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Saturday, July 24, 2004

CNN - Alleged militant threat to Australia and Italy Group linked to al Qaeda warns of 'columns of car bombs'

(CNN) -- Australia and Italy received warnings Saturday through a statement purportedly from militants linked to al Qaeda that demanded those countries withdraw troops from Iraq.
The message was posted on an Islamist Web site and was signed by a group identifying itself as Islamic Unification (Islamic Tawhid), an al Qaeda-linked organization in Europe.
To Italy, which has about 2,700 troops in Iraq, the militants warned "you will have columns of car bombs shaking your cities," if the government maintains its military presence in Iraq.
The warning also addressed the Australian government, which has about 880 military personnel and another 120 security forces in Iraq.
"We ask you to leave Iraq," the message said. "If not, we will turn your homeland into a bloodbath. ... We will shake the ground under your feet as we did in Indonesia, and the car bombs will not stop coming, God willing.
"Your fate will be like the Americans if you don't answer our demands. We will turn your day and night into hell.
"We can harm your interests in Islamic and Arab countries. Follow the path of the Philippines and Spain. This is the path that will give you security."
Spain pulled its 1,300 troops from Iraq last month. Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the deadly terror attacks on commuter trains in Madrid that killed 190 people and wounded 2,000 in March.




Mali calls for help to fight locust swarms

BAMAKO, July 24 (Reuters) - Mali urged international donors on Saturday to help the government fight locusts swarms which threaten to destroy vital food crops in the West African country.

West Africa is facing its worst locust crisis for 15 years with swarms moving rapidly south from Algeria and Mauritania.





News

News: "Israeli Minister Warns of Attack on Jerusalem Shrine

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's Security Minister warned Saturday of a possible attack on a Jerusalem mosque that is Islam's third holiest shrine by Israeli right wing groups seeking to derail a plan to pull out of Gaza.

The comments follow a report by Israel's secret service that there is an increasing threat of an attack on Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon by right-wing groups who oppose his plan to pull troops out of Gaza and dismantle all 21 settlements. "

The New York Times > Washington > In a Shift, Bush Moves to Block Medical Suits

The New York Times > Washington > In a Shift, Bush Moves to Block Medical Suits: "July 25, 2004
In a Shift, Bush Moves to Block Medical Suits
By ROBERT PEAR

WASHINGTON, July 24 - The Bush administration has been going to court to block lawsuits by consumers who say they have been injured by prescription drugs and medical devices.
The administration contends that consumers cannot recover damages for such injuries if the products have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. In court papers, the Justice Department acknowledges that this position reflects a 'change in governmental policy,' and it has persuaded some judges to accept its arguments, most recently scoring a victory in the federal appeals court in Philadelphia.
Allowing consumers to sue manufacturers would 'undermine public health' and interfere with federal regulation of drugs and devices, by encouraging 'lay judges and juries to second-guess' experts at the F.D.A., the government said in siding with the maker of a heart pump sued by the widow of a Pennsylvania man. Moreover, it said, if such lawsuits succeed, some good products may be removed from the market, depriving patients of beneficial treatments."

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Syria-Iraq tackle border security

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Syria-Iraq tackle border security: "Syria-Iraq tackle border security
Syria and Iraq are to work together to improve security along their border, amid concerns that foreign insurgents have been entering Iraq from Syria.
Iraq's interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said a joint committee would look at how better to control the 600km (370-mile) border.
The move is being seen as a sign that years of hostility between the nations are giving way to a new start. "

MSNBC - Despite positive tone, Kerry faces deficit

MSNBC - Despite positive tone, Kerry faces deficit: "Democrat trails President Bush in Electoral College calculations MSNBC staff and news service reports
Updated: 8:13 p.m. ET July 24, 2004As John Kerry heads toward what looks to be a harmonious, feel-good Democratic convention in Boston, his campaign strategists are facing the hard, cold math of an Electoral College map that continues to favor President Bush."

Masked hostage-takers are seen holding Egyptian diplomat Mohamed Mamdouh Qutb at an undisclosed location in Iraq, in a Video broadcast by Arab satellite channel al-Jazeera television, on Friday. 

MSNBC - Iraqi PM urges Egypt not to bow to kidnappers

MSNBC - Iraqi PM urges Egypt not to bow to kidnappers: "BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq's Prime Minster Iyad Allawi urged Egypt on Saturday not to give in to kidnappers who have taken an Egyptian diplomat hostage in Baghdad."

Poll gives Blair edge for historic third term

Poll gives Blair edge for historic third term: "Poll gives Blair edge for historic third term

By Jeremy Lovell

LONDON, July 24 British Prime Minister Tony Blair's Labour Party would win a historic third term in power in elections expected next year despite widespread public distrust over Iraq and broken promises, polls showed on Saturday. "

Kerry Sees Hope of Gaining Edge on Terror Issue

July 25, 2004
By ADAM NAGOURNEY
BOSTON, July 24 — Senator John Kerry says he will seek to persuade voters over the next three months that he would do a "better job than George Bush" in protecting the nation from terrorism, but he acknowledges that the president now holds an advantage on this pivotal issue.
In an interview on Friday laying out the framework for the Democratic convention starting here on Monday, Mr. Kerry pointed to his military record and criticized Mr. Bush's terrorism policies in declaring that he would challenge the president on what polls suggest is Mr. Bush's greatest strength. Mr. Kerry said "it takes time" for a challenger to gain public confidence on such issues, but said he was "not worried about that."
To demonstrate his point, he reached for a copy of the Sept. 11 commission report that was issued on Thursday, which he brought to the interview, and said that if he is elected he will carry out most of the report's recommendations right away.
"Safer, stronger?" Mr. Kerry said of Mr. Bush's record with a hint of sarcasm as he waved the 567-page book overhead. "I'm just quite confident that as the next months of the campaign go on I am going to have the ability to be able to make it clear to America that I can make this country safe and strong."

BBC NEWS | Africa | Kenyans rally for new constitution

BBC NEWS | Africa | Kenyans rally for new constitution: "Kenyans rally for new constitution
About 3,000 people have staged a rally in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa to call for constitutional reform.
The rally, organised by the lobby group Katiba Watch, called for the immediate implementation of a new constitution. "

Japan Today - News - NASA engineers confident about Discovery launch next spring - Japan's Leading International News Network

Japan Today - News - NASA engineers confident about Discovery launch next spring - Japan's Leading International News Network: "NASA engineers confident about Discovery launch next spring

Saturday, July 24, 2004 at 16:32 JST
CAPE CANAVERAL NASA engineers said Friday they are confident they will finish maintenance and improvement work on the space shuttle Discovery in time for its planned launch next spring."

CNN.com - Boston tightens security ahead of convention - Jul 24, 2004

CNN.com - Boston tightens security ahead of convention - Jul 24, 2004: "Boston tightens security ahead of convention
Additional officers, cameras, closures planned for next week
Saturday, July 24, 2004 Posted: 11:22 AM EDT (1522 GMT)

BOSTON, Massachusetts (CNN) -- Amid final preparations for the first political nominating convention sinc"

WBZ-AM: World News

WBZ-AM: World News: "Taiwan aborigines protest, demand apology over vice president's remarks
Saturday July 24, 2004
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) About 2,000 Taiwanese aborigines in traditional dress protested in Taipei on Saturday, demanding the vice president apologize for saying they were not descendants of the island's first settlers.
The aborigines bristle at any suggestion that they are not Taiwan's first people, fearing the government could take away special rights granted to them, including hunting privileges in ancestral lands and parliamentary seats reserved for them.
The island has several aboriginal tribes totaling about 400,000 people. Their ancestors are believed to have come here about 5,000 years ago, possibly from the Philippines or Malaysia."

My Way News

My Way News: "Wave of Kidnappings in Iraq Continues

Jul 24, 8:37 AM (ET)

By PAUL GARWOOD
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Gunmen kidnapped the head of an Iraqi government-owned construction company in Baghdad on Saturday, a brazen daylight attack in a new wave of hostage-taking across the country."

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | N Korea refuses to follow Libya

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | N Korea refuses to follow Libya: "N Korea refuses to follow Libya
North Korea has rejected US suggestions that it follow Libya's lead and give up its nuclear ambitions.
Washington called on Pyongyang to renounce nuclear weapons to end its international isolation and qualify for economic aid.
But North Korea called the US proposal a 'daydream'. "

BBC NEWS | Africa | Zimbabwe groups fear rights law

BBC NEWS | Africa | Zimbabwe groups fear rights law: "Zimbabwe groups fear rights law
Human rights groups in Zimbabwe have criticised a planned bill which would bar the activities of some non-governmental organisations.
The draft bill would ban foreign organisations whose aim is to promote human rights and stop foreign funding of local groups. "

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Arafat denies he is facing crisis

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Arafat denies he is facing crisis: "Arafat denies he is facing crisis
Yasser Arafat has insisted there is no power struggle among the Palestinian leadership, in the wake of another armed protest against him.
He said there was 'no problem' between him and Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei, who wants more say over security services.
Mr Arafat spoke hours after masked guerrillas briefly took over a Palestinian Authority building in Gaza. "

Malaysian National News Agency :: BERNAMA

Malaysian National News Agency :: BERNAMA: "Malaysia Cooperating Closely With Thailand- Najib

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak
PEKAN, Pahang, July 24 (Bernama) -- Malaysia is always cooperating closely with Thailand and helping that nation handle the problem of terrorism in the southern part of that country, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Saturday."

