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      VIRUS SHUTS DOWN CUSTOMS COMPUTER SYSTEM
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      AM MIAMI –– Travelers arriving in the United States from abroad were stuck in long lines at airports nationwide when a virus shut down a U.S. Customs computer system for several hours, officials said.

Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knocke said the virus impacted computer systems at a number of ai >>>


      WHY ROBERTS‘S VIEWS MATTER
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      Before entrusting Judge John G. Roberts with a lifetime position on the Supreme Court, the Senate must be able to determine whether he will uphold the fundamental principles of our Constitution and laws to continue our nation‘s march of progress or whether he will adopt a cramped and contorted view of our Constit >>>


      WOMAN, 85, CELEBRATES HER BIRTHDAY ON B–17
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      YPSILANTI, Mich. –– Connie Hertz says she likes trying "crazy things." She‘s been in helicopters, on balloon rides and on a '0–mph motorcycle ride.

"I just happen to be fun–loving, I guess," she told The Ann Arbor News. "I always like to try crazy thin >>>


      BETRAYED IN GAZA
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      On television, the tumult in the Gaza Strip looks like nothing less than a pogrom –– soldiers dragging Jews out of their homes and synagogues for immediate, involuntary, permanent relocation. Does it matter that the soldiers are Jewish, too? Not to the Jews being hauled away. Does it matter that some of the >>>


      CHINA HOLDS US CITIZEN ACCUSED OF SPYING FOR TAIWAN
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      BEIJING (Reuters) – China detained a U.S. citizen on suspicion of spying for ideological foe Taiwan and has kept him under house arrest without charge for nearly three months, the U.S. embassy in Beijing said on Friday.

Chinese–born Xie Chunren, 56, was arrested in the southwestern province of Sich >>>


      ENVOY URGED OSAMA‘S EXPULSION BEFORE '/11
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      WASHINGTON –– A year before the Sept. 11 attacks, a U.S. diplomat assured a top official of Afghanistan‘s ruling Taliban regime that international sanctions on that country would be lifted if it expelled Osama bin Laden, newly declassified documents show.

A State Department memo dated Septemb >>>


      ENVOY URGED OSAMA‘S EXPULSION BEFORE '/11
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      WASHINGTON –– A year before the Sept. 11 attacks, a U.S. diplomat assured a top official of Afghanistan‘s ruling Taliban regime that international sanctions on that country would be lifted if it expelled Osama bin Laden, newly declassified documents show.

A State Department memo dated Septemb >>>


      FIRM FINED FOR CHANNELING DONATIONS TO GOP
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      A10 The Federal Election Commission yesterday fined Westar Energy Inc., two former corporate officers and the firm‘s lobbyist a total of $40,500 for their roles in channeling contributions to House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (Tex.) and other Republicans.

Westar, a Kansas energy company, was fined $20,000; >>>


      IRAQ MESS TENT ATTACK DETAILS REVEALED
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      WASHINGTON –– A member of the Iraqi insurgent group Ansar al–Sunnah was wearing an Iraqi security forces uniform when he snuck into a mess tent at a U.S. base near Mosul and blew himself up last December, leaving at least 22 people dead, a U.S. general said Friday.

Maj. Gen. David Rodriguez, >>>


      LBJ‘S 1'64 LINCOLN SELLS FOR $'4,000
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      HOUSTON –– A Lincoln Continental convertible once owned by former President Lyndon B. Johnson sold for $'4,000 at auction Thursday night in California.

Rik Pike, a spokesman for Christie‘s, said the sale price doubled the pre–sale expectations. Pike couldn‘t immediately say wh >>>


      NEWSHOUNDS ON THE PAPER CHASE
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      The throng of journalists lined up outside the National Archives yesterday morning made the place look like the Uptown Theater on "Star Wars" opening night, without the storm trooper costumes.

They had come to examine 3',000 pages of the paper trail of Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. &n >>>


      OFFICER SAYS 2 OTHERS ARE SOURCE OF HIS ATTA CLAIMS
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      The former intelligence officer who says that a Defense Department program identified Mohamed Atta and three other hijackers before the Sept. 11,
2001, attacks said yesterday that many of his allegations are not based on his memory but on the recollections of others.

Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, who has been >>>


      POLICE SCRAMBLE TO KEEP UP WITH ACCELERATING GAS PRICES
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      August 1', 2005; B01 A police officer‘s Ford Crown Victoria often doubles as an office.

