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      BUS CARRYING CHILDREN ROLLS OVER IN MAINE
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      TOPSHAM, Maine –– A school bus taking kids from a summer camp to an amusement park rolled over Sunday. All 37 children aboard were taken to hospitals for treatment or as a precaution, said Maj. Randy Nichols of the Maine State Police. None of the injuries was considered life–threatening.

The >>>


      BUSH FACES POLITICAL RISK WITH SUPREME COURT CHOICE
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      1÷30 PM WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The potentially explosive choice of a new Supreme Court justice creates a maze of political risks for President Bush, with a wrong move either angering his conservative base or igniting a partisan brawl that could sink the rest of his second–term agenda.

The re >>>


      COLLAPSE OF DAM SPURS EVACUATION OF N.Y. VILLAGE
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      FORT ANN, N.Y., July 2 –– About a hundred residents of a northern New York village were evacuated Saturday evening after a dam crumbled under pressure from Friday night‘s heavy rain, which had caused local flooding.

The American Red Cross set up a shelter for the displaced residents of Fort A >>>


      COLO. CHASE, SHOOTOUT KILLS 1; MAN HELD
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      LOCHBUIE, Colo. –– A woman wanted for questioning in a California missing persons case was killed and her husband was arrested following a 40–mile chase and shootout in northern Colorado, authorities said.

Nicholas Vovos, 22, of Lake Forest, Calif., was arrested after the shootout Sunday at a >>>


      COMPUTERS SIMULATE TERRORISM‘S EXTREMES
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      By Ariana Eunjung ChaWashington Post Staff WriterMonday, July 4, 2005; A01 LOS ALAMOS, N.M.–– Deep inside the cave–like laboratories of the legendary research center that created the atomic bomb, scientists have begun work on a Manhattan Project of a different sort.

In the wake of Sept. 11, 2 >>>


      DONATIONS STILL HARD TO TRACK IN SOME RACES
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      During the 2004 election, 85 percent of the money going to U.S. Senate candidates was contributed from the start of July to the end of September.

But voters, reporters, interest groups and political opponents could not use the powerful tools of the Web to explore the data until the closing days of the election >>>


      FEMA SEEKS RETURN OF $27 MILLION IN FLA. HURRICANE AID
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      FORT MYERS, Fla. –– The Federal Emergency Management Agency has asked thousands of Floridians whose homes were damaged by last summer‘s four hurricanes to give back more than $27 million in aid overpayments.

FEMA earlier this year began mailing letters to residents in efforts to recoup the ov >>>


      FEMINISTS ON O‘CONNOR÷ A MIXED VERDICT
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      With her retirement, Sandra Day O‘Connor did to many American feminists what she‘s done during her tenure as a Supreme Court justice÷ Eluded them.

She left, in part, to spend more time with her husband, John O‘Connor, who suffers from Alzheimer‘s disease and who has been known to >>>


      FORMER SENATOR WHO FOUNDED EARTH DAY DIES
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      MILWAUKEE –– Gaylord Nelson, the folksy Democratic senator from Wisconsin who helped start the modern environmental movement with the creation of Earth Day 35 years ago, died Sunday. He was 8'.

Nelson died of cardiovascular failure at his home in the Washington suburb of Kensington, Md., said B >>>


      IDAHO GIRL FOUND; BROTHER FEARED DEAD
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      AM COEUR D‘ALENE, Idaho –– More than six weeks after she disappeared from a home where family members were bludgeoned to death, an 8–year–old girl was found safe Saturday, sharing a meal with a registered sex offender at a Denny‘s restaurant in her hometown.

Shasta Groene wa >>>


      LAWYER SAYS ROVE TALKED TO REPORTER, DID NOT LEAK NAME
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      Karl Rove, President Bush‘s chief political adviser, spoke with Time magazine‘s Matthew Cooper during a critical week in July 2003 when Cooper was reporting on a public critic of the Bush administration who was also the husband of a CIA operative, his lawyer confirmed yesterday.

