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Updated : Sun, 23 Mar 2008 06:48:11 GMT

Musharraf hails democracy in Pakistan (AP)

Yousaf Raza Gilani, a member of Pakistan People's party, arrives at Parliament in this Wednesday, March 19, 2008 file photo in Islamabad. Pakistan. Yousaf Raza Gilani, a former parliament speaker and aide to slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, was nominated Saturday March 22, 2008 as the parliamentary majority's choice to be Pakistan's next prime minister. (AP Photo/B.K.Bangash, File)AP - President Pervez Musharraf on Sunday hailed the start of a "new era of real democracy" in Pakistan, a day after his foes named their candidate to lead a coalition government united against him.

Publ.Date : Sun, 23 Mar 2008 06:41:05 GMT

US deaths in Iraq approach 4,000 (AP)

Awakening council members, a Sunni group fighting al-Qaida, stand around the bodies of six of their comrades killed in a U.S. air strike near Samarra, Iraq, Saturday, March 22, 2008. Police say a U.S. airstrike has struck checkpoints manned by U.S.-allied Sunni fighters north of Baghdad, killing six guards and wounding two. A police officer says the six members of the so-called awakening council were killed and two others were wounded when an airstrike hit two checkpoints about 100 meters (yards) apart. A local awakening council leader says the airstrikes came some two hours after U.S. soldiers stopped at the two checkpoints to meet with the Sunni fighters. (AP Photo/Hameed Rasheed)AP - A roadside bomb killed three American soldiers north of Baghdad on Saturday, pushing the U.S. death toll in the five-year conflict to nearly 4,000.

Publ.Date : Sat, 22 Mar 2008 23:07:31 GMT

Pope baptizes prominent Italian Muslim (AP)

Magdi Allam, Italy's most prominent Muslim commentator, is baptized by Pope Benedict XVI during the Easter vigil mass in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Saturday, March 22, 2008. Allam, who has long spoken out against Islamic fanaticism and received death threats as a result, converted to Roman Catholicism. Allam, 55, is the deputy editor of the Corriere della Sera newspaper and writes often on Muslim and Arab affairs. He was born a Muslim in Egypt, but was educated by Catholics and says he has never been a practicing Muslim. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)AP - Italy's most prominent Muslim, an iconoclastic writer who condemned Islamic extremism and defended Israel, converted to Catholicism Saturday in a baptism by the pope at a Vatican Easter service.

Publ.Date : Sun, 23 Mar 2008 01:24:55 GMT

Duke loses, UCLA survives in NCAA hoop play (Reuters)

West Virginia Mountaineers' Joe Mazzulla (L) celebrates a basket against Duke Blue Devils' Lance Thomas during the second half of their second round NCAA men's basketball championship game in Washington March 22, 2008. (Jim Young/Reuters)Reuters - On the same day the NCAA Tournament lost one of its four number two seeds, a number one barely escaped to advance to next weekend's Sweet 16.

Publ.Date : Sun, 23 Mar 2008 06:45:03 GMT

Pope set to celebrate Easter mass (AFP)

Pope Benedict XVI holds a candle during Easter Vigil mass in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. The Pontiff was set to celebrate on Sunday an open-air Easter mass in St Peter's Square, followed by his traditional AFP - Pope Benedict XVI was set to celebrate on Sunday an open-air Easter mass in St Peter's Square, followed by his traditional "urbi et orbi" (to the city and the world) blessing.

Publ.Date : Sun, 23 Mar 2008 05:12:42 GMT

China accuses Dalai Lama of taking Olympics "hostage" (Reuters)

A Tibetan exile scuffles with policemen during a protest in front of Chinese embassy in New Delhi March 21, 2008. (Adnan Abidi/Reuters)Reuters - China has accused the Dalai Lama of plotting "terror" in Tibet and colluding with Uighur separatists in Xinjiang as it escalates a security and propaganda drive to stifle anti-Chinese unrest ahead of the Olympics.

Publ.Date : Sun, 23 Mar 2008 06:22:40 GMT

Free by error, ex-radical back in prison (AP)

Sara Jane Olson answers questions during a news conference Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2001, in the Criminal Courts Building in Los Angeles. The former Symbionese Liberation Army fugitive who hid for years by posing as an ordinary housewife was released from prison Thursday March 20, 2008 after serving time for trying to bomb police cars, corrections officials said. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, FILE)AP - Just days after her release on parole, a former 1970s radical was headed back to prison Saturday to serve at least one more year after corrections officials said a miscalculation resulted in her early release.

Publ.Date : Sun, 23 Mar 2008 03:01:17 GMT

China attacks Dalai Lama, says areas hit by unrest returning to normal (AFP)

Tibet: Deadly uprising.(AFPiactiv)AFP - China launched another broadside Sunday against Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, while state media said Tibetan areas rattled by lethal unrest were slowly returning to normal.

Publ.Date : Sun, 23 Mar 2008 05:33:15 GMT

Long road ahead before peace between Taiwan and China (Reuters)

A supporter of Taiwan's main opposition Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou celebrates after Ma won the presidential election in Taipei March 22, 2008. (Ncky Loh/Reuters)Reuters - An end to the more than half a century of hostility and tension between Taiwan and China may be in the offing with the election of a more China-friendly president for the island, but progress will be slow and tortuous.

