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      MEXICAN FIRST LADY‘S COUSIN KILLED
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     MEXICO CITY –– A cousin of Mexico‘s first lady was found dead of gunshot wounds just outside Mexico City, authorities said Wednesday.

The body of Luis Felipe Zavala, cousin of Margarita Zavala, was found in his minivan Tuesday night in the city of Naucalpan in Mexico State, said Carlos Flores, >>>


      PALESTINIANS FIRE ROCKET INTO ISRAEL
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     JERUSALEM –– Palestinian militants fired a rocket into Israel at dawn Thursday, the Israeli military said, a violation of a cease–fire in the Gaza Strip.

The rocket landed in Nir Am, a kibbutz near the Gaza border, causing no casualties, the army said. No Palestinian group immediately took res >>>


      PAULSON WASTES NO TIME PUSHING CHINA ON YUAN
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson urged China on Thursday to make its currency more flexible as a prelude to a freely floating exchange rate in the medium term.

Paulson was speaking at the start of high–powered talks with China aimed at easing trade and currency frictions tha >>>


      POLLUTION LEAVES BELOVED DOLPHIN OF YANGTZE ‘FUNCTIONALLY‘ EXTINCT
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     A21 SHANGHAI, Dec. 13 –– For millions of years, the Chinese river dolphin basked in the waters of the mighty Yangtze, a gray phantom more than six feet long with a sharp snout and tiny eyes. The endearing creature, which the Chinese call baiji, was the stuff of legend, a goddess to some, and the delight of f >>>


      PRINCESS DIANA‘S DEATH AN ACCIDENT: POLICE PROBE
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     7:55 AM LONDON (Reuters) – A British police inquiry ruled on Thursday that Princess Diana was not the victim of a murder plot when she died in a tragic car accident in 1''7.

Diana‘s death triggered a string of conspiracy theories that British spies or even her ex–husband, heir–to >>>


      PROGRAM TACKLES CHILD LABOR IN PAKISTAN
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     SIALKOT, Pakistan –– The ceaseless sound of tapping metal echoes through these muddy, garbage–strewn alleys where thousands of workers in crumbling brick hovels churn out one of Pakistan‘s most successful exports _ surgical instruments.

Home to more than 2,000 instrument makers, this cit >>>


      PROGRESS REPORTED IN LEBANON MEDIATION
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     BEIRUT, Lebanon –– The head of the Arab League reported progress Thursday in his mediation to resolve Lebanon‘s political crisis, but he said more talks are needed.

Hundreds of opposition supporters have been camping in Beirut to protest the government of Prime Minister Fuad Saniora. The oppos >>>


      REGIONAL WAR MAY LOOM IN AFRICA
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     By Stephanie McCrummenWashington Post Foreign ServiceThursday, December 14, 2006; A1' ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Dec. 13 –– With the Ethiopian government saying it is technically at war with Somalia‘s Islamic Courts movement, and the movement having declared holy war against Ethiopia, there is fear tha >>>


      REPORT RULES DIANA‘S DEATH AN ACCIDENT
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     LONDON –– A British police inquiry released Thursday concluded that the deaths of Princess Diana and her boyfriend in a 1''7 Paris car crash were a "tragic accident" and that allegations of murder are unfounded.

"Our conclusion is that, on all the evidence available at this ti >>>


      RUSSIA DOES NOT MURDER SPIES ANY MORE: KGB VETERAN
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     BERLIN (Reuters) – The head of an organization of former Russian spies was quoted as saying on Thursday Stalin–era policies of Moscow assassinating enemies had ceased, and ex–KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko was probably murdered by criminals.

Former KGB agent Valentin Velichko, head of a Moscow >>>


      RUSSIA TEEN SUES OVER EVOLUTION TEACHING
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     ST. PETERSBURG, Russia –– A Russian court on Wednesday held hearings in an unprecedented lawsuit brought by a 15–year–old student who says being taught the theory of evolution in school violates her rights and insults her religious beliefs.

