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      WHY RESERVATION NEEDED, PASWAN HAS AN ANSWER
      Индия экспресс, 05-05-2006
      Updated: Friday, May 05, 2006 at 202' hours IST New Delhi, May 5: Joining the debate on reservation, Union Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister Ramvilas Paswan on Friday seemed to justify it as long as inequality among various sections persists.

«If all students get an equal environment to study then w >>>


      "Амигур" собрал десятки свидетельств выходцев из СНГ, переживших Катастрофу.
      Курсор-Инфо, 05-05-2006
     В преддверие дня победы в воскресенье, 7 мая в 12:00 состоится торжественная церемония передачи Книги памяти, собравшей свидетельства выходцев из СНГ, переживших катастрофу, проживающих в 50 хостелях компании социального жилья Еврейского агентства "Амигур". В церемонии передачи Книги памяти примут участие глава Еврейского агентства Зеэв Бел >>>


      31-е правительство Израиля приведено к присяге
      Курсор-Инфо, 05-05-2006
     Кнессет утвердил 31-е правительство Израиля под руководством премьер- министра Эхуда Ольмерта. За новое правительство проголосовали 65 депутатов, против – 4'. Депутат кнессета Марина Солодкина (Кадима) перед голосованием вышла из зала. Сначала выступил глава правительства Эхуд Ольмерт. Он в очередной раз повторил основные принципы, >>>


      Аббас предложил Ольмерту возобновить переговоры
      Курсор-Инфо, 05-05-2006
     Глава палестинской администрации Махмуд Аббас (Абу-Мазен) предложил премьер-министру Израиля Эхуду Ольмерту возобновить мирные палестино- израильские переговоры. Как заявил политический советник главы ПА Саиб Арикат, во время состоявшегося в пятницу телефонного разговор между ними, Ольмерт выразил готовность встретиться с главой ПА по з >>>


      Аэропорт Сде-Дов перебазируется в открытое море
      Курсор-Инфо, 05-05-2006
     Аэропорт Сде-Дов, расположенный в непосредственной близости от престижных жилых кварталов Северного Тель-Авива, в скором времени получит новую прописку. На его месте будет воздвигнут мини-город со своими домами, парками, кафе, ресторанами и очень дорогими отелями. Но самое главное – самолеты перестанут досаждать жителям окрестных район >>>


      Бой в Балате: три боевика ранены
      Курсор-Инфо, 05-05-2006
     В ночь на 5 мая крупные силы ЦАХАЛА окружили лагерь палестинских беженцев Балата в Шхеме (Наблус), где, по информации армейской разведки, находились разыскиваемые террористы. В ходе операции по их задержанию завязалась перестрелка, в результате которой трое боевиков получили ранения. Еще трое боевиков группировки "Батальоны мучеников Аль-Ак >>>


      Грабители пытались угнать автомобиль Переса
      Курсор-Инфо, 05-05-2006
     Неизвестные злоумышленники пытались угнать персональный автомобиль Шимона Переса. Причем делали они это именно в тот момент, когда новоиспеченный министр развития Галилеи и Негева клялся в верности народу Израиля на торжественном заседании кнессета. Как сообщает сегодня, 5 мая, газета "Маарив", угонщики пытались проникнуть в автомобиль >>>


      Либерман пообещал свалить правительство за полтора года
      Курсор-Инфо, 05-05-2006
     В интервью корреспонденту 1 канала израильского телевидения Аеле Хасон председатель партии Наш дом – Израиль Авигдор Либерман заявил, что его фракция будет доминировать в парламентской оппозиции и добьется падения правительства Эхуда Ольмерта в течение ближайших полутора лет. Либерман пояснил, что в своей речи на пленарном заседании кнес >>>


      Ольмерт начал с повышения цен на хлеб
      Курсор-Инфо, 05-05-2006
     4 мая вечером новое правительство, провозгласившее себя борцом за социально-экономическую справедливость, было приведено к присяге, а уже 5 мая граждане страны с удвилением обнаружили, что хлеб подорожал в среднем на 7,11%. Оказывается, решение о повышении цен на хлебобулочные изделия, принял перед Днем независимости не кто иной, как н >>>


      Перес желает состоять в Аводе и Кадиме одновременно
      Курсор-Инфо, 05-05-2006
     После перехода из Аводы в Кадиму Шимон Перес не оставляет попыток полного объединения этих партий. Очередное заявление по этому поводу патриах израильской политики сделал утром 5 мая в прямом эфире радиостанции "Коль Исраэль", заявив, что между Аводой и Кадимой более нет идеологических различий, тогда как слияние партий сэкономит много дене >>>


      Посетители убили бегемота в Иерусалимском зоопарке
      Курсор-Инфо, 05-05-2006
     Посетители Иерусалимского зоопарка довели до смерти 35-летнего бегемота по имени Мати. Об этом сообщила сегодня, 5 мая, пресс-служба зоопарка. По словам ветеринаров, причиной гибели животного стал резиновый мяч, который посетители забросили в бассейн в вольере бегемотов. Мати, решив, что ему преподнесли очередное лакомство, проглотил его >>>


