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      EXPERTS: NEW LAW DRIVING OUT ILLEGALS
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 8:16 AM By AMANDA LEE MYERS Associated Press Writer PHOENIX (AP) – Illegal immigrants in Arizona, frustrated with a flagging economy and tough new legislation cracking down on their employers, are returning to their home countries or trying their luck in other states.

For months >>>


      EXPLORERS‘ PENGUIN DRAWINGS FOUND IN UK
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 2:16 AM LONDON (AP) – They‘re penguins, but are they art?

At Cambridge University, the excitement over the discovery of two chalk drawings of penguins on blackboards isn‘t about the art but about the artists

– famed Antarctic explorers Robert Falcon Sc >>>


      FAMILY ADOPTS SLAIN SON‘S MILITARY DOG
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 4:31 AM ALBANY, Ga. (AP) – A military working dog wounded in Iraq during a rocket attack that killed its Marine handler was adopted Friday by the slain Marine‘s family.

Cpl. Dustin Lee‘s family planned to take home the bomb–sniffing dog – named Lex &ndash >>>


      FLORIDA TO REGISTER SOME DENIED VOTERS
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 4:46 AM By DAVID ROYSE Associated Press Writer TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Anyone who properly filled out a voter registration form will be able to vote even if the Social Security or driver license number on the application can‘t be matched with government databases, the state‘ >>>


      FRENCH LEADER MAKES 1ST AFGHANISTAN TRIP
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 7:46 AM KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrived in Kabul on Saturday on a suprise trip to Afghanistan, with plans to meet his country‘s troops here and the Afghan president.

This is Sarkozy‘s first trip to Afghanistan since being elected pr >>>


      FRENCH PRESIDENT MAKES 1ST TRIP TO KABUL
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 10:16 AM By RAHIM FAIEZ Associated Press Writer KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – Making the first–ever trip to Afghanistan by a French president, Nicolas Sarkozy met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday to discuss political and military progress in the war–torn country.
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      FRENCH PRESIDENT VISITS AFGHANISTAN
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 7:31 AM KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrived in Kabul on Saturday on a suprise trip to Afghanistan, with plans to meet his country‘s troops here and the Afghan president.

This is Sarkozy‘s first trip to Afghanistan since being elected pr >>>


      FRENCH, AUSTRALIAN LEADERS IN KABUL
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 3:01 PM By RAHIM FAIEZ Associated Press Writer KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – Making the first–ever trip to Afghanistan by a French president, Nicolas Sarkozy met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday to discuss the political and military situation in the war–torn country >>>


      GATES CITES PROGRESS IN WAR AS YEAR ENDS
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 12:46 AM By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – In a year marked by progress in Iraq, Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Friday acknowledged two bits of unfinished business in his first 12 months on the job: He has yet to close the Guantanamo Bay prison or find Osam >>>


      GATES OFFERS HOPE OF IRAQ WITHDRAWALS
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 12:46 AM By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – In a year marked by progress in Iraq, Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Friday acknowledged two bits of unfinished business in his first 12 months on the job: He has yet to close the Guantanamo Bay prison or find Osam >>>


      GHANA LEADER: OIL RESERVES AT 3B BARRELS
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 2:01 PM By FRANCIS KOKUTSE Associated Press Writer ACCRA, Ghana (AP) – Ghana‘s president said Saturday that offshore oil reserves discovered in the West African country‘s waters total 3 billion barrels.

Ghana has struck oil in commercial quantities,‘& >>>


      GHANA OIL RESERVES AT 3 BILLION BARRELS
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 1:46 PM By FRANCIS KOKUTSE Associated Press Writer ACCRA, Ghana (AP) – Ghana‘s president said Saturday that offshore oil reserves discovered in the West African country‘s waters total 3 billion barrels.

Ghana has struck oil in commercial quantities,‘& >>>


      GIULIANI BACK ON TRAIL AFTER ILLNESS
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 1:16 AM By BEN DOBBIN Associated Press Writer ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) – Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani showed up for a fundraiser in suburban Rochester on Friday night, two days after undergoing hospital tests for flu–like symptoms.

I feel great. I >>>


      HOLIDAY TRAVELERS DELAYED IN CHICAGO, NY
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 4:46 AM CHICAGO (AP) – Dense fog and a low cloud ceiling forced airlines to cancel more than 200 flights at Chicago‘s O‘Hare International Airport on Friday at the start of the busy holiday travel season.

Travelers also encountered weather–related delays at air >>>


      ILL. GOV. DENIES LINK IN CRIMINAL PROBE
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 6:01 AM By MIKE ROBINSON Associated Press Writers CHICAGO (AP) – In a court document released Friday by federal prosecutors, Gov. Rod Blagojevich boasted that he could award contracts, legal work and investment banking‘‘ to encourage campaign fundraising, according >>>


      JAPAN HALTS HUMPBACK HUNT
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 6:16 AM By ERIC TALMADGE Associated Press Writer TOKYO (AP) – Humpback whales are safe – at least for now.

