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2007 September


Sep 30 2007 Tasmania Declares War on Red Foxes

SYDNEY - Tasmanian authorities are intensifying their war against a potentially destructive foe - the European red fox. Officials in the southern Australian state believe their numbers are increasing and are spending up to $50 million to eradicate the foxes. Skeptics, though, think hoaxers may have brought fox carcasses to the island to scare the […]


Sep 30 2007 Middle East Tops UN Debates

UNITED NATIONS - The problems of the Middle East figured prominently during Friday’s U.N. General Assembly debate as many leaders from the region - including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority - addressed the annual gathering, along with permanent Security Council members Russia and China. 
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas says it is time […]


Sep 29 2007 Death Toll Mounts Among Somalis, Ethiopians in Yemen

GENEVA - The U.N. refugee agency says the death toll continues to mount among Somalis and Ethiopians who put their lives in the hands of smugglers ferrying them to Yemen across the Gulf of Aden. The UNHCR reports at least 89 people have been confirmed dead and 154 missing and presumed dead so far this […]


Sep 29 2007 Holidays Observed in Jerusalem Under Tight Security

JERUSALEM - Security was tight in Jerusalem Friday as Muslims and Jews observed major religious holidays. Palestinians from the occupied territories were barred from attending prayers at a hotly disputed holy place.
The muezzin summoned tens of thousands of Muslims to Friday prayers for the holy month of Ramadan at the Mosque of al-Aksa in Jerusalem’s […]


Sep 29 2007 Abu Usama al-Tunisi Killed in Iraq

WASHINGTON - A U.S. military commander in Iraq says coalition forces have crippled the core leadership group of al-Qaida in Iraq in a series of raids over the past few months.
Chief of staff of the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq, Brigadier General Joseph Anderson, said a U.S. airstrike earlier this week killed senior foreign terrorist Abu […]


Sep 29 2007 US Public Diplomacy Chief Wages Peace

NEW YORK - Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy Karen Hughes says that if the United States wants to win the war on terrorism, it must continue to reach out globally with public diplomacy programs. Hughes also says the United States has to respect other nations and listen to what they are saying about […]


Sep 28 2007 US Imposes Sanctions Against Burma

WASHINGTON - The United States is imposing sanctions against senior Burmese officials following a government crackdown on demonstrators in which nine people died and 11 were injured. 
White House Spokeswoman Dana Perino read a statement from the president saying the world is watching Burma, and Americans stand in solidarity with the brave Burmese people.
“We feel admiration […]


Sep 28 2007 US Urges Diplomacy For Cyprus

NEW YORK - The Bush administration is urging U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to name a new special envoy to expedite settlement talks in the Cyprus dispute. Cyprus has been a major issue for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and key aides at the U.N. General Assembly in New York. 
Cyprus peace efforts have been largely stalled […]


Sep 28 2007 Bush Administration Urges Ratification of Sea Treaty

WASHINGTON - Bush administration officials are urging the U.S. Senate to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The treaty, which sets rules for use of the world’s oceans, was submitted by President Clinton 13 years ago, but has been stalled by conservative opposition.
The far-reaching treaty establishes legal, economic, environmental and […]


Sep 27 2007 US Military: Violence in Iraq Has Increased

BAGHDAD - Iraqi officials say bombings have killed more than 20 people in northern Iraq and Baghdad, a sharp increase in violence after an apparent lull. A spokesman for the U.S. military in Iraq says the spike in attacks is not a surprise.
The wave of bombings includes a suicide car bomb attack aimed at a […]


Sep 27 2007 Tombstone Provides Glimpse of American Old West

TOMBSTONE, ARIZONA - Tombstone, Arizona, in the southwestern U.S. offers a glimpse at America’s old West where prospectors could become rich overnight and lawlessness and violence were a way of life. Today, this popular tourist destination recreates that bygone era for visitors from around the world. 
Tombstone got its name in 1877 after prospector Ed Shieffelin […]


Sep 27 2007 Defense Secretary Gates Seeks $190 Billion For Wars

CAPITOL HILL - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has asked Congress to approve nearly $190 billion more in funding for the military missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.  He made his request at Senate Appropriations Committee hearing Wednesday.
Secretary of Defense Gates says the additional money is needed to train more Iraqi and Afghan security forces, buy […]


Sep 26 2007 Israel Opens Criminal Investigation of Prime Minister

JERUSALEM - A new corruption scandal is dogging Israel’s embattled Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. It could distract him from efforts to revive the peace process with the Palestinians.
Israeli police are opening a criminal investigation into Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s purchase of a home in Jerusalem. The attorney general suspects bribery and fraud because Mr. Olmert […]


Sep 26 2007 The Real Jesse James: Bandit or Hero?