An office that has to be heated in the winter, air–conditioned in the summer and go from zero to 60 in seconds. All that takes gas.

Virginia state troopers burn about 200,000 gallons in their cruise >>>


      POLITICIANS HAVE LITTLE TO OFFER TO EASE ANGUISH OF GAS PRICES
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      President Bush and members of Congress are facing an uncomfortable political reality this summer÷ They have little to offer Americans to ease their pain at the pump.

With gasoline prices nearing or topping $3 per gallon in some cities, Bush and lawmakers would be thrilled to call for steps big and small >>>


      POST OFFICE ISSUING SPORTY CAR STAMPS
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      WASHINGTON –– Once proclaimed a work of art by the Museum of Modern Art, the 1'53 Studebaker Starliner is just a fond memory today. But it‘s a memory about to be refreshed, as the Postal Service issues a set of five stamps recalling sporty cars of the 1'50s.

Low–slung, long and >>>


      REPUBLICAN SENATOR CALLS FOR TALKS WITH IRAN
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Party foreign policy expert Sen. Chuck Hagel is calling for the United States to open talks with Iran‘s new president and has dismissed President George W. Bush‘s talk of a military option against Tehran as an empty and foolish threat.

In an interview with Re >>>


      REUTERS POLITICS SUMMARY
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      Roberts documents underscore conservative values WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As a White House lawyer in the 1'80s, Supreme Court nominee John Roberts was a solidly conservative voice on the hottest topics before President Ronald Reagan, from advising on meetings with private groups that worked to undercut a Commun >>>


      ROBERTS RESISTED WOMEN‘S RIGHTS
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      August 1', 2005; A01 Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. consistently opposed legal and legislative attempts to strengthen women‘s rights during his years as a legal adviser in the Reagan White House, disparaging what he called "the purported gender gap" and, at one point, questioning "wh >>>


      ROBERTS SHOWED CONSERVATIVE STRIPES EARLY
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      WASHINGTON –– As a young White House lawyer, Supreme Court nominee John Roberts cautioned against allowing President Reagan to say the United States was "the greatest nation God ever created," saying he feared it would lead to political ridicule.

In an Oct. 11 1'84 memo, Roberts wrote >>>


      ROBERTS WARY OF RANKLING THE PRESS IN 1'83
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      WASHINGTON –– As a lawyer in the Reagan White House, John Roberts cautioned against picking a fight with reporters by charging fees for White House press passes.

The idea was raised in 1'83 by presidential spokesman Larry Speakes, who complained that "an increasing number of fringe&ls >>>


      SETTLING IN FOR A LONG WAIT
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      The Israeli abandonment of Gaza is a withdrawal of despair. Unlike the Oslo concessions of 1''3, there is not even the pretense of getting anything in return from the Palestinians. Nonetheless, unilateralism is both correct and necessary. Israel has no peace partner –– Mahmoud Abbas has nothing to o >>>


      STATE DEPT. CHIDES U.S. ENVOY TO MEXICO
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      10÷51 PM WASHINGTON –– The U.S. ambassador to Mexico now says he should have used "different phrasing" rather than saying he closed a border town consulate partly to punish the Mexican government for not stopping violence there, according to the State Department.

Spokesman Sean McC >>>


      SUPPORT SAID GROWING FOR IRAQ EXIT PLAN
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      RALEIGH, N.C. –– Congressman Walter Jones said Thursday he has about 50 co–sponsors on a joint resolution that calls on President Bush to announce by year‘s end a plan for withdrawal from Iraq.

The resolution _ introduced in June by Jones, another Republican and two Democrats _ calls on >>>


      U.S. CAMPAIGN AIMS TO DETER ILLEGAL ALIENS
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      SAN DIEGO –– The U.S. government is launching two new media campaigns to try to stop immigrants from attempting clandestine border crossings and trying to sneak children into the country in car trunks, engines and even gasoline tanks.

One ad unveiled Thursday shows a young girl gasping for air insi >>>


      U.S. CORAL REEF ECOSYSTEMS IN DECLINE
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      WASHINGTON –– Coral reef ecosystems, among the oldest and most diverse forms of life, are declining in U.S. waters because of overfishing, climate change, marine diseases, land–based pollution, storms and grounded ships.

