Saturday, March 08, 2008

Miserere nobis

Israel - Palestine
Abbas demands peace after surge of Mideast killing
Reuters - 4 hours ago
By Mohammed Assadi RAMALLAH, West Bank, March 8 (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on Saturday for talks with Israel despite a surge of violence and said that a just peace was his people's goal.
Across divided Jerusalem, a day of grief Los Angeles Times

Talk, but No Peace
New York Times - 1 hour ago
There are a few certainties when it comes to the Middle East. One is that Hamas militants will do anything to sabotage Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts.
Egypt discovers and destroys six smuggling tunnels International Herald Tribune
Gaza talks make no progress BBC News

Latin America
President Álvaro Uribe of Colombia, left, shook hands with President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela at a summit meeting as President Leonel Fernandez of the Dominican Republic looked on.
Crisis Over Colombian Raid Ends in Handshakes
New York Times - 11 hours ago
By SIMON ROMERO and JAMES C. McKINLEY Jr. The leaders of four Latin American nations embroiled in a diplomatic crisis over a Colombian military raid in Ecuador ended the dispute on Friday with handshakes and warm embraces at a summit meeting that had ...
Chavez urges unity after summit BBC News
Latin American Crisis Resolved Washington Post

[Bush and Condi stayed away, so it got worked out!]

WRAPUP 1-Ecuador says not ready to restore Colombia ties
Reuters UK - 4 hours ago
QUITO, March 8 (Reuters) - Ecuador will take its time to restore diplomatic ties with Colombia, even though the two countries have resolved a week-long crisis over a Colombian military raid against guerrillas hiding in Ecuador, the president said on ...

Spain (domestic politics)
Spain Mourns Politician on Eve of Vote
The Associated Press - 1 hour ago
MONDRAGON, Spain (AP) - Weeping and clutching flowers, thousands of people mourned a small-town politician killed by a suspected Basque separatist in an attack that shocked Spain two days before a general election.
Spain Polarized Before Sunday Vote Washington Post
Zapatero, Rajoy Face Vote After Killing Blamed on ETA (Update1) Bloomberg

Germany - Russia - NATO - Kosovo
Merkel meets with Russian leaders, discussing NATO, Kosovo
Xinhua - 1 hour ago
MOSCOW, March 8 (Xinhua) -- As the first foreign leader to visit Russia since the country's March 2 presidential election, German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and President-elect Dmitry Medvedev here on Saturday, ...
Putin warns his successor is no push-over United Press International
Putin Says Medvedev Will Be `Russian Nationalist' Too (Update1) Bloomberg

Malaysian politics turned upside down
Reuters - 1 hour ago
By Mark Bendeich KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysians awoke on Sunday to a vastly altered political landscape after voters suddenly and unexpectedly questioned five decades of political status quo and decided it was time for a change.

Iraq Seeks Partnership With Turkey
The Associated Press - 5 hours ago
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Iraq's president said Saturday he wants a "strategic" partnership with Turkey, including getting Turkish businesses to invest in his oil-rich but war-torn country.

Mass grave discovered in Iraq
Los Angeles Times - 8 hours ago
Sunni militants loyal to Al Qaeda in Iraq and its affiliates in 2006 declared the province the center of their self-styled caliphate, where they imposed their brutal version of Islam.
Mass grave containing 100 bodies found in Iraq Xinhua
100 decomposed bodies found in Iraq mass grave: US military AFP

Iraq Combat Veteran Says McCain is Wrong Choice - 4 hours ago
Roger Martinez, an Army ranger in Afghanistan and Iraq, said that Americans should not vote for Sen. John McCain in the November presidential election because McCain would continue the war in Iraq. Speaking on the Democratic Party's weekly radio ...

Vojislav Kostunica démissionne en raison du Kosovo
Le Monde - Il y a 2 heures
BELGRADE (Reuters) - Le Premier ministre serbe Vojislav Kostunica a annoncé sa démission, estimant que son gouvernement ne pouvait plus fonctionner normalement en raison des dissensions au sein de la coalition au pouvoir après la proclamation ...
Serbie: le président Tadic annonce de prochaines élections anticipées France Info
Démission du Premier ministre serbe France 2

Spain - Guantánamo
España retira su petición de extradición de dos ex presos de ...
Terra España - 6 Mar 2008
España ha retirado la petición de extradición de dos ex reclusos de la prisión estadounidense de Guantánamo (Cuba) que residen en el Reino Unido y que reclamaba por su supuesta pertenencia a una célula de Al Qaeda, según anunció hoy la abogada de los ...

Whaling - High Seas
Tentative steps to whaling peace
BBC News - 1 hour ago
By Richard Black Talks between pro- and anti-whaling countries on how to resolve their differences have ended with agreement to look for dialogue and common ground.
Ice thaws but little else moves at whaling meeting Reuters UK
Whaling campaigners condemned The Press Association

United Kingdom
England prepares for storm battering
Times Online - 2 hours ago
TRANSPORT chaos, power failures and building damage may strike southern England, according to weather forecasters who are warning that the strongest storm of the winter could hit the country on Monday.

The Apologist's Evening Prayer

From all my lame defeats and oh! much more
From all the victories that I seemed to score;
From cleverness shot forth on thy behalf
At which, while angels weep, the audience laugh;
From all my proofs of thy divinity,
Thou, who wouldst give no sign, deliver me.

Thoughts are but coins. Let me not trust, instead
Of thee, their thin-worn image of thy head.
From all my thoughts, even from my thoughts of thee,
O thou fair Silence, fall, and set me free.
Lord of the narrow gate and the needle's eye,
Take from me all my trumpery lest I die.

--C. S. Lewis

--the BB

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