Rove is identified >>>


      MICH. FAMILY FILLED WITH CHAMPION SPITTERS
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      EAU CLAIRE, Mich. –– Brian "Young Gun" Krause knows what it‘s like to out–spit dad. But now he‘s got to watch out for his own sons. For years, the Krause family has dominated the International Cherry Spitting Championship in southwestern Michigan, and this year Cole Krause became >>>


      MISSING IDAHO GIRL IS FOUND WITH FUGITIVE
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      SEATTLE, July 2 –– Six weeks after members of her family were beaten to death at her Idaho home, an 8–year–old girl who had disappeared with her brother was found eating in her hometown Denny‘s early Saturday morning by a waitress who recognized the girl from a missing–children poste >>>


      N.C. BOY, 7, DROWNS IN FLA. HOTEL POOL
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      KISSIMMEE, Fla. –– A 7–year–old boy vacationing with his family drowned in a hotel pool and remained unnoticed for a couple of hours as deputies and others searched for him, authorities said.

A tourist wearing goggles found Tad Williams, of Wadesboro, N.C., Sunday at the bottom of the 8 >>>


      NASA GEARS UP FOR FOURTH OF JULY ‘FIREWORKS‘ IN SPACE
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      By Guy GugliottaWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, July 3, 2005; A03 NASA has set up an Independence Day traffic accident in space, deliberately crashing an 820–pound spacecraft into an onrushing comet. The resulting impact should provide scientists with their best glimpse yet of what the solar system was made o >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      Crews‘ Efforts Keep City Out of Ariz. Wildfire‘s Path PHOENIX –– Using fire to fight fire, crews said Saturday they had managed to protect a community that was in the path of the mammoth wildfire spreading through dry brush and grass in rugged central Arizona.

Thanks to burnout operatio >>>


      O‘CONNOR SUCCESSOR DEBATED
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      By Amy Argetsinger and Elizabeth WilliamsonWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, July 3, 2005; A12 When she heard the name Sandra Day O‘Connor for the first time in the fall of 1'81, it meant almost nothing to Eleanor Smeal, then president of the National Organization for Women. All she knew was that O‘C >>>


      OBITUARIES IN THE NEWS
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      –– Henry Bornheimer GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) _ Henry Bornheimer, a longtime editor and reporter for The Grand Rapids Press who was injured three years ago in a fire at his home, has died. He was 64.

Bornheimer died Friday at a long–term care facility near Milwaukee, the newspaper reported. He >>>


      OHIO VOUCHER PLAN FOR SCHOOLS TRIPLING
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 2 –– Ohio is more than tripling the size of its school voucher program, making it the nation‘s largest since the practice of using public money for private–school tuition was found constitutional three years ago.

The tuition aid, which has been available only in Cle >>>


      POLICE BELIEVE MISSING IDAHO BOY IS DEAD
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      COEUR D‘ALENE, Idaho –– As officers gingerly questioned 8–year–old Shasta Groene about the time she spent with a convicted sexual predator charged with her kidnapping, hopes faded for her still–missing brother.

Kootenai County Sheriff‘s Capt. Ben Wolfinger said Sunday >>>


      PROPOSAL FOR TWO MUSEUMS AT GROUND ZERO IS DIVISIVE
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      By Michelle GarciaWashington Post Staff WriterMonday, July 4, 2005; A03 NEW YORK –– A coalition of groups of Sept. 11 victims‘ family members is attempting to prevent two museums from becoming part of the development at Ground Zero, contending that the institutions will promote artwork critical of the >>>


      SHUTTLE COMMANDER ALWAYS IN RIGHT SPACE AT RIGHT TIME
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      HOUSTON –– Astronaut Eileen Collins stands 5–foot–6, wears her auburn hair short, and has a neat, economical way about her that inspires confidence and encourages confidences. At test pilot school they called her "Mom," because the boys liked her.

The other part turns out to b >>>


      SHUTTLE CREW IS EAGER TO TEST REPAIR TECHNIQUES
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      HOUSTON –– They are a remarkably chatty lot, even for astronauts, who are not known for shyness. Pilot Jim "Vegas" Kelly talks fast enough to give reporters writer‘s cramp. Australian–born Andy Thomas uses "patent" as an adjective. Charlie Camarda, from Queens, admits, " >>>


      SKIDDING CAR INJURES STATE POLICE CAPTAIN
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      HAMPTON FALLS, N.H. –– A state trooper was struck and injured by a vehicle on Interstate '5 Monday.

Capt. Christopher Colitti was treated at Portsmouth Regional Hospital for a broken leg and minor bumps and bruises. Two other officers were on patrol with him when the accident happened.

>>>


      TEACHERS UNION RENEWS FIGHT FOR HIGHER PAY
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      LOS ANGELES –– The typical starting salary for teachers should be $40,000, the head of the country‘s largest education union said Sunday, pledging a renewed fight for higher pay.