Such ecosystems "clearly are beset by a wide array of significant t >>>


      U.S. ENVOY, HIGH–SOCIETY PAL OF BUSH, RILES MEXICO
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – He married Mexico‘s richest woman, is an old pal of President Bush and now Washington‘s envoy south of the Rio Grande is stirring up controversy in a dispute over crime and immigration on the U.S.–Mexican border.

U.S. Ambassador Tony Garza upset Mexico this week >>>


      U.S. NAMES ENVOY ON HUMAN RIGHTS IN NORTH KOREA
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) – President George W. Bush on Friday named a former White House adviser to become U.S. special envoy on human rights in North Korea.

Jay Lefkowitz, who has previously served as a domestic policy aide to Bush, has also been a member of the U.S. delegation to the U.N. Human Rights >>>


      U.S. QUESTIONS JORDAN ROCKET STRIKES
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      CRAWFORD, Texas –– The Bush administration was trying to determine Friday whether rocket strikes from Jordan that narrowly missed a U.S. Navy ship were aimed at U.S. interests and how seriously to take the claim of responsibility from an al–Qaida linked group.

"We condemn all such attack >>>


      U.S. SENATOR GOING TO LIBYA TO HELP NORMALIZE RELATIONS
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Richard Lugar is going to Libya in another step toward normalizing relations after Tripoli decided to abandon weapons of mass destruction, the White House said on Thursday.

"Senator Lugar will also travel to Libya for offic >>>


      US PROPOSES PLAN TO STRENGTHEN AUTOMOBILE ROOFS
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Under pressure to reduce deaths and injuries in rollover crashes, U.S. auto regulators proposed new standards on Friday that would strengthen vehicle roofs and extend greater protection to bigger sport utility vehicles and other light trucks.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Adm >>>


      WHAT DEMOCRATS SHOULD BE SAYING
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      This should be the Democrats‘ moment÷ The Bush administration is caught in an increasingly unpopular war; its plan to revamp Social Security is fading into oblivion; its deputy chief of staff is facing a grand jury probe. Though the Republicans control both houses of Congress as well as the White House, th >>>


      WITH SANCTIONS, WE LOSE
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      Other than oil, the one area of reason and cooperation in U.S.–Venezuelan relations has been in fighting illicit drugs. Since 2002 Venezuelan officials have seized record amounts of cocaine, at levels comparable only to those of Mexico. Just last year Washington praised the "excellent" Venezuelan cooper >>>


      WTO GIVES U.S. TILL APRIL TO CHANGE GAMBLING LAW
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      GENEVA (Reuters) – A World Trade Organization arbiter on Friday gave the United States until April 3 to comply with a ruling that a ban on Internet gambling services offered by Antigua violates the body‘s rules.

U.S. officials had sought a July deadline. United States Trade Representative‘s O >>>


      3 HURT IN ANOTHER GUATEMALAN PRISON RIOT
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      GUATEMALA CITY –– Three jailed street gang members were injured Thursday, two of them by gunfire, during a prison riot that came three days after a series of gang–related uprisings in Guatemala prisons left 35 prisoners dead.

A police spokesman said at least one inmate had a gun and opened fi >>>


      3 U.S. SERVICEMEN, AFGHAN SOLDIER KILLED
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      KABUL, Afghanistan –– A U.S. Marine and an Afghan soldier were killed during battles with militants in eastern Afghanistan ahead of next month‘s landmark elections, U.S. military officials said Friday.

The deaths came on the same day that two American soldiers were killed in the south.
>>>


      ABBAS÷ GAZA PULLOUT RESULT OF PATIENCE
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      RAFAH, Gaza Strip –– Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said Friday that Israel‘s Gaza pullout resulted from Palestinian "sacrifices" and "patience." Abbas also promised to rebuild houses in Gaza destroyed by Israel. He made his comments before thousands of cheering Palestinians at G >>>


      ACEH‘S TSUNAMI RECOVERY HITS SNAGS OVER RELOCATION
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      UJUNG KARANG, Indonesia (Reuters) – After a month scavenging planks from ruined villages in Indonesia‘s tsunami–hit Aceh province, former truck driver Muhari built a shack that he has turned into a coffee shop.

