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  • Zafar Khan
    18 Years Waiting for a Gavel to Fall http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-fg-laeight29jun29,0,7631280,full.story # A group of Palestinians have been in
    Message 1 of 4 , Jul 1, 2005
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      18 Years Waiting for a Gavel to Fall

      http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-fg-laeight29jun29,0,7631280,full.story

      # A group of Palestinians have been in legal and
      personal limbo for nearly two decades as the U.S. has
      sought to deport them. Their case foreshadowed
      post-9/11 policy. First of two parts

      By Peter H. King, Times Staff Writer

      On a rain-soaked Saturday afternoon nearly two decades
      ago, a handful of young Palestinians gathered at the
      Glendale Civic Auditorium to prepare for an evening
      fundraiser. The event — a night of ethnic food, folk
      dances and political speeches delivered in Arabic —
      would be attended by an estimated 1,200 men, women and
      children, most of them immigrants from the Middle
      East.

      It had been promoted as a festival to celebrate the
      18th anniversary of the Popular Front for the
      Liberation of Palestine, a Marxist-oriented faction of
      the Palestine Liberation Organization. The underlying
      purpose, organizers said, was to generate donations
      for "the homeland," in particular to provide medical
      care and schooling in Palestinian refugee camps.
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      Taliban 'filmed fighters shooting down Chinook'

      http://news.independent.co.uk/world/asia/article295732.ece

      In an ominous sign of the growing instability in
      Afghanistan, the US military said that enemy fire had
      downed one of its helicopters on Tuesday. The 17
      American servicemen it was carrying are missing and
      feared dead after the Chinook went down in Konar
      province.
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      Iraq: A bloody mess

      http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article295305.ece

      A year ago the supposed handover of power by the US
      occupation authority to an Iraqi interim government
      led by Iyad Allawi was billed as a turning point in
      the violent history of post-Saddam Iraq. A year ago
      the supposed handover of power by the US occupation
      authority to an Iraqi interim government led by Iyad
      Allawi was billed as a turning point in the violent
      history of post-Saddam Iraq.
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      Bush 'exploited 9/11' in Iraq plea

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1517764,00.html

      Doubts cast on success of speech in halting slide
      against conflict. Leading Democrats yesterday reacted
      angrily to President George Bush's address to the
      nation, accusing him of "exploiting the sacred ground"
      of September 11 by attempting to link the Iraq war
      with the terrorist attacks.
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      Hizbollah hits Israeli border with mortar attack

      http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article295730.ece

      An Israeli soldier has been killed and up to three
      more wounded in exchanges of automatic and shell fire
      with Hizbollah gunmen across the Lebanese border.
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      EU keeps door open for Turkey but predicts 'difficult'
      talks ahead

      http://news.independent.co.uk/europe/article295733.ece

      Turkey's path to EU membership was kept open when
      Ankara's supporters overcame an internal revolt and
      fierce opposition from within the European Commission
      to secure a formal plan for negotiations.
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      Italy denies helping US abduct cleric

      http://news.independent.co.uk/europe/article295958.ece

      The Italian government has denied having prior
      knowledge of the abduction of a militant Egyptian
      Islamic cleric by a team of CIA agents in February
      2003.
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      Terrorist claim hits Iran's new president

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/iran/story/0,12858,1518876,00.html

      The White House yesterday ratcheted up tensions with
      Iran by saying that it was taking seriously claims by
      Americans who were held hostage in the 1979 Tehran
      embassy siege that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's
      president-elect, was one of their captors.
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      Hellfire and sexual coercion: the dark side of
      American polygamist sects

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1517783,00.html

      James Harmston's letters to his youngest bride
      threaten fire and brimstone for her refusal to sleep
      with him. Not only would Rachael, 43 years his junior,
      have "a lonely miserable life" in this world for not
      going to his bed, but it would be far worse in the
      next. "Rachael, the facts are, whether you want to
      believe or not, the end is coming and judgment will be
      executed in severity, especially for those who have
      broken their covenants," Mr Harmston wrote, adding:
      "For certain I will deal with you in the future
      eternity."
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      Spain acts to stop domestic violence

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/spain/article/0,2763,1517755,00.html

      The Spanish government took a long-awaited step in
      combating domestic violence yesterday, opening 17 new
      courthouses in big cities to deal exclusively with the
      problem. An additional 433 courts will now specialise
      in domestic abuse cases, dealing in everything from
      restraining orders and child custody battles to the
      treatment of victims, officials said.
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      UK trained Uzbek troops weeks before massacre

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/military/story/0,11816,1517787,00.html

      British military advisers trained Uzbek troops in
      "marksmanship" shortly before a massacre in which
      hundreds of people were killed. The training was part
      of a larger programme funded by Britain despite
      concerns expressed by the Foreign Office at the time
      over the Uzbekistan government's human rights record.
      A group of Uzbek military cadets were given a
      "coaching course" in marksmanship by British soldiers
      in February and March this year.
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      For Somalis, Eden Prairie is A little closer to home

      http://www.startribune.com/stories/106/5477071.html

      Fifteen years ago, Khadra Duale left Somalia on a
      journey that took her to Libya, Italy and America.
      After seven years of living in cities from Chicago to
      San Diego, she finally found her way to Eden Prairie,
      attracted by low-income housing and jobs. Duale and
      her husband were just the eighth Somali family to take
      up residence in Eden Prairie when they moved there
      eight years ago.
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    • Zafar Khan
      Bombers kill four US soldiers http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1536950,00.html A roadside bombing killed four American soldiers in south-western
      Message 2 of 4 , Jul 27, 2005
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        Bombers kill four US soldiers

        http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1536950,00.html

        A roadside bombing killed four American soldiers in
        south-western Baghdad, the US command said yesterday,
        and 16 Iraqi government workers died in a hail of
        gunfire as they left work on the western edge of the
        capital. The bloodshed occurred against a backdrop of
        talks to forge a new constitution by August 15. A
        draft published yesterday said Islam would be
        designated as the main source of legislation - a
        departure from the model set down by US authorities.
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        'Algerian hostages' video shown

        http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4719213.stm

        Two Algerian diplomats kidnapped in Iraq have
        apparently been shown in video posted on the internet.


        The blindfolded men said they were Ali Balarousi,
        Algeria's top envoy to the country, and colleague
        Azzedin Belkadi. They were seized in Baghdad last
        week.
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