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      PHILIPPINE CATHOLIC BISHOPS GIVE ARROYO A REPRIEVE
      Arab News, 11-07-2005
      Julie Javellana–Santos, Arab News MANILA, 11 July — Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo continued to hang on to power yesterday after the country’s influential Roman Catholic bishops stopped short of calling for her resignation.

After a four–day meeting full of rancor and in which the voic >>>


      RICE RULES OUT US TROOP PULLOUT FROM CENTRAL ASIA
      Arab News, 11-07-2005
      Agencies BEIJING, 11 July 2005 — US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice yesterday rejected calls by a regional grouping headed by Russia and China for a deadline for US forces to pull out of bases in Central Asia, including Afghanistan.

The presidents of the six–nation Shanghai Cooperation Organization ( >>>


      SUDAN LIFTS EMERGENCY LAW, EXCEPT IN DARFUR
      Arab News, 11-07-2005
      Reuters KHARTOUM, 11 July 2005 — Sudan’s new presidency yesterday lifted the state of emergency in Sudan, except in the conflict–torn regions of Darfur and the east, a statement from the presidential palace said. One day after former southern rebel leader John Garang was sworn in as first vice president to head a >>>


      THREE HELD AT HEATHROW AIRPORT
      Arab News, 11-07-2005
      Mushtak Parker, Arab News LONDON, 11 July 2005 — British anti–terrorist police arrested three people at Heathrow Airport under the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2000 yesterday, as the hunt for those who perpetrated Thursday’s terrorist attacks on London intensified.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Brian Padd >>>


      WALL TO CUT OFF 55,000 PALESTINIAN RESIDENTS
      Arab News, 11-07-2005
      Agence France Presse JERUSALEM, 11 July 2005 — Around a quarter of the Palestinian population of Jerusalem faces being cut off from the rest of the holy city after Israel’s Cabinet approved a new route for its controversial West Bank wall yesterday.

As Palestinians accused Israel of trying to shut down argumen >>>


      A MOTHER‘S SEARCH FOR BURIAL SITE
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      By Sharon CohenAssociated PressMonday, July 11, 2005; A02 ALONG INTERSTATE 80 –– Squinting in the midday sun, Teri Knight scans the curtains of green fields that border this highway in search of clues that could lead her to a terrible place÷ the gravesite of her slain children.

She believes >>>


      ALLEGATIONS OF FAKE RESEARCH HIT NEW HIGH
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      –– Allegations of misconduct by U.S. researchers reached record highs last year as the Department of Health and Human Services received 274 complaints _ 50 percent higher than 2003 and the most since 1'8' when the federal government established a program to deal with scientific misconduct.

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      AMTRAK RESUMES LIMITED ACELA SERVICE
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      WASHINGTON –– Amtrak resumed limited Acela Express runs Monday for the first time since April, when the high–speed fleet was pulled from service due to cracks in many of the trains‘ brake rotors.

Amtrak restarted the Acela service with two daily roundtrips, Monday through Friday, betwee >>>


      CATEGORY 4 HURRICANE NEARS FLORIDA, ALABAMA
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      July 10, 2005; 3÷07 PM PENSACOLA, Fla., July 10 –– Sheets of rain and seas churned frothy white by the approach of Hurricane Dennis are giving a preview of what is sure to be an abominable afternoon along a swath of the Florida Panhandle and lower Alabama.

Dennis, which had weakened after pa >>>


      CATTLE WED IN 2,000–GUEST THAI CEREMONY
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      BANGKOK, Thailand –– Farmer Amphol Wangboon was hesitant to give up his beloved Thong Khaow for marriage until he found her the perfect match and a dowry he couldn‘t refuse÷ truckloads of fresh grass, hay, maize and $2,400.

So Thong Khaow and her new mate, Thong Kham _ a pair of rare d >>>


      COLO. GRANDMOM ARRESTED IN TODDLER‘S DEATH
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      DENVER –– Authorities arrested a Colorado grandmother Sunday after her 2–year–old granddaughter died inside a car on a day when the temperature climbed to nearly 100 degrees.

Yvonne Mabry was being held on investigation of child abuse resulting in death, police spokeswoman Virginia Lope >>>


      COLO. WOMAN ARRESTED IN TODDLER‘S DEATH
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      DENVER –– Authorities arrested a Colorado grandmother Sunday after her 2–year–old granddaughter died inside a car on a day when the temperature climbed to nearly 100 degrees.

