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This page features brief excerpts of news stories published by the mainstream media and, less frequently, blogs, alternative media, and even obviously biased sources. The excerpts are taken directly from the websites cited in each source note. Quotation marks are not used. Because most of our readers read the NYT we usually do not include the paper's stories in HIGHLIGHTS.
Name of source: BBC
The creatures are all more than 150 million years old.
The new finds are indisputably older than Archaeopteryx, the "oldest bird" recognised by science.
Professor Xu Xing and colleagues tell the journal Nature that this represents the final proof that dinosaurs were ancestral to birds.
The theory that birds evolved from dinosaurs has always been troubled by the absence of feathers more ancient than those on the famous Archaeopteryx.
SOURCE: BBC (9-25-09)
The announcement was made as the fifth update to Confucius' family tree was unveiled on the 2,560th anniversary of his birth, say Chinese state media.
Last updated in 1937, the book lists all 83 generations of descendents.
For the first time women, ethnic minorities and descendants living overseas have been included.
SOURCE: BBC (9-25-09)
Abdallah Higazy, 38, sued the bureau, saying he had been unjustly criminally charged and imprisoned for 34 days.
He had been accused of lying to investigators about an aviation radio found in his hotel room in New York.
SOURCE: BBC (9-26-09)
In a TV interview with Al Jazeera Colonel Gaddafi said no deal was done and that he now considers the matter to be closed.
Asked about any deal over the release, Col Gaddafi said: "No, no, it is very clear, he had this illness and consequently they were compelled to release him because of this disease. There was no deal or anything else."
The items, which date from the 6th to 8th centuries, were discovered beneath a field on a farm in July.
The haul is much larger than the Sutton Hoo discovery in 1939 when 1.5kg of Anglo-Saxon gold was found near Woodbridge, Suffolk.
The Staffordshire coroner will decide later whether the hoard is to be classified as treasure.
NYT account (with video)
After an hour and a half of Mr Gaddafi speaking in person, it is not known how many of those listening logged on for more.
Four hours and 29 minutes is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest speech in front of the General Assembly, given in September 1960 by Fidel Castro. The former Cuban leader is known for his interminable speeches - his longest on record in Cuba clocking up seven hours and 10 minutes at the 1986 Communist Party Congress.
Even that was topped, when at the UN Security Council in 1957, the Indian politician VK Krishna Menon talked for nearly eight hours defending India's position on Kashmir.
The men died on 24 September 1917 when they mistakenly got off their train at Bere Ferrers thinking they had arrived at their destination of Exeter.
In fact the train had only stopped for signals and the men were hit by an express train on the other track.
The service is the result of a request by the New Zealand Army Museum.
It contacted the Royal British Legion hoping to find out about New Zealand servicemen who are buried in Devon and Cornwall.
It will send about 40 pieces to Taipei's main museum for a joint exhibition on a Qing dynasty emperor, according to the Beijing News.
The whereabouts of China's artefacts have long been a contentious issue.
When the defeated Nationalists retreated to Taiwan at the end the civil war, they took many treasures with them, and Beijing wants them back.
Osman would have been sultan of the Ottoman Empire had Turkey's modern republic not been created in the 1920s.
As the last surviving grandson of Sultan Abdul-Hamid II, he would have been known as his Imperial Highness Prince Shehzade Ertugrul Osman Effendi.
Born in Istanbul in 1912, Osman spent most of his years living modestly in New York.
The £1 note sold for £9,000 ($US14,800) at the charity auction held by the Clydesdale Bank, beating the old record of £7,000 ($US11,500) set in 2001.
The note was issued by the North of Scotland Bank, which became part of Clydesdale Bank in 1951.
The auction, which included collectable notes from a series of new World Heritage designs as well as historic notes, raised £112,830 ($US185,000).
Nalini Sriharan, who is in a prison in Tamil Nadu state, says she has been eligible for early release since 2005.
She ended her fast after officials said that her demand would be considered.
Rajiv Gandhi was killed by a suicide bomb at an election rally in May 1991. India has always blamed the attack on Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels.
The guns were originally sent to Korea as military aid, and some were also used during the war in Vietnam.
For more than five decades, they have been kept mothballed in warehouses.
Most of those on offer are M1 rifles - a weapon once described by US General George S Patton as "the greatest battle-implement ever devised".
Julio Alberto Poch, a Transavia airline pilot, was held at Valencia airport as he was about to fly a passenger plane to Amsterdam, Spanish officials say.
