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      KENNEDY BLAMES ACCIDENT ON MEDICATIONS
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      WASHINGTON –– Rep. Patrick Kennedy crashed his car near the Capitol early Thursday, and a police official said he appeared intoxicated. Kennedy said he had taken sleep medication and a prescription anti–nausea drug that can cause drowsiness.

Kennedy, D–R.I., addressed the issue after a >>>


      KENNEDY BLAMES ACCIDENT ON SLEEP MEDICINE
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      WASHINGTON –– Rep. Patrick Kennedy crashed his car near the Capitol early Thursday, and a police official said he appeared intoxicated. Kennedy said he had taken sleep medication and a prescription anti–nausea drug that can cause drowsiness.

Kennedy, D–R.I., addressed the issue after a >>>


      NEVER AGAIN?
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      When something happens for the first time in 1,871 years, it is worth noting. In A.D. 70, and again in 135, the Roman Empire brutally put down Jewish revolts in Judea, destroying Jerusalem, killing hundreds of thousands of Jews and sending hundreds of thousands more into slavery and exile. For nearly two millennia, the >>>


      OUT OF A SON‘S SUICIDE, A NEW MISSION
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      REMEMBERING GARRETT One Family‘s Battle With a Child‘s Depression By Gordon H. Smith Carroll & Graf, 208 pages Sen. Gordon H. Smith faced a fundamental choice after his son committed suicide in 2003, the day before his 22nd birthday. He could end his political career and live out his years in an agony o >>>


      REP. KENNEDY‘S CAR CRASHES NEAR CAPITOL
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      By Del Quentin Wilber and Allan LengelWashington Post Staff WritersFriday, May 5, 2006; A01 Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy crashed his car into a security barrier near the Capitol early yesterday, and officers at the scene suspected that he might have been intoxicated, a police union official said.

Kennedy (D–R >>>


      REP. KENNEDY CRASHES INTO SECURITY BARRIER
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      By Del Quentin Wilber, Allan Lengel and Bill BrubakerWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, May 5, 2006; 1:18 PM Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy had "red and watery" eyes, "slightly slurred" speech and unsteady balance after his car crashed into a security barrier near the Capitol early yesterday, a police rep >>>


      REUTERS POLITICS SUMMARY
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      Rumsfeld on defensive over Iraq WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld faced tough questions and hecklers during a stormy speech in Atlanta on Thursday, with a former CIA analyst accusing him of lying his way into the Iraq war. Rumsfeld, an unyielding defender of the war, denied lying. He told a >>>


      SENATE PASSES CRACKDOWN ON SEX OFFENDERS
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      WASHINGTON –– The Senate on Thursday passed sweeping legislation to set mandatory minimum sentences for people convicted of sex crimes against children and set up a public database linking state lists of sex offenders.

By voice vote, the Senate approved the bill, sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R&nd >>>


      SPECTER GRANTS JUDICIAL NOMINEE SECOND HEARING
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      By Bill BrubakerWashington Post Staff WriterThursday, May 4, 2006; 5:27 PM Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter today averted –– for now –– a possible Democratic filibuster over D.C. federal appeals court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh by granting a hearing into the White House aide&lsq >>>


      TED KENNEDY‘S SON IN CAR ACCIDENT
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Rep. Patrick Kennedy, son of Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy, said on Thursday he was involved in a car crash on Capitol Hill that he blamed on disorientation from prescription medication.

"At no time before the incident did I consume any alcohol," Kennedy sa >>>


      TEXT: STATEMENTS FROM REP. PATRICK KENNEDY
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      –– Text of statements on Rep. Patrick Kennedy‘s traffic accident: ___ Kennedy‘s first statement, released by his press secretary: "I was involved in a traffic incident last night at First and C Street SE near the US Capitol. I consumed no alcohol prior to the incident. I will fully cooperat >>>


      THE APPRENTICE MAESTRO‘S MISSTEPS
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      Alan Greenspan was often accused of being incomprehensible in his public utterances. "If you understood what I said, I must have misspoken," he famously told a senator once. Yet in private, Greenspan communicated so clearly through a network of invisible intermediaries that his actions rarely surprised the fi >>>


      WHAT TO DO WHEN THE STORK VISITS
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      Federal workers have it pretty good. The pay is steady, if not stellar. Benefits are good, layoffs rare and the government probably won‘t go out of business anytime soon.