WASHINGTON - He was a bank robber, a train robber and cold-blooded killer.  But to the poor in the south after the U.S. Civil War, Jesse James was nothing less than a hero. 
Think of it as an early form of gangsta rap.  There are 30 recordings at the Library of Congress in Washington that immortalize […]


Sep 26 2007 Sisters Oregon Festival Celebrates Folk Music

WASHINGTON - For decades, the small town of Sisters, Oregon, has been a favorite vacation spot for people who enjoy spending time outdoors. Whether it’s winter skiing, or hiking, mountain biking or bird watching on those same hills in the warmer months, there is something that appeals to just about everyone. Including people who are […]


Sep 26 2007 US House Approves Strengthening Iran Sanctions

CAPITOL HILL - The U.S. House of Representatives has approved legislation to strengthen economic sanctions against Iran over its support for terrorist groups and refusal to halt uranium enrichment. The measure passed with an overwhelming 397 to 16 vote, and contains stinging criticisms of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The Iran Counterproliferation Act is aimed at tightening […]


Sep 25 2007 US Seeks Sanctions Against Iran’s Revolutionary Guard

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate is expected to vote as early as Tuesday on a draft resolution saying Iran’s Revolutionary Guards should be designated a terrorist organization.
The United States has repeatedly accused the Guards’ foreign operations arm, the Quds force, of providing training and arms to Iraqi insurgents to attack U.S. troops.
Senator Joe Lieberman of […]


Sep 25 2007 50th Anniversary of US School Desegregation

LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS - Fifty years ago this month, a high school in the U.S. southern city of Little Rock, Arkansas became a crucial battleground in the struggle for civil rights.  Despite prejudice and hostility from a mob of white demonstrators, nine black students attended their first full day of classes at previously all-white Central […]


Sep 25 2007 US Says UN Credibility At Stake on Iran

UNITED NATIONS - A senior State Department official said Monday the credibility of the U.N. Security Council is at stake in efforts to come up with new sanctions resolution against Iran over its nuclear program. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns spoke at the U.N. in New York, where intensive consultations on a […]


Sep 24 2007 Gaza’s forgotten Christians

By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST MinistriesGAZA CITY (ANS) – “Caught amid the infighting between Hamas and Fatah and Israel’s retaliation for rockets launched at its southern cities is an easily overlooked segment of the population: Christians number only 2,000 among 1.5 million in the Gaza Strip—less than 1 percent of the population.”
“Caught amid the infighting […]


Sep 24 2007 Israel to Release 90 Palestinian Prisoners

JERUSALEM - Israel will release more Palestinian prisoners this week in a bid to advance the peace process. The move has brought criticism from Israelis and Palestinians alike.Israel’s Cabinet approved the release of 90 Palestinian prisoners from the Fatah faction by a vote of 16 to six. Officials say it is a goodwill gesture to […]


Sep 24 2007 US to Invite Arab States to Middle East Peace Talks

UNITED NATIONS - The United States says it plans to invite several Arab states, including Syria, to an international conference intended to jumpstart Middle East peace talks. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told reporters Sunday that countries which attend the meeting must be committed to seeing a Palestinian state living peacefully alongside Israel.
Secretary Rice says […]


Sep 23 2007 Televangelist Rex Humbard Dies at Age 88

By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries 
ATLANTIS, FLA (ANS) – Broadcasting pioneer Rex Humbard died Friday of natural causes. He was 88. Humbard, heralded by U.S. News & World Report as “one of the Top 25 Principle Architects of the American Century,” is noted as America’s first television evangelist.
This was announced in a news release sent […]


Sep 23 2007 President Bush Plans High-Level Meetings at UN

WHITE HOUSE - President Bush goes to New York on Monday for several days of high-level meetings on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly debate. Mr. Bush will discuss efforts to bring peace to the Middle East and to end violence in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region. 
The president’s meetings on Monday will focus on […]


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