Yvonne Mabry was being held on investigation of child abuse resulting in death, police spokeswoman Virginia Lope >>>


      DENNIS BATTERS FLORIDA PANHANDLE
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      By Manuel Roig–Franzia and Christopher LeeWashington Post Staff WritersMonday, July 11, 2005; A01 PENSACOLA, Fla., July 10 –– Hurricane Dennis, a tightly wound storm with a ferocious core, spiraled onto the Florida Panhandle on Sunday afternoon, shredding signs and toppling trees in coastal communitie >>>


      DEVELOPMENTS REGARDING HURRICANE DENNIS
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      AM –– _ The eye of Hurricane Dennis hit the Florida Panhandle between Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach on Sunday afternoon with 120–mph top sustained winds.

_ About 1.8 million people in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi were ordered to evacuate ahead of the Category 3 storm. It dropped to Ca >>>


      EXECUTION SET FOR VA. DEATH ROW INMATE
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      JARRATT, Va. –– Authorities prepared Monday for the first execution in Virginia in 2005, as lawyers sought last–minute court intervention in a case where the murder weapon and other evidence was destroyed after the trial.

Attorneys for Robin Lovitt, 41, had an appeal before the U.S. Supreme C >>>


      FOR SOUTH AFRICA‘S PROTEAS, CHANGE IS NOT A GOOD THING
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      A06 Global warming is coming to your living room, your dining room, your kitchen, anywhere you decorate with cut flowers.

Changes in climate and land use are killing a population of plants critical to the worldwide floral trade÷ proteas.

A recent study of hundreds of species of proteas that liv >>>


      GULF COAST CLEANS UP FROM HURRICANE DENNIS
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      NAVARRE BEACH, Fla. –– With a sigh of relief, Gulf Coast residents began hurricane cleanup _ again. Hurricane Dennis hit the storm–weary Florida Panhandle and Alabama coast on Sunday with less force than forecasters feared, sparing the region the widespread destruction caused by Ivan last September.>>>


      HANDCUFFED SUSPECT DRIVES OFF POLICE CAR
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. –– Being handcuffed behind his back wasn‘t enough to stop a vandalism suspect from driving away in a Wayne County Sheriff‘s Department cruiser.

Deputies answered a call about a man throwing rocks at a house in Highland Park about 5÷50 a.m. Sunday, Deputy Chie >>>


      HURRICANE DENNIS HITS ALA.–FLA. COAST
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      NAVARRE BEACH, Fla. –– With a sigh of relief, Gulf Coast residents began hurricane cleanup _ again.

Hurricane Dennis hit the storm–weary Florida Panhandle and Alabama coast on Sunday with less force that forecasters feared, sparing the region the widespread destruction caused by Ivan last Sep >>>


      ILL. STUDENT BEAT TO DEATH WITH BIKE LOCK
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      CHICAGO –– Two men who beat a college student to death with his own bicycle lock had just been on the losing end of a fight and were looking for someone to pick on, the victim‘s brother said.

Tombol Malik, a 23–year–old University of Illinois at Chicago student, and his best frien >>>


      L.A. POLICE KILL GUNMAN, CHILD IN SHOOTOUT
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      LOS ANGELES –– A toddler was shot and killed when her father used her as a shield in a gunbattle with police following an hours–long standoff, officials said. The man also died and an officer was wounded.

The man killed Sunday night after an hours–long standoff was identified as Jose Ra >>>


      LOWER–INCOME FLA. RESIDENTS HIT HARD
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      PENSACOLA, Fla., July 10 –– There are no good places to be in a hurricane, only bad and worse.

And yet the denizens of one of the most dangerous spots to ride out a storm –– a mobile home park –– are some of the least able to get out of harm‘s way.

As Hurrican >>>


      MANY FLORIDA RESIDENTS TO RIDE OUT DENNIS
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      MIAMI –– Brenda Smith gathered her family together in her Navarre Beach home and prayed as the power went out and Hurricane Dennis‘ violent winds tore apart her backyard fence.

Smith decided to ride out the Category 3 storm with her fiance, her daughter and four young grandchildren visiting f >>>


      MEN ACCUSED KILLING SHERRIFF FACES TRIAL
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      ATLANTA –– Three years ago, former sheriff‘s deputy Melvin Walker and David Ramsey walked out of a DeKalb County courthouse as free men, a jury unwilling to convict them of murder in the shooting of Sheriff–Elect Derwin Brown.

