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      EDWARDS LINKS WIFE‘S HEALTH TO ‘08 BID
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 5:31 PM AP Photo SCMC101 WASHINGTON (AP) – John Edwards, the Democratic nominee for vice president in 2004, says he would not seek the presidency in 2008 if his wife‘s health were to worsen.

She‘s doing great. All the tests are good, and they‘re very encour >>>


      ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEBATE RENEWS QUESTIONS
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 1:16 AM By ADAM GELLER AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) – It‘s been 30 years, but Dick Tucker has no trouble recalling the French signs posted inside city buses that crisscrossed Montreal: In French, we say it this way. We don‘t say it that way.‘‘ Language is >>>


      EVEN DEEP IN DIXIE, GAYS SENSE ACCEPTANCE
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 3:16 AM AP Photo NY322 By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – It‘s a Bible Belt state, almost certain to toughen its prohibition of gay marriage next month. A major candidate for governor has called homosexuality evil, and a national gay magazine branded Alabama the wo >>>


      FBI SEARCHES OFFICE OF LA. CONGRESSMAN
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 1:46 AM AP Photo DCLB112 By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – FBI agents searched the congressional office of Rep.

William Jefferson of Louisiana Saturday evening in connection with a public corruption investigation that has already netted two guilty pleas by two >>>


      FIREFIGHT KILLS 4 SOLDIERS IN AFGHANISTAN
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 12:16 PM KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – One coalition soldier and three Afghan troops were killed in a firefight with militants in southern Afghanistan, the U.S.–led coalition said Sunday. Another 26 soldiers were wounded.

There were no immediate reports of militant casualties in the >>>


      FIREFIGHTS KILL 1 FRENCH, 16 AFGHAN TROOPS
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 2:16 PM AP Photo ABD103 KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – One French and 16 Afghan soldiers were killed and about 40 other troops were wounded in two firefights in southern Afghanistan, coalition and Afghan officials said Sunday.

In one battle in Helmand province, 13 Afghan soldiers were kill >>>


      FRANKS: GI DEATHS IS THE COST OF SECURITY
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 12:46 PM AP Photo NY107 By COLIN FLY Associated Press Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) – Those who count the increasing number of American soldiers killed in Iraq are missing the bigger picture, retired Gen. Tommy Franks said Saturday night.

What we‘re talking about is neither 2, >>>


      GAZA BLAST STOKES HAMAS–FATAH TENSIONS
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 1:16 AM AP Photo JRL140 By IBRAHIM BARZAK Associated Press Writer GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – An apparent attempt to assassinate Gaza‘s intelligence chief with a bomb planted at his headquarters Saturday heightened tensions between President Mahmoud Abbas‘ Fatah faction and the Is >>>


      GENTRIFICATION BRINGS CHANGES TO SKID ROW
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 6:31 PM By JOHN ROGERS Associated Press Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) – It‘s been called the skiddiest of all Skid Rows‘‘

– 50 square blocks of abandoned factories, burned–out storefronts, rundown hotels, dingy bars and seedy liquor stores, interspers >>>


      GONZALES: LANGUAGE BILL PURELY SYMBOLIC
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 6:01 PM AP Photo WHMC101 By HOPE YEN Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – Despite the brouhaha the Senate has caused with its immigration bill, making English the national language‘‘ of the United States will not change current laws, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales >>>


      GOP PINS HOPES ON BLACK REPUBLICANS
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 3:16 AM AP Photo WX103 By KRISTEN WYATT Associated Press Writer BOWIE, Md. (AP) – Hope springs eternal when black Republicans seek higher office, yet often the first question that hits them is what are they doing in the GOP. This election year, a man named Steele in Maryland and a former footb >>>


      GREEK CYPRIOTS VOTE TO ELECT NEW PARLIAMENT
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 12:01 PM AP Photo NIC107 By GEORGE PSYLLIDES Associated Press Writer NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) – Greek Cypriots voted to elect a new parliament Sunday on this divided island – their first vote since rejecting a U.N. reunification plan.

Cyprus has been divided between a Greek–Cy >>>


      HUNT ON AFTER GUNMAN KILLS 3 IN LA. CHURCH
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 6:46 PM BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – A gunman opened fire at a church Sunday, killing at least three people before he abducted his wife and one of his children, police said.

A manhunt was on for a suspect identified as Anthony Bell, 25, of Baton Rouge, Sgt. Charles Armstrong said.

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      INDONESIA REMEMBERS DOWNFALL OF SUHARTO
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 7:46 AM AP Photo JAK107 By CHRIS BRUMMITT Associated Press Writer JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) – Protesters wearing Suharto masks demanded the ailing former dictator face trial Sunday, the eighth anniversary of the massive pro–democracy demonstrations that ousted him.

