December 29, 2007

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December 28, 2007

Bhutto's assassination

A sickening and cowardly Act designed to completely de-rail and destroy democracy and the democratic process carried out by sick and evil terrorists who want to impose there dark visons on the world. Benazir Bhutto was an immensely brave and courageous woman who loved her country and who was loved in return she was not going to be bullied or dictated to by evil Cowards such as Baittullah Mehsud, Ayman al-zawhiri and Osama Bin laden the people of Pakistan now deserve some justice in return!!!!

The way forward is for her party members to stand strongly together and honor her by making sure her agenda is fulfilled. That means standing up and putting forward Amin Fahim in her place - the people can't let either Musharraf or Al Queda benefit from the chaos created in the wake of her murder.

Bhutto's murder awakes security concerns in America

The twin themes of global terror and the experience demanded of a prospective US president stalked a White House race rocked by the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. The murder of Pakistan's ex-prime minister, a fixture on US television news shows, thrust national security fears back into the spotlight, less than a week before first voting in Democratic and Republican nominating contests.

Several candidates and their surrogates suggested the turmoil sparked in Pakistan, a key US anti-terror ally, raised the bar for the qualities required of the next commander-in-chief. Other candidates argued the terror that erupted in Pakistan, was a reminder of the peril that also faced the United States.

Former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani, the hero of the September 11 attacks, has seen his electoral hopes dim in recent weeks, as national security issues faded from the agenda.

December 21, 2007

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Jerusalem has been the only capital of the Jewish people for over 3,000 years

The truth of the matter is that the overwhelming majority of Israeli Jews would not permit the division of Jerusalem again. Among those who consider the whole of Jerusalem as Israel's capital city are people from the left right and center and not only "diehard nationalists". As for the future, the importance of Jerusalem for the Jewish people is first and foremost the Old City within which is Har ha-Bait (temple mount) and its immediate vicinity, including the Mount of Olives, the Shiloah Spring/Ir David, Mount Zion, Kever Shim'on Hatzadik, etc. Also of importance to the Jewish people are the Jewish neighborhoods in the city.

Jerusalem, it is very important to understand, has been the only capital of the Jewish people for over 3,000 years of which it has been the capital of the state of Israel for the past 60 years, and the most important site in Jewish civilization and religion, the most important one! By contrast, Jerusalem has never been the capital city or any other people or any other state, never! And Jerusalem is only of a secondary importance for Islam! Hence with any future accommodation between Israel and its Arab neighbors I strongly propose that the Old City of Jerusalem and its immediate vicinity remain under Israeli sovereignty. I also suggest that all Jewish neighborhoods of the city outside of the Old City remain under Israeli sovereignty.

The US presidential campaign is turning fierce

The US presidential campaign is turning fierce as candidates attack each other over their tactics and records, less than two weeks before the crucial early nominating contests. The Democratic and Republican front-runners are pulling fewer and fewer punches as the first nominating contest, Iowa's caucuses on January 3, looms large.

Senator Hillary Clinton's campaign brought in Anthony Weiner, a New York member of the House of Representatives, to hurl some verbal punches at her Democratic rival Barack Obama. Weiner mentioned a New York Times article stating that Obama voted neither for nor against issues 130 times during his eight years as a state senator in the Illinois legislature. He cast some 4,000 votes during that time. Former senator John Edwards, who is polling a close third behind Clinton and Obama, accused the Clinton camp of distributing violently anti-Obama flyers falsely signed by his campaign -- in full knowledge that Iowa voters dislike dirty tricks and negative campaigning.

December 20, 2007

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US Congress has approved tighter background checks on gun buyers.

The US Congress has approved tighter background checks on gun buyers. Will this make a difference? The new US law was prompted by the deaths of 32 people at Virginia Tech University, when a mentally ill student used two guns he had been able to buy.

People's mentality needs to be changed, those who want guns will find them easily on the black market & many people who use guns don't have a criminal record so a background check wouldn't work. Societies that severely limit the ownership of guns have far fewer gun related crimes - and that's a good thing.

I don't think tighter legislation will make a difference. Crazy people will pop up now and then and kill people with guns, that's a fact and nothing is going to change that. It's the times we live in. I don't feel comfortable with only the police/govt having guns. I don't trust them to protect us in an emergency. I believe in people taking care of themselves instead of relying on the govt. for everything.

