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S Korean president meets with envoys from 11 countries

Xinhua - Xiong Tong - ‎20 minutes ago‎
SEOUL, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- South Korean President Lee Myung-bak on Sunday met with delegates from 11 countries, who visited the country to pay respects to the nation's ex-president Kim Dae-jung.

Nation Digest: Hurricane Bill Weakens

Washington Post - ‎2 hours ago‎
A weakening Hurricane Bill spun northward Saturday, churning up seas, creating dangerous riptides and closing beaches to swimmers along the Eastern Seaboard, including Martha's Vineyard, President Obama's vacation spot.

Lockerbie bomber: Letter from FBI director Robert Mueller

Telegraph.co.uk - ‎45 minutes ago‎
Over the years I have been a prosecutor, and recently as the Director of the FBI, I have made it a practice not to comment on the actions of other prosecutors, since only the prosecutor handling the case has all the facts and the law before him in ...

Women voter turnout sinks in Afghanistan

AFP - ‎1 hour ago‎
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Threatened with death, restricted by relatives or alienated by politics, turnout among women voters in Afghanistan was poor generally and close to zero in some parts of the south.

Pakistan Taliban name new leader but doubts remain

Reuters - Kamran Haider, Alamgir Bitani - ‎25 minutes ago‎
ISLAMABAD Aug 23 (Reuters) - The Pakistani Taliban announced a successor to slain commander Baitullah Mehsud, but intelligence officials said on Sunday it was probably a smokescreen meant to hold together a movement left leaderless for ...

Titanic effort as wildfire reaches Athens suburbs

AFP - ‎27 minutes ago‎
ATHENS - Firefighters waged a titanic effort on Sunday to contain a massive fire lapping at Athens' eastern suburbs after burning a 30-kilometre (20-mile) swathe through one of the Greek capital's last forests.

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CIA report has new details of prisoner abuse

Reuters - Anthony Boadle, Eric Walsh - ‎2 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - CIA interrogators carried out mock executions and threatened an al Qaeda commander with a gun and an electric drill, according to an internal report that provides new details of abuses inside's the agency's secret prisons, ...

Obama calls on critics to abandon 'phony claims' about health care

Boston Globe - ‎2 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON - President Obama is challenging critics of his push to overhaul the health care system to stop making what he calls “phony claims'' about proposals now the subject of intense coast-to-coast debate.

Even Vineyarders star-struck

Boston Globe - Brian MacQuarrie - ‎3 hours ago‎
CHILMARK - To the star-sated denizens of this ocean playground, celebrity-spotting can come as easily as a long yawn on a sultry summer day.

Clunkers to End Monday

Wall Street Journal - ‎4 hours ago‎
Clunkers Cashed Out: The government's $3 billion cash-for-clunkers incentive program will end Monday at 8 pm The move is meant to give dealers and consumers time to finalize purchases and apply for rebates.

Fed's rate path, inflation aims may clash-paper

Reuters - Mark Felsenthal, Neil Stempleman - ‎18 hours ago‎
JACKSON HOLE, Wyo., Aug 22 (Reuters) - The US Federal Reserve's stated intention to keep interest rates exceptionally low for "an extended period" may conflict with its desire to avoid inflation, an academic economist told central ...

Are There Too Many Financial Institutions in the US?

Seeking Alpha - David Hunkar - ‎31 minutes ago‎
Guaranty Bank is the 3rd largest bank failure this year with assets of $13 B and deposits of $12 B. Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBV) of Spain assumed control of Guaranty Bank thru its US subsidiary BBVA Compass.

Mexican president congratulates NASA astronaut

The Associated Press - ‎5 hours ago‎
MEXICO CITY - Mexico's president is so excited about a NASA astronaut of Mexican descent that he invited him to dinner when the astronaut returns to Earth.

Apple Withheld Google Voice Approval For Altering User Experience

InformationWeek - Thomas Claburn - ‎21 hours ago‎
Responding to an FCC inquiry, Apple has cited user experience changes and privacy concerns as the reason that Google Voice has not been approved for the iPhone.

Diablo III Blizzcon Q&A

GameSpot - Giancarlo Varanini - ‎7 hours ago‎
Who was there: Representatives from just about every facet of the Diablo III design team, including the lead programmer, art director, lead world designer, quest designer, lead level designer, sound designer, ...

'Inglourious Basterds' gives Quentin Tarantino a box office win on ...

Entertainment Weekly - Nicole Sperling - ‎11 hours ago‎
The folks over at Weinstein Co. must be breathing a big sigh of relief. Friday's box office numbers suggest their gamble on in-house auteur Quentin Tarantino has paid off: His WWII drama Inglourious Basterds took in an estimated ...

Actress Milla Jovovich weds director

msnbc.com - ‎2 hours ago‎
Rolf Konow / AP NEW YORK - Actress Milla Jovovich married director Paul WS Anderson in an intimate outdoor ceremony at their home in Beverly Hills on Saturday, PEOPLE has confirmed.
Sunset Wedding for Milla Jovovich TheCelebrityCafe.com

'Avatar' fans run through the jungle

Los Angeles Times - ‎14 hours ago‎
Fans around the world were shown 16 minutes of "Avatar" footage Friday night in a unprecedented promotion that director James Cameron and 20th Century Fox hope will further stoke interest in the film, which doesn't arrive in theaters until Dec. 18.

Red Sox pound Yankees for a change

Los Angeles Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
AP Boston - Kevin Youkilis homered twice and tied a career high with six runs batted in, rookie Junichi Tazawa stopped New York's big bats and the Boston Red Sox ended a five-game skid against the Yankees with a 14-1 win Saturday.

Broncos see quiet, steady progress in Seattle

Denver Post - Jeff Legwold - ‎1 hour ago‎
SEATTLE - With all the drama that has surrounded the Broncos the past seven months, they could use some run-of-the-mill football from time to time.

Kyle Busch moves closer to Cup berth

Detroit Free Press - ‎1 hour ago‎
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Kyle Busch saved his season Saturday night by winning a gutsy side-by-side sprint to the finish against Mark Martin at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Swine Flu Campaign Waits on Vaccine

Washington Post - Rob Stein - ‎6 hours ago‎
Government health officials are mobilizing to launch a massive swine flu vaccination campaign this fall that is unprecedented in its scope -- and in the potential for complications.

Health care debate misses issue of costs

San Francisco Chronicle - Joe Nation - ‎1 hour ago‎
Virtually the entire debate over President Obama's health care reform plan now has been reduced to whether there is a public option.

Overuse of antivirals could make H1N1 pandemic even worse

Los Angeles Times - ‎Aug 21, 2009‎
Tamiflu and Relenza are key to fighting the flu virus. But medical authorities warn: Use only when needed, and use them correctly.

Better Health Through Fasting

Washington Post - Zafar Nomani - ‎Aug 21, 2009‎
With the sighting of the crescent moon, the holy month of Ramadan has begun this year, marking the start of a spiritual boot camp in which Muslims fast without any food or water from sunup to sundown.
Muslims Begin Ramadan Liberian Daily Observer

US military to give Red Cross names of terror suspects

Times Online - ‎3 hours ago‎
The US military has begun notifying the Red Cross of the identities of terror suspects being held at camps in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to US media.

In Iraq's capital, fear of violence makes for a quiet beginning to ...

Los Angeles Times - Liz Sly - ‎3 hours ago‎
A week after two government ministries were bombed, Baghdad's streets are empty despite the start of the holy month that usually sends people out shopping for sweets and supplies.
Analysts see Iraq on edge Chicago Tribune