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2008 September


Sep 30 2008 Scientists Predict International Population Migrations

WASHINGTON - Scientists have developed a model to predict the movement of millions of people from one country to another.  Experts say such projections are important because they affect social services - such as schools, jobs and health care - in countries that receive large numbers of immigrants. 
Scientists have developed a model they say will […]


Sep 29 2008 Ecuador Celebrates New Constitution

QUITO - Ecuador has overwhelmingly approved a new constitution that gives new powers to the presidency to manage the economy and bolster social welfare programs. In Quito, exit polls show at least 66 percent of voters backed the new government plan. 
President Rafael Correa celebrated the victory as a crushing blow to a system that he […]


Sep 29 2008 Israel Observes Rosh Hashanah

JERUSALEM - Jews in Israel and around the world are observing Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the High Holy Days and marks the Jewish New Year 5769. For many Israelis, it is a time of repentance and prayer, leading up to the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, Yom […]


Sep 29 2008 US House Rejects Financial Bailout Bill

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives has voted against a massive government rescue plan for America’s troubled financial institutions.
Representatives voted 228 to 205 against the $700 billion proposal Monday, despite calls from the president and Congressional leaders to approve the measure, or risk throwing the U.S. into economic turmoil.
U.S. stock indexes plunged as news […]


Sep 29 2008 US Builds Up Missile Defenses in Israel

JERUSALEM - The United States is beefing up missile defenses in Israel amid fears of a conflict with Iran. 

The U.S. has provided Israel with an advanced radar system to give early warning in the event of an Iranian missile attack.  The system has been set up at an air base in the Negev desert […]


Sep 29 2008 Explosion Rocks Tripoli Lebanon

BEIRUT - A car bomb has exploded in the northern Lebanese port city of Tripoli, apparently targeting a Lebanese Army bus.  Five people, including at least three soldiers, were killed in the blast and at least 21 people were wounded.  
Red Cross and civil defense ambulances ferried the wounded to nearby hospitals after a car-bomb exploded […]


Sep 29 2008 Israel Closes Border Crossing During Rosh Hashanah

JERUSALEM - Israel says it is closing border crossings to the West Bank during the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year festival.
Officials said the closure will last from early Monday to late Wednesday. Such closures are routine during Jewish holidays. Israel says they are necessary to prevent attacks by Palestinian militants. Exceptions are […]


Sep 29 2008 President Bush Urges Congress to Pass Economic Plan

WASHINGTON - U.S. President George Bush is urging Congress to “send a strong signal” to markets in the United States and around the world by passing a $700 billion plan to rescue banks and other financial companies.
The president’s spoke Monday hours before the U.S. stock markets opened for trading. He was seeking to assure investors […]


Sep 28 2008 US Provides Israel With Advanced Radar System

JERUSALEM - Israeli officials say the United States has provided the country with an advanced radar system that can give early warning in case of an Iranian missile attack.
Officials say some 120 American crewmen will operate the system, which was set up this month at Nevatim military base in southern Israel.
The radar can pick up […]


Sep 28 2008 US Lawmakers Reach Financial Bailout Deal

WASHINGTON - U.S. lawmakers and the Bush administration have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to bailout endangered financial institutions. Key House and Senate negotiators, and U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson made the announcement early Sunday after around-the-clock negotiations.
Looking tired but pleased, House and Senate leaders, along with other key lawmakers walked to a […]


Sep 27 2008 Paul Newman Dies at 83

WASHINGTON - Oscar-winning actor Paul Newman, who also made his mark as a movie director, philanthropist and auto racer, has died at the age of 83 following a long battle with cancer. A spokesman said Newman died late Friday, surrounded by family and friends at his country farmhouse near Westport, Connecticut. 
Paul Newman was one of […]


Sep 27 2008 Terrorism Strikes Damascus Syria

BEIRUT - A car bomb has exploded in the Syrian capital, Damascus, killing at least 17 people and wounding 14 others. 
Syrian state television says the vehicle, packed with 200 kilograms of explosives, went off Saturday near a crowded intersection, leading to the holy shrine of Sayyeda Zeinab, popular with Shi’ite Muslim pilgrims.
Shi’ite pilgrims from both […]