And yet some civil servants say something is missing: paid parental leave after the birth of a child or an adoption. Right now, federa >>>


      $1 BILLION AWARDED FOR FLU VACCINE
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      The federal government yesterday awarded $1 billion in contracts to five pharmaceutical companies to help them develop modern methods of producing influenza vaccine that would replace the current slow, laborious and unpredictable technique.

The awards mark a huge step forward in the Bush administration‘s >>>


      300,000 CHILDREN IN U.S. FOUND TO HAVE AUTISM
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      About 300,000 American children have been diagnosed as having autism, according to the first comprehensive national surveys of the developmental disorder.

Boys were four times more likely than girls to have the disorder, which is characterized by verbal, social and emotional problems. White families with highe >>>


      AS CLIMATES WARM, DISEASES INFILTRATE
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      By Doug StruckWashington Post Foreign ServiceFriday, May 5, 2006; A01 TORONTO –– Valere Rommelaere, 82, survived the D–Day invasion in Normandy, but not a mosquito bite. Six decades after the war, the hardy Saskatchewan farmer was bitten by a bug carrying a disease that has spread from the equator to >>>


      AT THE U.N., A BID TO REFORM AND FEARS OF A RIFT
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      The U.N. undersecretary general for communications said yesterday that a recent vote to delay action on a U.S.–backed effort to allow more managerial flexibility at the United Nations threatened to divide the institution.

He also said the dispute was more about power than reform. "My worry is the re >>>


      BIG MEDIA DEALS AWAIT TRAPPED AUSTRALIAN MINERS
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian rescuers struggled on Friday to cut through solid rock a kilometer underground to free two gold miners trapped for nine days, while above ground media groups scrambled to secure rights to their survival story.

Media executives and agents are reportedly jockeying for exclusiv >>>


      BIGGEST DARFUR REBEL FACTION TO SIGN PEACE DEAL: AU
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      ABUJA (Reuters) – The biggest faction of the Darfur rebel Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) agreed on Friday to sign a peace deal with the government despite reservations, African Union mediators said.

"It‘s done. Minni is going to sign. He has accepted with some reservations on power sharing ... bu >>>


      BIGGEST DARFUR REBEL GROUP UNDECIDED ON PEACE DEAL
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      ABUJA (Reuters) – The biggest rebel faction in Sudan‘s western Darfur region said on Friday it had not decided whether to accept the African Union peace plan for the region and would meet mediators again at 0800 GMT.

The faction, one arm of the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA), met African Union mediato >>>


      BLAIR‘S LABOUR PARTY TRAILS IN LOCAL VOTE
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      LONDON –– Prime Minister Tony Blair‘s Labour Party trailed in early returns Friday from local elections widely seen as a referendum on his troubled government.

Labour took 563 seats in early counting, a net loss of 121, while the Conservatives won 787 seats, a gain of 123. 11Labour lost contr >>>


      BLAIR RESHUFFLES CABINET AFTER ELECTIONS
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      LONDON –– Prime Minister Tony Blair began reshuffling his Cabinet Friday in an attempt to restore public support in his troubled government after his party took a pounding in Britain‘s local authority elections.

Blair was making changes to key government posts, his office said Friday. The sha >>>


      BUSH SETS CONDITIONS FOR CONTACT WITH HAMAS
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      A05 President Bush vowed last night not to work with the Palestinian Authority‘s Hamas leadership until it disavows terrorism and recognizes Israel‘s right to exist, as three world leaders came together to celebrate the American Jewish Committee‘s centennial.

"As you know, I‘m a st >>>


      CHENEY SAYS IRAN SHOULD RENOUNCE NUKES
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      ASTANA, Kazakhstan –– Vice President Dick Cheney, visiting Kazakhstan Friday, said that Iran should follow the example the Central Asian set several years ago in renouncing nuclear weapons.

At a news conference, Cheney also shrugged off Russian criticism of a speech he delivered Thursday that accus >>>


      CHINA MEMOIR FUROR STIRS MEMORIES OF PURGED LEADER
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      BEIJING (Reuters) – A manuscript of ousted Chinese Communist Party chief Zhao Ziyang‘s thoughts has stirred controversy even before full publication, with its author saying a Hong Kong paper took from it without his approval.

The manuscript records the late Zhao‘s memories before 1'8' >>>


      DARFUR REBEL FACTION ACCEPTS PEACE DEAL
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      ABUJA (Reuters) – The biggest of three Darfur rebel factions and the Sudanese government accepted a peace agreement on Friday but two other rebel factions rejected the deal, casting doubt on whether it would end three years of bloodshed.