Maria Shreiber sued the St. Petersburg city edu >>>


      RUSSIANS SAY THEIR RADIATION EXPOSURE OCCURRED DURING EARLIER TRIP TO LONDON
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     14, 2006; A20 MOSCOW, Dec. 13 –– Two key figures in the poisoning of former Russian security agent Alexander Litvinenko said in news media interviews Wednesday that they had been contaminated with radiation in London earlier than is widely supposed. This, they contended, explains a trail of polonium–21 >>>


      SEN. JOHNSON IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER SURGERY
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     By Charles Babington and Jonathan WeismanWashington Post Staff WritersThursday, December 14, 2006; 7:44 AM Sen. Tim Johnson (D–S.D.) underwent emergency brain surgery overnight after falling ill at the Capitol and was in critical condition early this morning, introducing a note of uncertainty over control of the S >>>


      SENATOR KERRY URGES DIALOGUE WITH IRAN, SYRIA
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     CAIRO (Reuters) – U.S. Senator John Kerry, the Democratic candidate for the presidency in 2004, said on Thursday the U.S.

administration should talk to Syria and Iran. Kerry also told reporters in Cairo he believed U.S. policy in the Middle East was in trouble, partly because the United States had failed >>>


      SERIAL KILLER VICTIMS MURDERED IN SAME WAY: UK POLICE
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     IPSWICH (Reuters) – Police hunting a serial killer of prostitutes in eastern England said on Thursday two of five victims had been murdered in strikingly similar ways before their naked bodies were dumped.

Anneli Alderton, 24, was strangled and an unidentified woman was killed by "compression to the >>>


      SIXTEEN SAUDIS HELD IN GUANTANAMO RETURN HOME: SPA
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     RIYADH (Reuters) – Sixteen Saudis held in the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, where foreign terrorism suspects are held, returned to the kingdom on Thursday, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The United States sent 2' Saudis home earlier in 2006 after negotiating a framework agreement wit >>>


      SPAIN DEBATES VICTIMS‘ REPARATIONS LAW
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     MADRID, Spain –– Parliament on Thursday began debating a law that seeks reparations for victims of Spain‘s 1'36–3' Civil War and the dictatorship of Gen. Francisco Franco.

The bill, proposed by the Socialist government in July, would also ban symbols and references to the Franco >>>


      SUSPECTED SERIAL KILLER UNNERVES ENGLISH CITY
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     A26 IPSWICH, England, Dec. 13 –– Vicky How used to walk 15 minutes to the train station each morning, a nice direct route –– even if it did pass through the city‘s red–light district. But since the news emerged that five women have been murdered here this month, her boyfriend has been >>>


      TRANSCRIPT: INTERVIEW WITH MELES ZENAWI
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     The Washington Post‘s Stephanie McCrummen sat down this week with Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi to discuss rising tensions with Somalia‘s Islamic Courts, and the state of democracy inside the country.

On the issue of Somalia: Ethiopia is inching closer to war with the Islamic Courts, who hav >>>


      TWO HAMAS MILITANTS INJURED IN GUNBATTLE
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     AM RAFAH, Gaza Strip –– Hamas militants, angry that Israel was preventing Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh from returning to Gaza, burst into the Rafah border terminal Thursday, sparking a gunbattle with guards before taking control of the crossing. Two Hamas militants were wounded.

Travelers at the te >>>


      U.S. CONDEMNS SOMALI ISLAMISTS‘ WAR ULTIMATUM
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     NAIROBI (Reuters) – The United States on Thursday condemned as "irresponsible" a threat by Somalia‘s Islamist movement to attack Ethiopian troops backing the Horn of Africa nation‘s interim government unless they leave within days.

The defense chief for the Mogadishu–based Isla >>>


      U.S. MILITARY CHIEFS URGE SHIFT IN IRAQ WAR: REPORT
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff are recommending a shift in the military focus in Iraq from battling insurgents to strengthening Iraqi forces along with a new emphasis on resolving political and economic issues, The Washington Post reported on Thursday.

Citing sources familiar with t >>>


      U.S. RIGHTS GROUP SLAMS BANGLADESH SECURITY FORCES
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bangladesh‘s elite security force has killed more than 350 people in custody and could be used by the country‘s former ruling party ahead of next month‘s election, a U.S.–based human rights group warned on Thursday.

A 7'–page Human Rights Watch report >>>


      U.S., CHINESE OFFICIALS CLASH OVER ECONOMIC TALKS
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     2006; 10:06 AM BEIJING, Dec. 14 –– U.S. and Chinese officials clashed publicly on the opening day of strategic economic talks, with Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. pushing China to revalue its currency while Chinese Vice Premier Wu Yi said that Americans do not have a full understanding of the situat >>>


      UK POLICE PROBE TO QUASH DIANA CONSPIRACY THEORIES
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     LONDON (Reuters) – A British police inquiry into Princess Diana‘s death is expected to rule out foul play on Thursday and seek to bury conspiracy theories of a murder plot that have abounded for almost a decade.