      Реакция председателя фонда НАДАВ Леонида Невзлина на заявление писателя А.Б Иегошуа о евреях диаспоры.
      Курсор-Инфо, 05-05-2006
     Отрицание этого факта равносильно непризнанию смысла существования многих поколений еврейского народа. Гарантия нашего существования как единого народа вовсе не означает необходимости репатриации поголовно всех евреев в Израиль. Гораздо важнее чувство единства и сопричастности, а также общей ответственности за судьбу евреев народа, где >>>


      Речь главы правительства Эхуда Ольмерта в кнессете на церемонии представления нового правительства
      Курсор-Инфо, 05-05-2006
     04.05.2006 Уважаемый г-н президент и г-жа Кацав! Уважаемая г-жа спикер Кнессета! Уважаемые депутаты Кнессета 17-го созыва! Поздравляю Вас, г-жа спикер Кнессета, с избранием на столь высокий пост. Впервые в истории Государства Израиль главой законодательного собрания страны становится женщина. Вы этого достойны. В течение многих лет Вы заним >>>


      Речь председателя НДИ Авигдора Либермана в кнессете 4 мая 2006 года
      Курсор-Инфо, 05-05-2006
     Уважаемый г-н председатель, уважаемые депутаты! Впервые в истории Израиля у власти коалиция, сформированная против алии. Меня сегодня спрашивали, по какому поводу и зачем мы устроили демонстрацию у здания Кнессета. Мол, разве повод для демонстрации протестовать против того, что нас не взяли в правительство. Дело не в том, что нас не взяли – >>>


      Россия перевела ПА 10 млн. долларов
      Курсор-Инфо, 05-05-2006
     В условиях обостряющейся социально-экономической и гуманитарной ситуации на палестинских территориях Правительство Российской Федерации приняло решение оказать неотложную финансовую помощь Палестинской национальной администрации в размере 10 млн. долларов. Перевод указанной суммы осуществлен 4 мая, сообщается на официальном сайте российског >>>


      ЦАХАЛ ответил на "касамы" артиллерийским огнем
      Курсор-Инфо, 05-05-2006
     После 3-дневного затишья батареи ЦАХАЛа возобновили артиллерийский обстрел районов сектора Газы, которые используются террористами для запусков ракет "касам". В утренние часы по израильской территории было выпущено 4 ракеты. Две ракеты упали на открытой местности возле Ашкелона, не причинив никакого ущерба, третья рухнула в море, а четве >>>


      Швеция предоставила въездную визу палестинскому министру
      Курсор-Инфо, 05-05-2006
     Глава правительства Швеции Йоран Персон не сдержал своего слова. Два дня назад в Хельсинки он заявил, что, так как ХАМАС считается в ЕС террористической организацией, выдача шведских въездных виз представителям ХАМАСа не отвечает национальным интересам Швеции. Оказалось, что отвечает. Консул Швеции в Иерусалиме Нильсен Эльяссон подтверди >>>


      DO NOT FORCE DARFUR REBELS TO SIGN UNJUSTIFIED PEACE
      Sudan Tribune, 05-05-2006
      By Garang Ayang Kuoi× May 4, 2006 I am worry and concerned that the African Union (AU) mediators will force the Dafur rebels to sign unjustified truce that will leave the people of Darfur behind bars without the benefit of their caused. As I have been following the online news about Darfur peace talks in Nigerian >>>


      OPEN LETTER TO EU AMBASSADORS IN ETHIOPIA
      Sudan Tribune, 05-05-2006
      By Frehiwot Ghion× May 5, 2006 I am forced to write this letter by a recent news article regarding the planned reception at the national palace for European ambassadors; on the occasion of Europe Day celebrations in Ethiopia. The host of the reception, Meles Zenawi is also interested to debate with the ambassador >>>


      SELF–RELIANCE, THE ONLY PATH TO ACHIEVE FULL INDEPENDENCE IN ERITREA
      Sudan Tribune, 05-05-2006
      By Ibrahim A. Ibrahim May 4, 2006 Eritrea since its inception as a nation and during the tough time of struggle, always believed that the only path to independence is to rely on self. To achieve this goal, day in day out the whole population engaged in different tasks, and dedicated to realize this challenging task.
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      BIGGEST DARFUR REBEL FACTION TO SIGN PEACE DEAL: AU
      Sudan Tribune, 05-05-2006
      May 5, 2006 (ABUJA) The biggest faction of the Darfur rebel Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) agreed on Friday to sign a peace deal with the government despite reservations, African Union mediators said.

"Its done. Minni is going to sign. He has accepted with some reservations on power sharing ... but he is goi >>>


      CANADIAN DIPLOMATS JOIN DARFUR PEACE TALKS
      Sudan Tribune, 05-05-2006
      May 4, 2006 (OTTAWA) Two top Canadian diplomats were summoned to the Nigerian presidential palace Thursday as part of a small team of international negotiators hunkered down for a crucial night of peace talks on Sudans Darfur region.

