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      SUNNIS CRY FOUL OVER IRAQ VOTE
      Arab News, 21-12-2005
      Aseel Kami & Mariam Karouny, Reuters BAGHDAD, 21 December 2005 — Iraq’s Sunni Arab minority cried foul yesterday over results of last week’s election, angry at signs Shiites will remain dominant and possibly retain an absolute majority in Parliament.

Clashes in the insurgent stronghold of Ramadi, the heavi >>>


      SYRIA SAYS TOO EARLY TO DISCUSS BORDERS WITH LEBANON
      Arab News, 21-12-2005
      Agencies CAIRO, 21 December 2005 — Syria said yesterday it was prepared to discuss with the Lebanese side the controversial issue of their common borders but only after bilateral relations improve. «We should not pre–empt issues on the agenda of bilateral ties between Syria and Lebanon,» Foreign Minis >>>


      TURKEY HAS NO PLANS TO AMEND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION LAW
      Arab News, 21-12-2005
      Associated Press ANKARA, 21 December 2005 — Turkey’s justice minister said yesterday that the government has no immediate plans to amend the freedom of expression–curbing law that was used to charge renowned writer Orhan Pamuk, a case that has soured relations with the European Union. The EU, which is pressing th >>>


      7 STATES JOIN PLAN AGAINST POLLUTION
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      NEW YORK, Dec. 20 –– Seven northeastern states have signed the country‘s first plan to create a market for emission credits for heat–trapping carbon dioxide as a way to curb pollution from power plants, New York Gov. George E. Pataki (R) said Tuesday.

In a break from President Bush, Pat >>>


      AIRPORTS AUTHORITY MIGHT ADOPT DULLES RAIL PROJECT
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      December 21, 2005; A01 The authority that controls Dulles International Airport made a move yesterday to take over the state–run Dulles Toll Road and seize control of construction of a rail line to the airport, hoping to ensure that the troubled project moves forward.

As owner of the land on which the to >>>


      DEFENDING SCIENCE BY DEFINING IT
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      21, 2005; A20 The opinion written by Judge John E. Jones III in the Dover evolution trial is a two–in–one document that offers both philosophical and practical arguments against "intelligent design" likely to be useful to far more than a school board in a small Pennsylvania town.

Jones gi >>>


      DONORS UNDERWRITE DELAY‘S DELUXE LIFESTYLE
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      20, 2005; 10:55 PM WASHINGTON –– As Tom DeLay became a king of campaign fundraising, he lived like one too. He visited cliff–top Caribbean resorts, golf courses designed by PGA champions and four–star restaurants _ all courtesy of donors who bankrolled his political money empire.

Over t >>>


      IMPACT SITE ON MARS MAY BE SPACECRAFT
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      LONDON, Dec. 20 –– The British scientist behind the failed Beagle 2 probe said Tuesday he believes he has located the craft‘s wreckage on Mars.

Nothing has been heard from Beagle 2 –– named for the ship that took naturalist Charles Darwin on his 1'th–century voyage of di >>>


      JUDGE RESIGNS OVER SECRET SURVEILLANCE
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      AM WASHINGTON –– A federal judge has resigned from a special court set up to oversee government surveillance, apparently in protest of President Bush‘s secret authorization of a domestic spying program on people with suspected terrorist ties.

U.S. District Judge James Robertson would not comm >>>


      MIAMI CRASH BLAMED ON WING BREAKING OFF
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      MIAMI BEACH, Dec. 20 –– The crash of a seaplane shortly after takeoff was apparently caused by the right wing breaking off during flight, investigators said Tuesday. It was unclear why the wing detached.

Salvage crews raised the wing out of the channel where the 58–year–old turboprop ai >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      Muslim Rights Group to Log Excessive Security Checks Muslim Americans trying to reenter the United States after international travel should record instances in which they are singled out as security risks, a civil rights group said.

The Council on American–Islamic Relations asked traveling Muslims to rec >>>


      POLICE PROBE BLAST OUTSIDE OHIO MOSQUE
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      CINCINNATI –– An explosion went off near a mosque and a house occupied by an Islamic association late Tuesday, authorities said. No injuries were reported.

Police closed nearby streets and investigators combed the area with bomb–sniffing dogs.

"This is very disturbing," sai >>>


      PROPOSED STANDARDS FOR AIR QUALITY CRITICIZED
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      A10 The Bush administration proposed a modest tightening of federal air–quality standards yesterday for the first time in eight years, drawing protests from both public health and industry officials.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Stephen L. Johnson said he has decided to maintain the curr >>>


      REVENUE IS STARTING TO BURN HOLES IN STATES‘ POCKETS
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      By T.R. ReidWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, December 21, 2005; A02 A $300 million tax refund in Hawaii. A full day of kindergarten for every 5–year–old in Delaware. A light–rail line from Denver‘s airport to downtown.

