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  • NCAA coaches visit wounded warriors in military hospital

    06/01/2009 6:08:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 438+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Tech. Sgt. Jason Schaap, USAF
    6/1/2009 - RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AFNS) -- Henry Bautista wasn't one of the U.S. servicemembers seven NCAA football coaches visited at a U.S. military hospital in Germany May 29, because servicemembers are not the only ones risking their lives in dangerous places like Iraq. Mr. Bautista, a field representative for a light armored vehicle contractor in Iraq, was injured May 26 when a vehicle mishap almost severed his leg. The doctors at the hospital pieced his ankle back together, but his tibia is still broken. He needs more surgery. Meanwhile, his family is back in Roy, Wash., on the...
  • Barack Obama's great uncle criticises him over Buchenwald visit

    05/29/2009 11:42:19 PM PDT · by bronxville · 17 replies · 1,548+ views
    London Telegraph ^ | 29 May 2009 | Alex Spillius
    Barack Obama's great uncle criticises him over Buchenwald visit The first time they discussed his participation in the war was when Mr Obama wrongly said during the campaign that Mr Payne had "liberated" Auschwitz. Opponents swiftly pointed out that had been done by the Red Army.
  • Obama to visit Saudi Arabia June 3 to discuss Iran

    05/26/2009 2:08:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 985+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 5/26/09 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Saudi Arabia on June 3 for talks on Iran's nuclear program and Washington's renewed push for a Middle East peace plan, the White House said on Tuesday. Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter, is a staunch U.S. ally in the region and has been a key player in the drive for a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, which Obama has declared a top foreign policy priority. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Obama would meet Saudi King Abdullah and would also discuss terrorism. The visit comes at a time when...
  • Medal of Honor recipients visit Airmen in Southwest Asia

    04/14/2009 5:26:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 604+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Staff Sgt. Thomas J. Doscher
    4/14/2009 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) -- Two Medal of Honor recipients visited with Airmen from the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing April 10 here. Retired Army Col. Robert Howard and retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Gary Littrell, visited as part of a Medal of Honor Society tour of the area of responsibility. The Vietnam veterans who earned the military's highest award for valor participated in a retreat ceremony, spoke to Airmen and signed autographs. Colonel Howard said the people of the United States owe a debt to American servicemembers and appreciate their efforts. "Out of 300 million Americans, we got less...
  • Chavez makes surprise visit to Cuba

    02/21/2009 7:53:05 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 367+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 2/21/09 | AFP
    HAVANA (AFP) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was in Cuba on Saturday, paying a surprise visit to the island after a major poll win last Sunday. It is the Venezuelan leader's first trip abroad since winning a referendum on February 15 that removed term limits on his presidency. Standing arm-in-arm with Chavez on his arrival late Friday, Cuban President Raul Castro raised the Venezuelan leader's fist in victory, declaring "I do this in Fidel's name" -- a reference to his brother, a long-time friend of Chavez.
  • Bidens to Visit The Cheneys Today

    11/13/2008 10:45:55 AM PST · by americanophile · 57 replies · 2,955+ views
    Washington Post ^ | November 13, 2008 | Michael A. Fletcher
    Vice President-elect Joe Biden is scheduled to meet Thursday with Dick Cheney, whom he has said is probably "the most dangerous vice president we've had" in U.S. history. The session is scheduled to take place late in the afternoon at the vice president's residence at the Naval Observatory. The two men are to be joined by their wives, Jill Biden and Lynne Cheney. In addition to the meeting, the vice president-elect and his wife are scheduled to take a tour of their new digs. Biden, a 35-year Senate veteran with a deep knowledge of foreign policy, has said he expects...
  • Who Is Grandma Toot? [Barf Alert]

    10/21/2008 5:31:26 PM PDT · by justiceseeker93 · 78 replies · 1,552+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | October 21, 2008 | Yahoo!
    Barack Obama's campaign announced Monday that he'd be taking a few days off the campaign trail to visit his ailing grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, in Hawaii. Dunham, 85, practically raised Obama while his mother studied abroad. She's the "white grandmother" he mentions in speeches, a "trailblazer in her own right," the BBC wrote, "having risen from a lowly position to be one of the first woman vice-presidents of the Bank of Hawaii."............... He explains in his book, "Dreams from My Father," "We call my grandmother Tutu, Toot for short; it means "grandparent" in Hawaiian, for she decided on the day I...
  • 23 Year Veteran On Obama's Visit To Iraq: "95% of Base Wanted Nothing to do With Him."

