A clear, beautiful and blistery cold night made for perfect viewing of February’s lunar eclipse. This image was taken at 9:36 p.m. EST on Feb. 20 from Buffalo, N.Y., by an amateur photographer and astronomer, who "took the picture by balancing the lens of the camera on the lens of the telescope." While not the most high-tech means of photographing such phenomenon, the picture still shows the beauty and wonder of our solar system.

Photo by James M. Hudson (Used with Permission)

U.S. Army Sgt. Munraj Singh, of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 102nd Infantry Regiment, looks out over the village of Dingak, Afghanistan, while Soldiers with his unit search for possible enemy observation posts and weapons caches.

Photo by Michael L. Casteel / U.S. Army Photo

U.S. Navy Hull Technician 2nd Class Christopher French completes a base metal repair by welding on an expansion bellows for the USS Hue City (CG 66) Jan. 3, 2007. French works at the Southeast Regional Maintenance Center which performs major repairs for ships stationed at Naval Station Mayport, Fla.

Photo by Regina L. Brown / U.S. Navy Photo

This is a composite image of N49, the brightest supernova remnant in optical light in the Large Magellanic Cloud. The Chandra X-ray image (blue) shows million-degree gas in the center. Much cooler gas at the outer parts of the remnant is seen in the infrared image from Spitzer (red). The unique filamentary structure seen in the optical image by Hubble (white and yellow) has long set N49 apart from other well understood supernova remnants, as most supernova remnants appear roughly circular in visible light. Recent mapping of molecular clouds suggests that this supernova remnant is expanding into a denser region to the southeast, which would cause its asymmetrical appearance.

Photo by NASA/CXC/ STScI/JPL-Caltech/UIUC/Univ. of Minn.

Surely one of the most gorgeous sights the solar system has to offer, Saturn sits enveloped by the full splendor of its stately rings.
Between the blinding light of day and the dark of night, there is a strip of twilight on the globe where colorful details in the atmosphere can be seen. Bright clouds dot the bluish-grey northern polar region here. In the south, the planet’s night side glows golden in reflected light from the rings’ sunlit face. Saturn’s shadow stretches completely across the rings in this view.

Photo by NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

This is a composite image of N49, the brightest supernova remnant in optical light in the Large Magellanic Cloud. The Chandra X-ray image (blue) shows million-degree gas in the center. Much cooler gas at the outer parts of the remnant is seen in the infrared image from Spitzer (red). The unique filamentary structure seen in the optical image by Hubble (white and yellow) has long set N49 apart from other well understood supernova remnants, as most supernova remnants appear roughly circular in visible light. Recent mapping of molecular clouds suggests that this supernova remnant is expanding into a denser region to the southeast, which would cause its asymmetrical appearance.

Photo by NASA/CXC/STScI/ JPL-Caltech/UIUC/Univ. of Minn.

U.S. Army Soldiers jump from a CH-47 Chinook helicopter at McLanely Drop Zone, Fort Lee, Virginia. Various units participated in the jump as a quarterly training requirement.

Photo by Alfred Johnson / U.S. Army Photo

Tim, an explosive detector dog, trains on the Military Working Dog Unit obstacle course during a training session with his handler Petty Officer 1st Class Steven Miller, at Mayport, Florida.

Photo by Leah Stiles / U.S. Navy Photo

A five-ship formation consisting of two F-15E Strike Eagles, an F-15C Eagle, and an F-16 Fighting Falcon from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, and an EA-6B Prowler from the 388th Electronic Control Squadron, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington fly over the Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho.

Photo by Kevin J. Gruenwald / DoD Photo

A shepherd moon can do more to define ring structures than just keep the flock of particles in line, as Cassini spacecraft images such as this have shown. Prometheus (102 kilometers, or 63 miles across) is seen here with two long streamers of material that it has pulled out of the F ring. When Prometheus comes close to the F ring in its orbit, the moon’s gravity tugs on the ring particles. The disturbed particles, now pulled into orbits slightly closer to Saturn and therefore faster, shear out during successive orbits, creating the long and delicate streamers seen here.

NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Iraqi commuters look on as U.S. Army Soldiers search their vehicles during an aerial traffic control point mission near Tall Afar, Iraq. The Soldiers are from Bravo Company, 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team.

Photo by Jacob N. Bailey / U.S. Air Force Photo

From right, Actors Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, and Kelsey Grammer pose for pictures with crew members on the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) in Manhattan, N.Y.

Photo by John F. Williams / U.S. Navy Photo

Red salmon caviar from the Yasny fish factory, island of Iturup (Kurils).

Photo by Vladimir Fedorenko / RIA Novosti Photo

Multinational flags wave during the closing ceremony of exercise Cobra Gold 2006 at the Thai armed forces preparatory school in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand. The exercise is a combined annual joint training exercise between the United States, Thailand, Japan, Singapore, and Indonesia.

Photo by Roy A. Santana / U.S. Air Force Photo

Pluto, center and it’s previously known moon Charon, below Pluto and right of center, shine brightly. Two newly discovered moons appear more faintly to the right of the pair. The discovery reinforces the emerging view that the Kuiper Belt, a swarm of icy bodies encircling the solar system beyond Neptune, may be more complex and dynamic than astronomers once thought. Pluto resides inside the Kuiper Belt and is about 3 billion miles from the Sun. Pluto was discovered in 1930.

NASA Photo

U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Jeramie Ross gives a sweater to a five-year-old at the Kodomo-No-Sonno orphanage in Chigasaki, Japan. Ross and other members of the Naval Air Facility Atsugi Marine Corps Association visited the orphanage to donate toys collected during their three-week Toys for Tots charity drive. The association collected more than 1,100 toys and $1,500 in donations from local Atsugi community members. The group plans to distribute the remaining gifts to other children in need.

Photo by Seaman Jerret Gardner / DoD Photo

An artist’s concept of a comet being torn to shreds around a dead star, or white dwarf, called G29-38. NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted what may be comet dust sprinkled around the white dwarf star, which died approximately 500 million years ago. The findings suggest the dead star, which most likely consumed its inner planets, is still orbited by a ring of surviving comets and possibly outer planets. This is the first observational evidence that comets can outlive their suns.

Photo by NASA / JPL-Caltech

A MH-53 helicopter unloads U.S. Navy SEALs during a winter exercise.


KABUL, Afghanistan – The Minister for Refugee and Repatriation Dr. Azam Dadfar distributes blankets to 3,000 displaced families in a nearby village. The blankets were designed with the colors of the Afghan Flag.

