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2006 August


Aug 31 2006 Prominent Assyrian Christian Leaves Iraq

Prominent Assyrian Christian Leaves Iraq. Says Work Situation “Intolerable” 
By Jeremy Reynalds
Correspondent for ASSIST News ServiceBAGHDAD, IRAQ (ANS) – A leading Assyrian Christian has left Iraq.
A leading Assyrian Christian has left Iraq.Ken Joseph of,  said by e-mail that Donny George, president of The State Board of Antiquities and Heritage, was described by many as a […]


Aug 31 2006 Christian Emergency Network Via Satellite

Church Safety and Security Emergency Training Available from Christian Emergency Network Via Satellite Network 
By Michael Ireland
Special Correspondent, ASSIST News Service
PHOENIX, ARIZONA (ANS) – As a part of Homeland Security National Preparedness Month, CEN (Christian Emergency Network) will launch its ongoing emergency training series with “Church Safety and Security Emergency Training.” 
In a media advisory obtained by […]


Aug 31 2006 Bush Launches New Campaign to Gain Support For Iraq War

Bush Launches New Campaign to Gain Support For Iraq War 
WHITE HOUSE - President Bush is making a new push to boost public support for the war in Iraq, casting it as a crucial component of a broader battle against terror. In a speech to a veteran’s group in Salt Lake City, Utah, Mr. Bush intensified […]


Aug 31 2006 Prosecutor Confident of Genocide Case Against Saddam

IRBIL, IRAQ - One of the prosecutors in the genocide case against Saddam Hussein and six co-defendants is confident of being able to prove Saddam ordered the so-called Anfal military campaign against Iraqi Kurds in the 1980s.
On the first day of Saddam Hussein’s trial for genocide against the Kurds, prosecutor Jiyan Aziz entered the courtroom […]


Aug 31 2006 Bush Wants Consequences for Iran Missing Nuke Deadline

Bush Wants Consequences for Iran Missing Nuke Deadline 
WHITE HOUSE - President Bush says there must be consequences for Iran’s refusal to meet a U.N. deadline to stop enriching uranium. The president says Iran must not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons, something Iran insists it is not trying to do.  
President Bush told a gathering of […]


Aug 31 2006 UN: Iran Defiant At Nuclear Deadline

PRAGUE (RFE/RL) — Today is the deadline for the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to report in New York on Iran’s degree of compliance with demands it stop uranium enrichment. The IAEA is expected to submit a negative report since Iran has given no sign of heeding the UN’s calls.    
Just hours before the UN’s […]


Aug 31 2006 Jordanian-Based Ministry Helping Crisis in South Lebanon

Jordanian-Based Ministry Helping Crisis in South Lebanon
By Jeremy Reynalds
Correspondent for ASSIST News ServiceAMMAN, JORDAN (ANS) – The current situation in south Lebanon is horrifying.
The current situation in south Lebanon is horrifying.That’s the latest word from the Jordanian-based Christian relief agency Manara Ministries.
An e-mail communique from Manara stated that “many Christian villages look like ghost towns […]


Aug 31 2006 SAT-7 provides a light to the Middle East and North Africa

SAT-7 provides a light to the Middle East and North Africa
By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries  
THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA (ANS) – The Middle East and North Africa are in a state of transformation. The Church has existed in this part of the world since the time of Christ. Around 20 million Arab Christians […]


Aug 31 2006 Home School Talk Radio to Launch September 4th

Home School Talk Radio to Launch September 4th
By Roxanne Anderson
Special to ASSIST News Service  
CONROE, TX (ANS) – Leland and Kathie Fleming of Conroe, Texas, USA, started home-schooling 19 years ago. At that time, with few families teaching their children at home, they had to look hard to find information and support.  
As they home educated their […]


Aug 31 2006 Iran: Examining Tehran’s Nuclear Progress

PRAGUE (RFE/RL) — Iran’s President Mahmud Ahmadinejad on August 26 inaugurated a heavy-water plant that is to provide fuel for a heavy-water nuclear reactor, which Iran hopes to finish by 2009. 

How do the two projects tie into Iran’s overall nuclear program and does it all mean Iran is edging closer to making a nuclear bomb? […]


Aug 31 2006 Iran Faces UN Deadline On Enrichment

WASHINGTON -  A UN Security Council deadline for Iran to halt uranium enrichment is set to expire today with no indication that Iran will comply. 
Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad said in a speech today that Tehran is in favor of peace and dialogue.

