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May 31,2007
WASHINGTON - President Bush, stressing a U.S. vow to help struggling nations, announced a plan Thursday to aid Africa with its financial markets. In a Washington speech, Bush spoke highly of free trade and its results on a blighted country and of plans to push bold programs at next week's 33rd G8 Summit in Germany. Trade, he said, "is the best way to help poor countries develop their economies and improve the lives of their ... [full story]
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May 31,2007
MCLEAN, Va. - CIA Director Michael Hayden said the McLean, Va.-based agency has gotten younger and is taking "more operational risk" since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Hayden said nearly half of the CIA workforce is comprised of those hired after the attacks, giving the agency "more language skills and cultural diversity," USA Today reported Thursday. The director said new operatives are being asked to take more risks, including establishing "non-traditional" cover identities for undercover ... [full story]
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Jun 01,2007
For the second consecutive year, a Summit High School sophomore has earned top honors at a state math competition. Tadd Phillips beat out students from nearly 80 Oregon public and private schools to take the top award in the precalculus division of the Oregon Invitational Mathematics Tournament (OIMT) this month at Oregon State University.   Tadd Phillips - submitted photo Math students from throughout the state are selected by their schools to compete in regional tournaments. Those ... [full story]
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May 31,2007
LONDON -- British intelligence officials said they believe that al-Qaida has a secure base in Pakistan's Waziristan region and is planning terrorist operations. The group is reaching out to Muslims in North Africa, The Telegraph reported. Last year, the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat, an Algerian terrorist group, merged itself into al-Qaida, a move announced by Osama bin Laden's chief lieutenant, Ayman al-Zawahiri, in a tape promising action against the "apostates" in the Algerian ... [full story]
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May 31,2007
BAGHDAD -- The people who seized five British citizens in Iraq may try and trade them for hundreds of Shiite prisoners being held in Basra, a London newspaper reported. "We are holding the British until they release our brothers from Camp Bucca in Basra," a cell commander with the Mahdi Army told The Telegraph. "There are hundreds there under British security, some of them for years. When they are released the British will be allowed ... [full story]
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May 31,2007
MOSCOW -- Russian State Duma Deputy Chairman Vladimir Zhirinovsky says he plans to run for president next year. In an interview on Echo Moskvy radio, Zhirinovsky said State Duma Deputy Vladimir Ryzhkov will most likely be his opposition, Interfax said Wednesday. "(Former Central Bank Chairman Viktor) Gerashchenko is a bit too old, (former Prime Minister Mikhail) Kasyanov is a bit too weak, but Ryzhkov has positioned himself as a democrat, and the West knows him ... [full story]
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May 31,2007
BEIJING -- China's media freedom has come under assault ahead of the 2008 Olympics, the Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. The group in New York said in a report that the Chinese government is backtracking on new rules for greater freedom to foreign journalists while continuing to deny comparable freedoms to domestic journalists. The group warned there also are indications the domestic media, already under censorship and crackdowns, may face even tighter controls in the ... [full story]
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May 31,2007
LONDON -- Britain's most prestigious private school has rejected a call for its help in running London's city academies. Eton headmaster Tony Little said he has to focus on his own students, The Independent said Wednesday. Alan Jackson, Britain's Education secretary, has suggested private schools sponsor a city academy as a way of justifying the charitable tax breaks they receive. Little said the move may be too much of a distraction. "Ultimately, private schools have ... [full story]
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May 31,2007
TANK, Pakistan -- Unknown assailants fired guns, rockets and hand grenades at the home of a senior Pakistani government official Thursday, leaving at least 13 people dead. The attack in the northwestern Pakistani town of Tank apparently targeted the official, identified only as Amiruddin, but he survived while several relatives perished, the BBC reported. While the town stands at the edge of the South Waziristan tribal region, where al-Qaida and the Taliban seek refuge, district ... [full story]
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May 31,2007
MOSCOW -- The Moscow man accused of killing a former KGB agent in London said the man tried to recruit him to spy for England. Andrei Lugovoy, who has denied killing Alexander Litvinenko, said at a Moscow news conference that Litvinenko's death may have something do with his alleged work for British intelligence, the Times of London reported Thursday. "It is hard to escape the thought that Litvinenko had become an agent who had escaped ... [full story]
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