Giving in to U.S. pressure and worldwide criticism, Japan‘s government on Friday announced a whaling fleet now in the Southern Ocean for its annual hunt will no >>>


      JAPAN HALTS PLAN TO KILL HUMPBACK WHALES
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 4:16 AM By ERIC TALMADGE Associated Press Writer TOKYO (AP) – Humpback whales are safe – at least for now. Giving in to U.S. pressure and worldwide criticism, Japan‘s government on Friday announced a whaling fleet now in the Southern Ocean for its annual hunt will not kill th >>>


      JUDGE DOESN‘T BLOCK ARIZ. EMPLOYMENT LAW
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 12:46 AM By PAUL DAVENPORT Associated Press Writer PHOENIX (AP) – A federal judge on Friday refused to block the Jan. 1 implementation of an Arizona law that penalizes businesses that knowingly employ illegal immigrants.

U.S. District Judge Neil Wake denied requests for a tempor >>>


      JUSTICE DROPS CASE AGAINST SHIPPER
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 2:16 AM WASHINGTON (AP) – The Justice Department said Friday that it will not appeal the dismissal of an indictment against London–based shipping company Stolt–Nielsen Transportation Group.

On Sept. 6, 2006, a federal grand jury in Philadelphia indicted the company, >>>


      KATRINA HELPS SPREAD CAJUN COOKING
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 6:16 PM By VICKI SMITH Associated Press Writer CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) – It‘s midmorning at Bon Appetit, and the beignets are long gone. Behind a Plexiglas wall, a cook is chopping vegetables for lunch. Music heavy with brass is blaring, and Chef LeRoy Crump Jr. is rushing about wit >>>


      KOREAS EXPAND CARGO RAIL TO PASSENGERS
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 12:46 PM SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – A cargo rail service between North and South Korea will be expanded to take passengers starting next year, but only South Koreans will be allowed to cross the border by train, the Unification Ministry said Saturday.

The service, which is now li >>>


      MAJORITY DEMOCRATS‘ POWER CHECKED BY GOP
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 4:16 PM By CHARLES BABINGTON Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – Democrats running Congress for the first time in more than a decade faltered at key points this year as they grudgingly passed important bills opposed by many, or even most, of their House members.

When Repub >>>


      MAN CHARGED IN 1'7' SLAYING EXTRADITED
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 4:31 AM CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) – A man accused in the 1'7' torture–slaying of an 8–year–old boy made his initial court hearing Friday, a day his extradition from Maine.

A judge entered a not guilty plea for David B. Bowen, 44, and set another hearing fo >>>


      MAN IMPERSONATES CIA OFFICER IN SCAM
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 6:16 PM LOS ANGELES (AP) – In an urgent call to a friend, Larry Lee Risser Jr.

said he had been wounded in an ambush during a clandestine CIA assignment and he needed $10,000 for a rescue helicopter.

His friend, George Rice, transferred the money to Risser‘s accou >>>


      MAO TOLERATED CHRISTMAS BEFORE TAKEOVER
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 8:16 AM By JOHN RODERICK AP Special Correspondent HONOLULU (AP) – In a long and speckled career overseas, I have witnessed many unusual Christmases. None were more peculiar than the two spent in the exile capital of the godless fathers of Chinese communism, whose heirs are sponsors next >>>


      MUMMY CLAIM FACES DNA SCRUTINY
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 5:46 PM By ANNA JOHNSON Associated Press Writer CAIRO, Egypt (AP) – Months after Egypt boldly announced that archaeologists had identified a mummy as the most powerful queen of her time, scientists in a museum basement are still analyzing DNA from the bald, 3,500–year–old cor >>>


      MUSTANGS PATROL U.S.–CANADA BORDER
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 ':01 AM By JOHN K. WILEY Associated Press Writer OROVILLE, Wash. (AP) – Astride sturdy mustangs named Okanogan‘‘ and Spurs,‘‘ U.S. Border Patrol agents Darrel Williams and Justin Hefker ride quietly along a ridgeline above the Similkameen R >>>


      NICARAGUA FREES US MAN; MAN IN HIDING
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 5:01 AM By BAYARDO MENDOZA Associated Press Writer MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) – American Eric Volz went into hiding Friday after hastily leaving Nicaragua, where an appeals court overturned his conviction and 30–year–sentence in the slaying of his Nicaraguan girlfriend.

