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      SLAIN NUN REMEMBERED AS DEVOTED TO POOR
      Washington Post, 21-09-2006
      10:21 AM NAIROBI, Kenya –– Sister Leonella Sgorbati, who was slain outside a hospital where she worked as a missionary in Somalia‘s restive capital, was remembered Thursday as a devoted nun who was willing to die to help the starving and sick in Africa.

The 65–year–old nun was sho >>>


      STORMS LASH INDIA, BANGLADESH; 65 DEAD
      Washington Post, 21-09-2006
      DHAKA, Bangladesh –– Storms in Bangladesh and India left at least 65 dead and hundreds missing as they capsized boats, toppled houses and washed away roads, news reports and officials said Wednesday.

Rescuers recovered at least 1' bodies Wednesday along the Bay of Bengal after sudden storms hit >>>


      THAI LEADER SAYS NO ELECTIONS FOR A YEAR
      Washington Post, 21-09-2006
      ':5' PM BANGKOK, Thailand –– Thailand‘s new military ruler, winning crucial royal backing for his bloodless coup, announced Wednesday that he would not call elections for another year. The U.S. and other Western nations expressed disapproval and urged a swift restoration of democracy.

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      TURKISH COURT ACQUITS NOVELIST SHAFAK
      Washington Post, 21-09-2006
      AM ISTANBUL, Turkey –– One of Turkey‘s leading authors was acquitted Thursday of "insulting Turkishness" in a novel that touched on the mass killings of Armenians during the final years of the Ottoman Empire.

The panel of judges said there was no evidence to support the charge again >>>


      U.N. ENVOY CALLS FOR RAMADAN CALM IN DARFUR
      Washington Post, 21-09-2006
      KHARTOUM (Reuters) – The U.N. envoy to Sudan on Thursday urged warring groups in Darfur to stop fighting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan to let relief workers operate in the region where conflict has displaced more than 2 million.

"I am sending letters to the president and to all the seven >>>


      U.S. TO MAINTAIN AFGHANISTAN FORCE LEVEL
      Washington Post, 21-09-2006
      PM WASHINGTON –– U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan are likely to remain steady, at about 21,000, at least until next February, the top U.S. general there said Thursday, echoing earlier comments about forces in Iraq.

Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry told Pentagon reporters that while the Taliban enemy in Afg >>>


      UN: CIVILIAN DEATH TOLL IN IRAQ CLIMBING
      Washington Post, 21-09-2006
      UNITED NATIONS –– The number of civilians slain in Iraq reached an unprecedented level in July and August, which saw 6,5'' violent deaths, the United Nations said Wednesday.

The report from the U.N. Assistance Mission in Iraq offered a grim assessment of other indicators, from unlawful dete >>>


      WORLD BANK, IMF UNSUITED FOR AFRICA AID–U.N. AGENCY
      Washington Post, 21-09-2006
      GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Bank and IMF are poorly suited to lead the flow of aid to Africa, which would be more effective if it was distributed in line with a nation‘s needs, not competing donor interests, a U.N. agency said.

The U.N. Trade and Development Agency (UNCTAD) proposed in a report re >>>


      BACK TO THE PREEMPTIVE STRIKE
      Haaretz, 21-09-2006
      By Israel Harel The outcome of the war in Lebanon raised existential fears, even among people with deep roots in the Israeli experience, people who have fought in our toughest wars. Many of them wonder: What happened to us? The question arises because from the military point of view, this was not a war for survival. An >>>


      CARTOON
      Haaretz, 21-09-2006
      Bookmark to del.icio.us Raising costs Maccabi Tel Aviv has made it clear that this year, its not going to worry about money.

The quietest conference For the first time in years, this World Bank conference is free from peace disturbances.

