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Wall Street Journal – Worldwide News Briefs For August 31, 2006 August 31, 2006

Posted by notapundit in Main, US News, World News.
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RESEARCHERS MADE a potential breakthrough in the treatment of terminal cancer. Gene therapy apparently succeeded in shrinking and even eradicating large tumors for the first time, according to a study of melanoma patients.
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California will impose the first broad cap on greenhouse-gas emissions, in a break with the U.S. government over global warming. The measure mandates a reduction in emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.
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Norwegian police recovered two paintings they believe are Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” and “Madonna,” two years after masked gunmen seized the priceless artworks from an Oslo museum.
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The U.N. deadline approached for Iran to stop enriching uranium, but President Ahmadinejad remained defiant. Bush said there must be “consequences” for Tehran if it doesn’t comply.
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Bush predicted victory in the war on terror and compared the struggle against Islamic fundamentalism with the fight against Nazis and communists in the last century. (Transcript)
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Israeli troops transferred control over a portion of the border to troops in Lebanon for the first time, as world leaders and aid groups met to raise aid to help Lebanon rebuild.
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The U.S. official overseeing reconstruction spending in Iraq said 70% of the projects have met contract expectations. A series of closely spaced attacks in Baghdad killed 43 people.
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NASA chose Lockheed Martin to build the Orion capsule aimed at reviving U.S. space exploration. Lockheed beat out Northrop Grumman and Boeing for the contract, which could generate up to $8 billion in work over eight years.
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A Hong Kong reporter for a Singapore newspaper was sentenced by a Chinese court to five years in prison on charges of spying for Taiwan amid a government crackdown that has seen dozens of journalists jailed.
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The IMF appears likely to grant up-and-coming developing nations greater power in running the controversial institution that lends money to countries in crisis while often dictating austere economic policies.
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Forecasters issued a hurricane watch for the North and South Carolina coasts Thursday as Tropical Storm Ernesto gained strength over the Atlantic. Hurricane John dumped heavy rain along Mexico’s west coast.
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Warren Buffett married his longtime companion, Astrid Menks, in a private ceremony.
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Three British suspects in the U.K. airlines terror plot were arraigned and ordered held until next month.
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Over 22 bombs exploded in five minutes at banks in southern Thailand, an apparent assault by Muslim insurgents on the region’s economy.
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A health-care study argues that the surge in spending has been worth the price in terms of extended U.S. life expectancy.
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The IMF will likely agree to grant some developing nations greater power in running the fund, which lends money to countries in crisis while often dictating austere economic policies.
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NASA is set to award the first big contract to revive U.S. manned-space exploration. It will choose Lockheed or a Northrop-Boeing team to build the Orion capsule, intended to return man to the moon and take astronauts to Mars.
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BP America President Bob Malone will testify at a Sept. 12 U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing, a week after lawmakers examine the BP unit’s pipeline failure in Alaska.
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The FAA acknowledged violating its own policies when it assigned only one air traffic controller to the Kentucky airport where a Comair flight crashed.
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Actor Glenn Ford, who played strong, thoughtful protagonists in films such as “The Blackboard Jungle,” “Gilda” and “The Big Heat” died. He was 90.

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