The finger of blame has been pointed at everyone from her ex–husband, heir–t >>>


      WASHINGTON EXPERTS DIFFER OVER ENGAGING IRAN
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     2006; 2:08 PM WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. attempts to engage Iran on single issues like Iraq and nuclear weapons have no chance of success unless they are part of a comprehensive approach including restoring normal relations, some U.S. experts say.

President George W. Bush, now urgently reassessing an Ira >>>


      WORLD IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 14-12-2006
     Terror Charges Dropped In Airliner Bombing Plot ISLAMABAD, Pakistan –– A Pakistani court dropped terrorism charges on Wednesday against a Pakistani–British dual national suspected of being a key figure in a plot to blow up airliners over the Atlantic Ocean, his attorney said.

British police sa >>>


      2 IRAQI POLICEMEN KILLED IN CAR BOMBING
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 ':31 AM AP Photo BAG102 By SAMEER N. YACOUB Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – A car bomb killed two policemen who were trying to defuse it in Baghdad‘s Sadr City section, where officers were on high alert Thursday after receiving tips that militants were moving more >>>


      25 KIDNAP VICTIMS RELEASED IN BAGHDAD
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 6:46 PM AP Photo BAG120 By SINAN SALAHEDDIN Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Gunmen in military uniforms kidnapped shopkeepers and bystanders Thursday from a major commercial area in central Baghdad, the second such mass abduction in a month, but at least 25 were released aft >>>


      ALCOHOL BAN EYED ON N.Y. COMMUTER RAILS
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 ':46 AM By FRANK ELTMAN Associated Press Writer GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) – It could soon be last call for commuters who enjoy a couple of beers on their trip to or from New York City if one official gets his way.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority board member Mitch Pally w >>>


      ARMY CHIEF SEEKS MORE FORCES, RESERVES
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 5:16 PM By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – As President Bush weighs new strategies for Iraq, the Army‘s top general warned Thursday that his force will break‘‘ without thousands more active duty troops and greater use of the reserves >>>


      BAN SWORN IN AS U.N. SECRETARY–GENERAL
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 5:01 PM AP Photo NY10' UNITED NATIONS (AP) – South Korea‘s Ban Ki–moon was sworn in Thursday as the eighth secretary–general of the United Nations and will take the reins of the world body on Jan. 1.

General Assembly President Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa >>>


      BLAIR QUESTIONED IN CASH–FOR–HONORS CASE
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 2:01 PM AP Photo LON110 LONDON (AP) – Prime Minister Tony Blair has been questioned by police investigating allegations that peerages and other honors were bestowed in return for political contributions, Blair‘s office said Thursday.

Downing Street said the interview had n >>>


      BUSH: IRAQ ENEMY FAR FROM BEING DEFEATED
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 1:46 AM AP Photo DCHG102 By ROBERT BURNS AP Military Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – President Bush on Wednesday said the enemy in Iraq is far from being defeated,‘‘ but he vowed not to be rushed into adjusting his strategy and gave little indication that he intends to vee >>>


      CAL. FENCE CO. FACES IMMIGRATION CHARGES
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 6:16 PM By ELLIOT SPAGAT Associated Press Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) – A Southern California fence–building company and two executives have agreed to plead guilty and serve jail time for knowingly hiring illegal immigrants and pay a combined penalty of $5 million, two people close to th >>>


      CAL. FENCE FIRM FACES CRIMINAL CHARGES
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 6:31 AM By ELLIOT SPAGAT Associated Press Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) – A Southern California fence–building company and two of its executives will be charged amid a long–running criminal investigation into whether the company knowingly hired illegal immigrants, officials said Wedn >>>


      CALIF. CITY‘S IMMIGRANT HOUSING LAW DEAD
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 12:01 PM SAN DIEGO (AP) – The city of Escondido said it won‘t enforce a law that punishes landlords for renting to illegal immigrants, killing a measure that many communities nationwide also have considered in an effort to crack down on undocumented workers.

In a closed se >>>


      CHERTOFF SAYS FEMA STILL HAS WORK TO DO
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 6:31 PM AP Photo WX104 By BEVERLEY LUMPKIN Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff Thursday delivered a back–handed slap at one of his own agencies, warning it should not allow bureaucratic red tape to tie up emergency victims.