Both the government and a Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) faction said >>>


      DARFUR TALKS ON BRINK OF COLLAPSE AS REBELS SAY NO
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      ABUJA (Reuters) – The chance of salvaging a workable peace agreement for Sudan‘s Darfur region after two years of negotiations appeared remote on Friday after two of the three rebel factions rejected a proposed peace plan.

Observers say failure to reach an agreement would be disastrous for the peop >>>


      EU TO AID ABBAS IN PLAN TO AVERT PA COLLAPSE
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A European Commission proposal to "avert or delay" the Palestinian Authority‘s collapse calls for pooling donor funds and using President Mahmoud Abbas‘s office to funnel them to provide basic services, a Commission document shows.

The European Union has frozen >>>


      EX–INDONESIAN STRONGMAN SUHARTO IN HOSPITAL
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      JAKARTA (Reuters) – Former Indonesian president Suharto, 84, has been admitted to a hospital in Jakarta due to internal bleeding, his doctor said on Friday.

"He was admitted yesterday around 6.30 p.m. (7:30 a.m. EDT). The complaints were similar to the previous ones. Bleeding at his digestive system >>>


      IMMIGRATION WAIVER GRANTED TO REFUGEES
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      In the first move of its kind, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has granted an immigration law waiver so that many of the ',300 Burmese refugees at a camp in Thailand will no longer be viewed as supporters of terrorism and can be considered for resettlement in the United States, officials said yesterday.

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      ISRAELI AIRSTRIKE HITS GAZA CAMP
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip –– An Israeli aircraft attacked a training camp used by Palestinian militants in Gaza City on Friday, killing five militants, including four relatives of a top commander, Palestinian officials said.

The slain men were training at a base used by the Popular Resistance Committee >>>


      MI ENCUENTRO CON LA SOLIDARIDAD
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      Para inmigrantes cómodos en Estados Unidos, desvanecen temores de una reacción negativa Hace unas semanas tuve una sensación de intranquilidad mientras esperaba el metro. Era el 10 de abril y docenas de otros inmigrantes hispanos se alineaban en la plataforma para dirigirse a la marcha inmigrante e >>>


      MORE LAVA SPILLS FROM INDONESIAN VOLCANO
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      JAKARTA (Reuters) – Lava flowed on Friday from Indonesia‘s rumbling Mount Merapi, which experts say could erupt at anytime, threatening thousands of people in the country‘s central Java heartland.

Several thousand people have moved away from Gunung Merapi –– or Fiery Mountain &nda >>>


      MY ENCOUNTER WITH SOLIDARITY
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      AM WASHINGTON –– Some weeks ago I had an uneasy feeling as I waited for the subway. It was April 10, and dozens of other Hispanic immigrants were lining up on the platform, making their way to the immigrant march in downtown Washington. With a bullhorn in hand, one of the organizers shouted orders at the ma >>>


      OLMERT, SWORN IN, RESTATES GOAL
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      By Scott WilsonWashington Post Foreign ServiceFriday, May 5, 2006; A14 JERUSALEM, May 4 –– Ehud Olmert was sworn in as Israel‘s prime minister Thursday at the head of a governing coalition he warned would face "major challenges" as he worked to fulfill his campaign pledge to evacuate isolate >>>


      S.LANKA GOVT SAYS AIR FORCE DESTROYS REBEL BOAT
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lanka‘s air force destroyed a rebel Tamil Tiger boat off the island‘s northwest coast on Friday, a senior official said, adding that a second boat had been destroyed by the navy in an incident already reported.

The air attack, near the northwestern Mannar district, was >>>


      S.LANKA NAVY IN CLASH, REBEL BOAT EXPLODES
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      COLOMBO (Reuters) – One Tamil Tiger rebel boat exploded during a clash with the Sri Lankan navy off the island‘s northwestern coast on Friday, a naval source said.

"There is a confrontation at sea," the source said. "We have retaliated and one of their suicide boats exploded." H >>>


      SERBIA MAKES MORE ARRESTS IN HUNT FOR MLADIC
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbian police on Friday arrested two more people on suspicion of helping war crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic, whose capture is a key precondition for Serbia boosting ties with the European Union.

This brings to 10 the total number of people arrested this year in the hunt for the genoci >>>


      SUDAN, MAIN REBEL GROUP OK PEACE DEAL
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      ABUJA, Nigeria –– Sudan‘s government and the main Darfur rebel group signed a peace plan Friday, marking major progress in an internationally backed effort to end the death and destruction in western Sudan.

