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Question: Has Bush caused the US to be outflanked?
The main Trend we have seen at Maravot News is that Bush's hostile policies worldwide have created new alliances among the EU, China, India, Russia and the Middle East. Also, the Monroe Doctrine is being challenged in South America.
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7.24.05 Strong earthquake hits Nicobar Islands, India
PORT BLAIR (PTI) July 24 A strong earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter Scale struck the Nicobar Islands on Sunday night but there was no immediate report of death or destruction, Met Department sources said. The epicenter of the quake, experienced at 9.12 pm, was Nicobar, the sources said. The quake was experienced as far as Chennai and some other places in South India but there is no tsunami warning yet, Met sources added. The earthquake occurred at 9.12 pm and it lasted for three seconds, police control room sources said. Tremors were felt in Car Nicobar islands also. Lt. Governor Prof Ram Kapse said there was no report of any loss of life or damage from any part of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. An alert was sounded in the entire Island range and defence forces had been alerted, he said. People were being advised to stay away from seashores, Kapse said. [hindustantimes.com]
7.24.05 Deadly truck bomb hits Baghdad police
BAGHDAD (AFP) July 24 Twenty-two people were killed and 25 wounded when a suicide bomber blew up a truck full of explosives outside a police station in Baghdad on Sunday, an interior ministry official said. ³The number of dead could rise further as we are still looking for bodies,² the official said. He said bodies of the victims, many of whom were policemen, were completely burnt by the blast. The incident occurred at around 3 pm outside the Al-Rashid police station in the Al-Mashtel neighborhood in the southeast of the capital. Around 22 civilian cars and one residential building were set ablaze in the massive explosion, he added. [khaleejtimes.com]
7.24.05 Egypt detains 70 in resort bombings
SHARM EL-SHEIK (AP) July 24 Egyptian police searched for clues Sunday and struggled to identify bodies from the 88 people killed in three bomb blasts that rocked this Red Sea resort, sending foreign tourists scrambling to catch flights home.
7.23.05 Revealed: London bomber's links to Briton in suicide attack on Tel Aviv
July 24 Leeds man who blew up train at Edgware Road was associate of conspirators who murdered three in Israel bar in 2003. One of the London suicide bombers in the attack on 7 July had links to a British man who planned a suicide attack on Tel Aviv two years ago, raising fears that the network of Islamist hardliners is wider than first thought. The Independent on Sunday has learnt that Mohammed Sidique Khan, 30, who carried out the Edgware Road bombing, was friendly with Omar Sharif, one of two Britons who plotted a joint suicide attack in Israel in April 2003.
7.23.05 Tokyo hit by strongest quake in 13 years; at least 27 injured
TOKYO, July 24 Tokyo was struck by the strongest earthquake to rattle the capital in 13 years Saturday afternoon when a magnitude 6.0 temblor shook eastern Japan, injuring at least 27 people and prompting the prime minister's office and police to set up crisis management task forces.
7.23.05 North Korea wants Japan excluded from 6-nation talks
BEIJING (Kyodo News) July 24 North Korea on Saturday called for the exclusion of Japan from the six-party talks on the North's nuclear programs and urged sincerity from the United States, as delegates continued arriving in Beijing for the negotiations set to resume early next week.
7.23.05 Stockwell shooting was mistake, says Met
July 23 The man shot dead by police at Stockwell Underground station yesterday morning had nothing to do with Thursdayıs abortive London bomb attacks, Scotland Yard said tonight. According to witnesses, the man was shot five times at close range after being chased onto a Northern Line train at the South London station at around 10am. Sir Ian Blair, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, said later that the man was directly connected to the bungled bombings of three Tube trains and a London bus the day before. The Met said in a statement this afternoon: ³We believe we now know the identity of the man shot at Stockwell Underground station by police on Friday 22nd July 2005, although he is still subject to formal identification.
7.23.05 Two suspects held after police kill man in Tube
July 23 Police today said they have arrested a second man in connection with the attempted attacks in London on Thursday. He was also arrested in Stockwell, where the other man was held yesterday and where an Asian man was earlier shot dead by police as he tried to board a London Underground train. Armed police pursued that man in Stockwell, south London, as part of an undercover operation, and he is believed to have links to the four men. He ran off when challenged, and they shot him, fearing he was about to detonate a bomb. Later, a man believed to be the Shoreditch bus bomber was arrested in the same area. He was led away wearing a white boiler suit.