>>>


      CHIEF TAMIL TIGER NEGOTIATOR DIES AT 68
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 4:31 PM COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) – Anton Balasingham, the chief negotiator for Sri Lanka‘s Tamil Tiger rebels, died Thursday of cancer in London, a pro–rebel Web site reported. He was 68.

Balasingham was associated with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam from its in >>>


      CLERGY: U.S. HOLDS KEY TO MIDEAST PEACE
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 3:16 AM By RACHEL ZOLL AP Religion Writer NEW YORK (AP) – Clergy representing many of the largest denominations in the country are urging U.S. leaders to once again put their vast influence behind a negotiated end to Mideast violence and make working for peace an urgent priorit >>>


      CLINTON INVITED TO HEADLINE N.H. EVENT
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 5:16 PM AP Photo WX102 CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – New Hampshire Democrats have invited New York Sen.

Hillary Clinton to be the featured speaker at their signature annual event, the 100 Club‘‘ fundraiser.

The event, usually held in February or early March >>>


      DEATH PENALTY DROPPED AGAINST SOLDIER
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 1:31 AM AP Photo WXS101 By RYAN LENZ Associated Press Writer FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) – The Army dropped the death penalty Wednesday as a possible sentence for a soldier charged with rape and murder in the deaths of 14 year–old girl and three others in Iraq.

Pfc. Jesse V. S >>>


      DEFENSE RESTS IN THOMPSON MURDER TRIAL
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 3:01 AM By LINDA DEUTSCH AP Special Correspondent PASADENA, Calif. (AP) – The defense rested Wednesday in the Mickey Thompson murder trial after calling a flurry of witnesses intended to undermine the prosecution‘s case against the racing legend‘s former business partner.
>>>


      DINNER WITH LA. GOV. GOES $1 AT AUCTION
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 1:31 AM AP Photo of Dec. 12: LABAT107 By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN Associated Press Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) – A chance to dine with embattled Gov. Kathleen Blanco fetched a winning bid of $1 at a recent fundraising auction hosted by a group of business leaders.

The president of the Monr >>>


      DUCK DIE–OFF IN IDAHO SPARKS FEARS
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 12:16 PM AP Photo WXS'01 By JESSE HARLAN ALDERMAN Associated Press Writer BOISE, Idaho (AP) – More than 1,000 mallard ducks have died in a bizarre cluster along a southeastern Idaho creek bed, puzzling wildlife agencies.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Dep >>>


      ENVOY REPORTS PROGRESS IN SUDAN MEETINGS
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 1:31 AM AP Photo CAI107 By MOHAMED OSMAN Associated Press Writer KHARTHOUM, Sudan (AP) – A White House special envoy reported progress in a meeting with Sudan‘s president Wednesday, saying the two agreed on certain steps to improve the situation in Darfur.

Andrew Natsios m >>>


      EXECUTION OF FLA. INMATE TAKES 34 MIN.
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 1:31 AM By RON WORD Associated Press Writer STARKE, Fla. (AP) – A man convicted of murdering the manager of a topless bar 27 years ago was executed by injection Wednesday, appearing to grimace before dying 34 minutes after receiving the first dose of chemicals.

The manner of his >>>


      FBI: CLERIC‘S ILLNESS MAY SPARK ATTACK
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 6:46 PM By LARA JAKES JORDAN Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – Terrorist cleric Omar Abdel Rahman, the so–called Blind Sheik, may be nearing death – leading to fears that his demise could trigger an attack on the United States, officials said Thursday.

There >>>


      FEDS FOCUS ON IDENTIFY THEFT IN RAIDS
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 1:31 AM AP Photo COEA102 By JENNIFER TALHELM Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal officials said Wednesday that the raids on meatpacking plants in six states uncovered a disturbing front‘‘ in the battle against illegal immigration – identity theft >>>


      FINANCIER OF EGYPT MUSLIM GROUP ARRESTED
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 ':46 AM By MAGGIE MICHAEL Associated Press Writer CAIRO, Egypt (AP) – Police arrested the main financier and strategist of Egypt‘s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood opposition group Thursday, security and group officials said.

The Brotherhood said police also swept up nearly >>>


      GA. SMUGGLER FLEES, VOWS WON‘T BE CAUGHT
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 6:31 PM By ELLIOTT MINOR Associated Press Writer ALBANY, Ga. (AP) – A south Georgia motorcycle dealer sentenced to 27 months for smuggling failed to report to prison and went on the lam after sending e–mails to news organizations vowing not to be captured alive.

