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      FRANKS: SOLDIERS‘ DEATHS COST OF SECURITY
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      MILWAUKEE –– Those who count the increasing number of American soldiers killed in Iraq are missing the bigger picture, retired Gen. Tommy Franks said Saturday night.

"What we‘re talking about is neither 2,400, 24,000 or 240,000 lives," Franks said at the National Rifle Association&l >>>


      IN HEARING, HAYDEN DISTINGUISHES HIMSELF FROM GOSS
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      By Dafna LinzerWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, May 21, 2006; A08 Porter J. Goss, who was forced aside as CIA director, owns a home in Florida‘s wealthy, waterfront community of Sanibel and is fond of sailing metaphors.

In meetings with visitors at the CIA, he sometimes described himself as a ship&lsq >>>


      LESSONS FOR LIBERALS
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      Peter Beinart is an advocate of liberal –– not "progressive" –– nostalgia. He wants to turn the clock back to 1'47 at Washington‘s Willard Hotel. Beinart, who was born in 1'71, is editor at large of the liberal New Republic magazine and disdains the label "progressiv >>>


      NAGIN WINS RE–ELECTION IN NEW ORLEANS
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Ray Nagin narrowly won a second term as mayor of New Orleans on Saturday with support from both black and white voters and immediately began mending fences with the federal and state governments to hasten the devastated city‘s recovery.

The outspoken Nagin, who became New Or >>>


      NEW ORLEANS NARROWLY GIVES NAGIN 2ND TERM
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – New Orleans voters voted narrowly on Saturday to give outspoken Mayor Ray Nagin four more years to carry out his plans for rebuilding the hurricane–ravaged city and bring home tens of thousands of displaced residents.

Nagin‘s rival, Louisiana Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu, c >>>


      NO SECURITY GUARANTEE FOR IRAN, RICE SAYS
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      WASHINGTON –– The U.S. has not offered a guarantee against attacking or undermining Iran‘s hard–line government in exchange for having Tehran curtail its nuclear program, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Sunday.

"Iran is a troublemaker in the international system, a central >>>


      PUTIN‘S HUBRIS
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      The fallout from President Bush‘s crash–and–burn approval ratings does not stop at the water‘s edge. Foreign leaders –– in particular, Russia‘s Vladimir Putin –– oppose U.S. goals and policies abroad more directly and forcefully as Bush‘s support and his time >>>


      REUTERS POLITICS SUMMARY
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      FBI raids House of Representatives office WASHINGTON (Reuters) – FBI officers raided a House of Representatives office building on Saturday night, and NBC television said it had searched the offices of Louisiana Democratic Rep. William Jefferson. The Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed the unusual raid at t >>>


      RICE: U.S. FACES DILEMMA OVER GUANTANAMO
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      WASHINGTON –– The U.S. would be delighted to close the Guantanamo Bay prison but cannot until settling the fate of "hundreds of dangerous people" held there, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Sunday.

"We cannot be in a situation in which we are just turning loose on helpless p >>>


      THE TALK SHOWS
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (WTTG), ' a.m.: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice , Sen.

John McCain (R–Ariz.) and Marisa West of Prom Dress Express. THIS WEEK (ABC, WJLA), ' a.m.: Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales , former senator John Edwards >>>


      THE UNVARNISHED IMMIGRATION DEBATE
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      When nations in decline are assaulted from without, even if gently or only rhetorically, they often lose not only the will to defend but the capacity to do so sensibly. They turn upon themselves in fits of self–destruction marked by truncated, simplistic and merely assertive disputation. Illegal immigration, an e >>>


      US COULD PROSECUTE REPORTERS FOR LEAKS: GONZALES
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The federal government appears to have the authority to prosecute journalists or newspapers for publishing classified information, U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said on Sunday.

The Justice Department is investigating who disclosed the government‘s secret domestic sur >>>


      13 KILLED IN BOMBING AT BAGHDAD RESTAURANT
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      BAGHDAD, Iraq –– A suicide bomber killed at least 13 people and injured 17 when he blew himself up Sunday in a downtown Baghdad restaurant frequented by police. The attack came as Prime Minister Nouri al–Maliki pledged to soon fill vacancies in his two key security ministries.