Suharto, 84, re >>>


      IRAQ‘S NEW GOV‘T MEETS AMID MORE VIOLENCE
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 10:46 AM AP Photo BAG131 By THOMAS WAGNER Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Violence killed five Iraqis and wounded dozens Sunday as Iraq‘s new national unity government met for the first time with security high on its agenda.

The attacks all occurred in Baghdad, the >>>


      IRAQ SWEARS IN CABINET AFTER 5 MONTHS
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 1:01 AM AP Photo BAG116 By PATRICK QUINN Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – After five months of often bitter wrangling over Cabinet posts, Iraq‘s unity government took office Saturday and vowed to fight the insurgency, restore stability and set the stage for the eventual withd >>>


      ISRAEL OKS EXPANSION OF JEWISH SETTLEMENTS
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 7:01 AM AP Photo XMM101 JERUSALEM (AP) – Israel‘s defense ministry has approved in recent weeks the expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, a settlement watchdog group said Sunday.

The expansions of the settlements were the first in years, the group said. The United St >>>


      ISRAEL TO GIVE MEDICINES TO PALESTINIANS
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 12:01 PM JERUSALEM (AP) – The Israeli Cabinet approved Sunday the transfer of $11 million worth of medicine and health supplies to the Palestinians to help ease the deteriorating humanitarian conditions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Israel stopped transferring $55 million in taxes >>>


      KENTUCKY TOWN MOURNS 5 COAL MINERS
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 5:16 PM AP Photo KYJC101 By SAMIRA JAFARI Associated Press Writer HOLMES MILL, Ky. (AP) – Mary Middleton said her husband had been working in the mines since he was 18. Denise Bean‘s stepfather came from a family of miners.

Both were among the five men killed in an underground e >>>


      KUWAIT RULER DISSOLVES PARLIAMENT
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 4:16 PM KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait (AP) – Kuwait‘s ruler, Sheik Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah, has dissolved parliament and called for new elections to be held next month, state media reported Sunday.

Kuwait Television said the elections would be held June 2'. The move follows a crisis o >>>


      L.A.‘S SKID ROW IMMIGRANT POPULATION GROWS
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 6:31 PM By PAUL CHAVEZ Associated Press Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) – A shadow population lives among the estimated 14,000 homeless on Skid Row.

A growing number of immigrants are bedding down each night in parks, abandoned buildings and cardboard boxes, finding refuge in camouflaged enca >>>


      MAYOR NAGIN RE–ELECTED IN NEW ORLEANS
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 3:46 PM AP Photo LADM101 By MICHELLE ROBERTS Associated Press Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Voters re–elected Mayor Ray Nagin, whose blunt style endeared him to some but outraged others after Hurricane Katrina, giving him four more years to oversee one of the largest rebuilding projects in U >>>


      MEXICO WORKS TO BAR NON–NATIVES FROM JOBS
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 5:16 PM By MARK STEVENSON Associated Press Writer MEXICO CITY (AP) – If Arnold Schwarzenegger had migrated to Mexico instead of the United States, he couldn‘t be a governor. If Argentina native Sergio Villanueva, firefighter hero of the Sept. 11 attacks, had moved to Tecate instead of Ne >>>


      MILITANTS HIT POLITICAL RALLY IN KASHMIR
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 10:16 AM SRINAGAR, India (AP) – Suspected Islamic militants hurled grenades and fired bullets at a ruling Congress Party rally in India‘s portion of Kashmir on Sunday, killing a policeman and wounding at least 13 other people, officials said.

One of the attackers was also killed >>>


      MILITANTS STRIKE KASHMIR POLITICAL RALLY
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 2:16 PM AP Photo XMK108 By MUJTABA ALI AHMAD Associated Press Writer SRINAGAR, India (AP) – Islamic militants dressed as policemen hurled grenades and shot into a rally by the ruling Congress party in India‘s portion of Kashmir on Sunday, killing five people and wounding at least 20 othe >>>


      MONTENEGRO VOTES ON INDEPENDENCE ISSUE
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 ':46 AM AP Photo XSI102 By DUSAN STOJANOVIC Associated Press Writer PODGORICA, Serbia–Montenegro (AP) – Montenegro voted Sunday on whether stay in its troubled union with Serbia or become independent and write the final chapter in the breakup of the former Yugoslavia.