Andrew Wri >>>


      GOP GOVERNOR COULD NAME NEW SENATOR
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 2:01 PM AP Photo NY116 By JOE KAFKA Associated Press Writer PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Control of the U.S. Senate could be determined by Republican Gov. Mike Rounds if a replacement must be named for Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson.

State law would allow the governor to appoint a temporary >>>


      GUNMEN KIDNAP 10 CHILDREN IN HAITI
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 1:31 PM By STEVENSON JACOBS Associated Press Writer PORT–AU–PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – Gunmen abducted 10 children after hijacking a school bus and another car Wednesday in brazen daylight assaults, according to local media reports.

Haitian police spokesman Frantz Lerebour >>>


      HAMA–LINKED MILITANT ARRESTED IN GAZA
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 ':31 AM GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – Palestinian police arrested a Hamas–linked militant in Gaza City on Thursday morning, sparking a gunbattle that left two police officers wounded, witnesses said.

The violence came amid a new round of attacks between the rival Fatah >>>


      HAMAS–LINKED MILITANT ARRESTED IN GAZA
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 12:16 PM By IBRAHIM BARZAK Associated Press Writer GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – Fatah–allied Palestinian security officers arrested a Hamas–linked militant Thursday in connection with the killing of a security chief‘s young children, Palestinian officials and witnesses >>>


      HOUSE CONSIDERS INDEPENDENT ETHICS PANEL
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 6:31 PM By ERICA WERNER Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – House leaders are creating a bipartisan task force to recommend whether to establish an independent ethics panel to police the House, Speaker–to–be Nancy Pelosi said Thursday.

Pelosi, D–Calif., s >>>


      JAPAN GOV‘T UNDER FIRE FOR TOWN MEETINGS
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 ':46 AM By HANS GREIMEL Associated Press Writer TOKYO (AP) – The town meetings‘‘ were supposed to inject grass roots democracy into a Japanese political system long driven by back room deals and an old–guard ruling party that has held power for decades.
>>>


      KEY FINDINGS FROM PROBE ON DIANA‘S DEATH
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 4:46 PM By The Associated Press Key findings from a three–year police investigation of the deaths of Princess Diana and her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed: WHAT HAPPENED – Lord John Stevens, who directed the inquiry, refused to assign blame for the Aug. 31, 1''7, accident, saying th >>>


      LETTUCE IMPLICATED IN TACO BELL OUTBREAK
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 1:46 AM AP Photo NJME101 By ANDREW BRIDGES Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – Health officials on Wednesday zeroed in on lettuce as the likely suspect in the E. coli outbreak linked to Taco Bell, though tracing the vegetable‘s source may prove difficult.

The outbrea >>>


      LETTUCE SUSPECTED IN TACO BELL E. COLI
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 1:46 AM AP Photo NJME101 By ANDREW BRIDGES Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – Health officials on Wednesday zeroed in on lettuce as the likely suspect in the E. coli outbreak linked to Taco Bell, though tracing the vegetable‘s source may prove difficult.

The outbrea >>>


      MARINE IN PHILIPPINES RAPE CASE APPEALS
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 6:01 AM AP Photo XAF102 By TERESA CEROJANO Associated Press Writer MANILA, Philippines (AP) – Lawyers for a U.S. Marine convicted of raping a Filipino woman asked a Philippine court on Thursday to transfer him to American custody during his appeal.

Lance Cpl. Daniel Smith‘ >>>


      MASS. GUNMAN LEFT NOTE BEFORE SUICIDE
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 3:16 AM AP Photo MABED502, MASS103, MABOD502, MABOD501 By RAY HENRY Associated Press Writer NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) – A gunman who sneaked into a strip club with an assault rifle and killed two people before fatally shooting himself left behind a note expressing regret, according to an i >>>


      MCCAIN: DEPLOY MORE TROOPS TO IRAQ
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 1:01 PM AP Photo BAG108 By THOMAS WAGNER Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Sen. John McCain said Thursday that America should to deploy 15,000 to 30,000 more troops to Iraq to control its sectarian violence, and give moderate Iraqi politicians the stability they need to take t >>>


      MEXICAN FIRST LADY‘S COUSIN KILLED
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 6:31 AM MEXICO CITY (AP) – A cousin of Mexico‘s first lady was found dead of gunshot wounds just outside Mexico City, authorities said Wednesday.