    07/28/2008 12:40:53 PM PDT · by Bill Dupray · 86 replies · 131+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | July 28, 2008 | Bill Dupray
    Obama doesn't support the troops. But I guess that's only fair, they can't stand the sight of him either. 95% of base wanted nothing to do with him. I have met three troops who support him, and literally hundreds who regard him as a buffoon, a charlatan, a hindrance to their mission or a flat out enemy of progress. Even when the rumors were publicly admitted, almost no one left their duty sections to try to see him, unless they were officers whose presence was officially required. [snip] I can't imagine any officer of the few he met told him...
  • Queen's tribute to Turkey founder

    05/13/2008 2:14:00 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 13 replies · 94+ views
    BBC ^ | 13 May 2008 | Staff
    The Queen has called the founder of modern-day Turkey "one of the greatest figures of modern history" during a visit to his mausoleum in Ankara. She laid a wreath at the tomb of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk as she and Prince Philip began a four-day state visit to the secular Muslim country. In a visitor's book she wrote it was an "honour" to pay her respects to "a much valued friend of the United Kingdom". It is the royal couple's first visit to Turkey since 1971. Religious symbols They are also due to attend a state banquet hosted by President Abdullah...

    05/06/2008 8:41:51 PM PDT · by magdalen · 11 replies · 131+ views
    The Remnant ^ | May6, 2008 | Ave Maria
    Christ Our Hope A Look Back at Pope Benedict's 2008 Missionary Journey to the US Michael J. Matt Editor, The Remnant (Posted May 5, 2008 When Pope Benedict looks through the window of his papal apartment, over the Piazza San Pedro and out to the world beyond, consider what he sees… Christians and Muslims comprise half the world’s population. Half of that half, however, is suffering an identity crisis so severe that Islam recently replaced Catholicism as the world’s largest religion. The Vatican’s Monsignor Vittorio Formenti, compiler of the Annuario Pontificio, recently confirmed that “For the first time in...
  • Media Messengers and Pope Benedict's Message (Brent Bozell III)

    04/18/2008 2:21:37 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 15 replies · 84+ views
    Media Research Center ^ | 4/16/2008 | L. Brent Bozell III
    Pope Benedict XVI is in America and, like his predecessor, is about to be treated to curiously bipolar coverage at the hands of the American press. While in-country, John Paul the Great received almost universally positive treatment. But up to the point the papal wheels touched down, the media reports were consistently critical – some verging on the savage – and when it was wheels-up, the press immediately returned to their old ways. The tone this time around will not be so much “news” as the recycled template that our journalistic elite imposes on every papal visit to America in...
  • ABC's Chris Cuomo: Goal of Pope Visit to 'Reinforce Hard-line Doctrine'

    04/15/2008 12:47:47 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 39 replies · 96+ views ^ | 4/15/2008 | Scott Whitlock
    On Tuesday's "Good Morning America," news anchor Chris Cuomo used the upcoming visit of Pope Benedict XVI to label the pontiff as uncompromising and assert that the Catholic Church sees the visit as "an opportunity for the Pope to come here and reinforce hard-line doctrine." Earlier in the segment, Cuomo described Benedict as "a hard-liner charged with protecting Catholic orthodoxy." Cuomo also went on to claim that the Pope's goal is to strike a balance "between placating conservative followers and giving hope to liberals who seek social reform." The ABC journalist went on to mention the pontiff's background and note,...
  • Pope Embraces Reason

