Archive for September, 2009

World Bank says don’t take dollar’s place for granted

Monday, September 28th, 2009

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - World Bank President Robert Zoellick said the United States should not take the dollar’s status as the world’s key reserve currency for granted because other options are emerging.

NY Times — For Brazil, Olympic Bid Is About Global Role

Monday, September 28th, 2009

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Financial Times — Sarkozy wants ‘resolution’ to Polanski arrest

Monday, September 28th, 2009

President Nicolas Sarkozy said he hoped for a “speedy resolution” to the arrest in Switzerland of Roman Polanski, the film director who has French nationality.

Anger in France and Poland after Polanski arrest

Monday, September 28th, 2009

PARIS, Sept 27 (Reuters) - France’s political elite rallied to the defence of Roman Polanski on Sunday, calling on Switzerland to free the 76-year-old film director rather than extradite him to the United States. Artists and film makers also urged the release of Polanski, who faces charges of having sex with a girl of 13 in 1977, accusing Switzerland of being overzealous in pursuing the case.

LA Times — After several tries, U.S. officials finally nab Roman Polanski in 1970s rape case

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Three decades after he fled the United States following his arrest for unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl, Roman Polanski was taken into custody in Zurich this morning and faces extradition to Los Angeles.

ABC — Bear Invasion! Aspen Sees Tenfold Increase in Bear Sightings

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Famously dubbed the Rodeo Drive of the Rockies, Aspen, Colo., is home to gourmet restaurants, fine jewelry stores, luxury hotels and, for a few months in the summer, bears.

ABC — Obama Administration Frees Three More Gitmo Detainees

Monday, September 28th, 2009

The Department of Justice Saturday evening announced that two detainees had been transferred from Guantanamo Bay to Ireland, and one had been transferred to Yemen.

AP — Bill Clinton speaks of vast, right-wing conspiracy

Monday, September 28th, 2009

WASHINGTON - Bill Clinton says a vast, right-wing conspiracy that once targeted him is now focusing on President Barack Obama.

Bill Clinton basks in role of world savior

Monday, September 28th, 2009

NEW YORK (AFP) - World leaders gathering in New York to resolve global problems? Sounds like the UN General Assembly — well, except when they’re all across town with Bill Clinton.

Merkel Wins Majority for Tax-Cut Coalition in Germany

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Sept. 28 (Bloomberg) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she’ll press ahead with tax cuts and labor-market deregulation after winning re-election with enough support to govern with the pro-business Free Democrats.

AP — China launches probe into imports of US chicken

Monday, September 28th, 2009

BEIJING - China on Sunday started investigating complaints that American chicken products are being dumped in China and are unfairly benefiting from subsidies, adding to a string of trade disputes with Washington.

AP — Pakistan blasts show Taliban’s ability to strike

Monday, September 28th, 2009

ISLAMABAD - The suicide blasts that rocked northwest Pakistan over the weekend signal the Taliban remain a threat despite intensified military operations and unmanned drone attacks targeting the group’s leaders, analysts said Sunday.

UK Times Online — US threatens airstrikes in Pakistan

Monday, September 28th, 2009

The United States is threatening to launch airstrikes on Mullah Omar and the Taliban leadership in the Pakistani city of Quetta as frustration mounts about the ease with which they find sanctuary across the border from Afghanistan.

AFP — US drone crashes into Iraqi party offices: military

Monday, September 28th, 2009

An American aerial surveillance drone crashed into the offices of an Iraqi political party in the northern city of Mosul, the US military said on Sunday.

Crawford says Time Warner will sell magazine unit

Monday, September 28th, 2009

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Time Warner Inc will eventually sell the Time Inc magazine unit and could buy holdings in its core entertainment category, Gordon Crawford, managing director of its largest shareholder, said during a presentation this week.

Wash Post — Swine Flu Surge Closes Schools, Tests Hospitals

Monday, September 28th, 2009

In Austin, so many parents are rushing their children to the Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas with swine flu symptoms that the hospital had to set up tents in the parking lot to cope with the onslaught.

NY Times — William Safire, Political Columnist and Oracle of Language, Dies at 79

Monday, September 28th, 2009

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UK Telegraph — Silvio Berlusconi calls Barack Obama tanned – again

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s gaffe-prone prime minister, has again referred to US President Barack Obama as “suntanned”, days after being snubbed by Michelle Obama at the G20 meeting in Pittsburgh.

UK Telegraph — BBC stuns Gordon Brown with question on pill taking

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Andrew Marr, the BBC’s main political presenter, shocked the Prime Minister during a live television interview on the opening day of Labour’s annual conference in Brighton by asking whether he took pills to help him “get through”.

Wash Times — Liberals seek health-care access for illegals

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Fearful that they’re losing ground on immigration and health care, a group of House Democrats is pushing back and arguing that any health care bill should extend to all legal immigrants and allow illegal immigrants some access.