The attack agai >>>


      AFGHAN OFFICIAL BLAMES TALIBAN FOR ATTACKS
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      KABUL, Afghanistan –– Afghanistan‘s foreign minister claimed Sunday that Taliban leaders are living in Pakistan and coordinating terror strikes against Afghanistan from there _ the latest barb between the neighbors who are both U.S. allies in the war on terror.

Rangeen Dadfar Spanta‘s c >>>


      AP BLOG: SECURITY TIGHT FOR IRAQ CEREMONY
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      PM –– AP Correspondent Robert H. Reid is based in Baghdad and writes about events in Iraq.

___ Saturday, May 20, ':30 p.m. local time BAGHDAD, Iraq The much–heralded Iraqi government of national unity took office Saturday _ inside a 4–square–mile enclave of central Baghdad sur >>>


      BOLIVIA‘S NEW PRESIDENT VOWS LAND REFORM
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      ASUBI, Bolivia –– Victor Valverde has farmed other people‘s land since he was 8. Now 4', he dreams of having just enough of his own to feed his family.

Valverde might get it under an ambitious effort proposed by President Evo Morales, who says he will make good on more than 50 years of la >>>


      BRAZILIAN CITY WAKES TO PRISON GANG‘S POWER
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      By Monte ReelWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, May 21, 2006; A1' SAO PAULO –– Top Brazilian law enforcement officials and lawmakers gathered behind closed doors last week in the National Congress to devise a secret plan: They would weaken Brazil‘s most powerful prison gang by transferring man >>>


      CAR BOMB KILLS 3 IN AFGHAN CAPITAL
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      KABUL, Afghanistan –– A car bomb exploded on a busy road in the Afghan capital Sunday, killing the driver of the car and two civilians, officials said.

The attack occurred on a road that links several bases belonging to the U.S.–led coalition and a separate NATO–led peacekeeping force, >>>


      DARFUR REBELS SAY SUDAN BREACHES CEASEFIRE
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Darfur rebels who signed a peace deal with Khartoum in early May said on Sunday the government has already breached the agreement by attacking their areas in North Darfur.

"In the evening yesterday Janjaweed began the attack with some of the government army with them," said >>>


      EIGHT KILLED IN KASHMIR GUNBATTLE
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) – Eight people including two Islamist militants were killed and more than 20 wounded when a gunfight broke out at a rally in the heart of Indian Kashmir‘s main city on Sunday, police and witnesses said.

Police said militants, one of them in police uniform, sneaked into a g >>>


      EX–SPY CHIEF IN PERU SAYS CANDIDATE AIDED ESCAPE
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      LIMA, Peru, May 20 –– Peru‘s former spy chief testified that Ollanta Humala, a leading presidential candidate, helped him flee the country six years ago by staging a fake military rebellion.

Vladimiro Montesinos, the intelligence chief for former president Alberto Fujimori, made the statement >>>


      FIREFIGHT KILLS 4 SOLDIERS IN AFGHANISTAN
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      KABUL, Afghanistan –– One coalition soldier and three Afghan troops were killed in a firefight with militants in southern Afghanistan, the U.S.–led coalition said Sunday. Another 26 soldiers were wounded.

There were no immediate reports of militant casualties in the gunbattle Saturday in the >>>


      FRENCH AND U.S. SOLDIERS DIE IN AFGHAN VIOLENCE
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      Associated PressSunday, May 21, 2006; A23 KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, May 20 –– Taliban fighters ambushed an Afghan army convoy Saturday, setting off a gun battle that resulted in the deaths of four soldiers and 15 insurgents. Clashes elsewhere killed 15 others, including two French soldiers and a U.S. soldier.< >>>


      GREEK CYPRIOTS TO VOTE FOR NEW PARLIAMENT
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      NICOSIA, Cyprus –– Over half a million Greek Cypriots are to elect a new parliament Sunday on this divided island _ their first vote since rejecting a U.N. reunification plan.

Cyprus has been divided between a Greek–Cypriot south and Turkish occupied north since 1'74, when Turkey invaded >>>


      GREEK CYPRIOTS VOTE TO ELECT NEW PARLIAMENT
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      NICOSIA, Cyprus –– Greek Cypriots voted to elect a new parliament Sunday on this divided island _ their first vote since rejecting a U.N. reunification plan.

Cyprus has been divided between a Greek–Cypriot south and Turkish occupied north since 1'74, when Turkey invaded following an abort >>>


      IN S. KOREA, A STUBBORN STAND AGAINST U.S. MILITARY PRESENCE
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      DAECHURI, South Korea –– Here in the marshy heartland of the Korean Peninsula, the rabble–rousing rice farmers of this tiny village are engaged in their own little war against the U.S. military.