But the National Education Association‘s challenge is enormous. Not a single state pays its new instructors >>>


      THE RIGHT‘S MOMENT, YEARS IN THE MAKING
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      July 3, 2005; A01 With the Supreme Court vacancy left by the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O‘Connor, the conservative movement has within its grasp the prize it has sought for more than 40 years÷ the control of all levers of the federal government.

From the ashes of Barry Goldwater‘s pres >>>


      THREE MILLION EXPECTED FOR NYC FIREWORKS
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      NEW YORK –– More than three million people are expected to turn out in New York City tonight, for what‘s being billed as the nation‘s largest fireworks show.

A spokesman for Macy‘s, which is sponsoring the event, says 40,000 pyrotechnic shells are set to explode over the East Rive >>>


      U.S.–CANADA BORDER LEAVES MANY JITTERY
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      4, 2005; 12÷1' PM ON THE U.S.–CANADA BORDER –– Nearly four years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks and after billions in security investment on both sides of this frontier stretching from Atlantic to Pacific, authorities and average folks are still jittery. Here‘s why÷ – >>>


      UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST BACKS GAY MARRIAGE
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      ATLANTA –– The United Church of Christ‘s rulemaking body voted overwhelmingly Monday to approve a resolution that endorses same–sex marriage, making it the largest Christian denomination to do so.

The vote is not binding on individual churches, but could cause some churches to leave the >>>


      30–YEAR PX VETERAN BRAVING BAGHDAD ‘FOR OUR TROOPS‘
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      About the time you‘re celebrating the Fourth of July, Lena Haddix will be en route to Iraq. She‘s a 73–year–old great–grandmother who recently finished a six–month deployment to Kuwait and then signed up for a six–month deployment to Baghdad.

Haddix is a store manager >>>


      BORK‘S 1'87 HEARINGS ON SENATORS‘ MINDS
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      WASHINGTON –– In the eyes of still–bitter conservatives, Robert Bork is the symbol of the Senate‘s advice–and–consent power gone haywire.

To liberals and the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Bork‘s confirmation hearings revealed extreme views that >>>


      BUSH FACES POLITICAL RISK WITH SUPREME COURT CHOICE
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      11÷22 AM WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The potentially explosive choice of a new Supreme Court justice creates a maze of political risks for President Bush, with a wrong move either angering his conservative base or igniting a partisan brawl that could sink the rest of his second–term agenda.

The r >>>


      BUSH MAKES THIRD JULY 4 VISIT TO W.VA.
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      MORGANTOWN, W. Va. –– President Bush, speaking on America‘s birthday, said the insurgents in Iraq will fail to stop democracy in that country and U.S. forces will stay "until the fight is won." The president also asked Americans to support U.S. troops by flying the flag, writing a letter to >>>


      BUSH URGES U.S. RESOLVE ON IRAQ DESPITE BLOODSHED
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (Reuters) – President Bush urged Americans on Monday to show resolve in the Iraq war despite the bloodshed, as he appealed for patriotic spirit on Independence Day.

Facing waning support for the Iraq war, Bush in a speech in West Virginia revived memories of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks >>>


      CHEVRON AND CNOOC MAY CARVE UP UNOCAL
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      SINGAPORE (Reuters) – As the battle between China‘s CNOOC Ltd. and Chevron Corp. to buy Unocal drags on, speculation is emerging that they may eventually agree to carve up the U.S. producer.

By splitting up some of Unocal‘s assets, such as stakes in its Indonesian natural gas fields, CNOOC an >>>


      CIA, PENTAGON SEEK TO AVOID OVERLAP
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      Growing Pentagon intelligence activities at home and abroad have caused CIA Director Porter J. Goss and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld to reach a new written agreement to prevent conflicts and overlap in spying, technical collection and analysis between their two organizations, according to senior officials at bo >>>


      DECOYS SUGGESTED FOR PENTAGON NETWORK
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      By Dawn S. OnleySpecial to The Washington PostMonday, July 4, 2005; D05 Two of the Pentagon‘s leading technologists propose defending the military‘s Global Information Grid by using decoy networks and "honey pots" to fool hackers.

The goal is to lure intruders into these areas and away fr >>>


      DEMOCRATS WARN OF POSSIBLE COURT FIGHT
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      WASHINGTON –– Senate Judiciary Committee members crystalized the debate over Justice Sandra Day O‘Connor‘s replacement on Sunday, making clear that a hard–line conservative would trigger a furious battle on Capitol Hill that could touch off a Democratic filibuster.