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | US donating food aid to N Korea

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | US donating food aid to N Korea: "US donating food aid to N Korea
The United States says it is to donate 50,000 tons of food aid to North Korea,
The state department said the gesture was unrelated to negotiations on North Korea's nuclear weapons programme.
Spokesman Richard Boucher said the aid was to help the North Korean people and not try to affect the talks.
The aid will be distributed through the World Food Programme. Mr Boucher said the North was allowing more monitoring of food distribution and security.
The aid is 'to help relieve the suffering of the North Korean people despite our concerns about the North Korean government's policies,' said Mr Boucher. "

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | US forces to leave Seoul by 2008

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | US forces to leave Seoul by 2008: "US forces to leave Seoul by 2008
The US and South Korea have agreed to relocate all of the US troops based in the South Korean capital, Seoul, to a new base further south.
The US said it would move the 8,000 troops to Pyongtaek, 80km (50 miles) to the south, by December 2008.
The Pentagon said both sides also agreed to eventually relocate 14,000 troops currently based between Seoul and the North Korean border.
There are 37,000 US troops stationed in South Korea. "

BBC NEWS | UK | Politics | Third term in our grasp - Blair

BBC NEWS | UK | Politics | Third term in our grasp - Blair: "Third term in our grasp - Blair

Tony Blair has set his sights on winning an historic third term in power after surviving a difficult week."

MSNBC - Bush seeks support from Urban League

MSNBC - Bush seeks support from Urban League: "Bush seeks
support from
Urban League

The Associated Press
Updated: 8:42 p.m. ET July 23, 2004DETROIT - President Bush acknowledged on Friday that the Republican Party has got a lot of work to do to gain the support of black voters and suggested that the Democratic Party is taking them for granted."

The New York Times > Washington > Congress Plans Special Hearings on Sept. 11 Panel

The New York Times > Washington > Congress Plans Special Hearings on Sept. 11 Panel: "July 24, 2004
Congress Plans Special Hearings on Sept. 11 Panel
By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG and PHILIP SHENON

WASHINGTON, July 23 - Moving swiftly on the recommendations of the Sept. 11 commission, House and Senate leaders announced on Friday rare August hearings to draft legislative changes.
At the same time, the panel chairman warned that President Bush and lawmakers would be held responsible if they failed to overhaul intelligence operations.
'We're in danger of just letting things slide,' the chairman, former Gov. Thomas H. Kean of New Jersey, told a small group of reporters this morning as he offered new details of a lobbying campaign that the commission's members plan in the fall to ratchet up pressure on Congress and the White House, as well as Senator John Kerry, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee."

Gunmen storm Gaza govt office, challenge Arafat

Gunmen storm Gaza govt office, challenge Arafat: "Gunmen storm Gaza govt office, challenge Arafat

GAZA, July 24 Palestinian militants seized a government building in the Gaza Strip on Saturday but left peacefully after saying President Yasser Arafat had agreed to reinstate comrades dismissed from the national security forces. "

Japan Today > World Kerry raps Bush for Iraq war as poll shows neck-and-neck race

Saturday, July 24, 2004 at 07:10 JST
NEW YORK -  Sen. John Kerry, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, said in an interview published Friday that he stands by his vote authorizing the Iraq invasion but is angry at President George W. Bush for breaking his promise to pursue war as a last resort.
Bush promised "to build a legitimate international coalition, to go to war as a last resort," Kerry said Thursday in the interview with USA Today. "The president broke his word. That's why I say he misled America." (Kyodo News)






ContraCostaTimes.com - Mostly big quakes on San Andreas Fault, study says ASSOCIATED PRESS

LOS ANGELES - A new study concludes that a long stretch of the mighty San Andreas Fault close to highly populated Southern California has usually only had very large earthquakes.
The researchers' finding challenges an idea that frequent small temblors slowly relieve accumulating strain on faults and therefore reduce the likelihood of big quakes.
Digging trenches at a site on the San Andreas 120 miles northwest of Los Angeles, geologists identified six events and found evidence that about 95 percent of slippage there has occurred during big quakes, with magnitudes ranging from 7.5 to 8, according to the study appearing in the current issue of the journal Geology.
The study's authors included professor Kerry Sieh of the California Institute of Technology, his former student and postdoctoral fellow Jing Liu, Charles Rubin of Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash., and Yann Klinger of the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, France.
The San Andreas Fault system, a huge, visible gash running through western California, is more than 800 miles long and marks the boundary of the Pacific Plate, which is on the west side and is moving northwestward relative to the North American Plate on the east side.
Scientists have long known the average period between big earthquakes on the section of the San Andreas nearest Los Angeles is 130 years. The most recent large earthquake happened 147 years ago, a magnitude-7.9 temblor that struck in 1857.
The researchers dug trenches parallel and perpendicular to a section of the fault lying between the southern San Joaquin Valley city of Bakersfield and the coast.
The trenches allowed them to study how movement of the San Andreas offset gullies that crossed the fault and were subsequently buried by sediment over the centuries.
The researchers found six offsets, the youngest related to the 1857 quake. Older gullies were progressively offset further by the fault.
Of the six, the offsets of five ranged from 5.72 yards to 8.8 yards. The other was about 11/2 yards.
According to scientists, offsets of several yards are typical of earthquakes that are very large and rupture over very long distances. The 1857 quake had a rupture length of 225 miles, extending from Parkfield in Central California to the Cajon Pass east of Los Angeles.
Rubin noted in an interview that the smallest offset was probably not the result of a small quake, but represented the tail end of a rupture that began on a distant section of the fault.




Yahoo News! Judge allows Kobe Bryant's accuser's sexual history into evidence

Judge allows Kobe Bryant's accuser's sexual history into evidence
Fri Jul 23, 7:43 PM ET
DENVER, United States (AFP) - The judge in Kobe Bryant's rape case dealt a major blow to the prosecution by ruling that key details of his accuser's sexual history will be allowed into evidence at trial.

AP - Judge Terry Ruckriegle, sitting in Eagle in the western state of Colorado, ruled that the alleged victim's sexual activity around the time of the alleged June 30, 2003 sexual assault would be admissible at trial.
He said all evidence of "the alleged victim's sexual conduct within approximately 72 hours preceding her physical examination ... is relevant ... to the determination of cause of injuries observed by the nurse" and the source of "the DNA and other bodily fluids found," he wrote.
The ruling represents a bombshell for prosecutors who have claimed that the injuries to the then-19-year-old woman's genitals were caused by National Basketball Association star Bryant raping her in his hotel room.
Bryant claims, however, the sex was consensual and that the injuries could have been caused by multiple sex partners within a short period of time around the woman's tryst with Bryant.
Prosecutors had wanted details of the woman's sexual history kept out of reach of the jury that will hear the trial, which is due to start on August 27. Bryant's lawyers have fought tooth and nail to expose the woman's intimate behaviour at trial.
Experts said the decision could deal a devastating blow to the prosecution case, which has been under the magnifying glass for more than a year.
"This is a huge victory for the defense," said former Denver prosecutor Craig Silverman, who has been following the case.
He predicted it's possible that the decision could lead to Eagle County District Attorney Mark Hurlbert making a decision not to take the high-profile case to trial.
"They have established exceptions to Colorado's 'rape shield' law," said Silverman. "If they can present credible evidence that this young lady had sex after Kobe Bryant, but before she went to the cops, then it is hard to see how the prosecution can possibly prevail."
Bryant, 25, has pleaded innocent to the charge of sexual assault, which could see him jailed for life.




Friday, July 23, 2004

IHT - U.S. urged to revise its Muslim strategy

U.S. urged to revise its Muslim strategy
David E. Sanger/NYT Friday, July 23, 2004
Report backs a 'preventive' approach

WASHINGTON The final report of the Sept. 11 commission includes a call for a broad rethinking of American foreign policy toward the Arab and Muslim world, declaring that the United States needs "a preventive strategy that is as much, or more, political as it is military," and that reshapes Washington's approach to Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
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Crucial to the strategy, the commission said, is ensuring that terror groups cannot find sanctuary in what the report called "the least governed, most lawless places in the world." It listed places from western Pakistan to Afghanistan to Saudi Arabia, Yemen, West Africa and Southeast Asia, particularly the hard-to-police islands of the Philippines and Indonesia.
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Suggesting that the United States has yet to come up with a comprehensive strategy that uses "all elements of national power" to ensure that those areas do not become breeding grounds for terrorists, the commission recommends that "the U.S. government must identify and prioritize actual or potential terrorist sanctuaries," and "have a realistic strategy to keep possible terrorists insecure and on the run." White House officials appeared somewhat surprised by the scope of the commission's foreign policy recommendations, which went far beyond the expected recommendations to revamp the intelligence agencies and security measures. They are contained in a chapter of the report that calls for "a global strategy" to get at the roots of terrorism that, while never directly challenging President George W. Bush's 2002 "National Security Strategy," makes it clear that the commission concludes that the Bush administration's efforts so far are inadequate.
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It is particularly blistering about American public diplomacy, declaring that "the U.S. government must define what its message is, what it stands for." It goes on to argue that "we should offer an example of moral leadership in the world," which Bush often declares in his campaign speeches is already a central tenet of American policy.
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Bush also maintains that Iraq had been a "central front" in the war on terror, a point that the report treats with stony silence. Instead, it warns of what could happen if the American experiment in Iraq goes bad, declaring, "If, for example, Iraq becomes a failed state, it will go to the top of the list of places that are breeding grounds for attacks against Americans at home."
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In contrast, the commission was admiring of Bush's accomplishments in Afghanistan, saying he and Congress "deserve praise for their efforts in Afghanistan so far," but urging "long-term commitments" to helping a country that has been abandoned before, in the early 1990s.
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Meeting with reporters in her office at the White House on Thursday afternoon, Bush's national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, characterized the commission's call as an extension of the administration's current policy.
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"The hearts and minds issues are back," she said, using a term that gained currency in the Vietnam era, "maybe in an even more real way than they were in the cold war."
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But when pressed, she took issue with the commission's conclusion that America's message to the world is muddled. She argued that "no president in 60 years" has been clearer than Bush in calling for democratization in the Arab world, or in offering a clear alternative to Al Qaeda's ideology.
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Still, White House and State Department officials acknowledged in other conversations Thursday that the commission's recommendations appeared to support the accusation, expressed by Senator John Kerry, the presidential candidate, and others that Bush has burned more bridges abroad than he has built.
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And in that regard, the report's global strategy section goes to the heart of the election-year argument about how the United States should fight terrorism.
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"There's a lot more Colin Powell in this report," a senior State Department official said, "than there is Dick Cheney or Don Rumsfeld." As recently as Tuesday, Bush has been telling crowds of supporters at campaign rallies that during his tenure, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have been turned into allies in the war against terror.
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The commission report draws a far more shaded picture, calling the Saudis "a problematic ally in combating Islamic terrorism," though acknowledging that they are "locked in mortal combat with Al Qaeda."
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"The problems in the U.S.-Saudi relationship must be confronted, openly," the report concludes, and a relationship must be "about more than oil." But it said it was an open question whether Saudi Arabia and Pakistan could develop "a shared commitment to political and economic reform."
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The commission did not find any Saudi government involvement in the Sept. 11 attacks or in financing Al Qaeda.
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It was more critical of Pakistan, saying that in the two years after Sept. 11, "the Pakistani government tried to walk the fence, helping against Al Qaeda while seeking to avoid a larger confrontation with Taliban remnants and other Islamic extremists." That is a far cry from Bush's public insistence that Pakistan has been a stalwart ally. But the commission report concluded that attempts late last year to assassinate General Pervez Musharraf, the Pakistani president, had hardened his approach and made him realize that he was literally in a life-or-death struggle.
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Its conclusion was stark: "If Musharraf stands for enlightened moderation in a fight for his life and for the life of his country, the United States should be willing to make hard choices too, and make the difficult long-term commitment to the future of Pakistan."
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The New York Times