Violence and disease among the top 10 underreported stories of 2007

While US headlines in 2007 were dominated by celebrity gossip, next year's US presidential election and Iraq, humanitarian stories went largely unreported, according to Medecins Sans Frontieres. The aid organization, also known as Doctors Without Borders, identified violence, forced displacement and disease in the Central African Republic, Somalia and Sri Lanka among the top 10 underreported stories of 2007. The list, released on Thursday, also highlighted what it described as the forgotten crises in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Colombia, Myanmar, Zimbabwe and Chechnya.

The group began producing its top 10 list in 1998 in response to the poor US media coverage of a devastating famine in southern Sudan. In its 10th list, it said the ongoing toll of tuberculosis and childhood malnutrition continued to be largely ignored by the media. The organization said eight of the countries and issues highlighted on its list accounted for just 18 minutes of coverage on the top three US television networks' nightly newscasts from January until November.

December 19, 2007

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Unlike traditional learning, an mba online can offer you greater flexibility, as you don't have to waste time and money commuting to the campus and you can choose a program that truly suits your interests or professional needs, because you are not confined to the classes that are offered locally.

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Chavez intervention in Argentine elections

A US prosecutor claimed three covert Venezuelan agents offered two million dollars to hush up an alleged attempt to funnel 800,000 dollars from Venezuela to the electoral campaign of Cristina Kirchner, who is now Argentina's president.

That allegation was made after the Venezuelans were arrested in Miami last week and charged with failing to notify US authorities they were agents of the Venezuelan government. The arrests followed the seizure in August of a bag with 800,000 dollars in cash found in Buenos Aires aboard a chartered flight from Caracas. Guido Antonini, a dual US-Venezuelan national, who was carrying the suitcase, later flew back to his home in Miami, where the defendants allegedly approached him.

Hugo Chavez is trying to transform his democratic neighbors into communist allies, helped by his petrodollars. Chavez is financing the colombian narcoguerrilla, the communist candidates in all the continent and smuggling weapons to Bolivia.

US approved sanctions against Myanmar

The US Senate approved sanctions against Myanmar's multi-million dollar gemstone industry to punish the military regime over its deadly crackdown on pro-democracy protests. The Burma Democracy Promotion Act outlaws the import of gems and timber from Myanmar and imposes fresh financial sanctions and travel restrictions on the junta's leaders and their associates. The legislation also creates a position of special representative and policy coordinator for Myanmar who would work with the Southeast Asian nation's neighbors and the European Union to press for change in the country.

The House of Representatives passed similar legislation last week, but it needs to vote on the Senate version because it was amended. The final bill would then go to US President George W. Bush for his signature. Last week, Bush threatened to spearhead a global campaign to step up sanctions against Myanmar if it continues to ignore calls for a democratic transition. At least 31 people were killed and 74 went missing in the suppression in September of peaceful protests led by Buddhist monks, according to a UN report.

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December 16, 2007

Real leadership needed in South Africa

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress party is embroiled in a bitter leadership battle. Members of the ANC are set to choose a leader next week - the favourite to win is ex-Deputy President Jacob Zuma ahead of incumbent President Thabo Mbeki.

Zuma' advisor has been found guilty of bribing none other than Jacob Zuma. The Zuma case has been dismissed by a partial judge because of delays, however the delays were nothing compared to what the normal South African experiences in courts today. He was given preferential treatment. He was set up in the rape case, but his actions there nonetheless expose him as an unethical permissive and irresponsible man. I agree wholeheartedly with Desmond Tutu. Real leadership is needed, but there is none!

US Army upgraded a base in Japan

The US Army upgraded a base in Japan into a key Asian operational hub, despite protests by local leaders who oppose a greater influx of US troops. Camp Zama on Tokyo's outskirts was named a forward headquarters of the I Corps, which is under the Pacific Command but whose troops have also been sent to Iraq. The I Corps headquarters remains at Fort Lewis in the western US state of Washington, but the forward unit gives Camp Zama the communications network to coordinate in response to an emergency.

The Central Readiness Force of the Japanese army -- known as the Self-Defence Forces due to the pacifist constitution -- also plans to move here by the 2012 fiscal year as Tokyo takes a more active military role abroad. More than 40,000 US troops are based in Japan and have often had uneasy relations with local populations who accuse them of causing crime and noise. The Camp Zama upgrade was part of a realignment plan agreed by Washington and Tokyo in 2005 which is part of a global transformation by the US military to meet new challenges. Under the deal, around 8,000 US troops are expected to leave Japan for the US Pacific island of Guam.