Federal prosecutors are trying to succeed where DeKalb Count >>>


      NAACP CHAIR RENEWS ATTACK ON CONSERVATIVES
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      MILWAUKEE –– Renewing his attack on conservatives and the Bush administration Sunday, NAACP chairman Julian Bond accused national leaders of rolling back past civil rights gains, crippling efforts to battle racism and undermining democracy.

"The President likes to talk to the talk, but he does >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      Bond Says U.S. Leaders Have Rolled Back Civil Rights Gains MILWAUKEE –– Renewing his attack on conservatives and the Bush administration Sunday, NAACP Chairman Julian Bond accused national leaders of rolling back civil rights gains, crippling efforts to battle racism and undermining democracy.

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      PUSH ENDURES FOR GAY MARRIAGE IN N.J.
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      MAPLEWOOD, N.J. –– Members of New Jersey‘s gay and lesbian community gathered for a town hall meeting to mark the one–year anniversary of the state‘s passage of a domestic partnership law.

Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank _ the longest–serving openly gay member of Congress _ >>>


      REMAINS IDENTIFIED AS IDAHO BOY
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      Associated PressMonday, July 11, 2005; A02 COEUR D‘ALENE, Idaho, July 10 –– Human remains discovered at a remote western Montana campsite were identified Sunday as those of Dylan Groene, ', the boy who disappeared nearly two months ago after his brother, mother and her boyfriend were slain.
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      REMAINS OF MISSING IDAHO BOY IDENTIFIED
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      AM COEUR D‘ALENE, Idaho –– The remains of '–year–old Dylan Groene have been identified, ending his family‘s hope that he survived a brutal home invasion last month along with his 8–year–old sister Shasta.

Dylan and Shasta were declared missing May 16 after po >>>


      REPUBLICANS BLAST SEN. CLINTON‘S COMMENTS
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      ALBANY, N.Y. –– Republicans took aim at Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday for comparing President Bush to Mad magazine‘s freckle–faced, "What, me worry?" kid, Alfred E. Neuman.

A Republican National Committee official said the former first lady was "part of today&lsqu >>>


      SCIENTISTS DETAIL STUDY OF KENNEWICK MAN
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      SEATTLE –– Cloistered around padded tables, scientists from around the country have been peering through microscopes and measuring bone fragments trying to unearth the history of an ancient skeleton found along the Columbia River.

Researchers on Sunday offered details of their first comprehensive s >>>


      SUNDAY‘S DEVELOPMENTS ON HURRICANE DENNIS
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      PM –– _ The eye of Hurricane Dennis hit the Florida Panhandle between Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach on Sunday afternoon with 120–mph top sustained winds.

_ About 1.8 million people in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi were ordered to evacuate ahead of the Category 3 storm. It dropped to Ca >>>


      TODAY IN CONGRESS
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      SENATE Meets at 1 p.m.

Committees ÷ Appropriations –– 11 a.m. Education subc. CPB funding. 1'2 Dirksen Bldg.

HOUSE Meets at 2 p.m.

Committees÷ Intelligence –– 4 p.m. Closed. London bombings. H–405 Capitol.

Rules –– 5 p.m. Ru >>>


      VA HOSPITAL IN TEXAS FIGHTS TO STAY OPEN
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      By Sylvia MorenoWashington Post Staff WriterMonday, July 11, 2005; A03 WACO, Tex. –– Building 7 on the campus of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center here is called Blind Rehab, a special unit for aging vets who have macular degeneration or diabetes–induced vision problems.

But this past year, >>>


      WOMAN WALKS EVERY MILE OF CITY STREETS
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      MINNEAPOLIS –– Three years ago, Francine Corcoran set out to walk every mile of the city‘s streets. On Sunday, at the foot of the Lake Street–Marshall Avenue Bridge, she said she had reached her goal.

"It‘s no big thing _ 1,071 miles _ been there, done that," Corcoran, 5 >>>


      BOX÷ HISPANIC SEEN LIKELY AS COURT NOMINEE
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      AM –– HISPANIC LIKELY CHOICE? Supreme Court watchers say the possibility of two upcoming vacancies increases the likelihood President Bush will nominate a Hispanic for one of the seats.