The body of Luis Felipe Zavala, cousin of Margarita Zavala, was found in his minivan Tuesday night in the city of Naucalpan in >>>


      MEXICO LAUNCHES ANTI–SMOKING CAMPAIGN
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 3:16 AM By E. EDUARDO CASTILLO Associated Press Writer MEXICO CITY (AP) – The government teamed up with doctors, academics and a U.S.–based drug company Wednesday to announce a campaign to reduce the number of smokers in Mexico by more than 10 percent in three years.

The n >>>


      MURDER CHARGE CUT DESPITE MAN‘S CLAIM
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 3:01 AM By HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH Associated Press Writer HARRISONVILLE, Mo. (AP) – A man who claimed to have lured drug dealers to his remote western Missouri cabin, killed them and spread their remains across the property was cleared of a murder charge Wednesday after experts determined >>>


      NEW CITIZENS, HISTORY MEET IN NYC
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 5:16 PM AP Photo NYR111 By RICHARD PYLE Associated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) – Since becoming the nation‘s chief archivist, Allen Weinstein has embarked on a campaign to expand what he calls civic literacy‘‘ teaching people to better understand and appreciate >>>


      NYPD SHOOTS ARMED MAN DEAD IN BRONX
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 1:46 PM NEW YORK (AP) – Police said they shot and killed an armed man who ran from uniformed officers and tussled with them in a building lobby, though a witness said the suspect was handing over his gun.

It was the city‘s first fatal police shooting since officers killed >>>


      OBITUARIES IN THE NEWS
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 12:16 PM By The Associated Press Paul Arizin PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Paul Arizin, an early pioneer of the jump shot who led the Philadelphia Warriors to the 1'56 NBA championship and was chosen one of the 50 greatest NBA players, died Tuesday. He was 78.

A Hall of Famer who was >>>


      PALESTINIANS FIRE ROCKET INTO ISRAEL
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 6:31 AM AP Photo JRL136 JERUSALEM (AP) – Palestinian militants fired a rocket into Israel at dawn Thursday, the Israeli military said, a violation of a cease–fire in the Gaza Strip.

The rocket landed in Nir Am, a kibbutz near the Gaza border, causing no casualties, the arm >>>


      PARENTS GET CUSTODY IN STARVED KIDS CASE
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 1:46 AM AP Photo of Dec. 12: WXS114 By KATRINA A. GOGGINS Associated Press Writer COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A couple accused of starving their two adopted children were awarded custody by a Family Court judge Wednesday, the parents‘ attorney said.

John and Connie Oliver‘ >>>


      POLICE: GUNMEN KIDNAP DOZENS IN BAGHDAD
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 ':31 AM BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Gunmen in military uniforms kidnapped dozens of people Thursday from a commercial area in central Baghdad, police said.

The attackers drove up to the busy al–Sanak area in about 10 sport utility vehicles and began rounding up shop owners an >>>


      PRISON RAPE COMMISSION MEETS IN L.A.
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 ':46 AM AP Photos LA103–104 By ANDREW GLAZER Associated Press Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) – Suffering years of violence and harassment as a transsexual in Mexico, Mayra Soto sought asylum in what she hoped would be a more tolerant U.S.

But the trauma continued here. She wa >>>


      REPORT LABELS DIANA‘S DEATH AN ACCIDENT
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 5:01 PM AP Photo LON115 By D‘ARCY DORAN Associated Press Writer LONDON (AP) – A British police inquiry released Thursday concluded that the deaths of Princess Diana and her boyfriend in a 1''7 Paris car crash were a tragic accident‘‘ and that allegatio >>>


      REPORT RULES DIANA‘S DEATH AN ACCIDENT
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 12:46 PM AP Photo NY116 By JILL LAWLESS Associated Press Writer LONDON (AP) – A British police inquiry released Thursday concluded that the deaths of Princess Diana and her boyfriend in a 1''7 Paris car crash were a tragic accident‘‘ and that allegations of >>>


      ROMNEY AGAIN SAYS HE‘S ANTI–GAY MARRIAGE
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 4:46 PM AP Photo WX101 WASHINGTON (AP) – Republican Gov. Mitt Romney, who is weighing a White House bid, dismissed criticism that he has flip–flopped on the issues of gay marriage and abortion and reaffirmed his opposition to both.

Like the vast majority of Ameri >>>


      ROMNEY OKS DETENTION OF ILLEGAL ALIENS
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 3:16 AM AP Photo WX101 By GLEN JOHNSON Associated Press Writer BOSTON (AP) – Gov. Mitt Romney, who is weighing a White House bid, signed an agreement Wednesday that allows Massachusetts State Police troopers to detain illegal aliens they encounter over the course of their normal duties.< >>>


      S.D. SEN. JOHNSON IN CRITICAL CONDITION
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 12:31 PM AP Photo SDDL201 By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson was in critical condition early Thursday, recovering from emergency surgery overnight, a hospital official said.