Photo by Benjamin Donde / CFC-A Photo

Close to the Shepherd Moons. This spectacular image shows Saturn’s moons Prometheus (at left) and Pandora (at right), with their flock of icy ring particles (the F ring) between them. Pandora is exterior to the ring, and closer to the spacecraft here. Each of the shepherd satellites has an unusual shape, with a few craters clearly visible.

Photo by NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Petra Nemcova and singer/songwriter James Blunt at AOL and Warner Music Group’s online music reality show finale party and taping at Aspen in New York City.

Photo by Lauren Dobkin / AOL / Business Wire

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Mitchell, center, observes the new tooth his daughter has grown as his son looks on at McGuire Air Force Base, N.J. Mitchell returned home from a two-month deployment as part of the 818th Contingency Response Group’s mission to provide humanitarian assistance to Pakistan following the country’s 7.6-magnitude earthquake. Thirty-four Airmen began returning home.

Photo by Kenn Mann / DoD Photo

The amphibious transport dock USS Ogden (LPD 5) sails through the Pacific Ocean. Ogden and Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3 are under way off the coast of Southern California for their COMPTUEX in preparation for a regularly scheduled deployment.

Photo by Zack Baddorf / DoD Photo

An ICE agent examines the entrance to a border tunnel discovered late in the day near San Diego and the Otay Mesa port of entry. The tunnel investigation is a coordinated effort involving ICE, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Border Patrol, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Agents determined the primitive passageway, which originated in Mexico, and extended about 90 feet into the United States, was not complete. Since 9/11, federal authorities have discovered at least 16 cross border tunnels along the U.S.-Mexico border in California and Arizona.

ICE Photo

Saturn’s moon Dione is about to swing around the edge of the thin F ring in this color view. More than one thin strand of the F ring’s tight spiral can be seen here. The terrain seen on Dione is on the moon’s Saturn-facing hemisphere. The diameter of Dione is 1,126 kilometers (700 miles).

Photo by NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

A RIM-7 NATO Sea Sparrow missile launches from USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) during a live fire exercise in the Western Pacific Ocean. The Sea Sparrow is used aboard Naval ships as a surface-to-air anti-missile defense system.

Photo by Mark J. Rebilas / DoD Photo

Local volunteers unload more than 150 tons of food and supplies from an Antonov An-225 Mriya cargo aircraft at Chaklala Air Base, Pakistan. The Pakistani government is leading a multinational relief effort following a devastating earthquake on Oct. 8, 2005.

Photo by Bruce Dzitko / DoD Photo

A troubleshooter gives a thumbs up signaling its safe to launch of one of his squadron’s F-14D Tomcats aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). Roosevelt and embarked Carrier Air Wing 8 are underway on a regularly scheduled deployment conducting maritime security operations in the Persian Gulf.

Photo by Michael D. Cole / U.S. Navy Photo

Breathtaking photo of Saturn’s Moon: Titan.


A mother and child view Russian artwork on display in the RUSSIA! exhibition at Guggenheim Museum in New York. The event was organized by the Russian Children’s Welfare Society, a New York based charity founded in 1926. The exhibition contains over 250 works of art ranging from the 13th Century to present and displays some of the greatest masterpieces of historic Russian art.

RIA Novosti Photo

CAIRO — A formation of coalition fighter jets fly past the ancient Pyramids of Giza during Exercise Bright Star 2005. The historic fly-over brought several nations together to execute the peaceful mission in the early days of the six-week exercise.

Photo by Chad Leddy / CENTCOM Photo

Two scrapers work along side a bulldozer on the road between Kandahar and Tarin Kowt. Heavy equipment operators are work long hot and dusty days to meet a projected completion date of Sept. 15th.

U.S. Army Photo / Photo by Brian Meister

Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, right, meets with actor Clint Eastwood, in Arlington, Va., while on the set during filming of the World War II epic movie "Flags of Our Fathers," which centers on the Battle of Iwo Jima. The 1945 battle will forever be remembered not only due to the fact it was a turning point in World War II, but because of the lasting image of U.S. servicemen raising the American flag on Mount Suribachi.

Photo by Kevin J. Gruenwald / DoD Photo / U.S. Air Force

This 16th century Peruvian artifact “El Altar de Challapampa,” was stolen in 2002. In May 2003, after ICE New York launched an investigation, the artifact was discovered in Santa Fe, New Mexico. John P. Clark, Deputy Assistant Secretary for ICE, and Eduardo Ferrero, the Ambassador of Peru to the United States, announced the return of the artifact to the government of Peru in July.

ICE Photo

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Phoenix Begins Analysis on Deepest Soil Sample on Mars
TUCSON, Arizona (NASA/JPL) — Scientists have begun to analyze a sample of soil delivered to NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander’s wet chemistry experiment from the deepest trench dug so far in the Martian arctic plains. Phoenix has also been observing movement of clouds overhead.
      The lander’s robotic arm on Sunday sprinkled a small fraction of the estimated 50 cubic centimeters of soil that had been scooped up from the informally named "Stone Soup" trench on Saturday, the 95th day of the mission. The Stone Soup trench, in the left portion of the lander’s active workspace, is approximately 18 centimeters (7 inches) deep. (Full Story)

NASA’s Carl Sagan Fellows to Study Extraterrestrial Worlds
PASADENA, California (NASA/JPL) — NASA announced the new Carl Sagan Postdoctoral Fellowships in Exoplanet Exploration, created to inspire the next generation of explorers seeking to learn more about planets, and possibly life, around other stars.
      Planets beyond our solar system, called exoplanets, are being discovered at a staggering pace, with more than 300 currently known. Decades ago, long before any exoplanets had been found, the late Carl Sagan imagined such worlds, and pioneered the scientific pursuit of life that might exist on them. Sagan was an astronomer and a highly successful science communicator. (Full Story)

Spiky Probe on NASA Mars Lander Raises Vapor Quandary
TUCSON, Arizona (NASA/JPL) — A fork-like conductivity probe has sensed humidity rising and falling beside NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander, but when stuck into the ground, its measurements so far indicate soil that is thoroughly and perplexingly dry.
      "If you have water vapor in the air, every surface exposed to that air will have water molecules adhere to it that are somewhat mobile, even at temperatures well below freezing," said Aaron Zent of NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., lead scientist for Phoenix’s thermal and electroconductivity probe. (Full Story)

