Thursday, June 05, 2008

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Bloody day in Iraq: Truck blast kills 18
Detroit Free Press - 3 hours ago
AP • June 5, 2008 BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A truck packed with rockets blew up Wednesday in a Shi'ite area of Baghdad, killing 18 people in the deadliest single blast in the city in more than three months.
Truck explosion kills 18, wounds 75 in Iraq The Associated Press
3 US Soldiers Killed by Small-Arms Fire in Iraq ABC News

Iraq lawmakers want US forces out as part of deal
Reuters - 9 hours ago
William Delahunt, a Massachusetts Democrat and Iraq war opponent, released excerpts from a letter he was handed by Iraqi parliamentarians laying down conditions for the security pact that the Bush administration seeks with Iraq.
Iraqi Parliamentarian: 70 Percent Of Iraqis Want Withdrawal, Huge ... Think Progress

The Jews of Iraq
New York Times - 6 hours ago
As a first-generation American, born to an Iraqi Jewish father, I not only grew up hearing about the once vibrant Jewish community in Iraq and its special customs, but also grew up knowing that Americans knew next to nothing about the unique Jewish ...

US Marine acquitted in Haditha deaths
Reuters - 5 hours ago
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES, June 4 (Reuters) - A US Marine officer was acquitted by a military jury on Wednesday on charges he tried to cover up the shooting deaths of two dozen unarmed Iraqi men, women and children at Haditha in 2005.
US Marine acquitted of all charges in The Age
Closing arguments begin for Marine accused in Haditha case KESQ

Global Food Crisis
UN Chief Says Global Food Crisis Needs Quick Response
Voice of America - 21 hours ago
By Sabina Castelfranco UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Wednesday that dealing with the current global food crisis is a fight the international community cannot afford to lose.
Video: Global food prices affecting families in Malaysia - 3 Jun 08 AlJazeeraEnglish
UN pledges $1.2b to fight food shortages ABC Online

Tsvangirai arrested, freed in Zimbabwe
United Press International - 11 hours ago
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, June 4 (UPI) -- Zimbabwean opposition leader and presidential candidate Morgan Tsvangirai has been released after being arrested Wednesday at a roadblock, his supporters said.
Opposition leader is held by police in Zimbabwe, charged and released Detroit Free Press
Zimbabwe opposition leader detained by police International Herald Tribune

Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan Jets Attack Rebel Headquarters in North (Update1)
Bloomberg - 1 hour ago
By Michael Heath June 5 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lankan fighter jets struck Tamil Tiger bases in Kilinochchi district, site of the rebel headquarters in the north, acting upon reports the group was preparing attacks, the military said.
Sri Lanka commuters hit by bomb BBC News
S.Lankan shares at 3-½ month low after bomb blast Reuters

Hong Kong vigil for Tiananmen Square protesters low-key this year
International Herald Tribune - 20 hours ago
By Keith Bradsher HONG KONG: A smaller crowd than usual turned out here on Wednesday evening for the annual candlelight vigil commemorating the 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square, the participation depressed by a growing ...
Goddess of Democracy at Congress on Tiananmen anniversary AFP
China Should Give Account of Tiananmen Crackdown, US Says Bloomberg

Nouvelle réplique et alerte aux inondations dans le Sichuan
La Presse Canadienne - Il y a 4 heures
MIANYANG — Une réplique de 5,3 a secoué jeudi la région du Sichuan, alors que les autorités chinoises ont lancé un nouvel avertissement sur de possibles inondations dans la région, en raison de la montée des eaux jeudi dans un lac formé par les ...
Le PM chinois inspecte le lac post-séisme de Tangjiashan XINHUA
Sichuan: la colère des parents gronde, la presse muselée Papiers de Chine

Foreigners find Beijing becomes a forbidden city before Olympics
Globe and Mail - 1 hour ago
BEIJING - Daniel Yeung is still trying to understand how it happened. After eight years of steady employment, the Canadian recruitment consultant is being kicked out of China, forced to join an exodus of foreigners streaming out of the host country ...
China dissenter retains high hopes for democracy Reuters
Come clean on crushing protests, China urged National Post

Prosecutor lied on Darfur, envoy says
Boston Globe - 5 hours ago
KHARTOUM - Sudan's ambassador to the United Nations said yesterday that allegations his government is involved in crimes against humanity in Darfur are "fictitious and vicious.
Sudan ignores ICC extradition call
Darfur atrocities planned by Sudan government: ICC report JURIST

Mars lander told to dig up samples for analysis
Reuters - 12 hours ago
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Phoenix Mars lander has been instructed to scoop up and analyze its first samples from the planet's polar region to help determine if conditions were ever suitable for life, mission scientists said on Wednesday.
Mars Lander Is Poised to Begin Digging for Ice New York Times
Future of Mars Exploration: What's Next?

Pakistan - Scandinavia
'Al-Qaeda' claims embassy blast - 4 hours ago
Al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack on the Danish embassy in Islamabad which left at least six people dead, according to an internet site purporting to represent the network.
Pakistan's chronic crisis Pioneer Press
Al-Qaeda threatens Norway Aftenposten

South Korea
South Korea parliament impasse stymies Lee reforms
Reuters - 2 hours ago
By Jack Kim SEOUL, June 5 (Reuters) - A boycott by opposition parties scuttled the opening session South Korea's new parliament on Thursday, dealing a fresh blow to an unpopular new president who was hoping to pass sweeping business-friendly reforms.
Poll rebuff for S Korea president BBC News
Election setback spells more woe for SKorea's Lee AFP

Finaliza con disturbios marcha de estudiantes y profesores en Chile
La Crónica de Hoy - hace 14 horas
Con enfrentamientos entre manifestantes y efectivos de la militarizada policía de Carabineros de Chile finalizó hoy una marcha de estudiantes y profesores en esta capital, en contra de una propuesta de reforma educativa. ...
Estudiantes y maestros chilenos enfrentan a la policía durante una ... La Jornada (México)
Profesores y estudiantes exigen en Chile una educación mejor AFP

United States
Gay couples can set the date
San Jose Mercury News - 2 hours ago
By Howard Mintz and Mary Anne Ostrom The wait is over for everyone from wedding planners to local clerks - and thousands of gay and lesbian couples across California.
California Supreme Court refuses to delay gay marriage Los Angeles Times
Calif. court refuses to stall gay marriage Chicago Tribune

O Ever-understanding Lover,
I have grown up in a world
which is addicted to success,
which places halos on those
who achieve fame and fortune.
Free me, I pray, from this addiction.

Guide my hand to lift up to you
all the harvest that may come
from the labor of my hands this day.
Help me to dedicate to you
the results of all I do.

And by offering to you the fruit of my labor,
may the words of your servant, St. Paul,
become a guiding compass for me:
“Whatever you eat,
whatever you drink
whatever you do at all,
do it for the glory of God.”

May I thus fully surrender
the success or failure of my work;
they now belong to you
and to you alone.
May I find my pleasure not in the prize
of my work’s successful completion
or my pain in the shame of its failure,
for my joy is in toiling for your glory.

Fix my heart firmly only upon the work at hand
and not upon the final product,
whether it be victory or defeat.
Let my delight
be only in the task before me,
for to you, my God,
I dedicate the fruits of all my acts.
—Edward Hays, Prayers for a Planetary Pilgrim

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