Monday, 4 February 2008

Monday, 4th February, 2008


DIMONA, Israel
Kobi Mor, 34, the police officer who shot the second attacker, said he had approached the man as he lay on the ground, apparently wounded from the first blast, then shot him when the he moved his hand toward an explosives belt strapped to his abdomen.
"I saw he was alive, and his hand was twitching," Mor said. "He raised it again to try to activate the bomb, so I shot four bullets into his head and neutralized him."

The U.S military said Monday that it had accidentally killed nine Iraqi civilians during an operation targeting Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia - the deadliest known case of mistaken identity in recent months....
Shortly after the incident, American officers met with a Muslim sheik representing citizens in the area, Evans said.
"We offer our condolences to the families of those who were killed in this incident, and we mourn the loss of innocent civilian life," he said in a statement.

The UN agency had sent two truck-loads of supplies from the Cameroon capital, Yaounde, to Kousseri but they would take at least two days to make the more than 1,000 kilometer journey, Redmond said.
The UN agency is particularly concerned about the plight of refugees or internally displaced people in Chad, who live in camps in remote locations and depend on international aid to survive.
They include 240,000 refugees from the Darfur region of Sudan in 12 camps in eastern Chad, 180,000 internally displaced Chadians and about 50,000 people from the Central African Republic in the the far south of Chad.

A suicide bomber on a motorbike packed with explosives destroyed a miltiary bus carrying doctos in the Pakistan military headquarters city of Rawalpindi in Monday, and officials said at least six people were killed, including a high-ranking army physician.
At least 40 people were wounded the officials said, including a woman and several children.

But the total federal debt hel by the public - that is, the accumulated total of all federal borrowing - has grown substantially in recent years. It was $3.3 trillion in 2001, when President Bush took office, and is expected to climb to $5.4 tillion this year and $5.9 trillion in 2009, according to budget documentation issued Monday by the White House.

Islamic terror networks tried to recruit young Muslims in Norway to launch attacks in other countries, the head of police intelligence said in an interview published Monday.

COMMENTARY (Nicolas D. Kristof)
At a New York or Los Angeles cocktail party, few would dare make a pejorative comment about Barack Obama's race or Hilary Clinton's sex. Yet it would be easy to get away with deriding Mike Huckabee's regligous faith.
Liberals believe deeply in tolerance and over the last century have led the battles against prejudices of all kinds, but we have a blind spot about Christian evangelicals. They constitute one of the few minorities that, on the American coasts or university campuses, it remains fashionable to mock.

The Olympic Committee has not made public its formal contract with Beijing. But a new book called "China's Great Leap" edited by Minky Worden, media director for Human Rights Watch, reports that Beijing sought to strengthen its bid by telling the committee - specifically - that awarding it the Games would facilitate human rights progress.
China has instead expanded its crackdown on dissidents, and rounded up "undesirables," such as migrants and the mentally ill.

Perhaps the most telling sign of the globalization of the New York shows is the benefit to be held Wednesday at the United Nations Plaza. Gucci is celebrating the opening of its new Fifth Avenue flagship, with Madonna leading a splashy red-carpet event to raise money for Malawi, where she recently adopted a boy, and for Unicef.
Even if you have never seen one of his sets for Marc Jacobs or even heard his name, you will probably recognize Beckman's work because he has created some of the most memorable fashion backdrops of the last decade.
It was Beckman who rustled up a snowstorm on Fifth Avenue one rainy summer day for Tiffany's Christmas ad campaign, and it was he who tracked down the prettiest cupcakes in Palm Beach to pop inside Gwyneth Paltrow's bicycle basket for an Estée Lauder "Pleasures" ad.

Katsuyo Mogi, a shoe and handbag designer, says the lack of interest in couture should not be unexpected: "When you think about it, the history of Western dress is still very young in this country - it was only after the end of World War II that the Japanese really took to Western-style clothing. Before that, everyone wore kimonos."

The latest in a series of doors being auctioned off from a house where Jim Morrison once lived has been painted with the a "Love Her Madly" theme. "The Jim Morrison Home Legacy Series" enlists artists to use doors collected from a Clearwater, Florida, home that belonged to Morrison's grandparents as their canvases.

Official figures showed that there were 150 million migrant workers. But 737 million Chinese, or 56 percent of the population, still lived in the countryside at the end of 2006, a high figure compared with other countries at a similar stage of development.
With fewer farmers, agricultural productivity would rise, too, reversing the worrisome widening of the rural-urban income gap. And for the rest of the world, the efficiency gains unlocked by urbanization would help keep a lid on prices for products made in China.