Cheap health insurance for middle–class families in Illi >>>


      SENATE NEARS SHOWDOWN OVER ARCTIC DRILLING
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      AM WASHINGTON –– Congress is moving toward a Christmas week showdown that could end a quarter–century fight over whether to exploit the nation‘s largest untapped reservoir of oil beneath the frozen tundra of an Alaska wildlife preserve.

With a critical vote scheduled for Wednesday in th >>>


      STANDING ROOM ONLY AT FUNERAL FOR CRIPS CO–FOUNDER
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      A08 LOS ANGELES, Dec. 20 –– Stanley Tookie Williams‘s mourners began arriving hours before his noon funeral, hoping to secure seats inside the church.

By 10 a.m., police had blocked the streets surrounding the Bethel A.M.E. church, citing gridlock. By 11, hundreds of mourners formed two snaki >>>


      TODAY IN CONGRESS
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      SENATE Meets at ' a.m.

Committees : No committees scheduled.

HOUSE Not in session.

Committees : No committees scheduled.

Reuters

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      TRANSIT STRIKE THROWS OFF THE METER OF N.Y.
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      By David SegalWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, December 21, 2005; C01 NEW YORK, Dec. 20 –– The fate of New York City fell on the hunched shoulders of Sotirios Gavritsas on Tuesday. And frankly, it sort of bummed him out.

"I‘m depressed, you know what I mean?" he said, taking a >>>


      4 GOP SENATORS HOLD FIRM AGAINST PATRIOT ACT RENEWAL
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      By Charles BabingtonWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, December 21,
2005; A04 Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R–Tenn.) could barely conceal his anger.

"The Patriot Act expires on December 31, but the terrorist threat does not," he told reporters at the Capitol yesterday. "Those >>>


      ABRAMOFF REPORTEDLY NEGOTIATING A DEAL IN WHICH HE WOULD PLEAD GUILTY, TESTIFY
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      A05 Former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, facing trial on fraud charges Jan. ' in Florida, is negotiating a possible deal with the Justice Department, in which he would agree to plead guilty and cooperate in the wide–ranging political corruption investigation focused on his dealings with members of Congress and exec >>>


      CHENEY BREAKS SENATE TIE ON SPENDING CUTS
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      AM WASHINGTON –– The Republican–controlled Senate passed legislation to cut federal deficits by $3'.7 billion on Wednesday by the narrowest of margins,
51–50, with Vice President Dick Cheney casting the deciding vote.

The measure, the product of a year‘s labors by the Whit >>>


      CHENEY HEADS HOME FOR CLOSE SENATE BUDGET VOTE
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Vice President Dick Cheney cut short a Middle East trip on Tuesday to return to Washington in case his vote is needed to break a tie on legislation to cut spending or open an Alaskan wildlife refuge to oil drilling.

Lawmakers expect a close vote Wednesday on the spending bill, prob >>>


      CLASH IS LATEST CHAPTER IN BUSH EFFORT TO WIDEN EXECUTIVE POWER
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      December 21, 2005; A01 The clash over the secret domestic spying program is one slice of a broader struggle over the power of the presidency that has animated the Bush administration.

George W. Bush and Dick Cheney came to office convinced that the authority of the presidency had eroded and have spent the past >>>


      DEMOCRATS SEEK ALL OF ALITO‘S WRITINGS
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      The Bush administration should release all of Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr.‘s internal Justice Department documents before confirmation hearings begin next month, Senate Democrats said yesterday.

The documents "will be important in evaluating Judge Alito‘s nomination," the eig >>>


      EPA PROPOSES NEW HEALTH–BASED SOOT LIMITS
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      AM WASHINGTON –– The Environmental Protection Agency proposed stricter daily limits Tuesday for how many microscopic particles of air pollution, or soot, are safe for all Americans to breathe from the nation‘s smokestacks and tailpipes.

The proposed new health–based air standards repres >>>


      HOLLOW RHETORIC ON ‘RULE OF LAW‘
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      Like democracy or freedom, "the rule of law" has become one of those things U.S. diplomats advocate so repetitively you‘d think they could do it in their sleep. When the secretary of state speaks to the American Bar Association, she explicitly links "the advance of freedom and the success of democr >>>


      MAJORITY OF AMERICANS SUPPORT ALITO NOMINATION
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      10:21 AM A majority of Americans now support the confirmation of U.S. Appeals Court Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. to the Supreme Court to fill the seat of retiring Associate Justice Sandra Day O‘Connor, according to a new Washington Post–ABC News poll.