Business in the 13–square–foot shop by the beach has been brisk. Muhar >>>


      AL–QAIDA LEADER IN SAUDI ARABIA KILLED
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      AM RIYADH, Saudi Arabia –– Police raids touched off fierce gunbattles Thursday that killed six Islamic extremists, and authorities said the dead included al–Qaida‘s leader in Saudi Arabia, whose hideout was found to hold the head of a murdered American last summer. A police officer was also kill >>>


      ANNAN LAUDS SHARON‘S COURAGE OVER GAZA WITHDRAWAL
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary–General Kofi Annan on Thursday commended Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for his courage and leadership in going through with his plan to pull out of Gaza.

The U.N. chief believes peace in the Middle East will require sacrifices on both sides and hopes >>>


      AP NEWS ALERT
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      KABUL, Afghanistan –– The U.S. military says a Marine has been killed in action in eastern Afghanistan.
>>>


      AUSTRALIA PARLIAMENT OVERTURNS ‘MATE‘ BAN
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      CANBERRA, Australia –– Officials at Australia‘s Parliament House on Friday overturned a day–old ban on guards and attendants using the word "mate" to address lawmakers and visitors after the new rule sparked outrage among prime ministers past and present.

The U–turn came >>>


      BENEDICT PLANS VISIT TO GERMAN SYNAGOGUE
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      COLOGNE, Germany –– German–born Pope Benedict XVI‘s planned visit to a synagogue is only the second by a pope and is fraught with significance in the land where Nazi terror produced the Holocaust.

Benedict, who was enrolled in the Hitler Youth and later deserted the German army at the e >>>


      BOMBINGS FORCE BANGLADESH ENVOY HOME
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      Amb. Shamsher M. Chowdhury of Bangladesh cut short a working visit to Iowa yesterday to confer with officials from his government and the United States about the detonation of at least 200 homemade bombs in 60 cities and towns across Bangladesh Wednesday. Miraculously, only two people were killed, but more than 100 wer >>>


      BRITAIN‘S CLIMATE BLAMED FOR BIRD CHANGES
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      PM LONDON –– Climate change is to blame for alterations in the number and distribution of birds in Britain, and more changes are expected, according to a report published Friday.

Milder winters have pushed bird populations eastward and could result in new bird species being found in Britain, The St >>>


      BRITISH POLITICIAN MO MOWLAM DIES AT 55
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      LONDON –– British politician Mo Mowlam, whose no–nonsense style helped forge Northern Ireland‘s landmark peace accord, died Friday after hitting her head in a fall. She was 55.

Prime Minister Tony Blair, who made Mowlam his top Northern Ireland official in 1''7, paid tribute to >>>


      BRITISH SOLDIERS GET GERM–FIGHTING UNDIES
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      LONDON –– British troops combating the heat and dust of Iraq and Afghanistan have a new weapon in their armory, defense officials announced Thursday, germ–fighting underwear.

The antimicrobial underpants have been introduced by the Ministry of Defense as part of a new desert uniform for soldi >>>


      CHINA HOLDS US CITIZEN ACCUSED OF SPYING FOR TAIWAN
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      BEIJING (Reuters) – China has detained a U.S. citizen on suspicion of spying for ideological foe Taiwan, keeping him under house arrest without charge for nearly three months, the U.S. embassy in Beijing said on Friday.

Chinese–born Xie Chunren, 56, was arrested in the southwestern province of Sich >>>


      CHINESE–RUSSIAN MILITARY EXERCISES BEGIN
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      VLADIVOSTOK, Russia –– Chinese and Russian commanders began the practical phase Friday of their first–ever joint military exercises, putting together a unit that will stage a landing on a Chinese peninsula to practice stabilizing a fictional country.

The chiefs of staff from both countries&ls >>>


      DE NADA SIRVE SANCIONAR A VENEZUELA
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      12÷23 AM Más allá del petróleo, el último vestigio de una relación racional y de cooperación entre Estados Unidos y Venezuela se encuentra en la lucha contra las drogas. Desde el 2002, autoridades venezolanas han confiscado cantidades record de cocaína, cuyas cifr >>>


      EX–TREASURER SAYS LULA CAMPAIGN USED ILLEGAL FUNDS
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      BRASILIA, Brazil (Reuters) – The former treasurer of Brazil‘s ruling political party made the first official link between President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva‘s 2002 election and illegal campaign funds on Thursday, as the country‘s bribes–for–votes scandal escalated.

In June, >>>


      EXPLOSION ROCKS JORDAN‘S PORT OF AQABA
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      AMMAN, Jordan –– An explosion was heard in Jordan‘s port of Aqaba early Friday and authorities were investigating its cause, said Jordanian Interior Minister Awani Yirfas.