Two rebel groups, though, rejected the accord backed by the African Union, United Stat >>>


      SUDAN, REBEL GROUP TO SIGN PEACE PLAN
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      ABUJA, Nigeria –– Sudan‘s government and the largest Darfur rebel group agreed Friday to sign a peace plan, a top U.S. envoy said, marking major progress in an internationally backed effort to end the death and destruction in western Sudan.

Two smaller rebel groups maintained their rejection >>>


      SUHARTO TREATED FOR INTESTINAL BLEEDING
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      JAKARTA, Indonesia –– Former Indonesian dictator Suharto was "weak" but conscious Friday after receiving a blood transfusion, one of his doctors said.

Suharto, 84, was admitted to Jakarta‘s Pertamina Hospital with intestinal bleeding late Thursday, said presidential doctor Brig. Gen >>>


      THREE U.S. SOLDIERS KILLED IN BAGHDAD ATTACK
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      5, 2006; 8:12 AM BAGHDAD, May 5––A roadside bomb killed three U.S. soldiers south of Baghdad on Friday morning, U.S. military authorities said in a statement.

The soldiers were on a mission in Babil province when their vehicle was struck at 11:45 a.m., the military said. The military would not iden >>>


      TONY BLAIR SACKS FOREIGN SECRETARY IN CABINET SHUFFLE
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      AM LONDON, May 5––Prime Minister Tony Blair fired embattled Home Secretary Charles Clarke and replaced Foreign Secretary Jack Straw Friday in a major cabinet reshuffle after the Labor Party‘s poor showing in local elections widely seen as a referendum on Blair‘s scandal–plagued government. >>>


      U.S. ENVOY SPEAKS OUT AGAINST ZIMBABWE AGAIN
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      HARARE, Zimbabwe, May 4 –– U.S. Ambassador Christopher W. Dell has renewed his public criticism of President Robert Mugabe‘s government, telling a group of journalism students that a crackdown on press freedoms in Zimbabwe has contributed to the country‘s steep economic decline by impairing the >>>


      U.S. WARNS RUSSIA TO ACT MORE LIKE A DEMOCRACY
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      By Peter BakerWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, May 5, 2006; A01 The Bush administration has warned Russia that the upcoming summit of the Group of Eight nations in St. Petersburg could be a debacle unless the Kremlin takes specific actions in the coming weeks to demonstrate a commitment to democracy, according to U. >>>


      UZBEK GOVERNMENT CLOSES OFFICE OF U.S.–BASED HUMANITARIAN GROUP
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, May 4 –– Uzbekistan, increasingly hostile toward Western–funded entities, on Thursday shut down the local office of Counterpart International, a U.S.–based nongovernmental organization that runs humanitarian projects, the group said.

Uzbekistan, an authoritarian Ce >>>


      VENEZUELA WITHDRAWS AMBASSADOR FROM PERU
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      PM CARACAS, Venezuela –– Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said he was withdrawing his ambassador from Peru as a matter of principle after Peru called home its ambassador.

Chavez told Venezuelan state television on Thursday from Bolivia that he believed the departure of ambassadors would not affect >>>


      WORLD IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 05-05-2006
      Riot Police Sweep Into Restive Mexican Town SAN SALVADOR ATENCO, Mexico –– More than 1,000 riot officers firing tear gas entered a town at the edge of Mexico City on Thursday to hunt for agents taken hostage in a riot sparked by flower traders that left at least one person dead.

Television images s >>>


      ANNE AT B&Q? I‘LL BE TAKING A NAP
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Simon Hoggart Friday May 5, 2006 The Guardian Years ago we used to get a stream of fascinating faxes from Anne McIntosh, Tory MP for the Vale of York. These detailed Ms McIntosh‘s life in unfeasible detail. "Anne McIntosh visits pylon" was one that sticks in the mind. "Little Mac to meet Big Mac&qu >>>


      BNP REARS ITS HEAD AS LABOUR LOSES HEARTLAND SEATS
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Tories and Liberals make solid gains nationally Councillors accuse Hodge of raising far–right profile Will Woodward, chief political correspondent Friday May 5, 2006 The Guardian Labour council seats in London and in several heartland areas fell last night, with the far–right British National party making g >>>


      BNP THANKS LABOUR MINISTER FOR PUBLICITY
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Staff and agencies Friday May 5, 2006 Newly elected BNP councilor Richard Barnbrook talks to the media after the local council election for Barking and Dagenham. Photograph: Bruno Vincent/Getty

The British National party last night thanked Margaret Hodge for giving them publicity, enabling them to gain seats i >>>


      BROWN: WE MUST HEED VOTERS‘ WARNING
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Hél';ne Mulholland and agencies Friday May 5, 2006 Gordon Brown today told Labour to heed the "warning shot" from the voters as the party suffered a bruising round of defeats at the local elections last night.