The division em >>>


      EVANGELICAL GROUPS PLAN AGGRESSIVE DRIVE FOR NOMINEE
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      By Alan CoopermanWashington Post Staff WriterMonday, July 4, 2005; A06 Employing essentially the same game plan they used to win referendums against same–sex marriage in 11 states last November, evangelical Christian groups said they plan to run a multimillion–dollar church–centered campaign to rouse >>>


      FILIBUSTER DEAL PUTS DEMOCRATS IN A BIND
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      By Charles Babington and Susan SchmidtWashington Post Staff WritersMonday, July 4, 2005; A01 Democrats‘ hopes of blocking a staunchly conservative Supreme Court nominee on ideological grounds could be seriously undermined by the six–week–old bipartisan deal on judicial nominees, key senators said yest >>>


      GONZALES DEFLECTS QUERIES ABOUT HIGH COURT
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      BAGHDAD, Iraq –– U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales deflected questions about his interest in serving on the Supreme Court and said Sunday that criticism about his conservative credentials did not bother him.

"Many of the people speaking probably don‘t have all the information about >>>


      GONZALES÷ FBI TO AID IRAQI INVESTIGATIONS
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      BAGHDAD, Iraq –– Iraq is ready to accept U.S. help in investigating the killing and kidnapping of government officials, U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Sunday after a surprise visit amid tight security.

The informal agreement covering the criminal investigations came after Gonzales met >>>


      GONZALES÷ FBI TO AID IRAQI INVESTIGATIONS
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      BAGHDAD, Iraq –– The United States will help Iraq investigate the killing and kidnapping of government officials, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales says. The informal agreement was disclosed as Gonzales made an unannounced and tightly guarded, six–hour visit Sunday to Baghdad. He met with Iraq‘s >>>


      HIGH COURT‘S JUNIOR MEMBER A POWER BROKER
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      WASHINGTON –– The power broker at the Supreme Court this term was the "junior justice," Stephen Breyer. He was on the winning side in the 10 biggest cases of the year, covering capital punishment, medical marijuana, property rights and Ten Commandments displays.

By contrast, Chief Justice >>>


      IN OTHER NEWS FROM THE MIDDLE, SOME SHIFTS BY JUSTICE KENNEDY
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      All eyes were on Justice Sandra Day O‘Connor after the Supreme Court wrapped up its term this week.

But while O‘Connor and her centrist legacy may have been at the center of attention because of her surprise retirement announcement Friday, the center of power during the term was one chair to her le >>>


      LET THE SENATE ADVISE
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      Sandra Day O‘Connor‘s retirement gives President Bush, elected by a divided nation that has become even more divided, a unique opportunity to unite us by choosing for the Supreme Court someone who can win support from a broad bipartisan majority in the Senate and whom the vast majority of Americans will be >>>


      NIH REVIEW SUBSTANTIATES FIRED EXPERT‘S CONCERNS
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      The government‘s AIDS research agency "is a troubled organization" and its managers have engaged in unnecessary feuding, sexually explicit language and other inappropriate conduct that hampers its global fight against the disease, an internal review found.

The review, for the National Institute >>>


      NO CLARITY ABOUT IRAQ
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      The poll numbers are alarming –– 77 percent approval in a Post survey a scant two years ago and 48 percent approval at the beginning of last week.

So it isn‘t surprising that the president‘s speech last Tuesday at Fort Bragg was designed to reverse the disastrous trend.

What wa >>>


      ON AFRICA, BUSH IS VERY MUCH THE ACTIVIST
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      WASHINGTON –– Africa has received intermittent U.S. attention over the decades, with periods of neglect interspersed with spasms of activity.

To the surprise of many, President Bush has been very much in the latter camp.

As he heads into the Group of Eight summit meeting this week in Scotl >>>


      PROGRESSIVE WIS. SENATOR WAS FOUNDER OF EARTH DAY
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      Gaylord Nelson, 8', the three–term Democratic senator from Wisconsin who introduced mainstream America to the modern environmental movement by founding Earth Day, died of cardiopulmonary disease yesterday at his home in Kensington.