With American forces in the midst of their largest regional realignment in decades, the farmlands >>>


      INDONESIA PRESSING FOR AUSTRALIAN SUPPORT ON PAPUA
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      MEDFORD, Massachusetts (Reuters) – Australia‘s leader should sign a document recognizing Jakarta‘s rule over West Papua province to resolve a dispute over Canberra‘s decision to grant 42 Papuans asylum, a senior Indonesia official said on Saturday.

Leaders of Australia and Indonesia, fa >>>


      INDONESIA REMEMBERS DOWNFALL OF SUHARTO
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      JAKARTA, Indonesia –– Protesters wearing Suharto masks demanded the ailing former dictator face trial Sunday, the eighth anniversary of the massive pro–democracy demonstrations that ousted him.

Suharto, 84, remained in the hospital following colon surgery two weeks ago to stem intestinal blee >>>


      IRAN: SECURITY PLEDGES CAN‘T SOLVE ATOMIC DISPUTE
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran said on Sunday it had little faith in security guarantees from the West as a means to resolve a dispute over its atomic program, further dousing hopes that EU incentives could stop Tehran making nuclear fuel.

Britain, Germany and France, the so–called EU3, are trying to put >>>


      IRAQ‘S MALIKI TO NAME KEY SECURITY POSTS IN DAYS
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq‘s Prime Minister Nuri al– Maliki said on Sunday he will name defense and interior ministers for his government of national unity in the next "two to three days." Maliki told a news conference after his first cabinet meeting his government would use "maximum forc >>>


      KUWAIT RULER DISSOLVES PARLIAMENT
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait –– Kuwait‘s ruler, Sheik Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah, has dissolved parliament and called for new elections to be held next month, state media reported Sunday.

Kuwait Television said the elections would be held June 2'. The move follows a crisis over electoral reform and p >>>


      MONTENEGRO REFERENDUM EASILY MEETS TURNOUT RULE
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      PODGORICA, Serbia and Montenegro (Reuters) – Montenegrin voters turned out in strength on Sunday for a referendum on whether to dissolve their union with Serbia and become Europe‘s newest independent state.

The required 50 percent turnout was reached in the first few hours of voting. Under criteria >>>


      MONTENEGRO VOTES ON INDEPENDENCE
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      PODGORICA, Serbia and Montenegro (Reuters) – Montenegrins began voting on Sunday in an independence referendum which could dissolve their union with Serbia and make the small Adriatic republic Europe‘s newest state.

Queues formed early at polling stations in downtown Podgorica, the provincial&ndash >>>


      MORE THAN A LINE IN THE DESERT
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      By Manuel Roig–Franzia and Sylvia MorenoWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, May 21, 2006; A01 CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico One hard kick launched the soccer ball around the rusted edge of the metal fence, down the sloping grade into a flat expanse of grass. Kids, giggling and jostling, bounded past the end of the fence >>>


      NEW IRAQ GOVT GETS TO WORK WITH MOUNTAIN TO CLIMB
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      12:17 AM BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq‘s new government holds its first cabinet meeting on Sunday, getting down to work a day after the national unity coalition won parliamentary approval.

Between Iraqis beset by fear of communal violence and aching poverty and sponsors in Washington eager for a gracefu >>>


      OLMERT FREES SOME PALESTINIAN TAXES BEFORE US TRIP
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel authorised the release of $11 million in frozen Palestinian taxes on Sunday in a bid to ease a humanitarian crisis ahead of Ehud Olmert‘s first trip to Washington as prime minister.

While both Israel and the United States are working to isolate the Hamas Islamists contr >>>


      PALESTINIAN ROCKET HITS ISRAELI SCHOOL, NONE HURT
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A rocket fired by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip hit a school in an Israeli border town on Sunday, but caused no casualties, the ZAKA rescue service and a witness said.

Shai Sar–El, a teacher at the school in Sderot, said the rocket punched through the roof of a class >>>


      PALESTINIANS FOIL 2ND ASSASSINATION EFFORT
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip –– Palestinian security foiled the second attempt in two days to kill top commanders loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas in what officials in his Fatah party said Sunday was a "clear conspiracy" against their leaders.