Mr Poch is wanted in Argentina for allegedly flying planes used to dump political opponents of the country's military regime into the sea.
Some 30,000 people disappeared or died during the junta's rule in Argentina.
Mr Castro described President Obama's admission that the US had been too slow to act on climate change as a brave gesture.
But he added that the American capitalist system was incompatible with a clean planet.
He praised the American president for saying that the US had been slow to act on climate change and that richer countries had to take the lead since they had caused much of the damage.
No other US president, he said, would have had the courage to make such remarks.
Name of source: Fox News
SOURCE: Fox News (9-26-09)
The Libyan leader said it was a "friendly" gathering where he offered his condolences.
A woman whose brother died in the bombing said she and another victim's relative met with the Libyan leader.
Lisa Gibson said she and the other relative met with Qaddafi on Wednesday, arranged through a Libyan ambassador.
SOURCE: Fox News (9-24-09)
The confronting advertisement shows blurred clips of a couple having sex before the end reveals the man as Hitler.
The 'AIDS is a mass murderer' campaign will be shown on German TV and in movie theaters ahead of World Aids Day on December 1.
The agency that created the advertisement said there was no better way to get the public's attention.
Name of source: CNN
SOURCE: CNN (9-26-09)
Ertugrul Osman, grandson of Sultan Abdulhamid II and heir to the Ottoman throne, died this week in Istanbul of kidney failure at the age of 97, after having lived most of his life in exile in a humble third-floor walk-up apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side.
Osman's funeral in the garden of the mammoth Sultanahmet Mosque was attended by Turkish state ministers, artists and media glitterati. They lined up to pay their respects to Osman's widow, Zeynep Osman, herself a descendant of the royal family of Afghanistan.
SOURCE: CNN (9-24-09)
In a rambling speech at the U.N. General Assembly, Chavez spoke highly of current President Obama, saying he is an "intelligent man" and comparing him to President John F. Kennedy.
"I hope God will protect Obama from the bullets that killed Kennedy," he said. "I hope Obama will be able to look and see, genuinely see, what has to be seen and bring about a change."
Three years ago, Chavez spoke at the gathering the day after Bush spoke, and said the lectern "still smells of sulfur."
But on Thursday he looked around the podium and said, "It doesn't smell of sulfur. It's gone. No, it smells of something else. It smells of hope."
Name of source: Yahoo News
SOURCE: Yahoo News (9-25-09)
The reading, from a young girl whose parents were arrested under the Nazi occupation, went straight to the heart of Friday's seminar on French officialdom's role in the Nazi terror.
"There were only French gendarmes. There were no Germans," read Eric Lucas, director of the ministry's historical agency.
"It poses the question of collective responsibility; but also individual," Lucas said.
The session on genocide awareness — which also included a debate, film and tour of the Holocaust Memorial museum in Paris — is to become regular training for new Defense Ministry officials.
Participants on Friday filed past museum walls etched with the names of thousands of French Jews deported to concentration camps during World War II.
Some 76,000 Jews, 11,000 of them children, were deported from France to Nazi concentration camps. Fewer than 3,000 returned alive.
SOURCE: Yahoo News (9-24-09)
The more than 400-page book titled: "My Brothers Fidel and Raul. The Secret Story," is set for release Oct. 26. It is co-written by Spanish-language journalist Maria Antoineta Collins and will be published by Santillana USA.
SOURCE: Yahoo News (9-24-09)
The discovery sent a thrill through Britain's archaeological community, which said Thursday that it offers new insight into the world of the Anglo-Saxons, who ruled England from the fifth century until the 1066 Norman invasion and whose cultural influence is still felt throughout the English-speaking world.
"This is just a fantastic find completely out of the blue," Roger Bland, who managed the cache's excavation, told The Associated Press. "It will make us rethink the Dark Ages."
The treasure trove includes intricately designed helmet crests embossed with a frieze of running animals, enamel-studded sword fittings and a checkerboard piece inlaid with garnets and gold. One gold band bore a biblical inscription in Latin calling on God to drive away the bearer's enemies.
The Anglo-Saxons were a group of Germanic tribes who invaded England starting in the wake of the collapse of the Roman Empire. Their artisans made striking objects out of gold and enamel, and their language, Old English, is a precursor of modern English.
The cache of gold and silver pieces was discovered in what was once Mercia, one of five main Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, and is thought to date to between 675 and 725.
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Name of source: San Fransisco Gate
SOURCE: San Fransisco Gate (9-24-09)
"May the president of the United States break the law in the name of national security? ... We're asking this court to say, 'no,' " Jon Eisenberg, lawyer for the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, told a federal judge in San Francisco.
