US 'spying' on Iraqi leadership

The US has been extensively spying on Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki, a new book by renowned US reporter Bob Woodward claims.

A source in the book is quoted as saying "we know everything he says", according to the Washington Post.

The book also says "ground-breaking" covert techniques have helped reduce the violence in Iraq.

This is the fourth book on the Bush administration by Mr Woodward, the Washington Post's associate editor.

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Oil plunges more than $7

NEW YORK ( -- Oil futures tumbled more than $7 on Tuesday after Hurricane Gustav hit the Gulf region with less force and apparently less damage than initially feared. Prices were also pulled lower by a strengthening dollar.

U.S. crude futures for October delivery were at $108.61, or $6.85 lower at 8:13 a.m. ET.

Emotions flying high as China, others profit from sending U.S. flags here

As Sept. 11 approaches, many Americans will remember the day this country was attacked by terrorists by keeping the U.S. flag in their hearts and flying it at their homes.

But in a great irony, if you don't check the label carefully, you may find that the symbol of freedom waving in front of your house was made in a communist-run country, China.

Nova Scotia reps in Toledo to discuss study, partnership

Representatives of a proposed deepwater container port in Nova Scotia are expected to sign a "strategic collaboration agreement" with Toledo port officials when they meet with local leaders and visit Toledo's port facilities today and tomorrow.

Russia: Poland risks attack because of US missiles

"MOSCOW (AP) — A top Russian general said Friday that Poland's agreement to accept a U.S. missile interceptor base exposes the ex-communist nation to attack, possibly by nuclear weapons, the Interfax news agency reported.

ANALYSIS-US oil firms seek drilling access, but exports soar

A record 1.6 million barrels a day in U.S. refined petroleum products were exported during the first four months of this year, up 33 percent from 1.2 million barrels a day over the same period in 2007. Shipments this February topped 1.8 million barrels a day for the first time during any month, according to final numbers from the Energy Department.

US export of oil hits all time high!

This is just gross...Republicans keep trying to shove ANWR and offshore drilling down our throats as a way to achieve energy in dependence.

As it turns out, for the first 4 months of 2008, oil exports from the US were at an all time high! The sad part of this is that I had to go to the UK version of the Reuters News Service to read this.

Bush says violence in Georgia is unacceptable

This is what happens when a country squanders all credibility and moral authority to throw stones and express outrage at another country's behavior: it is simply ignored. Bush has his Iraqi birds coming home to roost in the same nest he originally built.

Oil dips on stronger dollar

VIENNA, Austria - Oil prices sagged Friday as a strengthening dollar and worries about economic growth offset supply concerns over pipeline sabotage in Turkey that was claimed by Kurdish rebels.

US weighs stepped-up military forays into Pakistan

WASHINGTON - Top Bush administration officials are urging the president to direct U.S. troops in Afghanistan to be more aggressive in pursuing militants into Pakistan on foot as part of a proposed radical shift in its regional counterterrorism strategy, The Associated Press has learned.

McCain seeks answers on UPS/DHL proposal

WILMINGTON, Ohio (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate John McCain, concerned about potential job losses, pressed on Thursday for more information about a proposal for United Parcel Service Inc to fly packages in North America for rival DHL.

As Iraq Surplus Rises, Little Goes Into Rebuilding

"Over all, the report from the Government Accountability Office estimates, Iraqi oil revenue from 2005 through the end of this year will amount to at least $156 billion.

Oil Falls to $118 as Storm Danger Abates, Demand Concern Grows

Aug. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Crude oil fell to $118 a barrel on speculation Tropical Storm Edouard will leave U.S. oil rigs and refineries undamaged and as commodities prices tumble because of the slowing U.S. economy.

World's oldest joke traced back to 1900 BC

LONDON (Reuters) - The world's oldest recorded joke has been traced back to 1900 BC and suggests toilet humor was as popular with the ancients as it is today.

It is a saying of the Sumerians, who lived in what is now southern Iraq and goes: "Something which has never occurred since time immemorial; a young woman did not fart in her husband's lap."

Karadzic protected by US until he broke 'deal': Belgrade report

BELGRADE (AFP) — Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic was protected by the United States until a CIA phone bug caught him breaking the terms of his 'deal', Serb newspaper Blic reported Saturday, quoting a US intelligence source.

China condemned today by U.S. House, 419-1 , on eve of Olympics

  I think it is right to make a statement to China about all this.  They make 1.5 million homeless to build Olympics,  still have alot of repression along with reforms.

U.S. House Fans the Olympic Flame

Savage attack on autism

The furor over shock jock Michael Savage’s autism rant intensified yesterday as parents of autistic kids called for his firing and at least one advertiser yanked its ads from his syndicated show.

Crude Oil Falls as Hurricane Dolly Misses Fields, Dollar Gains

July 23 (Bloomberg) -- Crude oil fell for a second day in New York after forecasters expect Hurricane Dolly to miss fields in the Gulf of Mexico and the dollar rebounded, curbing investments in commodities.

Saudi Textbooks Still Teaching Hate

 Jews, Christians referred to as apes and swine

Charles Lewis, National Post Published: Thursday, July 17, 2008 

Ancient 'RNA World' Discovered

ScienceDaily (July 18, 2008) — Some bacterial cells can swim, morph into new forms and even become dangerously virulent - all without initial involvement of DNA. Yale University researchers describe July 18 in the journal Science how bacteria accomplish this amazing feat - and in doing so provide a glimpse of what the earliest forms of life on Earth may have looked like.

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