Saturday, March 28, 2009

Heart thread - 03/28/2009

Jane R has a nice list of updates for the prayer posse, so pop on over there today to recall those we hold in our hearts.

I am going to offer world headlines for our intentions today.

Frigid Temperature Slows River’s Rise in North Dakota
New York Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
By MONICA DAVEY and LIZ ROBBINS MOORHEAD, Minn. - After days of predicting that the swollen Red River would crest on Saturday, forecasters now say that frigid temperatures have slowed the rising water, and that wary residents can expect the river to ...

US accuses Pakistan spies of helping Al Qaeda
AFP - ‎1 hour ago‎
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States has vowed to put the heat on Pakistan's spies in its new regional strategy, with top officials openly accusing elements in powerful intelligence agency of abetting Al-Qaeda

Lights go out across planet for Earth Hour
CNN International - ‎46 minutes ago‎
(CNN) -- Lights were going out across the world on Saturday as millions of homes and businesses in major cities went dark for one hour in a symbolic gesture to highlight concerns over climate change.

Report: North Korea launch would go before UN
The Associated Press - ‎43 minutes ago‎
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea, the United States and Japan warned that North Korea's planned rocket launch would violate a UN resolution and said they would take the issue to the Security Council if the North goes ahead with it, a news report ...

2 arrested over Pakistan mosque bombing
CNN International - ‎5 hours ago‎
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) -- Two suspects were arrested in connection with the bombing of a mosque that killed at least 51 people, Pakistani authorities said Saturday.

Hamas threats to kidnap more Israeli soldiers
Xinhua - ‎2 hours ago‎
GAZA, March 28 (Xinhua) -- Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Islamic Hamas movement, threatened on Saturday to kidnap more Israeli soldiers to exchange for Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

At Least 77 Killed in Indonesia Dam Burst
Voice of America - ‎2 hours ago‎
By VOA News The death toll from a burst dam on the outskirts of the Indonesian capital rose to 77 Saturday, as rescue workers searched for more than 100 people still missing since a wall of water submerged their homes.

Astronauts close space shuttle doors for landing
Reuters - ‎37 minutes ago‎
By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 28 (Reuters) - The shuttle Discovery crew closed their ship's doors in preparation for landing on Saturday, hoping to beat a cold front moving into the area around the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Russian craft docks on International Space Station
Reuters - ‎1 hour ago‎
MOSCOW, March 28 (Reuters) - Astronauts on Russia's Soyuz TMA-14 spacecraft manually docked with the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday after a malfunction of the automatic docking system, Russian mission control said.

Jobless Rate Exceeds 10% in Three More US States Bloomberg

New Device Treats Common Heart Rhythm Disorder
U.S. News & World Report - ‎32 minutes ago‎
By Steven Reinberg SATURDAY, March 28 (HealthDay News) -- An implanted device may soon replace the anti-clotting drug warfarin as the first line of treatment for many people with atrial fibrillation, a new study suggests.

Iraq car bombing kills 26 in Baghdad
Los Angeles Times - ‎Mar 26, 2009‎
Although the overall number of civilian deaths is far lower than during the country's civil war several years ago, hopes that Iraq could completely end the ...

EU to Re-engage Zimbabwe - ‎6 hours ago‎
HARARE, March 28 2009 - The German government says it is fully committed to supporting Zimbabwe if the country respects property and human rights as provided by the September 15, 2008 unity agreement between ZANU PF and MDC.

Somali gunmen free Kenyan hostages: police
AFP - ‎1 hour ago‎
NAIROBI (AFP) - Somali gunmen on Saturday freed five Kenyans abducted this week after they crossed into the lawless Horn of Africa country, police said.

Liberia: One-third of tuberculosis (TB) cases go undetected: WHO - ‎1 hour ago‎
by Bobby Ramakant / About 3 million people fail to access TB treatment under directly-observed treatment shortcourse (DOTS), according to the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Tuberculosis Control Report 2009.