Johnson suffered stroke–like symptoms Wed >>>


      S.D. SEN. TIM JOHNSON UNDERGOING SURGERY
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 6:31 AM AP Photo SDDL201 By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota was hospitalized with the symptoms of a stroke and underwent surgery Wednesday, weeks before his party is to take control of the Senate by a one–vot >>>


      SEN. TIM JOHNSON IN CRITICAL CONDITION
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 12:31 PM AP Photo SDDL201 By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson was in critical condition early Thursday and recovering from surgery. He suffered stroke–like symptoms just weeks before his party, with only a one–vote majo >>>


      SOME QUOTES ON PROBE INTO DIANA‘S DEATH
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 6:16 PM By The Associated Press There was no conspiracy, there was no cover–up.‘‘ – Former Police Commissioner Lord John Stevens, head of the investigation into the deaths of Princess Diana and her friend, Dodi Fayed.

–– We are c >>>


      SPAIN DEBATES VICTIMS‘ REPARATIONS LAW
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 12:46 PM By CIARAN GILES Associated Press Writer MADRID, Spain (AP) – Parliament on Thursday began debating a law that seeks reparations for victims of Spain‘s 1'36–3' Civil war and the dictatorship of Gen. Francisco Franco.

The bill, proposed by the Socialis >>>


      TEXAS FRAT BOYS INDICTED IN HAZING DEATH
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 1:46 AM AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Three fraternity members were indicted Wednesday on hazing charges in the alcohol–related death last year of an 18–year–old pledge.

Phanta Jack‘‘ Phoummarath, a freshman at University of Texas at Austin, was fo >>>


      THAI TV: 2 LAOTIAN–AMERICAN MEN KILLED
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 6:01 AM By GRANT PECK Associated Press Writer BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) – Two Laotian–American men were shot to death Wednesday at a bus station in northeastern Thailand after returning from a trip to Laos, and Thai police suspect a political connection to the killings, a Thai televis >>>


      TONGA POLICE ARREST OVER 700 PEOPLE
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 6:01 AM NUKU‘ALOFA, Tonga (AP) – Police have arrested more than 700 people in connection with a deadly riot that destroyed most of Tonga‘s capital in November, police said Thursday.

More than 600 of the suspects have been charged with arson, theft and other crimes co >>>


      TWO MEN SENTENCED TO DEATH IN SRI LANKA
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 3:16 AM COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) – A Sri Lankan court has sentenced two men to die for causing the death of a woman who survived the first waves of the 2004 tsunami but was pushed back into the sea by the duo after they snatched her gold chain, a police officer said Thursday.

Aft >>>


      U.N. SUPPORTS RIGHTS OF DISABLED PEOPLE
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 3:01 AM By EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press Writer UNITED NATIONS (AP) – The General Assembly on Wednesday approved the first U.N. convention to protect the rights of the world‘s 650 million disabled people, prohibiting their exclusion from education, jobs and politics.

T >>>


      WEATHER STYMIES MOUNT HOOD SEARCH
      Guardian, 14-12-2006
     Thursday December 14, 2006 12:46 PM AP Photo ORRB104, ORRB105, ORRB110 By JOSEPH B. FRAZIER Associated Press Writer COOPER SPUR, Ore. (AP) – Despite an army of rescue crews and plenty of high–tech equipment, the search for three men missing on Mount Hood has come down to the whims of Mother Nature.

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      CITY BONUSES FEED THE POLITICS OF ENVY
      The Daily Mail, 14-12-2006
     Enjoy our blogs Benedict Brogan‘s blog Baz Bamigboye‘s blog Fashion blog Ashes blog Peter Hitchens Money blog Frank Barrett‘s travel blog Don‘t miss today News: Illegal migrants working at the Home Office Comment: A shabby handout for the Royal Mail Water firm decides against drought order Have y >>>


      ‘CELEBRITY‘ DOLPHIN MAY HAVE BEEN SLAUGHTERED
      The Daily Mail, 14-12-2006
     Fears grow that the sociable bottlenose Marra may have been slaughtered Headlines Morning after pills to handed out in advance for the first time Police driving school chief caught doing 118mph More BA strikes could hit skiing holidays Boiler accident baby dies after fight for life in hospital ‘Repayment strategy >>>


      ‘GOOD DAY TO BURY BAD NEWS‘ AS BLAIR IS QUIZZED BY POLICE
      The Daily Mail, 14-12-2006
     Lebanon crisis A Princess‘s jewellery All galleries Advertorials ING Direct 10% off at Kaleidoscope Children‘s books School leavers Laura Ashley Skincare science Quizzes Are you musical?