    04/06/2008 9:03:13 AM PDT · by big'ol_freeper · 13 replies · 65+ views ^ | 5 April 2008 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    When Pope Benedict XVI arrives in the United States later this month, be skeptical of the media coverage. Some in the American press actually want to see a knock-down-drag-out war of political ideologies between the pope and president; I think they may end up deeply disappointed. A recent op-ed piece by Michael Sean Winters, author of "Left at the Altar: How the Democrats Lost the Catholics and How the Catholics Can Save the Democrats" (Perseus, 2008), served the unintentional purpose of warning American Catholics of this media bias. Winters wrote that the pope will "show how much his worldview differs...
  • Medal of Honor recipients visit Manas Air Base

    03/18/2008 6:16:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 221+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Tech. Sgt. Jerome Baysmore, USAF
    3/18/2008 - MANAS AIR BASE, Kyrgyzstan (AFPN) -- Manas Air Base Airmen, Soldiers and transitory personnel got a firsthand glimpse into history this week. Three Medal of Honor recipients from the Vietnam War toured the base and spoke at several local engagements on their stop here before touring other locations in the U.S. Air Forces Central area of responsibility. Retired Army Col. Robert L. Howard, Marine Capt. John J. McGinty III and Army Command Sgt. Maj. Gary L. Littrell highlighted Manas Air Base's contributions in the war on terrorism. "Americans appreciate the great service you've provided for our country," Colonel...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-il in Baffling China Pledge (mistrust goes both ways)

    02/01/2008 3:29:24 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 153+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 02/01/08
    Kim Jong-il in Baffling China Pledge North Korean leader Kim Jong-il caused some head-scratching when he unexpectedly pledged not to break faith with China in a meeting with a high-ranking Chinese official. Kim met Chinese President Hu Jintao’s special envoy Wang Jiarui, the head of the international department at the Central Committee of China’s Communist Party, in Pyongyang on Wednesday. According to China’s Xinhua news agency, Kim said his country “will not betray and break faith with China.” He told the Chinese special envoy that friendship between North Korean and China is a precious asset left by the two countries’...
  • Ahmadinejad to make landmark visit to Iraq: ministry

    01/23/2008 8:58:30 AM PST · by forkinsocket · 15 replies · 53+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jan 23, 2008 | Wisam Mohammed
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has accepted an invitation to visit Baghdad, Iraq's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, a landmark trip that would make him the first leader of Iran to visit its former foe. Iran and Iraq fought an eight-year war in the 1980s in which hundreds of thousands were killed, but relations have improved since Saddam Hussein was ousted in the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and a Shi'ite Islamist-led government came to power. "President Ahmadinejad has accepted an invitation from President (Jalal) Talabani to come to Iraq," Iraqi deputy Foreign Minister Labeed Abawi told Reuters....
  • Vice Chairman, USO Show Visit Troops in Afghanistan

    11/25/2007 9:07:35 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 124+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Tech. Sgt. Adam M. Stump, USAF
    KANDAHAR AIR BASE, Afghanistan, Nov. 22, 2007 – Marine Corps Gen. James E. Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and a traveling USO entertainment show visited troops at Bagram Air Base and Kandahar Air Base in Afghanistan Nov. 20-21. Cartwright stopped in the country as part of a six-day, six-country troop visit, bringing with him actor Wilmer Valderrama, model Mayra Veronica and comedian Russell Peters. “My intent in being out here is to get those entertainers out here and try to give some of the troops—your people—at least an evening of drifting off into someplace other than...
  • Soldier’s visit to class turns into a wedding celebration (Smiles & Misty Eyes)

    11/21/2007 3:20:41 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 396+ views
    SIERRA VISTA — A first-grade class at Huachuca Mountain Elementary School was buzzing with excitement Tuesday morning. They knew something their student teacher Rebecca Schaeffer and her husband to be, Spc. Jerome Horrace, didn’t. Horrace had returned Saturday for a mid-tour break from Iraq, and Susan Hilliard’s class of 23 students had adopted his unit, writing letters and sending cards to the 1-28 Intelligence Section at Forward Operating Base Falcon in the Baghdad city limits. The section is officially part of the Black Lions, as the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Infantry Division...
  • Mullen Visit to Iraq, Afghanistan Revealed ‘Noticeable’ Improvements