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      NICARAGUA FREES US PRISONER
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 2:31 AM By BAYARDO MENDOZA Associated Press Writer MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) – American Eric Volz was freed by a judge on Friday despite an uproar in Nicaragua after an appeals court overturned his conviction and 30–year–sentence in the slaying of his Nicaraguan girlfriend.
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      NYC OPERA SKETCHES OUT UNUSUAL ‘08–0'
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 10:46 AM NEW YORK (AP) – The New York City Opera will likely produce four pared–down operas while its Lincoln Center theater is renovated next season, down from the company‘s typical 12 productions, officials said.

Chairwoman Susan Baker and future general manager an >>>


      OBAMA‘S VIEWS HAVE CHANGED WITH TIME
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 6:46 PM By The Associated Press OBAMA‘S POLICIES: If he wanted, the Barack Obama of today could have a good debate with the Barack Obama of yesterday. They could argue about whether the death penalty is ever appropriate or whether banning handguns makes sense.

SMALL SHIFTS: Obam >>>


      OBITUARIES IN THE NEWS
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 5:01 AM By The Associated Press Beverly Allen LOS ANGELES (AP) – Beverly Allen, who was listed by the 2005 Guinness World Records as the oldest showgirl regularly performing in a chorus, died Sunday.

She was '0. Allen, who lived in Tarzana, died of pneumonia at a hospital, s >>>


      OFFICIAL: 15 DIE IN TAJIK AVALANCHE
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 10:16 AM DUSHANBE, Tajikistan (AP) – An avalanche of snow hit a section of one of Tajikistan‘s main roads, killing at least 15 people, an Interior Ministry spokesman said Saturday.

The snowslide struck around midnight about 40 miles north of the capital Dushanbe. It covere >>>


      OHIO COUNTY TO SWITCH VOTING MACHINES
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 1:16 AM By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio‘s chief elections officer decided Friday to have the state‘s most populous county switch to a new voting system in time for the March 4 presidential primary.

Secretary of State Jennifer Br >>>


      PAKISTAN BOMBING KILLS AT LEAST 50
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 1:16 AM By RIAZ KHAN Associated Press Writer SHERPAO, Pakistan (AP) – Pakistani police raided an Islamic school and arrested seven students Friday, hours after a suicide bomber killed at least 50 people inside a mosque packed with holiday worshippers at the home of the former interior mi >>>


      PAKISTAN LOOKS FOR CLUES TO ID BOMBER
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 ':01 AM By RIAZ KHAN Associated Press Writer PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) – Police examined clothing, shoes and the severed legs of a man Saturday to try to identify a suicide bomber who killed at least 50 people during a holiday prayer service at a crowded mosque in northwestern Pakistan >>>


      PAKISTAN POLICE MAKE ARRESTS AFTER BLAST
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 6:31 AM By RIAZ KHAN Associated Press Writer SHERPAO, Pakistan (AP) – Pakistani police raided an Islamic school and arrested seven students Friday, hours after a suicide bomber killed at least 50 people inside a mosque packed with holiday worshippers at the home of the former interior mi >>>


      POSSIBLE RELEASE FOR BODY ARMOR CEO
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 3:16 PM CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) – The former head of the leading supplier of body armor to the U.S. military, facing federal charges in an alleged fraud scheme, may be freed after two months in jail but only under house arrest, a judge has ruled.

And instead of the usual bail p >>>


      REPORT KEYS ON ALASKA SHIP NAVIGATOR
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 1:46 PM By STEVE QUINN Associated Press Writer JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A small cruise ship that ran aground last spring did so under the watch of a 22–year–old navigator fresh out of a maritime academy with no formal knowledge of Alaska waters, according to federal investigator >>>


      REPORT: ARMS DEAL SWAYED BLAIR ON BAE
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 4:01 PM By THOMAS WAGNER Associated Press Writer LONDON (AP) – As prime minister, Tony Blair demanded the cancellation of a fraud investigation against aerospace company BAE Systems PLC in part because he feared it would jeopardize an arms deal with Saudi Arabia, a newspaper reported Sat >>>


      REPORTS: BLAIR CONVERTED TO CATHOLICISM
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 1:16 PM LONDON (AP) – Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has converted to Catholicism, British media reported Saturday.

Blair converted during a Mass held on Friday night at a chapel in London, Sky News, the British Broadcasting Corp. and the British news agency Press Association >>>


      RICE: HUCKABEE WRONG ABOUT BUSH POLICY
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 1:01 AM CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice stuck a toe in the presidential race Friday, taking strong issue after Republican Mike Huckabee accused the administration of having an arrogant bunker mentality‘‘ on foreign policy.

