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      AT GAS STATIONS IN IRAQ, PRICE HIKE FUELS OUTRAGE
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      December 28, 2005; A15 BAGHDAD, Dec. 27 –– Until recently, Ahmed Taha saw himself as providing a public service, his bustling Abu Qlam gas station dispensing dirt–cheap fuel to Baghdad‘s growing horde of motorists.

Then one day last week, he said in an interview, the Iraqi government ra >>>


      AT LEAST 30 KILLED IN INDIA ROAD ACCIDENT
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      NEW DELHI –– At least 30 people were killed Wednesday when a bus collided head on with a truck on a highway in western India, police said.

The bus erupted in flames after the vehicles crashed into each other near the town of Baruch in Gujarat state, police officer G. S. Malik said. Twenty–two >>>


      CHINESE VILLAGERS‘ NEWS CONFERENCE BLOCKED
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      BEIJING –– Police on Wednesday blocked a Chinese family from holding a news conference in Beijing to publicize complaints of police brutality in their village.

Members of the Feng family invited reporters to a Beijing hotel but said police from their home province warned them against doing so. Two >>>


      IRAQ PRISON INMATE KILLS 8 WITH GUARD GUN
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      AM BAGHDAD, Iraq –– An inmate in a Baghdad prison grabbed an assault rifle from a guard Wednesday and opened fire, killing eight people, police said.

The Shiite religious bloc leading Iraq‘s parliamentary elections, meanwhile, held talks with Kurdish leaders about who should get the top 12 go >>>


      ISRAELI JETS HIT MILITANT BASE IN LEBANON
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      AM BEIRUT, Lebanon –– Israeli jets attacked a Palestinian militant group‘s training base near Beirut on Wednesday, hours after an Israeli border town was hit by rocket fire, the military said.

The strike against the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine–General Command was Israe >>>


      ISRAELI PLANES HIT LEBANON AFTER ROCKET STRIKE ON TOWN
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli warplanes attacked a Palestinian guerrilla group‘s training base in Lebanon early on Wednesday, the army said, after a rocket strike on an Israeli town raised border tension to its highest level in years.

"The message is to the government of Lebanon who is respons >>>


      PALESTINIAN GUNMEN SEIZE ELECTION OFFICES
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip –– Dozens of masked Palestinian gunmen took over election offices in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, demanding spots for an armed group with links to the ruling Fatah faction in the party‘s list of candidates for a January parliamentary election, witnesses and officials said.
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      PEN VS. SWORD
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      By Philip KennicottWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, December 28,
2005; C02 After more than a year in the United States, Iryna Vidanava says she doesn‘t feel like an idiot when she smiles on the street. In her homeland of Belarus, spontaneous good humor toward strangers just isn‘t done in public pl >>>


      POLAND POSTPONES FULL PULLOUT OF TROOPS FROM IRAQ
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      WARSAW, Dec. 27 –– Poland‘s government said on Tuesday it would keep a reduced military force in Iraq until the end of 2006, reversing a plan to complete the pullout of the 1,500–member contingent early in the year.

Deputy Defense Minister Stanislaw Koziej told reporters that Polish str >>>


      REBELS IN SRI LANKA KILL 10 SOLDIERS
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Dec 27 –– Fueling fears of a return to civil war, suspected Tamil Tiger rebels killed 10 soldiers in a mine attack in the far north of this island country, the second assault in less than a week, the military said.

The blast followed a string of guerrilla ambushes on the Sri Lan >>>


      RUSSIAN ROCKET LIFTS OFF WITH EU SATELLITE
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian rocket blasted off on Wednesday, carrying the first part of what European states hope will be a network of satellites that will create a global navigation system.

The 30–satellite Galileo network is intended to rival the U.S. Global Positioning System, and is being buil >>>


      SAUDIS SAY TWO MOST–WANTED MILITANTS DEAD
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      6:25 AM RIYADH, Saudi Arabia –– Police on Wednesday shot dead a militant on Saudi Arabia‘s most–wanted list, the second major terror suspect to die in the country in 24 hours, a Saudi security official said.

Abdel–Rahman Saleh Abdel–Rahman al–Mutab, who was No. 4 on th >>>


      TORONTO HAS RECORD SURGE OF GUN VIOLENCE
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      TORONTO –– A city that prides itself as one of the safest in North America is bewildered by a surge in violence that has produced a record number of shooting deaths this year, the latest a 15–year–old girl on a street filled with holiday shoppers.

