Lord Leitch sets out the choices that politicians face to improve skills Peter Kingston Tuesday December 13, 2005 The Guardian In presenting his pre–budget report, the chancellor, Gordon Brown, demonstrated what a fragile art economic forecasting can be when he was forced to halve the 3–3.5% growth figure h >>>


      GRADUATES LESS LIKELY TO SUPPORT OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE POOR
      Guardian, 13-12-2005
      Middle class resists health and education reforms ‘Selfishness‘ of graduates suggested by report John Carvel, social affairs editor Tuesday December 13, 2005 The Guardian Tony Blair‘s plans to benefit poorer families by expanding choice in education and health have started to provoke a backlash among >>>


      HOWLING AT THE MOON IN MONTREAL
      Guardian, 13-12-2005
      Tuesday December 13, 2005 The Guardian If avoiding dangerous climate change is the reason for the Montreal talks, the outcome there is hardly a breakthrough for Kyoto or anything else (Montreal deal raises hopes, December 12).

Success is quite falsely claimed, as the very possibility of effective process to av >>>


      LABOUR MUST FIGHT INEQUALITY TO WIN, SAYS BLAIR ADVISER
      Guardian, 13-12-2005
      Patrick Wintour Tuesday December 13, 2005 The Guardian Labour must rethink its policies on schools and taxation if it is to confront a revitalised Conservative party, one of Tony Blair‘s closest advisers will argue tomorrow.

In a Fabian Society pamphlet, Patrick Diamond will warn that the party cannot fi >>>


      LIVINGSTONE FACES TRIBUNAL OVER ‘NAZI‘ JIBE
      Guardian, 13-12-2005
      Matthew Tempest, political correspondent Tuesday December 13, 2005 London mayor Ken Livingstone is today facing up to a five–year disqualification, as the row over his remarks to an Evening Standard journalist finally reaches a tribunal.

The local government watchdog, the Standards Board for England & >>>


      MAKE PRISON LEAD TO WORK, SAY MINISTERS
      Guardian, 13-12-2005
      Peter Kingston reports on a new government drive to get inmates into jobs while they are still in jail Tuesday December 13, 2005 The Guardian The young man in blue overalls and yellow bib shovelling clay with gusto from a hole in the road attracts little attention from passing drivers and pedestrians. If anything, they >>>


      MANDELSON RULES OUT CONCESSIONS
      Guardian, 13-12-2005
      Gulf between countries too big to reach trade deal Agriculture remains major stumbling block Larry Elliott and Jonathan Watts in Hong Kong Tuesday December 13, 2005 The Guardian The European trade commissioner, Peter Mandelson, warned that there would be no fresh concessions to unblock the logjam in world trade talks o >>>


      MESSAGE TO LABOUR: NO NEED TO PANIC OVER CAMERON
      Guardian, 13-12-2005
      When Brown steps next door, it will be the brightness and content of his policies, not his age or style, that matter Polly Toynbee Tuesday December 13, 2005 The Guardian The gushing goes on. Blush–making purple prose oozes from Tory pens pouring out love songs and panegyrics. There will be swooning for many moons >>>


      NEW SHADOW CABINET UNVEILED
      Guardian, 13-12-2005
      Welcome to the Backbencher, Guardian Unlimited‘s weekly insider‘s guide to Westminster Wednesday December 7, 2005 BREAKING NEWS: THE NEW SHADOW CABINET William Hague will become the new shadow foreign secretary, David Davis keeps his home affairs portfolio, and Liam Fox will be the Tories‘ defence spo >>>


      OUR BEST IS NOT ENOUGH
      Guardian, 13-12-2005
      The pace of climate change talks is glacially slow. It‘s time for a global reality check Andrew Simms Tuesday December 13, 2005 The Guardian In the run–up to the original 1''2 Earth Summit that established the UN framework convention on climate change it was said that people had low expectations, an >>>


      RED WORRY, YELLOW WORRY
      Guardian, 13-12-2005
      As the Conservatives get their act together, Labour and the Lib Dems are heading for trouble, writes Ed Vaizey Tuesday December 13, 2005 Tomorrow sees the effective end of term for parliament. Although the house does not formally rise until Tuesday next week, there will be few crucial votes or debates in the next few d >>>


      REFORMS ‘NOT TO BLAME FOR NHS DEBT CRISIS‘
      Guardian, 13-12-2005
      Press Association Tuesday December 13, 2005 The health secretary, Patricia Hewitt, today rejected claims that the government health reforms were the cause of the current debt crisis in the NHS.