One of the leading environmentalists of the 20th century, Nelson also >>>


      REUTERS POLITICS NEWS SUMMARY
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      Senators call for calm on high court nominee WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As conservative and liberal interest groups gear up for a bruising and expensive battle over the next Supreme Court nominee, senior Republican and Democratic senators on Sunday pleaded for calm, calling on both sides to tone down the rhetoric. Bo >>>


      SENATORS CALL FOR CALM ON HIGH COURT NOMINEE
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As conservative and liberal interest groups gear up for a bruising and expensive battle over the next Supreme Court nominee, senior Republican and Democratic senators on Sunday pleaded for calm, calling on both sides to tone down the rhetoric.

Both sides are preparing for a bloody >>>


      U.S. URGES KENYA TO BOOST FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya‘s investigation and prosecution of terrorism is inadequate and must be improved, the U.S. envoy to the east African country said on Monday.

"The United States is committed to helping Kenya defeat this menace and will provide any and all assistance Kenya requires," >>>


      WORD FROM O‘CONNOR SETS OFF PRE–FOURTH FIREWORKS
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      As reporters filed into the office of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R–Tenn.) yesterday afternoon for a briefing on the process to replace Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O‘Connor, Frist aide Bob Stevenson called out cheerfully÷ "This is a great introduction to the Fourth of July weekend.>>>


      2ND U.S. SOLDIER LOCATED IN AFGHAN HOUSE
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      KABUL, Afghanistan –– A second member of a U.S. special operations team missing since last week has been located in a house in remote eastern Afghanistan and is wounded, the provincial governor said Monday, a day after another U.S. soldier was rescued in the same area.

Kunar Gov. Asadullah Wafa als >>>


      50 TERROR GROUPS BELIEVED TO BE IN CANADA
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      TORONTO –– Though many view Canada as an unassuming neutral nation that has skirted terrorist attacks, it has suffered its share of aggression, and intelligence officials believe at least 50 terror groups now have some presence here.

They are from Sri Lanka, Kurdistan and points between and include >>>


      A PAKSTANI CRICKET STAR‘S POLITICAL MOVE
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      QUETTA, Pakistan –– At 52, Imran Khan still cuts a swashbuckling figure. The Ray–Bans. The shaggy rocker‘s mane. The athletic grace of a former star cricket player whose exploits on the London party circuit once made nearly as many headlines as his dazzling plays on the field.

But now h >>>


      ACTIVISTS GEAR UP FOR NOMINEE FIGHT
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      By Peter Baker and Susan B. GlasserWashington Post Staff WritersSunday, July 3, 2005; A01 Many of President Bush‘s conservative supporters lined up in staunch opposition yesterday to the candidate he might personally most want to name to the Supreme Court, his longtime friend and adviser, Attorney General Alberto >>>


      AFGHAN REBEL SITE BOMBED, U.S. SAYS
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      By N.C. AizenmanWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, July 3, 2005; A21 KABUL, Afghanistan, July 2 –– U.S. aircraft bombarded a suspected insurgent compound in a mountainous area of northeastern Afghanistan where a military team has been missing since Tuesday, military officials said Saturday.

A p >>>


      AID FROM THE HOME FRONT
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      Last week the Bush administration announced a modest initiative for Africa. This week the rich world‘s leaders gather at the Group of Eight summit to announce a further aid expansion. Meanwhile Raghuram Rajan, chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, has co–authored two papers on aid with Arvind >>>


      AL–JAZEERA LAUNCHING ALL–ENGLISH CHANNEL
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      DOHA, Qatar –– Al–Jazeera is nothing if not bold. It has fought repeatedly with Washington, which says its exclusive broadcasts of Osama bin Laden speeches show an anti–American, pro–terrorist bias. Its freewheeling broadcasts have decimated state–run TV stations across much of the A >>>


      ALLIANCE RAISED HOPE IN FIGHT AGAINST SPAM
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      By Ariana Eunjung ChaWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, July 3, 2005; A01 In 2003, Meng Wong and a friend wrote a program with the bold goal of helping to save e–mail. Wong, a 2'–year–old tech entrepreneur, worried that the worldwide message system was in danger of being overwhelmed by spam, phis >>>


      AMONG ORDINARY AFRICANS, G–8 SEEMS OUT OF TOUCH
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      KOMOTHI KIRATINA, Kenya, July 2 –– Peter Kanans, a coffee farmer whose house has no running water and a leaking roof, said he had a message for the leaders of the world‘s richest countries who will meet at the G–8 summit next week÷ Unfair trade practices are enriching African officials an >>>


      ATTORNEY GENERAL MAKES QUICK TRIP TO IRAQI CAPITAL
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      By Dan EggenWashington Post Staff WriterMonday, July 4, 2005; A01 BAGHDAD, July 3 –– Even as his name echoes in Washington as one of the most likely Supreme Court candidates, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales landed in war–torn Iraq on Sunday for an unannounced visit with some of the hundreds of Ju >>>


      CANADIAN CITIES BATTLE OVER HOSPITAL
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      BALTIMORE –– Amid the clowns, mini–cars and tasseled fezzes at this year‘s Shriners convention, a bitter turf battle is being waged over the location of an $85 million children‘s hospital.