The survey found that 54 percent of the public say >>>


      NEW ORLEANS VENDORS TOUT MOLD REMOVAL AND LUXURIES
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Along the abandoned thoroughfares of New Orleans, small signs have sprouted to advertise cleaning services with the slogan "Got Mold?" A highly specialized market of goods and services has evolved in the city since it was flooded by Hurricane Katrina more than three months ago ev >>>


      OUR DOMESTIC INTELLIGENCE CRISIS
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      We‘ve learned that the Defense Department is deeply involved in domestic intelligence (intelligence concerning threats to national security that unfold on U.S. soil). The department‘s National Security Agency has been conducting, outside the framework of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, electronic >>>


      PENTAGON STUDIES RAISING MILITARY LAWYERS‘ RANK
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      A2' The Defense Department will evaluate whether it should raise the rank of the armed services‘ judge advocate generals (JAGS) to three–star positions after an independent panel of experts recommended giving the top military lawyers more power and authority within the Pentagon.

In a memo distr >>>


      PRESIDENTIAL PROSPERITY GAMES
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      It‘s not the president, stupid. We Americans play the simplistic game of personalizing the economy‘s success or failure. The president is a hero or a bum. He creates or destroys prosperity. This, of course, is make–believe.

In a $12 trillion economy, the president‘s influence –&nd >>>


      REUTERS POLITICS SUMMARY
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      Senate passes spending cuts after Cheney breaks tie WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Wednesday narrowly passed a bill to trim nearly $40 billion from federal spending over five years, including cuts to social welfare programs such as health care for the elderly and poor. Vice President Dick Cheney, in hi >>>


      REVOLT OF THE PROFESSIONALS
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      The national security structure that the Bush administration created after Sept. 11, 2001, began to crumble this month because of a bipartisan revolt on Capitol Hill. Newly emboldened legislators forced the administration to accept new rules for the interrogation of prisoners, delayed renewal of the Patriot Act and dem >>>


      SECRETARY JOHANNS ASKS FOR BIRD FLU FUNDING
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      WASHINGTON –– The government needs billions of dollars from Congress to better prepare for the possibility of a bird flu outbreak, Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said Wednesday.

The Senate is considering $3.8 billion for bird flu preparedness in a defense bill passed by the House early Monday. >>>


      SENATE GOP CONFIDENT ABOUT DEFICIT CUTS
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      WASHINGTON –– On the eve of a showdown, Senate Republicans expressed confidence Tuesday they had the votes to assure final passage of $3'.7 billion in deficit cuts, and Vice President Dick Cheney hurried home from the Middle East to make it so.

With lawmakers increasingly eager to adjourn for t >>>


      SENATE TO VOTE ON DEFENSE, ARCTIC DRILLING
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      AM WASHINGTON –– Congress was immersed in a Christmas week battle Wednesday over whether to exploit the nation‘s largest untapped reservoir of oil beneath the frozen tundra of an Alaska wildlife refuge.

Senate supporters of drilling sought to cut off debate on a massive defense spending bill >>>


      SOURCE: ABRAMOFF LAWYERS IN TALKS WITH DOJ
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      WASHINGTON –– Lawyers for Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff are in discussions with the Justice Department about his possible cooperation in a congressional corruption probe, a person involved in the investigation said Tuesday night.

The probe involves a number of members of Congress as well as sta >>>


      SPY COURT JUDGE QUITS IN PROTEST
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      By Carol D. Leonnig and Dafna LinzerWashington Post Staff WritersWednesday, December 21, 2005; A01 A federal judge has resigned from the court that oversees government surveillance in intelligence cases in protest of President Bush‘s secret authorization of a domestic spying program, according to two sources.
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      THE CHRISTMAS HE DREAMED FOR ALL OF US
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      The white Christmases that Irving Berlin dreamed of weren‘t the earliest ones he used to know. He spent his first five Christmases in czarist Russia, and his only recollection of that time, at least the only one he‘d acknowledge as an adult, was that of watching his neighbors burn his family‘s house t >>>


      WITH CHENEY‘S VOTE, SENATE PASSES BUDGET BILL
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      By William Branigin, Jonathan Weisman and Shailagh MurrayWashington Post Staff WritersWednesday, December 21, 2005; 11:00 AM The Senate narrowly passed a $40 billion budget–cutting bill today, with Vice President Cheney casting the deciding vote after the chamber split 50–50 on the measure.

