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      RARE SANDPIPERS FOUND IN MYANMAR
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     PM BANGKOK, Thailand –– Eighty–four spoon–billed sandpipers have been discovered in a coastal stretch of Myanmar, offering hope for saving the endangered birds, a conservation group said Thursday.

The discovery in early February comes only months after Russian researchers reported that n >>>


      REPORT REVEALS HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN MEXICO
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     13, 2008; 1:16 PM TIJUANA, Mexico, Feb. 13 –– A leading U.S. human rights group said Wednesday that Mexico‘s national human rights commission routinely avoids investigating alleged abuses committed by the military and "has helped create an atmosphere of distrust that hinders human rights progress. >>>


      RUSSIA‘S PUTIN SAYS UNACCEPTABLE TO STAY IN POWER
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that it would be "absolutely unacceptable" for him to stay in power after his second consecutive four–year term ends in May.

"Everyone must abide by the law, first and foremost the head of the government," he sa >>>


      S. KOREA MOURNS LANDMARK LOST TO ARSON
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     By Blaine HardenWashington Post Foreign ServiceThursday, February 14, 2008; A18 SEOUL, Feb. 13 –– To appreciate the fury that has gripped South Korea since Sunday, imagine this: The Alamo (or Independence Hall or the Old North Church) is set afire.

There is live prime–time coverage on national >>>


      SAUDIS TO EXECUTE A WOMAN FOR WITCHCRAFT
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     AM BEIRUT, Lebanon –– A leading human rights group appealed to Saudi Arabia‘s King Abdullah on Thursday to stop the execution of a woman accused of witchcraft and performing supernatural acts.

The New York–based Human Rights Watch said in a statement that the kingdom‘s religious po >>>


      UN: KENYA POLITICAL RIVALS SIGN DEAL
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     ':51 AM NAIROBI, Kenya –– Political rivals trying to lead Kenya out of weeks of violence that left more than 1,000 people dead signed an agreement Thursday, a U.N. spokesman said, but no details were released and the talks were to continue next week.

Former U.N. chief Kofi Annan, who is mediatin >>>


      US OFFICIAL WILL NOT RETURN TO BOLIVIA
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     LA PAZ, Bolivia –– A U.S. Embassy official accused of asking an American student and Peace Corps volunteers to keep tabs on Venezuelans and Cubans in Bolivia will not return to the country, an embassy official confirmed Wednesday.

The announcement was made intially by Government Minister Alfredo Rad >>>


      WORLD‘S LARGEST MARINE RESERVE DECLARED
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     WELLINGTON, New Zealand –– The tiny Pacific islands nation of Kiribati declared the world‘s largest marine protected area Thursday _ a California–sized ocean wilderness that includes pristine reefs and eight coral atolls teeming with fish and birds.

The Phoenix Islands Protected Area, or >>>


      WORLD IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 14-02-2008
     SOMALIA Troops Free German Aid Worker Forces in northern Somalia freed a German aid worker from gunmen who had abducted him hours before, officials said Wednesday.

Troops of the breakaway region of Somaliland had been pursuing the kidnappers since Tuesday‘s abduction and launched a rescue operation before >>>


      ‘WE AREN‘T DROOLING OVER AMERICAN PROPERTIES, BUT MIGHT BE SOON‘
      Haaretz, 14-02-2008
     By Nathan Sheva and Michael Rochvarger Tags: You can‘t miss the two elephants at the entrance to Elbit Medical Imaging‘s office in Tel Aviv. The pachyderm statues hail from India, which could be taken as a broad hint of the company‘s intentions. India is definitely on its short list as a growth driver >>>


      BUSINESS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 14-02-2008
     Real Estate Easy Start Travel Week‘s End Anglo File Business in Brief Bill would force used–car dealers to tell all Used–car dealers, insurance companies and garages that provide misinformation or even only partial information about the previous owners and history of a vehicle would be liable for fines >>>


      DOLLAR GAINS 0.75% TO NIS 3.608
      Haaretz, 14-02-2008
     By Tal Levy Tags: israel, dollar, shekel The dollar appreciated by 0.75% against the shekel yesterday, after losing more than 1% of its value the day before. The greenback closed trading on the FX market at NIS 3.608.

"There are more than 70 currencies being tracked, and of them all, the shekel is the stro >>>


      EL AL WARNS CUSTOMERS OF FRAUDULENT REPRESENTATION OF ITS FREQUENT FLIER CLUB
      Haaretz, 14-02-2008
     By Ronny Linder–Ganz and Barr Hayoun Tags: israel, frequent flyer, fraud El Al has contacted all of its Matmid Frequent Flier Club members on Monday to deliver an explicit warning: "In recent days El Al has received a number of calls from Matmid Frequent Flier Club members and other clients, who claimed that >>>


      EXPORTERS: 17% OF FOREX TRADING IN ISRAEL IS SPECULATIVE, SHEKEL IN DANGER
      Haaretz, 14-02-2008
     By Zvi Zrahiya Tags: israel, forex, shekel Foreign speculators have the power to move the shekel, which could harm Israel, representatives of Big Export warned the Knesset yesterday. Meanwhile, Big Labor and Big Business have given up on their demand that the Bank of Israel‘s mandate be expanded from just controll >>>


      MARIA SHARAPOVA, NETANYA RESIDENT
      Haaretz, 14-02-2008
     By Hadashot Netanya , By Sigal Shambiro–Hetz Tags: maria sharapova, property It looks like tennis superstar Maria Sharapova didn‘t really mind the grunts emanating from the Ramat Hasharon audience. It even seems that she plans on returning to Israel soon.