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< < Back to Start of Article Report backs a 'preventive' approach

WASHINGTON The final report of the Sept. 11 commission includes a call for a broad rethinking of American foreign policy toward the Arab and Muslim world, declaring that the United States needs "a preventive strategy that is as much, or more, political as it is military," and that reshapes Washington's approach to Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
.
Crucial to the strategy, the commission said, is ensuring that terror groups cannot find sanctuary in what the report called "the least governed, most lawless places in the world." It listed places from western Pakistan to Afghanistan to Saudi Arabia, Yemen, West Africa and Southeast Asia, particularly the hard-to-police islands of the Philippines and Indonesia.
.
Suggesting that the United States has yet to come up with a comprehensive strategy that uses "all elements of national power" to ensure that those areas do not become breeding grounds for terrorists, the commission recommends that "the U.S. government must identify and prioritize actual or potential terrorist sanctuaries," and "have a realistic strategy to keep possible terrorists insecure and on the run." White House officials appeared somewhat surprised by the scope of the commission's foreign policy recommendations, which went far beyond the expected recommendations to revamp the intelligence agencies and security measures. They are contained in a chapter of the report that calls for "a global strategy" to get at the roots of terrorism that, while never directly challenging President George W. Bush's 2002 "National Security Strategy," makes it clear that the commission concludes that the Bush administration's efforts so far are inadequate.
.
It is particularly blistering about American public diplomacy, declaring that "the U.S. government must define what its message is, what it stands for." It goes on to argue that "we should offer an example of moral leadership in the world," which Bush often declares in his campaign speeches is already a central tenet of American policy.
.
Bush also maintains that Iraq had been a "central front" in the war on terror, a point that the report treats with stony silence. Instead, it warns of what could happen if the American experiment in Iraq goes bad, declaring, "If, for example, Iraq becomes a failed state, it will go to the top of the list of places that are breeding grounds for attacks against Americans at home."
.
In contrast, the commission was admiring of Bush's accomplishments in Afghanistan, saying he and Congress "deserve praise for their efforts in Afghanistan so far," but urging "long-term commitments" to helping a country that has been abandoned before, in the early 1990s.
.
Meeting with reporters in her office at the White House on Thursday afternoon, Bush's national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, characterized the commission's call as an extension of the administration's current policy.
.
"The hearts and minds issues are back," she said, using a term that gained currency in the Vietnam era, "maybe in an even more real way than they were in the cold war."
.
But when pressed, she took issue with the commission's conclusion that America's message to the world is muddled. She argued that "no president in 60 years" has been clearer than Bush in calling for democratization in the Arab world, or in offering a clear alternative to Al Qaeda's ideology.
.
Still, White House and State Department officials acknowledged in other conversations Thursday that the commission's recommendations appeared to support the accusation, expressed by Senator John Kerry, the presidential candidate, and others that Bush has burned more bridges abroad than he has built.
.
And in that regard, the report's global strategy section goes to the heart of the election-year argument about how the United States should fight terrorism.
.
"There's a lot more Colin Powell in this report," a senior State Department official said, "than there is Dick Cheney or Don Rumsfeld." As recently as Tuesday, Bush has been telling crowds of supporters at campaign rallies that during his tenure, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have been turned into allies in the war against terror.
.
The commission report draws a far more shaded picture, calling the Saudis "a problematic ally in combating Islamic terrorism," though acknowledging that they are "locked in mortal combat with Al Qaeda."
.
"The problems in the U.S.-Saudi relationship must be confronted, openly," the report concludes, and a relationship must be "about more than oil." But it said it was an open question whether Saudi Arabia and Pakistan could develop "a shared commitment to political and economic reform."
.
The commission did not find any Saudi government involvement in the Sept. 11 attacks or in financing Al Qaeda.
.
It was more critical of Pakistan, saying that in the two years after Sept. 11, "the Pakistani government tried to walk the fence, helping against Al Qaeda while seeking to avoid a larger confrontation with Taliban remnants and other Islamic extremists." That is a far cry from Bush's public insistence that Pakistan has been a stalwart ally. But the commission report concluded that attempts late last year to assassinate General Pervez Musharraf, the Pakistani president, had hardened his approach and made him realize that he was literally in a life-or-death struggle.
.
Its conclusion was stark: "If Musharraf stands for enlightened moderation in a fight for his life and for the life of his country, the United States should be willing to make hard choices too, and make the difficult long-term commitment to the future of Pakistan."
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The New York Times Report backs a 'preventive' approach

WASHINGTON The final report of the Sept. 11 commission includes a call for a broad rethinking of American foreign policy toward the Arab and Muslim world, declaring that the United States needs "a preventive strategy that is as much, or more, political as it is military," and that reshapes Washington's approach to Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
.
Crucial to the strategy, the commission said, is ensuring that terror groups cannot find sanctuary in what the report called "the least governed, most lawless places in the

Remarks by President Bush to the 2004 National Urban League Conference

Remarks by President Bush to the 2004 National Urban League Conference: "Remarks by President Bush to the 2004 National Urban League Conference
Friday July 23, 1:37 pm ET
WASHINGTON, July 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The following are remarks by President Bush to the 2004 National Urban League Conference: "

Yahoo! News - Pentagon Releases Bush's Guard Records

Yahoo!News - Pentagon Releases Bush's Guard Records: "Pentagon Releases Bush's Guard Records

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon (news - web sites) on Friday released payroll records from President Bush (news - web sites)'s 1972 service in the Alabama National Guard, saying its earlier contention the records were destroyed was an 'inadvertent oversight.' "

Yahoo! News - Japanese Council Approves Human Cloning

Yahoo! News - Japanese Council Approves Human Cloning: "Japanese Council Approves Human Cloning

Fri Jul 23, 2:03 PM ET

TOKYO - Japan's top science council voted Friday to adopt policy recommendations that would permit the limited cloning of human embryos for scientific research, an official said. "

TheStar.com - China to U.S. � End arms to Taiwan

TheStar.com - China to U.S. � End arms to Taiwan: "China to U.S. � End arms to Taiwan
Foreign minister tells Washington to stop selling weapons, end military exchanges

ASSOCIATED PRESS

BEIJING - China told the top U.S. military commander for East Asia today that Washington must stop selling weapons to Taiwan and end its military exchanges with the self-ruled island."

Report: Malaysia bars ministers from official trips to Taiwan

Report: Malaysia bars ministers from official trips to Taiwan: "Report: Malaysia bars ministers from official trips to Taiwan
Malaysia has barred its government ministers from making official visits to Taiwan, a news report said Friday, after a trip to the island by Singapore's incoming prime minister angered China. "

IHT: Other Views: Malaysia voices Muslim concerns

IHT: Other Views: Malaysia voices Muslim concerns

Other Views: Malaysia voices Muslim concerns
New Straits Times New Straits Times Friday, July 23, 2004
KUALA LUMPUR Meeting with President George W. Bush at the White House, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi voiced his views not only as prime minister of Malaysia but also as chairman of the Organization of the Islamic Conference and head of the non-aligned movement. It was with some heft that he conveyed his desire to move the debate forward and rebuild confidence between the Islamic world and the West in the aftermath of the war on terror and the invasion of Iraq. The prime minister has reiterated the need for multilateralism and a greater role for the United Nations, as well as the necessity for the United States to address the root causes of terrorism and the grievances of the Muslim world. Unless Bush modifies his approach, widespread suspicion of U.S. intentions will remain, and attempts to check the growing hostility towards American policies will be to no avail.