Taking >>>


      AP NEWS ALERT
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      BAGHDAD, Iraq –– Saddam Hussein, in an extended outburst in court, claims he has been beaten in detention.
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      CHINESE POLICE BRING VILLAGERS TO HEEL AFTER LATEST UPRISING
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      A01 SHANWEI, China, Dec. 20 –– Two weeks after a protest that culminated in gunfire and bloodshed, the rebellious farmers and fishermen of Dongzhou have been reduced to submission. Authorities have sealed off the seaside village and flooded its streets and lanes with police patrols, residents said, and an u >>>


      CLAIMS BODY RULES ERITREA STARTED 1''8 WAR
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – An international commission has ruled that Eritrea violated international law with an attack on Ethiopia in 1''8 that triggered a border war, in a decision likely to further stoke simmering tension between the two sides.

The commission at the Permanent Court of Arbitration i >>>


      COUNTRY PROFILE: LEBANON
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      1:01 PM People | Politics | Media Lebanon is inhabited by approximately 3.8 million people in an area roughly the size of Connecticut. Its intermingling of Muslims and Christians make it a kind of microcosm of the encounter between the West and East. Beirut is Lebanon‘s largest and most cosmopolitan city.

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      GAZA GUNMEN KIDNAP FOREIGN TEACHERS – WITNESSES
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinian gunmen abducted two foreign teachers in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, witnesses said.

Gaza has been beset by growing disorder and foreigners have been kidnapped on several occasions by gunmen, who use the captives to press demands from Palestinian authorities.

Witness >>>


      HIJACKER SOUGHT BY U.S. RELEASED
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      By Craig WhitlockWashington Post Foreign ServiceWednesday, December 21,
2005; A23 BERLIN, Dec. 20 –– The German government disclosed Tuesday that it had freed a Hezbollah member who had been convicted of hijacking a TWA airliner in 1'85, allowing him to return to his native Lebanon despite long&ndas >>>


      IN SEPARATE CHINESE RIOT, RESIDENTS ALLEGE TORTURE
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      A26 HUAXI, China –– In the weeks following a large–scale riot here on April 10, about 50 people were detained for questioning and a notice was posted saying anyone willing to inform on the leaders of the uprising would receive a handsome reward.

Before long, villagers and their attorneys said >>>


      IRAQ MINISTER CITES THREAT OF HUSSEIN LOYALISTS
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      2005; A24 BAGHDAD, Dec. 20 –– Iraq‘s outgoing interior minister said Tuesday that forces loyal to former president Saddam Hussein‘s Baath Party posed the greatest security challenge to the next government and that their influence and capability grew while U.S. and Iraqi troops were focusing coun >>>


      LESS COMBATIVE HUSSEIN RETURNS AS TRIAL RESUMES
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      2005; 11:03 AM BAGHDAD, Dec. 21 –– A calmer, less combative Saddam Hussein returned to court Wednesday, sitting impassively while a witness described the torture and execution of family members as the trial of the former Iraqi dictator and seven co–defendants resumed after a two–week recess.
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      LIGHT FINGERS LIFT TWO–TON BRITISH SCULPTURE
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      By Kevin SullivanWashington Post Foreign ServiceWednesday, December 21,
2005; A23 PERRY GREEN, England, Dec. 20 –– At a little past 10 last Thursday night, three men drove a Mercedes truck into a storage lot in this sleepy, sheepy village.

Working with no obvious urgency, just 20 yards or so fr >>>


      LIKUD STRENGTHENS AHEAD OF ISRAEL ELECTION – POLL
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel‘s right–wing Likud party has strengthened slightly since the election of Benjamin Netanyahu as its new leader to campaign in national polls in March, an opinion poll showed on Wednesday.

The poll, conducted for the Haaretz newspaper after Monday‘s election o >>>


      PAKISTANIS ATTACK SUSPECTED INSURGENTS
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      AM QUETTA, Pakistan –– Pakistani army helicopters attacked two suspected training camps for tribal insurgents in a restive southwestern province Wednesday.

Troops opened fire from helicopters and dropped at least one small bomb on the suspected bases near Kohlu, a tribal town east of Quetta, the ca >>>


      PALESTINIAN GUNMEN KIDNAP TWO TEACHERS
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip –– Palestinian gunmen abducted two foreign teachers from an American school as they were driving north of Gaza City on Wednesday, witnesses said.