Canada‘s prime minister and Toron >>>


      U.S. ALLIES REDUCING TROOP LEVELS IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      PM WARSAW, Poland –– The U.S. coalition in Iraq saw its size dwindle Tuesday as Ukraine and Bulgaria said all their troops had left the country. Poland said it would remain but reduce its number of troops by 600 next year.

The Polish government‘s decision, which is expected to be approved by >>>


      U.S. SEES BURMA AS ‘TEST CASE‘ IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      A18 The Bush administration has mounted a diplomatic offensive against the military government of Burma, suggesting to nations in the region that it is a "test case" for whether they hold the same values and standards as the United States.

The effort was jump–started in October after President >>>


      WORLD IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 28-12-2005
      Israel Fires on Militants‘ Base In Lebanon After Rocket Attack JERUSALEM –– Israeli jets attacked a Palestinian militant group‘s training base in southern Lebanon early Wednesday, hours after an Israeli border town was hit by rocket fire, the military said.

The base located south of Bei >>>


      A SECOND OPINION
      Haaretz, 28-12-2005
      National Arts & Leisure Anglo File Sports Q&A

Magazine Week‘s End Travel Business Underground Jewish World Real Estate

A second opinion By Uzi Benziman A once–popular observation among medical community members said that when Menachem Begin‘s personal physician increased the >>>


      AT LEAST THE U.S. ADMITS ITS MISTAKES
      Haaretz, 28-12-2005
      By Yossi Sarid The gates of 2005 are about to shut, and the war in Iraq will end in 2006.

It will end not because it is over – in fact, it‘s at its height, and escalating still – but because George Bush has no choice. The war has degenerated into a morass, taking its toll with every passing d >>>


      IT‘S NOT ALL IN THE DETAILS
      Haaretz, 28-12-2005
      By Amira Hass Each detail described here, every shred of reality, is liable to be considered as a whole, which would dim its severity. Detail: Hundreds of people gather each morning at three narrow steel revolving doors, and the gates do not turn because some unseen person has blocked them by pushing a button. The numb >>>


      LET THEM VOTE
      Haaretz, 28-12-2005
      By Haaretz Editorial The State of Israel must let East Jerusalem‘s Arabs vote in the Palestinian Authority‘s legislative council (parliament) elections. That is not only because it undertook to do so in the Oslo Accords, but also because it does not want them as citizens of the state, and because it is the >>>


      MOISHE AND MARY LIGHT HANUKKAH CANDLES
      Haaretz, 28-12-2005
      By Shmuel Rosner WASHINGTON – "What is Hanukkah"? asks the famous Gemara tractate – and the question remains appropriate today. On Sunday, several hundred Jews gathered at the Cabin John Shopping Center in a Washington suburb to watch the lighting of the first candle on the giant Hanukkiah station >>>


      BAD DEAL FOR POOR NATIONS
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Wednesday December 28, 2005 The Guardian Alan Johnson‘s statement that he wants trade justice campaigners to "keep up the pressure" (Report, December 21) is intended to convey a level of agreement between the government and campaigners which simply does not exist. He is disappointed because he wanted to >>>


      BNP ACTIVISTS TOLD TO INFILTRATE TORY RANKS
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Michael White, political editor Wednesday December 28, 2005 The Guardian The Conservatives yesterday warned local activists in marginal seats to guard against attempts by the British National party to infiltrate their ranks and "befriend malcontents" in an attempt to wreck David Cameron‘s hopes of a Tor >>>


      BOOK COLLECTION MAY SHED NEW LIGHT ON GLADSTONE
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Press Association Wednesday December 28, 2005 The Guardian Researchers hope to discover insights into the mind of the 1'th–century prime minister William Gladstone by studying more than 32,000 books from his private collection.

He served four terms as prime minister under Queen Victoria and left his >>>


      CAMERON HAS ‘INJECTED EXCITEMENT‘
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Press Association Wednesday December 28, 2005 David Cameron‘s election as Tory leader has injected "excitement into politics", Home Office minister Hazel Blears admitted today.

But Ms Blears insisted his victory had only restored "politics as usual" after a period dominated by two Lab >>>


      CAMERON RECRUITS GELDOF TO AID TORY RETHINK ON POVERTY
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Michael White, political editor Wednesday December 28, 2005 The Guardian David Cameron yesterday staged another eyecatching repositioning of the Conservative party when he announced the launch of a wide–ranging policy review on globalisation and global poverty in which Bob Geldof will act as a consultant.