Fatah officials stopped short of openly accusing the >>>


      PAPUANS IDLE AFTER BUZZ OF PROSPERITY FALLS SILENT
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      By Ellen NakashimaWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, May 21, 2006; A1' SIGERAU, Indonesia –– It was afternoon, and Yulianus Tiri lounged on a shady bench next to his house, nursing a half–empty bottle of whiskey.

Tiri recalled wistfully how the Malaysian timber merchants came to town >>>


      PERU‘S EX–SPY CHIEF ACCUSES CANDIDATE
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      LIMA, Peru –– Peru‘s imprisoned former spy chief is back on the political scene, with allegations that presidential candidate Ollanta Humala helped him escape from the country six years ago by staging a fake military rebellion.

Vladimiro Montesinos, head of intelligence for former President A >>>


      PREVAL FACES BIG CHALLENGE IN HAITI‘S LARGEST SLUM
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      PORT–AU–PRINCE, Haiti (Reuters) – The volatile situation in Haiti‘s largest and most violent slum could prove a major obstacle for President Rene Preval as he seeks to stabilize his country and put it on a democratic path.

Preval appealed for peace in the troubled Caribbean nation last >>>


      REPORT: SUSPECT ARRESTED IN HOLLOWAY CASE
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      AMSTERDAM, Netherlands –– Dutch police have arrested a new suspect in last year‘s disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba, the Netherlands‘ national broadcaster reported Sunday.

NOS said police in Utrecht had arrested the suspect, but it was unclear where and when. The new suspect wa >>>


      RESCUERS SEEK 1'8 VIETNAMESE AFTER STORM
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      PM DANANG, Vietnam –– Anguished relatives listened to the radio communications of rescuers searching Saturday for nearly 200 Vietnamese fishermen whose boats sank during Typhoon Chanchu.

Chanchu, the most powerful storm to strike the South China Sea this early in the typhoon season, killed nearly & >>>


      SENIOR LEADERS FROM ISRAEL, PALESTINE MEET
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      AM JERUSALEM, May 21 –– Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert‘s top two deputies met Sunday with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in the Egyptian resort city of Sharm el–Sheikh, the first time senior officials from the two sides have met in nearly a year.

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, who >>>


      SNOW LAUDS MIDEAST DEVELOPMENT FOCUS
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      SHARM EL–SHEIK, Egypt (Reuters) – Middle East oil producers seem correctly focused on putting more oil wealth into domestic development and this poses no threat to the U.S. dollar, U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow said on Sunday.

More than $200 billion of extra income has flowed to producers who b >>>


      SUICIDE ATTACK ON US TROOPS KILLS TWO IN KABUL
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      KABUL (Reuters) – A suicide car–bomber driving a taxi killed two Afghans on Sunday in a rare attack on a U.S. military convoy in the capital, Afghan officials said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, the latest in a wave of the worst violence the country has seen in years. More than >>>


      TAIWAN SETS SELF–DEFENSE OBJECTIVES
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      By Edward CodyWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, May 21, 2006; A1' BEIJING, May 20 –– Taiwan unveiled its first formal national security policy Saturday, pledging to increase defense spending by 20 percent and urging China to cooperate in establishing a military buffer zone to lower tension in the T >>>


      THOUSANDS BACK ANTI–PORN BILL IN INDONESIA
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      JAKARTA, Indonesia –– Tens of thousands of conservative Muslims rallied in the Indonesian capital Sunday in support of a proposed anti–pornography bill that critics say would chip away at the country‘s secular traditions.

The protesters, who arrived in buses organized by mosques and con >>>


      TURNOUT HIGH IN KEY MONTENEGRIN VOTE
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      PODGORICA, Serbia–Montenegro –– Montenegrins poured out in record numbers Sunday to decide whether to stay in their troubled union with Serbia or become independent and write the final chapter in the breakup of the former Yugoslavia.

The division between anti– and pro–independence >>>


      U.S. ENVOY: NEXT 6 MONTHS KEY FOR IRAQ
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      BAGHDAD, Iraq –– The U.S. ambassador said Sunday the next six months will be critical for Iraq as its new national unity government seeks to win public confidence and improve security so that American and other international troops can begin heading home.

In an interview with The Associated Press, >>>


      US AND IRAN BOTH DISMISS SECURITY–GUARANTEE IDEA
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Offering Iran security guarantees to stop its nuclear program makes no sense, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Sunday as Tehran also dismissed the idea, citing a lack of trust.

