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12/5/2005 11:35:00 AM -0500
Newstrack: A New York City mother says she spent about $3,000 for body armor -- a Christmas gift for her son in the U.S. Marines who is deployed to Iraq. India is struggling with a cold snap that has claimed more than 100 lives. An African Union peacekeeper was killed and 10 others were injured in Sudan's Darfur region in an attack by unknown gunmen. Residents of New York are memorializing park locations that are special to them by making donations under the adopt-a-park program. A Georgia woman who contracted HIV from her husband is urging the government to do more to punish those who knowingly spread the virus. Doctors in India are inputting more than 100,000 traditional remedies into a computer database to keep pharmaceutical companies from co-opting them. A federal task force says it has arrested 143 people for bribery, extortion and fraud related to hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Kenya is struggling through another drought -- and another nationwide bout with starvation. CIA Director Porter Goss is redoubling efforts to stop information leaks among staff members. With the cost of a U.S. First-Class postage stamp increasing to 39 cents today, The U.S. Postal Service has issued a pair of new stamps.


U.S. Jewish leaders mull Christian right

NEW YORK, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. Jewish leaders met in New York Monday to develop a strategy for coping with the Christian conservative movement, which they see as a threat.

Led by Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, and Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, the men will assess what Foxman claims is Christians' goal to "Christianize America," The Washington Times reported.

In a Nov. 3 speech at an ADL function in New York, Foxman said the biggest enemies to civil liberties were the Colorado Springs, Colo.-based Focus on the Family; the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Alliance Defense Fund; the Tupelo, Miss.-based American Family Association; and the Family Research Council, based in Washington.

"It's absolutely an issue," said Rabbi Arthur Waskow, director of the Shalom Center in Philadelphia.

"They aren't using outright violence themselves," he said of the religious right. "But they are one step down from people who are ready to use the coercive powers of the state to impose their own religious outlook."

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Jordan parliament ratifies pro-U.S. bill

1/8/2006 11:03:00 AM -0500
Jordan's Parliament Sunday ratified an agreement with the United States that prevents handing over Americans to the international criminal court.

British mission in Jordan shuts down

1/7/2006 11:38:00 AM -0500
The British Embassy in the Jordanian capital, Amman, said it has decided to shut down for a week due to security reasons. Embassy spokeswoman Rana Najm ...


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