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Wall Street Journal – Worldwide News Briefs For January 12, 2007 January 12, 2007

Posted by notapundit in US News, World News.
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AN ANTITANK SHELL WAS FIRED at the U.S. Embassy in Athens but caused no injuries. A Greek official said the blast was an act of domestic terrorism, raising fears of a resurgence of far-left Greek militant groups.
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U.S. officials say intensifying actions targeting Iran are central to the new White House push to underpin the shaky government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
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McCain defended Bush’s Iraq plan as a difficult but necessary move, parting company with lawmakers questioning the wisdom of the military build up.
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The House voted 255-170 on legislation requiring the government to negotiate drug prices under Medicare. Bush said he would veto the bill if it passes in the Senate.
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Hezbollah is a growing danger and its recent success against Israel could encourage it to target American interests, a U.S. threat estimate says.
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A federal judge ordered a three-month delay in the start of the Padilla terrorism trial, partly to allow a full evaluation of his mental competency.
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Shanghai canceled plans to build a massive Ferris wheel amid a widening probe into misuse of city pension funds that has raised scrutiny for glitzy megaprojects.
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The last remaining Islamic stronghold in Somalia fell, hours after warlords met with the president and promised to enlist their militiamen in the army.
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French authorities freed a Russian mining magnate after questioning him in an investigation into a suspected prostitution ring operating at a ritzy Alpine ski resort.
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The Vatican can be sued for damages by U.S. victims of clerical sex abuse, a federal judge ruled. The Vatican had enjoyed sovereign immunity.
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Soccer star David Beckham signed a five-year deal with the Los Angeles Galaxy in a landmark sports deal that embeds marketing and sales like no other.
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Sen. Johnson’s doctors said he is talking and has been sent to rehab.
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France’s ruling party is expected to name Sarkozy its candidate for president, pinning its hopes on a man who has promised a break with Chirac’s policies.
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Southeast Asian summit leaders agreed to write a charter to create a bloc similar to the European Union and establish a free-trade zone by 2015, according to a draft of their final statement.
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A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-filled car into a two-vehicle convoy carrying foreigners south of the Afghan capital.
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The House voted 253-174 on a bill bolstering embryonic stem cell research, but the measure fell short of the two-thirds margin required to overturn Bush’s promised veto.
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An Indonesian woman died from bird flu while a second was in critical condition, as the country worst hit by the virus battled new cases following a six-week lull. (Complete coverage)
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Fourteen of the 200 members of a Carter Center advisory board resigned, following publication of the former president’s controversial book, “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid.” (Resignation letters)
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China and the U.S. are at loggerheads over the American crackdown on Iran’s international business dealings.
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Venezuela could nationalize the four oil upgrading projects in the Orinoco river belt if the state fails to negotiate a majority stake with foreign oil companies, the finance minister said.
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Russian authorities detained a local banker on charges he ordered the September killing of a top central banker in Moscow.
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A body was found in an airplane wheel well after a Delta flight from Africa to Atlanta.
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Democrats chose Denver for their 2008 presidential convention, turning down New York. The Republican convention is set for Minneapolis-St. Paul.
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Donald Tsang said he is preparing to run for a second term as Hong Kong’s chief executive, a widely expected move that has drawn opposition from one long-shot pro-democracy candidate.
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Olmert said he was encouraged by talks with Chinese leaders who told him they were strongly opposed to Iran having nuclear weapons.

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