GONZALES÷ Some conservatives are opposing Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, a longtime Bush friend widely >>>


      BUSH AIDE ROVE WAS TIME REPORTER‘S SOURCE–NEWSWEEK
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top White House advisor Karl Rove was one of the secret sources that spoke to reporters about a covert CIA operative whose identity was leaked to the media, Newsweek magazine reported in its latest edition.

The magazine said Rove‘s lawyer, Robert Luskin, confirmed that Rove t >>>


      CALL UP THE TROOPS, THEN CLEAN THE GRILL
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      By Hanna RosinWashington Post Staff WriterMonday, July 11, 2005; C01 "It‘s like the Howard Dean days," says a lady who is standing over by the pool, eating a piece of sushi. And in form, at least, it is÷ groups of strangers meeting in suburban back yards or tiny downtown apartments on a Saturday >>>


      FOR LIBERALS, HIGH STAKES AT HIGH COURT
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      By Thomas B. Edsall and Michael A. FletcherWashington Post Staff WritersMonday, July 11, 2005; A01 Ralph G. Neas, president of the liberal advocacy group People for the American Way, began the George W. Bush years leading the fight against the president‘s 2001 tax cut. He lost.

Wade Henderson, executive >>>


      FOR MOUNT RUSHMORE, AN OVERDUE FACE WASH
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D. –– Call it a makeover of monumental proportions.

A crew began a project last week to wash the granite faces of Mount Rushmore to remove decades of dirt, grime and lichens that can damage the complexion of the four presidents.

The job could take five w >>>


      GONZALES COULD BE BUSH‘S SISTA SOULJAH
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      PM Is it possible that President Bush‘s pending Supreme Court nomination could provide him with his very own Sista Souljah moment?

In the midst of Bill Clinton‘s 1''2 campaign he attended a meeting of Jesse Jackson‘s Rainbow Coalition and launched a rebuke of the group for providing a >>>


      HATCH÷ SENATE CAN HANDLE DUAL NOMINEES
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      WASHINGTON –– The Senate can handle more than one Supreme Court nomination at a time if Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist decided to join Sandra Day O‘Connor in retirement, a leading senator said Sunday.

O‘Connor has announced her retirement and speculation swirls about the future of t >>>


      HISPANIC GROUPS TO BATTLE OVER NOMINEE
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      WASHINGTON –– The possibility of two Supreme Court vacancies _ following Sandra Day O‘Connor‘s planned retirement and speculation surrounding Chief Justice William Rehnquist _ increases chances that President Bush will nominate the court‘s first Hispanic justice, observers say.

Th >>>


      HISPANICS SEE HISTORIC CHANCE WITH NOMINEE
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      WASHINGTON –– The possibility of two Supreme Court vacancies _ following Sandra Day O‘Connor‘s planned retirement and speculation surrounding Chief Justice William Rehnquist _ increases chances that President Bush will nominate the court‘s first Hispanic justice, observers say.

Th >>>


      IN BEIJING, A GROWING PROBLEM
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      BEIJING –– Three members of the Bush Cabinet are here today, trying to patch up economic relations. It‘s not going to be easy. In conversations in China this past week, I heard the muddle–through–uneasily forecast.

And I heard the downward–spiral theory. The downward spiral >>>


      LOCK OVERHAUL PLAN QUESTIONED
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      Congress is poised to approve the costliest water navigation and restoration project in U.S. history later this month, despite several studies suggesting the massive Mississippi River overhaul may not be needed.

The question of whether lawmakers should let the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers embark on a $3.1 bill >>>


      OUR RELIGIOUS CULTURE
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      The trouble with the Kentucky display of the Ten Commandments, said the Supreme Court, while approving a similar display in Texas, is that the it was motivated by a "predominantly religious purpose." The trouble with the court‘s confusing –– some say absurd –– rulings, says Kevin >>>


      OUTSIDE OF VA., WARNER‘S NATIONAL AMBITIONS SHINE
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      By Michael D. ShearWashington Post Staff WriterMonday, July 11, 2005; B01 PHOENIX –– More than 2,000 miles from home, one hardly needs to be coy about intentions.

So Virginia‘s Democratic Gov. Mark R. Warner wasn‘t. In front of 400 Arizona Democrats on Saturday night, Warner dropped his >>>


      PANDA CUB SURVIVES CRITICAL FIRST DAY
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      WASHINGTON –– Giant panda Mei Xiang appeared to be nursing her day–old cub on Sunday, a positive sign of survival for a tiny bear susceptible to malnutrition, bacterial infection and even the lumbering of its 250–pound mother.