Canadas high commissioner for Nigeria, David Angell, and United Nations Ambas >>>


      CHAD&#8217;S DEBY RELIES ON NEW WIFE TO OVERCOME FAMILY ISSUES
      Sudan Tribune, 05-05-2006
      May 4, 2006 (NDJAMENA) President Idriss Debys twin nephews – Tom and Timan Erdimi – were once part of their uncles inner circle but defected and started a rebel movement earlier this year. They are, at times, loosely allied with hardened fighters such as Mahmoud Nour, a former military confidant of the pres >>>


      DARFUR PEACE DEADLINE PASSES AMID TENSE TALKS
      Sudan Tribune, 05-05-2006
      May 5, 2006 (ABUJA) The African Unions latest deadline for a peace deal in the Sudanese region of Darfur expired as international mediators continued to hold intense discussions with the warring parties.

Minni Arcua Minnawi (L) leader of a faction of the rebel SLA and Ibrahim Khalil, leader of the rebel JEM pa >>>


      DARFUR PEACE DEAL POSSIBLE – REBEL NEGOTITATOR
      Sudan Tribune, 05-05-2006
      May 4, 2006 (ABUJA) Last–ditch proposals to salvage a peace agreement for Darfur help meet key rebel demands and could open the way to a deal, a rebel negotiator said Thursday, a day after Sudans government indicated the U.S.–proposed changes could be acceptable.

Four pages of revisions to the 85&n >>>


      DARFUR PEACE PLAN IN JEOPARDY
      Sudan Tribune, 05-05-2006
      May 5, 2006 (ABUJA) Two of three rebel groups battling the Sudanese government for control of the countrys Darfur region resisted intense international pressure on Friday to sign an accord aimed at ending a conflict that has claimed at least 180,000 lives.

In New York, U.N. Secretary–General Kofi Annan u >>>


      DARFUR PEACE TALKS GO ON DESPITE DEADLINE PASSING
      Sudan Tribune, 05-05-2006
      May 5, 2006 (ABUJA) Western and African diplomats kept the Sudanese government and Darfur rebels talking into Friday in a strenuous push for a peace deal, after a midnight deadline for agreement passed.

Officials had suggested on Thursday the deadline was likely to be breached as all involved worked into the n >>>


      DARFUR REBEL SLA–MINAWI, SUDAN GOVT AGREE PEACE DEAL
      Sudan Tribune, 05-05-2006
      May 5, 2006 (ABUJA) The biggest of three Darfur rebel factions and the Sudanese government accepted a peace settlement on Friday but two other rebel factions rejected the deal, casting doubt on whether it would be workable.

Both the government and a Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) faction said they accepted the pe >>>


      ENVOYS PUSH DARFUR REBELS TO ACCEPT PEACE DEAL
      Sudan Tribune, 05-05-2006
      May 4, 2006 (ABUJA) International peace mediators pleaded with Darfurs rebel leaders to accept a proposed deal designed to bring three years of slaughter to an end and allow for urgent humanitarian relief.

unidentified SLA rebel US Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick and British international aid ministe >>>


      ETHIOPIA, DONORS STEP UP EFFORTS TO RID THE COUNTRY OF LAND MINES
      Sudan Tribune, 05-05-2006
      May 4, 2006 (SHAMBKO, Ethiopia) Amere Arega walked gingerly across the cracked earth along the tense border between Ethiopia and Eritrea, searching for unexploded land mines a legacy of conflicts that have ravaged the Horn of Africa for the past 70 years.

Amere is part of an increased effort by donor agencies, >>>


      EU ANNOUNCES NEW AID PACKAGE FOR DARFUR
      Sudan Tribune, 05-05-2006
      May 4, 2006 (BRUSSELS) The European Commission announced Thursday a 100 million–euro (127 million–dollar) aid package for Sudans troubled Darfur region to help with rebuilding once a peace accord is signed.

Announcing the package in a statement, the EUs executive arm also welcomed an "imminent >>>


      EU CALLS FOR FINAL AGREEMENT IN DARFUR
      Sudan Tribune, 05-05-2006
      May 4, 2006 (VIENNA) The Austrian presidency of the European Union on Thursday said it acknowledged the progress made between the African Union and Sudanese rebels in finding a peaceful resolution to the war in Sudans troubled Darfur region but urged all sides to reach a long–term solution.

Displaced Sud >>>


      GLANCE AT DARFUR REBELS
      Sudan Tribune, 05-05-2006
      May 5, 2006 (ABUJA) Splits within the Darfur rebel camp have frustrated negotiators throughout the two–year peace process in the Nigerian capital.