December 10, 2007

Refinance with poor credit

You have probably heard of Loan refinance before, or simply refinance. The term actually refers to a financial situation wherein a borrower finds financing to pay off a current loan.

For years now, people have refinanced their Personal Loans and saved thousands of dollars. However, the practice of refinancing loans has yet to be indulged by most. Why? Perhaps the reason is that personal loans generally behave differently from Auto Loan and people are naturally skeptical about new methods. Regardless, refinance is still a good choice, provided that the situation is right.

The only way for loan refinance to work is if you get a lowest interest rate. Low rates typically mean low monthly repayments and this is the situation you should aim for.

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Russian next Prime Minister. Dmitri Medvedev

Medevdev is like all the other sureal communist players in this Russian political oligopoly. Hidden agendas need loyal patrons. Russia seems to have a shortage of checks and balances on politicians. No political opposition? No surprise, the communists are still running the show and the Russian people are going with the ones who fill their bellies, and give them pocket money to spend.

Medvedev is a combination of mr, Putin and mr. Ivanov, which means that Mr. Putin+ Mr.Ivanov will remain behind the scene having 100% support of Mr.Grizlov (Chairman of Russian Parliament -Low House ) and. mr. Mironov (Chairman of Russian Parliment -Upper House).

Israel and US discussed security issues in Tel Aviv

US military chief Admiral Michael Mullen met senior Israeli defence officials in the first visit to the Jewish state by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of State in a decade. Mullen met his Israeli counterpart Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi and Defence Minister Ehud Barak in Tel Aviv. The issue of Iran was discussed during the talks. Israel and the United States accuse Iran of trying to obtain atomic weapons under cover of its civil nuclear programme, a charge Tehran vehemently denies.

The Jewish state has vowed to keep up its campaign for more sanctions to be imposed on Iran despite a US intelligence report last week that said Tehran had frozen its nuclear weapons drive in 2003. The National Intelligence Estimate -- the consensus view of all 16 US spy agencies -- said that US allegations about Iran's atomic goals had been overblown for at least two years, although it could have the capability to make a nuclear weapon by 2015. The revised assessment prompted China and Russia -- both veto-wielding permanent members of the UN Security Council -- to question the US case for further sanctions. Widely regarded as the Middle East's sole if undeclared nuclear power, Israel regards Iran as its main enemy after repeated calls by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for the Jewish state to be wiped off the map.

December 8, 2007

Help on Mortgage Rates

I believe this is politically motivated due to the general election, but nonetheless it gives hope that something will be done to resolve the issue. Good for government. I have been thinking for a long time that this would be one temporary solution. The mortgage brokers and lenders have behaved very badly over the past several years and now must pay the piper. They have deliberately deceived and miss-lead innocent non-sophisticated buyers who were told that they could refinance at the end of the teaser rate periods that they offered. Many mortgage brokers have done a bate and switch routine at the closing table. The current laws regarding disclosures by lenders have no consequences to the offending lenders that are of any significance. There be have monetary penalities imposed for offenses committed.

Consensus in not science

Some green groups are opposed to offset schemes that aren’t matched by real reductions in greenhouse gas emissions at home by rich nations. They say there’s no such thing as buying your way out of polluting lifestyles in a world where greenhouse emissions keep rising.

The debate is over; all we now see is propaganda articles. Political propaganda is NOT science. UK court says Gore is a fraud. August 2007 Update: Man-made Catastrophic Global Warming Not True. Unfortunately, Hansen is a political hack of George Soros. Further, flawed NASA Global Warming data paid for by George Soros. In order to be an intelligent reader you must have a basic knowledge. Please do your own homework and Remember CONSENSUS is NEVER science it’s always a POLITICAL STATEMENT.

December 6, 2007

Sport betting

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If you’re a non-smoker, you can have a smoke free environment to enjoy yourself in. Since there are no time constraints you can research how to play a hand you’re unsure about, unlike a land casino where time is always an issue and it’s illegal to use electronic devices to help you.

While sitting at home and gambling online, you consume alcohol on your own wish, drinking less or in your limits and you also don't have anyone luring you to drink more. Also, most of the players can keep a tab on their playing time limit, as most of them use windows and can have a look at the time being displayed in the task bar, on their computer screens, or can keep looking at the wall clock in their room.

