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Apr 30 2008 President Bush Reveals Reasons for Syria Disclosure

WASHINGTON - U.S. President George Bush says the recent disclosure to members of Congress about alleged nuclear cooperation between North Korea and Syria was meant to send a tough message to both countries. In a wide-ranging news conference at the White House April 29, Mr. Bush also touted the NATO-led war effort in Afghanistan, spoke […]


Apr 30 2008 Iraqi PM Vows to Disband Shi’ite, Sunni Insurgents

BAGHDAD - Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is vowing to disarm militias by force and disband the Shi’ite Mahdi Army, Sunni insurgent groups and al-Qaida in Iraq.Mr. Maliki made the pledge at a news conference Wednesday in Baghdad. His comments follow days of heavy fighting that pits U.S. and Iraqi forces against Shi’ite militiamen loyal […]


Apr 30 2008 US Economy Grows Stronger Than Expected

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Commerce Department said Wednesday the economy grew at a rate of .6 percent in the first quarter of 2008, stronger than expected, but still weak.
The department’s report on gross domestic product (GDP) - the total of all goods and services produced - said growth kept pace with the previous three months.
The Commerce […]


Apr 30 2008 US Federal Reserve Expected to Cut Interest Rates

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Federal Reserve is expected to announce another cut in interest rates when it concludes a two-day meeting Wednesday in Washington.Observers say the central bank’s Open Market Committee will likely impose a cut of a quarter of a percentage point, lowering the overall rate to just two percent. 
It would be the seventh […]


Apr 30 2008 Toxic Pesticide is Killing Wildlife in Kenya

NAIROBI - Wildlife conservationists in Kenya say that a toxic agricultural pesticide, increasingly used by nomadic people to poison animals threatening their herds, is decimating the country’s diverse wildlife population and possibly affecting human health. The conservationists are urging the Kenyan government to stop the sale and use of the chemical before it destroys the […]


Apr 30 2008 Tariq Aziz Goes on Trial in Baghdad

CAIRO - Former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz has gone on trial under tight security in Baghdad. Aziz is accused of approving the execution of scores of merchants. But the trial was adjourned until next month because one of his co-defendants is too sick to make it to court.
After five years in U.S. custody, […]


Apr 30 2008 President Bush: Support for Afghanistan is Crucial

WHITE HOUSE - U.S. President George Bush says progress is being made in Afghanistan, despite a recent increase in violence. Mr. Bush stressed his commitment during talks with the new U.N. special representative for Afghanistan, Kai Eide of Norway. 
President Bush says coordinating support for Afghanistan is crucial, and U.N. efforts in this regard have the […]


Apr 29 2008 Barack Obama Denounces Jeremiah Wright

WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has strongly denounced his controversial former pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, saying he is outraged and saddened by Wright’s latest comments.  Senator Obama had come under increasing pressure to put more distance between himself and Wright after several high-profile appearances by the minister over the past several days.  
Senator Obama […]


Apr 29 2008 US Presidential Campaign Besieged by Race Controversy

WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama’s relationship with his controversial former pastor, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, has put the spotlight on race as an issue in this year’s U.S. presidential campaign. 
Reverend Wright has re-emerged in recent days to become a major distraction for the Obama campaign.
Wright is standing by many of his controversial remarks, […]


Apr 29 2008 Heparin Contamination Appears to be Deliberate

WASHINGTON - An executive for a maker of the drug heparin says a contaminant in the blood-thinning medication appears to have been placed there deliberately.Eighty one deaths are associated with allergic reactions to tainted doses of heparin.
Heparin is used to help patients undergoing kidney dialysis and other procedures. The medication is made by Baxter International […]


Apr 29 2008 President Bush Defends Late Disclosure on Syria

WHITE HOUSE - U.S. President George Bush says last week’s intelligence briefings to Congress on the Syrian-North Korean nuclear link were designed to send a message to North Korea.
The Bush administration’s release of intelligence information alleging North Korean involvement in the construction of a suspected Syrian nuclear site came eight months after the site was […]


Apr 29 2008 Hillary Clinton Endorsed by North Carolina Governor

WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has picked up a prominent endorsement in North Carolina, one week ahead of that state’s primary.
North Carolina Governor Mike Easley - a superdelegate - said the former first lady knows the importance of investing in education and economic development.
Clinton and Easley appeared Tuesday at a campaign event in […]