Go Asia Pacific Breaking News Asia - Malaysia on alert for possible attack in south Thailand

Go Asia Pacific Breaking News Asia - Malaysia on alert for possible attack in south Thailand: "Malaysia on alert for possible attack in south Thailand
Malaysia says it is maintaining tight security along its border with Thailand, amid reports of a possible attack by Muslim militants in southern Thailand. "

BBC NEWS | Africa | Bush demands action over Darfur

BBC NEWS | Africa | Bush demands action over Darfur: "Bush demands action over Darfur
US President George W Bush has told Sudan to halt violence in the troubled Darfur region, as pressure for international intervention increases.
Mr Bush urged Khartoum to rein in the Arab militia known as the Janjaweed, and allow relief agencies to work.
His comments came after the US Congress - in a non-binding vote - called the Darfur crisis a 'genocide'. "

The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > After Bypassing N.A.A.C.P., Bush Courts Black Voters

The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > After Bypassing N.A.A.C.P., Bush Courts Black Voters: "July 23, 2004
After Bypassing N.A.A.C.P., Bush Courts Black Voters
By CHRISTINE HAUSER

After bypassing the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, President George W. Bush today courted black voters, questioning what Democrats had done for them and inviting them to embrace his agenda promoting small business and economic development in their community.
The timing and context of Mr. Bush's speech to the National Urban League were significant. Mr. Bush extended his hand to African-American voters only days before the start on Monday of the Democratic Convention.
Earlier this month, he angered members of the N.A.A.C.P. by refusing its invitation to speak, making him the first sitting president since Herbert Hoover not to meet with the group during an entire term in office."

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Shia firebrand denounces Iraqi PM

BBBC NEWS | Middle East | Shia firebrand denounces Iraqi PM: "
Shia firebrand denounces Iraqi PM
Radical Iraqi cleric Moqtada Sadr has delivered his first public sermon in two months, denouncing interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi.
Speaking at Friday prayers in Kufa mosque, the Shia leader said Mr Allawi had proved that he was only continuing the US-led occupation.
In his first sermon for two months, Mr Sadr also condemned the beheading of foreign hostages seized by militants. "

The New York Times > NEWS ANALYSIS > Swift Action on Advice From the 9/11 Commission Is Unlikely

By TODD S. PURDUM

WASHINGTON, July 22 - Months of unsparing study by the Sept. 11 commission and the Senate Intelligence Committee have now produced a broad consensus about two colossal intelligence failures: the missed opportunities that left the United States open to attack from Al Qaeda and the misread clues on unconventional weapons that sent American troops to attack Iraq.

Together, those lapses amount to nothing less than the gravest dysfunctions in the national security apparatus of the United States since the modern Defense Department and the Central Intelligence Agency were created at the dawn of the cold war, and the commission has proposed perhaps the most extensive overhaul of those functions since then.

But achieving consensus on adopting the commission's recommendations will almost certainly be much harder. The partisan wrangling of a presidential election and the capital's entrenched resistance to change make swift action unlikely - despite the persistent threats that the commission's chairman, Thomas H. Kean, said make another attack not only possible but probable.

Los Angeles Times poll shows Kerry, Bush in dead heat

Los Angeles Times poll shows Kerry, Bush in dead heat: "Los Angeles Times poll shows Kerry, Bush in dead heat

Thursday, July 22, 2004

(07-22) 20:04 PDT LOS ANGELES (AP) --
The presidential race is a virtual dead heat between President Bush and Democratic candidate John Kerry as the Democratic convention approaches, according to a Los Angeles Times poll released Thursday. "

The Seattle Times: 9/11 report: "Terrorism" catchall too vague an enemy

The Seattle Times: 9/11 report: "Terrorism" catchall too vague an enemy: "9/11 report: 'Terrorism' catchall too vague an enemy
By Glenn Kessler
The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - The Sept. 11 commission report offers a broad critique of a central tenet of the Bush administration's foreign policy - that the attacks have required a 'war on terrorism.'
The report argues that the notion of fighting an enemy called 'terrorism' is too diffuse and vague to be effective. Strikingly, the report also makes no reference to the invasion of Iraq as being part of the war on terrorism, a frequent assertion of President Bush and his top aides.
'The first phase of our post-9-11 efforts rightly included military action to topple the Taliban and pursue al-Qaida. This work continues,' the report said. 'But long-term success demands the use of all elements of national power: diplomacy, intelligence, covert action, law enforcement, economic policy, foreign aid, public diplomacy and homeland defense. If we favor one tool while neglecting others, we leave ourselves vulnerable and weaken our national effort.'
In addition to making anticipated findings on the Sept. 11 plot and recommendations for homeland security, the commission offered a series of foreign-policy prescriptions to correct what it suggests is an unbalanced global strategy. The effort is to shift the government away from focusing on what the report calls a 'generic evil,' and toward a more precise definition of the threat.
The report argues that the nation's enemy consists of two parts: al-Qaida, a stateless network of terrorists that is 'weakened but continues to pose a grave threat'; and a radical ideological movement in the Islamic world that 'is gatherin"

Japan Today - News - N. Korea, Iran may try to attack U.S. digital networks: panel - Japan's Leading International News Network

Japan Today - News - N. Korea, Iran may try to attack U.S. digital networks: panel - Japan's Leading International News Network: "N. Korea, Iran may try to attack U.S. digital networks: panel

Friday, July 23, 2004 at 17:31 JST
WASHINGTON - North Korea and Iran may be seeking to detonate a nuclear bomb at a high altitude in order to generate an 'electromagnetic pulse' that could disrupt U.S. computer networks, a U.S. government task force said Thursday."

BBC NEWS | Africa | US calls Darfur crisis 'genocide'

BBC NEWS | Africa | US calls Darfur crisis 'genocide': "US calls Darfur crisis 'genocide'
Genocide is being committed in Sudan's Darfur region, according to a new US Congress resolution in a move which could trigger international action.
Pro-government Arab militias have forced more than one million black Africans from their homes and killed thousands, human rights groups say.
The US is proposing a UN resolution that threatens Sudan with sanctions.
Sudan denies backing the militias, and has warned the US and UK not to get involved in another Iraq-style crisis. "

IHT > 'Fortress Europe' keeps doors barred'



'Fortress Europe' keeps doors barred
Katrin Bennhold/IHT International Herald Tribune Friday, July 23, 2004
But resisting immigrants has a price

AACHEN, Germany When Hari- anto Wijaya received Germany's first green card in August 2000 and found himself paraded across the country as a symbol of the government's commitment to relaxing its immigration policy, the 29-year-old Indonesian computer programmer was confident he would get permanent residency within a year or two.

Four years later - and two weeks after the German legislature passed a watered-down version of the immigration law - Wijaya's patience has run out.

Wijaya, whose green card is proudly exhibited in a history museum in Bonn, this week took the exams he hopes will get him a place in a French or U.S. business school.

"The green card is a good story for my grandchildren, but it didn't really help professionally," he said, sipping lemonade in the technology center in this city in western Germany, where he used to work for a wireless start-up called Aixcom. "I just can't see myself getting the permanent residency. And I don't want to find myself escorted off to the airport one day" - as happened to a fellow university student whose permit had expired.

Wijaya's tale reflects a paradox haunting all of Europe: the Continent is aging and in dire need of replenishing its pool of labor, but the political will to open the borders of Fortress Europe remains half-hearted.

Greece Asks NATO for Standby Force Outside Greece


BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Greece has asked NATO to put hundreds of crack troops on standby in case of a terrorist attack during the Olympics, but they will not be based on Greek soil, Public Order Minister George Voulgarakis said Thursday.

Voulgarakis, who is in overall charge of Olympic security, said the troops would be on alert in case of a "World War Three" type situation developing.

"They will be outside Greece, in some third country. Maybe Germany, maybe some other country ready to come in," Voulg


FM meets with US Pacific Commander www.chinaview.cn 2004-07-23 13:29:48

BEIJING, July 23 (Xinhuanet) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing said here Friday morning that the United States should clearly understand the seriousness and sensitiveness of the Taiwan situation, halt its arms sales to Taiwan and stop its relevant military exchanges aiming to upgrade substantial relationship with Taiwan.
Li made these remarks when meeting with visiting Thomas Fargo, commander-in-chief of the Pacific Command of the United States Armed Forces, in Beijing on Friday morning.
Fargo started his China visit on July 21 at the invitation of Liu Zhenwu, commander of the Guangzhou Military Area Command. This has been his third trip to China. Enditem



japantoday > national Suicides hit record high in 2003, top 30,000 for 6th  year

Friday, July 23, 2004 at 06:58 JST
TOKYO — Suicides in Japan in 2003 rose to a record high, exceeding 30,000 for the sixth straight year, with over a quarter of them believed to have stemmed from economic difficulties, data compiled by the National Police Agency showed Thursday.
Amid a prolonged economic slump in Japan, a total of 34,427 people killed themselves last year, up 7.1% from 2002 and the highest number since the survey began in 1978. (Kyodo News)






Thursday, July 22, 2004

CNN.com - 9/11 commission full report - Jul 22, 2004

CNN.com - 9/11 commission full report - Jul 22, 2004: "9/11 commission full report"

My Way News

My Way News: "Train Derails in Turkey, Killing 128

Jul 22, 3:41 PM (ET)

By SUZAN FRASER
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - A high-speed train from Istanbul to Ankara derailed Thursday, killing 128 people, a Turkish health ministry official said. Health Ministry undersecretary Nejdet Unuvar said that 57 people were also injured in the derailment."