Coalition in Afghanistan Completes Investigation Into Engagement Resulting in Civilian Casualties
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFPS) — Intense enemy fire justified actions taken by Afghan and U.S. forces during an Aug. 22 engagement in which several civilians and more than 30 Taliban fighters were killed in western Afghanistan, a coalition investigation has concluded.
      The investigation found that Afghan and U.S. forces began taking fire from Taliban militants as the combined force approached its objective in Azizabad, Herat province, during a planned offensive operation in the pre-dawn hours. (Full Story)

Missing WWII Soldier is Identified
(U.S. DoD) The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors.
      He is Pvt. James W. Turner, U.S. Army, of Altus, Okla. He will be buried on Sept. 11 in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C.
      Representatives from the Army met with Turner’s next-of-kin to explain the recovery and identification process and to coordinate interment with military honors on behalf of the Secretary of the Army. (Full Story)

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates Speaks at the Military Child Education Coalition Conference
GRAPEVINE, Texas — GATES: Thanks, Beth, for that kind introduction. From consoling the wounded to comforting families, Beth Chiarelli has served this nation in countless ways. She has also moved the Chiarelli family more than 25 times in over 30 years of marriage. That alone should qualify you for a medal with oak leaf clusters – though whether for family mobility or being married to Pete, I’m not sure.
      As Beth said, General Pete Chiarelli has been my senior military assistant for the last 16 months. He has provided wise counsel on just about everything that has crossed my desk; he has traveled with me from Bagram to Baghdad and beyond. He has… (Full Story)

Lending Life a Hand: IDF Holds "IDF Day" for Sick Children at Summer Camp
(IDF) Twenty two soldiers from various infantry units traded their grueling training routines for one week of a different military activity. The combat soldiers participated in a special summer camp for sick children hosted by the Ordnance Academy at Training Base 20 in cooperation with Kav LaChayim, an organization that works with disabled children. “Before enrolling in the IDF, I was certain that I would not be able to do any volunteer work,” said Corporal Nati Haddad from Nahal battalion no. 50, who has been volunteering with the Kav LaChayim for 5 years. “I was thrilled when they told me I could join the summer camp. Other than being a mitzvah (good deed), it is also very rewarding. It is simply impossible to put into words what it feels like to see a smile on these children. I think that this is no less important than any operational activity,” said Haddad. (Full Story)

Pakistani National Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering Conspiracy and Concealing Terrorist Financing
BALTIMORE, Maryland (FBI) — Saifullah Anjum Ranjha, age 45, a Pakistani national residing in Washington, D.C. and Maryland, pleaded guilty today to conspiring to launder money and to concealing terrorist financing, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
      “The hawala system can be used by criminals to launder money without using financial institutions, by giving the money to a person in the United States and picking it up in a foreign country,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “Identifying hawala networks that violate the law often requires the cooperation of international authorities.” (Full Story)

NIH Funds Nine Centers to Speed Powerful New Research
Roadmap Network Will Produce Chemical Probes to Explore New Targets for Therapies
      (NIH) The funding of a network of nine centers across the country that will use high tech screening methods to identify small molecules for use as probes to investigate the diverse functions of cells was announced today by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The network-funded at approximately $70 million annually over the four-year production phase-is designed to increase the pace of development and use of chemical (small molecule) probes, which have become invaluable tools for exploring biologic processes and for developing new therapies for disease. (Full Story)

NIH Awards First Eureka Grants for Exceptionally Innovative Research
(NIH) The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded $42.2 million to fund 38 exceptionally innovative research projects that could have an extraordinarily significant impact on many areas of science. The grants, the first made in a new program called EUREKA (for Exceptional, Unconventional Research Enabling Knowledge Acceleration), help investigators test novel, often unconventional hypotheses or tackle major methodological or technical challenges. (Full Story)

Man Arrested for Internet Posting of Songs from Unreleased Guns N’ Roses Album
(FBI) Special agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation this morning arrested a Culver City man on charges that he violated federal copyright laws by posting nine songs from Guns N’ Roses’ unreleased album Chinese Democracy on his website.
      Kevin Cogill, who uses the online moniker “Skwerl,” admitted to investigators that he posted the songs on his website, www.antiquiet.com, according to a criminal complaint. (Full Story)

U.S. District Court Judge Charged With Attempted Sex Abuse
(FBI) U.S. District Court Judge Samuel B. Kent, 59, was indicted today by a federal grand jury in Houston for allegedly attempting aggravated sexual abuse and for abusive sexual touching of a clerk’s office employee, Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew Friedrich announced.
      The indictment, returned today in the U.S. District Court in Houston, charges Kent with one count of attempted aggravated sexual abuse on March 23, 2007, and two counts of abusive sexual contact, which is alleged to have occurred on Aug. 29, 2003, and March 23, 2007. (Full Story)

Three Men Indicted in Construction Escrow Fraud Scheme
ATLANTA, Georgia (FBI) — Edgar J. Beaudreault, Jr., 60, of Alpharetta, Georgia, Howard A. Sperling, 43, of San Diego, California, and Robert B. Surles, 62, of Canon City, Colorado, have been indicted by a federal grand jury on multiple charges relating to a scheme to defraud.
      The indictment charges that from August 2003 through January 2004, Beaudreault, Sperling and Surles conspired to devise and execute a scheme to defraud Cornell Corrections of California, Inc., a private company that operates corrections facilities for governmental units. (Full Story)

Keeping Our Children Safe, Protecting the ‘Most Vulnerable Among Us’
(FBI) The exploitation of children has unfortunately become a “growth industry,” according to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III, but the Bureau is “working every day to find and stop those who prey on our children.”
Speaking recently at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center Crimes Against Children Conference, Mueller noted how pervasive these crimes have become. “In just the past decade, we have moved from lone predators with limited reach to global communities of pedophiles on the Internet,” he said. (Full Story)

U.S. Navy Admiral Discusses Iran, Broader Middle East With Israelis
Back from a trip to Israel, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said there is broad concern about instability in the Middle East. During a Pentagon news conference, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen said it is his view “that Iran is the center of what is unstable in that part of the world, and it reaches from Tehran to Beirut.”
      Mullen said his two-day visit to Israel was very informative. Israeli Army Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, the chief of staff for the Israeli Defense Force, hosted the admiral. Mullen also met Defense Minister Ehud Barak and toured Israeli bases in the north near the border with Syria and Lebanon and in the south near the Gaza Strip. (Full Story)