Neither the president's constitutional powers as commander in chief nor Congress' authorization to use military force against terrorists after Sept. 11, 2001, entitled Bush to override a 1978 law requiring court approval for electronic surveillance of suspected terrorists, Eisenberg argued...
Name of source: ABC News
SOURCE: ABC News (9-25-09)
Near the very end of World War II, on April 13, 1945, the American 30th Infantry Division was pushing its way into central Germany. They found a train carrying nearly 2,500 emaciated Jewish prisoners -- many of whom were children. The prisoners were traveling from the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp to another camp – a place where certain death awaited.
"All these people, men women and children, jampacked in those box cars," said Carrol Walsh, a member of the 30th Infantry Division. "I couldn't believe my eyes. There they were."
Name of source: The Daily Beast
SOURCE: The Daily Beast (9-25-09)
Name of source: KansasCity.com
SOURCE: KansasCity.com (9-24-09)
Recounting the story in Georgetown, Del., his daughter, Ileana Smith, chokes up.
"I want you to know that you have had the greatest influence in my life of anyone, and I love you and I respect you and admire you," she tells him, the interview now part of Historias, a new initiative by the oral history project StoryCorps to record and preserve the life stories of Hispanics across the United States and Puerto Rico.
StoryCorps already has recorded 30,000 interviews since its start in 2003 and launched other initiatives, including one in 2007 to record the stories of African-Americans. David Isay, who started the national effort to get people talking - and listening - said the response from the Hispanic community had been unprecedented.
There's been a"sense of excitement and gratitude that Latino voices are going to be heard, respected and preserved," he said.
The 40-minute interviews will be conducted over the next year in cities that include Miami, San Diego; Chicago; Houston; Taos, N.M.; Yuma, Ariz.; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Bilingual facilitators will collect the interviews, which resemble intimate conversations between family members or close friends. Some end in tears, others in laughter.
Name of source: The Wall Street Journal
SOURCE: The Wall Street Journal (9-25-09)
The two sets of three-day reunions, involving several hundred people from both countries, will take place from Saturday to Thursday at a South Korea-built resort at Mount Kumgang, just inside North Korea on the east coast of the two countries.
Since their start in 2000, 16 in-person reunions have been held at Mount Kumgang or other places, involving about 1,680 families. There have also been seven videoconference reunion events, involving about 280 families. In all, 19,960 people from the two Koreas have met through the reunions.
SOURCE: The Wall Street Journal (9-25-09)
Reza Saleh, a longtime employee of Mr. Perot's businesses who has lived quietly in Texas for 30 years, was accused by federal regulators Wednesday of making $8.6 million in illicit profits from Dell Inc.'s proposed purchase of Perot Systems Corp.
But three decades ago, Mr. Saleh played a vital role in a bold mission to rescue two Perot employees who were being held hostage in an Iranian jail, according to people familiar with that effort. The rescue was the basis of the book "On Wings of Eagles," by Ken Follett.
Name of source: The National Post
SOURCE: The National Post (9-23-09)
Chinese newspapers say even more effort is being made to prevent showers or fog from spoiling the big day on Oct. 1 than was expended to ensure sunshine for the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
The air force is sending up 18 aircraft to chemically "disappear" clouds over the capital and 48 "fog-dispersal vehicles" will be stationed around the city, primarily at the airports where the military fly-passes will originate, according to the official Global Times newspaper.
It means everyone in Beijing should be able to see -- and hear -- the aircraft roar overhead, but they'll have to watch the rest of the parade on television.
When asked if ordinary citizens could come and join in the celebration of the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, watch as the parade makes its way along Chang'an Ave. to Tiananmen Square, a spokesperson at the 60th anniversary press office said: "No."
Name of source: The National Security Archive
SOURCE: The National Security Archive (9-24-09)
Orchestrated and carried out by paramilitaries from the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC), an illegal paramilitary army, there have long been allegations that Colombian security forces, including those from the Colombian Navy's 1st Marine Infantry Brigade, facilitated the massacre by vacating the town before the carnage began and constructing roadblocks to delay the arrival of humanitarian aid. U.S. assistance under Plan Colombia required the Colombian military to demonstrate progress in breaking ties with paramilitary forces.
The documents described in the article below—and in Spanish on the Web site of Semana (Colombia's leading news magazine)—show that U.S. officials had significant doubts about the credibility of their Colombian military counterparts and were well aware, even before El Salado, of the propensity of the Colombian military to act in concert with illegal paramilitary forces, whether through omission or commission.
