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2008 November


Nov 30 2008 President Bush Pledges Support For India Investigation

WHITE HOUSE - U.S. President George Bush is pledging full support for the investigation into the terrorist attack in Mumbai that killed roughly 175 people in India’s financial capital. Mr. Bush is keeping in direct contact with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. 
President Bush called Prime Minister Singh on Sunday. It was their second conversation since […]


Nov 30 2008 Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani Concerned About Security Pact

BAGHDAD - Iraq’s top Shi’ite Muslim cleric has expressed concern about the security pact approved last week allowing U.S. troops to remain in the country for three more years.
A senior aide to Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said Saturday that the influential cleric fears the deal will not guarantee Iraq’s sovereignty. He also said he feels […]


Nov 30 2008 Riots Kill Hundreds In Nigeria

By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries
JOS, NIGERIA (ANS) – Hundreds of people are reported to have been killed in central Nigeria after Christians and Muslims clashed over the result of a local election.
According to the BBC, a Muslim charity in the town of Jos, the capital of Plateau State, says it collected more than 300 […]


Nov 30 2008 Jewish Settlers Clash With Palestinians In Hebron

JERUSALEM - The Israeli army and witnesses say at least four people were wounded Saturday when Jewish settlers and Palestinian residents hurled stones at each other in the West Bank city of Hebron.
The military said Israeli security forces moved in to try to separate the two sides.
The violence erupted near a building under disputed ownership. […]


Nov 29 2008 President Bush Offers Support to India

WASHINGTON - U.S. President George Bush is extending condolences to the Indian people, and his support to the Indian government, after a three-day terrorist siege in Mumbai that killed almost 200 people.  
President Bush made a brief statement Saturday as he returned to the White House from the Camp David presidential retreat, where he and Mrs. […]


Nov 29 2008 President Bush Thanks The American People

WASHINGTON - U.S. President George Bush has delivered his last Thanksgiving address, saying he will miss being commander-in-chief of those serving the United States to defend its freedom.
During his weekly radio address, Mr. Bush Saturday said the country gives thanks for generations of Americans who overcame hardships to create and sustain a free nation, and […]


Nov 27 2008 Mumbai India Rocked by Deadly Attacks

By Jeremy Reynalds
Correspondent for ASSIST News Service
MUMBAI, INDIA (ANS) – Gunmen have carried out a series of co-ordinated attacks across the Indian city of Mumbai (Bombay), killing at least 80 people and injuring 250 more.
The BBC reported that at least seven high-profile locations were hit in India’s financial capital, including two luxury hotels where […]


Nov 27 2008 Polish General Wladyslaw Sikorski Buried With Honors

WARSAW - Poland’s World War II leader-in-exile has been buried again with full military honors, after investigators completed an autopsy to determine if he was murdered.
General Władysław Sikorski’s flag-draped coffin was re-interred inside Krakow’s main cathedral Wednesday, alongside Poland’s ancient kings and other historical figures.
General Sikorski was killed in a 1943 plane crash off Gibraltar […]


Nov 27 2008 President Bush Observes Thanksgiving Holiday

WHITE HOUSE - U.S. President George Bush is marking America’s Thanksgiving holiday at Camp David - the presidential mountain retreat in Maryland. 
In his weekly radio address - released early to coincide with the holiday - Mr. Bush reflected on his last Thanksgiving Day as president.
He offered personal words of thanks to the American people.
“I am […]


Nov 26 2008 US Warns of Possible Terror Plot for New York City

WASHINGTON - U.S. federal authorities have warned law enforcement officials in and around New York City of a possible al-Qaida terror plot against the city’s transit system. 
In a joint statement, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said U.S. officials have received a “plausible but unsubstantiated” report indicating a […]


Nov 25 2008 US Federal Reserve Acts to Spur Consumer Lending

WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy has contracted more sharply than previously believed, according to new government figures. Meanwhile, in yet another sign of continuing stress in the credit market, the U.S. central bank is allocating hundreds of billion of additional dollars to purchase bad mortgage debt and spur consumer lending.  
Revised figures from the Commerce […]


Nov 25 2008 US Rebukes IAEA Concerning Syria Nuclear Assistance

STATE DEPARTMENT - The Bush administration has rebuked International Atomic Energy Agency Chief Mohamed ElBaradei over the U.N. agency’s plans to help Syria with a civilian nuclear-power program. The State Department said such assistance, at a time when the IAEA is investigating a suspected secret Syrian nuclear reactor, is wholly inappropriate.