7.23.05 American questioned in London probe
July 23 An American accused of conspiring to build a terror training camp in Oregon has been questioned as part of the probe into the London terrorist attacks, a government official has confirmed to CNN. The government official would not say if James Ujaama provided any useful information. It was with Haroon Rashid Aswat, the man British police are seeking in their terrorism investigation, that Ujaama conspired in the 1999 plot to establish a "jihad training camp" in Bly, Oregon, U.S. officials have told CNN. Aswat was an unindicted co-conspirator in the case, U.S. officials have told CNN.
7.23.05 Blasts kill 83 in Egyptian Red Sea resort
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (Reuters) July 23 At least 83 people were killed and 200 injured when car bombs ripped through markets and hotels in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on Saturday in the worst attack in Egypt since 1981. Shaken European tourists spoke of mass panic and hysteria as people fled the carnage in the early hours, with bodies strewn across the roads, people screaming and sirens wailing.
7.23.05 Imams held in Pakistan crackdown
July 23 Police in the Pakistani province of Punjab have briefly detained over 100 prayer leaders for breaking a law on broadcasting sermons over loudspeakers. The arrests came amid a crackdown on suspected religious extremists in Pakistan, following bombings in London. Police said the government had ordered strict observance of a law which says loudspeakers must be used only for the call to prayers, and not for sermons. Sermons broadcast on loudspeakers are accused of helping fan sectarian hate. [More>>bbc.co.uk]
7.23.05 Kurdish fighters killed in clashes
July 23 Five Kurdish fighters, including a woman, have been killed in a battle with Turkish security forces in the country's troubled southeast. "Ten dead terrorists were seized with their guns in the same region on July 16. As a result, the number of dead terrorists seized in the last 10 days rose to 15," said a statement from the governor of Sirnak province on Saturday. Operations against the separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) were continuing in the region where the five were killed, the statement said. The clashes come after increasing violence blamed on Kurdish fighters, who are believed to have also attacked tourist resorts in recent weeks in addition to traditional military targets in mostly-Kurdish southeastern Turkey. [More>>aljazeera.net]
7.23.05 Israel under fire in Security Council over separation barrier
UNITED NATIONS (AFP) July 23 Israel came under fire in the UN Security Council over its West Bank separation barrier, but many countries voiced hope the upcoming Israeli withdrawal from Gaza would pave the way for a just peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The council wrapped up a day-long debate on rising tensions in the Middle East as Israel said its Gaza pullout, due to begin in mid-August, could be moved forward in a bid to avoid further protests by opponents.
7.23.05 Authorities to destroy pigs near home of three Indonesian bird flu victims
JAKARTA (AP) July 23 Health authorities will kill pigs near the home of three family members who died from bird flu - Indonesia's first fatalities from the deadly disease racing through Asia. About 100 pigs were to be killed at two farms in Tangerang on the outskirts of the capital, Jakarta, Ministry of Agriculture official Turni Rusli said on Saturday. The farms are about 15 kilometers (nine miles) from the home of a 38-year-old finance ministry worker and his two young daughters, who died earlier this month from the H5N1 strain of bird flu.
7.23.05 North Korea would welcome visit by Bush, Rice Kyodo
TOKYO (Reuters) July 23 North Korea has told the United States it would welcome a visit by US President George W. Bush or Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to help normalize ties, Japan's Kyodo news agency said on Saturday. Kyodo, quoting diplomatic sources in Beijing, said the message had been conveyed through contacts between the negotiators of the two countries in talks in New York from late June to early July. Those meetings were attended by Joseph DeTrani, the US special envoy for North Korean negotiations, and Ri Gun, chief of the North Korean Foreign Ministry's US Affairs Department. The report comes ahead of six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear programme next week. [More>>thestar.com.my]
7.23.05 China seeks Spanish help on meeting energy needs
BEIJING, July 23 China's top economic planner on Saturday urged the visiting Spanish prime minister to seek ways to help the Asian powerhouse meet its mounting fuel demand through new renewable energy sources, foreign media said. Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, on the final day of a three-day visit, attended an energy conference with Chinese Vice Premier Zeng Peiyan and was told China plans to increase its renewable energy use from 7.0 percent to 13 percent by 2020, the media reported.