Following is a look at the background of the main rebel groups. SUDAN LIBERATION MOVEMENT/ARMY (SLM/A) Rebels from the Sudan Liberation Movement wait in their >>>


      LAST BATCH OF RWANDA TROOPS MOVES TO DARFUR
      Sudan Tribune, 05-05-2006
      May 4, 2006 (KIGALI) The last batch of the 31st Battalion of the Rwanda Defence Forces earmarked for peacekeeping missions to Darfur (Sudan) has left, RNA News–reported.

The batch totalling 538 soldiers of the 501 Brigade now brings to about 2,000 Rwandan peacekeepers in Sudan.

Rwanda holds a si >>>


      NEW PEACE PROPOSAL MEETS DEMANDS – DARFUR REBELS
      Sudan Tribune, 05-05-2006
      May 4, 2006 (ABUJA) A proposal drafted by the United States and Britain to help end the war in Sudans Darfur region meets key rebel demands and could set the stage for a peace accord, a rebel negotiator said Thursday.

unidentified SLA rebel A rebel negotiator, speaking on condition of anonymity because the par >>>


      REBEL SLA – MINAWI AGREES DARFUR PEACE DEAL
      Sudan Tribune, 05-05-2006
      May 5, 2006 (ABUJA) The biggest of three rebel factions from Sudans Darfur region accepted a peace deal with the government on Friday but two other factions rejected it, casting doubt on whether the agreement would be workable.

SLA, Minni Menawi, talks to reporters in Al–Fasher, Nov. 1', 2005. (AP). >>>


      SOUTHERN SUDAN LAUNCHES MALARIA PREVENTION CAMPAIGN
      Sudan Tribune, 05-05-2006
      May 4, 2006 (NAIROBI) The Government of Southern Sudan in conjunction with the NGO Population Services International (PSI) last week launched a malaria prevention campaign.

The campaign was launched on Saturday, World Malaria Day, and will provide information on preventive measures and early diagnosis of the k >>>


      SUDAN, DARFUR MAIN REBEL GROUP AGREE TO SIGN PEACE ACCORD
      Sudan Tribune, 05-05-2006
      May 5, 2006 (ABUJA) Sudans government and the largest Darfur rebel group agreed Friday to sign a peace plan, a top U.S. envoy said, marking major progress in an internationally backed effort to end the death and destruction in western Sudan.

Sudanese rebels watch as African Union armoured vehicles deploy in Mu >>>


      TWO OF THREE REBEL GROUPS REFUSE DARFUR PEACE DEAL
      Sudan Tribune, 05-05-2006
      May 5, 2006 (ABUJA) The African Unions year–old drive to bring peace to the devastated Sudanese region of Darfur was in crisis once again on Friday, after rebel fighters refused to sign a peace accord.

Despite massive pressure from international mediators, both insurgent groups at peace talks in Abuja de >>>


      UN EXPERTS TO JOIN AU PROBE TEAM ON DARFUR SEXUAL ABUSE CLAIMS
      Sudan Tribune, 05-05-2006
      May 4, 2006 (NAIROBI) The United Nations Development Fund for Women said on Thursday it would participate in the African Union (AU) probe committee looking into claims that AU troops committed sexual abuse in Sudans western region of Darfur.

Displaced women discussing sexual violence around Garsila camp in Wes >>>


      US PROPOSALS COULD BRING AGREEMENT ON DARFUR PEACE PLAN
      Sudan Tribune, 05-05-2006
      May 4, 2006 (ABUJA) Last–ditch proposals to salvage a peace agreement for Darfur help meet key rebel demands and could open the way to a deal, a rebel negotiator said Thursday, a day after Sudans government indicated the U.S.–proposed changes could be acceptable.

Four pages of revisions to the 85&n >>>


      US&#8217;S ZOELLICK : PEACE DEAL COULD SATISFY DARFUR PARTIES
      Sudan Tribune, 05-05-2006
      May 5, 2006 (ABUJA) US Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick on Friday said an international peace proposal to end the protracted fighting in western Sudans Darfur could satisfy the warring parties.

Abdel Wahid al–Nur (L) and Minni Minnawi, leaders of the rebel SLA factions talk during negotiations w >>>


      CONTINUED DELAYS ON DARFUR INTERVENTION PROVE DEADLY
      Sudan Tribune, 05-05-2006
      Africa Action Contact: Ann–Louise Colgan (202) 546–7'61 Negotiations on Peace Deal Stall, as Genocide in Darfur Continues, and U.S. Public Demands New Action from Bush Administration May 4, 2006 (WASHINGTON) With the deadline for a peace deal on Darfur twice postponed at the Abuja talks this week, Afric >>>


      DISMISSAL OF BONA MALWAL AND THE PROBLEM OF UNITY STATE ASSEMBLY&#8217;S MEMBERS
      Sudan Tribune, 05-05-2006
      To: Hon. Dr. Martin Elia Chairman of South Sudan Democratic Forum Party Juba, South Sudan Dear Mr. Chairman, We, the undersigned members of South Sudan Democratic Forum Party, are appealing to your leadership to rescue the party from internal collapse.