The National Zoo‘s first panda cub in 16 years survive >>>


      READY, WILLING AND EVIL?
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      Great news from Iraq last week. Iran appears to have agreed to become the first member of the Axis of Evil to join the ever–dwindling Coalition of the Willing.

The U.S.–led coalition once included three dozen nations, but in the past year, more than a dozen countries have withdrawn or announced pla >>>


      REUTERS POLITICS NEWS SUMMARY
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      Bush aide Rove was Time reporter‘s source–Newsweek WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top White House advisor Karl Rove was one of the secret sources that spoke to reporters about a covert CIA operative whose identity was leaked to the media, Newsweek magazine reported in its latest edition. The magazine said Rov >>>


      REUTERS POLITICS NEWS SUMMARY
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      Bush aide Rove was Time reporter‘s source–Newsweek WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top White House advisor Karl Rove was one of the secret sources that spoke to reporters about a covert CIA operative whose identity was leaked to the media, Newsweek magazine reported in its latest edition. The magazine said Rov >>>


      RICE APOLOGIZES FOR SKIPPING SOUTHEAST ASIAN MEETING
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      By Glenn KesslerWashington Post Staff WriterMonday, July 11, 2005; 12÷52 PM BAN BANG SAK, Thailand, July 11 –– Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, on a goodwill visit Monday to inspect reconstruction efforts after the Indian Ocean tsunami, was dogged with questions about her decision to skip an annu >>>


      ROVE TOLD REPORTER OF PLAME‘S ROLE BUT DIDN‘T NAME HER, ATTORNEY SAYS
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove spoke with at least one reporter about Valerie Plame‘s role at the CIA before she was identified as a covert agent in a newspaper column two years ago, but Rove‘s lawyer said yesterday that his client did not identify her by name.

Rove had a short convers >>>


      SANTORUM PREVAILS IN PA. TUITION DISPUTE
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      HARRISBURG, Pa. –– A state education official sided with Sen. Rick Santorum in a dispute over funding for his children‘s education, saying a Pennsylvania school district did not file its request for a refund in a timely manner.

Santorum‘s five school–age children attended an Inter >>>


      SENATORS SPLIT ON REHNQUIST‘S FUTURE
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      WASHINGTON –– Amid widespread rumors and speculation, senators are split on whether Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist will join Sandra Day O‘Connor in retirement and give President Bush multiple appointments to the Supreme Court.

O‘Connor announced plans to leave the high court two wee >>>


      SPECTER SPECULATES÷ O‘CONNOR FOR CHIEF?
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R–Pa.) complicated the already dizzying calculus about the future of the Supreme Court by speculating at length yesterday about the possibility that Justice Sandra Day O‘Connor would stay if President Bush elevated her to chief justice.

Most Republ >>>


      THOUSANDS OF CIVIL SERVANTS ARE LOOKING TO LEAVE, SURVEY SAYS
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      A recently released survey of federal employees found that 68 percent are satisfied with their jobs and that 71 percent plan to stick with their jobs for another year.

But the survey results, based on responses the Office of Personnel Management collected from 150,000 employees in late 2004, also showed that t >>>


      THREE STATES ELIGIBLE FOR HURRICANE AID
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      WASHINGTON –– President Bush declared portions of Florida, Alabama and Mississippi disaster areas because of Hurricane Dennis on Sunday, making them eligible for a variety of federal assistance.

Direct assistance to individuals in Baldwin and Mobile counties in Alabama is authorized along with Esca >>>


      U.S, IRAQ SIGN PACT TO BOOST TRADE, INVESTMENT TIES
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and the U.S.–backed government in Iraq have signed a formal agreement aimed at boosting economic ties between the two countries, the U.S. Trade Representative‘s office said on Monday.

The pact, which could lead to a free trade agreement between Washing >>>


      US REPORTS PROGRESS IN CHINA TRADE TALKS
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      BEIJING (Reuters) – Senior U.S. officials said they had made progress in bilateral trade talks with Chinese counterparts in Beijing on Monday but called for greater market opening and follow–through on China‘s part.

The Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) session yielded Chinese com >>>


      VALUES CONUNDRUM
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      A debate over values is coloring the most important relationship on the planet. It is a debate that transcends in importance even the chasm between the U.S.–led West and radical Islam. This debate is the one that is at the fault line in the relationship between the United States and China.