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      GETTING MARRIED ON THE BEACH
      Haaretz, 21-09-2006
      By Haaretz Editorial A few months ago, Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai wrote to the owners of Shalvata, a restaurant on the Tel Aviv beach, informing them that they would have to open their premises, which are near the waterline, to the public by removing the fence that encloses the diners, thereby depriving the public of th >>>


      SUITABILITY STANDARDS FOR MINISTERS
      Haaretz, 21-09-2006
      By Aluf Benn The public anger over the conduct of the war in Lebanon, the multiplicity of investigations targeting members of the government and the undermining of the ceremonial institution of the presidency have once again aroused calls for a change in the system of government, and primarily for the magic solution: a >>>


      SUPPORT THE CHIEF OF STAFF
      Haaretz, 21-09-2006
      By Giora Rom When I returned to Israel at the end of the week after a week‘s absence, I found a country that is slowly tightening the noose around the neck of the chief of staff, and enjoying it. Politicians can stick to their seats endlessly, but for military commanders, the system works differently. They need t >>>


      THE LEGAL STATUS OF FIGHTERS
      Haaretz, 21-09-2006
      By Meron Benvenisti The Israeli legal system, stretched to the limit by cases of private and public corruption, still finds the time and the resources to provide massive support for spreading and deepening Israel‘s image as a country suffering from terrorism and fighting for its existence. It is an image of a cou >>>


      THE SYSTEM‘S BROKEN AND NEEDS FIXING
      Haaretz, 21-09-2006
      By Dan Ben–David A few days ago, former Meretz MK Naomi Chazan translated the expression "if it ain‘t broke, don‘t fix it" to express her opinion that Israel‘s system of government is functioning rather well. She believes that only minor modifications are needed to improve the system.< >>>


      ‘MARTYRDOM IS PRAISEWORTHY‘
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Vikram Dodd Thursday September 21, 2006 The Guardian The men who barracked John Reid yesterday are leading Islamist radicals in Britain who have come to the attention of police on several occasions.

Abu Izzadeen, the first to clash with the home secretary, attracted opprobrium and headlines when he refused to >>>


      ‘MING THE MOVIE‘ AIMS TO CONQUER HEARTS OF VOTERS
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Campbell‘s aides attempt to bury past PR blunders Focus will be on leader‘s gravitas and experience Tania Branigan, political correspondent Thursday September 21, 2006 The Guardian The Liberal Democrats will today relaunch their campaign to sell Sir Menzies Campbell to the public with a short film dubbed Mi >>>


      &#163;15BN RETHINK ON PUBLIC SPENDING
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Patrick Wintour Thursday September 21, 2006 The Guardian The Liberal Democrats want a 15bn reordering of public spending to ensure there would be enough cash for their favoured schemes, including free personal care for the elderly, extra spending on mental health and an end to tuition fees.

At the last electio >>>


      BIOTECH EXPERT ARRESTED IN HONOURS INQUIRY, REPORTS SAY
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Agencies Thursday September 21, 2006 Guardian Unlimited The third person to be arrested in connection with the cash for honours inquiry was Sir Christopher Evans, a leading figure in the biotechnology industry, reports said today.

Officers from the Metropolitan police‘s specialist crime directorate quest >>>


      BLAIR TELLS CABINET TO CURB OPEN SPECULATION ABOUT LEADERSHIP
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Prime minister wants conference to be showcase Ministers vent their anger over events of past month Will Woodward, chief political correspondent Thursday September 21, 2006 The Guardian Tony Blair yesterday demanded that the cabinet curb open speculation about his departure and possible successors during Labour‘s >>>


      BROWN ACCUSED OF HIDING FULL SCALE OF PFI LIABILITIES
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Dozens of hospital deals excluded from figures Public sector debt rises as schemes increase Terry Macalister and Angela Balakrishnan Thursday September 21, 2006 The Guardian The government was accused of deliberately underplaying the impact of the private finance initiative on the public finances by excluding most hosp >>>


      COURTS SET TO ADMIT WIRETAP EVIDENCE
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Phone–taps key to prosecuting criminals and terrorists, says attorney general Clare Dyer, legal editor Thursday September 21, 2006 The Guardian The attorney general has thrown his weight decisively behind the use of intercept evidence in court, making it highly likely that the ban on phonetap evidence will be lif >>>


      DEATH THREATS FORCE IRISH DIPLOMAT TO QUIT BELFAST
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Owen Bowcott, Ireland correspondent Thursday September 21, 2006 The Guardian An Irish diplomat has been forced to quit Northern Ireland because of death threats from loyalist paramilitaries, it was revealed yesterday.