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      RICE: US HAS ‘NO PERMANENT ENEMIES‘
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 1:01 AM By MATTHEW LEE Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Friday held out the prospect of improved relations with the remaining two members of President Bush‘s axis of evil,‘‘ Iran and North Korea, as long as they >>>


      ROMNEY‘S MASHED POTATOES A WINNER
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 6:46 PM By The Associated Press NORTH CONWAY, N.H. (AP) – Mitt Romney wants voters to think about his business background and government experience when they go into the voting booth and make their pick for president. His wife wants them to know something else: He can really ma >>>


      ROMNEY TAKES ON MCCAIN OVER TAXES
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 5:01 PM By GLEN JOHNSON Associated Press Writer NORTH CONWAY, N.H. (AP) – Taking aim at a rallying John McCain, New Hampshire front–runner Mitt Romney said Saturday that his GOP presidential rival had failed Reagan 101‘‘ by twice opposing President Bush‘ >>>


      STUDENT AID CHANGES COULD RIPPLE
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 5:46 PM By JUSTIN POPE AP Education Writer When it comes to paying for college, cash–strapped families have had a few good tidings of late. A string of elite, private colleges have announced major boosts in financial aid.

Duke kicked things off two weeks ago with a plan to spend >>>


      STUDENT TOLD TO COVER UP LESBIAN T–SHIRT
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 1:01 AM By DIONNE WALKER Associated Press Writer RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A lesbian high school student says she was asked by a teacher to cover up a lesbian–themed T–shirt or face suspension, and now a civil liberties group has taken up her cause.

Bethany Laccone, 17, s >>>


      TAMALE PRICES UP IN ADVANCE OF CHRISTMAS
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 10:31 AM By ALICIA A. CALDWELL Associated Press Writer EL PASO, Texas (AP) – Each Christmas season since 1'84 Gilberto Carrillo‘s family has wrapped thousands of Mexican tamales by hand, but this year he must charge customers more than ever for the tasty holiday favorite.
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      TECHNOLOGY UNITES FAMILIES AT HOLIDAY
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 6:01 PM By CHELSEA J. CARTER Associated Press Writer CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) – Wendy Derkits stood in front of the camera to deliver a holiday message thousands of miles away.

She wanted to tell her husband at war that she loved him and wish him a Merry Christmas, but with t >>>


      TONY BLAIR CONVERTS TO CATHOLICISM
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 3:46 PM By THOMAS WAGNER Associated Press Writer LONDON (AP) – Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has left the Church of England and converted to Catholicism, the faith of his wife and children.

Blair converted during a Mass Friday night at the private London chapel of Cardinal Co >>>


      TURKISH PLANES HIT KURDS IN IRAQ AGAIN
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 5:46 PM ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) – Turkish warplanes bombed separatist Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq on Saturday, a statement posted on the military‘s Web site said.

The statement vowed continued operations on both sides of Turkish–Iraqi border no mat >>>


      TURKISH WARPLANES HIT KURDS IN IRAQ
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 5:46 PM ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) – Turkish warplanes bombed separatist Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq on Saturday, a statement posted on the military‘s Web site said.

The military vowed to continue operations on both sides of Turkish–Iraqi border no ma >>>


      UN: MIDEAST DONORS AID PEACE
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 2:31 AM By EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press Writer UNITED NATIONS (AP) – The U.N. Security Council on Friday called this week‘s Paris donors conference a strong signal of support for the Palestinian people and an important step‘‘ toward the creation of a Pale >>>


      VIOLENT CLASHES ERUPT IN BAHRAIN
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 12:46 AM MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) – Riot police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse another day of demonstrations in Bahrain on Friday, rounding up scores of protesters and injuring at least one, witnesses said.

The protests, the fourth this week, came after dawn raids by s >>>


      WEB SITE REUNITING GLOVES MAKES MATCHES
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 11:01 AM By JENNIFER C. YATES Associated Press Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) – Jennifer Gooch‘s mission was to create a simple Web site where people could go to find their lost gloves. Even if no happy reunions ever took place, she was just content to spread a little goodwill.

Bu >>>


      WHO INVESTIGATES BIRD FLU IN PAKISTAN
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 4:31 AM By MARGIE MASON AP Medical Writer HANOI, Vietnam (AP) – Limited human–to–human bird flu transmission may have occurred in Pakistan, but no new infections have been reported for two weeks and there appears to be no threat of further spread, a top World Health Organizat >>>


      WIFE HAS NO LUCK FINDING HUSBAND IN IRAN
      Guardian, 22-12-2007
     Saturday December 22, 2007 4:46 PM By ALI AKBAR DAREINI Associated Press Writer TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – The wife of a missing former FBI agent said Saturday she has been unable to find out what happened to her husband despite visiting the Iranian island where he was last seen.

The Iranian government reiterate >>>


      FAITH, HOPE AND THE CHRISTMAS MESSAGE
      The Daily Mail, 22-12-2007
     O Come All Ye Faithful ... On this last weekend of Advent, traditionally a time believers unite in joyful anticipation of the Christmas tidings, you might be forgiven for wondering just what happened to the confident conviction behind that great carol of Christian hope.