Rice said European powers have not sought U.S. support for security guarantees to Iran. T >>>


      US NOT ASKED TO GIVE IRAN SECURITY GUARANTEE: RICE
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – European powers have not asked the United States to provide security guarantees to Iran as part of a package the West is preparing to offer the Islamic republic to curb its nuclear programs, U.S.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Sunday. Rice made her remark in a Fox News >>>


      VIOLENCE INVADES BAGHDAD‘S EMERGENCY ROOMS
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      By Saad al–IzziSpecial to The Washington PostSunday, May 21, 2006; A21 BAGHDAD, May 16 –– On a bad day in Baghdad‘s busiest Iraqi ER –– and they‘re all bad –– the men wielding AK–47 assault rifles and pistols can outnumber the men and women with scalpels and s >>>


      WORLD IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 21-05-2006
      N. Koreans Scale Wall Of a U.S. Consulate SEOUL –– Four North Koreans overpowered a guard and scaled the wall of a U.S. Consulate in China in hopes of gaining asylum, South Korean news media reported Saturday.

They entered the consulate in the northeastern city of Shenyang from the neighboring So >>>


      A SECOND FLAG
      Haaretz, 21-05-2006
      By Eliezer Yaari Last Saturday, on one of those glorious Jerusalem afternoons, I spent a couple of hours watching the video of the panel discussion held to mark the centenary of the founding of the American Jewish Committee. Of course, this was the discussion that set off a major tremor these last two weeks, over what >>>


      BARAK‘S MAIL TO YALE
      Haaretz, 21-05-2006
      By Gideon Levy Supreme Court President Aharon Barak sent an e–mail to a colleague of his who is a lecturer at Yale University. Perhaps Barak did not intend his letter for public reading, but it can be expected that the president of the Supreme Court knows to whom he can write a letter and know his correspondent w >>>


      EUCALYPTUS VS. ARABS
      Haaretz, 21-05-2006
      By Zafrir Rinat What is the connection between the eucalyptus tree and Jewish–Arab relations?

It is a question that even trivia experts would be hard pushed to answer. It is not a Zen koan, however, a question that is meant to remain unanswered. There is an answer, and it is grounded in geopolitical rela >>>


      SPEAK CLEARLY, OLMERT
      Haaretz, 21-05-2006
      On the eve of his departure for his first visit to Washington, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert‘s statements on his political plans have been somewhat vague.

Before the elections, Olmert called loud and clear for the "convergence" – the fixing of a new border in the West Bank by means of a unil >>>


      THE ONLY COP IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
      Haaretz, 21-05-2006
      By Zvi Bar‘el If all goes well, George W. Bush will no longer be the president of the United States when the first practical steps of the convergence get under way. Though this is a matter of some two years from now, these two years will join the six years during which the American administration kept a cosmic di >>>


      THE TOOTHPASTE SYNDROME
      Haaretz, 21-05-2006
      By Uzi Benziman When it turned out that prime minister Ariel Sharon had presented the disengagement plan to the American administration, the heads of the defense establishment tore their hair out in frustration. The chief of staff, Moshe Ya‘alon and the head of the National Security Council Giora Eiland, were amo >>>


      ‘MORE NHS BEDS MUST GO‘ IN BOOST FOR HOME CARE
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Midwife–led birth centres threatened by cost cutting Passengers held to ransom by rail companies, MPs say Leader: University strikes More rebels ready to challenge schools bill Letters: New guidelines for primary care trusts Letters: Public services on the sofa Johnson takes ‘the rubbish‘ out of schoo >>>


      AT A GLANCE: THE CABINET RESHUFFLE
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Staff and agencies Friday May 5, 2006 John Prescott Remains deputy prime minister but is stripped of his departmental brief Charles Clarke Sacked, goes to backbenches John Reid Becomes home secretary Jack Straw Demotion to leader of the Commons Margaret Beckett Becomes foreign secretary Geoff Hoon Becomes Europe minist >>>


      AT LAST – WORK ISN‘T A DIRTY WORD ANY MORE
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      While Tony Blair and the unions avoid the topic, David Cameron has boldly addressed the subject of a proper work–life balance Will Hutton Sunday May 21, 2006 The Observer One of the perplexing aspects of contemporary politics is how little politicians talk about work. Yet it is where most of us spend the greatest >>>


      BLAIR SEEKS HELP TO FIGHT AIDS IN AFRICA
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Gaby Hinsliff and Ned Temko Sunday May 21, 2006 The Observer Tony Blair is urging big business to do more to help save Africa from Aids ahead of a major summit tomorrow on funding drug treatment.