Dubai–based Al–Arabiya TV said a U.S. naval ship was in the vicinity of the blast in Aqaba, a Red Sea port 21 >>>


      FREED MOROCCAN POWS BEGIN RETURNING HOME
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      AGADIR, Morocco –– Hundreds of Moroccan soldiers held for decades by Western Sahara guerrillas were freed Thursday under a U.S.–mediated deal in a conflict over a vast expanse of mineral–rich desert.

Two U.S. military–chartered airplanes brought the 404 men to Agadir, a coastal ci >>>


      GAZA PULLOUT RESUMES AFTER VIOLENT CLASHES
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      GADID, Gaza Strip –– Israeli troops pushed through a barricade of flaming cars in this small settlement Friday, a day after youths holed up on a synagogue rooftop pelted soldiers with acid, oil and sand in the most violent protest against Israel‘s Gaza pullout.

The mission to clear out Gadid >>>


      GAZA SETTLEMENT EMPTY AFTER WITHDRAWAL
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      NEVE DEKALIM, Gaza Strip –– Bikes were parked outside houses in Gaza‘s largest settlement Friday, but no one will ride them again through its streets. Homes were locked, but their owners won‘t ever unlock them.

Security forces and journalists, a few rabbis and their families, and a smal >>>


      GERMAN COURT CONVICTS SEPT. 11 SUSPECT
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      HAMBURG, Germany –– A court on Friday convicted a Moroccan man charged with helping the Sept. 11 hijackers of membership in a terrorist organization and sentenced him to seven years in prison.

Presiding Judge Ernst–Rainer Schudt announced the conviction of Mounir el Motassadeq after a yearlon >>>


      GUNMEN ATTACK POLITICAL MEETING IN RAMADI
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      By Jonathan FinerWashington Post Foreign ServiceThursday, August 18, 2005;
12÷00 PM BAGHDAD, Aug. 18 –– Six masked gunmen attacked a meeting in Ramadi Thursday between the governor of Anbar Province and local Sunni leaders, who were discussing plans to register voters for the constitutional refer >>>


      IRAQ LAWMAKERS WORK ON DRAFT CONSTITUTION
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      PM BAGHDAD, Iraq –– A spokesman for the biggest Shiite party Thursday predicted a breakthrough on the constitution within the next two days, as negotiators scrambled to finish the draft by next week‘s deadline. A roadside bomb killed four more U.S. soldiers in a city north of Baghdad.

Four da >>>


      IRAQ LAWMAKERS WORK ON DRAFT CONSTITUTION
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      AM BAGHDAD, Iraq –– A spokesman for the biggest Shiite party Thursday predicted a breakthrough on the constitution within the next two days, as negotiators scrambled to finish the draft by next week‘s deadline. A roadside bomb killed four more U.S. soldiers in a city north of Baghdad.

Four da >>>


      ISRAEL BEGINS CLEARING OUT GAZA SYNAGOGUE
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      GADID, Gaza Strip –– Israeli forces on Friday began clearing out a synagogue filled with dozens of opponents to the Gaza pullout, carrying people out by their arms and legs.

Unlike a larger standoff the previous day, the protesters in Gadid did not resist with force, but allowed themselves to be ca >>>


      ISRAEL SEEKS ANNUAL UN HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Israel is urging the United Nations to establish an annual international holocaust memorial day, a top Israeli diplomat said on Thursday.

An Israeli draft resolution, which it hopes will be adopted by the 1'1–member General Assembly during its 60th session opening nex >>>


      ISRAEL SETTLEMENTS AT A GLANCE
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      AM JERUSALEM –– Residents of 17 of the 21 Gaza settlements have left or been removed by force, the army said. A few hundred of Gaza‘s 8,500 settlers were left in their homes Friday. The military did not have an exact figure.

_ Gaza settlements with residents removed÷ Peat Sadeh, Rafiah >>>


      ISRAELIS EXTRACT DIEHARDS FROM GAZA SYNAGOGUE
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      AM GADID, Gaza Strip (Reuters) – Israeli troops pushed through burning barricades and dragged screaming protesters from a settlement synagogue on Friday in an assault on one of the last pockets of resistance to evacuation from the Gaza Strip.