Oscar trivia Winter Olympics Supermarket food More quizzes RSS feeds What is RSS?

All our RSS feeds Te >>>


      ‘INARTICULATE TEENAGERS LETTING THEMSELVES DOWN IN INTERVIEWS‘
      The Daily Mail, 14-12-2006
     Yeah but no: Prof McEnery described Vicky Pollard as an accurate stereotype of how young people are speaking Headlines Morning after pills to handed out in advance for the first time Police driving school chief caught doing 118mph More BA strikes could hit skiing holidays Boiler accident baby dies after fight for life i >>>


      ‘REPAYMENT STRATEGY NEEDED FOR INTEREST–ONLY MORTGAGES‘, WARNS WATCHDOG
      The Daily Mail, 14-12-2006
     The FSA warns that a significant minority of interest–only mortgage owners lack ‘robust‘ repayment plans Headlines Morning after pills to handed out in advance for the first time Police driving school chief caught doing 118mph More BA strikes could hit skiing holidays Boiler accident baby dies after fi >>>


      2,500 POST OFFICES SET TO BE CLOSED
      The Daily Mail, 14-12-2006
     Protesters rally to save the post offices Headlines Fourth Strangler victim confirmed as Paula Clennell 2,500 Post Offices set to be closed Family of de Menezes lose High Court battle Ex–Defence Secretary called to Iraq death inquest Chess prodigy father cleared of raping his daughter Police heroine living in a ca >>>


      250–MILE HIGH TELLY REPAIR JOB
      The Daily Mail, 14-12-2006
     Astronauts from the shuttle Discovery on their latest mission today completed essential repairs to the International Space Station.

In an astonishing photograph taken 250 miles above Earth, American astronaut Robert Curbeam is seen mending a faulty TV camera. He was joined by Swede Christer Fuglesang on the spa >>>


      '–YEAR OLD HONOURED FOR BRAVING FLAMES TO SAVE FAMILY
      The Daily Mail, 14-12-2006
     The Duchess of Cornwall with some of the Children of Courage Headlines Morning after pills to handed out in advance for the first time Police driving school chief caught doing 118mph More BA strikes could hit skiing holidays Boiler accident baby dies after fight for life in hospital ‘Repayment strategy needed for >>>


      AL FAYED CALLS DIANA ACCIDENT REPORT ‘OUTRAGEOUS‘
      The Daily Mail, 14-12-2006
     Al Fayed questioned Sir John Stevens was blackmailed into ruling out foul play Headlines Morning after pills to handed out in advance for the first time Police driving school chief caught doing 118mph More BA strikes could hit skiing holidays Boiler accident baby dies after fight for life in hospital ‘Repayment st >>>


      ASYLUM SEEKERS ESCAPE AFTER DOZY GAURDS ALLOWED CIGARETTE BREAK
      The Daily Mail, 14-12-2006
     Headlines Morning after pills to handed out in advance for the first time Police driving school chief caught doing 118mph More BA strikes could hit skiing holidays Boiler accident baby dies after fight for life in hospital ‘Repayment strategy needed for interest–only mortgages‘, warns watchdog Labour u >>>


      ATTENBOROUGH SAYS GAS GUZZLING CARS ARE ‘MORALLY WRONG‘
      The Daily Mail, 14-12-2006
     Outspoken: Wildlife TV star Sir David Attenborough has attacked drivers of gas guzzling cars as ‘morally wrong‘ Headlines Morning after pills to handed out in advance for the first time Police driving school chief caught doing 118mph More BA strikes could hit skiing holidays Boiler accident baby dies after f >>>


      BA STRIKES SET TO HIT SKIING HOLIDAYS
      The Daily Mail, 14-12-2006
     Strike action by BA cabin crew could spell chaos for millions of passengers making a New Year getaway Headlines Morning after pills to handed out in advance for the first time Police driving school chief caught doing 118mph More BA strikes could hit skiing holidays Boiler accident baby dies after fight for life in hospi >>>



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