Aine de Baroid, one of an estimated 30 civil servants from the republic working in Armagh and >>>


      DEFIANT REID CLASHES WITH ISLAMIST RADICALS
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Home secretary warns parents of brainwash risk Idea of spying on children denounced as farcical Alan Travis, home affairs editor Thursday September 21, 2006 The Guardian The home secretary yesterday clashed with two Islamist radicals when he met the east London Muslim community to urge it to tackle extremism. John Reid >>>


      ELSPETH CAMPBELL‘S BRIGHTON DIARY
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 Guardian Unlimited Agonisingly slow tour of the conference stands yesterday.

Ming was very good and talked to almost everyone, even the TUC, although I did worry for a moment when he hesitated between the Local Government Association and the Lesbian and Gay Association.

The >>>


      GREENS LAUNCH CONFERENCE WITH ATTACK ON LIB DEMS
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Matthew Tempest, political correspondent, in Hove Thursday September 21, 2006 Guardian Unlimited The Green party has opened its annual conference with a blistering attack on the Liberal Democrats for attempting to steal its environmental agenda.

By a quirk of coincidence, the two parties‘ conferences hav >>>


      JOHNSON ADVISERS CRITICISED IN SCHOOL RESULTS ROW
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Debbie Andalo Thursday September 21, 2006 EducationGuardian.co.uk Political advisers to the education secretary, Alan Johnson, were today criticised by a government watchdog for interfering in the publication of national exam results.

Although the Statistics Commission does not name his advisers – Mario >>>


      LAPTOP THEFT PROMPTS CONFERENCE SECURITY REVIEW
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Press Association Thursday September 21, 2006 Guardian Unlimited Police have been forced to change security arrangements for next week‘s Labour party conference after a laptop containing policing plans was stolen from a car, police and the MoD said today.

Thieves stole the laptop from a car being driven >>>


      LAST ORDERS ON DEVOLUTION DEAL
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Resentment is growing among unionists over deadline to restore a power–sharing assembly, writes Owen Bowcott Thursday September 21, 2006 Guardian Unlimited The Democratic Unionist party is going on a "pub crawl of preconditions and the [British and Irish] governments need to call time on it", Mark Durka >>>


      LIB DEMS REJECT CALL FOR TRIDENT VOTE DELAY
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Hél';ne Mulholland Thursday September 21, 2006 Guardian Unlimited Liberal Democrats today rejected calls for the parliamentary vote on Trident to be delayed until they form their own policy next spring.

Norman Baker, a former environment frontbench spokesman, led calls for ministers to ensure a Co >>>


      LONELY CAMPAIGNER
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Michael White Thursday September 21, 2006 The Guardian A suspiciously high ratio of reporters to delegates turned up for Lib Dem MEP Chris Davies‘s conference fringe meeting at the Holiday Inn. In the endless quest for row, split and gaffe, a discussion entitled Assisted Suicide: A Human Right is a pretty good be >>>


      NEW TRIDENT SYSTEM MAY COST &#163;76BN, FIGURES SHOW
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
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      NHS NATIONAL STRIKE STARTS AT 10PM TONIGHT
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Jackie Dent and agencies Thursday September 21, 2006 Guardian Unlimited Hundreds of National Health Service staff will go on a 24–hour strike this evening over the government‘s decision to privatise the supply of medical equipment to hospitals and GPs.

Around 800 staff at depots in Derbyshire, Ches >>>


      POLICE QUESTION LEVY FOR SECOND TIME IN CASH FOR PEERAGES INQUIRY
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Vikram Dodd and David Hencke Thursday September 21, 2006 The Guardian Lord Levy, one of the prime minister‘s closest aides, was questioned yesterday for a second time by detectives investigating the alleged cash for peerages scandal.

He was arrested and first questioned on July 12 in a move that shook Do >>>


      SIR MENZIES CAMPBELL‘S SPEECH
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Full text of the Lib Dem leader‘s address to his party conference Thursday September 21, 2006 Guardian Unlimited "This has been my first autumn conference as Liberal Democrat leader. And I have enjoyed it – particularly since Tuesday lunchtime.

But while I have enjoyed my first, others will be >>>


      4 MEMBERS OF OUSTED THAI GOV‘T DETAINED
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 2:31 PM AP Photo XSL10' By SUTIN WANNABOVORN Associated Press Writer BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) – Thailand‘s new ruling military junta announced Thursday that four top members of ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra‘s administration had been detained. The move came as t >>>


      4 SUSPECTED TALIBAN DIE IN AFGHANISTAN
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 2:46 PM By NOOR KHAN Associated Press Writer KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) – Police clashed with militants who tried to set fire to an oil tanker in southern Afghanistan, killing four suspected members of the Taliban, a police official said Thursday.