The foreigners were identified only as a Belgian and a Dutch. Their car was stopped by unidentified armed men who forced them into >>>


      RUMSFELD DOUBTS BIN LADEN IN FULL COMMAND
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      CHAKLALA AIR BASE, Pakistan –– It appears unlikely that Osama bin Laden, if still alive, is in full command of the al–Qaida terrorist network, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld says.

Rumsfeld said the U.S. government does not know bin Laden‘s whereabouts but it‘s a "reason >>>


      RUMSFELD VISITS U.S. TROOPS IN PAKISTAN
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      CHAKLALA AIR BASE, Pakistan, Dec. 21 –– Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said he doubts that Osama bin Laden is in position to assert full command over the al Qaeda terror network.

Rumsfeld, who arrived Wednesday morning for an unannounced visit to Pakistan, said he found it interesting that bi >>>


      SHARON VOWS QUICK RETURN TO WORK
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon left hospital on Tuesday after a minor stroke and vowed to return to work quickly to pursue his battle for re–election on a platform of ending conflict with the Palestinians.

Smiling and joking with reporters but looking slightly drawn, Shar >>>


      SPECULATION INTENSIFIES ON BLAIR‘S DEPARTURE DATE
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      LONDON (Reuters) – Facing a charismatic new opponent, doubters in his party and a clock he set ticking on his own premiership, politicians and analysts say Tony Blair‘s departure date will dominate British politics next year.

At his year–end news conference on Wednesday, the prime minister wo >>>


      SUNNI, SECULAR GROUPS DEMAND NEW VOTE
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      By Doug StruckWashington Post Foreign ServiceWednesday, December 21, 2005; A23 BAGHDAD, Dec. 20 –– Sunni and secular political groups angrily claimed Tuesday that last week‘s Iraqi national election was rigged, demanded a new vote and threatened to leave a shambles the delicate plan to bring the count >>>


      TOXIC DISCHARGE BECOMES CHINA‘S SECOND ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS THIS MONTH
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      By Edward CodyWashington Post Foreign ServiceWednesday, December 21, 2005;
10:43 AM BEIJING, Dec. 21 –– A zinc smelter discharged toxic waste into the Beijiang River in southern China last weekend, forcing one city to order a day–long suspension of water supplies and threatening other cities as th >>>


      U.N. INITIATIVES MARK RARE SHOW OF UNITY
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      A25 UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 20 –– The United Nations strengthened its whistle–blower protection policy for its employees as member governments voted to establish a new peace–building commission to oversee post–conflict reconstruction efforts in the world‘s worst trouble spots.

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      U.N. MAINTAINS SANCTIONS ON LIBERIA
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      AM UNITED NATIONS –– The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to maintain diamond and timber sanctions against Liberia but said it will lift the embargoes when the country‘s new government ends illicit trade in its valuable resources.

Liberia‘s recent peaceful elections were an impor >>>


      WORLD IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      Pilot Guilty in ‘04 Death Of Indonesian Activist JAKARTA, Indonesia –– A court convicted an airline pilot Tuesday in the poisoning death of Indonesia‘s top human rights activist and sentenced him to 14 years in prison. But the victim‘s widow alleged there was a larger conspiracy and demand >>>


      ZIMBABWE CONDEMNS UN EMERGENCY HOUSES FOR HOMELESS
      Washington Post, 21-12-2005
      HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe launched another verbal attack on Wednesday on United Nations efforts to house those left homeless by the government‘s demolition of shanty towns, describing one model house as a "mockery to Africans." President Robert Mugabe‘s government has rejected offers of em >>>


      ‘THIS IS 2005 NOT 1'45‘ – BLAIR ATTACKS UKIP OVER BUDGET DEAL
      Guardian, 21-12-2005
      Nicholas Watt , Brussels Wednesday December 21, 2005 The Guardian Tony Blair denounced "reactionary" British eurosceptics for living in the era of Winston Churchill yesterday, as he mounted a passionate defence of the UK‘s membership of the EU.

Enraged by a United Kingdom Independence party MEP >>>


      A GENDER WITH AN AGENDA
      Guardian, 21-12-2005
      Michael White Wednesday December 21, 2005 The Guardian Tony Blair has just one. So does Tony Benn. Margaret Thatcher notoriously had one of each, as do David Cameron and Michael Howard. But the Tory–to–Labour defector Shaun Woodward has three. That might be politically significant.