Sep 27 2008 John McCain Debates Barack Obama

WASHINGTON - The two major party candidates for president of the United States, Republican Senator John McCain and Democrat Senator Barack Obama met in a spirited debate over the financial crisis and foreign policy Friday at the University of Mississippi. The two candidates clashed frequently over such issues as tax cuts, Iran’s nuclear ambitions and […]


Sep 27 2008 President Bush Appeals to Americans on Bailout Plan

WASHINGTON - U.S. President George Bush has tried to reassure American taxpayers that a proposed plan to rescue the country’s struggling financial services industry is in their interests.
In his weekly radio address Saturday, Mr. Bush said he understands that it does not seem fair for the government to ask them to “pay for mistakes on […]


Sep 26 2008 Major Powers Agree On UN Resolution on Iran

UNITED NATIONS - Major world powers agreed Friday on a new U.N. Security Council resolution on Iran’s nuclear program despite tensions between the United States and Russia over Georgia. The draft measure, expected to win swift approval in the full council, reaffirms the two-track strategy of offering Iran benefits if it halts uranium enrichment, while […]


Sep 26 2008 Washington Mutual Collapses Over Bad Mortgages

WASHINGTON - As U.S. lawmakers grappled over a $700 billion dollar bank bailout plan, one of the nation’s largest banks - Washington Mutual Incorporated - collapsed under the weight of its enormous bad bets on the U.S. mortgage market. 
With financial markets reeling over the recent crisis on Wall Street, the collapse of Seattle-based Washington Mutual […]


Sep 25 2008 Talabani Urges UN to End Saddam-Era Sanctions

UNITED NATIONS - Iraq’s president Jalal Talabani, touting security gains in that country, has appealed to nations around the world to open diplomatic missions in Baghdad and drop sanctions left over from the Saddam Hussein era. The Iraqi leader was among speakers Thursday in the U.N. General Assembly’s general debate. 
The Iraqi president says his government […]


Sep 25 2008 President Bush Meets With Palestinian President

WHITE HOUSE - U.S. President George Bush says he is still hopeful that an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement can be reached. Mr. Bush spoke during talks at the White House with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
For months, President Bush has been saying a peace deal is possible before he leaves office in January.
But now, his comments are […]


Sep 25 2008 President Bush Speech on Financial Crisis

WHITE HOUSE - Text of President Bush’s speech to the nation on the US financial crisis.
BUSH: Good evening. This is an extraordinary period for America’s economy.
Over the past few weeks, many Americans have felt anxiety about their finances and their future. I understand their worry and their frustration.
We’ve seen triple-digit swings in the stock market. […]


Sep 24 2008 President Bush to Address America on Economics

WASHINGTON - U.S. President George Bush will address the nation - in a live, televised speech - to explain the government’s proposed $700-billion bailout plan for financial markets.
White House officials say the president wants to talk directly to the American people, and help them understand the extent of the problems facing the economy.
Earlier, Mr. Bush […]


Sep 24 2008 North Korea Ejects Nuclear Inspectors

SEOUL - North Korea has taken dramatic steps toward fulfilling its threat to resume production of nuclear weapons material.
The International Atomic Agency confirms North Korea, formerly known as the DPRK, has ended international supervision of activities at its main nuclear reprocessing facility.   
“The DPRK, asked the IAEA to remove seals and surveillance from the reprocessing […]


Sep 24 2008 Italy Battles Organized Crime in Naples

ROME - The Italian cabinet gave the green light to the deployment of 500 soldiers for the next three months to combat organized crime in the Naples area. The decision follows the shooting last week of six African immigrants by the Camorra crime syndicate. 
The Italian government has decided to call in the army for the […]


Sep 24 2008 President Bush: Situation in Iraq Changed Substantially

WHITE HOUSE - U.S. President George Bush and Iraqi President Jalal Talabani met in New York with leaders of countries contributing to the multi-national force in Iraq. 
President Bush thanked those who have contributed to improving security in Iraq, saying many members of the multi-national force have returned to their countries after successfully completing their mission.
He […]


Sep 23 2008 President Bush Addresses UN General Assembly

WASHINGTON - U.S. President George Bush says the United Nations and other multilateral organizations are needed more urgently than ever to confront extremists and terrorists.
Mr. Bush spoke Tuesday in his final address to the U.N. General Assembly. 
He said there have been successes in fighting terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan, while a few nations, which he […]


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