Monday, June 23, 2008

Domine, exaudi nos - 6/23/08

Edgy comic George Carlin dies in LA, aged 71
Washington Post - 2 hours ago
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comedian George Carlin, a counter-culture hero famed for his routines about drugs, dirty words and the demise of humanity, died of heart failure at a Los Angeles-area hospital on Sunday.
US comedian George Carlin dies BBC News
Comic pioneer George Carlin dies at 71 New York Daily News

Zimbabwe elections a travesty of democracy, says EU
Reuters - 56 minutes ago
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's elections have become a travesty of democracy and the withdrawal of leading opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai is understandable, the European Union's foreign policy chief said on Sunday.
Video: Opposition Leader Pulls Out of Zimbabwe Election AssociatedPress
Zanu-PF criticised over MDC boycott

Zimbabwean elections to go ahead
BBC News - 39 minutes ago
Zimbabwean officials have said a run-off presidential election will go ahead, despite the withdrawal of opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai.
Stop him’ plea to world as Times Online

Owner: Over 860 on board as Philippine ferry capsized
Xinhua - 48 minutes ago
MANILA, June 23 (Xinhua) -- Eight-hundred and sixty-two people were on board as a Philippine passenger ferry capsized off the country's central province of Romblon, the owner of the ship said on Monday, up from the earlier reported figure of 747.
Video: Search for Philippine ferry survivors - June 23 2008 AlJazeeraEnglish
Philippines rescuers may bore hole in ferry The Associated Press

Philippines ferry disaster: 38 survivors found - 3 hours ago
By Rupert Neate Thirty-eight people, including 28 who drifted at sea for more than 24 hours, have been found alive after a ferry carrying more than 800 people capsized during a typhoon off the Philippines.

Palestine - Israel
Hamas says too early to judge Israel's commitment to cease-fire
Xinhua - 43 minutes ago
GAZA, June 23 (Xinhua) -- Hamas on Monday said it was too early to judge Israel's commitment to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire which took hold in the Gaza Strip since Thursday.
'Israel, Hamas to begin Schalit talks' Jerusalem Post
Israel continues transferring goods into the Gaza Strip Monsters and

Sarkozy : "Jérusalem a vocation à devenir capitale des deux États"
Le Point - Il y a 3 heures
Au deuxième jour de sa visite en Israël, Nicolas Sarkozy a appelé au gel de la colonisation israélienne, y compris à Jérusalem qui, selon lui, "a vocation à devenir capitale des deux États", Israël et la Palestine. Le président français, qui s'exprime ...
Israël: Sarkozy à la Knesset au 2e jour de sa visite d'Etat AFP
En Israël, Sarkozy appelle à prendre des "risques pour la paix" L'Express

Suicide car bomb injuring 14 in N Iraq
Xinhua - 43 minutes ago
MOSUL, Iraq, June 23 (Xinhua) -- A suicide car bomb attacked a police patrol in the city of Mosul, the capital of Nineveh province, wounding 14 people, including 4 policemen, a provincial police source said on Monday.
Another Female Suicide Bomber Kills 15 in Iraq New York Times
At Least 15 Killed by Female Bomber in Iraq Washington Post

Iraq qualifies six more firms for oil contracts
Xinhua - 12 hours ago
BAGHDAD, June 22 (Xinhua) -- Up to 41 foreign oil firms are now qualified to participate in Iraq's coming licensing round for oil and gas contracts, the Iraqi oil ministry said on Sunday.
Iraq adds six more oil firms to those qualified to bid for future ... International Herald Tribune
Talks on new Iraq oil law to resume this week The Associated Press

Jordan Returns 2466 Artifacts Looted From Iraq National Museum
Bloomberg - 2 hours ago
By Massoud A. Derhally June 23 (Bloomberg) -- Jordan returned to Iraq 2466 stolen artifacts including jewelry, coins and sculptures that were looted from the country's national museum after the US-led invasion in 2003, Minister of Tourism Maha Khatib ...
Looted Antiquities Returned to Iraq New York Times
Jordan returns stolen antiquities to Iraq AFP

Thai PM distances himself from Thaksin

AFP - 2 hours ago
BANGKOK (AFP) - Thailand's prime minister Monday distanced himself from ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra, hoping to ease pressure on his four-month-old government as parliament gears up for a no-confidence vote.
UPDATE 1-Thai PM gets senate grilling, rally blocks office Reuters India
Thousands rally against Thai government Radio Australia

Iran says Israel not capable of threatening it
Reuters - 43 minutes ago
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran said on Monday Israel could not threaten it, a few days after a US newspaper reported that Israel's air force had apparently rehearsed a potential bombing raid of Iran's nuclear facilities.
Israel on the Iran Brink Wall Street Journal
ElBaradei warns against strike on Iran CNN International

EU poised to agree new Iran sanctions - 36 minutes ago
The EU was today set to formally agree a new set of sanctions against Iran expected to include an asset freeze targeting its biggest bank.
EU says set to agree new Iran sanctions on Monday Reuters
EU nations to adopt new sanctions against Iran Xinhua

