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Updated : Fri, 05 Sep 2008 14:30:03 GMT

Jobless rate jumps to 5-year high of 6.1 percent (AP)

The dollar struck a near 11-month high versus the euro on news of slumping industrial output in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, and as the market awaited key US jobs data(AFP/Getty Images/File/Annie Tritt)AP - The nation's unemployment rate zoomed to a five-year high of 6.1 percent in August as employers slashed 84,000 jobs, dramatic proof of the mounting damage a deeply troubled economy is inflicting on workers and businesses alike.

Publ.Date : Fri, 05 Sep 2008 14:26:50 GMT

Polish prosecutors probe possible CIA jail (Reuters)

A guard shuts the gate to the airport in Szymany in northeastern Poland in this file 2005 picture. Human Rights Watch identified the airport as a potential site of alleged CIA prisons used to interrogate al Qaeda captives. Poland strongly denied it was hosting such facilities. (FORUM/Tomasz Marek/Reuters)Reuters - The Polish prosecutor's office is investigating allegations that there was a CIA prison in Poland where al Qaeda suspects were questioned and guards might have used methods close to torture, the prime minister's top adviser said on Friday.

Publ.Date : Fri, 05 Sep 2008 09:48:10 GMT

Hurricane Ike heads for Bahamas and Florida: NHC (Reuters)

Tropical Storm Hanna is seen south-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina in this satellite image taken September 4, 2008. (NOAA/Handout/Reuters)Reuters - Hurricane Ike with winds near 125 miles per hour will likely reach the Bahamas early next week and South Florida by mid-week, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in its 5 a.m. EDT report Friday.

Publ.Date : Fri, 05 Sep 2008 12:08:07 GMT

McCain vows to fight for change in nomination speech (AFP)

Will McCain's shift to right alienate the center?(AFP/AFPTV)AFP - John McCain vowed to fight for America as long as he draws breath, in a patriotic pledge to bring political change as he accepted the Republican presidential nomination.

Publ.Date : Fri, 05 Sep 2008 12:01:40 GMT

McCain pledges to change partisan Washington (Reuters)

Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain gestures at the audience at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, September 4, 2008. (Robert Galbraith/Reuters)Reuters - Republicans John McCain and Sarah Palin kicked off a two-month battle for the White House on Friday with a promise that "change is coming," a theme co-opted from their Democratic rivals.

Publ.Date : Fri, 05 Sep 2008 12:21:37 GMT

Qaeda video vows more Denmark attacks (Reuters)

A video grab from an undated footage from the Internet shows Al Qaeda leader in Afghanistan Mustafa Abu al-Yazid making statements from an unknown location. (REUTERS TV/Reuters)Reuters - Al Qaeda issued new threats against Denmark in an Internet video released on Friday, saying an attack on the Danish Embassy in Pakistan is just the start of its retaliation for perceived insults to the Prophet Mohammad.

Publ.Date : Fri, 05 Sep 2008 13:10:24 GMT

Gene domino effect behind brain, pancreatic tumors (AP)
AP - Scientists have mapped the cascade of genetic changes that turn normal cells in the brain and pancreas into two of the most lethal cancers. The result points to a new approach for fighting tumors and maybe even catching them sooner. Genes blamed for one person's brain tumor were different from the culprits for the next patient, making the puzzle of cancer genetics even more complicated.
Publ.Date : Fri, 05 Sep 2008 12:49:51 GMT

US warship carries aid to Georgian port of Poti (AP)

The flagship of the U.S. 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean, the USS Mount Whitney, arriving to the Georgian port Poti, with more aid for Georgia, Friday, Sept. 5, 2008. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)AP - The flagship of the U.S. Navy's Mediterranean fleet anchored outside the key Georgian port of Poti on Friday, bringing in tons of humanitarian aid to a port still partially occupied by hundreds of Russian troops.

Publ.Date : Fri, 05 Sep 2008 12:27:17 GMT

U.S. appeals to Ukraine to unite with West (Reuters)

U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney (L) meets Ukraine's Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in Kiev, September 5, 2008. REUTERS/Konstantin Chernichkin (UKRAINE)Reuters - U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney appealed to Ukraine's divided leaders on Friday to unite and forge closer links with the West, pledging Washington's support for Kiev to join the NATO military alliance.

Publ.Date : Fri, 05 Sep 2008 13:26:58 GMT

Jobless rate at 5-year high (Reuters)

The U.S. unemployment rate unexpectedly shot up to 6.1 percent in August, its highest in more than 4-1/2 years, as employers cut payrolls for an eighth straight month and labor markets showed signs of accelerating decline. (Graphic/Reuters)Reuters - The U.S. unemployment rate unexpectedly shot up to 6.1 percent in August, the highest in nearly five years, as employers cut payrolls for an eighth straight month and a decline in labor markets accelerated.

Publ.Date : Fri, 05 Sep 2008 14:10:40 GMT

Pakistan's new president to face crises (Reuters)

Supporters of Pakistan People's Party celebrate the nomination of Asif Ali Zardari for presidential candidate in Multan September 1, 2008. REUTERS/Asim TanveerReuters - Pakistan's new president, almost certain to be the widower of Benazir Bhutto, will have to contend with a host of critical problems including militant violence and an economy in crisis.