The di >>>


      MOUNTAIN STATES IMPRISONING MORE WOMEN
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 5:16 AM AP Photo GFX'0' By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) – Oklahoma, Mississippi and the Mountain states have set the pace in increasing the imprisonment of women, while several Northeastern states are curtailing the practice, according to a new report detailing sharp re >>>


      MURDER ATTEMPT ON FATAH OFFICIAL FOILED
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 ':46 AM GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – Palestinian officials on Sunday discovered a large roadside bomb that they said was meant to kill a top security official closely allied with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

The 154–pound bomb was planted on a road linking Rashid Abu >>>


      NAGIN LEADS IN EARLY BIG EASY RETURNS
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 3:01 AM AP Photo NU106 By MICHELLE ROBERTS Associated Press Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Mayor Ray Nagin led Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu in early returns Saturday from a mayoral election between onetime allies with similar ideas but different styles for leading this hurricane–ravaged city throu >>>


      NAGIN WINS RE–ELECTION AS BIG EASY MAYOR
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 5:46 AM AP Photo LADM108 By MICHELLE ROBERTS Associated Press Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Mayor Ray Nagin, whose shoot–from–the–hip style was both praised and scorned after Hurricane Katrina, narrowly won re–election over Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu on Saturday in the race to >>>


      NATIONAL GUARD UNIT SPLIT ON BORDER DUTY
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 1:01 AM AP Photo TXJH106 By LYNN BREZOSKY Associated Press Writer WESLACO, Texas (AP) – In the Rio Grande Valley, an area known for both blended cultures and intense U.S. patriotism, National Guard soldiers recently back from Afghanistan are taking stock of President Bush‘s plan to use t >>>


      NO SECURITY GUARANTEE FOR IRAN, RICE SAYS
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 4:31 PM AP Photo DCCG102 By DOUGLASS K. DANIEL Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. has not offered a guarantee against attacking or undermining Iran‘s hard–line government in exchange for having Tehran curtail its nuclear program, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice >>>


      OBITUARIES IN THE NEWS
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 3:01 AM By The Associated Press Oren Benton DENVER (AP) – Oren Benton, who made a fortune pioneering the purchase of uranium from the Soviet Union before a spectacular bankruptcy when the uranium market collapsed, has died. He was 72 Phyllis Wicklund, a longtime family friend, confirmed his de >>>


      OLMERT: IRAN CLOSE TO ATOMIC BOMB KNOW–HOW
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 4:31 PM AP Photo AKCF104 By RAMIT PLUSHNICK–MASTI Associated Press Writer JERUSALEM (AP) – Iran is just a few months away from acquiring the technological know–how that will allow it to build an atomic bomb, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in an interview broadcast Sunday.< >>>


      PA. COUPLE, QUADRIPLEGIC SON FATALLY SHOT
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 2:46 PM By MARYCLAIRE DALE Associated Press Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A couple and their 20–year–old quadriplegic son were shot and killed early Sunday in their living room, police said.

Authorities did not immediately find a weapon and did not suspect murder–suicid >>>


      PALESTINIANS FOIL 2ND ASSASSINATION EFFORT
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 3:16 PM AP Photo JRL115 By IBRAHIM BARZAK Associated Press Writer GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – Palestinian security foiled the second attempt in two days to kill top commanders loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas in what officials in his Fatah party said Sunday was a clear conspiracy&ls >>>


      POLICE: 3 KILLED IN LA. CHURCH SHOOTING
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 6:31 PM BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – A gunman opened fire at a church Sunday, killing at least three people before he abducted his wife and one of his children, police said.

A manhunt was on for a suspect identified as Anthony Bell, 25, of Baton Rouge, Sgt. Charles Armstong said.

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      POLITICIANS BRAVE THE INTERNET – WITH HELP
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 5:46 PM AP Photo WX105 By NANCY ZUCKERBROD and BROOKE DONALD Associated Press Writers LOL:) Look who‘s podcasting! No, it‘s not your teenager. It‘s your senator.

Veteran politicians more familiar with turntables and typewriters are enlisting twentysomething computer whiz k >>>


      PROSECUTORS APPEAL ON DELAY INDICTMENT
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 3:16 AM AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Prosecutors in the case against U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay have asked the state‘s highest criminal court to reinstate an indictment accusing the former House majority leader of conspiring to violate election laws.

The appeal filed with the Court of Criminal >>>


      REPUBLICANS PIN HOPES ON BLACK CANDIDATES
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 5:01 AM AP Photo WX103 By KRISTEN WYATT Associated Press Writer BOWIE, Md. (AP) – Hope springs eternal when black Republicans seek higher office, yet often the first question that hits them is what are they doing in the GOP. This election year, a man named Steele in Maryland and a former footb >>>


      RESCUERS SEEK 1'8 VIETNAMESE AFTER STORM
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 3:01 AM AP Photo RJV106 By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA Associated Press Writer DANANG, Vietnam (AP) – Anguished relatives listened to the radio communications of rescuers searching Saturday for nearly 200 Vietnamese fishermen whose boats sank during Typhoon Chanchu.