About 20,000 Shriners and their families came to Baltimore for the start of the convention S >>>


      CHINA TREATS ADDICTED VIDEO–GAME PLAYERS
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      BEIJING –– The 12 teenagers and young adults, some in ripped jeans and baggy T–shirts, sit in a circle, chewing gum and fidgeting as they shyly introduce themselves. "I‘m 12 years old," one boy announces with a smile.

"I love playing computer games. That‘s it." >>>


      DEMOCRACY OR DUPLICITY?
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      Less than six months after President Bush‘s inaugural address, the tension between his commitment to democracy and longstanding U.S. security and economic commitments grows steadily more acute, especially in the Muslim world. There is the problem of whether to endorse Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak‘s half >>>


      EGYPT‘S TOP DIPLOMAT IN IRAQ PRESUMED ABDUCTED IN BAGHDAD
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      By Andy MosherWashington Post Foreign ServiceMonday, July 4, 2005; A14 BAGHDAD, July 3 –– The top Egyptian diplomat in Iraq disappeared Saturday night and was presumed to have been kidnapped, according to diplomats quoted Sunday by news services.

Ihab Sherif, the chief of mission at the Egyptian Em >>>


      GUNMEN KIDNAP EGYPT‘S TOP ENVOY IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      BAGHDAD, Iraq –– Gunmen seized Egypt‘s top envoy to Iraq, officials and witnesses said Sunday, in an apparent bid to discourage the country‘s Arab neighbors from bolstering ties to the embattled U.S.–backed government.

Insurgents killed at least three Iraqi policemen and wounded t >>>


      HELP FROM FRANCE KEY IN COVERT OPERATIONS
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      By Dana PriestWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, July 3, 2005; A01 PARIS –– When Christian Ganczarski, a German convert to Islam, boarded an Air France flight from Riyadh on June 3, 2003, he knew only that the Saudi government had put him under house arrest for an expired pilgrim visa and had given his fam >>>


      IN JENIN, POLICE FORCE HAS LITTLE TO OFFER RECRUITS
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      By Scott WilsonWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, July 3, 2005; A21 JENIN, West Bank –– The days of fighting Israel have ended for Diab Mohammed Ali, now the weary commander of Palestinian security forces in this unhappy city at the northern tip of the West Bank. Portly, with bristling gray hair, Ali ma >>>


      IRAN GUZZLES GAS AT ITS OWN COST
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      By Karl VickWashington Post Foreign ServiceMonday, July 4, 2005; A12 TEHRAN –– At Station No. 11, where the afternoon air is a thick bouquet of the unleaded that drips, splashes and pools from the tanks of motorists hastening to fill up, a looming billboard reminds Iranians of a truth easily overlooked in t >>>


      IRAN÷ U.S., ISRAEL WAGING SMEAR CAMPAIGN
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      TEHRAN, Iran –– Iran accused the U.S. and Israel on Sunday of a smear campaign against its president–elect and warned Europe, which is in tricky nuclear negotiations with Tehran, not to join in the mudslinging.

The ultraconservative Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who won a landslide presidential electi >>>


      ISRAELI PRESIDENT FEARS SHARON ASSASSINATION
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli President Moshe Katsav said on Monday the vocal opposition of pro–settler rabbis to Israel‘s Gaza pullout could incite ultranationalists to try to assassinate Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

"In the struggle over the disengagement someone is likely to distort t >>>


      ITALY DENIES APPROVING MUSLIM CLERIC‘S ABDUCTION
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      ROME (Reuters) – Italy on Monday rejected allegations that it had authorized the 2003 kidnapping in Milan of a Muslim terrorism suspect, who prosecutors believe was whisked to Egypt and tortured.

Michael Scheuer, a former U.S. Central Intelligence Agency analyst, was quoted in the Rome daily La Repubblic >>>


      JEWISH MUSEUM PLANNED AT FORMER WARSAW GHETTO SITE
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      WARSAW (Reuters) – A new museum will open in 2008 in the heart of Warsaw‘s wartime ghetto to tell the story of Europe‘s largest Jewish community before it was wiped out by the Nazis, the project‘s director said on Monday.