Diehard settlers took to rooftops in the tiny Gadid enclave sh >>>


      ISRAELIS STORM POCKET OF SETTLER RESISTANCE
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      AM GADID, Gaza Strip (Reuters) – Israeli troops stormed one of the last pockets of resistance to a Gaza withdrawal on Friday, bursting through burning barricades and surrounding a settlement synagogue where protesters were holed up.

Settlers took to the rooftops in the tiny Gadid enclave shouting "N >>>


      JAPAN INTERNET CEO TO RUN AS DE FACTO LDP CANDIDATE
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi tapped a maverick Internet CEO as a de facto candidate on Friday, the latest celebrity to run against party rebels in an election being cast as a referendum on reform.

Takafumi Horie, founder of high–flying Internet portal Livedoor and a m >>>


      JAPAN LDP FIELDS CELEBRITY CANDIDATES TO WOO VOTERS
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan‘s main ruling party was set to announce its election platform on Friday, but more attention was focused on whether a maverick Internet CEO would run as the party‘s latest "celebrity candidate" to woo undecided voters.

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi called a >>>


      JAPAN TRAVEL FIRM TO HELP SELL MOON TRIPS
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      TOKYO –– Japan‘s biggest travel agency said it will soon be offering more than ski trips and hot spa getaways to adventurous Japanese willing to cough up the yen for visits to space.

Japan Travel Bureau said it will handle Japanese bookings for visits to the International Space Station and fl >>>


      JEWISH LEADER ASKS POPE TO OPEN VATICAN ARCHIVES
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) – A German Jewish leader touched a sore spot in relations with Catholics on Friday when he urged Pope Benedict to open up all the Vatican‘s archives dealing with World War Two and the Holocaust.

Welcoming him on a historic visit to a synagogue in Cologne, Abraham Lehrer t >>>


      KARZAI URGES CANDIDATES TO PUT AFGHANISTAN FIRST
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Friday urged candidates in next month‘s parliamentary and provincial polls to work for national unity and promised that his government would not interfere in the vote.

Karzai also said in an Independence Day speech "terrorists" were tryin >>>


      KAZAKH PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION SET FOR DECEMBER
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      ASTANA (Reuters) – Kazakhstan will hold a presidential vote in December, officials said on Friday, in a poll likely to be won by President Nursultan Nazarbayev but which could spark protests if declared flawed.

Nazarbayev has ruled Kazakhstan, a vast but sparsely populated country with rapidly growing oi >>>


      KHAMENEI÷ IRAN WON‘T STOP NUKE ENRICHMENT
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      PM TEHRAN, Iran –– Iran does not intend to build nuclear weapons, but it will continue to enrich uranium because it does not want to be dependent on others for its nuclear fuel needs, the country‘s supreme ruler said Friday.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told tens of thousands of worshippers at Tehr >>>


      LONDON POLICE STALLED PROBE INTO SHOOTING
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      LONDON, Aug. 18 –– The London metropolitan police resisted and delayed an independent investigation into why their officers shot an innocent man seven times in the head on a subway car last month, the official police oversight commission announced Thursday, adding to growing criticism of Scotland Yard.
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      LONG–HELD MOROCCAN POWS FREED
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      RABAT, Morocco, Aug. 18 –– Western Sahara guerrillas on Thursday released their last Moroccan prisoners, 404 soldiers held for up to 20 years from a war that ended in 1''1, the Red Cross announced.

The Moroccans had been held in Polisario Front camps in southern Algeria and were repatriated >>>


      MISSILE FIRED AT U.S. NAVY SHIP IN JORDAN
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      AMMAN, Jordan –– Two missiles were fired from Jordan early Friday, at a U.S. Navy ship docked in a Jordanian port and at a nearby airport in neighboring Israel, officials said. No casualties were reported.

The U.S. Navy‘s 5th Fleet said a mortar was fired from Jordan at one of its ships docke >>>


      MORTAR FIRED AT U.S. SHIPS IN JORDAN
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      AM At least one apparent mortar was fired today in the vicinity of two U.S.

Navy ships docked in the port of Aqaba, Jordan, the military said, but it missed and hit a nearby warehouse. There were no American injuries.

The U.S. Central Command said the ships were the USS Ashland and the USS Kearsarge.< >>>


      NICARAGUA INDIANS SEEK PROBE OF KILLINGS
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      PM MANAGUA, Nicaragua –– Miskito Indian leaders on Thursday asked government and human rights investigators to probe allegations that at least 150 of their people were killed under Nicaragua‘s Sandinistas during the 1'80s.