IHT: U.S. urges restraint by China and Taiwan

IHT: U.S. urges restraint by China and Taiwan: "U.S. urges restraint by China and Taiwan
Agence France-Presse Thursday, July 22, 2004
BEIJING The United States urged China and Taiwan to show restraint as they conducted military exercises Thursday, and Admiral Thomas Fargo, head of the U.S. Pacific Command, held talks Thursday in Beijing with senior military officials.

These trips allow Admiral Fargo to meet with senior defense officials in the region and to discuss security issues of mutual interest, the Pacific Command said in a statement, which described the visit as routine.
.
But the chief State Department spokesman, Richard Boucher, urged caution in the military exercises. ��We think that everybody that conducts them or observes them or whatever should be very careful not to allow any incidents, not to allow any steps that might be provocative or might lead to an increase in tension, Boucher said.
.
Taiwan Air Force jets staged rare landings on closed freeways as part of a major exercise to demonstrate the island's readiness in the event of an attack by China.

Two French-made Mirage 2000-5 fighters from the northern air base of Hsinchu landed on a highway in Tainan, southern Taiwan, where they were refueled and loaded with short-range air-to-air missiles before taking to the skies again.
.
The air force said the exercise, part of Taiwan's biggest annual military drill, is to review the air force�s capability in using freeways for emergency landings and logistic support in case of war.

The Taiwanese maneuvers came after China kicked off the largest war games of the year, simulating a fight for the control of air space over Taiwan.

WOAI: SAN ANTONIO//NEWS

WOAI: SAN ANTONIO//NEWS: "Rights group: Thousands of Indonesian housemaids being abused in Malaysia
LAST UPDATE: 7/22/2004 7:24:04 AM
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Thousands of Indonesian maids in Malaysia work inhumane hours for almost no pay, with many enduring sexual assault and other abuse by their employers, Human Rights Watch said. "

Yahoo! News - CIA Rebuffs 9/11 Commission Criticism

Yahoo! News - CIA Rebuffs 9/11 Commission Criticism: "CIA Rebuffs 9/11 Commission Criticism 
- Reuters 
By Tabassum Zakaria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The CIA (news - web sites) defended itself against criticism in the Sept. 11 commission report on Thursday and said it had warned of the possibility of terrorists using hijacked planes before the 2001 attacks took place. 'CIA regularly reported on threats to civil aviation including hijacking,' a CIA official said on condition of anonymity to a group of reporters before the report's release. "

ESPN.com - Lance continues amazing dominance

ESPN.com - Lance continues amazing dominance: "ESPN.com: Cycling

Thursday, July 22, 2004
Lance continues amazing dominance
Associated Press

LE GRAND-BORNAND, France -- With an amazing final burst of speed, Lance Armstrong won the 17th stage of the Tour de France on Thursday, extending his overall lead as he marches toward a record sixth straight title."

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Israel and EU fail to heal rift

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Israel and EU fail to heal rift: "
Israel and EU fail to heal rift
Israel and the European Union have failed to resolve a row over Israel's controversial barrier in the West Bank.
High-level talks in Tel Aviv came against a backdrop of Israeli anger at international opposition to the barrier, which EU countries share.
Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said he doubted if Israel could trust Europe any longer as a negotiating partner.
But EU envoy Javier Solana spoke of balancing Israel's security needs with the humanitarian needs of Palestinians. "

CNN.com - Kerry wants zero-tolerance for gang violence - Jul 22, 2004

CNN.com - Kerry wants zero-tolerance for gang violence - Jul 22, 2004: "Kerry wants zero-tolerance for gang violence
Speaks at Urban League convention
Thursday, July 22, 2004 Posted: 11:20 AM EDT (1520 GMT)

DETROIT, Michigan (AP) -- Democrat John Kerry says as president he would direct a zero-tolerance policy for gang violence and spend more on programs aimed at steering urban youth away from crime. Kerry was announcing his plan Thursday at a convention of the Urban League, which also will hear from President Bush on Friday.


The New York Times > Washington > Urging Swift Action, Panel Warns Deadlier Attacks Are Likely

The New York Times > Washington > Urging Swift Action, Panel Warns Deadlier Attacks Are Likely: "Urging Swift Action, Panel Warns Deadlier Attacks Are Likely
By DAVID STOUT

WASHINGTON, July 22 � The terrorists of Sept. 11, 2001, succeeded because the government of the United States failed at many levels, the commission investigating the attacks said today as it warned that similar, even deadlier attacks are likely.
The commission chairman, Thomas H. Kean, said the worst failure of all was 'a failure of imagination,' in the sense that the signs had existed for years that an attack was coming. But no one conceived the extent of the hijackings of four commercial airliners, which were crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.
Mr. Kean said an attack 'of even greater magnitude is possible � even probable.'
'We do not have the luxury of time,' Mr. Kean said at a news briefing accompanying release of the book-length report, the product of many months of inquiries and an agonizing self-examination of many units of government. He said, as did the commission report, that changes of function and attitude are needed in Congress as well as the executive branch."

The New York Times > National > Army Inspector General Reports 94 Cases of Prisoner Abuse

The New York Times > National > Army Inspector General Reports 94 Cases of Prisoner Abuse: "July 22, 2004
Army Inspector General Reports 94 Cases of Prisoner Abuse
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Filed at 12:28 p.m. ET
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. military has found 94 cases of confirmed or alleged abuse of prisoners by U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan since the fall of 2001, the Army's inspector general said Thursday in a long-awaited report made public at a hastily called Senate hearing.
The number is significantly higher than all other previous estimates given by the Pentagon, which had refused until now to give a total number of abuse allegations.
The inspector general investigation, ordered Feb. 10 after the allegations of abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq came to the attention of top Army officials in Washington, concluded that there were no systemic problems that contributed to the abuse. In some cases, the report found, the abuse was abetted or facilitated by officers not following proper procedures.
In contrast to its own findings, however, the Army report also cites a February report from the International Committee for the Red Cross that alleged that ``methods of ill treatment'' were ``used in a systematic way'' by the U.S. military in Iraq."

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Rovers to get extra time on Mars

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Rovers to get extra time on Mars: "The US space agency's Mars Rovers will be given another seven months to explore the Red Planet, says Nasa. "

Atlanta Journal-Constitution > McKinney flies under radar to win

McKinney flies under radar to win: "McKinney flies under radar to win

By MAE GENTRY, BEN SMITH
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 07/21/04

Cynthia McKinney stuck to the issues, controlled her tongue and rallied an army of volunteers who fanned out throughout the 4th Congressional District to energize voters. 'This was a truly grass-roots, pounding-the-pavement movement,' McKinney said in a brief TV interview Wednesday. The strategy paid off for the former 4th District representative, who surprised many by defeating five opponents in Tuesday's Democratic primary without so much as a runoff. McKinney won 51 percent of the vote, compared with state Sen. Liane Levetan's 21 percent and former Atlanta City Council President Cathy Woolard's 19 percent."  "She clearly ran a good, strong race and won a decisive victory," said Sherry Frank, executive director of the American Jewish Committee in Atlanta. "Certainly there was no polarizing of the community or divisiveness, as there had been in past campaigns."

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | China flood death toll nears 400

BBC NEWS Asia-Pacific China flood death toll nears 400: "

China is warning of more floods and typhoons as the death toll from the summer rains approaches 400.  Official figures say more than a million people have been relocated from their homes so far this year because of extreme weather conditions"

Japan Today - News - Article 9 obstacle to Japan-U.S. alliance, Armitage says - Japan's Leading International News Network

Japan Today - News - Article 9 obstacle to Japan-U.S. alliance, Armitage says - Japan's Leading International News Network: "Article 9 obstacle to Japan-U.S. alliance, Armitage says

Thursday, July 22, 2004 at 16:23 JST
WASHINGTON U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage told a Japanese lawmaker Wednesday that the war-renouncing Article 9 of Japan's Constitution is becoming an obstacle to strengthening the Japan-U.S. alliance.
Armitage indicated Japan must revise the Constitution and play a greater military role for international peace if it wants to become a permanent U.N. Security Council member, Hidenao Nakagawa, chairman of the Diet Affairs Committee of Japan's governing Liberal Democratic Party, told reporters after meeting with Armitage. "

Archives Staff Was Suspicious of Berger (washingtonpost.com)

Archives Staff Was Suspicious of Berger (washingtonpost.com): "Archives Staff Was Suspicious of Berger
Why Documents Were Missing Is Disputed
By John F. Harris and Susan Schmidt
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, July 22, 2004; Page A06
Last Oct. 2, former Clinton national security adviser Samuel R. 'Sandy' Berger stayed huddled over papers at the National Archives until 8 p.m.
What he did not know as he labored through that long Thursday was that the same Archives employees who were solicitously retrieving documents for him were also watching their important visitor with a suspicious eye. "

Kerry Has Strong Advantage Among Latino Voters (washingtonpost.com)

Kerry Has Strong Advantage Among Latino Voters (washingtonpost.com): "Kerry Has Strong Advantage Among Latino Voters
Majority of Hispanics Surveyed Disapprove of Bush's Handling of Economy and Iraq War
By Richard Morin and Dan Balz
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, July 22, 2004; Page A01
Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) holds a strong lead over President Bush among the nation's Hispanic voters, with a majority rejecting the president's handling of the economy and the war in Iraq, according to a survey by The Washington Post, Univision and the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute. "

CNN.com - Dems face runoff for Georgia Senate seat - Jul 21, 2004

CNN.com - Dems face runoff for Georgia Senate seat - Jul 21, 2004: "Dems face runoff for Georgia Senate seat
GOP picks Isakson
Wednesday, July 21, 2004 Posted: 1:47 PM EDT (1747 GMT)
Dems face runoff for Georgia Senate seat
GOP picks Isakson
Wednesday, July 21, 2004 Posted: 1:47 PM EDT (1747 GMT)

ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) -- A first-term black congresswoman running on a shoestring campaign and a wealthy white businessman recruited to run by former President Jimmy Carter will meet in three weeks in a runoff for the Democratic nomination to succeed their party's retiring maverick Sen. Zell Miller.