Ahmadinejad also said Iran will not yield to threats or pressure that could lead […]


Aug 31 2006 The Pentagon and the War on Terror

WASHINGTON - The September 11th attacks on the United States had a huge impact on the missions and capabilities of the U.S.military. Five years later, the Defense Department is still working to meet the new challenges it faces.
When American Airlines flight 77 slammed into the Pentagon on the morning of September 11th, 2001, its impact […]


Aug 31 2006 Hollywood Film Star Glenn Ford Dies at 90

One of the last stars of Hollywood’s golden era, actor Glenn Ford, has died.Ford’s film career started in 1937 but his first memorable starring appearance was in 1946 in the film noir classic “Gilda,” with Rita Hayworth.
He made his reputation in “tough guy” roles in such films as “The Big Heat,” but went on to […]


Aug 31 2006 Major World Powers Plan Iran Sanctions Meeting

STATE DEPARTMENT - Senior diplomats of major world powers will meet in Europe next week to begin discussing sanctions against Iran, if Tehran, as expected, fails to meet Thursday’s U.N. Security Council deadline for suspending uranium enrichment. U.S. officials believe agreement on an initial round of sanctions can be reached within a matter of weeks.  
With […]


Aug 30 2006 Fifteen Individuals Indicted for FEMA Fraud in Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Fifteen individuals have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Alabama on allegations of fraud and theft resulting from claims filed with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Attorney Alice H. Martin, Special Agent in Charge J. Christopher Murphy and Assistant Special Agent in Charge Roy Sexton, both of the […]


Aug 30 2006 Former Gadsden, Alabama Public Official Pleads Guilty to Participating in Bribery

WASHINGTON - The former director of the Gadsden Commercial Development Authority pleaded guilty to participating in a bribery and wire fraud conspiracy that operated from August 2005 through February 2006, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division announced today.
Cathy Back, 53, entered a guilty plea this afternoon in U.S. District Court in […]


Aug 30 2006 Wichita Man Sentenced To More Than 19 Years in Prison on Child Porn Charges

WICHITA, Kan. - Steven C. Perrine, 53, was sentenced to more than 19 years in federal prison for receiving and distributing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Eric Melgren of the District of Kansas announced today.
Perrine was convicted in June 2006 on four counts including one count of distributing child pornography, one count of receiving child pornography, […]


Aug 30 2006 Gang Task Force Sweep Nets 17 Gang Members

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Approximately 100 federal and local law enforcement officers fanned out across the Oklahoma City area today to execute 17 sealed federal arrest warrants relating to drug and gun charges brought against various gang members and their associates. State search warrants were also executed.
A joint investigation by the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Gang […]


Aug 30 2006 Additional Artists Join Diverse Farm Aid Lineup

SOMERVILLE, Mass. - Farm Aid today announced artist additions to the lineup at its annual benefit concert. Artists representing a variety of genres are slated to join Farm Aid president and founder Willie Nelson and board members Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews on Sept. 30 at the Tweeter Center at the Waterfront in […]


Aug 30 2006 Historic Changes Imminent for Hollywood Movies, TV

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - The American Screenwriters Association (ASA) announced today four bold initiatives to pioneer how people can become screenwriters and change the way future generations will be entertained. “If someone has an idea for a movie, or has been writing for years and needs a big break, our initiatives are the keys to […]


Aug 30 2006 New Africa Command Under Discussion at Pentagon

PENTAGON - A senior U.S. Defense Department official says Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and his top military officer are working on a decision on whether to establish a new command to handle military relationships and activities in Africa. But other officials are offering varying views of just how likely that is.
At a briefing Monday on plans […]


Aug 30 2006 Kim Jong Il May Be Secretly Visiting China

BEIJING - South Korean media say North Korean leader Kim Jong Il may have begun a visit to his neighbor and ally, China. The reports quote South Korean officials as saying intelligence on Wednesday showed a special train crossed the border from North Korea into China - possibly carrying Kim and his entourage. The visit […]


Aug 30 2006 US Poverty Stabilizes in 2005, Incomes Slightly Up

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Census Bureau says poverty in the United States last year remained unchanged after four consecutive years of increases. The agency’s 2005 report also found incomes in the United States rose slightly last year, for the first time since 1999.The Census Bureau’s David Johnson says there was no significant change in the […]


Aug 30 2006 Iran’s Former President Khatami To Visit US

STATE DEPARTMENT - Despite the growing dispute with Iran over its nuclear program, the Bush administration Tuesday granted a visa for a U.S. visit by former Iranian President Mohamad Khatami. He will be the most senior Iranian figure to visit the United States since the rupture in relations after Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution.
There are no […]


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