Saturday, March 29, 2008

Asato ma Sad Gamaya; Tamaso ma Jyotir Gamaya; Mrtyor ma Amrtam Gamaya

Death Toll Rises in Iraq in Clashes Between Government and Shi'ite ...
Voice of America - 1 hour ago
By VOA News Iraqi authorities say the death toll from five days of intense fighting between Iraqi forces and Shi'ite militias has surged to more than 200.
US Airstrikes Aid Iraqi Army in Basra New York Times
Iraq: More US Airstrikes on Basra The Associated Press

Iraqi militia defy call to disarm
BBC News - 42 minutes ago
The radical Shia Iraqi cleric Moqtada Sadr has defied a call by the Iraqi government for his powerful Mehdi Army militia to lay down its weapons.

L'Armée du Mahdi résiste en Irak à l'assaut des forces du gouvernement
Le Monde - Publié depuis 1 heure
Les combats menés depuis le 25 mars par l'armée irakienne avec le soutien croissant de ses alliés américains et britanniques contre les activistes chiites de l'Armée du Mahdi, la plus puissante milice du pays, se sont poursuivis et même, dans certaines ...
Nouveau bombardement de la coalition sur Bassorah
Irak: près de 230 morts dans les combats entre miliciens chiites ... France Info


Zimbabweans Vote in Crucial Presidential Elections
Voice of America - 3 hours ago
By VOA News President Robert Mugabe, who has ruled the southern African nation since 1980, is seeking a sixth term in office. During a rally in the capital of Harare Friday, Mr.
Mugabe in final election appeal BBC News
Zimbabwe's Mugabe Seeks to Extend Rule as Vote Starts (Update1) Bloomberg

Zimbabweans queue to make their mark
Mail & Guardian Online - 2 hours ago
Eager to vote, Zimbabweans began lining up before dawn on Saturday for elections that present President Robert Mugabe with the toughest political challenge of his 28 years in power.
Tsvangirai intends engaging security chiefs SABC News
In pictures: Zimbabwe votes BBC News

Elections présidentielle et générales au Zimbabwe - Il y a 3 heures
AP | 29.03.2008 | 11:58 Les électeurs zimbabwéens faisaient samedi la queue devant les bureaux de vote pour des élections présidentielle et générales cruciales pour le président Robert Mugabe, accusé par l'opposition de préparer une nouvelle fraude ...
A 84 ans, Robert Mugabe espère un nouveau mandat au Zimbabwe Le Point
Les électeurs du Zimbabwe portés par l'espoir d'un changement

Tibet - China
Dalai Lama leads prayer for victims of Tibet unrest
Monsters and - 3 hours ago
New Delhi - Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Saturday led an inter-faith prayer meeting in New Delhi in remembrance of Tibetans who lost their lives and were injured during the recent protests in China.
Video: Tibetan monks embarrass China - 27 Mar 08 AlJazeeraEnglish
Dalai Lama says wants time for preparation of 'next life' AFP

China Promises Tibet Compensation
The Associated Press - 4 hours ago
BEIJING (AP) - Beijing will compensate victims of anti-government protests in Tibet, a state news agency said Saturday, while diplomats were taken to visit the region in an effort by China to show it has restored order.
Video: Divisions over Olympic boycott france24english

En Chine, quelques voix bravent le tabou tibétain
Le Figaro - Il y a 7 heures
Face à un Parti communiste que le Tibet renvoie à ses vieux réflexes, une poignée de Chinois bravent la censure, voire la police pour affirmer que leur pays fait fausse route. Le plus surprenant est qu'ils osent redresser la tête. ...

Environment - Earth Hour (10-11 PM local time Saturday)
Australia, New Zealand Lead Earth Hour Environment Campaign
Voice of America - 49 minutes ago
By Phil Mercer Australians switched off their lights for 60 minutes Saturday to mark "Earth Hour," a campaign by environmentalists to raise awareness about global warming.
Sydney Goes Dark for Earth Hour The Associated Press
US cities to dim lights for 'Earth Hour' United Press International

Arab Summit
Assad Vows to Ease Lebanese Crisis as Arab League Summit Opens
Bloomberg - 1 hour ago
By Daniel Williams March 29 (Bloomberg) -- Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad told today's opening session of the Arab League summit in Damascus that he would help end Lebanon's long political crisis, but the solution required the Lebanese themselves to ...
Video: Frost over the World - Arab summit - 28 Mar 08 AlJazeeraEnglish
Arab summit marked by no-shows in snub to Syria AFP

Pakistan - Netherlands
Pakistanis protest Dutch lawmaker's film
Chicago Tribune - 9 hours ago
By Toby Sterling | AP 11:33 PM CDT, March 28, 2008 AMSTERDAM - Hundreds of angry Muslims marched Friday in Pakistan and denounced a Dutch legislator's film that portrays Islam as a ticking time bomb aimed at the West.
Dutch film 'Fitna' draws muted response from Muslims Los Angeles Times
Protest in Pakistan Over Anti-Quran Film The Associated Press

International Markets
Doha Trade Deal Still Possible, Bush Says
New York Times - 11 hours ago
By REUTERS WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is willing to make agricultural concessions to reach a new world trade deal if other countries open their markets to more American exports, President Bush said Friday.
The United States and the European Union both face demands to make deep cuts in their agricultural subsidies and tariffs, but want major developing countries like India and Brazil to open their markets in exchange.

Text of Bush, Rudd News Conference The Associated Press
Rudd appeals for Aust-US customs plan ABC Online

L'ex-président d'Anjouan assigné à résidence à la Réunion
Le Point - Il y a 46 minutes
Le président déchu de l'île comorienne d'Anjouan Mohamed Bacar a été assigné à résidence samedi à la Réunion à la suite de l'annulation de la procédure judiciaire ouverte à son encontre. Il a été "transféré dans un bâtiment militaire placé sous la ...
Réunion: arrêté de reconduite à la frontière pour Mohamed Bacar et ...
Bacar relaxé TF1

Teach our people to rely on your strength and to accept their responsibilities to their fellow citizens, that they may elect trustworthy leaders and make wise decisions for the well-being of our society; that we may serve you faithfully in our generation and honor your holy Name. For yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Amen.
--from Prayer for Sound Government

For those who Influence Public Opinion
Almighty God, you proclaim your truth in every age by many voices: Direct, in our time, we pray, those who speak where many listen and write what many read; that they may do their part in making the heart of this people wise, its mind sound, and its will righteous; to the honor of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

--the BB

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