Police confronted the militan >>>


      8 GERMAN WARSHIPS SET SAIL FOR LEBANON
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 12:16 PM AP Photo MME102 By IMKE ZIMMERMANN Associated Press Writer WILHELMSHAVEN, Germany (AP) – Germany began its biggest naval operation since World War II on Thursday as eight warships set sail for the eastern Mediterranean to help the U.N. keep the peace in Lebanon.

The f >>>


      '5 DEAD AS STORMS LASH INDIA, BANGLADESH
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 7:46 AM By FARID HOSSAIN Associated Press Writer DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) – The death toll in Bangladesh and India rose to at least '5 and nearly 1,000 remained missing Thursday after storms capsized boats, toppled houses and washed away roads, news reports and officials said.
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      ABORIGINES WIN AUSTRALIAN LAND CLAIM
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 6:01 PM By ROD McGUIRK Associated Press Writer CANBERRA, Australia (AP) – A federal court judge has given a tribe of Aborigines a limited land title claim over the major Australian city of Perth.

It was the first such ruling that Aborigines, the indigenous people who lived in >>>


      AHMADINEJAD: IRAN DOESN‘T NEED THE BOMB
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 5:46 PM AP Photo NYJD103 By SCHEHEREZADE FARAMARZI Associated Press Writer UNITED NATIONS (AP) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad insisted Thursday that Tehran‘s nuclear program is peaceful and said he is at a loss‘‘ about what more he can do to provide >>>


      ALLEGED '/11 PLANNER FACES GITMO HEARING
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 1:16 AM AP Photo NYOL'72 By ANDREW SELSKY Associated Press GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) – Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, accused of masterminding the Sept. 11 attacks, and other alleged terrorists linked to major attacks against the U.S. are expected to face hearings at the Guanta >>>


      BRANSON PLEDGES BILLION AGAINST WARMING
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 6:01 PM AP Photo NYSW111 By DEEPTI HAJELA Associated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) – British business mogul Richard Branson on Thursday pledged to invest about $3 billion over the next decade to combat global warming and promote alternative energy, saying that it was critical to protect t >>>


      BRANSON PLEDGES TO FIGHT GLOBAL WARMING
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 6:01 PM AP Photo NYR108 By DEEPTI HAJELA Associated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) – British business mogul Richard Branson on Thursday pledged to invest about $3 billion over the next decade to combat global warming and promote alternative energy, saying that it was critical to protect th >>>


      BRAZIL COURT TO PROBE SILVA IN SCANDAL
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 1:16 AM BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) – President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva‘s campaign manager stepped down Wednesday over his alleged involvement in a plot to incriminate a leading opposition politician.

Silva‘s campaign said in a statement that campaign manager Ricardo B >>>


      BRAZILIAN STEPS DOWN IN CAMPAIGN PLOT
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 4:01 AM By VIVIAN SEQUERA Associated Press Writer BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) – The manager of the Brazilian president‘s re–election campaign stepped down Wednesday amid allegations he was involved in a plot to link a leading opposition politician to a corruption scandal.

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      CALL FOR CHANGES TO MEDICARE PAYMENTS
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 6:01 PM By KEVIN FREKING Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – Quality not quantity should be the federal government‘s guide in setting payments to doctors, hospitals and other health care providers, a report requested by Congress said Thursday.

Medicare, the nation& >>>


      CHAVEZ LAUNCHES BUSH BROADSIDE AT U.N.
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 7:46 AM AP Photo NYRD122 By IAN JAMES Associated Press Writer UNITED NATIONS (AP) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez called President Bush the devil‘‘ in a speech to the United Nations on Wednesday, making the sign of the cross in a dramatic gesture and accusing h >>>


      CLUB OWNERS TO PLEAD NO CONTEST IN FIRE
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 3:46 AM AP Photo BX106 By ERIC TUCKER Associated Press Writer PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The owners of a nightclub where a 2003 fire killed 100 people will plead no contest to involuntary manslaughter charges, and only one will have to serve prison time, their lawyer said Wednesday. Victi >>>


      CONGRESS PASSES MILITARY PROTECTION BILL
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 6:01 PM By JIM ABRAMS Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – Servicemen and women would be shielded from people pushing inferior or overpriced financial service and insurance packages under legislation ready for President Bush‘s signature.