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      CIRCUS PERFORMERS GET CAUGHT IN THE ACT
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Entertainers are being forced to jump through hoops before they get on stage Clowns and carollers among those suffering effects of new regulations Mark Honigsbaum Wednesday December 28, 2005 The Guardian Circuses have always walked a tightrope between dazzling the public and safety. Although circus owners have been mad >>>


      CLARKE FACING LABOUR REVOLT OVER PROBATION SHAKEUP
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Alan Travis, home affairs editor Wednesday December 28, 2005 The Guardian The home secretary, Charles Clarke, is facing a growing backbench revolt over his plans to introduce a "mixed market" in the supervision of offenders, with 62 Labour MPs so far backing a Commons motion opposing any move to privatise the >>>


      GELDOF‘S YEAR
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      2005 was supposed to be the year of Africa. Tony Blair committed Britain to ambitious targets on aid and debt relief. Museums staged major exhibitions dedicated to the continent‘s art. And one of the biggest popular movements ever – spurred on by a very big pop concert – called on eight world leaders >>>


      GROWTH STATISTICS POINT TO A YEAR MORE REMINISCENT OF SACKCLOTH THAN ASHES
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      ‘Oil tanker‘ theory suggests 2006 might turn out better than the pundits predict Ashley Seager, economics correspondent Wednesday December 28, 2005 The Guardian In many ways, looking back over 2005, it would be better to think of England winning the Ashes, Darren Gough winning Strictly Come Dancing or the b >>>


      HAIN BILL WOULD ‘RIG‘ WELSH ELECTIONS, SAY TORIES
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Press Association Wednesday December 28, 2005 The Welsh secretary, Peter Hain, was today accused of acting like a "colonial governor" toward the Welsh assembly – and of proposing changes that would result in "rigged" elections to the devolved body.

Nick Bourne, leader of the Conservat >>>


      HEWITT CHALLENGE TO Ł1BN BART‘S PLAN RAISES NHS FINANCE FEARS
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Growing concern over servicing huge PFI costs Payment–by–results policy undermining rebuilding Michael White, political editor Wednesday December 28, 2005 The Guardian The health secretary, Patricia Hewitt, has imposed a review of the biggest hospital rebuilding project in Britain, casting into doubt Labour >>>


      LECTURERS MAY STRIKE OVER PAY AT UNIVERSITIES
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Matthew Taylor, education correspondent Wednesday December 28, 2005 The Guardian Tens of thousands of university students face cancelled seminars and unmarked work next term as a pay dispute between vice–chancellors and lecturers escalates.

Union leaders have warned that strike action is increasingly lik >>>


      MINISTERS TO CHALLENGE GUANT'3;NAMO RULING
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      British citizenship for US prisoner ‘disappointing‘ Australian accused of fighting with Taliban David Ward Wednesday December 28, 2005 The Guardian The Home Office confirmed yesterday that ministers will appeal against a judge‘s decision to grant British citizenship to an Australian terror suspect hel >>>


      MISSING: A BLUEPRINT FOR POLICE REFORM
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Wednesday December 28, 2005 The Guardian If the home secretary‘s plans aren‘t part of a regional agenda (Letters, December 23) why has he prevented police forces from considering merger across regional boundaries? If he has no blueprint for reorganisation, why won‘t he consider proposals to share or f >>>


      MOD CITES ASBESTOS FEAR IN REJECTING INFORMATION PLEAS
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Papers on Saudi arms and interrogation kept back Decontaminated data to be copied before release Ian Cobain Wednesday December 28, 2005 The Guardian Thousands of the government‘s most sensitive secret documents are being held back from publication under the Freedom of Information Act on the grounds that they may >>>


      NEW CRACKDOWN ON PROSTITUTION
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Plan for licensed ‘red light‘ zones ditched in favour of zero–tolerance strategy Alan Travis, home affairs editor and Ben Farmer Wednesday December 28, 2005 The Guardian The government will announce plans next month for a national zero tolerance campaign against kerb crawlers and street prostitution a >>>


      SAUDI ARMS SALE WILL MAKE UK LESS SECURE
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Wednesday December 28, 2005 The Guardian As John Reid endorsed smoking when health secretary, it should come as no surprise to find him promoting a major arms deal that will make Britain less secure (Britain wins 8bn Typhoon deal from Saudis, December 22) as defence secretary. Meanwhile, at the Foreign Office, Jack Str >>>


      THE HUNT BAN IS WORKING
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Wednesday December 28, 2005 The Guardian The distortions of the Countryside Alliance (Thousands defy hunting ban 27 December) are as obvious as ever. The Hunting Act was, they said, "not working"; it was "unenforcable" and thousands were following hunts which showed that "hunting remained" >>>


      300 MORE ALITO DOCUMENTS RELEASED
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Wednesday December 28, 2005 3:17 PM WASHINGTON (AP) – Almost 300 additional documents from Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito‘s time in the Justice Department were released Wednesday, two weeks before his confirmation hearings begin.