Declining to talk about his expected succession to the premiership, Mr Brown s >>>


      CAMERON ‘HAPPY‘ AS TORIES PASS 40%
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Oliver King and agencies Friday May 5, 2006 David Cameron celebrated his first electoral test as Conservative leader today, saying that he was a "happy man" after the Tories passed the totemic 40% share of the vote in last nights‘ local elections.

While the Conservatives had their best performa >>>


      CHARLES CLARKE‘S STATEMENT
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Charles Clarke‘s full statement following his sacking as home secretary Friday May 5, 2006 "It is with deep regret that I‘m today leaving the office of home secretary in which it has been my great honour to serve for the past 16 months.

"In this role, as in previous jobs in government, it >>>


      CLIMBDOWN OVER BILL CRITICS CLAIMED WAS A MOVE TO BYPASS PARLIAMENT
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Amendments ensure law is used only to cut red tape Commons and Lords committees will have veto Will Woodward, chief political correspondent Friday May 5, 2006 The Guardian The Conservatives yesterday hailed a climbdown by the government over a bill which they had warned would give ministers powers to alter legislation >>>


      END OF THE ROAD IN SIGHT FOR WEAKENED PRESCOTT
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Titles but no department clout for humiliated DPM Cabinet peacemaker who missed his moment Michael White Friday May 5, 2006 The Guardian Few politicians end their careers as they would wish and John Prescott is no exception. Barely a year ago, after the general election, he fought off Tony Blair‘s attempt to make >>>


      FLOWERS FOR BOBBY SANDS AFTER 25 YEARS
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Press Association Friday May 5, 2006 Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams. Photograph: PA

Sinn Féin‘s current electoral strength is part of the "enduring legacy" of the 10 republican hunger strikers who died in the Maze prison 25 years ago, Gerry Adams said today.

The Sinn Fé >>>


      FROM HAMPSTEAD TO WIGAN, HOW VOTERS SAW BLAIR‘S WEEK OF WOE
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      The commentators debate which politicians will survive, but what do the ordinary people in two iconic Labour battlegrounds make of the latest political crisis?

Stephen Moss Saturday April 2', 2006 The Guardian "You‘ll have to talk to my agent before you print anything." Such are the perils >>>


      GOVERNMENT TASKFORCE TO LOOK AT FEE–CHARGING ATMS
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Rupert Jones Friday May 5, 2006 The Guardian A taskforce was set up yesterday to look at the impact of fee–charging cash machines and report to the government in six months with recommendations for action.

The move followed an "ATM summit" hosted by Ivan Lewis, economic secretary to the Treasur >>>


      GREENS DELIGHT IN POLL GAINS
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Press Association Friday May 5, 2006 The Green party was today celebrating gains in the local elections following a nationwide campaign that has seen the environment take centre stage.

Poll results so far from 153 councils out of 176, showed the Green party had won 20 seats, representing a net change of plus 1 >>>


      HAIN DENIES OFFERING PEERAGE TO PARTY REBEL
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      David Hencke, Westminster correspondent Friday May 5, 2006 The Guardian Peter Hain, the Welsh secretary, was accused in the Commons yesterday of offering a peerage to the late Labour rebel, Peter Law, in return for not standing against Maggie Jones, the official Labour candidate, at the last general election.

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      KELLY LOSES EDUCATION AS JOHNSON‘S RISE CONTINUES
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Moderniser moves in on controversial schools bill Brownites seek unifying junior promotions Michael White and Patrick Wintour Friday May 5, 2006 The Guardian Tony Blair is today expected to make Alan Johnson, the former trade union leader, education secretary, replacing the embattled Ruth Kelly. He would be given a man >>>


      MAYOR IS HOST AS CH'3;VEZ SNUBS BLAIR
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Duncan Campbell Friday May 5, 2006 The Guardian The Venezuelan president, Hugo Chávez, who has described Tony Blair as "a pawn of imperialism", is planning to meet London‘s mayor, Ken Livingstone, and union officials, rather than the prime minister or foreign secretary when he comes to London this >>>


      NEW ROLES FOR KELLY AND SMITH
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Donald MacLeod and agencies Friday May 5, 2006 For Ruth Kelly, moving into Sanctuary buildings 18 months ago was a complete misnomer. The headquarters of the Department for Education and Skills proved anything but a sanctuary to the rising young new Labour star.