'Politics should be about people, not profit'
BBC News - ‎1 hour ago‎
Thousands of people have marched through central London to demand action on poverty, jobs and climate change, ahead of a summit of G20 leaders next week to discuss the global financial crisis.

Report: Israel struck in Sudan 3 times
Ynetnews - ‎2 hours ago‎
Three times a charm: Israel bombed targets in Sudan three times since January, and not twice as has been reported previously, the ABC News network reported Saturday.

Binyam Mohamed torture claims: The implications for British security - ‎7 hours ago‎
Imagine the scene. The intelligence service of a foreign country has detained a suspect who holds vital information about a planned terror attack against Britain.

South Africa: Country Has Lost Chance for PR Glory - ‎Mar 27, 2009‎
It is unfortunate that South Africa has refused a visa to the venerated Dalai Lama. I cannot shake the feeling that the beacon of democracy on the African continent has let us all down.

Comienza en Chile “Cumbre de Líderes Progresistas”
Prensa Latina - ‎hace 55 minutos‎
Santiago de Chile, 28 mar (PL) Varios encuentros bilaterales de mandatarios precedieron hoy la inauguración de la Cumbre de Líderes Progresistas, que encabeza la presidenta Michelle Bachelet en el balneario de Viña del Mar, 120 kilómetros de Santiago. ...

Calderón no desafía a Obama
La Jornada (México) - ‎hace 5 horas‎
La Presidencia de la República rechazó que Felipe Calderón haya solicitado a Estados Unidos más recursos para la lucha contra el narcotráfico, como publicó el periódico Financial Times en su edición de ayer. La información del rotativo inglés, ...

Ex canciller ve parálisis en agenda diplomática de Bolivia y Perú
Los Tiempos - ‎hace 29 minutos‎
La agenda diplomática de Bolivia y Perú está prácticamente paralizada, opinó el ex canciller Armando Loaiza al lamentar el intercambio verbal que se da entre las autoridades de ambos países por efecto de la demanda que Lima plateó en la Corte de La ...

Desplegará Japón un sistema interceptor de misiles si Corea del ...
La Jornada (México) - ‎hace 5 horas‎
Tokio, 27 de marzo. Japón aprobó el despliegue y la eventual utilización de un sistema interceptor de misiles en caso de que Corea del Norte lance al espacio un satélite de comunicaciones que, según el gobierno de Estados Unidos, se trata de un ardid ...

Pakistan army raid 'kills rebels'
BBC News - ‎2 hours ago‎
Pakistan's army says troops backed by artillery and helicopter gunships have killed 26 militants in an attack near the Afghan border.

Hamid Karzaï apporte son soutien à la stratégie d'Obama pour l ...
Le Monde - ‎Il y a 2 heures‎
Le président afghan Hamid Karza s'est dit samedi "en accord total" avec la nouvelle stratégie des Etats-Unis pour l'Afghanistan, présentée la veille par Barack Obama. Ce plan "est meilleur que ce à quoi nous nous attendions et en fait, ...

Obispo portugués dice que enfermos de Sida deben usar preservativo
Univisión - ‎hace 3 horas‎
Un obispo católico portugués estimó en un mensaje difundido por internet que los enfermos de Sida deben usar preservativos si deciden mantener relaciones sexuales, días después del escándalo que provocaron declaraciones del papa Benedicto XVI en ese ...
[For the non-Spanish-readers: Portuguese bishop says those with AIDS should use condoms.]

Collaborate or expect another depression, Kevin Rudd tells world
The Australian - ‎Mar 26, 2009‎
KEVIN Rudd will warn today that the world will risk descent into a 1930s-style depression unless its leaders work together to clean up the banking sector and stimulate economic growth in the face of the deepening global recession.

Sudanese Activists Warn Thousands of IDPs Will Flee Darfur
Voice of America - ‎2 hours ago‎
By Lisa Schlein Sudanese human rights activists are urging the international community to prepare for the mass movement of internally displaced people in Darfur as critical aid starts to give out.

"We are the world" - revisiting a song we all knew:

--the BB

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