In recent week >>>


      WHY I OPPOSE CAFTA
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      As the congressional debate over the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) moves front and center, we should not lose sight of what the argument is about –– and what it is not about.

The opposition to CAFTA cannot be dismissed as a battle between big business and big labor. It is not about >>>


      4 TERROR SUSPECTS ESCAPE U.S. AFGHAN BASE
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      KABUL, Afghanistan –– Four suspected terrorists escaped Monday from the main U.S. base in Afghanistan, the first time anyone has broken out of the heavily guarded detention facility, sparking a massive ground and air search, officials said.

"They are considered dangerous and are suspected terr >>>


      ACCUSED VAN GOGH KILLER WON‘T DEFEND SELF
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      AMSTERDAM, Netherlands –– The accused killer of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh walked into court with a Quran under his arm at the start of his trial Monday and defied judges by refusing to defend himself.

Police escorted Mohammed Bouyeri into the high–security courtroom as dozens of spectator >>>


      ACTING KYRGYZ PRESIDENT WINS VOTE
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      By Karl VickWashington Post Foreign ServiceMonday, July 11, 2005; A12 BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, July 11 –– Acting president Kurmanbek Bakiyev won a landslide victory in Sunday‘s vote to name a successor to Askar Akayev, the autocratic president who fled Kyrgyzstan after a sudden revolt three months ago.
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      AFTER G8, BLAIR PUTS BALL IN AFRICA‘S COURT
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      LONDON (Reuters) – Measures agreed by leaders of the Group of Eight nations to help lift Africa out of poverty will count for nothing unless African governments put their own houses in order, Britain‘s Tony Blair said on Monday.

The prime minister told parliament he would continue to press for prog >>>


      ARROYO WINS REPRIEVE, BUT CRISIS MAY DRAG ON
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      MANILA (Reuters) – Embattled Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was seen having won crucial breathing space on Monday after powerful Catholic bishops avoided demanding her resignation at a weekend meeting.

But investors fretted the decision could prolong the crisis, and drove down the peso curr >>>


      BAKIYEV QUESTIONS U.S. PRESENCE IN KYRGYZSTAN
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      BISHKEK (Reuters) – Kyrgyzstan‘s newly–elected president Kurmanbek Bakiyev on Monday questioned the continued presence of U.S. troops at a military base they have used since the war to oust the Taliban in Afghanistan.

His comments were in line with those of other former Soviet Central Asian c >>>


      BODY OF U.S. COMMANDO FOUND IN AFGHANISTAN
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      KABUL, Afghanistan –– The body of a missing U.S. commando has been located in eastern Afghanistan, the military said Monday, bringing an end to the desperate search for the last member of an ill–fated, four–man special forces unit that disappeared last month.

One of the four men was res >>>


      BOMB FALSE ALARMS KEEP EUROPEAN CITIES ON EDGE
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      ROME (Reuters) – Bomb threats have left European cities on edge after blasts in London that killed at least 52 people last week, with residents wondering where the next attack will hit and trying to cope with nerve–rattling false alarms.

Londoners, still recovering from Thursday‘s bombing of >>>


      BRITAIN APPEALS TO PUBLIC FOR HELP
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      LONDON, July 10 –– British police made an urgent plea to the public on Sunday for all photos, video footage and cell–phone images of last week‘s bomb attacks here to help catch the killers before they strike again.

Officials told reporters they were not ruling out any theories about the >>>


      BUSH EXPRESSES SOLIDARITY WITH BRITAIN
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      QUANTICO, Va. –– President Bush expressed solidarity with Britain on Monday over the deadly bombings in London and said terrorists are trying to break the will of the world‘s democracies by killing innocent people.

"They are mistaken," Bush said of the terrorists. "America will >>>


      CHINA MINE BLAST KILLS 22
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      BEIJING (Reuters) – At least 22 Chinese miners were killed and 60 more trapped underground on Monday when a buildup of gas exploded in a mine shaft, state media said, the latest disaster in the world‘s deadliest mining industry.

The explosion rocked the Shenlong Coal Mine in the far–western r >>>


      DIPLOMATS TOUR SITE OF UZBEK UPRISING
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      ANDIJAN, Uzbekistan –– A prosecutor said Monday the death toll from an uprising in eastern Uzbekistan in May had risen to 187, and half of those killed were armed militants.