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Drop in Iraq's terrorist attacks is caused for a troops increase

Only about 20 percent of the 70,000 Iraqis working with American and Iraqi troops against Al-Qaeda are likely to be integrated into the police or military. The rest will have to be absorbed in some other way, such as through vocational training and employment programmes.

The 70,000 volunteers, many of them former Sunni insurgents, known as Concerned Local Citizens (CLC) groups and, where tribal leaders are involved as Al-Sahwa (Awakening) movements, are paid a monthly wage by the US military to confront Al-Qaeda militants who attack civilians. The 55 percent drop in attacks across Iraq is a reaction to the surge of an extra 28,500 US troops this summer and the formation of the CLC and Awakening groups.

Economic relations between the US and Japan face challenges

The United States wants positive signals from Japan that it is ready to move more quickly on economic reform to make up for lost opportunities between the two powers. Although Japan and the United States have been close allies for decades, it was South Korea that signed a huge free trade agreement with Washington in June, although it still needs to be approved by both countries' legislatures.

Economic relations between the US and Japan face significant challenges. Earlier this year the US urged Japan to take further steps in opening and deregulating its markets, especially the medical, pharmaceutical and insurance sectors. Japan has also come under criticism in Washington for its zealous protection of its farmers, and for its restrictions on beef imports from the US due to mad cow disease fears.

December 5, 2007

Care homes

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More and more, health care providers are telling people who need continued care that the best place to receive that care is in the comfort of their own home. But to receive quality assistance, it's important to understand the role of home care, how to find home care services and what questions to ask so that you hire the home care agency that's right for you.

The first step to finding a home care service is to talk to your doctor about what services you'll need. You may only require an occasional visit from a nurse to administer medication, or you may need more elaborate medical care.

If you're planning to receive financial assistance from the government or your insurance company, make sure the services you need are covered. Often home care is covered by insurance for a limited period of time.

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British teacher jailed in Sudan for insulting religion

A British teacher jailed in Sudan for letting her class name a teddy bear Muhammad has spoken of her "ordeal", after returning to the UK. Mrs Gibbons, a mother-of-two, was arrested on 25 November and later given a 15 day sentence after being convicted of insulting religion for allowing her pupils to name a teddy bear Muhammad.

Such an incident highlights the big differences between different countries. This teacher clearly stated that she prefers to continue working in Sudan, and we should understand and respect the reasons she wanted to work there in the first place. We have much to be grateful for her life commitment towards bringing about harmony between Sudan and the rest of the world.

Guantanamo prisoners case

The US Supreme Court began considering the right of Guantanamo prisoners to challenge their detention in civilian courts, in a landmark case over "war on terror" detainee rights. The case, which has drawn attention from rights activists and governments around the world, centers on whether it is constitutionally legal for the US Congress to block detainees from attempting to fight their detentions in non-military courts. It is the most important case of the decade.

The Supreme Court took up the issue of Guantanamo inmates in 2004 and again in 2006, ruling both times those detainees had a statutory -- legal but not constitutional -- right to contest their indefinite detention before an independent judge, a legal process known as habeas corpus. But, urged by the Bush administration, last year Congress passed new legislation that forbid them from seeking justice in a federal court until they are judged by a special military tribunal.

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Australia's prime minister is a free rider

The election of Australia's new government has brought tactical differences with the United States on Iraq and global warming, but the allies' underlying relationship remains strong. U.S. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns held talks with Australia's deputy prime minister, defense and foreign ministers in the first meetings between a senior Washington official and the new government in Canberra.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd swept to power in Nov. 24 elections that ousted the more than 11-year rule of former leader John Howard, a staunch ally of Washington's war on terror, the Iraq invasion and America's refusal to ratify the Kyoto Protocol on global warming. Rudd plans to scale down Australia's contribution in Iraq, without ending it altogether. While front-line troops will be withdrawn, hundreds of others will stay in supporting roles such as guarding the country's embassy. Rudd says he will not shrink Australia's 1,000-troop deployment to Afghanistan. On climate change, Rudd said he hoped Washington would follow his lead and sign the Kyoto pact.