As founding members of the party, we want to bring to >>>


      AFGHAN, COALITION FORCES ARE EFFECTIVE COUNTERTERRORISM PARTNERS
      USIA, 05-05-2006
      Durbin says attaining Afghan security self–sufficiency will take several years By Jacquelyn S. Porth Washington File Staff Writer Washington âЂ« Afghanistan is a key partner in the global War on Terror says a U.S. military officer who is working with newly trained Afghan army recruits and police.
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      BUSH HONORS CINCO DE MAYO, CONTRIBUTIONS OF MEXICAN–AMERICANS
      USIA, 05-05-2006
      Again calls for U.S. immigration debate to proceed in a civil manner By Lauren Monsen Washington File Staff Writer Washington –– Many Americans now celebrate the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo ("the fifth of May"), and in the United States, the festivity serves as "a reminder of a proud her >>>


      BUSH, MEETING WITH MERKEL, SAYS ALLIES "WON‘T FOLD" AGAINST IRAN
      USIA, 05-05-2006
      President to visit Germany in July on way to G8 summit in Russia By Vince Crawley Washington File Staff Writer Washington âЂ« President Bush, meeting at the White House with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said Iranian leaders cannot drive a wedge between the United States and world allies who all seek to p >>>


      CHENEY AT SUMMIT IN LITHUANIA SAYS RUSSIA HAS "CHOICE TO MAKE"
      USIA, 05-05-2006
      Vice president urges Russia to return to path of democratic reform By Jeffrey Thomas Washington File Staff Writer Washington –– Vice President Cheney, addressing a summit of leaders from the Baltic and Black Sea states May 4 in Vilnius, Lithuania, criticized opponents of democratic reform and democratic val >>>


      CHESS SPREADS THROUGH SCHOOLS ACROSS AMERICA
      USIA, 05-05-2006
      Educators tout game‘s benefits to scholarship, citizenship By Steve Holgate Washington File Special Correspondent Portland, Oregon –– The children, aged 5 through 11, crowd around tables or lie on their bellies on the floor, talking, laughing and letting their legs bounce in that jittery way kids have >>>


      COMMISSION CITES FIVE ASIAN NATIONS FOR LACK OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
      USIA, 05-05-2006
      Burma, North Korea, China, Vietnam, Indonesia violate "universal rights" By Jane Morse Washington File Staff Writer Washington –– Five East Asian nations have been named by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) for "egregious violations of the universal right to free >>>


      EXPERTS DEBATE ECONOMIC VIABILITY OF NEW NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS
      USIA, 05-05-2006
      Proponents of nuclear energy argue for initial government subsidies By Andrzej Zwaniecki Washington File Staff Writer This is the third in a series of articles on nuclear energy.

Washington –– As the nuclear power industry moves forward with plans to expand its reach into the U.S. energy market, a >>>


      HIGH OIL PRICES DUE TO LIMITED PRODUCTION CAPACITY, SAY ANALYSTS
      USIA, 05-05-2006
      Production capacity fails to match demand growth, experts say By David Shelby Washington File Staff Writer Washington âЂ« The global oil market is suffering from a "slow–motion supply shock" as productive capacity has failed to keep pace with the strong growth in demand in recent years, accor >>>


      HOUSE PASSES BILL FOR PROTECTING U.S. PORTS FROM TERRORIST ATTACK
      USIA, 05-05-2006
      Vote prevented on provision requiring foreign inspection of cargo By Bruce Odessey Washington File Staff Writer Washington –– The House of Representatives has passed a bill aimed at improving U.S. seaport security that would require equipment at 22 major U.S. ports to detect nuclear and radiological weapons >>>


      IRAN MUST CHANGE COURSE IN NUCLEAR STANDOFF, SAYS U.S. OFFICIAL
      USIA, 05-05-2006
      Nations must convince Iran‘s leaders to choose cooperation over confrontation By David I. McKeeby Washington File Staff Writer Washington âЂ« The international community must match the Iranian regime‘s defiant pursuit of nuclear weapons with a determined, diplomatic strategy to convince that nati >>>


      JAPANESE FOREIGN MINISTER ADDRESSES NATO ON STRATEGIC RELATIONS
      USIA, 05-05-2006
      Aso makes commitment to build closer partnership with transatlantic alliance Washington âЂ« Japan intends to work more closely with NATO, Japan‘s Foreign Minister Taro Aso told the alliance‘s main governing body, the North Atlantic Council, meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria, May 4.'4;  Aso, in th >>>


      MEXICAN OPIUM POPPY ERADICATION REACHES HIGHEST LEVEL SINCE 1''8
      USIA, 05-05-2006
      White House also touts Mexican efforts to eradicate marijuana crops By Eric Green Washington File Staff Writer Washington –– The Mexican government‘s eradication of the country‘s opium poppy crop in 2005 reached its highest level in at least the last seven years, the White House announced May 2. >>>