Troops in Iraq Detain Seven, Unearth Weapons Caches
(AFPS) Coalition and Iraqi forces captured seven suspects and seized weapons in Iraq over the past three days, military officials said. Coalition forces captured two suspected members of Iranian-backed “special groups” during operations in the Adhamiyah district of Baghdad.
      One of the suspects, an alleged weapons smuggler and militant trainer, is linked to high-profile attacks on coalition and Iraqi security forces, military officials said. Troops discovered numerous weapons and ammunition on site after detaining the primary suspect and an associate. (Full Story)

Bush to Press G8 to Keep Up Pressure on Extremists, Iran
President Bush will emphasize during next week’s G8 summit in Japan that the war against violent extremism is a long-term struggle while urging continued support in Iraq and Afghanistan, he told reporters.
      Speaking in the White House Rose Garden, Bush said he’ll also encourage participants at the Group of Eight’s annual summit in Hokkaido, Japan, to keep up pressure on Iran so it abandons its nuclear weapons development plans.
      Bush said he strongly disagrees with those who consider extremists simply “a bunch of disgruntled folks who occasionally come and hurt us” rather than a very real long-term threat to the United States and its interests. (Full Story)

Russia’s President Medvedev on Asia Tour Ahead of G8
MOSCOW (RIA Novosti) — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev embarked on a weeklong tour of Asia that takes in four countries, a G8 summit and meetings with a number of foreign leaders, a Kremlin spokesman said. Sergei Prikhodko said the tour begins with a visit to Azerbaijan, where Medvedev will hold negotiations with President Ilkham Aliyev and religious community leaders.
      On Friday, the Russian head of state moves on to Ashgabat, where Russian-Turkmen negotiations will be held.
      On Saturday, Medvedev arrives in Kazakhstan, where he will meet with President Nursultan Nazarbayev and also King Abdullah II of Jordan and Turkish President Abdullah Gul. (Full Story)

Growing Afghan Police Force Needs More Help
BRUSSELS, Belgium — Absenteeism, corruption, low pay, lack of equipment and weapons, and a high casualty rate are just some reasons policemen show up at the Jalalabad Regional Training Center in Afghanistan. The goal for them is to avoid these situations.
      In most of the country’s districts, policemen are on the force because they were friends with the right people; however, most have undergone no police training and many are illiterate. Many policemen on the payroll receive a considerable paycheck, but never show up to work. Corruption still is high in Afghanistan, but the Afghan government and NATO forces are working to change that. (Full Story)

Gaza Palestinians Storm Border with Egypt
GAZA (RIA Novosti) — Hundreds of Palestinians from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip tried to force their way to Egypt through the Rafah crossing, eyewitnesses said.
      Only the sick and those with visas, around 150 people, were allowed to cross into Egypt, leaving several thousands behind. The crossing was then closed.
      Egyptian border guards used water cannons to disperse the angry crowd, which threw stones at them and Palestinian security forces. (Full Story)

Jordan Returns Looted Treasures to Iraq
AMMAN (RIA Novosti) — Jordan has returned almost 2,500 ancient artifacts to Iraq which were stolen from Baghdad’s national museum following the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, local media reported.
      The antiquities, dating back over a period of 7,000 years, were recently seized from smugglers by Jordanian border officials in 22 separate batches.
      The pieces – including coins, necklaces, ancient scrolls and ceramic pots – were handed over by Jordanian Tourism Minister Maha Khatib to her Iraqi counterpart, Mohammed Abbas al-Oraibi, in Amman. (Full Story)

U.S. DHS Marks 5th Annual National Preparedness Month This September
(DHS) The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced today that more than 1,200 national, regional, state and local businesses and organizations have pledged their support and joined the 2008 National Preparedness Month Coalition. Sponsored by the department’s Ready Campaign, National Preparedness Month helps to raise awareness and promote action by Americans, businesses, and communities on emergency preparedness.
      “As we approach our fifth National Preparedness Month, I want to thank the hundreds of coalition members who are making a difference in their communities by helping raise the basic level of preparedness in our country,” said… (Full Story)

Medics Help Villagers in Afghan Province
BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan — An airman and a sailor from Combined Joint Task Force 101 here teamed up with Afghan doctors and other coalition medics June 26 to host a village medical outreach event in the village of Nilay in the Kohe Safi district of Afghanistan’s Parawan province.
      The event was held to help foster relationships among coalition forces, local governments and local doctors while improving the health of Afghans living in the province, officials said. (Full Story)

Yeast-Based Vaccine Induces Immune Responses and Reduces Tumor Size in Mice
(NIH) Scientists have found that vaccination with a heat-killed, non-toxic yeast that is genetically engineered to manufacture a common tumor protein can induce specific and repeated anti-tumor immune responses in mice. Vaccination extends overall survival and reduces tumor size in mice that have been injected with cancer cells displaying the same protein that was engineered into the yeast. Results of this research by scientists at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, can be found in the July 1, 2008 issue of "Clinical Cancer Research." (Full Story)

"Innocence Lost" Sting: Sixteen-City Sweep Marks 5th Anniversary
From the Federal Bureau of Investigation
      Today we announced the results of an unprecedented five-day nationwide sweep targeting criminals involved in trafficking children for prostitution in the United States. The stings, dubbed “Operation Cross Country,” spanned 16 cities and resulted in the arrest of 389 people and the recovery of 21 children.     
      The coordinated operation, which ended June 22, was the largest in the history of the Innocence Lost National Initiative, which marks its five-year anniversary this month. To date, the initiative has rescued more than 400 child victims and led to the… (Full Story)

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxillary Celebrates Sixty-Nine Years of Dedicated Service
(USCG) 2008 marks the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary’s sixty-ninth year of dedicated service to the nation. Over the past year the Auxiliary has provided over three million hours of direct support to the Coast Guard. Admiral Thad Allen, Commandant of the Coast Guard stated in his 69th Anniversary message to the entire Coast Guard family that “the overall contribution that Auxiliarist have given year after year is impressive, but the greatest measure of their impact is found in their spirit of patriotism and their steadfast commitment to the guardian ethos and the men and women of the Coast Guard with whom they serve. The Coast Guard Auxiliary is an extremely valuable asset to [the Coast Guard], the Department of Homeland Security, and our nation." (Full Story)