The leaders said that the country‘s independent Permanent Hu >>>


      NO POINT IN SANCTIONING VENEZUELA
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      12÷02 AM WASHINGTON –– Other than oil, the one area of reason and cooperation in U.S.–Venezuelan relations has been in fighting illicit drugs. Since 2002, Venezuelan officials have seized record amounts of cocaine, at levels comparable only to those of Mexico. Just last year, Washington praised >>>


      POPE VISITS SYNAGOGUE, WARNS OF NEW ANTI–SEMITISM
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      AM COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) – Pope Benedict, making a historic visit on Friday to a synagogue once destroyed by the Nazis, said Christians and Jews must join forces so the "insane racist ideology" that led to the Holocaust never resurfaces.

Inside, he heard a Jewish leader call on him to open >>>


      PROPERTY RIGHTS ADVOCATE ARRESTED IN CHINA
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      By Philip P. PanWashington Post Foreign ServiceFriday, August 1', 2005; A14 BEIJING –– Police in China‘s northern Shaanxi province have arrested one of the nation‘s leading advocates of private property rights after officials posed as journalists and forged an e–mail from a prominent H >>>


      RUMSFELD VISITS PERUVIAN LEADER
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      LIMA, Peru –– Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, seeking to promote stability in Latin America, met with Alejandro Toledo on Thursday just two days after the Peruvian president swore in a fresh Cabinet.

"We recognize and respect the leadership role that you have taken in this country politi >>>


      S. AFRICAN EX–DEPUTY TARGETED
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      South African police staged a series of raids Thursday targeting former deputy president Jacob Zuma, whose dismissal in a corruption scandal has rocked the ruling party, the African National Congress.

Investigators from the elite FBI–style Scorpions unit swooped down on Zuma‘s Johannesburg home ear >>>


      SPANISH SURFERS‘ PARADISE LOSES ITS WAVE
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      MUNDAKA, Spain (Reuters) – U.S. surfer Mike Dobos emigrated to this tiny Basque village just to ride its wave. Eight years later, one of the most famous waves in the world has disappeared.

Thousands of surfing enthusiasts used to descend on this northern Spanish village every year for surfing‘s pre >>>


      SUSPECTED AL–QAIDA OPERATIVE IN INDONESIA
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      JAKARTA, Indonesia –– An al–Qaida operative who allegedly brought hundreds of European Islamic militants to Indonesia for military training is in the country, an intelligence official said Friday.

Parlindungan Siregar, who has been on the run for more than four years, allegedly brought member >>>


      THREE INJURED IN PLANE CRASH AT GUAM AIRPORT
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      HAGATNA, Guam –– The nose landing gear of a passenger jet collapsed on a runway while taxiing Friday, injuring three people and forcing the shutdown of Guam‘s main airport, officials said.

Northwest Airlines Flight 74 from Narita, Japan, with 318 passengers and 16 crew members aboard, was pul >>>


      U.N. ELECTIONS OFFICIAL ACCUSED OF TOLERATING HARASSMENT
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 18 –– The U.N.‘s top electoral official, Carina Perelli, was accused by the U.N.‘s personnel department of presiding over an office that tolerated sexual harassment of staff, U.N. officials said Thursday.

But Perelli, 48, a Uruguayan elections expert, was cleared of >>>


      U.S. ‘WILL NOT RELENT‘ IN IRAQ, CHENEY TELLS VETERANS GROUP
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      Vice President Cheney declared yesterday that the United States "will not relent" in the war in Iraq and will hunt down insurgents there "one at a time if necessary," implicitly rebutting escalating pressure on the Bush administration to bring U.S. troops home.

Addressing a friendly audienc >>>


      WORLD IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      Irish Fugitives Sentenced in Colombia Surrender to Police in Dublin DUBLIN –– Three IRA–linked fugitives from Colombian justice surrendered to Dublin police Thursday, complicating the Northern Ireland peace process and leaving the Irish government with a political dilemma.

Police questioned t >>>


      WORLD OFFICIALS WANT GLOBAL WARMING ACTION
      Washington Post, 19-08-2005
      ILULISSAT, Greenland –– Environmental ministers and officials from 23 countries met Thursday near a glacier that is retreating at an alarming pace and agreed that governments must stop arguing over global warming and start acting.