      MOUSSAOUI RECEIVED FAIR TRIAL, BUSH SAYS
      USIA, 05-05-2006
      Jury sentences conspirator in September 11, 2001, attacks to life in prison By Alexandra Abboud Washington File Staff Writer Washington âЂ« A federal jury in Virginia has spared the life of Zacarias Moussaoui, who was convicted of conspiring in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States.< >>>


      NATO‘S DOOR MUST REMAIN OPEN, STATE‘S VOLKER SAYS
      USIA, 05-05-2006
      Transforming alliance‘s partnerships, missions to top November Riga summit agenda By David I. McKeeby Washington File Staff Writer Washington âЂ« To meet the security challenges of the 21st century, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) must continue the transformation that has characterized th >>>


      PRESIDENT BUSH WELCOMES URUGUAYAN PRESIDENT VAZQUEZ TO WHITE HOUSE
      USIA, 05-05-2006
      Leaders hold "very extensive dialogue," says Bush Washington –– President Bush welcomed Uruguayan President Tabre Vazquez to the White House May 4 for what Bush described as a "very extensive conversation" on a variety of subjects.

In remarks following their meeting, Bush said U >>>


      U.S. CLIMATE CHANGE PROGRAM CONFIRMS HUMAN EFFECTS ON WARMING
      USIA, 05-05-2006
      Report improves understanding of climate change on temperatures By Cheryl Pellerin Washington File Staff Writer Washington âЂ« The U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) issued the first of 21 reports May 2, with findings that improve technical knowledge about climate change and human influences on tempe >>>


      U.S. HEALTH AGENCY AWARDS $1 BILLION TO PREPARE FOR PANDEMIC
      USIA, 05-05-2006
      Five companies to develop new influenza vaccine technologies By Cheryl Pellerin Washington File Staff Writer Washington âЂ« As part of the president‘s plan to prepare for a pandemic, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt announced the award of more than $1 billion to fi >>>


      U.S. HOSTS WESTERN HEMISPHERE ANTI–CORRUPTION MEETING IN MIAMI
      USIA, 05-05-2006
      Meeting focuses on asset forfeiture and money laundering By Eric Green Washington File Staff Writer Washington –– Western Hemisphere prosecutors and anti–corruption experts will discuss on recovering assets and property in cases involving official corruption May 2–5 at a Miami meeting sponsored >>>


      U.S. NUCLEAR POWER INDUSTRY SEES EXPANSION IN NEAR FUTURE
      USIA, 05-05-2006
      Rising energy demand, pollution concerns improve prospects, officials, industry say By Andrzej Zwaniecki Washington File Staff Writer This is the second in a series of articles on nuclear energy.

Washington –– U.S. energy companies, supported by the Bush administration, are pressing ahead with an a >>>


      U.S. OFFICIALS LAUNCH IRAQI VIRTUAL SCIENCE LIBRARY
      USIA, 05-05-2006
      Public–private partners build online science resource for Iraq By Cheryl Pellerin Washington File Staff Writer Washington âЂ« U.S. officials, scientists and publishers launched the Iraqi Virtual Science Library (IVSL) May 3, a digital portal that gives the Iraqi science and engineering community free o >>>


      U.S. RESEARCHERS AID EGYPT IN IDENTIFYING HUMAN BIRD FLU CASES
      USIA, 05-05-2006
      United States naval research facility key link in global disease surveillance By Charlene Porter Washington File Staff Writer Washington âЂ« Egyptian health officials report another laboratory–confirmed case of avian influenza in a human, the nation‘s 13th case of the disease that originated in b >>>


      U.S. REVISED PROPOSED RULE ON AIRLINES MIGHT DELAY EU DEAL
      USIA, 05-05-2006
      Transportation Department‘s changes seek to address congressional concerns Washington –– Under pressure from lawmakers, U.S. transportation regulators have revised a proposed rule on airline investment in a move likely to delay an open skies deal with the European Union (EU).

The original pro >>>


      U.S., AFRICAN UNION, OTHERS WORKING HARD FOR AGREEMENT ON DARFUR
      USIA, 05-05-2006
      Deputy Secretary Zoellick still hard at work at peace talks in Abuja By Charles W. Corey Washington File Staff Writer Washington –– Deputy Secretary of State Robert B. Zoellick and negotiators from the African Union (AU) and other members of the international community are "working hard" trying to >>>


      UNITED STATES HELPING TO COORDINATE MINE–CLEARING IN COLOMBIA
      USIA, 05-05-2006
      Representatives from Brazil, Honduras monitoring work By Eric Green Washington File Staff Writer Washington –– Officials from the U.S. government, including the U.S. Department of State, the Department of Defense and the Miami–based U.S. Southern Command visited Colombia May 2 and 3 to coordinate with >>>


      AFGHAN BLAST KILLS 2 ITALIAN PEACEKEEPERS – MAY 5, 2006
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      ARTIST RISES FROM STREETS TO WORLD‘S TOP GALLERIES – MAY 5, 2006
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      CHOLERA SWEEPING THROUGH ANGOLA – MAY 5, 2006
      CNN, 05-05-2006
      Angola‘s worsening cholera epidemic has killed 1,10' people since the first case was recorded in February and continues to spread throughout the country, the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) reported on Friday.