Name of source: Thaindian News
SOURCE: Thaindian News (9-23-09)
Take for example, Mexico’s El Castillo pyramid in Chichen Itza. As visitors climb the colossal staircase, their footsteps begin to sound like raindrops falling into a bucket of water as they near the top.
The discovery of the raindrop “music” in another pyramid suggests that at least some of Mexico’s pyramids were deliberately built for this purpose.
Some of the structures consist of a combination of steps and platforms, while others, like El Castillo, resemble the more even-stepped Egyptian pyramids.
Researchers were familiar with the raindrop sounds made by footsteps on El Castillo - a hollow pyramid on the Yucatan Peninsula.
Name of source: telegraph.co.uk
SOURCE: telegraph.co.uk (9-24-09)
Before his elevation, the younger Mao was a colonel. He works as a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Military Sciences, where he specialises in Mao Tse-tung Thought.
Although his promotion has not been widely publicised, Mao Xinyu was introduced at a recent function as a major-general, and is the youngest person to hold such a high rank in the 2.5-million-strong People's Liberation Army.
In a recent interview in the Chinese media, the younger Mao said he had now fulfilled a dream. "I never thought I would be able to enter the military, even less did I dream that I could reach the rank of major-general," he said.
Mao Xinyu has become increasingly prominent in the run-up to the 60th anniversary of Communist Party rule in China. Last year, he was appointed as a dean of a university department dedicated to his grandfather, and his blog on the People's Daily website was chosen as the "most attention-grabbing" blog of the year.
Name of source: Trak.in News
SOURCE: Trak.in News (9-23-09)
According to a report in the Daily Mirror Online, the site had been discovered by Professor Raj Somadeva and his team while excavating an area belonging to the Sri Jayabodharama temple in Udaranchamadama.
The ruins of a cemetery had been found earlier in the Pahalaranchamadama school premises and this team believed that traces of the village that used the cemetery could be discovered from this excavation.
“The discovery of this site is a landmark in our history. This is the first time in Sri Lanka that we have found artefacts that are to more than 3330 years old,” said Professor Somadeva.
Name of source: Politico, quoting a press release
SOURCE: Politico, quoting a press release (9-24-09)
Name of source: Nicholas Thompson, in Wired
SOURCE: Nicholas Thompson, in Wired (9-21-09)
"The Perimeter system is very, very nice," he says. "We remove unique responsibility from high politicians and the military." He looks around again.
Yarynich is talking about Russia's doomsday machine. That's right, an actual doomsday device—a real, functioning version of the ultimate weapon, always presumed to exist only as a fantasy of apocalypse-obsessed science fiction writers and paranoid über-hawks. The thing that historian Lewis Mumford called "the central symbol of this scientifically organized nightmare of mass extermination." Turns out Yarynich, a 30-year veteran of the Soviet Strategic Rocket Forces and Soviet General Staff, helped build one.
Chart source: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Natural Resources Defense Council
The point of the system, he explains, was to guarantee an automatic Soviet response to an American nuclear strike. Even if the US crippled the USSR with a surprise attack, the Soviets could still hit back. It wouldn't matter if the US blew up the Kremlin, took out the defense ministry, severed the communications network, and killed everyone with stars on their shoulders. Ground-based sensors would detect that a devastating blow had been struck and a counterattack would be launched.
P.D. Smith: The Dead Hand
Name of source: CNSNews.com
SOURCE: CNSNews.com (9-23-09)
“Because of the Bush-McCain policies, our debt has ballooned,” then-Sen. Barack Obama told a Charleston, W.V., crowd in March 2008. “This is creating problems in our fragile economy. And that kind of debt also places an unfair burden on our children and grandchildren, who will have to repay it.”
During the entire administration of George W. Bush, the Iraq war cost a total of $622 billion, according to the Congressional Research Service.
President Obama’s welfare spending will reach $888 billion in a single fiscal year--2010--more than the Bush administration spent on war in Iraq from the first “shock and awe” attack in 2003 until Bush left office in January.
Obama’s spending proposals call for the largest increases in welfare benefits in U.S. history, according to a report by the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. This will lead to a spending total of $10.3 trillion over the next decade on various welfare programs. These include cash payments, food, housing, Medicaid and various social services for low-income Americans and those at 200 percent of the poverty level, or $44,000 for a family of four. Among that total, $7.5 trillion will be federal money and $2.8 trillion will be federally mandated state expenditures.