She leaves battered, if unbowed, to become secre >>>


      PRESCOTT LOSES JOB AS PM TRIES TO STEM CRISIS
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Blair reshuffles cabinet in wake of local election losses Brown says voters have sent party a serious message Patrick Wintour, political editor Friday May 5, 2006 The Guardian Tony Blair will strip John Prescott of his departmental brief in a wide–ranging cabinet reshuffle today designed to reassert his grip on g >>>


      PRESCOTT STAFF GET ‘RESPECT‘ TRAINING
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Will Woodward, chief political correspondent Friday May 5, 2006 The Guardian Senior managers in John Prescott‘s department are being sent for training on dealing with "inappropriate behaviour in the workplace".

Workshops on "treating staff with dignity and respect" being held by the O >>>


      RACISM UNDERLIES DEPORTATION ROW
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Friday May 5, 2006 The Guardian Your article (Suspect in police killing was not deported, May 3) had little to do with the Home Office‘s failure to consider whether convicted foreign nationals should be deported. Mustaf Jammal had been considered for deportation, but his human rights precluded this. Contrary to y >>>


      SAY CHEESE ...
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Whether it‘s a bike ride to work or a sledge ride in Norway, David Cameron and his PR team know that a good photograph of the man in action can have major media impact. But do they get the right shot? On the day the Tory leader faces his first electoral test, New Labour‘s former communications guru Alastair >>>


      SHAKEN AND SHUFFLING
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Leader Friday May 5, 2006 The Guardian A night that should be remembered for one of the weakest election performances in Labour‘s history may instead be buried today by an instant reshuffle from a prime minister struggling to regain control. After a horrific political fortnight haunted by ministerial ill–ju >>>


      SHAKEUP OF TOWN HALL FINANCES LIKELY TO BE DELAYED FOR A YEAR
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Patrick Wintour, political editor Friday May 5, 2006 The Guardian Ministers are expected to defer a shakeup of local government finance for at least a year to give them time to win support for radical changes to be proposed in the summer.

The new powers for cities and councillors are to be outlined in a govern >>>


      SIR MENZIES‘ FIRST BIG TEST
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      It suits the Lib Dems that many see the local elections as a referendum on Tony Blair, but they will also tell us a great deal about their new leader. Hél';ne Mulholland joins him in Brent Wednesday May 3, 2006 Are things looking up for the Lib Dems? Sir Menzies Campbell goes walkabout in Brent. Photograph >>>


      SLAVISH, TIMID AND MALADROIT
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      In his contempt for his party and liking for cash, Cameron is so like Blair; but why go back to that?

Christopher Montgomery Friday May 5, 2006 The Guardian David Cameron should be bathing in a warm glow of local election results this morning showing Tory gains. That‘s not a bad finish for a campaign so >>>


      SMALL IS GOOD FOR DEMOCRACY
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Friday May 5, 2006 The Guardian Steve Boggan asked six candidates of small minority parties why they were standing (It‘s my party, G2, May 2). The answer is that there are concerns that do not fit into the omnibus policy documents of the main parties.

There was a time when society was divided into two ho >>>


      TERROR SUSPECT HAD ESCAPED DEPORTATION
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Alan Travis Friday May 5, 2006 The Guardian A major terror suspect involved in a forthcoming trial last night emerged at the centre of the row over foreign prisoner releases engulfing the home secretary, Charles Clarke.

The Home Office confirmed that the foreign national, who comes from east Africa, was not de >>>


      THE BATTLE FOR TOWER HAMLETS
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      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 >>>


      THE CHARMER GOES BACK TO CLASS
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      The prime minister must be hoping Alan Johnson can do for the education bill what he did for tuition fees two years ago, says Donald MacLeod Friday May 5, 2006 Alan Johnson returns to the DfES. Photograph: PA

Alan Johnson saved Tony Blair‘s bacon by five votes in the Commons when Labour MPs rebelled over >>>