W.H.O. said cholera deaths had been reported in 10 out of 18 affected provinces with 27 >>>


      CIA FLIGHTS: AMNESTY ACCUSES U.S. – APR 5, 2006
      CNN, 05-05-2006
      The CIA has used private aircraft operators and front companies –– sometimes using European airspace –– to detain terror suspects at secret locations or transfer them to countries that condone torture, Amnesty International said in a report released Wednesday.

In a summary of "Bel >>>


      FOX CONDEMNS UPRISING IN MEXICAN TOWN – MAY 5, 2006
      CNN, 05-05-2006
      Mexico‘s president condemned a violent uprising by residents that left a teenager dead and wounded dozens of people in a rebellious town outside the capital.

Just before dawn Thursday, police fired tear gas and crashed through human barricades to take control of San Salvador Atenco. Hours earlier, prote >>>


      KNESSET APPROVES NEW ISRAELI GOVERNMENT – MAY 4, 2006
      CNN, 05-05-2006
      Lawmakers approved a new Israeli government Thursday that pledges to draw the nation‘s border and withdraw from large parts of the West Bank within four years.

Parliament voted confidence in Prime Minister Ehud Olmert‘s coalition government by a 65–4' vote. The 25 Cabinet ministers were >>>


      POLICE TAKE CONTROL OF MEXICAN TOWN AFTER CLASHES – MAY 4, 2006
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      REPORT: DEMOCRACY NO GUARANTOR OF RIGHTS – MAR 8, 2006
      CNN, 05-05-2006
      The State Department on Wednesday said that laudable human–rights practices tend to occur in democracies, but it noted in its annual report on human rights that democracy does not guarantee what President Bush has called a commitment to "the non–negotiable demands of human dignity." Human rights >>>


      SHIP SINKS OFF SOUTH AFRICA; MOST OF CREW MISSING – MAY 4, 2006
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      SOUTH AMERICAN LEADERS CONFER ON GAS SUPPLY ACCORD – MAY 4, 2006
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      ‘DOG WHISPERER‘ SUED BY TV PRODUCER – MAY 5, 2006
      CNN, 05-05-2006
      A television producer is suing dog trainer Cesar Millan, star of TV‘s "The Dog Whisperer," claiming that his Labrador retriever was injured at Millan‘s training facility after being suffocated by a choke collar and forced to run on a treadmill.

In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Superior Cou >>>


      ‘ER‘ DEALS WITH DARFUR – MAY 4, 2006
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      ‘TONY SOPRANO‘ TANGLES WITH TAXI – MAY 4, 2006
      CNN, 05-05-2006
      "Sopranos" actor James Gandolfini shook off a scary fall after a taxi whacked him off his Italian motor scooter, a spokeswoman for HBO said.

"James Gandolfini is fine, and his scooter is in the repair shop," said HBO spokeswoman Angela Tarantino.

Gandolfini, who plays mob boss Ton >>>


      AFGHAN MILITANT VOWS TO FIGHT ON – MAY 4, 2006
      CNN, 05-05-2006
      A maverick Afghan militant issued defiant anti–U.S. rhetoric and support for al Qaeda in a videotape message on Thursday, the same day an Afghan military commander acknowledged that it "will take time" to defeat the "various insurgent groups." The video of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar –– t >>>


      ALONSO SHADES SCHU IN 2ND SESSION – MAY 5, 2006
      CNN, 05-05-2006
      World champion Fernando Alonso beat Michael Schumacher by a fraction in Friday practice, promising another thrilling duel at the European Formula One Grand Prix.

Renault driver Alonso did not set a time in the morning session but clocked one minute 33.57' in the afternoon on the 5.148–km Nuerburgrin >>>


      ANNAN WANTS DIRECT IRAN–U.S. TALKS – MAY 5, 2006
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      AUSSIE MINERS READY TO GET HOME – MAY 5, 2006
      CNN, 05-05-2006
      They ate yogurt for breakfast Thursday and home cooked soup for dinner. They slept five hours in the cold, the most yet. To keep busy, they clean each other‘s scratches –– all filmed round the clock.

Trapped nearly 3,000 feet underground, two Australian gold miners have been stuck for more t >>>


      CAPITOL POLICE PROBE HANDLING OF KENNEDY CRASH – MAY 5, 2006
      CNN, 05-05-2006
      Police officers were told not to give U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy a sobriety test after his traffic accident, police labor union officials say.

Superiors told the officers instead to drive the Rhode Island Democrat home after the accident early Thursday, according to Greg Baird, acting chairman of the U.S. Capi >>>


      CLARKE PAYS PRICE FOR PRISONERS ROW – MAY 5, 2006
      CNN, 05-05-2006
      Charles Clarke has been sacked as British Home Secretary in a major Cabinet reshuffle following poor local election results and a row over the release of foreign prisoners without checks.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Friday he had "offered him a number of other Cabinet posts" but Clarke >>>


      CLIJSTERS EASES INTO WARSAW SEMIS – MAY 5, 2006
      CNN, 05-05-2006
      Belgian world number two Kim Clijsters moved into the semifinals of the Warsaw Cup on Friday by defeating fifth seed Francesca Schiavone of Italy 6–4 6–4.