Many of the latest documents released by the National Archives si >>>


      AIDE: BOLIVIA LEADER MAY REJECT U.S. AID
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Wednesday December 28, 2005 3:02 AM By CARLOS VALDES Associated Press Writer LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) – President–elect Evo Morales will reject U.S. economic and military aid if the United States requires continued coca–eradication efforts to get the money, a close aide to the former coca growers‘ l >>>


      APPEALS COURT SAID TO HEAR DELAY REQUEST
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Wednesday December 28, 2005 5:32 AM AUSTIN (AP) – The state‘s highest criminal court has agreed to hear Tom DeLay‘s latest request for a quick resolution to money laundering charges that forced him to give up his leadership post in the U.S. House, his spokesman said Tuesday.

The all–Rep >>>


      BA FLIGHT MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING IN WALES
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Wednesday December 28, 2005 3:02 PM LONDON (AP) – A London–bound British Airways passenger flight from New York made an emergency landing in Wales on Wednesday after smoke was detected in the passenger cabin, an airport official said.

The 747 plane, flying from JFK to Heathrow, was diverted to Card >>>


      BRITAIN APPEALS TERROR SUSPECT CITIZENSHIP
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Wednesday December 28, 2005 6:17 AM By DAVID STRINGER Associated Press Writer LONDON (AP) – Britain has appealed a court decision that would confer citizenship on an Australian terror suspect seeking to change his nationality in hopes of securing his freedom from the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, a Home Off >>>


      CALIF. GAY MARRIAGE OPPONENTS SHIFT FOCUS
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Wednesday December 28, 2005 5:17 AM By LISA LEFF Associated Press Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – One of the two groups competing to put a gay marriage ban before California voters in 2006 has bowed out of the fight for now, saying that it does not think the timing or political climate is right to get such a measure >>>


      CIA PROBES RENDITIONS OF TERROR SUSPECTS
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Wednesday December 28, 2005 6:17 AM AP Photo GFX'36 By KATHERINE SHRADER Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – The CIA‘s independent watchdog is investigating fewer than 10 cases where terror suspects may have been mistakenly swept away to foreign countries by the spy agency, a figure lower than pub >>>


      CLINTON IMPEACHMENT INCLUDED IN TEXTBOOKS
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Wednesday December 28, 2005 3:02 AM AP Photo NY10' By BEN FELLER AP Education Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – The impeachment of former President Clinton is in a gray area of history, too long ago to be a current event, too recent to be judged in perspective.

Yet history is already judging Clinton in the pl >>>


      CURRENT QUOTATIONS
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Wednesday December 28, 2005 10:17 AM By The Associated Press I apologize to the public that we went on strike, but overall we got what we wanted.‘‘ –New York transit workers shop steward James Rodriguez on completed negotiations with the Mass Transit Authority.

–– & >>>


      DEMOCRATS: DHS HASN‘T FULFILLED PROMISES
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Wednesday December 28, 2005 6:17 AM By LARA JAKES JORDAN Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – The Homeland Security Department, created in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, has failed to fulfill 33 of its own pledges to better protect the nation, according to a report released Tuesday by House Demo >>>


      ENTITLEMENTS CONSUME MORE FEDERAL SPENDING
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Wednesday December 28, 2005 2:47 AM By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – Three growing entitlement programs consumed nearly half of all federal spending in 2004, and budget analysts expect them to make up an even bigger share in the future.

Social Security, Medicare and Medicai >>>


      GOVERNOR EXPECTED TO MOVE BACK TO CENTER
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Wednesday December 28, 2005 10:17 AM By TOM CHORNEAU Associated Press Writer SACRAMENTO (AP) – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger began 2005 convinced California was in need of major changes and believing he had the clout to sell his year of reform‘‘ to voters.