Speaking at the London School of Economics this morning she said that the government reforms were the solution to &nd >>>


      RESEARCH REVEALS PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR UNIVERSITY FEES
      Guardian, 13-12-2005
      Polly Curtis, education correspondent Tuesday December 13, 2005 Ministers welcomed new research today which found that more than three–quarters (77%) of the British population think that students should contribute to the cost of their university education.

The British Social Attitudes survey, the annual >>>


      SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT SPLITS PUBLIC OPINION
      Guardian, 13-12-2005
      Matt Weaver Tuesday December 13, 2005 New Scottish parliament at Holyrood. Photo: Murdo MacLeod.

The controversial new Scottish parliament is one of Britain‘s best–loved buildings according to a new poll out today – just a day after another survey found it was one of the most hated.

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      TERRORISM THREAT HAS INCREASED: MET CHIEF
      Guardian, 13-12-2005
      Intelligence on suspects received daily since 7/7 Three conspiracies foiled since London attacks Rosie Cowan, crime correspondent Tuesday December 13, 2005 The Guardian The terrorist threat to the UK has intensified so much since July 7 that Scotland Yard gets high–grade intelligence on suspects almost every day, >>>


      THE WORLD CAN BREATHE AGAIN
      Guardian, 13-12-2005
      Robin McKie, science editor, explains the global significance of yesterday‘s deal in Montreal Sunday December 11, 2005 The Observer At a time when scientists have been bringing us grim new climatic tidings almost every day, the news that the world‘s leaders have agreed to sit down to talk about the dangers >>>


      THEY BLEAT ABOUT THE FREE MARKET, THEN HOLD OUT THEIR BEGGING BOWLS
      Guardian, 13-12-2005
      It‘s not just the common agricultural policy: the entire corporate sector relies on state handouts that dwarf their profits George Monbiot Tuesday December 13, 2005 The Guardian Never underestimate the self–pity of the ruling classes. Since Labour took office in 1''7 the Confederation of British Ind >>>


      TIN–POT DICTATOR DEFENDS LOCAL DEMOCRACY
      Guardian, 13-12-2005
      Tuesday December 13, 2005 The Guardian I was surprised at Polly Toynbee‘s uncharacteristic illogicality (Comment, December '). Ex "tinpot dictator" though I am, I would strongly advocate that the mayor of London should have more strategic powers; for example, over the police, waste from the capital >>>


      WHITEHALL DIVISIONS HIT ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOUR BILL
      Guardian, 13-12-2005
      Alan Travis, home affairs editor Tuesday December 13, 2005 The Guardian Tony Blair‘s drive to tackle antisocial behaviour is faltering, with plans for a "Respect" bill having to be shelved because of the lack of consensus across Whitehall over what it should contain.

The prime minister promised >>>


      WTO PROTESTERS CLASH WITH RIOT POLICE
      Guardian, 13-12-2005
      Agencies Tuesday December 13, 2005 Hong Kong riot police use pepper spray to prevent South Korean anti–globalisation protesters marching on the main venue for WTO talks. Photograph: Claro Cortes IV/Reuters

South Korean farmers clashed with riot police in Hong Kong today at the start of a World Trade Orga >>>


      YESTERDAY IN PARLIAMENT
      Guardian, 13-12-2005
      Tories hail leader after Commons tussle with Blair Simon Hoggart‘s sketch: Blair left startled by Cameron‘s cosy embrace Yesterday in parliament
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      AUSTRALIAN CONVICTED OF KILLING BACKPACKER
      Guardian, 13-12-2005
      Tuesday December 13, 2005 3:31 PM AP Photo DAR108 DARWIN, Australia (AP) – A jury Tuesday convicted a mechanic of murdering a British backpacker on an Outback highway in 2001 – one of Australia‘s most sensational killings in recent years.

The jury deliberated for eight hours before convicting >>>


      COLLEGE CLASS PRESIDENT CHARGED IN ROBBERY
      Guardian, 13-12-2005
      Tuesday December 13, 2005 5:46 AM By MARK SCOLFORO Associated Press Writer BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) – As Lehigh University students prepared for final exams this week, they found themselves grappling with the news that the sophomore class president had been arrested for allegedly robbing a bank.

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      COURT, GOVERNOR WON‘T HALT EXECUTION
      Guardian, 13-12-2005
      Tuesday December 13, 2005 5:16 AM AP Photo CASM113 By KIM CURTIS Associated Press Writer SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger refused to block the execution of Stanley Tookie Williams, rejecting the notion that the founder of the murderous Crips gang had atoned for his crimes and found redemption >>>



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