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2006 November


Nov 30 2006 Bush Plans to Change Iraq Policy in Weeks

WASHINGTON - President Bush has returned to Washington after meeting with Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Jordan.En route back to Washington, President Bush’s national security advisor, Stephen Hadley, told reporters that Mr. Bush will make changes to his Iraqi policy in “weeks, rather than months.” A bipartisan U.S. panel plans to announce its recommendations […]


Nov 30 2006 Six Christians Murdered by Muslim Mob in Ethiopia

By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries WASHINGTON, DC (ANS) – The Washington-DC based human rights group, International Christian Concern (ICC),, says that it has learned that in early October, a mob of three hundred Muslims murdered six Christians, and seriously wounded fifteen others during a midnight worship service in Beshasha, a town located in […]


Nov 30 2006 Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki Under Fire

NEW YORK (RFE/RL) — Even as Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki was due to meet U.S. President George W. Bush in Jordan on November 29 to discuss ways of halting the violence in Iraq, he faced strong criticism not only from minority Sunni Arab groups, but by members of his own Shi’ite coalition.
Furthermore, U.S. officials, […]


Nov 30 2006 Iraqi Forces to Take Over Security in June

AMMAN, JORDAN  — Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki today said Iraqi forces should be ready to take over responsibility for security in the country from international forces in June next year.
Al-Maliki made his remarks in an interview with the U.S. television network ABC today, according to a transcript released in advance of the broadcast.
Al-Maliki returned […]


Nov 30 2006 Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack To Run for President in 2008

COUNCIL BLUFFS - The governor of the U.S. state of Iowa has become the first politician to announce formally that he will run for the presidency in 2008.
Tom Vilsack announced his candidacy Thursday. He is seen as an unlikely winner against better-known prospective contenders, such as New York Senator Hillary Clinton. Clinton has not announced […]


Nov 30 2006 Ethiopia Authorizes Action Against Somali Islamists

NAIROBI - Ethiopia’s parliament voted Thursday to give Prime Minister Meles Zenawi the authority to take any legal action necessary to combat what the Meles government has described as a “clear and present danger” from Islamist forces in neighboring Somalia.   VOA Correspondent Alisha Ryu has more from our East Africa Bureau in Nairobi.  
Ethiopia’s parliament adopted […]


Nov 30 2006 American Bible Society Poll Reveals America’s Desire for Values

Zogby International and American Bible Society First Amendment Poll Reveals Powerful Evidence of America’s Desire for Religion and Values
The American Bible Society releases findings that, contrary to popular belief, the public is interested in moral-infused entertainment options on both the small and silver screens
NEW YORK — The American Bible Society, ( believed deeply in America’s […]


Nov 30 2006 African-American HIV Risk is Higher Than Whites

Blacks’ HIV Risk Dramatically Higher Than Whites Despite Safer Sex Lives
Population-Wide Prevention is Vital, Study Suggests
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Young black adults are far more likely to be infected with a sexually transmitted disease, including HIV, than young white adults, even when they engage in the same or even safer behavior, according to research released […]


Nov 30 2006 Tensions Rise in Lebanon After Gemayel Assassination

BEIRUT - In the aftermath of yet another political assassination in Lebanon, analysts say political and sectarian tensions are at the highest point since the end of the civil war more than 15 years ago.  But despite what all agree is a potential for the country to slide back into conflict, the current crisis does […]


Nov 30 2006 Bill Clinton Announces Low-Cost AIDS Treatment

NEW DELHI - Former U.S. President Bill Clinton’s foundation has negotiated with Indian drug companies to make affordable treatment available to thousands of children afflicted with the AIDS virus. Anjana Pasricha reports for VOA from New Delhi, where Mr. Clinton made the announcement.
Mr. Clinton appeared at a high-profile gathering at a crowded children’s hospital in […]


Nov 30 2006 Bush Pledges Continued Support for Iraq

Bush Praises Iraq’s Maliki as ‘Strong Leader,’ Pledges Continued Support 
AMMAN, JORDAN - Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and U.S. President George Bush say they are working together to stop sectarian violence in Iraq. VOA White House Correspondent Scott Stearns reports the men discussed the way forward at talks in the Jordanian capital, Amman.
Following the worst […]


Nov 30 2006 Nepal Celebrates Peace Accord

From Gospel for Asia
For Immediate ReleaseKATHMANDU, NEPAL (ANS) – Nepal’s decade-long civil war came to an official end as the government and Maoist rebels signed a Comprehensive Peace Accord on November 21. Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and Maoist Chairman Prachanda, who goes by one name only, signed the accord in Nepal’s capital city of […]