News-Leader.com | True Ozarks | Guards left Berger alone, sources say

News-Leader.com | True Ozarks | Guards left Berger alone, sources say: "Guards left Berger alone, sources say
Ex-security adviser reportedly told monitors to violate rules as he took breaks, took files.

By James Gordon Meek
New York Daily News

Washington - Former national security adviser Sandy Berger repeatedly persuaded monitors assigned to watch him review top-secret documents to break the rules and leave him alone, sources said Wednesday.
Berger, accused of smuggling some of the secret files out of the National Archives, got the monitors out of the high-security room by telling them he had to make sensitive phone calls.
Guards were convinced to violate their own rules by stepping out of the secure room as he looked over documents and allegedly stashed some in his clothing, sources said."

The New York Times > International > Marines Said to Kill 25 Iraqis in Clashes in Ramadi

The New York Times > International > Marines Said to Kill 25 Iraqis in Clashes in Ramadi: "July 22, 2004
Marines Said to Kill 25 Iraqis in Clashes in Ramadi
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Filed at 6:20 a.m. ET
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- U.S. Marines killed 25 insurgents and captured 25 others during several hours of fierce fighting in Ramadi, a hotbed of insurgents battling U.S. and Iraqi forces, the American military said Thursday.
The fighting Wednesday in Ramadi, 70 miles west of Baghdad, wounded 14 U.S. servicemen, but none sustained life threatening injuries and 10 have returned to duty, according to a Marine statement."

CNN.com - Israeli adviser: Egypt proposing Mideast peace conference - Jul 22, 2004

CNN.com - Israeli adviser: Egypt proposing Mideast peace conference - Jul 22, 2004: "Israeli adviser: Egypt proposing Mideast peace conference
Thursday, July 22, 2004 Posted: 5:42 AM EDT (0942 GMT)

JERUSALEM (CNN) -- Egypt is proposing a Mideast peace conference in October, according to Moshe Debi, an adviser to Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom."

More than a million people in Darfur have fled their homes 

BBC NEWS | Africa | UN chief warns Sudan over Darfur

BBC NEWS | Africa | UN chief warns Sudan over Darfur: "UN chief warns Sudan over Darfur


More than a million people in Darfur have fled their homes
The UN Secretary General has said Sudan is not doing enough to protect people in the Darfur region, where widespread atrocities have been alleged."

The New York Times > Washington > Army to Call Up Recruits Earlier

The New York Times > Washington > Army to Call Up Recruits Earlier: "Army to Call Up Recruits Earlier
By ERIC SCHMITT and THOM SHANKER

Published: July 22, 2004

WASHINGTON, July 21 - In what critics say is another sign of increasing stress on the military, the Army has been forced to bring more new recruits immediately into the ranks to meet recruiting goals for 2004, instead of allowing them to defer entry until the next accounting year, which starts in October."

The New York Times > Washington > 9/11 Panel Is Said to Sharply Fault Role of Congress

The New York Times > Washington > 9/11 Panel Is Said to Sharply Fault Role of Congress: "9/11 Panel Is Said to Sharply Fault Role of Congress
By CARL HULSE and PHILIP SHENON

Published: July 22, 2004


WASHINGTON, July 21 - The unanimous final report of the Sept. 11 commission will sharply criticize Congress for failing in its role as overall watchdog over the nation's intelligence agencies and will call for wholesale changes in the way lawmakers oversee intelligence agencies and the Homeland Security Department, lawmakers and others briefed on the panel's findings said Wednesday"

DenverPost.com - Clinton defends aide during stop

DenverPost.com - LOCAL NEWS

Clinton defends aide during Denver book stop
Former president also takes swipe at Bush
By Susan Greene
Denver Post Staff Writer

Wednesday, July 21, 2004 -

Bill Clinton defended his embattled national security adviser Tuesday as a man who "always got things right," even if his desk was a mess.

"We were all laughing about it on the way over here," the former president said of the investigation into Samuel "Sandy" Berger on classified terrorism documents missing from the National Archives. "People who don't know him might find it hard to believe. But ... all of us who've been in his office have always found him buried beneath papers."

In an interview with The Denver Post, Clinton questioned the timing of the Berger flap less than a week before the Democratic National Convention and two days before a presidential commission is slated to release its final report on the Bush administration's handling of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.


Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Japan Today - News - Taiwan conducts rare jet fighter landing drills on highway - Japan's Leading International News Network

Japan Today - News - Taiwan conducts rare jet fighter landing drills on highway -Japan's Leading International News Network

TAIPEI — Taiwan's military practiced rarely seen jet fighter landing drills on its main north-south highway Wednesday in a bid to test the air force's combat readiness.

The 8-kilometer section of the roadway along southern Tainan County was shut down, from 3 am to 9 am, for the first time since the busy artery was built 26 years ago to see two French-made Mirage jets land, refuel, reload and take off. (Kyodo News)

CNN.com - Militant group takes 6 civilians hostage in Iraq - Jul 21, 2004

CNN.com - Militant group takes 6 civilians hostage in Iraq - Jul 21, 2004: "Militant group takes 6 civilians hostage in Iraq
Latest killing brings U.S. military deaths to 901
Wednesday, July 21, 2004 Posted: 2:18 PM EDT (1818 GMT)

(CNN) -- An obscure militant group in Iraq holding six foreign truckers hostage said one man will be beheaded every three days if the truckers' employer fails to leave the country."

Top News Article | Reuters.com

Top News Article | Reuters.com

Iraq Interior Ministry Says Report on Nukes 'Stupid'
Wed Jul 21, 2004 09:28 AM ET

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's Interior Ministry dismissed as "stupid" a report in a local newspaper on Wednesday that said three nuclear missiles had been found near the town of Tikrit.
A senior U.S. military official told reporters he had no information on the report in the newspaper al-Sabah. He said officials were checking the report.

Asked by Reuters about the report, a spokesman at the Interior Ministry said: "It's stupid."

The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > Bush Plans No Rest in Next Month; 2nd Term Agenda Near

The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > Bush Plans No Rest in Next Month; 2nd Term Agenda Near: "July 21, 2004
Bush Plans No Rest in Next Month; 2nd Term Agenda Near
By ADAM NAGOURNEY
and RICHARD W. STEVENSON

WASHINGTON, July 20 - Seeking to blunt any advantage Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts might enjoy from the Democratic convention, President Bush's campaign has planned a monthlong offensive that will blend criticism of the Democratic ticket with what aides said would be Mr. Bush's first effort to set out a second-term agenda."

The New York Times > Technology > Microsoft to Pay Stockholders Special One-Time Dividend

The New York Times > Technology > Microsoft to Pay Stockholders Special One-Time Dividend: "July 21, 2004
Microsoft to Pay Stockholders Special One-Time Dividend
By GARY RIVLIN

Microsoft, with more than $50 billion on hand, announced yesterday that it would bestow on its shareholders a special one-time dividend of $3 a share, a payout worth $32 billion.
Although other companies have paid special dividends in the past, the size of Microsoft's payout is far and away the largest cash grant in corporate history. "

Japan Today - News - Over 100 unregistered church leaders nabbed in northwest China - Japan's Leading International News Network

Japan Today - News - Over 100 unregistered church leaders nabbed in northwest China - Japan's Leading International News Network

Over 100 unregistered church leaders nabbed in northwest China
Wednesday, July 21, 2004 at 16:00 JST
BEIJING — Police arrested more than 100 church leaders in northwest China during a retreat to train Christian workers in the region, a U.S.-based religious group said Wednesday

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Black holes turned 'inside out'

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Black holes turned 'inside out': "Black holes turned 'inside out'

By Dr David Whitehouse
BBC News Online science editor

Black holes in space: Hawking says all is not lost
Stephen Hawking has put forward a new theory that changes the way scientists view black holes, saying he was wrong about them in the past.
The physicist told a conference on gravitation in Dublin that he has revised his belief that black holes destroy everything that falls on them.
He now believes that black holes may allow information to get out. "

China chides Britain over Hong Kong remarks

China chides Britain over Hong Kong remarks: "China chides Britain over Hong Kong remarks

HONG KONG, July 21 2004 - China reacted strongly on Wednesday to remarks by British government officials that Beijing had meddled in Hong Kong affairs and that there were problems with China's policy blueprint for the former British colony. "

Johnny Isakson accepts the nomination 


Denise Majette  in runoff wirh Cliff Oxford
for Georgia Senate nomination

The New York Times > National > Georgians Line Up Candidates to Fill Miller's Seat

The New York Times > National > Georgians Line Up Candidates to Fill Miller's Seat: "July 21, 2004
Georgians Line Up Candidates to Fill Miller's Seat
By SHAILA K. DEWAN

ATLANTA, July 20 - Declaring that the Republicans are 'now the majority party in Georgia,' Representative Johnny Isakson won the party's nomination last night in the contest to fill the seat of Zell Miller, one of five Southern Democratic senators retiring this year.
In the Democratic primary, Denise L. Majette, who two years ago unseated Representative Cynthia A. McKinney, a five-term incumbent, was headed for a runoff after a race against seven opponents. She will face W. Cliff Oxford, a wealthy businessman with no political experience other than a failed run for Congress in 1996.
Democrats in the state had difficulty finding a top-tier candidate to field in the race, and none of those who entered the primary had significant statewide experience.
The Democratic winner will face a tough fight against Mr. Isakson, 59, whose campaign said last night that he still had close to $1 million in the bank, compared with the less than $300,000 that Ms. Majette has on hand. Mr. Oxford, has his own fortune, but has been saddled by past marital troubles, including a divorce file with accusations by an ex-wife that he physically abused her.
With 98 percent of the precincts reporting, Representative Majette had 40 percent of the vote to Mr. Oxford's 20 percent."