Chanchu, the most powerful >>>


      RICE PRAISES POLITICAL PROGRESS IN IRAQ
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 2:01 PM WASHINGTON (AP) – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Iraq has made extraordinary progress politically‘‘ by inaugurating a new government even though sectarian infighting has stalled the selection of Cabinet posts for overseeing the army, police forces and na >>>


      RICE: U.S. FACES DILEMMA OVER GUANTANAMO
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 3:31 PM AP Photo NY116 By DOUGLASS K. DANIEL Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. would be delighted to close the Guantanamo Bay prison but cannot until settling the fate of hundreds of dangerous people‘‘ held there, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said >>>


      ROADSIDE BLAST INJURES 5 IN BAGHDAD
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 7:01 AM BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – A roadside bomb explosion wounded five people in a mostly Sunni Arab neighborhood of Baghdad on Sunday, a day after the formation of the country‘s new national unity government.

The 8 a.m. blast missed its target – a police patrol – but w >>>


      SPANISH PM SEEKS PEACE TALKS WITH ETA
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 12:46 PM MADRID, Spain (AP) – Spain‘s prime minister said Sunday he will seek to open peace talks with the armed Basque separatist group ETA, which declared a permanent cease–fire in March.

Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said he will go before Parliament next month to announ >>>


      THOUSANDS BACK ANTI–PORN BILL IN INDONESIA
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 4:31 AM JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) – Tens of thousands of conservative Muslims rallied in the Indonesian capital Sunday in support of a proposed anti–pornography bill that critics say would chip away at the country‘s secular traditions.

The protesters, who arrived in buses or >>>


      TURNOUT HIGH IN KEY MONTENEGRIN VOTE
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 5:46 PM AP Photo XSI130 By DUSAN STOJANOVIC Associated Press Writer PODGORICA, Serbia–Montenegro (AP) – Montenegrins poured out in record numbers Sunday to decide whether to stay in their troubled union with Serbia or become independent and write the final chapter in the breakup of the f >>>


      U.N. OFFICIAL MEETS WITH MYANMAR‘S SUU KYI
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 1:46 AM AP Photo TOK301 By AYE AYE WIN Associated Press Writer YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – The U.N.‘s top political official met Saturday with detained Myanmar pro–democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who had been barred from holding talks with foreigners for more than two years.

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      U.S. ENVOY: NEXT 6 MONTHS KEY FOR IRAQ
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 3:46 PM AP Photo LON117 By JOHN DANISZEWSKI Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – The U.S. ambassador said Sunday the next six months will be critical for Iraq as its new national unity government seeks to win public confidence and improve security so that American and other internation >>>


      UKRAINE DEALS WITH MESSY SIDE OF DEMOCRACY
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 5:16 PM By MARA D. BELLABY Associated Press Writer KIEV, Ukraine (AP) – What to do with Yulia? The fate of the ousted prime minister is much the talk among Ukrainians – those, at least, whose eyes haven‘t glazed over from a surfeit of politics.

The heady days of revolution >>>


      UNDERGROUND BLAST KILLS 5 KENTUCKY MINERS
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 3:01 AM AP Photo KYJC101 By SAMIRA JAFARI Associated Press Writer HOLMES MILL, Ky. (AP) – An underground explosion in an eastern Kentucky coal mine killed five miners early Saturday, while a sixth miner walked away from the blast that sprayed an office building with rock and mud 100 yards outs >>>


      ‘MAD DOG‘ ADAIR SPARKS FURY OVER &#163;100,000 BOOK
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Skip to main content Sign in Register Go to: Guardian Unlimited homeUK newsWorld newsComment is free blogNewsblog––––––––––––––––––––––Arc hive searchArtsBooksBusinessEducationGuardian.co >>>


      ‘NOWADAYS IT‘S MORE LIKE A HIGHWAY THAN A MOUNTAIN‘
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Barbara McMahon Sunday May 21, 2006 The Observer Reinhold Messner is considered one of the world‘s outstanding mountaineers.

The first climber to conquer all 14 of the world‘s peaks of 8,000m or more, he has also climbed Everest twice.

Messner first scaled Everest in 1'78 as part of a >>>


      A NEW BREED OF BARBIES HAS HIT TOWN
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      A 10in doll hasn‘t wrecked the body images of a generation – it‘s the living Barbies who are guilty Barbara Ellen Sunday May 21, 2006 The Observer Considering my name, you‘d have thought I‘d have taken more interest, but, as a child, I never liked Barbie: silly blonde thing, standing on ti >>>


      A NORTHERN SOUL
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Thirty years ago, the Manchester music scene was changed for ever. Paul Morley revisits the city of his youth and recalls the sights and eviscerating sounds that transformed the lives of a generation Sunday May 21, 2006 In 1'76, if you were a teenager in and around Manchester, which was a city still covered in war >>>