Britain, France and Germany will keep pressing for fresh sanctions

President George W. Bush, his credibility under fire because of intelligence that Iran halted its nuclear weapons drive in 2003, adopted a new argument yesterday to justify tougher sanctions: Just knowing how to produce a bomb is dangerous. Bush, speaking at a White House news conference, said a new report by U.S. intelligence agencies concluding that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program four years ago changed nothing because Iran was still producing enriched uranium that could be used to make a bomb.

Britain, France and Germany will keep pressing for fresh sanctions regardless of the intelligence report. Europeans are skeptical about the finding because they aren't convinced the U.S. has access to reliable information on Iran's nuclear programs.

December 4, 2007

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Nuclear energy is a true option for the world

The present unfolding problem with the biofuels (more Brazillian slash and burn for the carbon friendly fuel) suggests that "green" solutions will at the very least need more working out. The environmental lobby should end its knee jerk rejection of nuclear. It is not the occasional 3 mile island or Chernobyl that is causing climate change, nor all those horrid atom bomb tests.

If India and China keep expanding then the world will soon be sucked dry of oil, and a drying planet will have to give over much of its arable land to biofuels. Or we can harness the power of the atom and hope those cold fusion chaps get their skates on.

US financial crisis hurt Brazil currency

Brazil's real fell the most in a week on speculation losses at the U.S. financial sector will trigger a slowdown in the global economy, reducing demand for emerging- market assets. Brazil's currency dropped 0.9 percent to 1.8088 per dollar at 1:09 p.m. in New York. The real has appreciated 18 percent against the dollar this year, the most among the 16 most actively traded currencies tracked by Bloomberg News.

The central bank bought U.S. dollars as part of a strategy to boost international reserves and slow gains in the currency. The bank bought dollars for 1.8275 reais each in an auction. The costs of short-term loans in the dollar, euro and pound increased as banks hoard cash on concern that losses stemming from U.S. subprime mortgages will spread, prompting investors to sell higher-yielding assets funded by borrowing in Japan and Switzerland.

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China in Africa

Africa’s natural resources have caught the eye of China. China has also offered aid without imposing any political conditions such as respecting human rights, a move welcomed by some African governments, but one that has been criticized by the West.

We should be happy the Chinese are in Africa. Very few firms and countries see Africa as a focus of their activities and there is a dire need for infrastructure investment in Africa - clearly the Chinese are comfortable with the risks and have figured out how to get paid! We should salute them and welcome them to other infrastructure projects around the world including the USA.

US intelligence report concluded Iran halted a drive for atomic weapons in 2003

Iran welcomed a US intelligence report which concluded it halted a drive for atomic weapons in 2003, saying the study undermined accusations by US President George W. Bush against Tehran. The report by the US intelligence community said that US allegations about Iran's atomic goals had been exaggerated for at least two years, although it could have the capability to make a nuclear weapon by 2015. The head of the UN's atomic watchdog, Mohamed ElBaradei, said it should help defuse the crisis surrounding Tehran's contested nuclear programme.

A senior official of the IAEA, which has been investigating the Iranian nuclear programme for the past four years, earlier said the report confirmed its assessment that Tehran represents "no imminent danger." But the White House and its European allies urged no let-up in pressure amid talks for a third UN sanctions resolution punishing Tehran for its continued enrichment of uranium in defiance of the UN Security Council.

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Chavez is methodically taking away liberties in Venezuela

Chavez is slowly, methodically taking away liberties; He suppresses free press & speech shutting down TV & radio stations. Intimidates opponents, cozies up to thugs like Castro & Ahmedinijad, acts the clown on world stage getting in spats with other leaders & states. Now he wants to increase & centralize prez powers by changing the constitution to suit his maniacal ego.
What do you lefties think about your hero now? If this doesn’t work, who wants to bet he will force it against peoples will like all good dictators.

I wonder what will happen to socialism when Venezuela runs out of its main source of income, oil, or if the industrialized nations begin implementing alternative forms of energy and re-useable energy. Like the pedestal Chavez has put himself on it will fall and the higher the pedestal the harder the fall as is the fate of all tyrants, despots and dictators.

America's largest financial institutions to explain how they set interest rates

A US congressional panel will ask some of America's largest financial institutions to explain how they set interest rates on credit cards after hundreds of consumers complained to Congress. The Senate subcommittee on investigations has scheduled a hearing at which consumers are expected to relate how they were subjected to sharp rate hikes on their credit card bills despite paying the bills on time. The panel, headed by Democratic Senator Carl Levin, held an initial hearing on credit card practices in March, but the lawmaker told that "abuses" were still occurring.