He starts the new year in a f >>>


      GROUP GOADS G–8 NATIONS ON RUSSIA NGO BILL
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Wednesday December 28, 2005 10:02 AM By JUDITH INGRAM Associated Press Writer MOSCOW (AP) – Human Rights Watch on Wednesday urged members of the Group of Eight to press Russia – their chairman next year – to abandon new legislation that would severely restrict non–governmental organizations.
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      GROUP THREATENS TO KILL U.N. INVESTIGATOR
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Wednesday December 28, 2005 3:32 PM By ZEINA KARAM Associated Press Writer BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) – A pro–Syrian group that claimed responsibility for killing a top Lebanese editor has threatened to kill the next head of the U.N. commission investigating the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri >>>


      GUNMEN TAKE OVER ELECTION OFFICES IN GAZA
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Wednesday December 28, 2005 3:17 PM AP Photo JRL210 By SARAH EL DEEB Associated Press Writer GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – Dozens of masked Palestinian gunmen took over election offices in the Gaza Strip, exchanging fire with police and demanding spaces for the ruling Fatah Party‘s military wing on a list fo >>>


      IRAQ SHIITES TALK WITH KURDS; GRAVE FOUND
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Wednesday December 28, 2005 6:17 AM AP Photo BAG110 By JASON STRAZIUSO Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – The Shiite religious bloc leading Iraq‘s parliamentary elections held talks Tuesday with Kurdish leaders about who should get the top 12 government jobs, as thousands of Sunni Arabs and secula >>>


      ISRAEL‘S SHARON LAUGHS OFF WEIGHT ISSUES
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Wednesday December 28, 2005 2:47 AM AP Photo JRL118 JERUSALEM (AP) – Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who suffered a minor stroke last week and now faces a heart procedure, made light of his closely watched weight problems on Tuesday.

Following a Hanukkah candle–lighting ceremony with university studen >>>


      ISRAELI JETS HIT MILITANT BASE IN LEBANON
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Wednesday December 28, 2005 6:17 AM By SAM F. GHATTAS Associated Press Writer BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) – Israeli jets attacked a Palestinian militant group‘s training base in southern Lebanon early Wednesday, hours after an Israeli border town was hit by rocket fire, the military said.

The strike again >>>


      ISRAELIS ATTACK MILITANT BASE IN LEBANON
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Wednesday December 28, 2005 3:17 PM AP Photo BEI114 By SAM F. GHATTAS Associated Press Writer BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) – Israeli jets blasted a Palestinian militant group‘s base a few miles outside the Lebanese capital Beirut on Wednesday, hours after rockets fired from Lebanon hit a northern Israeli border tow >>>


      JUDGE THROWS OUT DEATH SENTENCE FOR INMATE
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Wednesday December 28, 2005 3:02 AM By MARK SCOLFORO Associated Press Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A federal judge Tuesday threw out the death sentence of an inmate convicted of strangling his cellmate nearly a decade ago.

U.S. District Judge Malcolm Muir ruled that prosecutors should have disclosed to Dav >>>


      MILITANT GROUP REJECTS APPEAL FROM ABBAS
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Wednesday December 28, 2005 2:32 AM AP Photo JRL110 By IBRAHIM BARZAK Associated Press Writer GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – The Islamic Jihad militant group rejected a call Tuesday from Mahmoud Abbas to halt rocket attacks on Israeli towns, dealing a new blow to the Palestinian leader. Israel responded to the atta >>>


      NEW ORLEANS CHIEF BACKS OFFICERS IN SHOOTING
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Wednesday December 28, 2005 3:47 PM AP Photo LASH101 By CHEVEL JOHNSON Associated Press Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The officers who gunned down a knife–wielding man appeared to be justified, and would have betrayed their police training if they had aimed to fire a non–lethal shot, said Police Superinte >>>


      NEW ORLEANS SHOOTING A NEW MARK ON POLICE
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Wednesday December 28, 2005 5:47 AM AP Photo NY123 By CHEVEL JOHNSON Associated Press Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The officers who gunned down a knife–wielding man appeared to be justified in using lethal force, but the death will be perceived as a black mark on the beleaguered police department, the head of >>>


      NEW YORK TRANSIT UNION OKS TENTATIVE DEAL
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Wednesday December 28, 2005 6:17 AM AP Photo NYJS101 By NAHAL TOOSI Associated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) – The executive board for the city‘s transit workers union approved a tentative new contract late Tuesday, five days after it ended a paralyzing bus and subway strike that stranded millions of commuters >>>


      OBITUARIES IN THE NEWS
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Wednesday December 28, 2005 2:32 AM By The Associated Press Donald Shelton Dawson WASHINGTON (AP) – Donald Shelton Dawson, a lawyer who worked as a special assistant to President Harry S. Truman, died Sunday after suffering a stroke.