Without question, 2007 has been a year of >>>


      ‘OH, THE HELL OF FAME,‘ MOANS PIERS MORGAN AS HE RUBS SHOULDERS WITH SHARON OSBOURNE AND TONY SOPRANO
      The Daily Mail, 22-12-2007
     I‘ve been working in America on two TV shows – as a judge on America‘s Got Talent and as a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice, the U.S. version of Alan Sugar‘s show, hosted by Donald Trump, which will air in January.

I‘ve got to meet a lot of celebrities, live a little of the Holly >>>


      ARMY HERO BEN PARKINSON IS HOME FOR CHRISTMAS AFTER SURVIVING HORRIFIC INJURIES IN LANDMINE EXPLOSION
      The Daily Mail, 22-12-2007
     Like thousands of others, Ben Parkinson will receive a mobile phone this Christmas. But the moment his parents hand over the gift will mark an extraordinary step in this young man‘s life.

It will be the celebration his family were told would never happen. The paratrooper returned home yesterday for the fi >>>


      BOY, ', BANNED FROM SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PARTY – ‘BECAUSE HE DIDN‘T BELIEVE IN JESUS‘
      The Daily Mail, 22-12-2007
     Teachers banned a nine–year–old boy from his class Christmas party because his parents had barred him from RE lessons.

Douglas Stewart was forced to stay at home while his friends received presents from Santa and tucked into ice cream and jelly.

His parents were told he was not welcome at t >>>


      BRITISH HOLIDAYMAKER PLUNGES TO HIS DEATH AFTER SLEEPWALKING OFF MAJORCA HOTEL BALCONY
      The Daily Mail, 22-12-2007
     Tragic: Lee Lomas was just beginning his holiday when he fell to his death Marina Barracuda hotel in Magaluf: Lee Lomas fell to his death from a sixth floor balcony Most popular stories News » Entire site » Kate McCann‘s heartbreaking Christmas message to Madeleine: ‘Be brave sweetheart‘ Eight months o >>>


      CANCER PATIENT WINS RIGHT TO BUY LIFE–PROLONGING DRUG AND STAY WITH NHS
      The Daily Mail, 22-12-2007
     Still fighting: Colette Mills has been denied the ‘wonder drug‘ Avastin on the NHS and is not allowed to pay for it Most popular stories 1. Researchers pour cold water on seven medical myths 2. Cancer patient wins right to buy life–prolonging drug AND stay with NHS 3. Soap star Beverley recovered quick >>>


      EDWARD AND SOPHIE NAME THEIR NEW BABY JAMES
      The Daily Mail, 22-12-2007
     When their daughter Lady Louise was born, the Earl and Countess of Wessex kept the nation waiting for more than two weeks while they decided on a name.

This time round, it has taken just four days. Prince Edward and his wife Sophie yesterday announced that their baby son will be called James.

Scroll do >>>


      EIGHT MONTHS ON AND STILL NO ANSWERS – HOW WILL THE MCCANNS COPE WITH THEIR FIRST CHRISTMAS WITHOUT MADELEINE?
      The Daily Mail, 22-12-2007
     Her bedroom is exactly the same as it was. The toys Madeleine played with before going on holiday all those months ago are just where she left them.

The clothes Madeleine wore still hang in the wardrobe. Nothing has been disturbed. "Everything is as it was and waiting for her to return," said a family >>>


      FAMILIES URGED TO EAT ICE CREAM RATHER THAN CHRISTMAS PUDDING TO SAVE THE PLANET
      The Daily Mail, 22-12-2007
     Families should give up Christmas pudding to help save the planet, Government advisers said yesterday.

They suggested that rather than serving up a dessert that often goes to waste, cooks should reheat whatever leftover mincemeat they have to hand and serve it with ice cream.

The advisers from the Wast >>>


      FASHION INDUSTRY URGED TO DITCH THE AIRBRUSH USED TO MAKE CELEBRITIES LOOK THINNER
      The Daily Mail, 22-12-2007
     It‘s the magic wand that gave super–slim Keira Knightley a voluptuous decolletage, and curvy Kate Winslet a washboard stomach.

But now the British Fashion Council wants magazines and advertisers to kick the airbrush habit.

In a letter, it yesterday called for a voluntary agreement to restri >>>


      FOR 20–MONTH–OLD JARVIS, THE BEST CHRISTMAS GIFT OF ALL IS HIS SIGHT
      The Daily Mail, 22-12-2007
     When Jarvis Fleming unwraps his Christmas presents, the greatest gift of all will be the fact that he can see them.

For although he is only 20 months old, he has successfully battled nine life–threatening tumours in his eyes.