    10/16/2007 5:28:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 55+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2007 – After traveling with Navy Adm. Michael G. Mullen during Mullen’s first visit to Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Joint Staff’s operations director said today that he was struck by “noticeable” security improvements throughout the theater. Army Lt. Gen. Carter F. Ham told Pentagon reporters the troop surge in Iraq that began in the spring is “having the intended effect” of better security. “That's not to say that there’s not still significant work required; there is,” Ham said. But he reported that throughout his travels with Mullen earlier...
  • Ahmadinejad arrives for New York visit

    09/23/2007 6:22:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 43 replies · 112+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/23/07 | Karen Matthews - ap
    NEW YORK - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in New York to protests Sunday and said in a television interview that Iran was neither building a nuclear bomb nor headed to war with the United States. The president's motorcade pulled up to the midtown hotel where he will be staying while he appears at a series of events including the U.N. General Assembly and a forum at Columbia University, where about 40 elected officials and civic leaders decried his visit. Ahmadinejad's public-relations push appears aimed at presenting his views directly to a U.S. audience amid rising strains and talk of...
  • Football team’s cheerleaders visit with soldiers on the fort

    09/14/2007 7:02:44 PM PDT · by SandRat · 47 replies · 1,530+ views
    Sierra Vista Herald/Review ^ | Sgt. Lewis Hilburn
    FORT HUACHUCA — The 11th Signal Brigade got a taste of football fever last Friday when four of the Kansas City Chiefs cheerleaders visited them. Prior to coming to the brigade area, the cheerleaders went out to the 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion field exercise-training site. While out there, the unit showed the cheerleaders their signal capabilities and what soldiers do on a daily basis. The cheerleaders also had the opportunity to try on some of the soldiers tactical gear. “I could not believe how heavy the gear is!” said Ashley, who is in her second year with the Kansas City...
  • President Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq for Meetings

    09/03/2007 2:20:34 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 352+ views
    AL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq, Sept. 3, 2007 – President Bush surprised servicemembers with a visit to this base in Iraq’s Anbar province today. The unmistakable blue and white coloring of Air Force One swooped in over the base and landed. Marines guarding the area where the day's meeting would be held looked and said, "This meeting just got a whole lot more important." The servicemembers based here only knew about the Secdef and Chairman coming in. As the plane unloaded, dust devils stirred the air. The temperature in pegged at 115. Servicemembers all over the base are sweltering in...
  • Bush visits in Iraq

    09/03/2007 7:40:32 AM PDT · by do the dhue · 11 replies · 866+ views ^ | September 3, 2007 | Al Bawaba
    American President George W. Bush made a surprise visit to Iraq on Monday. The White House said Bush had arrived at the al-Asad Air Force base, west of Baghdad in Anbar province. He was accompanied by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and national security adviser Steven Hadley. Defense Secretary Robert Gates was also there, Reuters reported. Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said Bush, Rice and Gates would meet their top commanders, Iraqi leaders including Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and tribal leaders in Anbar. "This is very much the meeting of the war council," Morrell told reporters. "This will be the...
  • Soldiers Visit Adhamiyah Residents (Housecalls lay groundwork for trusting relationship.)

    08/28/2007 5:17:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 205+ views
    BAGHDAD, Aug. 28, 2007 — Other than the fact that he is heavily armed, dressed in body armor, and flanked by several soldiers, 1st Lt. John Gassmann shows up at Ahmad Ali's doorstep just like any friendly new neighbor. He even brought a gift. "The bottom line is, we can drive through this neighborhood three times a day for a year, but if we don't stop to talk to anyone, we'll never know anything about it." 1st Lt. John Gassmann "We're just going through the neighborhood introducing ourselves, seeing if there are any problems, and seeing if there's anything we...
  • U.S. officials, Iraqi leader visit Anbar (to highlight progress in the fight against insurgents)