The meeting in the Arctic town of Ilulissat came at the end of a thr >>>


      THE REAL FAULT LINE
      Haaretz, 19-08-2005
      By Daniel Gavron The dramatic events of this week, the culmination of a process that started 18 months ago, have made it clear that the disengagement from Gaza is for real. There may be further confrontations, more harrowing scenes, new manipulations, but the argument about the withdrawal is already irrelevant, and the >>>


      THE TWO FACES OF DISENGAGEMENT
      Haaretz, 19-08-2005
      By Ze‘ev Schiff There are two faces to the disengagement from the Gaza Strip that, in fact, may be mutually contradictory. The positive aspect is reflected in Israel‘s success in abridging the military lines logically and ceding territory that effectively is of no strategic importance to the country. Israel >>>


      THEIR FINEST HOUR
      Haaretz, 19-08-2005
      Two days into the operation to evacuate the Gaza Strip, despite the fact that it is already closer to its end than to its beginning, it would be premature to make final judgments. The complex movements of tens of thousands of soldiers, policemen, civilians and vehicles are naturally fertile ground for error. Unexpected >>>


      THIRTY YEARS OF EMOTIONAL BLACKMAIL
      Haaretz, 19-08-2005
      By Doron Rosenblum A straight line connects the turbulent and dramatic scenes that are now accompanying the evacuation of Gush Katif and a scene that took place at the old train station in Sebastia in the mid–1'70s. It was during one of the many attempts by the government to evacuate an early core group of se >>>


      A–LEVELS BECOMING ‘JUST A LEAVING CERTIFICATE‘
      Guardian, 19-08-2005
      Rebecca Smithers and Matthew Taylor Friday August 1', 2005 The Guardian The "gold standard" A–level is in danger of becoming no more than a school leaving certificate, headteachers warned yesterday as universities prepared to begin entrance exams and tests because of the government‘s refusal t >>>


      BLAIR÷ MOWLAM ‘BOWLED EVERYONE OVER‘
      Guardian, 19-08-2005
      1'.08.2005÷ Mowlam a political ‘lioness‘ Newsblog÷ your tributes
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      CALL TO END STATE‘S LINK WITH CHURCH
      Guardian, 19-08-2005
      Alan Travis, home affairs editor Friday August 1', 2005 The Guardian A leading Labour thinktank has called for the Church of England‘s preferential status to end and for its bishops to the lose the right to sit in the House of Lords.

The Fabian Society says the change is needed to establish the princ >>>


      CRIMINALS DANGER LIST GOES ONLINE
      Guardian, 19-08-2005
      Police can tap into details of 50,000 violent offenders Alan Travis, home affairs editor Friday August 1', 2005 The Guardian A national computer database containing the personal details and photographs of up to 50,000 of the most dangerous offenders in Britain was launched yesterday by the Home Office.

The >>>


      ECONOMISTS EXPECT TAX RISES NEXT YEAR
      Guardian, 19-08-2005
      Charlotte Moore Friday August 1', 2005 The Guardian Bumper tax receipts last month failed to stem criticism from analysts and opposition parties about the state of the public finances.

The Office for National Statistics said public sector net borrowing last month registered a surplus of 2.'bn, the high >>>


      FOOL‘S GOLD STANDARD
      Guardian, 19-08-2005
      Leader Friday August 1', 2005 The Guardian Only in England could this happen. A sigh of relief rose yesterday in some education circles because the pass rate for A–levels had gone up by only 0.2%, the smallest increase for more than 20 years. Such is the ferocity of an out–of–touch old guard holdi >>>


      IN HER OWN WORDS
      Guardian, 19-08-2005
      Tributes1'.08.2005÷ Blair÷ Mowlam ‘bowled everyone over‘
1'.08.2005÷ Mowlam a political ‘lioness‘ Newsblog÷ your tributes

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      INDEPENDENT TEETH OF NEW POLICE BODY PUT SIR IAN ON BACK FOOT
      Guardian, 19-08-2005
      Stephen Ward Friday August 1', 2005 The Guardian The Independent Police Complaints Commission is responsible for investigating complaints against the police in England and Wales and increasing public confidence in the system.

It announced it would be investigating the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes in >>>


      MARJORIE MOWLAM
      Guardian, 19-08-2005
      born in Watford, Hertfordshire, the second of three children. Her father Frank was a romantic, charming, thwarted man, an only child who had passed the grammar school examination, but was instead obliged to follow his father into a career in the Post Office. He rose to become Coventry‘s assistant postmaster.
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