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January 17, 2008

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Jan 17,2008
A year ago Thursday, President George W. Bush announced his "New Way Forward" in Iraq. By the most important measurement - huge reductions in U.S. and Iraqi deaths - it has been a remarkable success. We say that as a newspaper that has been critical of the American misadventure in Iraq since Day 1, and despite our skepticism of a year ago about the troop "surge" and policy shifts involved in the "New Way Forward." ... [full story]
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Jan 17,2008
CANBERRA, Australia -- The Australian government condemned anti-whaling activists who boarded a Japanese ship in Antarctic waters and is considering prosecution, reports said.Australian citizen Benjamin Potts and British citizen Giles Lane, members of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, jumped on board the Yushin Maru No. 2 without permission on Tuesday with a letter claiming the vessel was violating international law, and Australian law, by killing whales.Australia sent a customs ship to rendezvous with the Japanese ... [full story]
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Jan 17,2008
IPSWICH, England -- Prosecutors in Ipswich, England, said Thursday there was DNA and other forensic evidence linking a man to the killings of five prostitutes.Steve Wright, 49, is charged with the five slayings, and on Wednesday admitted to having had sex with four of the women at his home or in his car, Sky News reported.He denies any involvement in their deaths, but prosecutors said there was DNA evidence on three of the women's bodies ... [full story]
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Jan 17,2008
LONDON -- Investigators are looking into what caused a British Airways plane to land short of a runway at London Heathrow Airport, shredding the plane's undercarriage.One investigator said the plane's captain "is claiming there wasn't power when he needed it," CNN reported.London ambulance services said at least 17 people received minor injuries.BA flight 38 from Beijing carrying 136 passengers and 16 crew was grounded on the tarmac after touching down several hundred feet short of ... [full story]
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Jan 17,2008
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- At least 10 people died and 25 others were injured Thursday in a suicide bombing of a Shiite congregation hall in northwestern Pakistan, officials said.The bomber detonated the explosives at the entrance of the Mirza Kasim Imambargah in Peshawar, the Press Trust of India reported. A number of people were at the hall for ceremonies related to the Islamic month of Muharram.In Islamabad, Interior Ministry spokesman Javed Iqbal Cheema said the suicide ... [full story]
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Jan 17,2008
PARDEEVILLE, Wis. -- A Wisconsin man was charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly binding his son with tape and forcing the boy to watch a football playoff game.Police arrested Mathew Kowland, 36, of Pardeeville, Wis., Monday on tentative felony accusations of being the cause of mental injury and false imprisonment after allegedly forcing his 7-year-old son to wear a Packers shirt and watch a playoff game while bound with heavy tape, the Portage (Wis.) Daily ... [full story]
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Jan 17,2008
JERUSALEM -- The Israeli air force struck a vehicle carrying a militant leader following several missile volleys between Israeli forces and militants in the Gaza Strip.The air force Thursday struck a vehicle in the northern Gaza Strip killing the leader of the alleged Hamas-allied Popular Resistance Committee, Raed Abu el-Foul, and his wife and wounding several others, Haaretz said Thursday.Militants in the Gaza Strip fired a barrage of Qassam rockets and mortars into southern Israel ... [full story]
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Jan 17,2008
BOLINGBROOK, Ill. -- The attorney for Drew Peterson, an ex-Illinois cop suspected in the disappearance of his wife, says a cellular text message suggests she was having an affair.The two-sentence message read in part, "You my love are the hottest little (expletive) in the world," and continues to thank the recipient for various sexual acts, the Chicago Tribune said Thursday.The time stamp on the message is 9:47 a.m. Sept. 20, 2007.Peterson's attorney Joel Brodsky says ... [full story]
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Jan 17,2008
MOSCOW -- The British Council closed two of its Russian offices amid escalating "intimidation" over diplomatic disputes.The BBC said British officials on Thursday closed offices in St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg amid pressure from the Russian intelligence services who summoned British staff members or questioning.The closure follows an encounter the organization's director Stephen Kinnock had with Russian authorities over an alleged drunken driving that Downing Street said was an act of Russian "intimidation," The New York ... [full story]
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Jan 17,2008
WASHINGTON -- The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform heard testimony Thursday about veterans' charities that pay organizers millions of dollars.Among the groups being probed is Help Hospitalized Veterans, which was founded in 1971 by Roger Chapin, The Washington Post reported.The newspaper reviewed the non-profits tax reports and found in collected $71.3 million in the last fiscal year. It also paid $3.8 million in salary and benefits to Chapin and his wife from 1997 ... [full story]
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