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
Ignoring a public outcry and warnings from the United Nations cultural body, the authorities gave the green light to the so-called Okhta Centre on Tuesday.
At 1,322 feet, it will be taller than the Eiffel Tower in Paris and be visible from St Petersburg's historic city centre.
It will be the first skyscraper in Russia's former imperial capital, which has survived the destruction of the Bolshevik Revolution and Nazi bombing raids to remain one of the world's most beautiful cities.
L'Affaire Farewell is the true story of how a French mole in the KGB helped break Russian spy rings to such a devastating extent that it hastened the demise of the Soviet Union.
Colonel Vladimir Vetrov of Directorate T, the industrial spying arm of the KGB leaked thousands of documents and the names of more than 400 Soviet agents posted abroad to French intelligence between 1981 and 1982.
The probe into the deaths of 13 Catholic civil rights protesters in Londonderry in 1972 was due to report this autumn after 11 years, and the latest hold-up is set to add another £1 million to the £188 million price-tag.
An exasperated Mr Woodward was said to be planning to pass on his strong displeasure to Lord Saville of Newdigate, chairman of the inquiry.
He had written to the Government in July promising that his findings would be delivered in the autumn and “before Christmas” at the latest.
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (9-23-09)
The program, which was obtained by The Associated Press prior to broadcast, could add new fuel to the controversy over Bishop Richard Williamson.
Jews and Catholics worldwide were outraged after Pope Benedict XVI lifted the excommunication of Williamson, along with three other ultraconservative bishops, in an attempt to bring dissidents back into the mainstream church.
SOURCE: AP (9-23-09)
Nine of the men were arrested in December in a predominantly Albanian-populated region of Serbia bordering Kosovo. Eight of the suspects are at large and were accused in absentia.
The indictment accuses the men of the kidnapping of 153 Serbs and the deaths of at least 80 of them in the eastern Kosovo town of Gnjilane following Kosovo's war for independence.
Name of source: Media Matters (liberal media watchdog)
SOURCE: Media Matters (liberal media watchdog) (9-23-09)
Beck claims to provide authoritative explanation of Constitution's meaning
Beck explains to"idiots" what"our Founding Fathers really intended" in the Constitution. In the introduction to a chapter titled,"The U.S. Constitution: Lost in Translation," Beck mocks"idiots" who don't share his interpretation of the Constitution:
How many times have you argued with your idiot friends about what's constitutional and what isn't? You may even show them the Constitution, but the disagreement continues. That made me think that maybe the problem is that the entire Constitution is written in English -- a language that is very difficult for the average idiot to comprehend. In addition, there are several words in the document longer than three letters, making it a tougher read than the"Dick and Jane" books they normally struggle through.
What follows is a translation (from English to Idiot) of several important parts of the U.S. Constitution, leaving no doubt as to what our Founding Fathers really intended. [Beck, et. al, Arguing With Idiots, Page 267]
Beck praises constitutional provision protecting slave trade
Beck praises"Migration or Importation" tax provision in taking cheap shot at"immigrants." In the chapter, Beck reprints and then praises Article I, Section 9, Clause 1 of the Constitution. Beck specifically highlights in yellow the phrase"ten dollars for each person":
Section 9. The Migration or Importation of such Persons as any of the States now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the Year one thousand eight hundred and eight, but a Tax or duty may be imposed on such Importation, not exceeding ten dollars for each Person.
That's right, the Founders actually put a price tag on coming to this country: $10 per person. Apparently they felt like there was a value to being able to live here. Not anymore. These days we can't ask anything of immigrants -- including that they abide by our laws. [Arguing with Idiots, Page 278]
Name of source: Times Digest
SOURCE: Times Digest (9-23-09)
Name of source: Taegan Goddard newsletter
SOURCE: Taegan Goddard newsletter (9-23-09)
His conclusion: "Taken together, these data show that presidential approval 14 months prior to midterm elections has some predictive capacity, though there is enough error in the predictions that you shouldn't bet the farm. Approval among independents does not really add much to the predictions generated by overall approval, and the generic ballot this far out is not very useful at all."
So while Cook is right to suggest that current conditions do not look good for Democrats, it's still way too early to make any definitive prediction.
SOURCE: Taegan Goddard newsletter (9-23-09)
Writes William McGurn: "Not that Mr. Rumsfeld need fear. If this book is any guide, an employer will read how stupid Matt really thought he was only after he's no longer being paid."
It makes you wonder if Rumsfeld's book will be even more explosive.