IndyCar Zooms National Guard Into New Racing Dimension
ARLINGTON, Virginia — A new relationship with IndyCar promises to propel National Guard recruiting forward and give citizen-soldiers and -airmen a more personal interest in another sport.
      The new 230-mph, No. 4 National Guard IndyCar was unveiled at the Army National Guard Readiness Center at Arlington Hall here last week.
      “We’ve been involved with NASCAR for a number of years,” said Maj. Gen. Ray Carpenter, special assistant to the director of the Army National Guard. “This is the next step in racing for us. It’s a great, great opportunity for us to showcase our National Guard capability in a different forum. It’s a great, great step forward. (Full Story)

Holocaust Survivor Cookbook Helps Israelis in Need
Joanne Caras and her husband Harvey of Port St Lucie, FL visited their sons and daughter-in-law in Jerusalem for Passover. Joanne brought with her a check for $18,000 for the Carmei Ha’ir Soup Kitchen in Jerusalem.
      “This is the second donation we have made from the sale of the Holocaust Survivor Cookbook. Last December my daughter Rachel brought the first check,” Joanne explained. "The donation is made on behalf of the entire Caras family and everyone who has purchased a copy of the Holocaust Survivor Cookbook.” (Full Story)

New York Unit Brings Canadian Forces, Air Guard Troops Together
ROME, N.Y. — While North American Aerospace Defense Command celebrates its rich and historic 50-year history, one unit will remain diligently watching the skies just as it did on Sept. 11, 2001. The terrorist attacks on the United States are still etched in the mind of Capt. Rob Hogarth, who is assigned to the New York Air National Guard’s Northeast Air Defense Sector.
      Like other members of the unit, which is responsible for the air defense of the eastern United States, Hogarth found himself at war on the morning of Sept. 11, as the Twin Towers fell and United Flight 93 crashed in a farmer’s field. He and other members of NEADS, as the Rome-based unit is known, did their utmost to secure the skies over America that day. (Full Story)

Honey Bee Losses Still a Problem in US
(VOA) Honey bees add billions of dollars in value to around one hundred thirty crops in the United States. But since the nineteen eighties, researchers have been concerned about the health of these valuable pollinators.
      Worries grew after the winter of two thousand six. Some pollination services reported losses of anywhere from thirty to ninety percent of their hives. The beekeepers did not find dead adult bees as they often do after winter. Instead, the bees were gone. Experts gave a name to this mysterious situation: colony collapse disorder. (Full Story)

China Starts Producing Russian Mi-171 Helicopters
MOSCOW (RIA Novosti) — A manufacturing plant in southwest China has started to assemble Russian-designed Mi-171 transport helicopters, one of Russia’s key arms exports, the Russian business daily Vedomosti said.
      China plans to build at least 20 helicopters in 2008 with assembly kits supplied by a Russian plant in Ulan-Ude and later increase production capacity to 80 aircraft per year.
      "We consider this project as the beginning of a trend to assembly Russian helicopters in China," the newspaper quoted a source in Oboronprom, which controls Russian Helicopters, a helicopter manufacturing group. (Full Story)

Venezuela to Buy Russian Weaponry Worth $2 Billion
MOSCOW (RIA Novosti) — Venezuela is planning to conclude several contracts with Russia on the purchase of military equipment worth at least $2 billion, a leading Russian business daily said.
      Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is expected to pay an official visit to Moscow at the end of July to conclude the necessary agreements with Russia’s new President Dmitry Medvedev, who earlier pledged to maintain close military cooperation with Caracas, the Kommersant newspaper reported. (Full Story)

Israel’s PM Olmert’s Speech at the Special Knesset Session in Honor of the Chancellor of Germany
The Honorable President of Israel, Mr. Shimon Peres
Madam Speaker of the Knesset, Ms. Dalia Itzik
The Honorable Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Madam Angela Merkel,
The Honorable Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Ms. Dorit Beinish,
Government Ministers,
Members of Knesset,
Distinguished Guests and Dear Friends,
This special session of the Knesset of Israel is honoring you, Madam Chancellor, as the courageous and outstanding leader of your people, as an exceptionally moral person, and as a steadfast and loyal friend to the Jewish people and the State of Israel. This is not the first time we have been privileged to host you in the State of Israel with feelings of respect and appreciation. (Full Story)

Press Conference with PM Ehud Olmert and Vice President of the United States Dick Cheney
(PMO) Prime Minister Ehud Olmert: Good evening. Welcome Mr. Vice President. I am honored and delighted to have you visiting here after five years, which was your last visit. It is particularly significant this time because you are coming at the beginning of the 60th anniversary for the State of Israel, and you are always a very good supporter and friend to the State of Israel. We are very proud to have you with us at this time.
      I have to add that we are going to discuss, naturally, many things tonight and Monday. There are many items on the common agenda of America and the State of Israel. We are both very concerned about Iran… (Full Story)

New South Korean Films Spotlight North Korean Escapees’ Plight
SEOUL, South Korea (VOA) — Two emerging South Korean film projects are focusing a media spotlight on the problems faced by North Korean escapees in China. The films hint at a new atmosphere in South Korea, which has officially downplayed the humanitarian crisis for years, amid efforts at reconciliation with Pyongyang.
       The two films – one a fictional drama, the other a documentary – seek to raise the profile of the danger and suffering faced by North Korean refugees living illegally in China. (Full Story)

Fine Art Forgeries: Global Counterfeiting Scams Busted
(FBI) For lovers of fine art, it was a veritable field day. In art shows and galleries across the nation and around the world and over eBay, a trove of limited edition prints by master artists started going up for sale as early as the summer of 1999.
      There were two 1968 Pablo Picasso etchings signed in pencil by the artist and numbered from an edition of only 50 prints. There was a signed print of the “Eiffel Tower” by Marc Chagall, just one of 90.
      There was another Picasso print—a drawing called “Francoise Gilot”—that had been obtained from the legendary artist’s daughter. There were thousands of prints by Calder, Dali, Warhol, Miro, Lichtenstein, and other noted artists, often signed and numbered, complete with certificates of authenticity. (Full Story)

Sweden to Return Stolen Russian Ship Paintings
MOSCOW (RIA Novosti) — The owner of a set of 18th century paintings of Russian ships has decided to withdraw them from an auction to be held in Sweden and return them to Russia, a Russian cultural official said on Tuesday.
      Five watercolor paintings of Russian sailing ships, stolen from a museum in St Petersburg in 1992, had been due to be auctioned next week by Stockholms Auktionsverk at a Russian sale in the Swedish capital.
      Anatoly Vilkov, deputy head of the cultural watchdog agency, Rosokhrankultura, said his agency had demanded that the paintings be withdrawn from the auction. (Full Story)