Publ.Date : Fri, 05 Sep 2008 13:46:01 GMT

Iraq eyes Lockheed F-16 fighter aircraft purchase (Reuters)

The F-16, made by Lockheed Martin Corp, in an undated photo. The Iraqi government is seeking to buy 36 advanced F-16 fighters from the U.S., American military officials familiar with the request told the Wall Street Journal. (Lockheed Martin Corp/Handout/Reuters)Reuters - The Iraqi government has asked for information about possibly buying 36 F-16 fighter aircraft built by Lockheed Martin Corp , the U.S. Defense Department said Friday.

Publ.Date : Fri, 05 Sep 2008 14:00:06 GMT

Tropical Storm Hanna set to soak East Coast (AP)

Ed Kropornicki, of Plymounth, Mich. puts up plywood to protect the store front windows at Dr. J's Sunglasses Thursday Sept. 4, 2008, in Cherry Grove, S.C. With a voluntary evacuation handed down by South Carolina Gov. Mark Sandford, and Tropical Storm Hanna expected to strike near the area sometime Friday night, the store owner decided to go ahead and have Kropornicki put the wood on the store front. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)AP - Beach vacationers in the Carolinas prepared to pack up and head inland Friday as Tropical Storm Hanna cruised steadily toward the coast, while others decided to ride out the fast-moving storm that threatens to become a small hurricane before crashing ashore overnight.

Publ.Date : Fri, 05 Sep 2008 14:31:56 GMT

Angola holds landmark election (AFP)

Angolans queue outside a polling tent in Luanda. Angola is staging its first peacetime election but European Union observers said that the organisation of the poll in Africa's new oil boom nation is a AFP - Angola is staging its first peacetime election but European Union observers said Friday that the organisation of the poll in Africa's new oil boom nation is a "disaster".

Publ.Date : Fri, 05 Sep 2008 12:07:01 GMT

Detroit mayor, soon off to jail, talks of comeback (AP)

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick standing with his wife Carlita, addresses the media in Detroit, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008. Kilpatrick took responsibility for his actions Thursday, hours after resigning as part of plea deals in two criminal cases, and left the door open for a return to public life. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)AP - Only hours after agreeing to resign and serve time in jail as part of plea deal, Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick expressed regret for the scandal that has engulfed the city and left the door open for a return to public life.

Publ.Date : Fri, 05 Sep 2008 11:35:25 GMT

Rice primed for historic Libya visit (AP)

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Portuguese Foreign Minister Luis Amado smile at each other during a news conference following their meeting Friday, Sept. 5 2008, at the Necessidades palace in Lisbon, ahead of a trip to North Africa that will take her to Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)AP - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says she's excited about a landmark trip she will make to Libya on Friday, becoming the highest-ranking American official to visit the North African country in more than a half-century.

Publ.Date : Fri, 05 Sep 2008 11:51:38 GMT

'Broken man' Abramoff gets 4 years in prison (AP)

In this Jan. 3, 2006 file photo, lobbyist Jack Abramoff leaves Federal Court in Washington. From the time Jack Abramoff began cooperating with the FBI, the once powerful lobbyist knew the day would come when he would have to answer for a lifestyle of trading expensive gifts for political favors. 'I have been thinking about this moment literally for years,' the disgraced power broker wrote a federal judge Wednesday about his sentencing. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)AP - Broken and disgraced, lobbyist Jack Abramoff will spend four years in prison for his role in a corruption scandal that upended Washington politics and contributed to the Republicans' loss of Congress in 2006.

Publ.Date : Fri, 05 Sep 2008 11:34:45 GMT

McCain and Obama campaigns grapple for 'change' (AP)

Republican presidential candidate John McCain waves to the crowed as he goes on stage at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)AP - Invigorated by back-to-back political conventions, Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama grappled for the mantle of change Friday as the fall race for the presidency took off in states teeming with the independent voters they needed to win.

Publ.Date : Fri, 05 Sep 2008 14:03:07 GMT

Stand Up to Cancer telethon takes over network TV (AP)

In this May 28, 2008 file photo, CBS 'Evening News' anchor Katie Couric, center, NBC 'Nightly News' anchor Brian Williams, left, and ABC 'World News' anchor Charles Gibson, right, are interviewed on the NBC 'Today' show in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, file)AP - After seeing what "An Inconvenient Truth" did for environmental awareness, Hollywood producer Laura Ziskin wanted to make a documentary about cancer, a disease she has fought since 2004.

Publ.Date : Fri, 05 Sep 2008 11:04:02 GMT

Pakistan restores 3 judges ousted by Musharraf (AP)

A poster showing Asif Ali Zardari, head of the ruling Pakistan People's Party and widower of two-time Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, is blown by strong wind before a storm in Lahore, Pakistan on Friday, Sept. 5, 2008. Zardari will face off against two lightly regarded opponents when legislators meet Saturday to choose a president to fill the gap created when former military strongman Pervez Musharraf resigned under pressure last month. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)AP - Pakistan's Supreme Court on Friday reinstated three judges ousted by Pervez Musharraf, cementing political divisions in the country a day before it elects a new president.

Publ.Date : Fri, 05 Sep 2008 14:27:18 GMT

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