      AIRPORT SECURITY IS A FARCE... I REST MY CASE
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Carol Sarler Sunday May 21, 2006 The Observer Ah, the Airbus A380! A thing of beauty – at least to the fly–babies among us; a toast to future skies. Except, dear God, for this: imagine 500 people all trying to check in at once. That‘s nothing short of a field day for the little Hitlers whose intermina >>>


      ALL HAIL TO THE LIZARD KINGS OF EUROVISION
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Helena Smith packs a pair of her best earplugs and reports on a night of kitsch from Athens Sunday May 21, 2006 The Observer Any doubts that the Eurovision Song Contest is still a squeaky clean, bubble–gum pop fiesta were laid to rest last night when judges across the Continent voted overwhelmingly for Lordi, a h >>>


      ALWAYS FATHER, DEAR FATHER
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Victoria Coren Sunday May 21, 2006 The Observer Various fascinating legal and moral questions were thrown up, I am sure, by the case of the transsexual who sued for official paternity rights.

This poor fellow has just lost his appeal court battle to be declared the official father of a child born by artificial >>>


      ANOTHER TORY GAFFE WORTHY OF LABOUR
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Nick Cohen Sunday May 21, 2006 The Observer When David Cameron ran for the leadership of the Conservative party, I rubbished his pretensions in the New Statesman. Under the headline ‘The Birth of Blameron‘, I declared that a politician who shamelessly stole Tony Blair‘s mannerisms and soundbites was d >>>


      BAGHDAD DEAL RAISES HOPE FOR TROOP CUTS
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Gaby Hinsliff in London and Paul Harris in New York Sunday May 21, 2006 The Observer Iraq‘s first democratic postwar government was finally sworn in yesterday, a critical step raising the prospect of British troop withdrawals. Tony Blair, who hailed what he said was a ‘huge step forward‘ for the fledg >>>


      CHARITY WORKER‘S STAB HORROR
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Graduate‘s death leads to calls for increased protection for mental health staff who visit patients in their own homes Jo Revill, health Editor Sunday May 21, 2006 The Observer A young mental health worker who was stabbed to death at the home of a patient was described by her parents last night as a ‘role m >>>


      FACE TO FACE WITH DEATH
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Being involved in the aftermath of genocides and terrorist outrages lends bestselling crime writer Kathy Reichs‘s novels a chilling authenticity Liz Hoggard Sunday May 21, 2006 The Observer With her ironed blonde hair and red nails, Kathy Reichs looks every inch the Park Avenue lady, yet she‘s far more inte >>>


      FRESH ROW OVER DANISH CARTOONS
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sunday May 21, 2006 The Observer Danish cartoonists can‘t keep out of trouble. First their depictions of the prophet Muhammad spark outrage across Europe and now cartoonist Anders Morgenthaler has arrived on the scene. He remains defiant about his partly animated feature film debut, Princess, shown in Cannes this >>>


      HAS MIGHTY EVEREST BEEN REDUCED TO A PLAYGROUND?
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Conquering the world‘s highest mountain was once an achievement exciting awe. Now the ascent of Everest, while still a challenging physical feat, has become a commercial enterprise, with climbers paying 25,000 or more for a sophisticated package of hi–tech help. Peter Beaumont and Ed Douglas report Peter Be >>>


      HIRST‘S DIAMOND CREATION IS ART‘S COSTLIEST WORK EVER
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Sean O‘Hagan Sunday May 21, 2006 The Observer Compared with the epic works that have made his name – the shark in formaldehyde, the bisected cow – Damien Hirst‘s work in progress is a small, delicate object: a life–size human skull. Not just any skull, mind, but one cast in platinum and en >>>


      HOW BROWN ‘STEPPED BACK FROM PRECIPICE‘
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Ned Temko, chief political correspondent Sunday May 21, 2006 The Observer Gordon Brown ‘peered over the precipice‘ during the party‘s open battle over the timing of Tony Blair‘s departure but was now more ‘relaxed‘ about pressing for an early succession timetable, Hazel Blears, the L >>>


      HOW DID HE MANAGE THAT?
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      He started with five wins, then the famous 5–1 over Germany and revenge against Argentina. But next came Ulrika, Faria and the fake sheikh. Now, as Sven–Goran Eriksson heads to the World Cup with the hopes of a nation on his shoulders, Simon Garfield picks his starting 11 highlights from the Swede‘s f >>>


      LOOK WHAT WE HAVE DONE
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      As Britain faces its worst drought in 100 years, engineers in the Netherlands are preparing for a water–logged future. In this extract from her acclaimed book on climate change, Elizabeth Kolbert reports on how changing weather patterns and rising sea levels are threatening the world‘s coastlines.