In a secret transaction sighed last week, th >>>


      MARKET REPORT / AFRICA ISRAEL SHOT UP '% ON ROARING TEL AVIV MARKET
      Haaretz, 14-02-2008
     By Michael Rochvarger Tags: israel, market report Not for the first time, Lev Leviev told the world that his company Africa Israel is vastly undervalued, which sent its stock skyrocketing. Yesterday shares of the real estate empire shot up '%, lifting the Real Estate–15 index by 4.3% after Leviev suggested tha >>>


      MARKETS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 14-02-2008
     Tbilisi cancels land sale to defaulting Giron The city of Tbilisi has issued an injunction that cancels the sale of 1,200 dunams of land in the Georgian capital to Giron Development, saying that the Israeli company failed to make the second payment, which had been due at the end of November. Tbilisi also said it wouldn& >>>


      SHEKEL TO BECOME FULLY CONVERTIBLE IN 3 MONTHS, SAYS CLS
      Haaretz, 14-02-2008
     By Moti Bassok Tags: trade, israel, shekel The shekel is finally gaining international recognition, and within three months it will become fully convertible in the international currency markets, along with 15 other currencies.

The Mexican peso also is set to join the list. These two additions will bring the li >>>


      STATE TO FORGIVE NIS 350M IN SETTLER DEBTS
      Haaretz, 14-02-2008
     By Amiram Cohen Tags: settlers, loans, debts The state is offering to forgive NIS 350 million in personal debts of 3,500 settlers in 140 communities in the West Bank, Jordan Valley and Golan Heights, who owe a combined NIS 700 million. The debts originate in 30–year loans the state provided between 1'78 and 20 >>>


      SUBPRIME CRISIS HITS TASE FIRMS
      Haaretz, 14-02-2008
     By Yoram Gavison and Ram Dagan Tags: allot, business, teva, israel For 25 years, Dan Suesskind managed Teva‘s finances. He watched the drug company grow from a value of $37 million to $37 billion. Thanks to its chief financial officer, Teva records $3 million in financing expenses per quarter on net financial debt >>>


      TREASURY INSISTS TAX REFORM WILL BENEFIT MORE CITIZENS
      Haaretz, 14-02-2008
     By Moti Bassok Tags: treasury, benefits, israel Hundreds of people living in the north demonstrated yesterday against the treasury‘s planned tax reform, which would rescind certain tax breaks they receive. The protests started in Metulla and moved to Kiryat Shmona.

However, the treasury insists that its r >>>


      TSHUVA COMPANY BIDDING TO BUY NIS 2.2 BILLION CANADA PORTFOLIO
      Haaretz, 14-02-2008
     By Michael Rochvarger Tags: israel, business, tshuva Elad Group Canada, a privately held company controlled by Yitzhak Tshuva‘s privately held Elad Group, is participating in two gigantic tenders to buy office buildings in Canada.

Elad Canada wants to buy the office–buildng portfolio, mainly in the >>>


      BARAK IS NO BARACK
      Haaretz, 14-02-2008
     By Ari Shavit Tags: barack obama, israel Ehud Barak made a mistake when he decided to remain in Olmert‘s government.

The defense minister missed a one–time opportunity to redefine himself and his party. The day after the Winograd report, Barak was supposed to shape a formative moment that would give >>>


      LISTEN TO THE CHILDREN
      Haaretz, 14-02-2008
     By Dafna Golan Tags: tzipi livni It‘s a pity Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni did not stay to listen to the youthful participants at the Israel Model United Nations (IMUN) conference last month and to answer their questions.

She explained there that one could not compare between a child who is wounded in Sder >>>


      NOT EVERYONE IS REPLACEABLE
      Haaretz, 14-02-2008
     By Amir Oren Tags: israel, iran, hezbollah In the decades–long confrontation between Israel and Hezbollah and its patrons in Iran, one round was completed yesterday – not the first one.

But another round began, and it won‘t be the last. Since the Palestine Liberation Organization took hold of >>>


      NOT MEDDLING – INVOLVED
      Haaretz, 14-02-2008
     By Shmuel Rosner Tags: facebook, united states WASHINGTON – Israel‘s Washington embassy unveiled a Facebook fan page a few days ago. It features a recommendation, among other things, for a March 4 performance by the singer Shalom Hanoch. And no, this is not a political statement. True, on the very same day t >>>


      WILD WEST LAWLESSNESS
      Haaretz, 14-02-2008
     By Haaretz Editorial Tags: israel, police, constitution Two days ago, the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee approved two alternative versions of the Shai Dromi bill. To correct a problem that barely exists, of citizens standing trial for harming burglars, the Knesset is promoting a law that will encourage >>>


      A SERPENT BEHEADED / MASTERMIND LED TERROR ATTACKS FROM ARGENTINA TO MT. DOV
      Haaretz, 14-02-2008
     By Yossi Melman If anyone deserved the title of "the serpent‘s head," it was Imad Mughniyah, who was killed Tuesday evening in a mysterious bomb blast in a residential neighborhood of Damascus.