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

CNN.com - Saudi forces in shootout with Suspected militants - Jul 20, 2004

CNN.com - Saudi forces in shootout with Suspected militants - Jul 20, 2004: "Saudi forces in shootout with suspected militants
From Nic Robertson and Henry Schuster
CNN
Tuesday, July 20, 2004 Posted: 7:35 PM EDT (2335 GMT)

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (CNN) -- Saudi security forces staged a major operation Tuesday night against suspected militants in the northern part of the capital, bringing in more than 100 security vehicles and exchanging heavy gunfire with the suspects.
Sources close to the Saudi security forces told CNN that at least three suspects -- believed to be members of al Qaeda --have been killed in the gunfight."

Samuel Berger, 
 

The New York Times > Washington > Kerry Adviser Steps Aside Amid Outcry Over Documents

The New York Times > Washington > Kerry Adviser Steps Aside Amid Outcry Over Documents: "July 20, 2004
Kerry Adviser Steps Aside Amid Outcry Over Documents
By DAVID STOUT and MARK GLASSMAN

WASHINGTON, July 20 2004 A former national security adviser, Samuel R. Berger, quit his role as informal adviser to the presidential campaign of Senator John Kerry today amid a clamor over his improper handling of classified documents.
'Mr. Berger does not want any issue surrounding the 9/11 commission to be used for partisan purposes,' Lanny Breuer, Mr. Berger's attorney, told The Associated Press late this afternoon. 'With that in mind he has decided to step aside as an informal adviser to the Kerry campaign until this matter is resolved.'
The decision to step aside came after a day in which Republicans zeroed in on the disclosure that Mr. Berger, who was President Bill Clinton's national security adviser, removed classified documents from the National Archives last year. Some Republicans wondered aloud today whether Mr. Berger had used the papers to help Senator Kerry, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.
Mr. Berger's mishandling of the documents, which were related to terrorism and which he took from the National Archives in preparation for his testimony before the 9/11 commission, seemed today to become a bigger problem for the Kerry campaign almost by the hour � and at the worst possible time, as Mr. Kerry is hoping to gain a big lift by next week's Democratic National Convention in Boston."

Alan Greenspan 
MSNBC - Interest rates to increase at measured pace: "Interest rates to increase at measured pace
Greenspan says economy is in sustainable expansion

NBC News
Not only has economic activity quickened, but the expansion has become more broad-based and has produced notable gains in employment, the Fed chief said in his semiannual review of monetary policy.

Updated: 3:58 p.m. ET July 20, 2004 WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy has entered a sustainable expansion that is creating some price pressures, but inflation does not now pose a major threat, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan told Congress Tuesday"

The Jakarta Post - Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore launch coordinated patrol of Malacca Strait

The Jakarta Post - Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore launch coordinated patrol of Malacca Strait: "Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore launch coordinated patrol of Malacca Strait
ABOARD THE 'KRI TANJUNG DALPELE' (JP): Seventeen warships from Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore conducted a sail past on Tuesday in a show of force as the navies from the three countries launched coordinated patrols aimed at stamping out piracy in theMalacca Strait.
The 'Malsindo' operation is a year-round operation designed to ensure greater safety for the 50,000 or so commercial ships that pass through the narrow strait each year."

CNN.com - Runoffs expected in Georgia, North Carolina - Jul 20, 2004

CNN.com - Runoffs expected in Georgia, North Carolina - Jul 20, 2004: "Runoffs expected in Georgia, North Carolina
Tuesday, July 20, 2004 Posted: 12:11 PM EDT (1611 GMT)

(AP) -- Democrats seeking to replace retiring Georgia Sen. Zell Miller are looking for anything to lift themselves out of the obscurity of the eight-person race, even if it means resorting to personal attacks on their rivals ahead of Tuesday's primary

CNN.com - Group threatens Muslims, Japan in Iraq - Jul 20, 2004

CNN.com - Group threatens Muslims, Japan in Iraq - Jul 20, 2004: "Group threatens Muslims, Japan in Iraq
Latest Marine casualty raises U.S. death toll to nearly 900
Tuesday, July 20, 2004 Posted: 1:11 PM EDT (1711 GMT)

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- A Web site message purportedly from a group linked to suspected terrorist mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi warned Muslims and Arab countries against sending troops to Iraq and made a special threat to Japan"

Dr. Jiang has become a household name in China 
for exposing China's Sars epidemic coverup  
 

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | China's Sars whistleblower freed

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | China's Sars whistleblower freed: "China's Sars whistleblower freed

The Chinese doctor who exposed Beijing's Sars cover-up last year has been freed after seven weeks in detention, family members have said. "


Channelnewsasia.com

Channelnewsasia.com: "Malaysia to buy Chinese missiles for technology transfer

KUALA LUMPUR : Malaysia has agreed in principle to purchase medium-range missiles from China, which in return will transfer technology on very short-range air defence to the country, Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Tuesday."

Boston.com / News / Politics / Money / Kerry set to disburse millions, get US funds

Boston.com / News / Politics / Money / Kerry set to disburse millions, get US funds: "Kerry set to disburse millions, get US funds
By Glen Johnson, Globe Staff | July 20, 2004
John F. Kerry is poised to take federal campaign money once he is nominated for the presidency next week, according to top campaign finance advisers, a move that will allow him to disburse millions of dollars in leftover campaign cash to Democratic Party operations, effectively augmenting the $75 million he will receive in federal funds."

The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > G.O.P. Is Poised to Tighten Grip on Georgia

The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > G.O.P. Is Poised to Tighten Grip on Georgia: "July 20, 2004
G.O.P. Is Poised to Tighten Grip on Georgia
By SHAILA K. DEWAN

ATLANTA, July 19 - In 2002, Georgia politics seemed to undergo a sudden tilt. Senator Max Cleland, a Democrat, lost his seat to Saxby Chambliss, a Republican. Same with Gov. Roy Barnes, who was ousted by a Republican challenger, Sonny Perdue.
But this year, no one will be taken by surprise if Georgia's second Senate seat goes to the Republicans, even though it is being vacated by a Democrat, Zell Miller, who is retiring."

The New York Times > Washington > President Says U.S. to Examine Iran-Qaeda Tie

The New York Times > Washington > President Says U.S. to Examine Iran-Qaeda Tie: "President Says U.S. to Examine Iran-Qaeda Tie
By PHILIP SHENON

Published: July 20, 2004

WASHINGTON, July 19 - President Bush said on Monday that the United States was actively investigating ties between the Iranian government and Al Qaeda, including intelligence unearthed by the independent Sept. 11 commission showing that Iran may have offered safe passage to terrorists who were later involved in the attacks"

The New York Times > National > Governors Tell of War's Impact on Local Needs

The New York Times > National > Governors Tell of War's Impact on Local Needs: "Governors Tell of War's Impact on Local Needs
By SARAH KERSHAW

Published: July 20, 2004


SEATTLE, July 19 - With tens of thousands of their citizen soldiers now deployed in Iraq, many of the nation's governors complained on Sunday to senior Pentagon officials that they were facing severe manpower shortages in guarding prisoners, fighting wildfires, preparing for hurricanes and floods and policing the streets."

CNN.com - Federal probe targets Clinton's national security adviser - Jul 20, 2004

CNN.com - Federal probe targets Clinton's national security adviser - Jul 20, 2004: "

Federal probe targets Clinton's national security adviser
From John King
CNN
Tuesday, July 20, 2004 Posted: 7:51 AM EDT (1151 GMT)


Berger has said he 'inadvertently' removed classified documents from the National Archives.


BBC NEWS | Middle East | Philippines' Iraq hostage freed

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Philippines' Iraq hostage freed: "Philippines' Iraq hostage freed


Mr de la Cruz has been handed to the Philippine embassy in Baghdad
Philippine truck driver Angelo de la Cruz has been freed from captivity in Iraq. "

Monday, July 19, 2004

IOL: Asia

IOL: Asia: "Malaysia may only send medics to Iraq

July 19 2004 at 01:45PM

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia, which has long played a role in international peacekeeping, said on Monday it was unlikely to commit peacekeeping troops to Iraq, joining other Islamic nations hesitant to send soldiers there."