Nigeria: Bonga Attack - Niger Delta Crisis Out of Control, Says AC - 2 hours ago
The Action Congress said yesterday the long simmering Niger Delta crisis had finally spurned out of control with the shocking and unexpected attack on Shell's deep offshore Bonga oil field last Thursday.
Rebels blamed for oil attacks announce truce CNN International
Nigerian militants call ceasefire BBC News

Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia Boosts Oil Supply; Doubt Over Price Drop (Update1)
Bloomberg - 3 hours ago
By Maher Chmaytelli and Ayesha Daya June 23 (Bloomberg) -- Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil exporter, plans to raise production for a third-straight month in July and make further increases as needed to curb record prices.
Oil summit fails to halt soaring prices
EU's Piebalgs calls for lower oil prices from producing, consuming ... Forbes

In Missouri, flood workers watch, and wait, and rest
Los Angeles Times - 2 hours ago
National Guard members in Clarksville think that their Mississippi River levee -- sandbags stuffed and stacked at breakneck speed -- will hold.
Forecaster: End is near to Mississippi River rise The Associated Press
Many levees rarely inspected

Western States
Firefighters battle wildfires in California, NM
Houston Chronicle - 42 minutes ago
By MARCUS WOHLSEN AP Writer © 2008 AP SAN FRANCISCO - Cooler weather helped firefighters gain ground on hundreds of wildfires that charred bone-dry terrain across the heart of wine country and remote forests in Northern California.
California firefighters battle hundreds of blazes The Associated Press
Firefighters battle blazes across region Times-Standard

Editorial: Food inspection system in dire need of overhaul
San Jose Mercury News - 1 hour ago
If the tomato salmonella outbreak didn't make you nervous about the food you buy, this should: The Centers for Disease Control estimates that for every salmonella case it receives, 38 are not brought to the attention of doctors.
Probe Heads to Florida, Mexico Washington Post
Salmonella Tomato Update: Farms Probed WebMD

Clashes rock north Lebanon city
BBC News - 52 minutes ago
Security sources say another person has been killed in sectarian clashes in northern Lebanon, bringing to six the number who have died since Sunday.
Video: Fighting breaks out in Lebanon despite Doha deal - 22 Jun 08 AlJazeeraEnglish
Fierce sectarian clashes in north Lebanon AFP

Science - Technology
Northen Lights to Blame For Satnav Failures
ITProPortal - 46 minutes ago
Northen Lights may be blamed for Satnav cockups and GPS devices failures according to researchers from the University of Bath; adding to the already long list of potential excuses which also includes electric storms and dodgy onboard software.
Northern Lights leading sat navs astray PC Pro
Sat-navs stuffed by Northern Lights Inquirer

Gay Pride: 16'000 personnes à Bienne - 21 juin 2008
Des milliers de personnes venues de toute la Suisse ont participé samedi à Bienne à la 10e Gay Pride sous un soleil de plomb. Une foule très dense était massée le long des rues pour suivre la traditionnelle parade formée de plusieurs chars. ...
6 000 gays et lesbiennes défilent à Bienne 360 Degrés
Une 10e Gay Pride torride mais sans provocation Journal du Jura

Bolivie : une nouvelle province choisit l'autonomie
Le Monde - Publié depuis 1 heure
"L'autonomie n'en reste pas là : nous sommes quatre mais nous serons neuf" régions à avoir bientôt notre autonomie, a martelé M. Cossio, le gouverneur de la région de Tarija. Les partisans de l'autonomie de la région bolivienne de Tarija ont remporté, ...
Bolivie: victoire sans appel du référendum "illégal" sur l'automnie Europe1
Bolivie: victoire écrasante pour l'autonomie au référendum de Tarija AFP

Tarija completa desafío de la “media luna” boliviana a Evo Morales
La Crónica de Hoy - hace 1 hora
m El departamento de Tarija, en el sudeste boliviano aprobó ayer con un 80 por ciento de los votos, según las encuestas, su estatuto de autonomía, el mismo que ya han aprobado por porcentajes similares o superiores Santa Cruz, Beni y Pando. ...
Concluye Tarija, Bolivia referendo sobre autonomía El Porvenir
Vota cuarta región boliviana en referendo sobre su autonomía El Universal (México)

South Africa
South Africa: US Lawmakers to Remove Mandela From Terror List - 4 hours ago
South African Ambassador to the United States, Welile Nhlapo, has confirmed he is in talks with United States' State Department officials and lawmakers to strike Nelson Mandela's name off the country's list of terrorists ahead of his 90th birthday on ...
US lawmakers want Mandela off terror list Reuters South Africa
New exhibition to honour Nelson Mandela 90th birthday Black Mental Health UK

Almighty God, who created us in your own image: Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil and to make no peace with oppression; and, that we may reverently use our freedom, help us to employ it in the maintenance of justice in our communities and among the nations, to the glory of your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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