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      MUNSTER END YEARS OF WOE AND THE TOWN IS PAINTED RED
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Biarritz 1' – 23 Munster Kevin Mitchell Sunday May 21, 2006 The Observer What a match. What a fight. Because – let us not pull our punches here

– that‘s what it was, an elemental collision of wills sustained by the sheer courage and physical commitment of both sets of combatants.
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      MY CHURCH? DAN BROWN HASN‘T SEEN THE HALF OF IT
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Cristina Odone Sunday May 21, 2006 The Observer Every Sunday, I go to a dimly lit, incense–filled church, where I have spied people lying prostrate in devotion on the marble floor. I regularly visit rooms filled with saints‘ embalmed bodies, hearts and shreds of their veils. I know people who fast to the po >>>


      NEW DAWN FOR IRAQ MARKED BY BLOODSHED
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      A government of national unity offers the US and Britain an exit strategy, but divisions and violence remain a threat Peter Beaumont in London and Muhammad Al–Ubedy in Baghdad Sunday May 21, 2006 The Observer For Iraqis, it was a grim fact of daily life. As a crowd of men, most of them impoverished Shia construct >>>


      NEW YORK AND EURONEXT IN $20BN TIE–UP
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Blow to London Stock Exchange as transatlantic powerhouse will woo Chinese and Russian firms Richard Wachman Sunday May 21, 2006 The Observer A $20 billion merger between the New York Stock Exchange and France‘s Euronext, which owns the London–based Liffe derivatives platform, is expected to be unveiled thi >>>


      NURSE EXODUS LEAVES KENYA IN CRISIS
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Poor pay and lack of jobs are forcing workers to abandon their country‘s health service to seek work in the UK, reports Tracy McVeigh in Nairobi Sunday May 21, 2006 The Observer It takes only a few minutes of Kenyan rain to melt the baked red earth byways of the slums into pools of slippery clay that splatter hig >>>


      PAUL AND HEATHER‘S TROUBLES FEED OUR OBSESSION WITH BLAME
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Celebrity divorces always provoke a national hunt for the guilty party. But sometimes it really is nobody‘s fault Mary Riddell Sunday May 21, 2006 The Observer So who‘s to blame for the collapse of the McCartney marriage? Is it Heather, a suspected Klondyker among bridal gold–diggers, or her put&ndash >>>


      PICTURES OF LILY
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Lily Allen has packed a lifetime‘s experiences into her 21 years, and now she‘s set to provide the soundtrack to your summer. Miranda Sawyer meets pop‘s most precocious young star Sunday May 21, 2006 The Observer Last month I used my column in this magazine to bemoan today‘s lack of proper pop s >>>


      SEX, DRINK, RAPE: THE FALL OF COLLEGE SPORT
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Three athletes are accused of sexually assaulting a black stripper. US campus ‘jocks‘ are now under scrutiny as never before. Is the focus on sport and money eroding academic and moral standards? Paul Harris in Durham, North Carolina, reports Sunday May 21, 2006 The Observer The house stands locked and empt >>>


      SVEN: ‘WE WILL WIN WORLD CUP‘
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Paul Wilson and Denis Campbell Sunday May 21, 2006 The Observer Alf Ramsey said it before 1'66 and was proved right. Now Sven–Goran Eriksson, a man not prone to rash utterances, has dared make the same bold prediction: England will win the World Cup.

England‘s manager has confounded the pessimi >>>


      WHAT‘S THE GERMAN FOR FISH AND CHIPS?
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Few British tourists know there is more to Germany than beer and castles. So here, as a beginner‘s guide, Beverley Fearis seeks out the Teutonic equivalents of everything from the Lake District to Harrods and Jamie Oliver Beverly Fearis Sunday May 21, 2006 The Observer Anyone who knows Germany will know there&lsq >>>


      WHO CARES WHAT LONDON THINKS OF US?
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      In business, the arts and energy, Scotland is right to be proud of its enviable achievements Ruaridh Nicoll Sunday May 21, 2006 The Observer It is rare to hear the striking of a perfect note in our national discourse, but Derek Bateman‘s ending of an interview with the Economist‘s Johnny Grimond last Friday >>>


      WHY BE SHY ABOUT OUR RADICAL PAST?
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Over time Tristram Hunt Sunday May 21, 2006 The Observer ‘I tell you, sir, you have no other way to deal with these men but to break them or they will break you.‘ True to his word, on 17 May 164', Oliver Cromwell had the ringleaders of the Leveller revolt marched out of Burford church in Oxfordshire and >>>


      YES, HIRSI ALI LIED. WOULDN‘T YOU?
      Guardian, 21-05-2006
      Politics in Europe is the poorer after the brave MP was stripped of her Dutch citizenship Isabella Thompson Sunday May 21, 2006 The Observer That Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the controversial Dutch MP, had dangerous enemies determined to kill her for her outspoken views on Islam was well known.