The move follows the success of the rock star Bono‘s ‘Red‘ project in which giant brands have sol >>>


      CABINET‘S GOLDEN PENSION POT
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Ministers will enjoy multi–million packages – and retire at 60 – while telling others to work for longer Antony Barnett, investigations editor Sunday May 21, 2006 The Observer Tony Blair and his cabinet are sitting on a gold–plated pension pot worth in excess of 25m that will allow them to retir >>>


      CAMERON TO WOO PARENTS OVER WORK
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Gaby Hinsliff, political editor Sunday May 21, 2006 The Observer David Cameron will set out to woo young parents tomorrow when he calls for a cultural change in the world of work so that more mothers can work part–time.

The Tory leader will back flexible working – where parents can request shorter >>>


      DAWUTE: ‘I‘M GOING TO MAKE LOVE TO YOU‘
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 The Observer During the course of a '0–minute meeting with James Dawute, a chief immigration officer with the IND based at Lunar House in Croydon, Tanya was wearing a concealed microphone and hidden camera. The tape is in parts inaudible and the picture is sometimes obscured.

Dawu >>>


      HOW BROWN ‘STEPPED BACK FROM PRECIPICE‘
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Ned Temko, chief political correspondent Sunday May 21, 2006 The Observer Gordon Brown ‘peered over the precipice‘ during the party‘s open battle over the timing of Tony Blair‘s departure but was now more ‘relaxed‘ about pressing for an early succession timetable, Hazel Blears, the L >>>


      IMMIGRATION: THE GOVERNMENT RECORD
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Jason Rodrigues Sunday May 21, 2006 The Observer January 2002 More than 1,000 failed asylum seekers facing expulsion from Britain to Zimbabwe are handed a temporary reprieve by Home Secretary David Blunkett.

The decision is hailed as a landmark victory for refugee groups. February 2002 Yarl‘s Wood detent >>>


      LEAKS FEARED AS SACKED MI6 SPY LAUNCHES BLOG
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Leader: A sickness at the heart of our immigration service Legal aid bill for parole board challenges tops 2m Pressure to change law on carrying knives Simon Jenkins: Not too round, not too precise: that‘s why 11,000 is a magic number Government gets ready to deliver billion–pound Post Office overhaul Leaks >>>


      REVEALED: ‘SEX–FOR–ASYLUM‘ SCANDAL AT IMMIGRATION HQ
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Rape victim targeted by top official Home Office launches investigation Watch the video clip (WMV 1:20) Jamie Doward and Mark Townsend Sunday May 21, 2006 The Observer James Dawute, chief immigration officer. Source: Observer

A ‘sex–for–asylum‘ scandal at the UK‘s largest immigrat >>>


      THE AGE WAR IS HERE – AND THE YOUNG ARE LOSING IT TO THE OLD
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Division and conflict between the generations are going to become defining features of our society in the years ahead Andrew Rawnsley Sunday May 21, 2006 The Observer You‘ve heard of the Class War. You know about the Battle of the Sexes and the Clash of Civilisations. Today, a new great divide is opening up. Hard >>>


      THE BATTLE FOR TOWER HAMLETS
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      George Galloway was in typically ebullient mood last night as his Respect party made heavy inroads into the Labour stronghold, writes Luke Manning Friday May 5, 2006 George Galloway on the campaign trail in Tower Hamlets.

Last night‘s heavy battering for Labour and the disillusionment with Tony Blair&lsq >>>


      WHY BE SHY ABOUT OUR RADICAL PAST?
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Article continues Last week saw a welter of commentary on Education Minister Bill Rammell‘s call for teaching ‘British values‘ in schools. The left took it as a cue for more historical self–flagellation; the right for cultural triumphalism.

Yet, disappointingly, what Rammell had, in fac >>>


      13 KILLED IN BOMBING AT BAGHDAD RESTAURANT
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 1:01 PM AP Photo BAG102 By THOMAS WAGNER Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – A suicide bomber killed at least 13 people and injured 17 when he blew himself up Sunday in a downtown Baghdad restaurant frequented by police. The attack came as Prime Minister Nouri al–Maliki pledged >>>


      2,000 GALLONS OF OIL SPILLED NEAR OAHU
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 5:16 AM HONOLULU (AP) – An oil tanker spilled up to 2,000 gallons of crude oil into the Pacific Ocean on Saturday morning, an official said.