Kerviel was never viewed as soldier-monk material. He was provincial, from profoundly middle-class stock - the son of a hairdresser and a metal shop teacher.

Ninety-two current and former South Korean soccer players have been indicted for dodging military service by intentionally dislocating their soldiers to receive medical exemptions, a prosecutor said Monday...
The players, including 15 professional K-League players, dislocated thier shoulders by methods such as swinging their arms while holding heavy weights or having fellow playes jump on their shoulders, the prosecutors said.

United Airlines, the world's second largest carrier, will begin charging some passengers $25 to check a second piece of luggage.

The temptation, for some, was to paint all British politicians in the crude colors of venality.
Indeed, the bipartisan taint seemed only to confirm for many Britons that their leaders of all stripes were damaged - perhaps not beyond repair, but certainly to a degree that has become all too familiar to a cynical and skeptical nation.
But did the real unraveling of the nation's frayed moral fabric begin elsewhere? Were the scoop-driven newspapers and 24-hour news channels to blame for undermining Britons' faith in their leaders ? Some seemed tempted to say just that.
"People - most of them - know from their own lives that whatever struggles they may have, whatever challenges the country may face, Britain is not the basket case conveyed through the media," Alastair Campbell, Blair's onetime spin doctor, said in a public lecture on Jan 28. "When they sense that dissonance as a cultural shift, then the media goes some way toward a loss of credibility that will be hard to pull back. I think it is at that stage now."

One recent article charts the emergence of Tajikistan as a leading exporter of labor, with one in five Tajik adults leaving to work abroad each year. Another shows that at least 60 million migrants have left one poor country to live in another.
Yet another compares the incentives that draw Mexicans to the United States with those that lure Africans onto rickety boats bounds for Spain. American wages are about four times those in Mexico, a Norwegian scholar, Jorgen Carling, noted, while the wage differential between Spain and Senegal is "a staggering 15 to one."...
Conflict is also a running theme, across cultures and time. The Dutch are so worried about assimilation they require migrants to pass a language test before they come. Aristede Zolberg of the New School, notes that Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin "considered the German language to be the bearer of a culture incompatible with republican democracy."
Professor Zolberg resists the term "age of migration" (coined by the scholars Stephen Castles and Mark J. Miller) because people have been migrating since the beginning of time. Still, he sees migration growth as likely to continue, in an era of cheap travel and easy communication via cellphones and Web cams. And as incomes rise in the developing world, more people have the means to move.
"What's new is it's much easier now," he said.

The singer had initially refused to come to Damascus for the festival, Hassan said, and had cited the political tensions between Syria and Lebanon as the reason.
"I told her, that's been the situation for 20 years — we can't wait forever," said Hassan, who has known Fayrouz for years. Finally, the singer relented.
The festival, which celebrates Damascus's designation by Unesco as this year's "Arab Capital of Culture," includes scheduled visits by Hungarian directors, Japanese animators and French opera companies as well as Arab and Syrian artists.
One of its goals, as explained in a pamphlet published by the organizers under the heading "political outcomes," is "changing Syria's image and emphasizing openness, cultural variation, coexistence and security."
That will not be easy. Relations have been icy between Syria and some other Arab countries, whose officials accuse the Syrian government of blocking the election of a president in Lebanon, along with various bombings and assassinations in Lebanon over the past three years. Saudi Arabia and Egypt are said to be considering refusing to attend this year's Arab summit meeting because it will take place in Damascus.
The fact that Fayrouz's opening night performance coincided with the arrest of Riyad Seif, a famous Syrian democracy advocate who is suffering from prostate cancer, did not help.

Tadic's 50.5 percent of the vote, compared with 47.7 percent for Tomislav Nikolic, the nationalist Radical Party challenger, amounted to a difference of about 128,000 votes and spotlighted the rift in Serbia between those who want to move toward the European Union and those who want to move the country closer to Russia and China...
Analysts warned that the EU and the United States should not make the mistake of assuming that Serbia would back down over Kosovo and look West instead of East. "The scale of Nikolic's support shows how divided the country is between both options. and it remains to be seen which side will triumph," Mikolic said.

Andrew Brookes, a defense analyst at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, agreed that Iran was advancing, but said the test was nothing remarkable as the country had already developed ballistic missiles...
But he noted that the test came just a few weeks after Israel tested a missile. Israel is widely assumed to have nuclear warheads and missiles capable of hitting Iran.
"This could be Iran telling Israel that whatever you can do we can do, too," Brookes said.

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