He was on the list of terrorists most wanted by Western intelligence services – primarily Washin >>>


      ARMY EXPERTS SUGGEST ‘SURPRISE‘ ROADBLOCKS
      Haaretz, 14-02-2008
     By Akiva Eldar Military experts presented alternatives to the policy of roadblocks in the West Bank, suggesting instead surprise roadblocks, Palestinian Authority–coordinated patrols, and more fences around Israeli settlements, at a conference in Jerusalem yesterday.

The current method, and the large numb >>>


      BEHIND THE SCENES / THEIR LIFE‘S WORK ENDED WITH HIS LIFE
      Haaretz, 14-02-2008
     By Omer Barak They woke up every morning with him, drank coffee with him, drove with him to meet his wife – or lover – and went to sleep with him. Every day, for years. They were not the best friends of Imad Mughniyah, the senior Hezbollah leader who was killed when his car blew up in Damascus, but it seems >>>


      BEIRUT MEMORIALS ‘COMPETE‘ FOR DIVIDED RESIDENTS
      Haaretz, 14-02-2008
     By Yoav Stern Beirut will be divided today into two worlds, separated by an abyss. At 10 A.M., in the Martyrs Square in the center of town, the third annual memorial will be held for the murdered former prime minister, Rafik Hariri.

Four hours later, at 2 P.M., Hezbollah will flex its muscles during a mass fune >>>


      IMAD MUGHNIYAH / A ONE–MAN AXIS OF EVIL
      Haaretz, 14-02-2008
     By Amir Oren The killing of Hezbollah top–operative Imad Fayez Mughniyah on Tuesday night is a source for concern in several corners of the Middle East, and for different reasons. Damascus, Beirut, Gaza, Tehran and Jerusalem all have different reasons to be alarmed because of it.

Syria‘s president, >>>


      ISRAEL, EMBASSIES ON HIGH ALERT AFTER ASSASSINATION OF TERRORIST NO. 1 / IMAD MUGHNIYAH KILLED IN DAMASCUS
      Haaretz, 14-02-2008
     By Barak Ravid, Yoav Stern, and Amos Harel , Haaretz Correspondents and Agencies Israel denied yesterday any involvement in the assassination of Hezbollah‘s most senior military commander, Imad Mughniyah, 45, in an official statement issued by the Prime Minister‘s Bureau.

However, Syria, Hezbollah a >>>


      JA ENVOY TO VENEZUELA CHARGED OVER FAKE CONVERSIONS
      Haaretz, 14-02-2008
     By Ruth Sinai and Anshel Pfeffer A Jewish Agency Aliyah envoy to South America has been arrested on suspicion of providing immigration papers to 200 Venezuelan citizens whom he knew had undergone fraudulent conversions to Judaism.

The Ramle Magistrate‘s Court extended the remand yesterday of Ilan Architec >>>


      NEWS IN BRIEF I
      Haaretz, 14-02-2008
     Tags: israel, news Memorial marks 11th anniversary of helicopter disaster The annual memorial ceremony for the 73 soldiers killed in the helicopter collision 11 years ago was held yesterday at Kibbutz Dafna in the Upper Galilee. Throughout the day, parents visited the recently completed monument erected in the field whe >>>


      NEWS IN BRIEF II
      Haaretz, 14-02-2008
     Tags: israel, news Sderot brothers said to be in stable condition The two brothers from Sderot, who were injured by a Qassam rocket Saturday, underwent operations at the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer yesterday.

Osher Tuito, 8, who has already lost a leg, is still suffering from shrapnel wounds to his oth >>>


      OVADIA‘S SON, AT LEAST, IS CRITICIZING THE GOV‘T
      Haaretz, 14-02-2008
     By Nadav Shragai The son of Shas‘ spiritual leader has apparently joined the right wing in criticizing the movement for staying in the governing coalition despite negotiations with the Palestinians.

"As long as Shas stays in the government, it is betraying the resolutions of its own council," Ra >>>


      QASSAM HITS SDEROT HOME, NO ONE INJURED
      Haaretz, 14-02-2008
     By Yuval Azoulay and Mijal Grinberg Four Qassam rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip yesterday, with one rocket striking a home in Sderot. The house was empty at the time and no one was hurt.

Another rocket landed near Kibbutz Zikim south of Ashkelon, causing no injuries or damage.

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      RIVER DWINDLES INTO STREAM AMID WATER SHORTAGES
      Haaretz, 14-02-2008
     By Fadi Eyadat "The stream was once considered a river," says Raya Shuraki, deputy director of the Nature and Parks Authority‘s northern district, referring to the Taninim Stream. "Huge quantities of water flowed through it. Today, less than a tenth of that amount flows through it.