The State Department has […]


Nov 25 2008 President Bush Holds Final Meeting With Ehud Olmert

WHITE HOUSE - President Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert say they continue to hold out hope for a definitive Middle East peace agreement - one year after the launch of the Annapolis process.
In what appeared to be as much a look back as a look forward, President Bush and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert […]


Nov 24 2008 Lebanon President Suleiman Visits Iran

BEIRUT - Lebanese President Michel Suleiman is in Iran for talks expected to cover Iran’s influence with Lebanon-based Hezbollah militants.
During his two-day visit, Mr. Suleiman will hold discussions with Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmedinejad on such other topics as the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, and political and economic issues.
Hezbollah’s integration into Lebanese politics has been hindered by […]


Nov 24 2008 President Bush Defends Citigroup Rescue

WASHINGTON - President Bush says federal action to prop up U.S.-based financial giant Citigroup is part of an ongoing effort to rescue America’s troubled financial sector. Officials say they see signs that stability is beginning to return to the U.S. banking system.
President Bush says America will recover from difficult economic times, and that the first step […]


Nov 22 2008 US Troops Kill al-Qaida Leader Haji Hammadi

BAGHDAD - A U.S. general in Baghdad says troops have killed a leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, further reducing the terrorist group’s ability to carry out attacks.
General David Perkins told reporters Thursday the death of Haji Hammadi is “another significant blow” to al-Qaida in Iraq.
Hammadi was accused of planning suicide bombings, killings and kidnappings, including […]


Nov 21 2008 Arab Leaders Meet To Confront Piracy Threat

CAIRO - Seven Arab states, including Egypt, Yemen, Jordan and Saudi Arabia are meeting in Cairo in a bid to find an effective response to the growing threat of piracy in the Red Sea. Participants have been discussing the need to create a force to protect shipping.

Top officials from Arab states flanking the Red Sea […]


Nov 21 2008 King Abdullah of Jordan Warns Israel Concerning Gaza

AMMAN - Jordan’s King Abdullah has warned Israeli leaders that putting further restraints on Palestinians will create more tension.
The palace issued the king’s statement after he held talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Thursday in Aqaba, and two days after Abdullah met secretly with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense minister Ehud Barak, also […]


Nov 21 2008 Henry Paulson Defends $700 Billion Bailout

LOS ANGELES - U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson has defended his handling of the $700 billion financial bailout package. Paulson spoke Thursday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, and he called for cautious reforms in the U.S. and global financial systems.
Paulson said the current financial crisis had many causes, including government […]


Nov 21 2008 President Bush Visits Peru To Attend Summit

WHITE HOUSE - U.S. President George Bush is on his way to Peru for his final Pacific Rim summit. This visit is expected to be Mr. Bush’s last foreign trip before leaving office. 
President Bush attended his first Pacific Rim summit just two months after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.
Now, with the […]


Nov 20 2008 Poland Creates Memorial Honoring Warsaw Jews

WARSAW - Authorities in Warsaw have created a new memorial to honor the memory of the city’s many Jewish residents killed during the Nazi occupation.
City officials Wednesday inaugurated a tourist trail delineating the borders of the infamous Warsaw Ghetto. The trail is marked by plaques with pictures commemorating the lives of those imprisoned within the […]


Nov 20 2008 US Seeks Better Anti-Piracy Solutions

PENTAGON - The Pentagon spokesman says senior U.S. officials are looking for better ways to address the piracy off the east coast of Africa. But he says the problem needs a broader approach, perhaps involving military tactics but also government policies, international agreements and action by shipping companies. 
The Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell says senior officials […]


Nov 20 2008 US Consumer Prices Drop to 61 Year Low

WASHINGTON - Consumer prices in the United States fell more than expected in October, adding to what economists increasingly see as the risk of deflation - an overall fall in the price level, a phenomenon associated with the depression of the 1930s. 
U.S. consumer prices fell one percent in October, twice as much as forecasters expected. […]


Nov 19 2008 Ayman al-Zawahri Mocks Barack Obama

WASHINGTON - Al-Qaida’s first reaction to Barack Obama’s election as U.S. president refers to him by a derogatory racial term and attacks his policies as anti-Islamic. 
In an posting on a militant Web site Wednesday, a voice identified as the terror network’s second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahri, says President-elect Obama’s plan to increase the U.S. military presence in […]


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