New Tomb for ‘Altai Princess’ to be Built in Siberia
NOVOSIBIRSK (RIA Novosti) — A tomb to house the remains of a woman found after being preserved in ice for 2,500 years will be built in Siberia’s Altai Republic, the director of a local museum said on Thursday.
      The well-preserved remains of the woman dubbed the Altai Princess were discovered in the region by a team led by a Novosibirsk archeologist in 1993 near the Mongolian border, and have been studied at the Archaeology and Ethnography Institute in Novosibirsk.
      Residents of Altai, where shamanism is still widespread, had repeatedly called for the body’s return to its homeland, and blamed the removal for earth tremors and other natural disasters.
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Ruins of 5,500 Year Old Plaza Found in Peru
MOSCOW (RIA Novosti) — A group of archaeologists have discovered the ruins of an ancient ceremonial plaza in Peru, built 5,500 years ago, local media said Tuesday.
      The ruins, measuring 180 by 120 meters, were found at Sechin Bajo in Casma, north of the country’s capital Lima. The plaza, believed to have been built between 3,500 B.C. and 3,000 B.C., is one of the oldest discoveries in Latin America.
      The El Comercio newspaper cited Peter Fuchs, director of the Sechin Bajo archaeological project, as saying: "Whoever built Sechin Bajo had advanced knowledge of architecture and construction." (Full Story)

Times Square Recruiting Station Bombing Causes Minor Damage
(AFPS) No one was injured and only minor structural damage was reported after a bomb went off outside the Armed Forces Recruiting Station in New York City’s Times Square early this morning.
      The bomb went off at about 3:45 a.m., cracking the glass door, bending the door frame and shattering the large glass window in front of the station, said Army Capt. Charlie Jacquillard, the commander for the six Army recruiting stations in Manhattan.
      The station, jointly manned by Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps recruiters, is possibly the most well-known recruiting station in the world. (Full Story)

Armenia to Set Up Uranium Prospecting Joint Venture with Russia
YEREVAN (RIA Novosti) — The Armenian government authorized on Thursday the establishment of a joint venture with Russia for the additional prospecting of uranium deposits in the South Caucasus republic.
      Russia’s state nuclear corporation Rosatom and the Armenian environmental ministry agreed in February to set up a joint venture on a parity basis for the additional prospecting of Armenian uranium, which will be enriched in a specialized international center in Angarsk, East Siberia.
      The centre is to operate under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). (Full Story)

Two Israeli Soldiers Killed During Routine Patrol in the Gaza Strip
(IDF) An IDF soldier was killed this morning during a routine patrol along the security fence in the central Gaza Strip, near the Israeli town of Kissufim. The soldier, who served as a tracker, was killed when an explosive device was detonated near the jeep in which he was seated. Another soldier was severely injured and two other soldiers were lightly injured during the incident. The three were evacuated to the Soroka hospital in Beersheba to receive medical treatment. The families of the soldiers have been notified.
      Since the early morning, nine Qassam rockets have been fired towards Israel. During today’s operations, the IDF hit a terror operative involved in the launching of Qassam rockets this morning.

India Eyes Deal with U.S. to Replace Aging Russian Warplanes
NEW DELHI (RIA Novosti) — India has begun talks with the United States on the purchase of P-8i long-range maritime reconnaissance patrol aircraft to replace Russian-made Tu-142M bombers, the Times of India said on Tuesday.
      The newspaper said that the P-8i jet with antisubmarine warfare capabilities, based on the Boeing-737 commercial aircraft, had been deemed the best choice to meet the Indian Navy’s requirements, ahead of the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company’s A-319 maritime patrol aircraft and other contenders. (Full Story)

Sunken 18th Century Russian Ship to Be Raised
MOSCOW, (RIA Novosti) — A Russian ship which sank in 1771 off the coast of Finland is to be raised, Russia’s cultural watchdog said.
      The Dutch ship Vrouw Maria sank in the Baltic Sea in 1771 while carrying works of art bought by the Russian empress, Catherine the Great, in Amsterdam.
      The ship’s cargo contained around 300 works of art, including paintings by Rembrandt, as well as jewelry, silverware, etchings and porcelain.
      In 1999, the ship was discovered by Finnish explorers and the cargo was proclaimed the property of Finland, in line with international maritime law. (Full Story)

Spies on the Inside: Foreign Intrigue on American Soil
(FBI) There were secret meetings in restaurants, encrypted e-mail messages using a mysterious shorthand, suitcases crammed full of stolen documents. There were covert payoffs: a pocket stuffed with a wad of bills, free poker games in Vegas, a wallet suddenly flush with cash. There were bogus cover stories for trips to the “motherland” where secrets were passed and clandestine couriers who helped deliver materials into foreign hands.
      If it all sounds very cloak and dagger, that’s because it is. Two cases worked by the FBI and its partners and brought to fruition Monday with four arrests on opposite coasts had all the intrigue of a good spy novel. (Full Story)

Major Child Porn Ring Busted, 20 Children Rescued Worldwide
(FBI) “Mala is to die for in those pigtails,” read one message. “I have a few 5yo [year old] Taras that you do not have,” read another. “Just dropping in for a hot minute … to help out the dry spell, and to give everyone something to do for an afternoon,” said still one more.
      They’re hard comments to read—when you know that they were posted in a massive secret child pornography newsgroup on the web.
      That sordid network was exposed this week, thanks to a global law enforcement operation spanning five countries, three continents, and 11 U.S. states. As part of the continuing investigation, a total of 22 men have been arrested, including 14 in America, four in Germany, and two each in Australia and the U.K. (Full Story)

Egypt Restricting Traffic Across Border from Gaza
RAFAH (VOA) — Egyptian border guards have begun restricting traffic across the border from the Gaza Strip, five days after parts of a border security fence was blown up, allowing Palestinians to flood into Egypt to buy food and supplies. Egyptian authorities are blocking supply trucks that are headed toward Rafah – so shopkeepers cannot replenish the supplies that have lured hundreds of thousands of Gazans across the border in recent days.
      Hamas set up a stage and loudspeakers for a rally at the border, but a drenching rain put a damper on the event. Instead, scores of children huddled under the stage to try to stay dry. More people sought shelter from the downpour under the toppled sections of the metal barricade that used to mark the border between Egypt and Gaza, until it was knocked down on Wednesday.
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Statement by the President in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust
WASHINGTON –(BW)– On the third International Day of Commemoration, we remember and mourn the victims of the Holocaust.
      I was deeply moved by my recent visit to Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Museum. Sixty-three years after the liberation of Auschwitz, we must continue to educate ourselves about the lessons of the Holocaust, and honor those whose lives were taken as a result of a totalitarian ideology that embraced a national policy of violent hatred, bigotry, and extermination. It is also our responsibility to honor the survivors and those courageous souls who refused to be bystanders, and instead risked their own lives to try to save the Nazis’ intended victims. (Full Story)

World Marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day
On November 1, 2005, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution designating January 27 as International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. Rejecting any denial of the Holocaust as a historical event, either in full or in part, the General Assembly adopted by consensus a resolution (A/RES/60/7) condemning "without reserve" all manifestations of religious intolerance, incitement, harassment or violence against persons or communities based on ethnic origin or religious belief, whenever they occur. (Full Story)

Iraq Still in Al Qaeda’s Grip, Admiral Says
The coalition’s success securing Baghdad and Iraq’s Anbar province from al Qaeda will need to be repeated in other parts of Iraq, a spokesman for Multinational Force Iraq said. “There are still villages and towns and regions that are completely under the thumb of terrorism,” Navy Rear Adm. Gregory J. Smith said.
      Coalition forces still are embedded in an extended effort against insurgency in Iraq, Smith told online journalists and “bloggers” in a conference call.
      “Operation Phantom Phoenix, which began just after the first of the year, is a continuance of our activity associated with going after al Qaeda… (Full Story)

Incoming South Korean President Hopes for Summit With North
SEOUL, Korea (VOA) — South Korea’s next president says he would hold a summit with North Korea if it would help get rid of the North’s nuclear arsenal. As VOA’s Kurt Achin reports from Seoul, President-elect Lee Myung-bak also wants stronger ties with the United States.
President-elect Lee Myung-bak said Monday that a North-South Korea summit could happen after he is sworn in next month.
      He says he can meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il anytime, if it would help persuade the North to give up its nuclear weapons programs. He adds the next North-South summit should take place in South Korea. (Full Story)

Iraqis Continue to Move Forward, General Says
With more than 31,000 citizens now providing security assistance to coalition forces in southern belts of Baghdad and the southern provinces of Iraq, the Iraqi people continue to move forward, a U.S. commander said yesterday.
      The concerned local citizens man more than 1,400 checkpoints and have pointed out more than 400 weapons caches and improvised explosive devices, Army Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, commander of Multinational Division Center, said during a teleconference with online journalists and “bloggers.” (Full Story)

New York Mayor Bloomberg Announces High Tourism Activity in Radio Address
NEW YORK, New York (NYC) — "Good Morning. This is Mayor Mike Bloomberg. How do you capture the energy and optimism of New York City? The rich diversity of culture, commerce, and cuisine that can be found in neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs? Countless writers and artists have thrilled us with their interpretations, but sometimes, you just have to come and experience the Big Apple for yourself. Last year, more people did that than ever before.
      "Tourism projections show that a record 46 million people came to visit New York during 2007. That includes some 8.5 million people from other countries – an all-time high… (Full Story)

Bus Explosion Kills Sri Lankan School Children
NEW DELHI (VOA) — An explosion ripped apart a bus carrying school children in rural Sri Lanka and authorities say it appears to have been a Tamil Tiger attack. The blast killed at least 23 people and injured nearly 70 others.
      A bomb or land mine planted on the side of a rural road is believed to have caused the explosion Wednesday morning in a remote town in southeastern Sri Lanka.
      The bus was carrying scores of school children, many of whom were killed or injured.
      The blast came just hours after the official end of a truce between the government and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, known as the Tamil Tigers. (Full Story)

Africa Partnership Station to Boost Maritime Security
A multinational crew aboard USS Fort McHenry is cruising port to port in the Gulf of Guinea off Africa’s west coast, training African volunteers to bolster regional security. Roughly halfway through a seven-month mission, the Africa Partnership Station is a U.S.-led response to requests by African nations for military-to-military or civilian-military maritime training, said Navy Vice Adm. Robert T. Moeller, U.S. Africa Command’s deputy commander for military operations. AFRICOM is set to become fully functional Oct. 1. (Full Story)

Troops Kill Terrorist, Detain 31 Others in Iraq
(AFPS) Coalition and Iraqi forces detained 31 suspected terrorists, killed another and seized weapons caches in Iraq over the past four days, military officials reported. In the operations, coalition forces captured a suspected terrorist in Samarra believed to be associated with a senior level al Qaeda in Iraq foreign terrorist facilitator. Reports indicate the suspect is tied to a terrorist network responsible for the flow of foreign terrorists, as well as the facilitation of money and weapons into Iraq, military officials said. (Full Story)

Chechen Prosecutors Move to Close British Peacekeeping Center
ROSTOV-ON-DON/MOSCOW (RIA Novosti) — Prosecutors in Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Chechnya have requested the liquidation of a British NGO promoting peacekeeping and community development, saying its accreditation has expired.
      Since May 28, 2005 "the office of the Center for Peacemaking and Community Development has been operating illegally," prosecutors said, adding that the center had tax arrears and debts to the Russian government totaling around 0.5 million rubles ($20,600).
      No representatives of the NGO were available for comment, but human rights campaigners criticized the move, saying it was linked to ongoing political games between Russia and the U.K. (Full Story)

FBI Busts Identity Theft Scheme, Man Tried to Sell Personal Information of Over 300 People
Used His Position at a Maryland Mortgage Company to Steal Over 300 Folders of Personal Financial Information
      BALTIMORE, Maryland (FBI) — U.S. District Judge J. Frederic Motz sentenced Robert Michael Stewart, age 26, of Timonium, Maryland, to 66 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for fraud in connection with identity information (identity theft) and aggravated identity theft in a scheme to sell stolen personal and financial information, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said, "People disclose sensitive personal and financial information every time they… (Full Story)

Brazilian Police Find Stolen Picasso, Portinari Paintings
RIO DE JANEIRO (RIA Novosti) — Police in Brazil have recovered two paintings by Pablo Picasso and Candido Portinari worth an estimated $56 million which were stolen last month from the Sao Paulo Museum of Art, local officials said.
      The ‘Portrait of Suzanne Bloch’ by Spanish painter Pablo Picasso, worth around $50 million, and ‘The Coffee Worker’ by Brazilian artist Candido Portinari, estimated at $6 million, are "in absolutely perfect condition" and will go on display on Friday, the museum said.
      Police arrested two suspects and recovered the stolen paintings on the outskirts of Sao Paulo Tuesday, a police spokesman said. (Full Story)