"No >>>


      SDEROT MAYOR HAS TOWN HALL PROBE SUSPENDED DUE TO QASSAMS
      Haaretz, 14-02-2008
     By Mijal Grinberg The committee of inquiry looking into suspected mismanagement on the part of the Sderot municipality has suspended its activity following a request by Mayor Eli Moyal, who cited the "special security circumstances," Haaretz has learned.

The decision to put the committee‘s activ >>>


      SDEROT SOUGHT SUPPORT, SHAS HEAD OFFERED PRAYERS
      Haaretz, 14-02-2008
     By Yair Ettinger The Shas spiritual leader, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, met residents of Sderot yesterday but would not be drawn on political questions such as whether the ultra–Orthodox Sephardic party might quit the government.

"I can do nothing but pray for you," said Rabbi Yosef to his guests, who m >>>


      SOLDIER GETS 15 MONTHS IN JAIL FOR HEBRON RAMPAGE
      Haaretz, 14-02-2008
     By Yuval Azoulay An officer was sentenced to 15 months in prison and demoted to rank of private yesterday, after his unit went on a wild rampage in the West Bank and shot a Palestinian without justification last July.

The military court in Jaffa approved the 15–month prison term that had been reached in a >>>


      STATE WANTED TO CHANGE WELFARE RECIPIENT‘S LIFE, BUT NOT THIS WAY
      Haaretz, 14-02-2008
     By Ruth Sinai More than 30,000 Israelis have participated in the government‘s controversial welfare–to–work scheme, the "Wisconsin plan," since its inception two and a half years ago.

One of them is Mike Peleg, 61, of Ashkelon. Peleg, who was born in the U.K., says he was called to p >>>


      SYRIA / UNDER THEIR NOSES
      Haaretz, 14-02-2008
     By Zvi Bar‘el A nasty surprise awaited Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, who was scheduled to arrive in Damascus yesterday to discuss the Lebanese crisis with Bashar Assad. Syria, the Iranian minister found out, is no longer a secure state, its intelligence is penetrable, and Iran‘s emissaries and >>>


      THE HIT / NOT MERELY REVENGE
      Haaretz, 14-02-2008
     By Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff The establishment has been embroiled for several days in a heated debate over killing Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip, but when the first lethal blow fell, it was in Damascus. The victim of Tuesday night‘s assassination was Hezbollah‘s deputy secretary general, Imad Mughniya >>>


      THE MUGHNIYAH KILLING / WHEN AND HOW WILL THEY RESPOND?
      Haaretz, 14-02-2008
     By Yossi Melman Whoever carried out the operation demonstrated very impressive capabilities, in particular in collecting intelligence.

Such an operation requires the most exact planning for months in advance. Precise information is needed, which must come from the target‘s inner circle. They must have pro >>>


      THE U.S. AND MUGHNIYAH / NOT JUST ‘WHO‘ BUT ALSO ‘WHERE‘
      Haaretz, 14-02-2008
     By Shmuel Rosner WASHINGTON – It was not excitement at the assassination of Imad Mughniyah that caused U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to slip and break his shoulder Tuesday, but the treacherous ice that covered Washington sidewalks and stairs. But State Department spokesman Sean McCormack gave vent to the >>>


      CALLING TIME ON BINGE BRITAIN
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     Another day, another victim of Binge Britain: Gareth Avery, beaten nearly to death after asking a gang to stop urinating in his garden.

So why is so little being done about the scourge of teenage drunkenness and the violence and degradation it engenders?

In the United States, rigorously enforced laws p >>>


      ‘CARE HOME LEFT MY MOTHER LOOKING LIKE A CONCENTRATION CAMP VICTIM‘
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     A tiny and almost skeletal figure slumped against the white pillow, the image is a haunting one.

Even more so because just a month before this shocking picture was taken Molly Darby, '4, walked into a care home in good physical health.

But within weeks her condition had deteriorated to such an exte >>>


      ‘DISGUSTING RACISTS‘ VANDALISE STEPHEN LAWRENCE MEMORIAL ONE WEEK AFTER IT OPENS
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     Racist vandals today attacked a building dedicated to the memory of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence just a week after it was officially opened.

Six large specially crafted windows – worth 15,000 each – were smashed at the Stephen Lawrence Centre, in Deptford, South–east London.

The >>>


      ‘I‘M BRITAIN‘S BRITNEY,‘ SAYS KERRY KATONA AS SHE HOSTS Z–LIST PARTY
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     Kerry Katona has hit out at the British media – saying they treat her worse than Britney Spears.

The former cocaine user says she has been clean for three years, but is still labelled a drug–binging monster.

Kerry, who last night hosted a late night baby shower at London‘s Hospital ni >>>


      ‘SERIAL DIVORCÉE‘ SANGSTER WHO LEFT THREE FAILED MARRIAGES WITH &#163;18M TOLD SHE WON‘T MAKE A PENNY FROM HER FOURTH
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     Susan Sangster is walking away without a penny Career divorc';e Susan Sangster will today walk away from her fourth marriage without a penny of her husband‘s 45million fortune.