    05/26/2007 11:28:24 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 586+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/26/07 | Ravi Nessman - ap
    Al-ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq - Iraq's prime minister, the U.S. commander and the American ambassador flew to the blistering western Iraqi desert Saturday in a rare joint outing to highlight progress in the fight against insurgents in the Sunni-dominated Anbar province. Once the site of some of the fiercest fighting in the country, Anbar — which includes the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi — has grown calmer in recent months with the flowering of a new alliance among Sunni tribal leaders, the Iraqi government and U.S. led forces. However, al-Qaida in Iraq is still active in the province and continues...
  • Rice visit cancellation unprecedented

    05/08/2007 8:56:09 AM PDT · by bedolido · 27 replies · 1,600+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 5-8-2007 | Staff Writer
    A senior diplomatic official called the cancellation of US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's Israel visit unprecedented, Israel Radio reported on Tuesday. According to the official, Washington's decision could be interpreted in the region as meaning that the US believed the peace process could not move forward due to the situation in Israel. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
  • Bush to visit Pope

    04/24/2007 8:32:53 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 8 replies · 676+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 25 April 2007
    US President George W. Bush will pay his first visit to the Pope and meet leaders in Eastern European countries where the US wants to deploy a missile defence shield, during a trip to Europe for the Group of Eight summit. Mr Bush's week-long trip will be centred on the G-8 Summit in Heiligendamm on June 6-8, where he and leaders from Germany, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Britain and Russia will discuss cooperation on economic, security, and political issues, the White House said. Mr Bush will also meet with leaders in Poland and the Czech Republic, where the United States...
  • America Supports You: Gridiron Greats Visit Troops in Iraq

    04/19/2007 10:05:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 415+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. Jeffrey Ledesma, USA
    WASHINGTON, April 19, 2007 – To increase troops' morale, three National Football League players, weighing in at a combined 662 pounds, set aside their football gear for a trip to Iraq to visit with Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers April 16. Army Pfc. Nigel Norvell, with Company A, Division Special Troops Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, poses for a photograph with, left to right, Israel Idonije, a defensive end with the Chicago Bears, Nick Harper, a cornerback with the Indianapolis Colts, and Chris Harris, a safety with the Chicago Bears, during the football players' visit to Baghdad, April 16, 2007. U.S....
  • The Jewish Central Council of Germany accuses Catholic bishops of anti-semitism

    03/06/2007 3:36:00 PM PST · by Gillibrand · 3 replies · 274+ views
    Stern ^ | 6 March 07 | Gillibrand
    Translation of original article in German. The President of the Jewish Central Council of Germany Charlotte Knobloch- "insinuations which were right at the border of anti-semitism. " German Bishops have caused frictions on their visit to the Near East, Charlotte Knobloch says that the statements made by them were “at the border of anti-semitism”. The Bishops had compared Palestinian towns with the Warsaw Ghetto.
  • Man returns from visit, trips on corpse

    02/21/2007 11:55:25 AM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 13 replies · 329+ views ^ | 2-21-07 | ap
    February 21, 2007 (SAN FRANCISCO) - A Haight-Ashbury man returning home from an extended vacation tripped and fell on a corpse in his bedroom after finding his apartment had been ransacked, police said. Authorities have not released the name of the resident or the victim, identified only as a white male, but are treating the death as suspicious, said Sgt. Neville Gittens. The resident had just come back from a two-week visit in Humboldt County when he made the grisly discovery Monday, Gittens said. "That is really sad, just terrible," said Kiersten Frey, who has lived on the block for...
  • N. Korea official meets Iran delegation

    01/19/2007 5:41:45 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 380+ views
    AP ^ | 01/19/07
    N. Korea official meets Iran delegation Fri Jan 19, 5:37 AM ET North Korea's No. 2 leader met with a high-level Iranian delegation Friday, highlighting the good relations between the two countries, both facing international outcries regarding their nuclear programs. Kim Yong Nam had a "friendly talk" with Iran's Vice Foreign Minister Mahdi Safari, the North's official Korean Central News Agency reported, without giving any details of their discussions. The two countries also signed a three-year agreement on unspecified cultural and scientific exchanges at a separate ceremony, KCNA said. North Korea and Iran have been labeled by President Bush as...
  • Bush Discusses New Iraq Strategy During Fort Benning Visit