We are talking h >>>


      A SUNNY PLACE FOR SHADY PEOPLE BUT MONACO DOESN‘T WANT MARK THATCHER
      Guardian, 21-12-2005
      Playground and tax haven. The principality is little bigger than Hyde Park, in London, but its population of just under 8,000 is augmented by 25,000 expatriates, many of them British, taking advantage of its lack of income tax. Its new prince is trying to shed Monaco‘s unsavoury image.

Liechtenstein Its >>>


      BROWN BORROWS &#163;1BN MORE THAN FORECAST
      Guardian, 21-12-2005
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      CAUGHT UP IN A POLITICAL FANTASY
      Guardian, 21-12-2005
      Wednesday December 21, 2005 The Guardian I am tired of the liberal elite fantasy that the Lib Dems are to the left of Labour (Letters, December 1'). Labour has been so adept at covering up its own progressive achievements in government in order to secure the middle–class vote, and the Lib Dems have become so >>>


      COURT REJECTS GOVERNMENT APPEAL OVER IRAQI DEATH
      Guardian, 21-12-2005
      Mark Oliver and agencies Wednesday December 21, 2005 The government must allow an independent inquiry into the death of an Iraqi civilian allegedly killed by British troops, the court of appeal ruled today.

The court rejected a challenge by the government against an earlier high court ruling backing demands by >>>


      FAMILIES OF SOLDIERS KILLED IN IRAQ LOSE FIGHT FOR PUBLIC INQUIRY
      Guardian, 21-12-2005
      Richard Norton–Taylor Wednesday December 21, 2005 The Guardian Families of British soldiers killed in Iraq failed to force the government to hold a public inquiry into why Britain went to war yesterday. They want Tony Blair "to be held accountable" for taking the country into a war which they say was un >>>


      HEAD OF AUDIT COMMISSION RESIGNS IN ROW OVER COUNCILS
      Guardian, 21-12-2005
      Patrick Wintour, chief political correspondent Wednesday December 21, 2005 The Guardian James Strachan, the head of the Audit Commission, unexpectedly resigned yesterday after a row with local government leaders over the way the commission suggested that half of councils in England and Wales were failing to give value >>>


      HOW MUCH PATERNITY LEAVE DID YOU TAKE?
      Guardian, 21-12-2005
      This week David Cameron said he would be taking one week off after his baby was born – half his legal entitlement. Is one week enough? We asked what other fathers took Wednesday December 21, 2005 The Guardian Rod Liddle Writer and broadcaster I took what was the statutory amount at the time at the BBC for Tyler, >>>


      JOHNSON ADMITS TRADE TALKS OUTCOME ‘DISAPPOINTING‘
      Guardian, 21-12-2005
      Lamy calls on Blair to broker trade deal Six days in Hong Kong No easy answers Call to spend aid cash on disaster prevention Global trade riots rock Hong Kong No breakthrough in sight as WTO deadline nears Developing countries voice fury at farm subsidies Trade negotiators locked in secret talks Korean farmers take lem >>>


      OLD LABOUR TO NEW
      Guardian, 21-12-2005
      The following is an edited extract from Greg Rosen‘s new book, Old Labour to New: The Dreams That Inspired, the Battles that Divided Wednesday December 21, 2005 New Labour: Old values?

Like previous Labour governments, Tony Blair‘s have had their ups and downs. But not until Britain‘s involve >>>


      PRIME MINISTER‘S PRESS CONFERENCE
      Guardian, 21-12-2005
      Follow the PM‘s monthly appointment with the press as it happens. Click refresh for the latest updates Matthew Tempest Wednesday December 21, 2005 Preamble: It‘s the final prime ministerial press conference of 2005 – a year that, on paper at least, should have been monumental: a general election (and >>>


      REFORMS MAY LET YOUNG KILLERS ESCAPE LIFE IN JAIL
      Guardian, 21-12-2005
      ‘Screwed up‘ youngsters may get new defence ‘Two tiers‘ of murder put forward for big law change Clare Dyer, legal editor Wednesday December 21, 2005 The Guardian Children who kill could escape a life sentence by pleading "developmental immaturity" under proposals published yesterday f >>>


      SADDAM TRIAL RESUMES
      Guardian, 21-12-2005
      Associated Press Wednesday December 21, 2005 A quieter Saddam Hussein sat in his defendant‘s chair at the resumption of his trial today, two weeks after he refused to attend the last session in a court he derided as "unjust".

Saddam could face up to 12 trials over atrocities committed during hi >>>


      SILLINESS QUOTIENT RISES IN EVENTFUL WESTMINSTER YEAR
      Guardian, 21-12-2005
      Simon Hoggart‘s sketch Wednesday December 21, 2005 The Guardian Christmas, and time for my annual political awards, keenly awaited around Westminster. It‘s been an eventful year, with a considerable increase in silliness, and some magnificent, grade–A, lead–lined blather.