He was '7. Dawson died at his residence in Bethesda, Md., said a gr >>>


      OHIO JUDGE REPRIMANDED FOR DRUNK DRIVING
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Wednesday December 28, 2005 3:32 PM By CARRIE SPENCER GHOSE Associated Press Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A panel of state appellate judges publicly reprimanded Ohio Supreme Court Justice Alice Robie Resnick on Wednesday, saying her drunken driving conviction violated the state‘s judicial code of conduct.>>>


      PALESTINIAN GUNMEN SEIZE ELECTION OFFICES
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Wednesday December 28, 2005 11:02 AM GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – Dozens of masked Palestinian gunmen took over election offices in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, demanding spots for an armed group with links to the ruling Fatah faction in the party‘s list of candidates for a January parliamentary election, w >>>


      PANEL BLAMES POLICE IN RUSSIA SCHOOL SIEGE
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Wednesday December 28, 2005 11:02 AM AP Photo MOSB106 By MARIA DANILOVA Associated Press Writer MOSCOW (AP) – The head of the Russian parliamentary commission investigating last year‘s Beslan school siege said Wednesday that the negligence and carelessness of local law enforcement officials allowed militant >>>


      PHOTOS ON CELL PHONE LEAD TO DRUG ARRESTS
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Wednesday December 28, 2005 10:17 AM FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) – Six teenagers were arrested on drug charges after a parent flipping through a cell phone found a text message and photo advertising a pound of marijuana for sale, police said.

Police said teens in Farmington would call teens in Shrewsbury, Mas >>>


      POWELL URGES COUNCIL TO OK STADIUM LEASE
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Wednesday December 28, 2005 2:47 AM WASHINGTON (AP) – Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is the latest high–profile baseball booster urging the D.C. Council to approve a proposed lease for a new Nationals baseball stadium.

Powell is part of the Washington Baseball Club, an investment group tryi >>>


      SEN. SCHUMER SETS SIGHTS HIGH FOR 2006
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Wednesday December 28, 2005 2:47 AM By DEVLIN BARRETT Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – Despite being New York‘s less–famous senator, Charles Schumer stayed busy in 2005, keeping a hand – or quote – in almost every major congressional battle.

Now he is out to prove he has >>>


      SPAIN TRIES TO GIVE WORKERS MORE HOME TIME
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Wednesday December 28, 2005 3:47 PM By DANIEL WOOLLS Associated Press Writer MADRID, Spain (AP) – Spain, famous for its long work days and long lunches, is closing its government offices earlier and giving civil servants flex time so they can spend more time with friends and family.

Many Spanish governme >>>


      STATE DEPT. SANCTIONS ' FOREIGN COMPANIES
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Wednesday December 28, 2005 2:47 AM By BARRY SCHWEID AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – The Bush administration is punishing nine foreign companies, six of them in China, for selling missile goods and chemical arms material to Iran.

In making the announcement Tuesday, State Department spokesman Adam >>>


      U.N. OFFICIAL: IRAQI ELECTIONS CREDIBLE
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Wednesday December 28, 2005 3:32 PM AP Photo BAG114 By SINAN SALAHEDDIN Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – A United Nations official said Wednesday that Iraq‘s recent elections were credible and there was no justification for a rerun of the vote that gave a strong lead to the Shiite religious bloc >>>


      WILDFIRES DESTROY HOMES IN TEXAS, OKLA.
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Wednesday December 28, 2005 3:47 PM AP Photo TXTG112 By SHEILA FLYNN Associated Press Writer CROSS PLAINS, Texas (AP) – Firefighters searched for hot spots and hoped for cooler, calmer weather Wednesday after wildfires raced across thousands of acres of grassland dried out by Texas‘ worst drought in decades >>>


      WIND–DRIVEN GRASS FIRES KILL ONE IN TEXAS
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Wednesday December 28, 2005 6:02 AM AP Photo TXTG115 By MATT CURRY Associated Press Writer KENNEDALE, Texas (AP) – Fires fueled by dry brush and driven by gusty wind raced across parts of Texas and Oklahoma on Tuesday, killing at least one person, damaging scores of homes and forcing the evacuation of a small tow >>>


      AMAZON REPORTS RECORD CHRISTMAS SALES
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Staff and agencies Wednesday December 28, 2005 The online retailer Amazon was today celebrating record Christmas sales after its UK arm delivered up to 480,000 gifts a day in the run–up to the festive weekend.