Name of source: George Stephanopoulos blog
SOURCE: George Stephanopoulos blog (9-22-09)
With President Obama expressing skepticism about a further troop buildup in Afghanistan and his commander on the ground, Gen. McChrystal, advising that more troops are urgently needed to avoid "mission failure," the Afghanistan war is front and center.
And so Washington has a new must-read book.
My colleague Martha Raddatz and I have been told that many on the national security team at the White House are now reading "Lessons in Disaster" by Gordon Goldstein.
It’s a very powerful book focused on Vietnam-era national security adviser McGeorge Bundy.
From the Publishers Weekly blurb:
“As national security adviser, McGeorge Bundy was the prototypical best and brightest Vietnam War policymaker in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. Bundy was, according to foreign policy scholar Goldstein, an out-and-out war hawk who again and again demonstrated a willingness, if not an eagerness, to deploy military means in Vietnam. Goldstein worked with Bundy in the year before his death, in 1996, on an uncompleted memoir and retrospective analysis of America's path to war. While drawing on that work in this warts-and-all examination of Bundy's advisory role, this book is something different, containing Goldstein's own conclusions. He painstakingly recounts his subject's role as national security adviser and ponders the complexities of the elusive inner Bundy: for example, the buoyant good humor in the 1960s that seemed unbowed by the weight of difficult strategic decisions. Among the surprising revelations: late in life Bundy came to regret his hawkish ways, although he maintained to the end that the presidents, not their advisers, were primarily responsible for the outcome of the war. Vietnam, he said, was overall, a war we should not have fought. “
One of the conclusions Goldstein says Bundy reached is that President Kennedy would have likely NOT escalated US involvement in Vietnam had he lived. He says that JFK emerged from Cuban Missile Crisis determined not to get rolled again by military.
The book was reviewed last November in the New York Times by Richard Holbrooke with comments relevant to the current situation in Afghanistan.
Name of source: History Today
SOURCE: History Today (9-21-09)
The survey was carried out by the Forsa institute, two months ahead of the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9th, 1989. Between September 9th and 10th, 1,002 Germans living in both former eastern and western Germany were questioned. 16% of those living in former West Germany, ‘Wessies’, wanted the wall back, against 11% of ‘Ossies’.
For the most part, those living in western Germany resented paying higher taxes to pay for the rebuilding of the formerly communist east. Over the past twenty years, approximately 1.2 trillion Euros worth of state funds have been transferred to eastern Germany.
Name of source: Reuters
SOURCE: Reuters (9-22-09)
Ernst Pernicka, a University of Tubingen professor of archaeometry who is leading excavations on the site in northwestern Turkey, said the bodies were found near a defense line within the city built in the late Bronze age.
The discovery could add to evidence that Troy's lower area was bigger in the late Bronze Age than previously thought, changing scholars' perceptions about the city of the "Iliad."
Name of source: National Geographic News
SOURCE: National Geographic News (9-18-09)
Surrounded by early "smoke machines" as well as human and llama bones, the body was among several buried inside a unique double-chambered tomb that dates back to A.D. 850, said archaeologist Luis Jaime Castillo Butters, of the Catholic University of Peru in Lima.
The tomb contained a wooden coffin decorated with a copper lattice and a gilded mask, sitting on a raised platform. Inside the coffin "is where we find the main object of the burial, and that fellow is a male," Castillo said.
Name of source: AFP
SOURCE: AFP (9-19-09)
"A specialist army and intelligence unit arrested three people involved in the theft and trafficking of Iraqi antiquities" in the region of Abassi, west of Kirkuk, General Abdel Amir al-Zaidi told journalists.
He said eight pieces were recovered during the arrests, including the head of a Sumerian king. The Sumerian period dates from 4,000 BC to 2,000 BC.
Name of source: MSU.EDU
SOURCE: MSU.EDU (9-21-09)
The Campus Archaeology Program on Sept. 17 unearthed the northeast corner of the building’s stone-and-mortar foundation just south of the site where Beaumont Tower now stands.
Built in 1856 as the nation’s first building for the study of scientific agriculture, College Hall was plagued by defective construction and torn down after two walls collapsed in 1918. Today, the building’s image is featured on MSU’s official seal.
The discovery came after MSU Landscape Services, a division of Physical Plant, contacted the Campus Archaeology Program about plans to replace the sidewalk near Beaumont Tower. Construction was put on hold for a few days while team members conducted an excavation – and ultimately discovered the intact foundation a few feet underground.