The measure, which was given >>>


      COURT SAYS LIBRARIES CAN BAR WORSHIP
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 4:01 AM By DAVID KRAVETS Associated Press Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Government libraries can block religious groups from worshipping in public meeting rooms, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

The decision came from a case involving the Faith Center Church Evangelistic >>>


      DA WANTS STOP TO DUKE POLLING
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 3:46 AM By SAMUEL SPIES Associated Press Writer DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – The district attorney prosecuting three Duke lacrosse players accused of rape asked a judge Wednesday to put a stop to defense polling of Durham residents about the case.

In a motion filed in Durham Superior C >>>


      EXPERTS: SPINACH SCARE COULD HURT MARKET
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 ':01 AM By LISA LEFF Associated Press Writer SALINAS, Calif. (AP) – The nationwide E. coli outbreak from bagged spinach could seriously dampen the popularity of prewashed, packaged salads with time–pressed and diet–conscious Americans, food safety and marketing experts >>>


      FEDS ASK COURT TO DROP WIRETAPPING CASE
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 5:46 PM By HOPE YEN Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – The Bush administration asked an appeals court Thursday to step in immediately and dismiss a lawsuit over the government‘s warrantless eavesdropping program, calling a lower judge‘s ruling dangerous and wrong.
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      FIREFIGHTERS TRY TO CORRAL CALIF. FIRES
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 6:01 AM LAKE ARROWHEAD, Calif. (AP) – Firefighters, worried about the possible return of hot, dry Santa Ana winds, fought three separate wildfires Wednesday that crept through national forests and toward towns.

No houses were immediately threatened, however. The cooler weather >>>


      FLA. INMATE WHO HAD WON STAY IS EXECUTED
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 1:16 AM AP Photo FLPS101 By RON WORD Associated Press Writer STARKE, Fla. (AP) – A convicted killer who argued that Florida‘s use of lethal injection amounted to cruel and unusual punishment was put to death Wednesday night after the U.S. Supreme Court narrowly denied him another >>>


      FORMER ENRON CEO ARRESTED IN DALLAS
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 7:16 AM HOUSTON (AP) – Former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling was ticketed for public intoxication earlier this month in Dallas, according to a newspaper report.

Skilling, convicted in May of 1' counts of fraud, conspiracy, insider trading and lying to auditors in the investiga >>>


      HELICOPTER PILOTS‘ UNION DECLARES STRIKE
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 5:16 AM LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) – A union representing pilots at PHI Inc., which provides helicopter flights for the offshore petroleum industry and medical emergencies, went on strike Wednesday.

Negotiations lasted 2 years but failed to produce a new labor agreement. The National >>>


      HEWLETT PACKARD‘S CHAIRWOMAN GETS HONOR
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 6:01 AM By PAUL ELIAS Associated Press Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Hewlett Packard Inc.‘s beleaguered chairwoman Patricia Dunn was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Bay Area Council on Wednesday during her first public appearance since landing at the center of a corporate inv >>>


      HOUSE PASSES BILL TO MAKE VOTERS SHOW ID
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 3:31 AM By JIM ABRAMS Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – The House voted Wednesday to require Americans to show proof of citizenship in order to vote, and the Senate moved to build a 700–mile fence along the Mexican border as Republicans sharpened attacks on illegal immigr >>>


      HUNGARIAN OPPOSITION POSTPONES RALLY
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 2:31 PM AP Photo MTI110 By PABLO GORONDI Associated Press Writer BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) – Hungary‘s main opposition party on Thursday postponed a weekend political rally amid fears of further street violence, saying state security officials had warned that the gathering could be >>>


      HURRICANE GORDON WEAKENS NEAR AZORES
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 4:01 AM MIAMI (AP) – Tropical Storm Gordon, downgraded from a hurricane Wednesday, approached portions of Spain and Portugal as it moved rapidly away from the sparsely populated Azores Islands.