On its busiest day, Amazon.co.uk shipped more than 256 tonnes of goods, with a Royal Mail truck >>>


      ART OF AFRICA
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Natalie Hanman: Grime should not be silenced He believed in Santa Another year that rocked Sympathy for the DJ The Guardian profile: Catherine Tate Imagine art after: Afterwords Ken Campbell on improvised theatre Gary Younge meets Aaron McGruder, creator of the Boondocks The best and worst of 2005 The greatest little g >>>


      BLACK HOLE IN FTSE 100 FUNDS IS Ł10BN DEEPER
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Julia Finch Wednesday December 28, 2005 The Guardian The pensions "black hole" faced by FTSE 100 companies has grown from 65bn to 75bn this year, according to research by accountants Deloitte & Touche.

Gains made by pension funds as a result of strong growth in equities and higher employer contri >>>


      BRITISH STUDENTS ‘COULD LOSE PLACES TO EUROPEANS‘
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Polly Curtis, education correspondent Wednesday December 28, 2005 British students could struggle to get a place at the most prestigious universities because of competition from EU students, a university head warned today.

Malcolm Grant, provost of University College London and incoming chair of the Russell gr >>>


      BUMPER CHRISTMAS SALES SIGNAL END OF RETAIL SLUMP, SAYS JOHN LEWIS
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Department store chain expects ‘subdued‘ upturn Researchers say bargain hunters are out in force Julia Finch, city editor Wednesday December 28, 2005 The Guardian The managing director of department store chain John Lewis yesterday signalled that the worst of the retail downturn is over as he announced sale >>>


      COUNCIL WITHDRAWS ASBO AGAINST BOY WITH TOURETTE‘S
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Press Association Wednesday December 28, 2005 A council said today it has withdrawn an Asbo against a teenager who suffers from Tourette syndrome, despite insisting that his bad behaviour was not linked to his medical condition.

Manchester city council withdrew the antisocial behaviour order against the youngs >>>


      COURT VICTORY HAILED AS SPAM STOPPER
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Paul Lewis Wednesday December 28, 2005 The Guardian A legal claim against an internet marketing company which has been accused by the recipient of spamming could herald the end to junk–filled inboxes, it emerged yesterday.

Nigel Roberts, 37, who runs an internet business in the Channel Islands, wrote a l >>>


      EIGHT KILLED IN BAGHDAD PRISON SHOOTING
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Staff and agencies Wednesday December 28, 2005 Hospital staff examine the body of one the of victims of a shooting at a prison in the Kadhimiya area of Baghdad. Photograph: Asaad Muhsin/AP

An inmate at a Baghdad prison today killed at least eight people and injured three others when he grabbed an assault rifle >>>


      GELDOF DEFENDS TORY POLICY ROLE
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Press Association Wednesday December 28, 2005 Bob Geldof has defended his decision to join a Conservative party policy group on global poverty, saying he was "in no one‘s pocket".

The activist and musician, who was invited to join the globalisation and global poverty group by the Conservative l >>>


      GLITTER ‘PAYS FAMILIES OF ACCUSERS‘
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Staff and agencies Wednesday December 28, 2005 The disgraced rock star Gary Glitter paid more than 2,000 to the families of two under–age Vietnamese girls he is accused of sexually abusing, it was reported today.

Glitter gave 1,100 each to the families of the 11 and 12–year–old girls he alleg >>>


      IN PRAISE OF ... KERRY PACKER
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Leader Wednesday December 28, 2005 The Guardian No one knows who invented cricket. There is no doubt, though, about who was chiefly responsible for the brash innovations which over the past 30 years, right up the new and hugely successful Twenty20 competitions, have transformed the game and enticed fresh generations to >>>


      INVESTORS‘ ‘MUTED‘ REACTION TO PACKER‘S DEATH
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Claire Cozens and agencies Wednesday December 28, 2005 Shares in Australia‘s Publishing and Broadcasting Ltd fell by just 2% today as investors downplayed the prospect of a break–up following the death of Kerry Packer.

Analysts said the strong management team put in place by Mr Packer, headed by hi >>>


      ISRAEL HITS BACK TO HALT PALESTINIAN ROCKET ATTACKS
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Army shells Gaza after missile lands near nursery Stay home to avoid being targeted, residents told Conal Urquhart in Tel Aviv Wednesday December 28, 2005 The Guardian The Israeli armed forces shelled and bombed the Gaza Strip yesterday in an effort to prevent the firing of Qassam rockets at Israel.

