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Last Build Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2008 16:31:08 +0200


Thomas L. Friedman: Eight strikes and you're out
John McCain has a perfect record on a renewable energy bill. He has missed all eight votes over the last year - which effectively counts as a no vote each time.

The grim realities of power
Russia's attack illustrates how little gratitude matters in the politics among nations.

Al Qaeda positioned for attacks against West, U.S. analyst says
Al Qaeda's success in forging close ties to Pakistani militant groups has given the terrorist network an increasingly secure haven in parts of Pakistan, an analyst said, making the group more capable of attacking inside the United States than it was last year.

Maureen Dowd: Yes, she can
Hillary feels no guilt about encouraging her supporters to mess up Obama's big moment.

U.S. retail sales weakest in 5 months
The government said retail sales fell in July, the weakest performance in five months as economic woes combined to blunt the impact of billions in government stimulus payments.

Beijing's protest zones: Apply at your own risk
So far, not a single demonstration had taken place at three city parks approved for protests during the Olympics. At least four people have been detained for applying, rights groups and relatives say.

3 aid workers and their driver killed in Afghanistan
A militant ambush of a U.S. aid organization's vehicle Wednesday killed an American aid worker along with a British-Canadian and a Trinidadian colleague, officials said.

3 aid workers killed in Afghan attack
Gunmen wielding assault rifles ambushed a U.S. aid organization's vehicle one province south of Kabul on Wednesday, killing an American-Trinidadian aid worker along with a Canadian and a British-Canadian colleague, officials said.

Bombing in northern Lebanon kills at least 10
A bomb hidden in a briefcase exploded on a bus in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli during morning rush hour on Wednesday, killing at least 10 people and wounding 30 others, the Lebanese Army said.

Georgia says Russian troops still fighting despite accord
An agreement was reached on Wednesday on a framework to end the war, but President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia said later that Russian tanks were still on the attack.