7.22.05 Police issue bomb suspect images
July 22 Police have issued CCTV images of four men they believe tried to detonate bombs on three London Tube trains and a bus on Thursday. Met Assistant Commissioner Andy Hayman said anyone who knew who or where the men were should contact police. The bom bers fled after detonators went off but failed to set off explosives.
Officers raided three addresses across the capital on Friday as part of anti-terrorist operations. That included a search of an address in Harrow Road, west London, where area resident Patricia Osbourne said she heard six shots fired. [More.>>bbc.co.uk]
7.22.05 Police shoot man dead after Tube chase
July 22 A man shot dead by police at a Tube station this morning is believed to be one of the bombers who escaped after yesterday's failed quadruple attack across London, police sources have told The Times. Specialist armed police shot the man five times after he vaulted a ticket barrier at Stockwell station and boarded a stationary Tube train at just after 10am. Passengers described how an Asian man in a black baseball cap and blue padded coat leapt the barrier and scrambled down escalators onto the platform, stumbling through the open doors. One witness said that the man had wires trailing from his jacket and what appeared to be a bomb belt. Police in flak jackets screamed at other passengers on the Victoria Line train to get down before a marksman fired five shots at the suspect, who had fallen or tripped to the ground. He was killed instantly.
7.22.05 North Korea calls for peace treaty with US to replace armistice
SEOUL, July 22 North Korea called Friday for a peace treaty with the United States to replace an armistice signed at the end of the Korean War in 1953. [jang.com.pk; a separate report from Beijing (jang.com.pk): North Korea's delegation to a fourth round of talks on its nuclear weapons drive arrived in Beijing Friday ahead of the negotiations resuming next week, sources reported.]
7.22.05 China's internet users reach 103 million
July 22 China is now home to the second largest population of Internet users of any country on the planet, according to a survey released Thursday. The number of Internet users in China has reached 103 million, second only to the United States.
7.22.05 Chirac: Iran's nuclear plan may lead to sanctions
July 22 French President Jacques Chirac has told Haaretz that if European negotiations with Iran fail to eliminate the threat of nuclear proliferation, then the issue will have to be moved to the UN Security Council. Chirac's statements regarding the possibility of imposing sanctions on Iran, which, according to observers, is the first time he has taken such a firm position in the matter, came in an interview with Haaretz on the eve of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's state visit to France Wednesday.
7.22.05 Iraqi police killed in drive-by shootings
July 22 Five people, three of them policemen, have been killed and one policeman seriously wounded in two drive-by shootings in Baghdad, police say. Armed men in a car drove up alongside a police patrol car in the al-Baladayat district of western Baghdad and sprayed it with bullets, killing two policemen and wounding one. Half an hour later, armed men in a car shot dead another policeman in a police car in the same district of the capital. Two civilians nearby were also killed, police said. On Thursday armed men fired on a car carrying Czech police officers deployed in the Iraqi capital to provide security for Czech diplomats, an official said on Friday. [More>>aljazeera.net]
7.22.05 Looting of Iraq's ancient sites threatens 'heritage of mankind'
BOSTON (AFP) July 22 Despite protection efforts, Iraq's archeological sites are so ravaged by looters that the pillaging has landed the entire embattled nation on a list of the world's 100 most endangered cultural sites. Two years after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and a widely publicized break-in at the Baghdad Museum, the country is a hotbed of antiquities plundering that threatens to put huge gaps in the understanding of its rich history, experts say. Once called Mesopotamia, Iraq is regarded as the cradle of civilization and the birthplace of cities. This year's World Monuments Fund list of the world's 100 most-endangered sites named Iraq, the first time an entire country was listed as at risk.
7.22.05 Egypt's natural gas luring foreign investment
BEIRUT, July 22 British Petroleum and Shell set sites on larger-than-expected LNG reserves: Just a few years ago pessimists laughed off Egypt's ambition to become a credible liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporter, arguing the country did not have the gas reserves potential to lure foreign players to costly deep-water exploration acreage in the Mediterranean Sea. That perception has, of course, changed rapidly with super majors such as British Petroleum (BP) and Shell setting their sights on adding new liquefaction trains to the country's two existing LNG plants.