The cancer is a tragic family legacy, a defective gene which has claime >>>


      HIGH STREET STORES SLASH PRICES IN ATTEMPT TO LURE CHRISTMAS SHOPPERS
      The Daily Mail, 22-12-2007
     High Street shops are resorting to starting their sales early as the credit crunch bites.

Prices have been slashed by up to 75 per cent at some of the country‘s biggest chains in a last–ditch effort to get consumers spending.

Many families have been squeezed by the impact of higher interest >>>


      HOLIDAY FIRM‘S COLLAPSE HITS THOUSANDS DUE TO TAKE CHRISTMAS BREAKS
      The Daily Mail, 22-12-2007
     Travelscope Holidays, which specialised in cruises and coach trips, went into administration today Most popular stories News » Entire site » Kate McCann‘s heartbreaking Christmas message to Madeleine: ‘Be brave sweetheart‘ Woman with ‘fear of driving‘ facing a ban for crawling along motorwa >>>


      HOTELIER WHO COMPARES HIMSELF TO BASIL FAWLTY KNEED IN GROIN BY IRATE GUEST, COURT HEARS
      The Daily Mail, 22-12-2007
     Andy Hageman compared himself to Basil Fawlty As a fan of the Basil Fawlty school of inn keeping, Andy Hageman should have known that conflicts with guests always end painfully for the innocent hotelier.

It was a lesson he was to learn again in eye–watering fashion when, following a full and frank exchang >>>


      IT‘S THE HIT TV QUIZ OF THE YEAR – BUT ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 10–YEAR–OLD
      The Daily Mail, 22-12-2007
     Every generation believes exams were harder when they were at school. But with concerns about declining standards and an increasingly dumbed–down culture, those claims are now stronger than ever.

To challenge this argument, a book based on the Noel Edmonds TV show Are You Smarter Than A 10–Year&ndas >>>


      KATE MCCANN‘S HEARTBREAKING CHRISTMAS MESSAGE TO MADELEINE: ‘BE BRAVE SWEETHEART‘
      The Daily Mail, 22-12-2007
     Kate McCann sent her missing daughter a heart–rending Christmas message last night, telling her: "Be brave sweetheart.

"Our only Christmas wish is for you to be back with us again and we‘re hoping and praying that that will happen. Love you Madeleine." Her face lined with exhaustion a >>>


      LINEKER SEALS &#163;10M TV DEAL AND A CLINCH WITH STUNNING GIRLFRIEND HALF HIS AGE
      The Daily Mail, 22-12-2007
     As you shiver into the weekend, facing travel chaos and festive frenzy, spare a thought for Gary Lineker.

Having just signed a new deal with the BBC for about 10million, he‘s been strolling in the Florida sunshine with a stunning model nearly half his age on his arm.

Yes, it‘s tough – but s >>>


      MASTERMINOR: AGED TEN, THE YOUNGEST EVER CHAMPION IN THE BLACK CHAIR
      The Daily Mail, 22-12-2007
     The infamous black chair and intimidating theme music have unnerved many adult contestants.

But even though he‘s only ten, David Verghese is made of sterner stuff. Viewers of Junior Mastermind watched him put in a masterful performance and become the youngest champion in the contest‘s history.
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      MONEY MEN SO ISOLATED BY WEALTH THEY DON‘T RECOGNISE THEIR DESTRUCTIVE EFFECT ON SOCIETY
      The Daily Mail, 22-12-2007
     This is a tale of two very different Britains. In the City, despite the gloom, the bonuses are flowing like the Krug, and the bankers and money men are wallowing in the finest wines while flicking through lavish brochures choosing their yachts, Porsches and bolt–holes in the Mediterranean.

In the real wor >>>


      MORE THAN 500 FOREIGN CRIMINALS ARE FREED EARLY, ACCORDING TO FIGURES
      The Daily Mail, 22-12-2007
     Foreign prisoners will be kept in open jails, under new guidelines, despite the risks of them absconding More than 500 foreign criminals have escaped deportation and won early release from jail over the last six months, according to figures revealed yesterday.

A total of 502 foreign prisoners have been allowed >>>


      NIECE KILLED THE ROYAL SEAMSTRESS AGED 100 IN BATTLE OVER A WILL
      The Daily Mail, 22-12-2007
     Murdered: Violet Durling, aged 100, died from smoke inhalation A former dressmaker to the Queen was murdered by her greedy niece after a family battle over her fortune.

Susan Turner, 48, set fire to the home of 100–year–old Violet Durling after she failed in an attempt to have the old lady‘s w >>>


      NIGELLA‘S CHRISTMAS EXPRESS: LET THE DOMESTIC GODDESS SHOW YOU HOW TO MAKE DELICIOUSLY DIFFERENT FOOD
      The Daily Mail, 22-12-2007
     Nigella Lawson has all the recipes for a perfect party There is something about Christmas that seems to instil a piercing fear and quite unparallelled tremor of expectation in people.