      TOUGHER SAFEGUARDS AGAINST FRAUD AT POLLS ON THE WAY
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Prescott to lose job in reshuffle Labour braced for heavy blow and 400 losses in local elections Michael White: Back to the 60s – and capital punishment Election fraud alleged in Bradford Minister warns of serious consequences for election fraudsters Sunshine brings the voters out Remember nine good years, Blair >>>


      2 DARFUR REBEL GROUPS REFUSE PEACE PLAN
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Friday May 5, 2006 6:01 AM AP Photo XGO101 By MICHELLE FAUL Associated Press Writer ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) – Two of the three rebel groups battling in Sudan‘s troubled Darfur region refused early Friday to sign a peace plan, jeopardizing the accord aimed at resolving a crisis that has cost at least 180,000 liv >>>


      2 ITALIAN SOLDIERS KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Friday May 5, 2006 5:31 PM By JASON STRAZIUSO Associated Press Writer KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – A roadside bomb killed two Italian soldiers and wounded four while they were on patrol Friday south of Kabul, a military spokesman said, in a rare attack close to the capital.

Two Italian military vehicles wer >>>


      3 U.S. SOLDIERS KILLED IN IRAQ
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Friday May 5, 2006 1:16 PM BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – A roadside bomb killed three U.S. soldiers in Iraq on Friday, the military said. The explosion hit their vehicle in a U.S.

convoy at about 11:45 a.m. in Babil province south of Baghdad, the U.S. command said. The names of the soldiers were withheld, pending >>>


      6 ARRESTED IN BOSTON BIG DIG INVESTIGATION
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Friday May 5, 2006 1:46 AM AP Photo MASS105 By JAY LINDSAY Associated Press Writer BOSTON (AP) – Six men whose company supplied most of the concrete in the Big Dig were arrested Thursday on federal charges alleging they falsified records to hide the substandard quality of materials delivered for the $14.6 billion >>>


      AFTERSHOCKS ROCK SOUTH PACIFIC NEAR TONGA
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Friday May 5, 2006 6:01 AM By PESI FONUA Associated Press Writer NUKU‘ALOFA, Tonga (AP) – A pair of aftershocks rattled the South Pacific island nation of Tonga on Friday but caused no damage or injuries, a day after a large quake exposed alarming cracks in a tsunami warning system.

A magnitude 6.0 >>>


      ANNAN: U.S. SHOULD HOLD TALKS WITH IRAN
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Friday May 5, 2006 6:31 AM AP Photo DCLJ105 UNITED NATIONS (AP) – U.N. Secretary–General Kofi Annan encouraged the United States to hold direct talks with Iran and expressed hope that an agreement can be reached to settle the nuclear dispute with Tehran without resorting to violence.

The U.N. chief >>>


      ARIZ. AUTHORITIES PROBE SHOOTING LINKS
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Friday May 5, 2006 5:46 PM PHOENIX (AP) – Authorities investigating a series of more than 20 shootings in the Phoenix area are looking for possible links to four more, including the fatal shooting of a man at bus stop last spring.

In all, police are looking for connections among 25 attacks. So far, four >>>


      AUSTRALIAN MINERS READY TO GET HOME
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Friday May 5, 2006 8:16 AM AP Photo BEA111 By RICK RYCROFT Associated Press Writer BEACONSFIELD, Australia (AP) – They ate yogurt for breakfast Thursday and home cooked soup for dinner. They slept five hours in the cold, the most yet. To keep busy, they clean each other‘s scratches – all filmed round >>>


      BIA UPDATES DRIVING POLICY AFTER CRASHES
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Friday May 5, 2006 1:31 AM By JENNIFER TALHELM Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – The Bureau of Indian Affairs has toughened its driving policy as the result of drunken driving crashes involving BIA workers in New Mexico.

The new policy, made public Thursday, would terminate the driving privileges >>>


      BLAIR‘S LABOUR PARTY TRAILS IN LOCAL VOTE
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Friday May 5, 2006 6:31 AM AP Photo LON813 By BETH GARDINER Associated Press Writer LONDON (AP) – Prime Minister Tony Blair‘s Labour Party, shaken by corruption allegations and the release of foreign criminals, took a pounding Thursday in local elections widely seen as a referendum on his government.
>>>


      BOMB KILLS 3 U.S. SOLDIERS IN IRAQ
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Friday May 5, 2006 2:16 PM AP Photo BAG105 By SAMEER N. YACOUB Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – A roadside bomb killed three U.S. soldiers south of Baghdad on Friday, and coalition forces shot to death three insurgents in Samarra – the site of the bombing of a Shiite shrine in February that set >>>


      CALIF. VOTERS TO DECIDE ON PUBLIC WORKS
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Friday May 5, 2006 2:16 PM By SAMANTHA YOUNG Associated Press Writers SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – State lawmakers approved a plan early Friday to let voters decide whether to spend a record $37 billion on roads, schools and flood control.