This week >>>


      JOCKEY CELEBRATES 80 YARDS TOO SOON
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Greg Wood at Leopardstown Wednesday December 28, 2005 The Guardian Roger Loughran stood tall and proud in the saddle of Central House at the end of the Paddy Power Dial–A–Bet Chase here yesterday, and waved his whip at the packed grandstand. He was celebrating his first winner as a professional jockey, and >>>


      SHOCK, AWE AND HOBBES HAVE BACKFIRED ON AMERICA‘S NEOCONS
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Iraq has shown the hubris of a geostrategy that welds the philosophy of the Leviathan to military and technological power Richard Drayton Wednesday December 28, 2005 The Guardian The tragic irony of the 21st century is that just as faith in technology collapsed on the world‘s stock markets in 2000, it came to pow >>>


      SOVIETS FIND TONIC FOR VODKA SHORTAGES
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Martin Walker Monday December 28, 1'87 The Guardian Not being an abstemious sort of chap, I thought I knew my way around the labels on Soviet vodka bottles. There were the standard Stolichnaya and Moskovskaya export brands, the cheap domestic Rossiya vodka, and the red pepper and lemon varieties.

I had tri >>>


      STAR TREK IS MOST MISSED IN POLL ON OLD TV SHOWS
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Paul Lewis Wednesday December 28, 2005 The Guardian Dr Spock, Captain Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise are the characters most people want to see return to their TV screens, according to a survey of most missed programmes.

Star Trek topped the poll of more than 1,000 TV fans, commissioned by Home M >>>


      THE MAN WITH THE PERFECT MEMORY – JUST DON‘T ASK HIM TO REMEMBER WHAT‘S IN IT
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Digital technology records scientist‘s every step Experiment could help sufferers of brain disease Ian Sample, science correspondent Wednesday December 28, 2005 The Guardian Gordon Bell doesn‘t need to remember, but has no chance of forgetting.

At the age of 71, he is recording as much of his life >>>


      THE UNLOVED SYSTEM
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      David Cameron wants a campaign for capitalism, but we‘ve had one for 30 years and still don‘t buy it Andrew Murray Wednesday December 28, 2005 The Guardian Let no one say David Cameron lacks a big idea. Amid his triumphant but content–free campaign for the Conservative leadership, our would–be B >>>


      THREE BRITONS KIDNAPPED IN GAZA
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Staff and agencies Wednesday December 28, 2005 Three British citizens were kidnapped as they entered the Gaza Strip from Egypt through the Rafah crossing today, Palestinian witnesses and security officials said.

Initial reports suggested the hostages were a man, a woman and their child. Later accounts indicate >>>


      TRAVEL ALERT AS BRITAIN GETS BACK TO WORK
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Heavy snowfalls sweep eastern England Motorists advised to make only essential journeys David Ward Wednesday December 28, 2005 The Guardian Heavy snowfalls blanketed much of eastern England yesterday amid warnings from forecasters of more snow to come in the next two days.

The Channel Tunnel terminal was close >>>


      TRAVELLERS FACE CHAOS AS FREEZE HITS EUROPE
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      James Sturcke and agencies Wednesday December 28, 2005 Drivers contend with wintry conditions in Ashford, Kent. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

Freezing conditions across parts of northern Europe caused travel chaos today as forecasters warned that more snow and colder temperatures were expected over the next two >>>


      TV PSYCHIATRIST‘S BOSSES INVESTIGATE PLAGIARISM CLAIMS
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      Raj Persaud faces inquiry after articles are retracted Consultant ‘shocked‘ by medical journal‘s action Helen Pidd Wednesday December 28, 2005 The Guardian Britain‘s best known psychiatrist was last night being formally investigated by his employers amid multiple allegations of plagiarism. Raj P >>>


      WE WILL HAVE TO SHOUT AND ARGUE IF WE WANT TO BE HEARD
      Guardian, 28-12-2005
      As the fates of Blair, Cameron, Brown and Kennedy hang in the balance, excitement has returned to political life Jonathan Freedland Wednesday December 28, 2005 The Guardian Decisions, decisions. You probably have some of your own looming as the new year approaches, but in the public sphere there is an avalanche of them >>>


      22 TOTE IN INDIEN BEI ZUSAMMENSTOß VON BUS MIT CHEMIELASTER
      Die Welt, 28-12-2005
      Neu Delhi (dpa) – In Indien sind mindestens 22 Menschen beim Zusammenstoß eines Busses mit einem Chemielaster getötet worden. Der Unfalle ereignete sich auf einer Autobahn im Süden des Bundesstaates Gujarat. Der Bus fing sofort Feuer. Die Passagiere hätten laut Polizei keine Chance gehabt zu e >>>



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