Gordon was expected to join another weather system before it neared the Iberian pen >>>


      IRAQ SAYS ABDUCTEES USED IN CAR BOMBINGS
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 5:46 PM AP Photo BAG105 By PATRICK QUINN Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Iraqi insurgents are no longer using just volunteers as suicide car bombers but are instead kidnapping drivers, rigging their vehicles with explosives and blowing them up, the Defense Ministry said Th >>>


      IRAQIS ASSUME CONTROL OF 2ND PROVINCE
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 2:46 PM By PATRICK QUINN Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Italy formally handed over security responsibility of the southern Dhi Qar province to Iraqi forces Thursday, the second of the country‘s 18 provinces to be handed over to local control.

In scattered v >>>


      ISRAEL CALLS IRAN ITS GREATEST THREAT
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 1:46 AM AP Photo XUNJJ13' UNITED NATIONS (AP) – The Israeli foreign minister on Wednesday warned that Iranian leaders pose the biggest threat to international values as they speak proudly‘‘ of their wish to destroy Israel and pursue weapons to achieve that obj >>>


      ISRAEL TELLS U.N. IRAN GREATEST THREAT
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 1:46 AM AP Photo XUNJJ13' UNITED NATIONS (AP) – The Israeli foreign minister on Wednesday warned that Iranian leaders pose the biggest threat to international values as they speak proudly‘‘ of their wish to destroy Israel and pursue weapons to achieve that obj >>>


      KY. FLAG–BURNING TEACHER AVOIDS CHARGES
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 5:46 AM LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A middle school teacher who burned two American flags as part of a civics lesson won‘t be charged, but may still face discipline from the school board, officials said Wednesday.

Dan Holden, who teaches seventh–grade social studies at >>>


      LEBANON BEGINS TO CLEAN RAVAGED COAST
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 12:01 PM AP Photo BEI106 By HENRY MEYER Associated Press Writer BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) – Shovel–wielding volunteers sifted through oil–stained sand on a beach where tourists once swam, now emptied by a massive spill caused by Israeli bombardment. Two months later, only 3 perc >>>


      MAN ACCUSED OF WORKING FOR IRAQ INDICTED
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 1:46 AM By JEREMIAH MARQUEZ Associated Press Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) – A man accused of collecting intelligence for Saddam Hussein‘s regime during the 1''0s was indicted on charges of failing to register as an agent of a foreign government, authorities said Wednesday.
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      MAN ARRAIGNED IN GIRL‘S GRISLY DEATH
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 5:01 AM By SEAN MURPHY Associated Press Writer PURCELL, Okla. (AP) – A man accused of killing a 10–year–old girl and nearly severing her head as part of a cannibalistic plot was arraigned Wednesday on a first–degree murder charge.

Kevin Ray Underwood, 26, had >>>


      MAN ARRAIGNED IN OKLA. GIRL‘S DEATH
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 5:01 AM By SEAN MURPHY Associated Press Writer PURCELL, Okla. (AP) – A man accused of killing a 10–year–old girl and nearly severing her head as part of a cannibalistic plot was arraigned Wednesday on a first–degree murder charge.

Kevin Ray Underwood, 26, had >>>


      MISS. MAYOR ACCUSED OF OVERZEALOUSNESS
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 2:31 PM AP Photo JX103 By SHELIA BYRD Associated Press Writer JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mayor Frank Melton came into office like a Wild West marshal sworn to clean up the town. But somewhere along the line, prosecutors say, the crimefighting mayor crossed over from lawman to vigilante.
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      MUSLIM REBEL LEADER WELCOMES THAI COUP
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 ':01 AM AP Photo EKW110 By SUTIN WANNABOVORN Associated Press Writer BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) – An exiled rebel leader welcomed Thailand‘s military coup, saying Thursday that it could help resolve the country‘s bloody Muslim insurgency. Western governments denounced the t >>>


      MYSTERY DISEASE KILLING LIONS IN INDIA
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 1:46 AM AP Photo CHN102 NEW DELHI (AP) – Nearly two dozen crossbred lions are slowly dying in northern India from a mysterious disease afflicting the hybrid offspring of Asiatic and African cats paired in a discontinued experimental program.

Zookeepers are mournfully watching >>>


      N.D. JURORS TO RESUME DELIBERATIONS
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 12:16 PM By DAVE KOLPACK Associated Press Writer FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Jurors who are deciding whether a convicted sex offender should be put to death for killing University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin are weighing pleas for justice and mercy.

