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Jan 31 2007 Snoqualmie Tribe Announces Closing on Casino Financing

Construction of Casino Snoqualmie to Commence on February 26, 2007
KING COUNTY, WA — The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe announced today that it closed on a $330 million financing for the construction and opening of Casino Snoqualmie. The casino will be located on the Tribe’s trust lands in the Snoqualmie region of King County, Wash., about 26 […]


Jan 31 2007 Group Seeks Treaty Benefits for Black Indians and Freedmen

WASHINGTON — Dr. Claud Anderson, president of the Harvest Institute Freedmen Federation (HIFF) announced that it has filed a Complaint in the United States Federal Court of Claims in Washington, D.C. against the United States Department of Interior and its Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) seeking legal redress and civil and property rights for the […]


Jan 31 2007 Forty Percent of Young UK Muslims Want Shari’a Law

By Michael Ireland
Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News ServiceLONDON, ENGLAND (ANS) – Young British Muslims are more likely than their elders to support Shari’a law and admire al-Qaida, but three-fifths of 16-to 24-year-olds say they have as much in common with non-Muslims as with Muslims, according to an opinion poll published on Monday. According to Jonny Paul, […]


Jan 31 2007 CARE Director and two US Aid Workers Killed in Nairobi

By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries 
NAIROBI, KENYA (ANS) – Geoffrey Chege, 57, the regional director of the aid agency, CARE International, for East and Central Africa, was shot dead on Saturday night, the 27th January, in an upscale suburb of Nairobi during a carjacking attempt.
He was returning from a prayer meeting with his wife, who […]


Jan 31 2007 Ethiopian Troops Begin Leaving Somalia

NAIROBI - Former diplomats and Horn of Africa experts are warning that U.S.-led efforts to stabilize Somalia through the deployment of an African peacekeeping force are likely to backfire, unless the country’s weak and fractured interim government can first be transformed into a credible representative government of national unity. 
Last week, the commander of the Ethiopian […]


Jan 31 2007 Admiral Fallon: Iraq Situation Can Be Salvaged

PENTAGON - The U.S. Navy admiral nominated to take command of all U.S. forces in the Middle East, Central Asia and East Africa says the situation in Iraq can be salvaged, but it will require hard work by the military, Iraqi leaders and the country’s neighbors. 
Admiral William Fallon told the Senate Armed Services Committee he […]


Jan 31 2007 Pentagon Unveils New Non-Lethal Weapons

WASHINGTON (RFE/RL) — A bacterial cocktail that transforms jet fuel into useless jelly.  A chemical spray that turns enemy soldiers into homosexuals. A ray gun that shoots invisible beams of heat, dispersing crowds in a few seconds.
Science fiction? Not entirely. All three are concepts for so-called nonlethal weapons considered by the U.S. Defense Department.
For years, […]


Jan 31 2007 President Bush Says No Plans to Invade Iran

WASHINGTON - President Bush says no one in his administration is talking about invading Iran, although all options remain on the table.  Mr. Bush was asked about tensions with Tehran during a nationally broadcast interview.
President Bush left Washington Tuesday and traveled to the American Midwest to call attention to his economic policies.
But try as he […]


Jan 30 2007 International Criminal Court to Hear First Case

THE HAGUE - In a historic decision, judges at the International Criminal Court are poised to begin hearing their first case. Judges found there was enough evidence against Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga to send him to trial for recruiting and using child soldiers to fight his war in the eastern Ituri region of the […]


Jan 30 2007 Kyl Criticizes US Response to China Anti-Satellite Test

CAPITOL HILL - A Republican senator is criticizing what he calls the Bush administration’s weak response to China’s recent anti-satellite test, saying the test shows the United States needs to pursue all its options when it comes to space defense.
Senator Jon Kyl, a key advocate of strong space defense, asserts the Bush administration’s distractions with […]


Jan 30 2007 Hubble Space Telescope Loses Main Camera

WASHINGTON - The Hubble Space Telescope is temporarily idle because of power supply problems. The U.S. space agency NASA says the orbiting observatory’s main camera may not regain full function, but other instruments are expected to resume their searches in a few days.
NASA says Hubble’s problem is with the power supply to the Advanced Camera […]


Jan 30 2007 US Will Respond if Iran Escalates Military Action in Iraq

WHITE HOUSE - President Bush says if Iran escalates violence in Iraq, the United States will respond firmly. Mr. Bush says he will do whatever it takes to protect American troops.President Bush says if Iran foments violence in Iraq, he will take action.
“If Iran escalates its military action in Iraq to the detriment of our […]