    01/11/2007 4:54:40 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 399+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2007 – President Bush visited Fort Benning, Ga., today to share thoughts on his new strategy for the war in Iraq with the soldiers there, but not before offering them his praise. “Everywhere the warriors from this base serve, you leave your mark, and I believe it will be a legacy of hope and of freedom and peace,” he said. Fort Benning is home to the U.S. Army Infantry School. Bush acknowledged the situation in Iraq is difficult and much different than he’d anticipated it would be at this point. Failure, however, is not an option,...
  • Mums the word on border - Agent suspended for speaking to Congressman during unannounced visit

    09/27/2006 10:58:59 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies · 1,322+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | 9/27/06 | Sara A. Carter
    Congressmen who visit the U.S.-Mexico border unannounced are being monitored by the Department of Homeland Security, and at least one U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent has been suspended for speaking to a congressman without first getting supervisory clearance, according to documents obtained by the Daily Bulletin. Congressional representatives interviewed by the Daily Bulletin said they were unaware until recently that Border Patrol agents were required to file Significant Incident Reports -- normally used for shootings and other serious border incidents -- when congressional representatives made unannounced visits this summer along the U.S.-Mexico border. A second document obtained by the...
  • Southern summer surprises and teaches valuable life lessons

    09/13/2006 11:33:05 PM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 26 replies · 446+ views
    Collegian ^ | Sept. 13, 2006 | Sarah Goldfarb
    Although my days of overplaying my Beach Boys albums are over, whenever I happen to catch California Girls, I completely ignore that Mike Love wishes all girls were cute, tan Californian girls. Instead, I take pride in my geographical origin and grin at "The northern girls with they way they kiss, they keep their boyfriends warm at night." I have lived in the state of New York my whole life, and although I often joke that I went south for school, Penn State, with its copious amounts of colorful trees surrounding old collegiate buildings, couldn't possibly exude the northern university...
  • N. Korea: Beijing Hints Kim Jong-il to Visit After All

    09/08/2006 5:29:06 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 222+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 09/07/06
    Beijing Hints Kim Jong-il to Visit After All China has hinted that North Korean leader Kim Jong-il may visit the country after all, two days after officially denying it. Asked about persistent rumors that Kim is or will soon be in China, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said Thursday, "China and North Korea have traditionally maintained friendly relations, and the leaders of the two nations have visited each other's countries. If we hear any news about visits to be paid by high-ranking government officials of the two countries that you are interested in, we will let you know in...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-il's China Visit Cancelled For Now, To Be Tried Again Soon

    09/06/2006 6:15:40 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 539+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 09/06/06 | Hwang Jae-hoon
    /begin my translationKim Jong-il's China Visit Cancelled For Now, But Tried Again Soon"N. Korean advance team still staying in China... N. Korea still wanted the visit" (Seoul=Yonhap News) Hwang Jae-hoon = Kim Jong-il's plan to visit China was leaked prematurely to the outside, and it was cancelled, but they will give it another try soon, according to a (new) claim. Chang Sung-min, head of Peace Forum for World and N.E. Asia, has told Yonhap News on Sept. 6, 'I learned it from a credible source on Kim Jong-il.' He said, "It is true that Kim wanted to visit China between Aug. 30 and Sept. 1 and have a meeting with President Hu Jintao. However,...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-il's special train entered China

    09/04/2006 10:08:22 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 713+ views
    Munhwa Ilbo ^ | 09/05/06
    /begin my summary (from Munhwa Ilbo) A high-level S. Korean government source said that, on the morning of Sept. 5, Kim Jong-il's special train has left Shinuiju, a N. Korean city at the mouth of Yalu River, and headed for Dandong, which is a Chinese city across the river from Shinuiju. However, since two special trains are used for Kim's visit in which one serves as a decoy, it is not certain if Kim was in the train at the time. The two trains depart at different time. /end my summary
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-il's Special Train At Shinuiju(right across Chinese border)