The federal jury of seven wom >>>


      NATIONS DISCUSS NEW DEADLINE FOR IRAN
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 3:46 AM By ANGELA CHARLTON Associated Press Writer UNITED NATIONS (AP) – The nations seeking to halt Iran‘s nuclear activities are working out a new deadline for Tehran despite differences over possible sanctions, the French foreign minister said Wednesday.

With world le >>>


      NEW ORLEANS NURSING HOME OWNERS INDICTED
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 1:31 AM By MARY FOSTER Associated Press Writer CHALMETTE, La. (AP) – The owners of a nursing home where 35 patients died in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina were indicted Wednesday on charges of negligent homicide and cruelty to the infirm.

Salvador and Mabel Mangano were in >>>


      OBITUARIES IN THE NEWS
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 2:31 PM By The Associated Press Pham Xuan An HANOI, Vietnam (AP) – Pham Xuan An, who led a remarkable and perilous double life as a communist spy and a respected reporter for Western news organizations during the Vietnam War, died Wednesday. He was 7'.

An, who suffered fro >>>


      ONE CUBAN DIES IN ATTEMPT TO REACH U.S.
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 5:46 PM MIAMI (AP) – Sixteen Cubans reached the United States in a rickety, old boat, but one man trying to cross the Florida Straits with them died, the Coast Guard said Thursday.

The group reached Marquesas Key early Wednesday, and the Coast Guard learned in interviews with >>>


      PAPERS SHOW BUSH ALLIES‘ INSIDE ACCESS
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 12:16 PM AP Photo NY10' By JOHN SOLOMON and SHARON THEIMER Associated Press Writers WASHINGTON (AP) – A visit to the White House would be considered a once–in–a–lifetime treat for most Americans. For conservative tax strategist Grover Norquist it could be consider >>>


      PET PROTECTION BILL SENT TO BUSH
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 5:01 AM By MARY DALRYMPLE Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress called for emergency preparedness plans that include helping individuals and families with pets, under legislation sent Wednesday to President Bush.

It was during Hurricane Katrina that people saw the >>>


      PLEAS FROM OWNERS OF CLUB IN DEADLY FIRE
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 1:16 AM By ERIC TUCKER Associated Press Writer PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The owners of a nightclub where a 2003 fire killed 100 people will plead no contest to involuntary manslaughter charges, and only one will have to serve prison time, their lawyer said Wednesday. Victims‘ relat >>>


      POLITICAL AD MAY BE TOO MUCH FOR TV
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 3:46 AM By MATT GOURAS Associated Press Writer HELENA, Mont. (AP) – A television commercial slamming Sen. Conrad Burns for cursing at a firefighting crew could be too vulgar for broadcast television and may lead to fines if it isn‘t pulled, the Montana Broadcasters Association wa >>>


      POLITICAL TENSIONS RISE IN HUNGARY
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 12:16 PM AP Photo JPRA113 By PABLO GORONDI Associated Press Writer BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) – The street violence that gripped the Hungarian capital appeared to be ebbing Thursday after three nights of unrest but political tensions rose as the main opposition party refused the prime mini >>>


      SECOND TEEN SURRENDERS IN PA. SHOOTINGS
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 1:01 AM By ALAN ROBINSON AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) – A second man charged in a shooting that wounded five Duquesne University basketball players turned himself in Wednesday, police said.

William Holmes, 18, of the Pittsburgh suburb of Penn Hills, is the third person arr >>>


      STUDENT SAYS HE DID THE ‘RIGHT THING‘
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 12:01 PM By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press Writer GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – A 17–year–old student said he was only doing the right thing when he told authorities his friends were planning a Columbine–like attack on East High School last week.

Matt Atkinson, intr >>>


      THAI JUNTA BANS POLITICAL PARTY MEETINGS
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 2:31 PM AP Photo XSL10' By SUTIN WANNABOVORN Associated Press Writer BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) – Thailand‘s new ruling junta on Thursday announced a ban on meetings of political parties and barred the establishment of new parties. The announcement, made on all Thai television st >>>


      THAI POLITICAL PARTY MEETINGS BANNED
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 12:16 PM AP Photo APW10' By SUTIN WANNABOVORN Associated Press Writer BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) – Thailand‘s new ruling junta on Thursday announced a ban on meetings of political parties and barred the establishment of new parties. The announcement, made on all Thai television s >>>