The Coast Guard and the state Health Department categorized it as a minimal spill, said Nathan Hokama, spokesman for Tesoro Corp., which owns th >>>


      3 CALIF. TEENS BURNED IN AEROSOL ACCIDENT
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 12:16 PM LOS ANGELES (AP) – Three teenagers were burned Saturday, one critically, when an aerosol spray they were inhaling to become intoxicated burst into flame inside their car, authorities said.

Two boys, aged 16 and 15, and a 15–year–old girl were in a parked car  >>>


      3 REPORTED KILLED IN A LA. CHURCH SHOOTING
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 6:16 PM BATON ROUGE, La. AP) – At least three people were killed and two others injured Sunday morning by a gunman who opened fire at a church in north Baton Rouge, police said.

The suspect, Anthony Bell, 25, of Baton Rouge fled the church after abducting his wife and one of his three >>>


      3 REPORTED KILLED IN LA. CHURCH SHOOTING
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 6:31 PM BATON ROUGE, La. AP) – At least three people were killed and two others injured Sunday morning by a gunman who opened fire at a church in north Baton Rouge, police said.

The suspect, Anthony Bell, 25, of Baton Rouge fled the church after abducting his wife and one of his three >>>


      5 MONTHS LATER, IRAQI CABINET SWORN IN
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 3:16 AM AP Photo LON115 By PATRICK QUINN Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – After five months of often bitter wrangling over Cabinet posts, Iraq‘s unity government took office Saturday and vowed to fight the insurgency, restore stability and set the stage for the eventual withd >>>


      A LOOK AT VOTING IN NEW ORLEANS
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 3:01 AM By The Associated Press THE STAKES: Voters were casting ballots for mayor and several other municipal seats in the runoff election Saturday.

HOW HURRICANE KATRINA CHANGED VOTING: Less than half the city‘s pre–Katrina population of 455,000 is now living in New Orleans. Th >>>


      AFGHAN HUNGER STRIKE ENDS IN IRELAND
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 1:01 AM By SHAWN POGATCHNIK Associated Press Writer DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) – Police removed Afghan hunger–strikers Saturday night from a Dublin cathedral, where protesters spent a week demanding asylum and warning they would kill themselves if officers came near.

Officers swept in >>>


      AFGHAN OFFICIAL BLAMES TALIBAN FOR ATTACKS
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 10:31 AM By DANIEL COONEY Associated Press Writer KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – Afghanistan‘s foreign minister claimed Sunday that Taliban leaders are living in Pakistan and coordinating terror strikes against Afghanistan from there – the latest barb between the neighbors who are both >>>


      AP BLOG: SECURITY TIGHT FOR IRAQ CEREMONY
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 5:01 AM By The Associated Press AP Correspondent Robert H. Reid is based in Baghdad and writes about events in Iraq.

–– Saturday, May 20, ':30 p.m. local time BAGHDAD, Iraq The much–heralded Iraqi government of national unity took office Saturday

– insid >>>


      ARMY JURY CONVICTS SOLDIER IN WIFE‘S DEATH
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 7:01 AM FORT LEWIS, Wash. (AP) – A soldier was convicted Saturday of murdering and mutilating his teenage wife, a Fort Lewis spokesman said.

An Army jury found Spc. Brandon Bare, 20, of Wilkesboro, N.C., guilty of premeditated murder and two counts of indecent acts for chopping his wi >>>


      ATTORNEY GEN.: REPORTERS CAN BE PROSECUTED
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 3:46 PM WASHINGTON (AP) – Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Sunday he believes journalists can be prosecuted for publishing classified information, citing an obligation to national security.

The nation‘s top law enforcer also said the government will not hesitate to track t >>>


      BAGHDAD RESTAURANT SUICIDE BLAST KILLS 13
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 3:16 PM AP Photo BAG115 By THOMAS WAGNER Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – A suicide bomber killed at least 13 people and injured 17 when he blew himself up Sunday in a downtown Baghdad restaurant frequented by police. The attack came as Prime Minister Nouri al–Maliki pledged >>>


      BOLIVIA‘S NEW PRESIDENT VOWS LAND REFORM
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 5:46 PM AP Photo DG307 By FIONA SMITH Associated Press Writer ASUBI, Bolivia (AP) – Victor Valverde has farmed other people‘s land since he was 8. Now 4', he dreams of having just enough of his own to feed his family.