Bakhodyr Dehkanov, prosecutor for the Andijan region in the eastern part of the Central Asian country, told foreign diplomats >>>


      DUTCH PEACEKEEPERS HAUNTED BY SREBRENICA
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      AMSTERDAM, Netherlands –– The images don‘t go away÷ Bosnian Muslim men being herded onto trucks for execution. Women and children sobbing, pleading for protection. Piles of corpses. Gloating Serb forces. For the Dutch troops who were unwilling witnesses to the 1''5 massacre at Srebrenic >>>


      EIGHT KILLED IN STORE FIRE IN RUSSIA
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      MOSCOW –– At least eight people were killed Monday in a fire in a store in the northern Russian city of Ukhta, police said, while the Emergency Situations Ministry put the toll at 16 and said they had been killed by an explosion.

The Federal Security Service in the Komi republic, where Ukhta is loc >>>


      EU JOINS OUTCRY AGAINST ISRAEL‘S JERUSALEM BARRIER
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      JERUSALEM (Reuters) – European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana criticized Israel on Monday for a barrier it is building around Jerusalem, and the Palestinian prime minister said it made a farce of efforts to restart the peace process.

Israel faced new pressure over its controversial network of w >>>


      FORMER HONDURAN VICE PRESIDENT DIES
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras –– Vidal Cerrato, a former vice president of Honduras and a representative of the Central American Parliament, has died at the age of 63.

Cerrato died of a heart attack Sunday in a hospital in the capital, Tegucigalpa, following a hernia operation, according to a statement Mon >>>


      GAS BLAST KILLS 16 IN NORTHERN RUSSIA
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      MOSCOW (Reuters) – A suspected gas explosion tore through a shop in northern Russia on Monday, killing 16 people, officials said. "The explosion took place in a two–story brick building.

We are trying to discover the reason," said Emergencies Ministry spokesman Viktor Beltsov.

He >>>


      ISRAEL TO ASK U.S. FOR $2.2 BILLION IN AID
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      JERUSALEM –– Israel plans to ask the United States for $2.2 billion in additional aid to help fund its upcoming withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank, deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres said Monday.

Speaking to reporters at the start of a meeting with U.S. Mideast envoy James Wo >>>


      ISRAEL, SYRIA, JORDAN ASKED TO AID UN HARIRI PROBE
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The leader of a U.N. international investigation into the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al–Hariri has written to Israel, Syria and Jordan asking for assistance, the Security Council was told on Monday.

Anne Patterson, the acting U.S. ambassador, said aft >>>


      JAPAN DISCRIMINATION DEEMED A PROBLEM
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      TOKYO –– An independent investigator for the United Nations Human Rights Commission said Monday he believes deep pockets of discrimination exist in Japan but said he saw little "political will" to fight the problem.

Doudou Diene said he was encouraged by the support the government gave hi >>>


      LONDON MAYOR OPENS BOOK OF CONDOLENCES
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      LONDON –– London‘s mayor opened a book of condolences Monday for the victims of last week‘s terrorist bombings and dedicated a memorial in a downtown park as impromptu tributes sprang up around the city to honor the dead and wounded.

Mayor Ken Livingstone was the first to sign the book >>>


      PACKAGE FORCES EVACUATION OF BLAIR‘S ST.
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      LONDON –– Police on Monday closed the street in central London where most central government offices are located, including 10 Downing St., where Prime Minister Tony Blair lives and works, after a suspect package was found, an official said.

Four days after terrorist bombs killed 4' people on t >>>


      POLISH OFFICIAL SEARCH BRITISH CITIZEN
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      WARSAW, Poland –– Security officials in Poland searched the premises of a British citizen of Pakistani origin in connection with the terrorist bombings in London, a security official said Monday.

Security officials in the eastern city of Lublin conducted the search acting on a tip, said Agata Stude >>>


      PROBE OPENS AGAINST RUSSIAN EX–PM OVER VILLA
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian prosecutors opened a criminal case against former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov on Monday over the purchase of a luxury riverside estate in what the opposition saw as a new Kremlin move to neutralize a rival.

The General Prosecutors office said it had seized fake documents as >>>


      REVOLUTIONARY BAKIYEV WINS KYRGYZ POLL BY LANDSLIDE
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      BISHKEK (Reuters) – Kyrgyzstan‘s acting leader Kurmanbek Bakiyev has been elected president in a landslide victory which he will claim as a unanimous endorsement of the "People‘s Revolution" he led in March.