Publ.Date : Sun, 23 Mar 2008 05:23:03 GMT

Cheney: U.S. won't pressure Israel on security (Reuters)

Vice-President Dick Cheney (L) and Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert attend a joint news conference in the prime minister's residence in Jerusalem March 22, 2008. (Ammar Awad/Reuters)Reuters - Vice President Dick Cheney, starting a visit on Saturday to try to push forward Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, said Washington would never pressure Israel to take steps that threaten its security.

Publ.Date : Sat, 22 Mar 2008 22:29:53 GMT

Pope baptizes famous Muslim convert (Reuters)

Pope Benedict XVI holds a candle as he celebrates an Easter Vigil mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican March 22, 2008. (Dario Pignatelli/Reuters)Reuters - Pope Benedict led the world's Catholics into Easter on Saturday at a Vatican service where he baptized a Muslim-born convert who is one of Italy's most famous and controversial journalists.

Publ.Date : Sat, 22 Mar 2008 22:45:36 GMT

2 charged in Conn. millionaire's death (AP)
AP - A chauffeur and his cousin are being charged in the 2006 stabbing death of a millionaire developer accused of real estate fraud, police said Saturday.
Publ.Date : Sun, 23 Mar 2008 04:08:39 GMT

2 coalition soldiers die in Afghanistan (AP)

A Canadian soldier with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) walks at their base, 30 km west of Kandahar, on March 22. Dozens of Taliban militants were killed in an operation by Afghan and NATO forces in troubled southern Afghanistan, the Afghan defence ministry said Sunday.(AFP/Shah Marai)AP - Two soldiers from the U.S.-led coalition have been killed in southern Afghanistan.

Publ.Date : Sun, 23 Mar 2008 04:17:20 GMT

China offers its version of protests (AP)

Paramilitary police march in a street in Zhongdian, in a Tibetan area known as Shangri-La, in China's southwest Yunnan province Saturday March 22, 2008. Thousands of troops have moved into Tibetan areas of western China following last week's anti-government riots in Tibet's capital, Lhasa. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)AP - With restive Tibetan areas swarming with troops and closed to scrutiny from the outside world, China's government has turned up efforts to put its own version of the unrest before the international public.

Publ.Date : Sun, 23 Mar 2008 06:48:11 GMT

Early morning barrage hits Baghdad's Green Zone (Reuters)

Plumes of thick black smoke rises from central Baghdad's Green Zone after a rocket attack March 23, 2008. Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, which houses the Iraqi parliament and U.S. embassy, was hit by a sustained barrage of rocket or mortar bomb fire early on Sunday, witnesses and officials said. (Mahmoud Raouf Mahmoud/Reuters)Reuters - Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, which houses the Iraqi parliament and U.S. embassy, was hit by a sustained barrage of rocket or mortar fire early on Sunday but there were no reports of casualties, officials said.

Publ.Date : Sun, 23 Mar 2008 06:10:38 GMT

Over 100 anti-war protesters arrested at NATO HQ (Reuters)

Belgian riot police use water cannons to disperse activists at the NATO headquarters in Brussels March 22, 2008. Around 100 anti-war protesters were arrested trying to force their way into NATO's headquarters in Belgium on Saturday, police said. (Francois Lenoir/Reuters)Reuters - Around 100 anti-war protesters were arrested trying to force their way into NATO's headquarters in Belgium on Saturday, police said.

Publ.Date : Sat, 22 Mar 2008 14:35:09 GMT

Astronauts complete fifth spacewalk (AP)

In this image provided by NASA astronaut Robert L. Behnken, participates in the mission's fourth spacewalk Thursday March 20, 2008 as construction and maintenance continue on the International Space Station. During the 6-hour, 24-minute spacewalk, Behnken and astronaut Mike Foreman (out of frame), replaced a failed Remote Power Control Module -- essentially a circuit breaker -- on the station's truss. The spacewalkers also tested a repair method for damaged heat resistant tiles on the space shuttle. The sample tiles will be returned to Earth to undergo extensive testing on the ground. (AP Photo/NASA)AP - Endeavour's astronauts embarked on the fifth and final spacewalk of their mission Saturday, this time attaching a 50-foot inspection pole to the international space station for use by the next shuttle visitors.

Publ.Date : Sun, 23 Mar 2008 05:41:55 GMT

Flakey sale nets Virginia sisters $1,350 (AP)

This March 2008 photo provided by Melissa McIntire shows a corn flake next to a dime. Two sisters from Virginia sold their Illinois-shaped corn flake on eBay Friday night March 21, 2008 for $1,350. Melissa McIntire, 23, and her sister Emily, 15, listed the corn flake on eBay last week, but eBay canceled the auction saying it violated the Web site's food policy. The sisters restarted their Ebay auction, advertising a coupon redeemable for their corn flake, instead of the cereal itself. (AP Photo/Donald McIntire, HO)AP - Two sisters from Virginia sold their Illinois-shaped corn flake on eBay Friday night for $1,350.

Publ.Date : Sat, 22 Mar 2008 12:25:39 GMT

Hey it's a hospital. No horses allowed (AP)
AP - A man hoping to cheer up an ailing relative at Wilcox Memorial Hospital hadn't considered one of the visitation rules: No horses allowed.
Publ.Date : Sun, 23 Mar 2008 06:07:54 GMT

Bhutto party announces candidate for Pakistani PM (Reuters)

Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani speaks with Reuters at his residence in Multan February 7, 2008. (Faisal Mahmood/Reuters)Reuters - The party of assassinated former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto nominated on Saturday former National Assembly speaker Yousaf Raza Gilani as its candidate for prime minister.

Publ.Date : Sat, 22 Mar 2008 18:02:22 GMT

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