Mrs Sangster, who has amassed 18million from wealthy ex–husbands, had hoped to challenge a pre–nuptial agreem >>>


      A &#163;3'3M PAYDAY ... BUT TYCOON LAKSHMI MITTAL WON‘T BE TAXED ON IT HERE
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     Laughing all the way to the bank: Lakshmi Mittal will not pay tax in the UK on his 3'3m dividend Britain‘s richest man is 3'3.'million better off today after paying himself a huge dividend from his company, safe in the knowledge that as a "non–dom" he will not pay tax on it here.
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      ACTRESS JANE FONDA LETS THE C–WORD SLIP ON DAYTIME TELEVISION
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     Jane Fonda stunned American viewers today by letting the highly taboo C–word slip out live on breakfast TV.

The 70–year–old actress was clearly said the word C××× during an interview on the Today show – the most watched breakfast show in the States – to promote he >>>


      ANALYSIS: FEAR OF THE SUPER–RICH RUSSIAN FUGITIVES
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     The scene would be a fitting start to a novel by John Le Carré. A mysterious foreign tycoon is found dead in his Surrey mansion. On the surface, it looks like a heart attack.

But within hours the fingers of suspicion are pointing to warlords from Chechnya, acting as contract killers, or to the ruthless and >>>


      AS BRITAIN BASKS IN SUNSHINE, WHY HEATWAVES AND MALARIA ‘COULD KILL THOUSANDS WITHIN FIVE YEARS‘
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     Yesterday was declared the hottest February 12 ever – as Britain was warned that climate change could lead to thousands of deaths during heatwaves and outbreaks of malaria.

A report said there was a "high risk" of a dangerously hot summer within five years that could kill 6,000 people.

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      ASHES TO ASHES STAR PHILIP GLENISTER GETS HIS TEETH INTO NEW VAMPIRE HUNTER ROLE
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     Puffing on a slimline cigar, looking mean and moody in a trenchcoat, that‘s where the similarity ends between Ashes to Ashes star Philip Glenister‘s character Gene Hunt and his latest television role as a vampire hunter.

The television heartthrob was seen filming a new role for an ITV drama based on >>>


      AVARICE, CRUELTY AND WHAT THIS TAWDRY CASE TELLS US ABOUT THE INJUSTICE OF MODERN DIVORCE
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     What an utterly unedifying spectacle the divorce of Paul McCartney and Heather Mills has turned out to be.

Treachery, greed, drug–taking, violence – the allegations have been endless. Few now could doubt that here was a marriage as short as it was miserable, ending in a lingering acrimony that no am >>>


      BANK OF ENGLAND WARNS OF TOUGHER TIMES AHEAD
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     Bank of England governor Mervyn King is warning of tough times ahead Britain could be facing a combination of stagnant house prices, a slowdown in growth and a rise in the cost of living, the Bank of England said yesterday.

Its warning put more pressure on the embattled Chancellor Alistair Darling, who was forc >>>


      BINGE BRITAIN: ANOTHER MAN IS BEATEN AND LEFT FOR DEAD PROTECTING HIS HOME FROM THUGS
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     Another man has been beaten and left for dead after politely asking a gang to stop urinating into his garden.

The shocking attack came as a police chief lashed out at the drinks industry last night for selling beer "cheaper than water" and leaving hospitals to pick up the bill in injuries and bloodshe >>>


      BINGE BRITAIN: ONE MAN IS BEATEN AND LEFT FOR DEAD PROTECTING HIS HOME, ANOTHER IS ATTACKED AS HE CELEBRATES PARENTS‘ GOLDEN WEDDING
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     A man was beaten and left for dead after politely asking a gang to stop urinating into his garden.

Gareth Avery, 48, suffered a broken jaw and cheekbone and deep cuts after being punched and kicked by at least two men and a woman.

He had caught them outside his house as he returned home from a night ou >>>


      BROTHERS AT WAR: THE WW1 SOLDIER AND THE PACIFIST...BUT WHO WAS THE HERO?
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     One marched his soldiers towards the German guns in the bloodbath that was the Somme. The other refused to fight because of his faith and was condemned to death as a traitor. Now a moving book asks...which was the braver brother?

On A sunny summer‘s day on the cliffs above Boulogne, a young English office >>>


      CALLING TIME ON BINGE BRITAIN
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     Another day, another victim of Binge Britain: Gareth Avery, beaten nearly to death after asking a gang to stop urinating in his garden.

So why is so little being done about the scourge of teenage drunkenness and the violence and degradation it engenders?

In the United States, rigorously enforced laws p >>>


      CALLOUS CLAMPERS LAUGH AS THEY LOCK UP JOB SEEKER‘S CAR WITHIN SECONDS OF IT BEING PARKED
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     Clampers sat in wait and then laughed together as they locked up an unemployed man‘s car less than a minute after he parked it outside a Job Centre.