    09/04/2006 5:02:12 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 27 replies · 1,952+ views
    JoongAng Ilbo ^ | 09/05/06 | Yu Kwang-jong, Lee Young-jong
    JoongAng Ilbo, a major S. Korean daily, reports that Kim Jong-il's special train is at Shinuiju, as of Sept. 4, right across Chinese border. It says that the train may cross Yalu River in early morning of Sept. 5 and enter China.
  • China Invites Kim Jong-il ...N. Korea's Decision on Spotlight(more smoke from China)

    09/03/2006 8:34:13 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 411+ views
    Donga Ilbo ^ | 09/03/06
    /begin my translationChina Invites Kim Jong-il ...N. Korea's Decision on Spotlight China is aggressively pursuing Kim Jong-il's visit to China in order to restore deteriorating Sino-N. Korean relationship since N. Korea's missile launches, and forestall its 'further provocation.' In particular, Liu Xiao-ming, the new Chinese ambassador to N. Korea who is to start his work in Pyongyang this week, will convey to N. Korea President Hu Jintao's desire for official invitation, according to sources. According to diplomatic sources in China and Seoul on Sept. 3, after heated debates last month, Chinese leadership decided to actively pursue the restoration of relationship with N....
  • N. Korean Special Train Reportedly Crossed Sino-N. Korean Border(Kim is in China)

    08/29/2006 5:54:56 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 50 replies · 1,189+ views
    Donga Ilbo ^ | 08/30/06 | Lee Myong-gun
    /begin my excerpt N. Korean Special Train Reportedly Crossed Sino-N. Korean Border The government sources said that it has intelligence which says that N. Korean special train crossed Yalu River into China on Aug. 29. However, they cautioned that they are not certain Kim Jong-il is on board. /end my excerpt
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-il to Visit China around Aug. 28(Kim-Hu showdown?)

    08/22/2006 10:14:31 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies · 867+ views
    Daily NK ^ | 08/23/06 | Kwon Jung-hyun, Shin Ju-hyun
    /begin my translationKim Jong-il to Visit China around Aug. 28From multiple sources from China and Japan... wonder if it is about nuclear test[2006-08-23 11:30]  Multiple sources informed us that N. Korean leader Kim Jong-il is due to visit China around Aug. 28.Chinese diplomatic sources told us in the morning of Aug 23, "Currently senior figures of N. Korean military are staying in China as an advance to team for Kim Jong-il's visit, doing necessary preparations." However, the exact date is not revealed.The sources said, "It is our understanding that these senior military figures are working on his visit schedule which...
  • Coalition Forces visit orphanage to lift spirits

    07/28/2006 10:32:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 328+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Spc. L.C. Campbell
    Soldiers from 3rd Platoon, C Company, 2nd battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team visited several Iraqi schools and an Iraqi orphanage on July 8. These Soldiers adopted one of the schools to help renovate and re-supply with educational goods. The Soldiers dropped off soccer balls and other goodies at the orphanage. Department of Defense photo by Spc. L.C. Campbell. Story by Spc. L.C. Campbell 138th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment MOSUL – Soldiers from 3rd Platoon, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team visited an orphanage in Mosul, Iraq July 10, bringing...
  • Medics Visit Remote Afghan District

    07/25/2006 4:03:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 132+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Capt. Joe Campbell
    U.S. Air Force Maj. Kurt Workmaster, Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team physician assistant, checks the blood pressure of an elder in the Paryan District, Afghanistan, July 16, 2006. Three medics from the Panjshir PRT treated more than 200 patients during the Medical Civic Action Program, or MEDCAP, which was coordinated at the invitation of Panjshir Director of Health Dr. Jellani. U.S. Air Force photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Cumper Medics Visit Remote Afghan District Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team treats more than 200 patients. By Air Force Capt. Joe Campbell Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan, July 25,...
  • Goldwater touts border ideas during local visit