— Archived Stories —

Paratroopers Take Down Adhamiyah Terrorists
On the surface, the market seems perfectly ordinary. Men outside the shops gather to play dominoes, smoke, and drink tea. On hot afternoons, an ice cream stand does a brisk business. But in the dark back rooms of some of the shops, murderous plans are hatched.
      It’s called the Fish Market, a seemingly benign marketplace in the Graya’at area of Baghdad’s Adhamiyah district. But according to 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers responsible for security in the area, it’s also the nexus for Adhamiyah’s criminal-terrorist underground.
      Since paratroopers from 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment began conducting security operations in Adhamiyah two months ago, residents have consistently pointed them back…
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US Envoy Calls for North Korea to Begin Disarming
(VOA) A top U.S. nuclear envoy is urging North Korea to start shutting down its nuclear program, saying that a financial dispute that delayed the disarmament process has now been resolved.
      U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill was speaking in Seoul Wednesday after the U.S. State Department announced that authorities in Macau had unblocked frozen North Korean bank accounts. (Full Story)

Phoenix Express Strengthens Maritime Partnerships With North Africa
(AFPS) Phoenix Express, a two-weeklong exercise designed to strengthen U.S. and European maritime partnerships with North Africa, began in the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean.
      Eleven nations will conduct multilateral training to increase regional maritime awareness and improve maritime security and safety, U.S. Naval Forces Europe officials said.
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U.S. Warns Iran Failure to Cooperate with IAEA Could Lead to More Isolation
BRUSSELS (VOA) — Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns, visiting Brussels for talks with European Union and NATO allies, warned Tehran its failure to cooperate with the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency would lead to Iran’s further isolation. Iran has rejected the latest U.N. Security Council resolution and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he’ll retaliate by cutting back cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency.
      The State Department’s point man on Iran, Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns, suggests Tehran’s reaction to stricter sanctions is another move in the wrong direction. (Full Story)

U.S. Military in Iraq Announces Capture of Suspected Leaders of Car Bomb Network
(VOA) The U.S. military says American forces have captured two suspected leaders of a car bomb network believed responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Iraqis. A coalition statement says the men were detained during ongoing security sweeps in Adhamiyah, a Sunni stronghold in Baghdad.
      The military says one of the men, Haytham Kazim Abdallah Al-Shimari, is suspected of helping plan and execute car bombings that have killed many Iraqis in Sadr City, a Shi’ite neighborhood in Baghdad. (Full Story)

Israeli-U.S. Operation ‘Juniper Cobra’ Ends Successfully
(IDF) A joint command exercise of the IDF and US armed forces has come to a close. The exercise entailed simulations of missile defense which ended successfully. Computerized simulations of aerial defense were carried out during the exercise. According to authorities from both militaries, the exercise acts as a bridge for cooperation and is essential for mutual drawing of conclusions. (Full Story)

Putin, Jintao Talk Iran, North Korea, SCO, Space Security in Moscow
MOSCOW (RIA Novosti) — The leaders of Russia and China met in Moscow to discuss the Iranian and North Korean nuclear programs, and cooperation within a post-Soviet security organization and in space security.
      In their joint declaration concluding the first day of the Chinese leader’s three-day visit to Moscow, Vladimir Putin and Hu Jintao said Iran had the right to peaceful nuclear energy if it observed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). (Full Story)

Russia Must Develop Weapons with Foreign Partners
MOSCOW (RIA Novosti) — Russia should seek to develop weapons together with foreign partners, the president told a commission responsible for defense sector cooperation with other countries.
      India and China remain leading importers of Russian armaments, accounting for some 80% of the country’s total weapons exports. But Russia has been looking to expand its presence on arms markets in Latin America and the Middle East, and currently supplies weapons to more than 60 countries. (Full Story)

UN Sec-Gen Visits Arafat’s Grave, Meets Parents of Terrorists
(Israel NN) United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited Israel , paying tribute to dead PLO chief Yassir Arafat but refusing to meet with Hamas officials. Ban arrived and met with Fatah chief and PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
      The secretary-general praised Abbas for his faction’s participation in the unity government but refrained from making any commitments. “We will have to wait and see how the new government accepts the international conditions,” he said. (Full Story)

Eight Suspects Captured in Afghanistan; Weapons Cache Found
(AFPS) Coalition forces in Afghanistan captured eight suspected terrorists and discovered a weapons cache.
      Afghan forces, with coalition advisors, captured five suspected extremists during an operation at a compound near Asadabad in Konar province.
      The operation targeted extremist facilitators suspected of helping militant fighters enter Konar province from Bajaur Agency in neighboring Pakistan, military officials said. (Full Story)

U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee Hearing Examines Islamic Radicalism Inside United States
WASHINGTON (U.S. Sen. Lieberman) — The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, led by Chairman Joe Lieberman, ID-Connecticut., and Ranking Member Susan Collins, R-Maine, continued its investigation into the threat of Islamic radicalization inside the United States and the initiatives the U.S. government is taking to identify and combat homegrown terrorism. (Full Story)

Remarks by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff at a Military Naturalization Ceremony
(DHS) Well, I want to thank Director Gonzalez for inviting me to host this very meaningful ceremony and for his kind of words of introduction. I want to thank General Schoomaker for hosting this as well as all the members of the staff of Walter Reed for the work they do every day, day in and day out, to serve our warriors who come back from the battlefield. And, I want to thank the four service members, three soldiers and one Marine that have become the new American citizens today. (Full Story)

Israeli Discovery Converts Dangerous Radioactive Waste into Clean Energy
(Israel 21C) An Israeli firm has taken the laws of science and turned them into a useful invention for mankind – a reactor that converts radioactive, hazardous and municipal waste into inert byproducts such as glass and clean energy.
      The laws of conservation of energy and mass say that energy or mass cannot be created or destroyed – only change form. With the help of Russian scientists, Israeli firm Environmental Energy Resources (EER), has taken the laws of science and turned them into a useful invention for mankind – a reactor that converts radioactive, hazardous and municipal waste into inert byproducts such as glass and clean energy. (Full Story)