Robin Crossman, 26, left his Volkswagen Jetta parked on an empty Texaco garage forecourt before walking next door to pick up some job seekers‘ forms.>>>


      CASINOS CHASE HIGH–ROLLER WHO LEFT &#163;11M TRAIL OF DUD CHEQUES
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     Ahmed Al–Reyaysa Most popular stories 1. Folding front doors and blow–dry showers: How a 1'56 vision of today‘s homes got it wrong 2. Binge Britain: Another man is beaten and left for dead protecting his home from thugs 3. Married prison psychologist fell pregnant after affair with mentally–i >>>


      COMPULSIVE GAMBLER SUES BETTING CHAIN ‘FOR LETTING HIM LOSE &#163;2MILLION‘
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     A compulsive gambler is suing a betting chain which he claims let him lose 2 million after he asked to be barred, it was revealed today.

Greyhound trainer Graham Calvert, 28, from Tyne Wear, wants William Hill to pay back his losses on the grounds they failed in their duty of care.

The gambling addict >>>


      DENIM DUO: KATIE HOLMES COPIES VICTORIA BECKHAM‘S SIGNATURE BOOTCUT JEANS
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     Katie Holmes continues to mirror the style of her good friend Victoria Beckham.

The actress wife of Tom Cruise wore Posh‘s signature bootcut jeans ensemble to attend a business meeting in Los Angeles today.

And with her brunette bob, huge sunglasses and not forgetting a pair of killer heels, the >>>


      EDUCATING BEA: SIR PAUL AND HEATHER MILLS ‘BACK AT ODDS‘ OVER PRIVATE SCHOOL
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     Relations between Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills have taken a fresh downturn, according to friends.

The news came after a day when the couple were to discuss their daughter‘s schooling at their divorce hearing.

The former Beatle, 65, is determined that four–year–old Beatrice sho >>>


      FAMILY ON THE FAIRWAY: CATHERINE ZETA–JONES BRINGS THE KIDS FOR A DAY ON THE GOLF COURSE
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     Golf–mad superstars Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta–Jones are ensuring their love for the game continues into further generations after bringing their young children along to the fairway.

The Hollywood couple‘s son Dylan, seven; and Carys, four; made a rare public appearance with their famo >>>


      FINANCE CHIEF STOLE CHARITY‘S &#163;150,000 TO SPEND ON FAST CARS AND FLYING LESSONS
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     John Cunningham spent money he had stolen from charity Scope on a luxury lifestyle A charity‘s finance executive stole 150,000 intended to help the disabled and spent it on fast cars, flying lessons and a luxury flat.

John Cunningham took the funds from Scope – whose focus is on people with cerebral >>>


      FIRST LOOK: CHRISTINA AGUILERA SHOWS NEW BABY MAX TO THE WORLD
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     New mother Christina Aguilera has proudly showed off her one–month–old son Max for the first time.

The singer, who says she‘s "head–over–heels in love" with the baby, posed with the newborn for the cover of Hello! magazine.

Scroll down for more... Baby joy: Chris >>>


      FISTS AND CHAIRS FLY AS FOOTBALL LEAGUE MATCH DESCENDS INTO A MASS BRAWL
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     With the teams level–pegging on points in the league table, it was always going to be a mouth–watering clash when the amateur football rivals took to the pitch for a crunch game.

But what happened next stunned the referee, players and fans alike. Just five minutes in, a verbal altercation led to a s >>>


      FOLDING FRONT DOORS AND BLOW–DRY SHOWERS: HOW A 1'56 VISION OF TODAY‘S HOMES GOT IT WRONG
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     Future homeowners: Two models in 1'56 in a mock–up of future housework Step into your nylon tights, pull a polyester chair near to the popup table and relax.

Because this is the luxury of 21stcentury living – Fifties style. Half a century ago, the Daily Mail‘s Ideal Home Show included its >>>


      HEY BIG SUSPENDERS! GIRLS ALOUD DRESS UP AS RACY FRENCH MAIDS IN NEW VIDEO
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     Cheryl Cole certainly shows estranged husband Ashley what he‘s missing in a raunchy new Girls Aloud video.

The singer, along with band mates Sarah Harding, Nadine Coyle, Kimberley Walsh and Nicola Roberts, dress in stockings, suspenders and corsets for their new single Can‘t Speak French.

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      HIT HIM AGAIN, TERRY: TV‘S MINDER MAKES A COMEBACK
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     Classic TV series Minder is being revived with Shane Richie lined up for the wheeler–dealer Arthur Daley role, it was revealed today.

George Cole and Dennis Waterman‘s double act as small–time crook Daley and his "minder" Terry McCann lasted 10 years from the first series in 1'7& >>>


      HOLLYWOOD DREAM IS OVER FOR EX–EASTENDER MICHELLE RYAN
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     She thought her dreams had come true after landing the lead role as TV‘s Bionic Woman.