Jan 29 2007 Wild Horse Adoption in Ewing Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, VA — The Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management-Eastern States (BLM-ES) will hold a Wild Horse and Burro Adoption at the Wild Horse and Burro Holding Facility in Ewing, Illinois on March 2-3, 2007.
The adoption will be from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. on Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3, 2007. The […]


Jan 29 2007 North Korea Financial Talks Resume

SEOUL - U.S. Treasury officials are in Beijing for this week’s scheduled resumption of financial talks with North Korean officials.  Pyongyang says it will not end its nuclear weapons capabilities while U.S. law enforcement actions block North Korea’s access to international banks. At the first talks on U.S. financial sanctions against North Korea in December, little […]


Jan 29 2007 Hundreds of Militants Killed in Al-Najaf

BAGHDAD (RFE/RL) — Iraqi officials say government troops – backed by U.S. airpower — have killed at least 300 militants in battles around Al-Najaf. The fighting began after Iraqi Army units clashed with the armed group on the northern edge of the city on January 28.
Iraqi sources report a big victory in the fighting near […]


Jan 29 2007 Suicide Bomber Attacks Bakery in Eliat Israel

JERUSALEM - Israeli police say a suicide bomber attacked a bakery in the southern Israeli resort city, Eilat, early Monday. Three Israelis and the suicide bomber were killed in the attack. At least two different Palestinian militant groups are claiming responsibility for the attack.
Police say the bomber struck a small bakery in a residential neighborhood […]


Jan 28 2007 Eight Sentenced in Virginia Meth Distribution Conspiracy

ROANOAKE, VA — United States Attorney John L. Brownlee announced today that eight more defendants have been sentenced this week in relation to a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy in Augusta and Rockingham Counties that involved the distribution of methamphetamine to high school students. A total of sixteen defendants have now been sentenced in this case.
Matthew A. […]


Jan 28 2007 King Abdullah Discusses Peace Process

King Abdullah Discuss Efforts to Revive Peace Process With Livni in Davos
DAVOS, Switzerland — His Majesty King Abdullah II called on Israel to accept the Arab Peace Initiative which gave Israel guarantees to live in peace and security with its Arab neighbors in exchange for the restoration of Palestinian rights, particularly the establishment of an […]


Jan 28 2007 Baptist Pastor Shot Dead in South Africa

By Michael Ireland
Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News ServiceFISH HOEK, SOUTH AFRICA (ANS) – A 65-year-old prominent radio presenter and founding pastor of a local church has been shot and killed in South Africa. 
A 65-year-old prominent radio presenter and founding pastor of a local church has been shot and killed in South Africa. According to Salem Voice Ministries […]


Jan 28 2007 Bush, Maliki Discuss Security Plans

WHITE HOUSE - U.S. President George Bush is backing Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s moves to improve security in Baghdad.  The president’s political opponents are criticizing his decision to send more troops to Iraq.
White House officials say President Bush and Prime Minister Maliki discussed plans for a joint security operation in Baghdad, with more than […]


Jan 27 2007 Black History Month Celebrated in Colonial Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA — With dynamic reenactments of some of the most pivotal moments in the history of Black culture in America, once-in-a-lifetime musical performances and special events throughout the month of February, Colonial Williamsburg offers parents and children the opportunity to experience Black History Month in new, exciting ways.
“The history of African Americans has influenced […]


Jan 27 2007 Amber Alert System Helps Locate Missing Children

WASHINGTON - Every day thousands of children around the world are reported missing. Authorities in the United States have devised a special method to alert the public and police about missing children who, in a small number of cases, have been abducted. The alert was named after a kidnapped girl and is known as the […]


Jan 27 2007 US to Target All Foreign Fighters in Iraq

PENTAGON - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says there is no new policy on targeting Iranian operatives in Iraq, as reported Friday by the Washington Post. But he says U.S. forces will target any foreign fighter trying to kill them. 
Secretary Gates told his first Pentagon news conference that Friday’s Washington Post story has “a number […]


Jan 27 2007 US Senate Confirms General David Petraeus

CAPITOL HILL - The U.S. Senate has unanimously confirmed Army General David Petraeus to be the next coalition commander in Iraq, succeeding General George Casey. 
The Democratic-led Senate confirmed General Petraeus’ nomination after less than an hour of debate.
General Petraeus, who will be making his third tour of duty in Iraq, is the principal author of […]


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