Many US banks and credit card companies use a process called Universal Default to justify sharp interest rate hikes on credit card bills. Under Universal Default, a bank will sometimes automatically hike a consumer's interest rate if they are late paying a bill to an unrelated third party such as a department store. Banks can track consumers' spending, debts and other financial relationships through reports compiled by the Fair Isaac Corporation which also puts together influential credit reports on millions of consumers.

December 2, 2007

Silver is cheap

There is an increasingly wide range of methods available to investors wanting to buy silver, or gain exposure to silver price movements. From silver coins to complex structured financial products, the most appropriate way will depend on the requirements and outlook of the individual investor.

My reasoning for my interest in silver is a little unique. I've tried to avoid the cliché stories about silver and silver coins. They're the easy stories to tell you. I'm avoiding them because, quite frankly, the easy stories silver bugs sell you are not the reason I'm buying.

I buy silver because, first of all, I believe that silver is cheap. Also, silver is a financial catastrophe insurance. And we haven't had a financial catastrophe in the U.S. in 25 years. I'm not predicting financial catastrophe, here. I'm simply buying catastrophe insurance, when it's at its cheapest.

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China and Japan cooperation

China and Japan amicably wrapped up their first high-level trade and economic talks by pledging greater overall cooperation — but left the touchy issue of gas exploration in the East China Sea unresolved. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao hailed the two-day meeting as "successful," and the two sides issued a joint statement promising to strengthen efforts to form a regional free-trade zone, promote energy efficiency and improve protection of intellectual property rights.

They also agreed to participate in an anti-global warming framework to replace the Kyoto Protocol, and cooperate on measures to combat money laundering, terrorism financing and smuggling. The discussions, modeled after similar dialogues China holds with the United States and the European Union, were aimed at strengthening ties between the two longtime rivals for regional influence. They bring together the largest number of Cabinet officials from the two countries since they opened diplomatic ties 35 years ago. Although the meetings mark a new willingness to move beyond divisive disputes that have chilled relations over the past decade, there were still no breakthroughs in Japan's chief issue — China's exploitation of a gas field that straddles a contested part of the East China Sea.

Europe's space laboratory will be launched to the International Space Station

This week, after 25 years in the making, Europe's treasured space laboratory will be launched on a flight to the International Space Station. Scientists and engineers throughout Europe have been waiting for this moment since development of the $2 billion lab began in 1982. The lab is set to go up Thursday with a crew of seven aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis. The 17-nation European Space Agency, or ESA, signed up for NASA's space station project with the intent of launching Columbus in 1992 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' famed sailing.

But NASA got bogged down, and the first piece of the space station wasn't launched until 1998. It was also slow going by partner Russia, and the first crew did not take up residence until 2000. Construction ceased in orbit when Columbia was destroyed during re-entry in 2003, and did not resume until 2005. Continued foam loss problems with NASA's shuttle fuel tanks further stalled the process. Once last month's space station mission ended successfully, and the shuttle Discovery was home safe, NASA managers were bombarded with congratulatory messages from European colleagues eager to get their own mission under way.

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There are no palatable ways to ensure the security of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons

Amidst concerns that Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal may fall into hands of non-state actors, a classified war game in the US has concluded that "there are no palatable ways to forcibly ensure the security of Islamabad’s nuclear weapons." The classified war game by US military experts and intelligence officials in Washington explored strategies for securing Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal if the country’s political institutions and military safeguards began to fall apart.

The conclusion of 2006’s game was that there are no palatable ways to forcibly ensure the security of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons, and that even studying scenarios for intervention could worsen the risks by undermining US-Pakistani cooperation.

US will hold Chemical Ali

US will hold Saddam Hussein's cousin, known as Chemical Ali, and two other former officials sentenced to death, until Iraqi leaders reach a consensus on their fate. Iraq's prime minister, president and a vice-president have been at odds over who has the authority to order the execution of Ali Hassan al-Majeed, former defence minister Sultan Hashem and former army commander Hussein Rashid Muhammad.

The Iraqi government said on Saturday Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki had asked US President George W. Bush to order the handover of the three so they can be executed. An Iraqi court in September upheld the death sentence against the three men who were convicted of genocide for their roles in a campaign against Iraq's Kurds in 1988. Under Iraq's constitution, the death sentence should have been carried out within 30 days.