Valverde might get it under an ambitious effort proposed >>>


      BRAZILIANS WON‘T RELEASE NAMES OF DEAD
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 1:16 AM AP Photo APX101 By MICHAEL ASTOR Associated Press Writer SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) – Sao Paulo‘s government refused to release the names of 10' people killed by police during a week of gangland violence, despite increased pressure on Saturday from activists who said public confi >>>


      BUSH PRAISES POLITICAL PROGRESS IN IRAQ
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 3:01 PM AP Photo DCHG104 By NEDRA PICKLER Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – The inauguration of Iraq‘s new government marks a new era in relations with the country that the U.S. has occupied for more than three years, President Bush said Sunday.

The formation o >>>


      BUSH PRESSES FOR IMMIGRATION LEGISLATION
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 1:16 AM AP Photo WHMC101 By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – President Bush urged Congress on Saturday to find a middle ground between mass deportation or instant U.S. citizenship for the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants already living in America.

Bush&ls >>>


      CAIRO HOPES CABS WILL OFFER SMOOTHER RIDE
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 5:16 PM By OMAR SINAN Associated Press Writer CAIRO, Egypt (AP) – Riding a Cairo taxi is like being trapped in a pinball machine. These rickety, un–air conditioned crates, their seats caked with grime, careen around corners and charge through red lights. Fare meters are frozen in time at >>>


      CAR BOMB KILLS 3 IN AFGHAN CAPITAL
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 10:31 AM KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – A car bomb exploded on a busy road in the Afghan capital Sunday, killing the driver of the car and two civilians, officials said.

The attack occurred on a road that links several bases belonging to the U.S.–led coalition and a separate NATO&nda >>>


      CARITAS CHIEF REPRIMANDED FOR HARASSMENT
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 8:16 AM BOSTON (AP) – Cardinal Sean O‘Malley has reprimanded the president of an archdiocese–run hospital system who is accused of kissing and touching four employees, according to a published report.

An investigation, however, determined that Robert M. Haddad, president o >>>


      CASINO REPLACING HOTEL DAMAGED BY KATRINA
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 4:01 PM BILOXI, Miss. (AP) – The Grand Casino‘s Island View Hotel was demolished Sunday to make room for a new resort on the waterfront property.

Workers used 400 pounds of explosives to take down the 12–story hotel, which housed 500 rooms, retail shops and a restaurant be >>>


      CONGRESS FACES MULTIPLE CRIMINAL PROBES
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 1:46 AM AP Photo WX101 By LARRY MARGASAK Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – For the first time since the Abscam scandal a quarter–century ago, multiple lawmakers face criminal and ethics investigations that are tarnishing Congress, already low on public approval.

Three se >>>


      COOLING TOWER AT DEFUNCT ORE. PLANT RAZED
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 4:16 PM AP Photo ORDR101 By SARAH SKIDMORE Associated Press Writer RAINIER, Ore. (AP) – Demolition crews on Sunday destroyed the 4''–foot cooling tower at a defunct commercial nuclear power plant.

With a rumble, the tower leaned to the side and collapsed upon itself leav >>>


      COOLING TOWER AT DEFUNCT PLANT DESTROYED
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 3:16 PM RAINIER, Ore. (AP) – Demolition crews on Sunday destroyed the 4''–foot cooling tower at a defunct commercial nuclear power plant.

With a rumble, the tower leaned to the side and collapsed upon itself leaving a cloud of dust and multi–ton pile of rubble. It >>>


      DEALS CAN STILL BE HAD AT NATIONAL PARKS
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 5:46 PM By JOHN HEILPRIN Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – People can find good deals in the national parks this summer despite tight budgets, rising fees and a huge backlog of maintenance work.

Throughout most of the National Park System, visitors do not have to pay any entra >>>


      DOME OF MONTSERRAT‘S VOLCANO COLLAPSES
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 3:16 AM OLVESTON, Montserrat (AP) – A dome that had been growing atop the volcano on this Caribbean island collapsed Saturday, sending debris cascading down the mountain and raining ash over a wide area, scientists said. No injuries were reported.

The Montserrat government issued a st >>>



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