But after a few short months, Michelle Ryan has accepted her bid for U.S. glory was not to be and is back in Britain. The former EastEnders actress, 23, has failed to impress as the lead character in the much–hype >>>


      HUSBAND HELD GUN TO WIFE‘S HEAD AFTER SHE REVEALED ON JEREMY KYLE SHOW THAT HE WAS NOT FATHER OF HER CHILD
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     A husband pointed a loaded gun to his wife‘s head at close range after finding out on The Jeremy Kyle Show that he was not the father of their child.

Craig Platt, 27, was drunk when he threatened his wife Jane with the air rifle, a week after appearing on the controversial ITV show to find out the paterni >>>


      INSURANCE PREMIUMS WILL SOAR UNLESS THE GOVERNMENT STOPS BUILDING ON FLOOD PLAINS
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     Insurance premiums will soar unless the Government gets tough on planners who build on flood plains, industry chiefs have warned.

The Association of British Insurers said a third of three million new homes that Labour plans to build by 2010 will be at risk of serious floods.

Despite the horrendous floo >>>


      JOKING MACCA BEGINS COURT FIGHTBACK IN DIVORCE BATTLE AGAINST ‘STRESSED‘ HEATHER
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     Sir Paul McCartney today began his fightback in his divorce battle with Heather Mills.

The former Beatle‘s legal team was believed to be setting out their case against his estranged wife‘s demands for a record–breaking settlement.

There was a contrast between the moods in the two camp >>>


      JORDAN‘S NOVEL WARDROBE MALFUNCTION AT BOOK SIGNING
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     Katie Price is known for her bubbly personality, but fans got more than they bargained for at a book signing event in London today.

The glamour model otherwise known as Jordan had a wardrobe malfunction when she spilled out of her top as she sign copies of her third autobiography Jordan: Pushed To The Limit.
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      KYLIE: ‘I‘M IGNORING ROMANCE AND SPENDING VALENTINE‘S DAY WITH FRIENDS‘
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     Lonely Kylie Minogue wasn‘t looking forward to waking up this morning. The unlucky–in–love singer said in an interview published today: «I‘m ignoring Valentine‘s Day.» Although sources have linked Kylie to her ex–lover Olivier Martinez again in the last few weeks, it seems >>>


      LINEKER IN LOVE: MATCH OF THE DAY HOST BRINGS HIS MODEL LOVE FOR YET ANOTHER HOLIDAY
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     Match of the Day host Gary Lineker is continuing to woo his new love Danielle Bux with yet another holiday.

The romantic ex–footballer has brought the model on four holidays since they first started dating in September.

In the last two months alone, the pair have enjoyed romantic vacations in Flo >>>


      MAKEOVER MAGIC: LINDSAY LOHAN GLAMS UP FOR ONCE
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     Well–worn leggings, ballet flats and loose–fitting dresses have been Lindsay Lohan‘s staple wardrobe items in recent times, but the actress proved on Tuesday she‘s still a glamour girl at heart.

The Mean Girls star turned heads at a magazine photo shoot in Hollywood with a strapless pink >>>


      MARRIED PRISON PSYCHOLOGIST FELL PREGNANT AFTER AFFAIR WITH MENTALLY–ILL INMATE
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     In love: Pregnant Stephanie Reeves is having her mental patient‘s baby Most popular stories 1. Folding front doors and blow–dry showers: How a 1'56 vision of today‘s homes got it wrong 2. Married prison psychologist fell pregnant after affair with mentally–ill inmate 3. Husband held gun to wi >>>


      MAVIS, 83, HAS LUXURY BLOCK OF 30 FLATS TO HERSELF BECAUSE ALL THE OTHER OWNERS ONLY USE IT AS A SECOND HOME
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     Great grandmother Mavis Ward is literally home alone – because her exclusive block of flats is full of second home owners who are rarely there.

Chuffed Mavis, 83, has almost sole use of her building‘s luxury facilities including the gym, sauna, swimming pool and a landscaped rooftop garden.

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      MILLIONS OF PARENTS ARE SAVING IN SECRET TO BAIL THEIR CHILDREN OUT OF DEBT AFTER UNIVERSITY
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     Millions of parents are secretly saving money to bail their children out of debt when they leave university, a report reveals today.

Almost half are keeping their hoarding hidden because they worry that if their children find out they will spend even more.

The so–called Bank of Mum and Dad forks >>>


      MOTHER DUMPED TWO NEWBORN BABIES BECAUSE OF SHAME OF BEING SINGLE MUM
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     Ashamed: Bronagh Bond dumped two babies A Single mother abandoned two newborn babies in the space of three years because she was too ashamed to tell relatives she was pregnant out of wedlock.

Bronagh Bond, 27, dumped her daughters Holly and Angel in the street and ignored repeated police appeals for their mothe >>>


      MYSPACE COULD MERGE WITH YAHOO! TO SCUPPER MICROSOFT’S TAKEOVER BID
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     Rupert Murdoch is muscling in on software giant Microsoft‘s takeover plans for internet search engine Yahoo!, it was revealed today.

The News Corporation chairman is in talks over merging his MySpace social networking site and other online businesses with Yahoo! to help the firm beat off Microsoft‘s >>>


      OFF THE HOOK: MEL GIBSON FINISHES COMMUNITY SERVICE AFTER DRINK DRIVING OFFENCE
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     Braveheart star Mel Gibson has been congratulated by a California judge for fulfilling the conditions of his probation, a year and a half after he was arrested for drunk–driving.