7.21.05 London hit by four bomb attempts, two weeks on
July 21 Exactly two weeks after four suicide bombers wreaked havoc in the London rush hour, parts of the capital were brought to a standstill today by a spate of apparent copycat attacks on three Tube trains and a London bus. Emergency services were called out to incidents at three stations, including a reported nail bomb attack at Warren Street station. A British Transport Police spokeswoman said Warren Street, Shepherd's Bush and Oval stations had all been evacuated. An explosion was also reported on a No 26 bus at Hackney in East London, blowing out the windows but not causing any injuries. Only one person is so far reported to have been injured, at Shepherd's Bush.
7.21.05 Chinese currency set free
July 22 China last night bowed to escalating pressure from world leaders, revaluing its currency for the first time in a decade in a move that will boost Australian exports. China, which stood accused of massively undervaluing its currency to foster economic growth, said it would no longer peg the yuan to the US dollar but to a "basket" of global currencies. The move changes the greenback peg from 8.28 yuan to 8.11 yuan, effectively making Australian exports to China cheaper. This will provide a significant boost to the nation's biggest mining companies, which are feeding the rampant economy with iron ore, coal, steel and copper.
7.21.05 Gunmen kidnap Algerian envoys in Baghdad
BAGHDAD (Reuters) July 21 Gunmen kidnapped two Algerian envoys in Baghdad on Thursday, the latest in a series of attacks that have driven diplomats from the Iraqi capital and hurt the U.S.-backed government's bid for better ties with Arab states. Police sources said gunmen in two cars snatched Algerian mission chief Ali Billaroussi off the street outside a restaurant along with diplomatic attache Azzedine bin Fadi. "Two Algerian attaches were kidnapped in Baghdad. We have set up an emergency cell and we are following closely the situation," Algerian foreign ministry spokesman Abdelhamid Chebchoub told Reuters.
7.21.05 China hospital hangs sign banning Japanese people
BEIJING, July 21 A hospital in southern China has hung a sign outside its entrance forbidding Japanese people from entering unless they apologize for the Japanese army's World War II-era use of "comfort women," two of whom were treated there, a local paper reported Thursday.
7.21.05 Indo-Iran pipeline fraught with risks: PM
WASHINGTON (PTI) July 21 Observing that the proposed multi-billion dollar Indo-Iran gas pipeline via Pakistan is fraught with risks, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said he did not know if any international consortium of bankers would underwrite the project.
7.21.05 Twelve killed, 50 injured in Yemen clashes over oil-price hikes
SANAA (AFP) July 21 Twelve people were killed during clashes on Thursday between security forces and armed demonstrators in a second day of deadly protests against a government decision to hike fuel prices, witnesses said.
7.21.05 Sudan apologizes after scuffles mar Rice talks
EL-FASHER, Sudan (AFP) July 21 US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice demanded and received an apology from Sudan after officials and press accompanying her were "manhandled" by security staff at President Omar al-Beshir's residence. "They had no right to manhandle my staff and the press," Rice told reporters after the incident on Thursday, in which US officials and reporters were violently barred from entering the meeting and security staff tried to confiscate press tapes. "It makes me very angry to be sitting there with their president and have this happen," said Rice, who was in Sudan to urge Khartoum to step up efforts to end what she calls genocide in its battered western Darfur region. [More>>turkishpress.com]
LISBON, May 21 Adam Porter reports: Labour politician and former UK environment minister Michael Meacher has slammed Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President George Bush for starting a war, he says, to secure oil interests.
6.17-05 Federal Debt not a concern of the press
SAN FRANCISCO, June 17 Update. While the Federal Reserve continues to increase interest rates, the Exponentially rising Federal Debt is not being reported. What is not being reported is the fact that interest rates are tied to the US National Debt. This year the deficit is expected to exceed $420 billion, and interest on the debt which exceeds $8.2 trillion, is about $1 billion per day. Because the annual deficits are financed via the bond market, and because the amount of the bonds being sold exceeds demand, it is necessary to raise interest rates to attract investors in the US bonds financing the US debt. This routine of increasing debt on an exponential scale was experienced under the administration of George H. W. Bush. I predicted increasing interest rates "to sell bonds" in my conversation with Wm. F. Buckley Jr. at that time, in 1993, and I have repeated the prediction with regard to the current Bush administration's excesses and need to sell more bonds to finance the extraordinary deficits. The rate increases will continue in order to sell the overabundant US bonds. In a few words, George Bush's debt is causing your mortgage rates to increase, and they will continue to increase until the US assumes fiscal responsibility. Click here for details on this trend.
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