After a ten–year struggle for funding, Poland‘s gover >>>


      KILLER‘S RELEASE REPELS, TRANSFIXES CANADA
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      By Doug StruckWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, July 3, 2005; A17 TORONTO, July 2 –– Sometime before Tuesday, a pretty blond woman of 35 will slip out of a penitentiary near Montreal, trying to escape a media mob that has been waiting for this moment for 12 years.

The saga of Karla Homolka has >>>


      KURDISH GUERRILLAS BOMB TWO TRAINS IN TURKEY
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      ANKARA, Turkey, July 2 –– Kurdish guerrillas set off bombs in eastern Turkey on Saturday, derailing two trains and killing six railway security guards, officials said. The second train was bombed as it was being rushed to help the first.

The attacks came a day after a suicide bomber was shot to dea >>>


      MEXICO‘S PRI AHEAD IN KEY STATE RACE
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      Associated PressMonday, July 4, 2005; A13 TOLUCA, Mexico, July 3 –– The party that governed Mexico for seven decades claimed victory Sunday in Mexico state‘s key governor race, the most important contest before next year‘s presidential vote. But an expected party sweep in another state turned in >>>


      MISSING SERVICEMAN RESCUED IN AFGHANISTAN
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      KABUL, Afghanistan –– A member of an elite American military team missing in Afghan mountains since last week has been rescued, while U.S. forces on Monday pushed on with their search for other members of the group still unaccounted for, U.S. military officials said.

The rescued American serviceman >>>


      MISSING TEEN‘S MOM PUTS PRESSURE ON ARUBA
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      ORANJESTAD, Aruba –– She‘s been a regular on "Larry King Live," "Today" and many other U.S. television shows since her teenage daughter disappeared five weeks ago during a high school graduation trip to Aruba. Nearly every day Beth Holloway Twitty takes her daughter‘s case to >>>


      NEPAL FREES SENIOR POLITICIAN, OTHERS
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      KATMANDU, Nepal –– Nepal‘s government on Monday freed a senior politician, a prominent human rights activist and a student leader who were among the last political detainees in custody following King Gyanendra‘s seizure of power in February.

Court officials and police said no reason was >>>


      NO WORD ON MISSING EGYPTIAN ENVOY IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Gunmen who seized Egypt‘s top envoy to Iraq had yet to contact authorities or present any demands, Egyptian and Iraqi officials said on Monday.

Ihab el–Sherif was snatched by gunmen from a Baghdad street on Saturday days after Iraq indicated he was soon to become the first >>>


      POLICE CONFRONT G–8 PROTESTERS IN SCOTLAND
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      EDINBURGH, Scotland –– Police confronted demonstrators in Edinburgh and near a nuclear submarine base as protesters kept up their pressure ahead of the G–8 summit.

Police had a few scuffles in Edinburgh with black–clad anarchists and antiglobalization protesters in the streets of Edinbu >>>


      POLISH SOLDIERS LEAVE FOR FINAL IRAQ TOUR
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      WARSAW, Poland –– Poland bid farewell to its final contingent of soldiers being sent to Iraq on Monday amid a sense of relief the country is winding down its military commitment to the violence–ridden nation.

A military band played the national anthem and soldiers paraded through the center o >>>


      PRI WINS IMPORTANT RACE IN MEXICO STATE
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      TOLUCA, Mexico –– The party that governed Mexico for seven decades won a crushing victory Sunday in the most important state race before next year‘s presidential elections. But another state vote was closer than expected.

Victory in big Mexico State bolsters the Institutional Revolutionary Pa >>>


      RUSSIANS‘ APPEALS TO COURT BRING INTIMIDATION, DEATH
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      By Peter FinnWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, July 3, 2005; A15 NAZRAN, Russia –– Russians who appeal to the European Court of Human Rights after their relatives disappear or are killed in Chechnya or neighboring Ingushetia face constant threats to force them to drop the cases. In at least five instan >>>


      SAUDI SECURITY FORCE KILLS AL QAEDA FIGURE
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      By Abdullah Al–ShihriAssociated PressMonday, July 4, 2005; A13 RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, July 3 –– Saudi anti–terrorism forces killed al Qaeda‘s top leader in the Persian Gulf kingdom in a gun battle Sunday, but experts warned that Saudi Arabia still faces a surge in attacks despite its two&nd >>>


      SPANISH MARRIAGE LAW TO GO INTO EFFECT
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      Associated PressSunday, July 3, 2005; A20 MADRID, July 2 –– The law legalizing gay marriage in Spain has cleared its last bureaucratic formality –– being published in an official government registry –– and will take effect on Sunday.