Gibson, 52, was arrested on July 28, 2006 while driving in the seaside town of Malibu north of Los Angeles with his blood&ndash >>>


      OFSTED SAYS CHILDREN ARE CARRYING KNIVES AND BOTTLES TO BEAT THE BULLIES
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     More children are carrying knives and bottles to defend themselves,a survey has revealed A rise in bullying has prompted more children than ever to carry knives and bottles to defend themselves, according to a survey.

And while bullies once operated only on school playgrounds they have now taken to the streets, >>>


      PEACHES GELDOF‘S HARD–PARTYING TAKES ITS TOLL AS SHE FALLS BACKWARDS OUT OF A HEDGE
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     It appears three nights of partying have finally taken their toll on party girl Peaches Geldof after she ended up in a heap after trying to scale a park fence.

The wannabe DJ daughter of Sir Bob Geldof was heading home after a long night which saw her attend parties at H&M‘s new Regent Street store, c >>>


      PILOT WRONGLY ACCUSED OF TRAINING SEPTEMBER 11 HIJACKERS CLEARED TO SUE FOR MILLIONS
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     An Algerian man who was wrongly accused of training five of the '/11 hijackers today won the right to claim millions of pounds in compensation.

Lotfi Raissi, who lives in Chiswick, was held in jail for four and a half months shortly after the New York attacks as the US authorities tried to extradite him for >>>


      POLICE CHIEF BLAMES DRINKS INDUSTRY FOR BINGE BRITAIN BY SELLING ALCOHOL ‘CHEAPER THAN WATER‘
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     A police chief lashed out at the drinks industry last night for selling beer ‘cheaper than water‘ and leaving hospitals to pick up the bill in injuries and bloodshed.

Ken Jones, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, accused drinks companies of ‘marketing alcohol to children&ls >>>


      POLICE CHIEF BLAMES SUPERMARKETS FOR BINGE BRITAIN BY SELLING ALCOHOL ‘CHEAPER THAN WATER‘
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     A police chief lashed out at the drinks industry last night for selling beer ‘cheaper than water‘ and leaving hospitals to pick up the bill in injuries and bloodshed.

Ken Jones, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, accused drinks companies of ‘marketing alcohol to children&ls >>>


      POLICE USE A JCB TO BURST INTO ‘FORT KNOX‘ OF &#163;100M DRUG GANG
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     An estimated 100kg (220lb) of cocaine with a street value of more than 5million was recovered in the raids as well as substantial sums of cash and several guns.

Among those arrested were men with British, Israeli, Iraqi, Egyptian and Irish backgrounds.

The raids followed more than six months of surveil >>>


      PRINCE WILLIAM ENJOYS ‘&#163;1 PARTY NIGHT‘ IN BAR WHERE FELLOW CLUBBER IS GLASSED IN ALCOHOL–FUELLED BRAWL
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     Senseless: Joe Knight was beaten to death at the same nightclub where Prince William was partying with friends A reveller suffered horrific facial injuries after being slashed with a broken bottle in a nightclub where Prince William had been partying with friends.

The future king had been downing1–a&ndash >>>


      RADIATION EXPERTS CALLED IN AFTER MYSTERY DEATH OF BILLIONAIRE ENEMY OF PUTIN
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     Radiation specialists were called in to examine the body of an exiled billionaire yesterday after he collapsed and died at his 10million mansion in Surrey.

Georgian tycoon Badri Patarkatsishvili, an enemy of Russian president Vladimir Putin, had feared he would be assassinated.

Only six weeks ago the t >>>


      RED CARD FOR THE CURSE OF FOOTBALL: ZERO TOLERANCE TO SWEARING ON THE PITCH
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     Anger on the pitch: Parents are concerned children may be influenced by foul and abusive behaviour on the pitch (file picture of an angry David Beckham on the pitch) Amateur footballers will face an instant red card for swearing as part of a zero tolerance approach to foul language on the pitch.

The radical sch >>>


      RESTAURANT OWNER‘S ‘SPONGY‘ HANDSHAKE WITH GP SAVES MAN‘S LIFE AFTER DOCTOR RECOGNISED RARE KILLER BRAIN TUMOUR
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     It was nothing more than a warm handshake between two people meeting for the first time – but it was a gesture that saved Mark Gurrieri‘s life.

The hand that clasped his belonged to a GP, Dr Chris Britt, who noticed a ‘fleshy‘ feeling which instantly triggered his professional concern.>>>


      REVEALED: CERNE ABBAS, BRITAIN‘S MOST SOUGHT AFTER VILLAGE
      The Daily Mail, 14-02-2008
     It is a place of such perfection that people rarely leave. Quality schools, low crime rate, quaint pubs and beautiful countryside are a recipe for the good life.

Not to mention the protective presence of a 180ft naked giant carved into the chalk landscape.

Yesterday the Dorset village of Cerne Abbas wo >>>



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