Schiavone has yet to win a set in 10 meetings against Clijsters who said: "I felt pretty good out there today." In other quarterfinal >>>


      COURT APPROVES $35 MILLION FOR MARCOS VICTIMS – MAY 4, 2006
      CNN, 05-05-2006
      Thousands of Filipinos can share $35 million in a New York brokerage account that belonged to the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, a federal appeals court said Thursday.

The Philippine government claimed the money belonged to its treasury, but the 'th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it had no legal righ >>>


      DARFUR PEACE PACT REMAINS ELUSIVE – MAY 5, 2006
      CNN, 05-05-2006
      Talks in Abuja, Nigeria, aimed at producing a peace agreement between the Sudanese government and rebels in the African nation‘s troubled Darfur region, passed another deadline Friday with no clear indication that they were near success.

The future of the talks was put in further peril Friday when news >>>


      EMBATTLED BLAIR AXES TOP MINISTERS – MAY 5, 2006
      CNN, 05-05-2006
      Prime Minister Tony Blair axed his under–fire interior minister and demoted his foreign secretary in a wide–ranging Cabinet reshuffle after his party was humiliated in regional elections.

Friday‘s shake–up follows a string of political setbacks that have undermined the prime minister&l >>>


      EW REVIEW: CRUISE‘S ‘MISSION‘: ACCOMPLISHED – MAY 4, 2006
      CNN, 05-05-2006
      The summer movie season always has an official beginning, even if it gets nudged back a little earlier each year (by 2016, we‘ll probably be watching "The Mighty Thor IV" on President‘s Day). What it no longer has is any real end.

The blossom–of–gasoline explosions, the crush >>>


      EX–CIA ANALYST: RUMSFELD ‘SHOULD HAVE OWNED UP‘ – MAY 4, 2006
      CNN, 05-05-2006
      Hecklers repeatedly interrupted a speech Thursday in Atlanta by Donald Rumsfeld, and a former CIA analyst in a question–and–answer session accused the embattled defense secretary of lying about Iraq prewar intelligence.

Rumsfeld denied lying and defended the basis for his claims about weapons of m >>>


      EX–VP AIDE, FBI ANALYST ADMITS SPYING – MAY 4, 2006
      CNN, 05-05-2006
      A former vice presidential military aide and FBI analyst pleaded guilty Thursday to supplying documents to unnamed individuals in the Philippines on how to orchestrate a coup attempt against Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

In a federal court hearing in Newark, New Jersey, Leandro Aragoncillo ent >>>


      FORMER INDONESIA DICTATOR HOSPITALIZED – MAY 4, 2006
      CNN, 05-05-2006
      Former Indonesian dictator Suharto was hospitalized Thursday with internal bleeding, a presidential doctor said.

Brig. Gen. Marjo Subiandono told The Associated Press that Suharto, 84, was in stable condition. He was released several hours later.

It was the fourth time since May 2004 that Suharto has >>>


      FOUR SHARE LEAD IN CHARLOTTE – MAY 4, 2006
      CNN, 05-05-2006
      Former U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk and rookie Bill Haas were in a four–way tie for the lead with 4–under 68s after the first round of the Wachovia Championship on Thursday.

South Africans Trevor Immelman and Rory Sabbatini also finished with 68s, while Masters champion Phil Mickelson, defending c >>>


      GIANT ROCK GROWING IN MOUNT ST. HELENS‘ CRATER – MAY 5, 2006
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      HECKLERS INTERRUPT RUMSFELD SPEECH – MAY 4, 2006
      CNN, 05-05-2006
      Protesters repeatedly interrupted Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld during a speech Thursday, and one man, a former CIA analyst, accused him of lying about Iraq prewar intelligence in an unusually vociferous display of anti–war sentiment.

"Why did you lie to get us into a war that caused these k >>>


      JONES SITS OUT ENGLAND TEST SERIES – MAY 5, 2006
      CNN, 05-05-2006
      England paceman Simon Jones has been ruled out of the test and one–day series against Sri Lanka with a knee injury.

Jones, sent home from England‘s recent tour of India with knee trouble, reported pain while playing for county side Glamorgan against Ireland on Monday.

He saw a specialist >>>


      KANSAS HOUSE: NO ONE UNDER 15 CAN MARRY – MAY 5, 2006
      CNN, 05-05-2006
      Kansas may have seen the last of its child brides. After a pregnant 14–year–old from Nebraska drove to Kansas last year to marry her 22–year–old boyfriend, now serving time for having sex with the minor, Kansas lawmakers decided it was time to set a minimum marriage age.

On Thursday, t >>>



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