kidnap plot suspects held Detectives are questioning
nine men over what senior security sources believe was a plot
to kidnap a Muslim member of the armed forces
Upbeat About Economy Despite Tax Hike The expected global
economic slowdown and a sharp rise in sales tax will have only
a limited impact on the German economy this year when unemployment
is expected to fall to a record low, the government said Wednesday.
was poisoned by Russians, human rights judge says · Legal
chief fell violently ill after trip to Moscow · Kremlin
dismisses claims but had attacked court
demagogic cliches of right and left can only make things worse Beyond
boo-words like multiculturalism, the reality is that young British
Muslims are deeply alienated
yet weak - a US dilemma Thinktank reports on messy 'nonpolar'
world and urges new psychological warfare
hand over Litvinenko file Scotland Yard has handed
a file on the investigation into the death of the former Russian
spy Alexander Litvinenko to the Crown Prosecution Service.
troops will stay in Iraq, and the war will get worse Bush
and Baker agree that the country is much too important to American
interests to be left to its own devices
to testify before Winograd panel probing Lebanon war Prime
Minister Ehud Olmert is scheduled to testify Thursday before
the Winograd Committee investigating the second Lebanon war.
abandon their homes in Middle East's new refugee exodus Iraq
is experiencing the biggest exodus in the Middle East since Palestinians
were forced to flee in 1948 upon the creation of Israel.
Big Question: Does the US intend to attack Iran, or is it only
sabre-rattling? President Bush and other US officials
have upped the anti-Iranian rhetoric alarmingly recently. The
new verbal onslaught began with Mr Bush's address to the nation
on 10 January this year, when he rejected the Iraq Study Group
plan for Iraq, and specifically its recommendation to talk to
Iran. He ratcheted up the language further in his State of the
Union address last week, accusing Iran of sponsoring terrorism.
launches presidential bid - then walks into race row over Obama
'slur' Joe Biden, the Democratic chairman of the Senate
Foreign Relations Committee, has formally entered the 2008 Presidential
contest - only to find himself forced to explain away clumsy
remarks he made about his colleague Barack Obama, one of his
main rivals for his party's nomination.
police 'found 9/11 speech' A speech by al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was
found at a London flat used by the alleged 21 July plotters to make
rucksack bombs, a court has heard.
Aid Promises Often Go Unfufilled In 2000, G8 nations, including Germany, pledged to devote more
money to combat misery in the world's poorest countries. But
thus far they haven't made much progress reaching their targets.
fear US attack on Iran as nuclear row intensifies · Transatlantic rift
emerges over how to handle crisis · America builds up
its naval forces in the Gulf
administration accused of doctoring scientists' reports on climate
change · Inconvenient
conclusions censored, hearing told · Researchers warned
not to talk about global warming
neocons have learned nothing from five years of catastrophe Their zealous advocacy of the invasion of Iraq may have been a
disaster, but now they want to do it all over again - in Iran
approves eastward move of section of separation barrier Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
has approved the moving of the separation barrier at least five kilometers
eastward from the Green Line in the area of Modi'in Ilit, in order
to take in the settlements of Nili and Na'aleh, according to security
sources and a brief submitted by the state to the High Court of Justice.
'victory' against cult leader was 'massacre' There are growing suspicions in
Iraq that the official story of the battle outside Najaf between
a messianic Iraqi cult and the Iraqi security forces supported by
the US, in which 263 people were killed and 210 wounded, is a fabrication.
The heavy casualties may be evidence of an unpremeditated massacre.
ROAD FROM PROTEST TO PROFESSIONALISM It started as a protest movement, but
now anti-globalization activists are struggling to redefine themselves.
The new message from the World Social Forum in Nairobi is that
business plans are needed to help make the world a better place.
wants troops out in a year Likely presidential contender Senator Barack Obama
called today for the removal of all US combat forces from Iraq by
March 2008, in answer to what he called President George W Bush's "failed
policy of escalation"
army lay in wait for Shiite pilgrims A cult grew under Iraqi authorities'
noses, write Louise Roug and Saad Fakhrildeen in Najaf.
have been getting it wrong in Iraq, says new US commander President George W
Bush faced fierce new criticism over his policy in Iraq yesterday
as both military strategists and his new commander in the Middle
East delivered negative assessments of America's prospects of quelling
violence in the war-torn country.
Rejects German Car Industry Position on Emissions The European Commission on Monday rejected a warning from Germany's
powerful car industry that imposing mandatory curbs on car exhaust
emissions could destroy thousands of jobs in Europe.
Most Alpine Glaciers Gone in 30 Years Rising temperatures will cause a rapid melting of Europe's glaciers
and have most of them disappear within three decades, according
to an expert.
the US hawks can save the Iranian president now Ahmadinejad is failing to deliver for the poor and losing support,
but he could yet survive because of the international threat
big Afghanistan push comes to shove Overshadowed by President George Bush's
controversial, last-chance bid to salvage American honour in Iraq,
the US is mounting a parallel military and reconstruction "surge" in
Afghanistan ahead of an anticipated Taliban spring offensive. But
Washington is also encountering some familiar Iraq-style obstacles:
reluctant allies, meddlesome neighbours, a weak central government
and the realisation that time is not on its side.
must abandon Iraqi cities or face nightmare scenario, say experts The US must
draw up plans to deal with an all-out Iraqi civil war that would
kill hundreds of thousands, create millions of refugees, and could
spill over into a regional catastrophe, disrupting oil supplies and
setting up a direct confrontation between Washington and Iran.
attacks 'hate' of Muslim extremists Muslim extremists in Britain are the "mirror
the racist British National Party and are trying to prevent different
races living peacefully together, David Cameron has warned.
Gave Powell the Wrong Speech" The former chief of the
CIA's Europe division, Tyler Drumheller, discusses the United States
foreign intelligence service's cooperation with Germany, the covert
kidnapping of suspected terrorists and a Bush adminstration that
ignored CIA advice and used whatever information it could find to justify an
invasion of Iraq.
be fooled by Bush's defection: his cures are another form of denial The president's avowed conversion on climate change is illusory.
He is just drumming up new business for his chums
heads to Australia to say thanks US Vice-President Dick Cheney will travel to
Australia next month to thank the nation and Australian troops for
their efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan
wife is for life: Pope gets tough on marriage Pope Benedict has warned Vatican judges
to get tough on couples who ask the Catholic Church to annul their