What is surprising is that >>>


      ANALYSE: MERKEL PLANT NEUE GRATWANDERUNG IN PEKING
      Die Welt, 21-05-2006
      Von Ulrich Scharlack und Andreas Landwehr, dpa Großansicht Peking (dpa) – USA–Reisen gelten immer noch als Höhepunkt im außenpolitischen Wirken eines deutschen Bundeskanzlers. «In Washington wird immer die ganze Themenpalette der Weltpolitik angesprochen», flüsterte ein hoher Regierungsb >>>


      ANTRITTSVISITE DER KANZLERIN IN PEKING
      Die Welt, 21-05-2006
      Großansicht Berlin/Peking (dpa) – Bundeskanzlerin Merkel ist zu ihrer ersten China–Reise gestartet. Nach Besuchen in den USA und in Russland will Merkel damit die Reihe ihrer Antrittsvisiten bei den drei großen Weltmächten abschließen. Merkel will die Menschenrechte zu einem zentralen Th >>>


      ARBEITSGEMEINSCHAFT SIEHT SUCHTHILFE FÜR POLIZISTEN IN GEFAHR
      Die Welt, 21-05-2006
      Lübeck (dpa) – Die Suchthelfer bei der Polizei befürchten eine Einschränkung ihrer Arbeit durch Sparmaßnahmen der Länder. Es wäre fatal, wenn Geld für Beratung und Betreuung suchtkranker Polizisten gestrichen würde, sagte der Sprecher der Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Suchtprob >>>


      AUTOREN: MERKEL SOLL «WAHRHEIT ÜBER CHINA» ERFAHREN
      Die Welt, 21-05-2006
      Großansicht Peking (dpa) – Das chinesische Autorenpaar Chen Guidi und Wu Chuntao will mit Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel (CDU) über das Schicksal der armen Bauern in China sprechen. Diesem Thema müsse absoluter Vorrang eingeräumt werden, sagte Chen Guidi in einem dpa–Gespräch.
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      BRASILIANER DIEGO ZUM SV WERDER
      Die Welt, 21-05-2006
      Bremen (dpa) – Der Wechsel des Brasilianers Diego von Portugals Meister FC Porto zum Bundesligisten SV Werder Bremen ist perfekt. Das teilte der deutsche Vizemeister am Abend mit. Der 21 Jahre alte Mittelfeldspieler erhält einen Vertrag bis 2010. Werders Manager Klaus Allofs nannte Diego einen «Klassespieler >>>


      BRAUNB'6;R RISS IN BAYERN VIER SCHAFE
      Die Welt, 21-05-2006
      Oberammergau (dpa) – Im bayerisch–österreichischen Grenzgebiet treibt seit Tagen ein Braunbär sein Unwesen. Das Tier soll am Nachmittag in Oberbayern vier Schafe gerissen haben. Danach sei er wieder spurlos verschwunden, sagte eine Sprecherin des World Wildlife Fund Deutschland.

Den genau >>>


      BUNDESREGIERUNG STIFTET 125 000 HEKTAR NATURSCHUTZFL'6;CHEN
      Die Welt, 21-05-2006
      Berlin (dpa) – Die Bundesregierung will 125 000 Hektar bundeseigener Liegenschaften dauerhaft für den Naturschutz zur Verfügung stellen. Das entspreche der Fläche von zehn Nationalparks, teilten die Ministerien für Umwelt und Finanzen in Berlin mit. 100 000 Hektar sollen voraussichtlich schon >>>


      BUNDESWEHR WIRD LAUT JUNG AUCH ENERGIEVERSORGUNG SICHERN MÜSSEN
      Die Welt, 21-05-2006
      München (dpa) – Die Bundeswehr wird sich nach den Worten von Verteidigungsminister Franz Josef Jung künftig auch auf die Sicherung der Energieversorgung einstellen müssen. Die Frage nach der Energieversorgung gehöre zu den sicherheitspolitischen Interessen, sagte der CDU–Politiker dem Na >>>


      BUSH GRATULIERT AL–MALIKI ZUR REGIERUNGSBILDUNG
      Die Welt, 21-05-2006
      Washington (dpa) – US–Präsident George W. Bush hat dem irakischen Ministerpräsident Nuri al–Maliki zur Regierungsbildung gratuliert. Damit sei ein neues Kapitel in er Geschichte des Landes aufgeschlagen, hieß es in einer Stellungnahme. Auch UN– Generalsekretär Kofi Annan hatt >>>