The bond package, which has broad public support but failed to pass >>>


      CHENEY VISITS KAZAKHSTAN TO TALK OIL
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Friday May 5, 2006 1:16 PM AP Photo PVIL106 By DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) – Vice President Dick Cheney traveled to Kazakhstan on Friday for talks with President Nursultan Nazarbayev, seeking to maximize access to the vast oil and gas reserves in the central Asian nation with a tro >>>


      CONSERVATIVES DRIVE BUSH‘S APPROVAL DOWN
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Friday May 5, 2006 1:46 PM AP Photo DCGH102 By RON FOURNIER AP Political Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – Angry conservatives are driving the approval ratings of President Bush and the GOP–led Congress to dismal new lows, according to an AP–Ipsos poll that underscores why Republicans fear an Election Day mass >>>


      DARFUR REGION PEACE PLAN IN JEOPARDY
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Friday May 5, 2006 ':16 AM AP Photo XGO101 By MICHELLE FAUL Associated Press Writer ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) – Two of the three rebel groups battling in Sudan‘s troubled Darfur region refused early Friday to sign a peace plan, jeopardizing the accord aimed at resolving a crisis that has cost at least 180,000 >>>


      DOCTORS SAY SUHARTO‘S ORGANS ARE FAILING
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Friday May 5, 2006 2:16 PM AP Photo NY110 By IRWAN FIRDAUS Associated Press Writer JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) – Doctors treating former Indonesian dictator Suharto said Friday that his organs have partly failed, but ongoing blood transfusions have improved his condition slightly.

Suharto, 84, was admitted t >>>


      EAST TIMOR RESIDENTS FLEE CAPITAL DILI
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Friday May 5, 2006 8:01 AM DILI, East Timor (AP) – Thousands of residents have fled the East Timorese capital for nearby mountains, fearing renewed violence between ex–soldiers and police.

Four people were killed and dozens were injured as the two sides battled it out last week.

Nearly 600 >>>


      ELIZABETH SMART CITES FAITH FOR STRENGTH
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Friday May 5, 2006 6:01 AM SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – During the nine months then–14–year–old Elizabeth Smart was held by kidnappers, it was her faith in God that enabled her to cope, she said Thursday.

I always knew (God) loved me, and that whether I survived or didn‘t, he w >>>


      FIREFIGHTER WANTS STATEMENTS SUPPRESSED
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Friday May 5, 2006 5:31 PM By ARTHUR H. ROTSTEIN Associated Press Writer TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – Lawyers for the former commander of an elite wildfire team asked a court to suppress a statement he signed last year acknowledging that he started two forest fires in 2004.

Van Bateman‘s attorneys argued t >>>


      FORMER FBI ANALYST PLEADS GUILTY TO SPYING
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Friday May 5, 2006 1:16 AM AP Photo NR104 By JEFFREY GOLD Associated Press Writer NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – A former White House and FBI staffer pleaded guilty Thursday to passing classified information to plotters he said were trying to overthrow Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

During a federal >>>


      GUNMAN SHOOTS 3, KILLING 2, THEN HIMSELF
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Friday May 5, 2006 7:01 AM By RON WORD Associated Press Writer FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – A man shot three of his former family members in a hospital parking lot Thursday, before committing suicide outside a nearby school, the county sheriff said. Two of the former relatives died.

The family had a his >>>


      IN NEW ORLEANS, PLEAS TO FOCUS ON PUMPS
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Friday May 5, 2006 1:01 AM AP Photo LACG202 By BRETT MARTEL Associated Press Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Drilling what resembles rows of bullet holes through old wooden floors and plaster walls, Matt and Maureen McBride were able to air–dry their flooded, 1'20s bungalow–style house in the city&lsquo >>>


      IOWA TEEN SHOOTS FRIEND, THEN HIMSELF
      Guardian, 05-05-2006
      Friday May 5, 2006 6:16 AM OSKALOOSA, Iowa (AP) – A teenager fatally shot his friend in the chest with a semiautomatic rifle then shot himself in the head, police said Thursday.

Joseph Ballantyne, 17, was found in his friend‘s back yard with a head wound and died Thursday night at an Iowa City hosp >>>



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