The awards in >>>


      WHAT MUST BE DONE?
      Guardian, 21-12-2005
      It‘s time for the Britishness debate to get practical, says Sunder Katwala Wednesday December 21, 2005 Debating British identity can be a fascinating intellectual exercise but any political impact will depend on working out what should be done as a result. What are we trying to achieve and why? In my view, the po >>>


      YESTERDAY IN PARLIAMENT
      Guardian, 21-12-2005
      Blair considers plan to scrap sleaze watchdog In the Commons this week Yesterday in parliament Yesterday in parliament Simon Hoggart‘s sketch: Oh lord. Will he be elevated or elected?

Yesterday in parliament Prime minister‘s questions Simon Hoggart‘s sketch: Burning oil + hot air = disaster i >>>


      ABOUT 104,000 ASPEN 3–IN–1 CRIBS RECALLED
      Guardian, 21-12-2005
      Wednesday December 21, 2005 5:16 AM WASHINGTON (AP) – About 104,000 Aspen 3–in–1 cribs have been recalled due to the suffocation hazard the wooden cribs‘ mattresses pose to young children.

The cribs, sold under the Graco trademark and manufactured by Simplicity Inc., have screws on the >>>


      COURT FINES NYC TRANSIT UNION $1M A DAY
      Guardian, 21-12-2005
      Wednesday December 21, 2005 5:31 AM AP Photo NYJS104 By LARRY McSHANE Associated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) – Commuters trudged through the freezing cold, rode bicycles and shared cabs Tuesday as New York‘s bus and subway workers went on strike for the first time in more than 25 years and stranded millions >>>


      EX–BOYFRIEND IS SUSPECT IN DANCER‘S SLAYING
      Guardian, 21-12-2005
      Wednesday December 21, 2005 4:46 AM By SAMUEL MAULL Associated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) – A former boyfriend of a slain topless dancer was declared the prime suspect in the case, his arrest delayed only because the transit strike Tuesday prevented a grand jury from being seated.

Assistant District Atto >>>


      EX–PROSECUTOR CONVICTED IN 2004 SHOOTING
      Guardian, 21-12-2005
      Wednesday December 21, 2005 5:31 AM SEATTLE (AP) – A jury on Tuesday convicted a lawyer of attempted murder in a 2004 shooting that left a rival attorney in a nursing home, unable to speak.

Prosecutors said they would seek a stiffer sentence for William R. Joice,
51, beyond the standard–range t >>>


      EXPERTS SAY KATRINA HIT AS A WEAKER STORM
      Guardian, 21-12-2005
      Wednesday December 21, 2005 2:31 PM AP Photo LAJL101 By JOHN PAIN Associated Press Writer MIAMI (AP) – Researchers say Hurricane Katrina was a weaker storm than first thought when it slammed the Gulf Coast, with the strength of a Category 3 storm instead of a Category 4.

New data shows that Katrina&lsquo >>>


      HURRICANE KATRINA HIT AS CATEGORY 3, NOT 4
      Guardian, 21-12-2005
      Wednesday December 21, 2005 4:31 AM AP Photo LAJL101 By JOHN PAIN Associated Press Writer MIAMI (AP) – Katrina hit the Gulf Coast as a Category 3 hurricane, not a Category 4 as first thought, and New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain likely were spared the storm‘s strongest winds, the National Hurricane Center >>>


      JEB BUSH SIGNS BILL BANNING LOBBYIST GIFTS
      Guardian, 21-12-2005
      Wednesday December 21, 2005 5:01 AM TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Gov. Jeb Bush signed a law Tuesday banning lobbyists from plying lawmakers and officials with food, wine and gifts.

Bush said the new law moves Florida from the middle nationally to the front of the pack in terms of sending a signal o >>>


      L.A. POLICE START FIRE TO DESTROY DYNAMITE
      Guardian, 21-12-2005
      Wednesday December 21, 2005 3:01 PM By IAN GREGOR Associated Press Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) – Authorities burned roughly 50 pounds of dynamite found in a warehouse in Van Nuys, setting a fire that quickly engulfed the building in bright orange flames.

Los Angeles Police Lt. Paul Vernon said officials deci >>>


      L.A. VIOLINIST, HIS FATHER AND SON BURNED
      Guardian, 21-12-2005
      Wednesday December 21, 2005 2:31 PM SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) – A violinist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic was burned on his hands in a house fire that also critically injured his son and his father and destroyed a priceless violin, officials said.