IHT: Troops kill 19 Chechen separatists

IHT: Troops kill 19 Chechen separatists: "Troops kill 19 Chechen separatists
From news reports AP, Reuters Monday, July 19, 2004
Pro-Russian leader is slain in her home

MOSCOW Russian troops killed 19 separatists in a major operation in the southeast of Chechnya, the Interfax news agency reported on Sunday.
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Meanwhile, a leader of Russia's main pro-presidential party was fatally shot early Sunday in what law enforcement officials said was a contract killing linked to presidential elections next month.
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The politician, Tamara Khadzhiyeva of United Russia, which supports President Vladimir Putin, was killed by masked gunmen at her home in Shali, southeast of the Chechen capital, Grozny, an official in the Moscow-backed government said on the condition of anonymity.
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Three attackers broke into Khadzhiyeva's home about 3:30 a.m. and shot her, the ITAR-Tass news agency quoted Chechnya's chief prosecutor, Vladimir Kravchenko, as saying.
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Kravchenko said it had been a contract killing 'no doubt linked' to preparations for Chechnya's election on Aug. 29 to replace the region's pro-Moscow president, Akhmad Kadyrov. Kadyrov was assassinated in a bombing in Grozny in May.
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There was no claim of responsibility, and police named no suspects, although Kravchenko said the attackers may have been local residents. Separatist rebels in Chechnya oppose the region's Moscow-backed government and anyone who supports the Russian state and political system.
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Thirteen rebels died in fighting over the weekend in a shootout in Nozhai-Yurt district about 50 kilometers, or 30 miles, southeast of the regional capital Grozny on Sunday, the spokesman, Ilya Shabalkin, told the agency.
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Six rebels were killed in the same area on Saturday in a Russian commando raid on guerrilla hideouts, h"

IHT: Sharon was 'misunderstood,' aide says

IHT: Sharon was 'misunderstood,' aide says: "Sharon was 'misunderstood,' aide says
Agence France-Presse Monday, July 19, 2004
PARIS The Israeli government said on Monday that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was misunderstood on Sunday in his call to French Jews to leave immediately and move to Israel, a government spokesman told French radio.
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'Sharon was misunderstood,' the spokesman, Avi Pazner, told the Europe 1 radio station. 'He concluded that French Jews, but also those of the entire world, belong in Israel.'
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Sharon made a public call to the 600,000 French Jews to 'immediately' move to Israel in the face of growing anti-Semitism, an appeal dismissed as 'unacceptable' by the French Foreign Ministry and strongly criticized by Jewish organizations.
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'Altogether I have to advocate to our brothers in France: move to Israel as early as possible,' Sharon said. 'That's what I say to Jews all around the world, but there I think it's a must. They have to move immediately.'
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Pazner said Sharon had taken care to put his comments in context of his opinion, 'which is that the place of the Jews is in Israel.'
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He stressed that the prime minister had hailed the French government for its measures to combat increasing anti-Semitism and racially motivated attacks.
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In his speech to an American Jewish association in Jerusalem, Sharon lay much of the blame for the increase in anti-Semitism on the growing Muslim community in France, now numbering about five million people.
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The French government denounced Sharon's remarks.
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'We immediately made contact with the Israeli authorities to ask them to explain these unacceptable comments,' a Foreign Office statement said.
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Richard Prasquier, a member of the executive committee of the Representative "

The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > Kerry Building Legal Network for Vote Fights

The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > Kerry Building Legal Network for Vote Fights: "Kerry Building Legal Network for Vote Fights
By DAVID M. HALBFINGER

Mindful of the election problems in Florida four years ago, aides to Senator John Kerry, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, say his campaign is putting together a far more intricate set of legal safeguards than any presidential candidate before him to monitor the election.
Aides to Mr. Kerry say the campaign is taking the unusual step of setting up a nationwide legal network under its own umbrella, rather than relying, as in the past, on lawyers associated with state Democratic parties. The aides said they were recruiting people based on their skills as litigators and election lawyers, rather than rewarding political connections or big donors."

Japan Today - News - Mandela celebrates 86th birthday with family and tributes - Japan's Leading International News Network

Japan Today - News - Mandela celebrates 86th birthday with family and tributes - Japan's Leading International News Network: "Mandela celebrates 86th birthday with family and tributes

Monday, July 19, 2004 at 07:52 JST
JOHANNESBURG - Former president Nelson Mandela celebrated his 86th birthday with his family, including his estranged ex-wife Winnie, at his Eastern Cape home as tributes poured in for 'the icon of his age.'"

Japan Today - News - Jenkins nervous over future following reunion in Jakarta - Japan's Leading International News Network

Japan Today - News - Jenkins nervous over future following reunion in Jakarta - Japan's Leading International News Network: "Jenkins nervous over future following reunion in Jakarta

Monday, July 19, 2004 at 07:21 JST
TOKYO - Charles Jenkins, husband of repatriated abductee Hitomi Soga and accused by the United States of being an army deserter, is nervous about his future after being reunited with his wife on July 9 in Jakarta, Japanese government sources said Sunday."

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Japan sets 2006 whaling ultimatum

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Japan sets 2006 whaling ultimatum: "Japan sets 2006 whaling ultimatum

By Alex Kirby
BBC News Online environment correspondent, in Sorrento

The IWC is holding its annual meeting in Italy
Japan has set 2006 as a deadline to leave the International Whaling Commission if it is still unhappy with the organisation's performance"

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Philippines complete Iraq pullout

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Philippines complete Iraq pullout: "Philippines complete Iraq pullout

Philippine troops have now left Iraq - to meet a demand by militants who threatened to kill a Filipino hostage. "

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Baghdad tanker bombing kills nine

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Baghdad tanker bombing kills nine: "Baghdad tanker bombing kills nine

A fuel lorry has exploded after speeding towards a Baghdad police post, killing at least nine and injuring more than 50 other people, officials say."

Sunday, July 18, 2004

The China Post

Monday, July 19, 2004

U.S. shrugs off warning, says it will sell weapons to Taiwan
2004/7/16
WASHINGTON, AP and Agencies

The United States has reaffirmed its commitment to a "one China" policy and its opposition to any moves by Beijing or Taiwan that would change the status quo.
The United States said Wednesday it would continue selling weapons to Taiwan, shrugging off a warning from Beijing that any improvement in U.S.-China relations hinged on America cutting military links with the island. The statement Thursday came a day after Sun Weide, the Chinese Embassy spokesman, called in reporters to complain about U.S. support for Taiwan.
On Tuesday, Sun, the embassy spokesman, expressed China's "grave concern" at U.S. policy on Taiwan and called for an end to arms sales to Taiwan. Relations with Washington could become strained, he warned.
"Well, I don't know why one needs to talk about recent U.S. moves," U.S. State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said when asked to comment on the statement.
Boucher said there had been no change in U.S. policy regarding China and Taiwan and vowed defense sales to Taipei would continue as enshrined in U.S. law.
"We continue the sale of appropriate defensive military equipment to Taiwan in accordance with the Taiwan Relations Act," he said.
Senior Bush administration officials were quoted by the Washington Times Wednesday as saying a key reason for US military sales to Taiwan was China's missile buildup opposite the island.
That message was delivered to Chinese President Hu Jintao in Beijing last week by National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, in response to Chinese complaints about Taiwan, according to the officials, the newspaper reported.
Some 500 short-range ballistic missiles in China are currently aimed at Taiwan and U.S. experts say they could destroy key Taiwanese targets with minimal advanced warning.
Rice reportedly told Chinese leaders that a weapons deal with Taiwan had been under way since April 2001 and was reaching the point of actual transfers.
Pending sales are expected to include Patriot anti-missile systems and P-3 anti-submarine aircraft. Taiwan also is negotiating to buy up to eight diesel electric submarines and several guided missile destroyers.
Taiwan's cabinet on June 2 approved a special budget of NT$610 billion (US$18.2 billion) for the purchase of advanced weaponry. A team from Taipei was reportedly in the United States recently to shop for arms. The United States remains the leading arms supplier to Taiwan despite its shift of diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing in 1979.
Under a 25-year-old U.S. law called the Taiwan Relations Act, the United States acknowledges Beijing's position that Taiwan is part of China but is bound by law to provide weapons to help Taiwan defend itself if its security is threatened.
Boucher said the United States was committed to its one-China policy based on three joint communiques signed by the two countries and the Taiwan Relations Act.
"We've opposed unilateral moves by either side that would change the status quo," he said.
"For Beijing, this means no use of force or other forms of coercion against Taiwan. For Taipei, it means exercising prudence in managing all aspects of cross-straits relations," he explained.
Boucher reiterated U.S. policy not to support Taiwan's independence.
"For both sides, it means no statements or actions that would unilaterally alter Taiwan's status," he said.




Todd Hamilton wins British Open 

BBC SPORT | Golf | Hamilton grabs shock win

BBC SPORT | Golf | Hamilton grabs shock win: "Hamilton grabs shock win

By Rob Hodgetts
BBC Sport at Royal Troon

-10 *T Hamilton (US), E Els (SA)
-9 P Mickelson (US)
-6 L Westwood (Eng)
-5 D Love (US), T Levet (Fra)
-4 S Verplank (US), R Goosen (SA)
-3 M Weir (Can), T Woods (US)
-2 D Clarke (NIr), M Calcavecchia (US), S Kendall (US)
*Hamilton wins in play-off

Little-known American Todd Hamilton beat Ernie Els in a play-off to clinch the Open title at Royal Troon.
The pair tied at 10 under when Hamilton bogeyed the last but he bounced back to win the four-hole play-off by a shot. "

France has seen a spate of attacks against Jewish targets 
 

BBC NEWS | Middle East | French Jews 'must move to Israel'

BBC NEWS | Middle East | French Jews 'must move to Israel': "French Jews 'must move to Israel'

France has seen a spate of attacks against Jewish targets
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has urged all French Jews to move to Israel immediately to escape anti-Semitism.
He told a meeting of the American Jewish Association in Jerusalem that Jews around the world should relocate to Israel as early as possible.
But for those living in France, he added, moving was a 'must' because of rising violence against Jews there. "

Iraqis gather at the scene Sunday where the U.S. military launched airstrikes against targets in Fallujah.

CNN.com - Iraqi official: 14 killed in U.S. airstrikes - Jul 18, 2004

<CNN.com - Iraqi official: 14 killed in U.S. airstrikes - Jul 18, 2004: "Iraqi official: 14 killed in U.S. airstrikes
Sunday, July 18, 2004 Posted: 11:46 AM EDT (1546 GMT)

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- The U.S. launched airstrikes on the city of Fallujah Sunday, according to a military spokesman, which an Iraqi official said left 14 people dead and three wounded.
Khamis Hussein Ali, Health Ministry official for Iraq's Anbar province, said the casualties had been from the U.S. airstrikes.