Apr 29 2008 New York Businesses Address Foreign Worker Visas

NEW YORK - New York City business leaders say the U.S. visa system has become so restrictive that the city is losing out to other cities in the search for global talent. The business group Partnership for New York City says security fears and the political debate over immigration have resulted in added restrictions on […]


Apr 29 2008 Jeremiah Wright Speaks Out Against Unfair Attacks

WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s former pastor, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, is accusing the media of unfairly attacking him and taking controversial remarks he made years ago out of context. Speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, Reverend Wright said public criticism of him is actually an attack on the black church […]


Apr 29 2008 President Bush Criticizes Congress on Energy Proposals

WASHINGTON - President George Bush says the U.S. economy is facing tough times because of rising energy and food prices and a sagging housing market.At a Washington news conference Tuesday Mr. Bush, a Republican, complained that the Democrats who run Congress are blocking his proposals to deal with energy problems, home foreclosures, and student loans.
He […]


Apr 29 2008 Russia Boosts Troop Presence in Georgia

WASHINGTON - Russia says it is deploying extra peacekeeping troops in two of Georgia’s breakaway regions to offset what it calls aggressive moves by the Georgian military.The Russian Defense Ministry Tuesday called its new deployment a response to a Georgian troop buildup near Abkhazia and South Ossetia, where Russian peacekeepers already are based. Many locals […]


Apr 29 2008 Corn Prices Hit Record High

WASHINGTON - There is mixed news on food prices Tuesday.
The price of corn rose to a record high in Tuesday’s trading on the Chicago Board of Trade while the cost of rice declined from recent highs.
The price spike in corn futures, which went as high as $6.24 a bushel, followed a government report that wet […]


Apr 29 2008 Oil Companies Announce Record Profits

WASHINGTON - Oil giants Royal Dutch Shell and BP announced record profits for the first quarter of this year, driven by the surging price of crude oil.Royal Dutch Shell says its first quarter net income jumped 25 percent to more than nine billion dollars.  BP says its profits soared 63 percent to about $7.6 billion.
Both […]


Apr 29 2008 UN Holds Emergency Food Crisis Talks

GENEVA - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is heading emergency talks aimed at tackling the growing crisis caused by soaring food prices around the world. Participating in this two-day high-powered meeting in the Swiss capital, Bern, are the President of the World Bank, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund and the Heads of nearly […]


Apr 29 2008 US, South Korea Discuss Nuclear Talks

STATE DEPARTMENT - The U.S. and South Korean envoys to the six-party talks on North Korea’s nuclear program held talks in Washington late Monday on possible next steps in the disarmament process. A senior U.S. diplomat was in Pyongyang last week.
The top U.S. envoy to the nuclear talks says the United States remains ready to […]


Apr 29 2008 Iraq’s Tariq Aziz Faces Trial

BAGHDAD- Iraq’s former deputy prime minister, Tariq Aziz, goes on trial Tuesday on charges related to the execution of 42 businessmen in 1992.Aziz became internationally known as Saddam Hussein’s defender and fierce America critic after Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait and the following 1991 Gulf War.
He was later promoted to deputy prime minister and often represented […]


Apr 29 2008 President Bush to Visit Middle East Next Month

WASHINGTON - U.S. President George Bush will visit Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia next month.
White House spokeswoman Dana Perino says the trip will run May 13 through May 18.
In Israel, Mr. Bush is to meet with President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and address parliament. Perino says Mr. Bush will be celebrating the […]


Apr 28 2008 Website Helps Cattlemen Keep Feed Prices Down

AMARILLO, TEXAS — This past winter cattle producers experienced record high prices, on the spot market, for supplemental feed. But cattlemen can rest assured that a new website from Forty-Five Cattle will provide decision making tools for contracting feed this fall.
Lately, news of unstable commodity prices, wheat supply shortage, and the high demand for corn […]


Apr 28 2008 Global Food Crisis Hits Home

By Rusty Wright
Special to ASSIST News Service
MOUNT HERMON, CA (ANS) – Happy with your grocery bills these days? Do those gasoline pump meters seem to whir like Vegas slot machines, except you never hit the jackpot?
The two issues are not unrelated and they’re affecting pocketbooks and bellies at home and around the globe. Some […]


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