Violinist David Ewart, 48, was listed in critical but >>>


      LOSER OF LIBERIAN ELECTION DROPS CHALLENGE
      Guardian, 21-12-2005
      Wednesday December 21, 2005 3:16 PM By JONATHAN PAYE–LAYLEH Associated Press Writer MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) – The loser of Liberia‘s first postwar presidential elections dropped his legal challenge of the results Wednesday, saying he would accept the outcome in the interest of national reconciliation.< >>>


      MAYOR BEGS SCHWARZENEGGER NOT TO CUT TIES
      Guardian, 21-12-2005
      Wednesday December 21, 2005 2:31 PM AP Photo NY110 By WILLIAM J. KOLE Associated Press Writer VIENNA, Austria (AP) – The mayor of Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s Austrian hometown on Tuesday begged the California governor to reconsider his decision to cut ties to the city after locals assailed him for his death pen >>>


      MEXICO PROMISES TO BLOCK BORDER WALL PLAN
      Guardian, 21-12-2005
      Wednesday December 21, 2005 6:16 AM By MARK STEVENSON Associated Press Writer MEXICO CITY (AP) – The Mexican government, angered by a U.S. proposal to extend a wall along the border to keep out migrants, pledged Tuesday to block the plan and organize an international campaign against it.

Facing a growing >>>


      NEXT BOLIVIAN LEADER PLEDGES COCA CONTROL
      Guardian, 21-12-2005
      Wednesday December 21, 2005 2:16 PM AP Photo DG101 By FIONA SMITH Associated Press Writer LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) – Bolivia‘s soon–to–be president, Evo Morales, a coca farmer under pressure to crack down on cocaine, pledged Tuesday to keep controls on coca but said he will study expanding the area >>>


      NYC TRANSIT STRIKE SLOWS CITY FOR SECOND DAY
      Guardian, 21-12-2005
      Wednesday December 21, 2005 2:46 PM AP Photo NYDG104 By DAVID B. CARUSO Associated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) – Millions of New Yorkers trudged to work Wednesday in another bone–chilling commute without subways and buses as a transit strike entered its second day, wearing both patience and shoe leather thin >>>


      PANAMANIANS MARCH TO COMMEMORATE FALLEN
      Guardian, 21-12-2005
      Wednesday December 21, 2005 5:31 AM PANAMA CITY, Panama (AP) – About 2,000 people marched through Panama City on Tuesday to commemorate the hundreds of people who died when the United States invaded the Central American country 16 years ago to overthrow dictator Manuel Noriega.

The demonstrators shouted >>>


      POLAND‘S PRESIDENT COY ON POPE TESTIMONY
      Guardian, 21-12-2005
      Wednesday December 21, 2005 3:01 PM WARSAW, Poland (AP) – Poland‘s outgoing president gave a coy response Wednesday to a report that he had testified in the beatification procedure of the late Polish–born Pope John Paul II.

The Rzeczpospolita daily reported that President Aleksander Kwasniews >>>


      SOURCE: ABRAMOFF LAWYERS IN TALKS WITH DOJ
      Guardian, 21-12-2005
      Wednesday December 21, 2005 5:31 AM By PETE YOST Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – Lawyers for Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff are in discussions with the Justice Department about his possible cooperation in a congressional corruption probe, a person involved in the investigation said Tuesday night.
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      SUNNIS, SHIITES DISCUSS ELECTION GRIPES
      Guardian, 21-12-2005
      Wednesday December 21, 2005 3:01 PM AP Photo GFX'10 By SINAN SALAHEDDIN Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Representatives of Sunni Arab parties met Wednesday in the office of a secular Shiite group to consider uniting to demand an investigation into preliminary election results showing the governin >>>


      TWO EXPLOSIONS REPORTED AT OHIO MOSQUE
      Guardian, 21-12-2005
      Wednesday December 21, 2005 3:01 PM AP Photo OHTU105 CINCINNATI (AP) – Two explosions caused minor exterior damage at a mosque complex about two hours after evening prayers, and federal agents joined the investigation.

No injuries were reported and police hadn‘t found any witnesses to the Tuesday n >>>


      TWO FIREFIGHTERS ACCUSED OF DUMPING GAS
      Guardian, 21-12-2005
      Wednesday December 21, 2005 5:31 AM By JIM FITZGERALD Associated Press Writer WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) – Two firefighters poured gasoline down a firehouse drain, leading to an explosion a few blocks away that badly burned two people, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Both firefighters were indicted on charges of >>>



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