An official of the ruling Socialist Party >>>


      SUICIDE BOMBER KILLS 12 IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      By Andy Mosher and Naseer NouriWashington Post Foreign ServiceSunday, July 3, 2005; A15 BAGHDAD, July 2 –– Thwarting security measures set up to protect a police recruiting center already hit by vehicle bombs, an attacker wearing explosives walked into the midst of a group of men applying for police jobs Sa >>>


      SUMMARY÷ AL–JAZEERA EXPANDS
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      –– WHAT‘S NEXT÷ By March, the network will launch Al–Jazeera International, a satellite channel that will beam English–language news to the United States _ and much of the rest of the world _ from its base in tiny Qatar.

MIDEAST COVERAGE÷ the news, including coverage >>>


      SUSPECTED INSURGENT HOUSES RAIDED IN IRAQ
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      BAGHDAD, Iraq –– U.S. and Iraqi forces raided suspected insurgent safe houses near Baghdad International Airport on Monday, arresting at least 100 suspected militants, including foreign fighters, the U.S. military said.

In Cairo, the family of Egypt‘s top envoy to Iraq, who was abducted over >>>


      U.S. RESCUES NAVY SEAL IN AFGHANISTAN; 3 MISSING
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      July 4, 2005; A12 KABUL, Afghanistan, July 3 –– U.S. forces rescued a member of a Special Operations reconnaissance team in the rugged mountains of northeastern Afghanistan on Sunday, five days after the group disappeared amid hostile fire, according to a U.S. defense official.

The official said th >>>


      WORLD IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      Documentary Aired on Israeli, Arab TV Offers Fresh Perspective JERUSALEM –– Israeli and Arab TV stations on Saturday simultaneously broadcast the first part of a documentary exploring possible solutions to the Palestinian–Israeli conflict.

The program‘s producer, Search for Common Groun >>>


      WORLD IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 04-07-2005
      Putin Urges Cooperation With U.S. to Steady Iraq SVETLOGORSK, Russia –– President Vladimir Putin of Russia called on other countries Sunday to work with the United States to bring stability to Iraq, saying after meeting with French and German leaders that past disputes over the U.S.–led war should not >>>


      ALROV WRAPS UP NIS 50M INSTITUTIONAL BOND ISSUE
      Haaretz, 04-07-2005
      By Hertzel Laks Alfred Akirov s investment company Alrov has completed a NIS 50 million private placement of bonds to institutional investors.

The CPI–linked bonds, which bear 5.8 percent interest, received an A2 rating from Midroog.

Advertisement Alrov‘s stock joined the TA–100 >>>


      BUSINESS IN BRIEF
      Haaretz, 04-07-2005
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Business in Brief Is that a cloud in an open skies‘ policy?

Senior representatives of foreign airlines, Continental, Austrian and Lufthansa were among those present at yesterday‘s first interministerial committee on the "open skies&qu >>>


      DEBT RATIO NEARS 200% OF GDP
      Haaretz, 04-07-2005
      By Yoram Gavison and Hertzel Laks The national debt is almost twice as high as believed and stands at about one trillion shekels, according to the Finance Ministry‘s accounting overview of the state‘s financial reporting.

The report released last week shows that the unprecedented level of national >>>


      GOV‘T HAS DUTY TO FIRE LEUMI CHAIR, CONTENDS NPO
      Haaretz, 04-07-2005
      By Haaretz Staff The Movement for Quality Government in Israel has claimed that the Bank Shares Law empowers the state to fire Bank Leumi chairman Eitan Raff for opposing the treasury‘s structural reforms. Not only has it the power, but it has the duty to do so, the non–profit organization intimated.
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      IMI SELLS ASHOT ASHKELON, PREPARES FOR PRIVATIZATION
      Haaretz, 04-07-2005
      By Ora Coren Israel Military Industries sold its controlling interest in subsidiary Ashot Ashkelon late last week for NIS 16.7 million. Ashot Ashkelon specializes in "build–to–print" and "build–to–spec" gear–based and drive–train products for aerospace, defense, s >>>



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