    07/09/2006 7:22:31 AM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 327+ views
    SIERRA VISTA — Republican gubernatorial challenger Don Goldwater made a stump run through Cochise County this weekend to expound on his border platform. Goldwater, who is from Phoenix, was quick to say he’s the only candidate who favors building a wall on the border to prevent illegal immigration. On Friday night at the Outback Steakhouse in Sierra Vista, he had dinner with friends and talked with the Herald/Review. Goldwater said the source of our dysfunctional Southwest border is a “supply and demand issue.” While the Arizona National Guard is deployed to the local international border, Goldwater said they are serving...
  • Patriot Arrives in Brunei for Port Visit

    06/29/2006 8:13:34 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 242+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adam R. Cole
    PORT MAURA, Brunei (NNS) -- Sasebo, Japan-based USS Patriot (MCM 7) arrived in Brunei for a scheduled port visit June 25, meant to enhance the relationship between the U.S. and Brunei. The visit will be highlighted by a number of social and goodwill opportunities between Patriot Sailors and the people of Brunei, including top dignitaries, members of the Royal Brunei Navy and special-needs kids. “Our primary mission here is to interact with the people of Brunei so that we can work to create a stronger mutual relationship between the United States and Brunei,” said Lt. Cmdr. Richard D. Brawley, Patriot...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-il's Special Train Heads for Russian Border(more info)

    06/23/2006 7:18:55 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 45 replies · 1,466+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 06/23/06
    Kim Jong-il's Special Train Heads for Russian Border Intelligence officials were on high alert Thursday after receiving information that the special armored train of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il is heading toward the Russian border. As of Friday night, it did not seem that the train has crossed the border to take the reclusive leader on a Russia visit. Experts offer two possible explanations. One is that Kim is visiting Russia. One of the special train’s cars has already crossed the border while the wheels on others are being replaced, some sources said. North Korea and Russia have different railway...
  • N. Korea:Kim Jong-il Visiting Russia?(A special train crossed(Russo-N. Korean) border)

    06/23/2006 12:33:16 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies · 969+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 06/23/06 | Lee Ha-won
    /begin my translation Kim Jong-il Visiting Russia? "A special train crossed the (Russo-N. Korean) border" A VIP train leaving Pyongyang was seen crossing the border in N.E. area (of N. Korea), according to sources on N. Korea on June 22nd. According to them, there are many who claimed that they saw the Kim Jong-il's VIP train crossing the border. Considering that the train crossed the N.E. area rather than Shinuiju area, some observers find it highly likely that Kim Jong-il is visiting Russia. If he is visiting Russia, he could be there to talk over the tense situation with U.S....
  • Bush Inspired to Visit Capital of Free, Democratic Iraq

    06/14/2006 4:53:13 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 247+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 14, 2006 – President Bush said today he was inspired to "visit the capital of a free and democratic Iraq" and spoke of his regard for new Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Bush flew to Baghdad yesterday for a surprise visit with Maliki his Cabinet and with U.S. troops serving there. "It was a pleasure to meet face to face with the prime minister," Bush said in a White House Rose Garden news conference. "I thought it important to sit down with him and talk to him in person. I saw firsthand the strength of his character and...
  • Bush Baghdad Visit Catches Troops by Surprise

    06/14/2006 4:50:01 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 725+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Jeff Lowry, USA
    BAGHDAD, June 14, 2006 – President Bush's surprise visit to Baghdad yesterday caught the troops here unawares. But most were thrilled their commander in chief made the perilous trip. Bush visited Baghdad to congratulate Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Iraq's new government and to thank the troops for their hard work and dedication. "Baghdad and Iraq is a front in the war on terror. It is a part of our mission to help make sure that the world is a better place. I truly believe the work that you're doing here is laying the foundation of peace for generations...
  • Bush Arrives in Iraq on Surprise Visit

    06/13/2006 4:00:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 33 replies · 749+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 13, 2006 – President Bush arrived in Baghdad today on a surprise visit to new Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Bush had been meeting at Camp David, Md., with his national security team to discuss the way forward in Iraq. He was to have met with Maliki and other Iraqi leaders via teleconference today, but traveled to Baghdad in secret overnight. He shook hands with a surprised looking Maliki in front of television cameras at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad this evening local time. Speaking at Camp David yesterday evening, Bush said the United States is resolved to...