      TUG–OF–WAR OVER INTERROGATION TACTICS
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 12:16 PM AP Photo DCCD104 By LAURIE KELLMAN Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – White House loyalists struggled on Wednesday to save President Bush‘s wartime legislative plans from collapsing under Republican squabbles. In cliffhanger votes, a House committee rejected, then >>>


      TURKISH COURT ACQUITS LEADING NOVELIST
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 12:01 PM AP Photo IST107 By BENJAMIN HARVEY Associated Press Writer ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) – One of Turkey‘s leading authors was acquitted Thursday of insulting Turkishness‘‘ in a novel that touched on the mass killings of Armenians during the final years of >>>


      TURKISH COURT ACQUITS NOVELIST SHAFAK
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 2:31 PM AP Photo IST102 By BENJAMIN HARVEY Associated Press Writer ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) – One of Turkey‘s leading authors was acquitted Thursday of insulting Turkishness‘‘ in a novel that touched on the mass killings of Armenians during the final years of t >>>


      U.N.: IRAQ CIVILIAN DEATHS HIT A RECORD
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 2:46 PM AP Photo BAG107 By NICK WADHAMS Associated Press Writer UNITED NATIONS (AP) – The number of Iraqi civilians killed in July and August hit 6,5'', a record–high number that is far greater than initial estimates suggested, the United Nations said Wednesday.

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      U.S. SETS CONDITIONS FOR N. KOREA VISIT
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 12:16 PM SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – The main U.S. nuclear envoy could visit Pyongyang if North Korea ends its boycott of international nuclear talks, the U.S.

ambassador to South Korea said in an interview Thursday. I think that possibility has never been excluded,&ls >>>


      U.S. WARNS OF INCREASED VIOLENCE IN IRAQ
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 7:16 AM AP Photo BAG117 By PATRICK QUINN Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Top U.S. generals warned Wednesday that violence will increase in Baghdad during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and said al–Qaida in Iraq already has intensified its assaults against American >>>


      UN: CIVILIAN DEATH TOLL IN IRAQ CLIMBING
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 5:16 AM By NICK WADHAMS Associated Press Writer UNITED NATIONS (AP) – The number of civilians slain in Iraq reached an unprecedented level in July and August, which saw 6,5'' violent deaths, the United Nations said Wednesday.

The report from the U.N. Assistance Mission >>>


      UN: CIVILIAN DEATH TOLL IN IRAQ CLIMBS
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 ':01 AM AP Photo BAG117 By NICK WADHAMS Associated Press Writer UNITED NATIONS (AP) – The number of Iraqi civilians killed in July and August hit 6,5'', a record–high number that is far greater than initial estimates suggested, the United Nations said Wednesday.
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      VIETNAM DEPORTS AMERICAN ACTIVIST DO
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 2:31 PM HANOI, Vietnam (AP) – Vietnam deported an American pro–democracy activist Thursday, state–run television reported. Cong Thanh Do was accused of plotting to overthrow the government.

Do, 47, of San Jose, Calif., was arrested on Aug. 14 while on vacation in s >>>


      ‘I‘M ALWAYS IN DANGER OF BEING DISMISSED AS A CLOWN‘
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      His album features madcap dialogue, his stageshow features performing puppets – but Beck would like to be taken seriously. By Chris Salmon Thursday September 21, 2006 The Guardian Recently Beck got into the shipping forecast. "I remember coming into the studio one day and my producer was sitting there listen >>>


      ‘MY FAMILY HAVE BEEN HOUNDED BY INNUENDO‘
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Thursday September 21, 2006 The Guardian Ian Elliott Gateshead–based agent representing Stewart Downing among others. He was linked to the Panorama investigation prior to its broadcast I met Panorama‘s Knut auf dem Berge in the Jesmond Dene Hotel in Newcastle in April. I was with Peter Harrison, who is a fr >>>


      645 JOBS LOST AS NESTLÉ SHIPS SMARTIES ABROAD
      Guardian, 21-09-2006
      Brands moved to Europe as old York factory shuts Union fights transfer and blames underinvestment Hans Kundnani and Martin Wainwright Thursday September 21, 2006 The Guardian Nestlé, the world‘s largest food and drink company, yesterday announced the loss of 645 jobs at the famous Rowntree chocolate factory >>>



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