We seem to feel that for this crucial period we must suddenly become great hosts and untiring chefs, ready with a cocktail and a >>>


      NUMBER OF FIRST–TIME HOME BUYERS COLLAPSES TO LOWEST LEVEL FOR 30 YEARS
      The Daily Mail, 22-12-2007
     Just 300,000 young adults got the key to their own front door this year The Halifax research shows a first–time buyer cannot afford to purchase a terraced property in 71per cent of the towns across the UK Most popular stories News » Entire site » Kate McCann‘s heartbreaking Christmas message to Madeleine: &l >>>


      OMAGH TRIAL COLLAPSE LEADS TO REVIEW OF DNA TESTING
      The Daily Mail, 22-12-2007
     Sean Hoey: Cleared on 56 counts Dozens of serious criminal cases are to be urgently reviewed after the worth of a controversial DNA technique was called into question.

The spotlight will be thrown on a number of high–profile cases, including the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

The Crown Prosec >>>


      POLICE CHIEFS REFUSE TO PASS ON HOME SECRETARY‘S FESTIVE GREETING TO OFFICERS BECAUSE OF PAY DISPUTE
      The Daily Mail, 22-12-2007
     Police chiefs have delivered a humiliating Christmas snub to Home Secretary Jacqui Smith.

In another sign of the bitterness surrounding the police pay dispute, the chief constables of Essex and Cambridgeshire refused to pass her seasonal goodwill message to their officers.

They said it would be "i >>>


      RUSSELL WATSON REVEALS FOR THE FIRST TIME THE FULL HORROR OF THE BRAIN TUMOUR THAT NEARLY KILLED HIM
      The Daily Mail, 22-12-2007
     One morning in October, Russell Watson tried to wake up but couldn‘t. He blinked in anxious disbelief as, again and again, his eyes opened to a void of blackness. And as he fought to haul himself through layers of sleep, he slowly realised he was lurching dizzily in and out of consciousness.

Having recove >>>


      SAINSBURY‘S CLAIMS VICTORY IN RACE TO BAN ARTIFICIAL ADDITIVES FROM THEIR PRODUCTS
      The Daily Mail, 22-12-2007
     Supermarkets are racing to rid their products of artificial additives associated with hyperactive behaviour in children and allergic reactions.

Sainsbury‘s claims today to be the first major store to have successfully removed all the additives from its 12,000 own–label products.

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      SHAMBOLIC HOME OFFICE GRANTS ANOTHER 100,000 ASYLUM SEEKERS AMNESTY TO STAY IN BRITAIN
      The Daily Mail, 22-12-2007
     Almost 100,000 asylum seekers have already been given an ‘amnesty‘ to live in Britain by Labour, it emerged last night.

These are in addition to the 165,000 expected to benefit from a controversial Home Office exercise revealed earlier this week which will let them stay because their files had been >>>


      SMOKERS, DRINKERS AND OVEREATERS OFFERED A BIGGER PENSION THAN THOSE WHO STAY FIT AND HEALTHY
      The Daily Mail, 22-12-2007
     Weight gain: Ricky Tomlinson in the Royle Family Most popular stories News » Entire site » Kate McCann‘s heartbreaking Christmas message to Madeleine: ‘Be brave sweetheart‘ Eight months on and still no answers – how will the McCanns cope with their first Christmas without Madeleine?

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      STRICTLY ‘MIDDLE AGED‘ AND ‘BLOATED‘: DANCE SHOW‘S JUDGES ATTACK FEMALE VIEWERS
      The Daily Mail, 22-12-2007
     Two Strictly Come Dancing judges have created controversy by describing the show‘s female viewers as "emotionally challenged" and "bloated".

As the series reaches its climax tonight head judge Len Goodman described favourite Alesha Dixon as "Manchester United" compared to Mat >>>


      STRICTLY COME DANCING JUDGES DEMAND AN INCREASE TO THEIR &#163;60K FEE... OR THEY‘LL QUIT
      The Daily Mail, 22-12-2007
     As another stunningly successful series of Strictly Come Dancing reaches its climax tonight everyone associated with the show has the right to feel like a winner.

But not, it appears, the four judges. Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood, Arlene Phillips and Bruno Tonioli have had enough and are threatening to quit >>>


      THAT WASN‘T A CHRISTMAS PARTY. IT WAS A MEAT MARKET
      The Daily Mail, 22-12-2007
     One hundred girls bussed in for sex; 1'–year–olds passed around like carcasses of meat; ‘roasting‘ sessions as pretty young things offered up their bodies; and, of course, an allegation of rape.