      CDU–REGIERUNGSCHEFS RÜTTGERS UND OETTINGER ERNEUERN KRITIK
      Die Welt, 21-05-2006
      Berlin (dpa) – Die Beschlüsse zur Mehrwertsteuererhöhung und zum Gleichbehandlungsgesetz liefern CDU–Ministerpräsidenten weiter Anlass zur Kritik an der großen Koalition. So sagte der nordrhein– westfälische Regierungschef Jürgen Rüttgers im ZDF, mit der Erhöhun >>>


      CHRONOLOGIE: KANZLERBESUCHE IN CHINA
      Die Welt, 21-05-2006
      Hamburg (dpa) – Nach der Aufnahme diplomatischer Beziehungen im Jahr 1'72 sind deutsche Bundeskanzler elf Mal nach China gereist. Als erster besuchte Helmut Schmidt (SPD) im Jahr 1'75 die Volksrepublik. Zuletzt war Gerhard Schröder (SPD) im Dezember 2004 zu Gast in Peking.

Meist standen Wirt >>>


      DEUTSCHE NATIONALMANNSCHAFT IN GENF EINGETROFFEN
      Die Welt, 21-05-2006
      Genf (dpa) – Die deutsche Fußball–Nationalmannschaft ist in Genf gelandet. Sie will sich dort bis zum 30. Mai auf die WM vorbereiten.

Nachdem Torwart Jens Lehmann nach dem Champions–League–Finale im Trainingslager auf Sardinien noch gefehlt hatte und Verteidiger Philipp Lahm nach E >>>


      DIABETES TRIFFT IMMER JÜNGERE KINDER
      Die Welt, 21-05-2006
      Leipzig (dpa) – Die Zuckerkrankheit trifft nach Experteneinschätzung immer jüngere Kinder. «Diabetes tritt wegen der stark gestiegenen Gewichtsprobleme bei Kindern immer zeitiger auf», sagte der Direktor der Leipziger Universitäts–Kinderklinik, Wieland Kiess. Habe das Durchschnittsalter der j >>>


      DIE THEMEN BEI MERKELS CHINA–REISE
      Die Welt, 21-05-2006
      Großansicht Berlin (dpa) – Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel (CDU) will bei ihrer ersten China–Reise mit der Führung in Peking eine Fülle von Themen erörtern. Hier ein Überblick: Internationale Fragen Ganz oben auf der Liste steht wie bei ihren Aufenthalten in den USA und Russland der I >>>


      DPA–NACHRICHTENÜBERBLICK POLITIK
      Die Welt, 21-05-2006
      Möllring will nicht mehr über Tarifvertrag verhandeln Hannover (dpa) – Im Tarifkonflikt der '6;rzte an Unikliniken stehen die Zeichen weiter auf Konfrontation. Der Chef der Tarifgemeinschaft deutscher Länder, Hartmut Möllring, will mit dem Marburger Bund keine gesonderten Verhandlungen >>>


      EIN TOTER BEI STURM ÜBER DEUTSCHLAND
      Die Welt, 21-05-2006
      Hamburg (dpa) – Ein Unwetter mit Sturm und Orkanböen ist in der Nacht über weite Teile Deutschlands hinweggefegt. In Hameln in Niedersachsen wurde dabei ein 71–jähriger Mann von einem herabstürzenden Ast erschlagen.

Vor allem in Nordrhein–Westfalen, Niedersachsen, Mittelhe >>>


      EIN TOTER BEI UNWETTERN IN DEUTSCHLAND
      Die Welt, 21-05-2006
      Düsseldorf – Bei Unwettern mit orkanartigen Böen in NRW, Hessen und Niedersachsen ist ein Mensch ums Leben gekommen. Durch umstürzende Bäume und losgerissene Dachziegel entstanden Sachschäden und Verkehrsbehinderungen. In Hameln in Niedersachsen wurde ein Mann von einem Baum erschlagen. V >>>


      EINE MILLION THÜRINGER ZU STICHWAHLEN IN KOMMUNEN AUFGERUFEN
      Die Welt, 21-05-2006
      Erfurt (dpa) – In Thüringen sind heute rund eine Million Menschen zur zweiten Runde der Kommunalwahlen aufgerufen. In 31 Städten und sechs Landkreisen geht es in Stichwahlen um die Besetzung der kommunalen Spitzenämter. Entschieden werden soll auch, wer künftig die Landeshauptstadt Erfurt regi >>>


      ELF TOTE BEI BOMBENANSCHL'6;GEN IN BAGDAD
      Die Welt, 21-05-2006
      Bagdad (dpa) – Einen Tag nach der Vereidigung der neuen irakischen Regierung sind bei Bombenanschlägen in Bagdad elf Menschen getötet und 50 weitere verletzt worden. Im Stadtzentrum explodierte eine Bombe vor einem Restaurant. Dabei kamen Augenzeugen zufolge acht Menschen ums Leben. Drei weitere Iraker >>>



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