The West had repeatedly urged the ex–Soviet state of 5 million to hol >>>


      RICE TOURS THAILAND RECONSTRUCTION EFFORTS
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      BAN BANG SAK, THAILAND –– Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice examined post–tsunami reconstruction efforts in Thailand, and saw clear evidence Monday of progress amid the fallen trees and flattened homes left by the Dec. 26 tragedy.

Rice visited a school being constructed to replace one that >>>


      RUSSIA OPENS CRIMINAL PROBE INTO EX–P.M.
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      MOSCOW –– Prosecutors said Monday they have opened a criminal investigation into former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, a potential presidential candidate, for abuse of office.

The press service of the general prosecutor‘s office said the investigation concerned the legality of a real estate >>>


      SKETCHES OF THOSE KILLED IN LONDON
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      PM –– A look at some of those identified as killed in last week‘s bombings in London÷ _ Susan Levy, 53, of Hertfordshire outside London. Her husband is a London taxi driver. She was traveling on the Underground‘s Piccadilly Line when she was killed. She had separated from her son Jamie, 2 >>>


      TEN YEARS LATER, SREBRENICA VICTIMS TO BE BURIED
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      SREBRENICA, Bosnia (Reuters) – Relatives wept over coffins of victims of the Srebrenica massacre, dug out of death pits and awaiting burial on Monday at a ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of Europe‘s worst atrocity in 50 years.

Women in white headscarves displayed their grief as they touched s >>>


      TERROR PROBES FIND ‘THE HANDS, BUT NOT THE BRAINS‘
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      By Craig WhitlockWashington Post Foreign ServiceMonday, July 11, 2005; A10 LONDON, July 10 –– As British police searched for the bombers who killed at least 4' people in London last week, they faced the same problem that has stymied investigations into several other major al Qaeda–style strikes ar >>>


      U.K. MEMO CITES PLANS FOR TROOP REDUCTION
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      11, 2005; A01 LONDON, July 10 –– The United States and Britain are drawing up plans to withdraw the majority of their troops from Iraq by the middle of next year, according to a secret memo written for British Prime Minister Tony Blair by Defense Secretary John Reid.

The paper, which is marked &quo >>>


      U.S. MILITARY RELEASES AMERICAN FILMMAKER
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      BAGHDAD, July 10 –– The U.S. military released an Iranian–born American citizen on Sunday after nearly two months‘ detention in Iraq, according to his lawyer and military spokesmen.

Cyrus Kar, 44, of Los Angeles, was arrested by Iraqi security forces on May 17 near Balad, 50 miles north >>>


      U.S., U.K. SAID TO HAVE IRAQ PULLOUT PLAN
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      LONDON –– Britain and the U.S. are trying to build a new strategy to exit Iraq that could see British troops leaving the country by Christmas, a newspaper reported citing a government memo written by the defense secretary.

The Mail on Sunday reported that British Defense Secretary John Reid drafted >>>


      WAVE OF ATTACKS KILL 48 PEOPLE IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      BAGHDAD, Iraq –– A man strapped with explosives blew himself up Sunday at an Iraqi military recruiting center in Baghdad, one of a series of suicide attacks that killed at least 48 people and ended a relative lull in violence in recent days.

Prime Minister Ibrahim al–Jaafari criticized U.S. a >>>


      WORLD IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 11-07-2005
      Luxembourg Voters Approve E.U. Charter LUXEMBOURG –– Luxembourg voters approved the European Union‘s proposed constitution in a referendum Sunday.

Officials said 56.52 percent voted in favor of the constitution, while 43.48 percent voted against it.

Luxembourg is the 13th country to >>>


      APAX–SABAN–ARKIN GROUP WINS NEW BEZEQ SALE TERMS
      Haaretz, 11-07-2005
      By Hadar Horesh Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Apax chairman Ronald Cohen yesterday announced new terms for the privatization of Israel‘s national phone company, Bezeq. Netanyahu eventually succumbed to the pressure of the consortium

– comprising Cohen‘s private equity fund Apax, med >>>


      BANK TO REFUND CUSTOMERS FOR ROUNDED–UP INTEREST
      Haaretz, 11-07-2005
      By Anat Roeh First International Bank of Israel is to return NIS 10.5 million to its customers for overcharging, the bank informed Tel Aviv District Court last week. The bank faced a NIS 33 million class–action suit based on its rounding up of interest charges, and the bank will be paying back what it overcharged >>>



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