Nov 30 2006 Three Christian Church Leaders Executed in China

Three Controversial Church Leaders Executed Secretly in China 
By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST MinistriesMIDLAND, TX (ANS) – China Aid Association (CAA) has said that it has learned that three controversial church leaders in China were executed secretly sometime last week.
China Aid Association (CAA) has said that it has learned that three controversial church leaders in China […]


Nov 30 2006 Ayatollah Lankarani Issues Fatwa on Journalist

Iranian Cleric Issues Fatwa On Azerbaijani Journalist
TEHRAN (RFE/RL) — A senior Iranian cleric has issued a fatwa, or religious edict, against an Azerbaijani journalist who faces accusations of insulting the Prophet Muhammad in a recent article.
In a written response to a letter he said was sent to him by his Azeri followers living in Iran, […]


Nov 30 2006 America’s Historical Fascination With Gold

New York Exhibit Explores Historical Fascination With Gold 
NEW YORK - Gold prices have reached record highs this year, fueling new interest in gold as an investment.  But the allure extends far beyond its monetary value.  Its importance as a natural resource, as a commodity and as a status symbol is the subject of an exhibit […]


Nov 29 2006 Cowlitz Indian Tribe Reclaims Lost Heritage

Cowlitz Indians Recover Heritage, Verse by Verse
TOLEDO, WASHINGTON - Decades after forced assimilation into ‘white’ society nearly erased their culture, America’s Native tribes are reclaiming their lost heritage, rediscovering dances, rituals and even languages. The 3000 or so members of the Cowlitz Tribe of the Pacific Northwest are relearning their almost forgotten traditional songs, verse […]


Nov 29 2006 NATO Prepares for 2008 Expansion

RIGA, LATVIA - President Bush and NATO leaders are expected to discuss the mission in Afghanistan and prospects for further expansion of the alliance when they hold talks in Latvia Wednesday. VOA White House Correspondent Scott Stearns reports, the trans-Atlantic alliance will not add any new members this year but is hoping to expand in […]


Nov 29 2006 National Methamphetamine Awareness Day

National Methamphetamine Awareness Day, 2006: A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America 
WASHINGTON — The following is a statement by President George W. Bush released today by the U.S. Department of Justice:
“Methamphetamine abuse shatters families and threatens our communities. On National Methamphetamine Awareness Day, we underscore the dangers of methamphetamine and reaffirm […]


Nov 29 2006 Iraq Violence Increases Fears of Civil War

Iraq: Is Baghdad Attack Beginning Of Civil War?
NEW YORK (RFE/RL) — On November 23, suspected Sunni insurgents detonated five car bombs and fired mortars into the Shi’ite Baghdad district of Al-Sadr City, killing more than 200 and wounding more than 250. The incident was the deadliest single attack in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in […]


Nov 29 2006 Ahmadinejad Letter Criticizes Bush Administration Policies

Iran’s President Deplores US Policies in Letter to American People
WASHINGTON - Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has harshly criticized the Middle East policies of the Bush administration in an open letter to the American people.
In the letter released at the United Nations Wednesday, Mr. Ahmadinejad deplored in particular U.S. support for Israel and the U.S. military […]


Nov 29 2006 No Progress Made on North Korea Talks in Beijing

No Apparent Progress as US, N. Korean, Chinese Negotiators Meet in Beijing 
BEIJING - Officials from the United States, North Korea and China have held a second day of talks in Beijing on resuming negotiations aimed at dismantling North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. From the Chinese capital, Roger Wilkison reports there was apparently no progress made […]


Nov 29 2006 Morongo Tribe Announces Intent to Prosecute Cultural Thefts

BANNING, Calif. - MORONGO INDIAN RESERVATION — In a move to protect its cultural artifacts, the Morongo Band of Mission Indians announced today that a recent theft has prompted the tribal government to adopt a more aggressive policy on the prosecution of such thefts.
According to reports by the tribe’s reservation patrol, someone in May or […]


Nov 29 2006 DOJ Announces New Tribal Justice and Safety Web Site

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) today announced the launch of a new Tribal Justice and Safety Web site:
Tribal Justice and Safety.
The Internet home page will be a resource for American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments and communities, and will help the general public and other federal agencies to better […]


Nov 29 2006 Two Indicted for Conspiring to Produce Child Pornography

Florida ‘Child Modeling’ Web Site Owners Indicted for Conspiring With Alabama Photographer to Produce Child Pornography 
WASHINGTON — A federal grand jury in Birmingham, Ala., has indicted two Florida men and a Web site corporation on charges of conspiring to use minors to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions and […]


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