Even by the sorry standards of modern footballers, the antics of the Manchester United pl >>>


      THE FOREIGN LANGUAGE GCSE YOU CAN PASS WITHOUT SPEAKING A SINGLE WORD
      The Daily Mail, 22-12-2007
     Students will be able to gain a GCSE in a foreign language without speaking a word of it, exam chiefs revealed yesterday.

New "short" GCSEs in French, Spanish or another language will simply test candidates‘ reading and writing skills.

An alternative short course focuses on speaking and >>>


      THE MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS: TRICKS FOR YOU TO PERFORM TO AMAZE YOUR FAMILY
      The Daily Mail, 22-12-2007
     Once you‘ve unwrapped your presents, pulled your crackers and enjoyed your dinner it‘s time to dazzle your family and friends with an impressive array of party tricks.

SPOON BENDING 1. Audience participation is important in this trick, so before you get to work, involve as many people as possible, g >>>


      THE MCCANNS POISED TO SACK DETECTIVE AGENCY FOLLOWING FALSE BOAST THAT THEY KNOW WHERE MADELEINE IS
      The Daily Mail, 22-12-2007
     Director of Metedo 3: claims the detectives know where Madeleine is have upset the McCanns Missing: The Metedo 3 detective agency claimed last month that they hoped Madeleine would be home for Christmas Most popular stories News » Entire site » Kate McCann‘s heartbreaking Christmas message to Madeleine: ‘Be >>>


      THE PERFECT CRACKERS – AND WHICH ONES ARE THE LOUDEST?
      The Daily Mail, 22-12-2007
     As well as turkey, presents, a tree and a visit from Santa, crackers are also an integral part of Christmas celebrations.

Whether it‘s more important to you to have quirky gifts or decent jokes, we test the crackers on the market and find out how to get the best bang for you...

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      THE QUEEN IS A PHILISTINE WHO LACKS AN EDUCATION, SAYS DAVID STARKEY
      The Daily Mail, 22-12-2007
     One of the country‘s most high profile historians delivered a withering attack on the Queen last night.

David Starkey, an expert on the British monarchy, has reportedly accused the head of state of being a philistine and being poorly educated.

In the week in which Queen Elizabeth overtook Victori >>>


      THE SQUALID TRUTH ABOUT OUR MAN IN UZBEKISTAN AND HIS BELLY DANCER LOVER
      The Daily Mail, 22-12-2007
     Almost three years have passed since Her Majesty‘s Ambassador to Uzbekistan found Nadira Alieva bellydancing in a Tashkent nightclub, slipped $20 down the back of her embroidered knickers and gave her his number.

That scandalous affair left Craig Murray‘s 20–year marriage – and his high& >>>


      THE STAR OF MULETIDE: DONKEY RESCUED FROM A SALAMI FACTORY WILL TREAD THE BOARDS...AT THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE
      The Daily Mail, 22-12-2007
     Bedraggled, filthy and ill, she was found wandering along the roadside.

Lady the donkey had been destined for the abattoir to be turned into salami – but had somehow managed to escape.

However, she was in such bad condition that her future still looked grim.

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      THERE AIN‘T NOTHING LIKE A PANTO DAME: CILLA BLACK AND JOAN COLLINS TEAM UP FOR TELEVISION PANTOMIME
      The Daily Mail, 22-12-2007
     They may be in their twilight years but it appears Joan Collins and Cilla Black have the energy of women years younger – as the pair made a rare television appearance in a panto for pal Paul O‘Grady‘s chat show.

Fresh from helping diva singing pal Shirley Bassey celebrate her 70th birthday, th >>>


      TONY BLAIR CONVERTS TO CATHOLICISM AT SERVICE IN WESTMINSTER
      The Daily Mail, 22-12-2007
     Tony Blair has converted to Roman Catholicism, the former prime minister‘s official spokesman confirmed today.

The former prime minister‘s new faith was confirmed last night at a chapel in Westminster.

The move comes after years of speculation that Mr Blair, whose wife Cherie and four child >>>


      TRAIN THUG JAILED FOR ALMOST KILLING CHARITY WORKER WHO SIMPLY SAID: ‘EXCUSE ME‘
      The Daily Mail, 22-12-2007
     Thug: Crack addict Ebeneezer Adesina Victim: Roger Hare Most popular stories News » Entire site » Kate McCann‘s heartbreaking Christmas message to Madeleine: ‘Be brave sweetheart‘ Eight months on and still no answers – how will the McCanns cope with their first Christmas without Madeleine?
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      VIEWERS BAFFLED AS BBC PREDICTS ‘SNOW GRAINS‘ RATHER THAN SNOWFLAKES
      The Daily Mail, 22-12-2007
     Nina Ridge is a qualified meteorologist who went through a four–month training programme before going on air BBC television and radio forecasters have been predicting ‘snow grains‘ over higher parts of Britain – rather than the more conventional snowflakes Most popular stories News » Entire site » Kate >>>



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