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Name of source: Little About
SOURCE: Little About (9-16-09)
Hadrians Wall is a stone and turf fortification built by the Roman Empire across the width of what is now northern England.
An important Roman cremation cemetery, situated on a cliff edge, forms part of the World Heritage Site at Birdoswald Fort, Cumbria.
It is under serious threat from erosion, which has accelerated over the last few years.
English Heritage voiced concerns about erosion after it acquired the site in 2001 and began investigative work to establish whether it could be prevented.
Findings revealed that the cliff on which the fort and settlement of Birdoswald stand is under constant threat of erosion, caused by a combination of the river at the base of the cliff and water and frost action on the boulder clay at the top.
Excavation is therefore the only way to avoid the loss of this delicate archaeology.
Name of source: National Park Traveler
SOURCE: National Park Traveler (9-17-09)
The “Walkway Over the Hudson” project on the Hudson River turned an historic railroad bridge that stretched more than a mile into a scenic biking and pedestrian pathway. Now it will become part of a national network of scenic, historic, and recreation trails.
“The Hudson River Valley is one of America’s most scenic geographic corridors, and this project will allow thousands of people to enjoy its beauty,” Secretary Salazar said. “I encourage all New Yorkers and visitors to New York to hike or bike the bridge when the trail opens.”
The trail, which is scheduled to open October 2, will transform the cantilever railroad bridge into a linear park and trailway. It will provide public access to the Hudson River's scenic landscape for pedestrians, hikers, joggers, bicyclists, and people with disabilities as well as connect to an extensive network of rail-trails, parks and communities on both sides of the river.
Name of source: BaltimoreJewishTimes.com
SOURCE: BaltimoreJewishTimes.com (9-15-09)
The aim is to identify and repair the neglected sites from the Holocaust era, which often are the last reminder of once-vibrant Jewish communities, according to a statement released Monday by Lo Tishkach-Do Not Forget, a project coordinated by the Conference of European Rabbis, the continent’s main Orthodox rabbinical association, and sponsored by the Conference for Jewish Material Claims against Germany.
Youth groups in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia will begin a training program this fall. They will conduct surveys of hundreds of local sites starting in early spring.
Name of source: Politico
SOURCE: Politico (9-17-09)
Latimer, a former special assistant to the president for speechwriting, is the author of a new book titled "Speech-less: Tales of a White House Survivor," which includes a number of embarrassing Bush anecdotes including the assertion that the former president was confused about the very concept of the conservative political movement.
According to excerpts of the book released to GQ magazine, Bush also made a highly derogatory remark about Hillary Clinton, said then-presidential candidate Barack Obama had "no clue" and was uncertain about the identity of Sarah Palin when Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) picked her as his running mate. The book is being published by Crown Publishing Group and is set for a Sept. 22 release.
The anecdotes imply that Latimer had significant access to the president, but several members of the Bush White House's senior staff told POLITICO that little of what the former aide says rings true.
Name of source: Las Vegas Sun
SOURCE: Las Vegas Sun (9-14-09)
The Mass at the Valley of the Fallen outside Madrid was usually held around Nov. 20, the anniversary of Franco's death in 1975, and drew gatherings of far rightists nostalgic for Franco's nearly four-decade rule.
A law passed in December 2007 specifically outlaws political rallies at the Valley of the Fallen, which features a 150-meter tall (500-foot) granite cross and for many Spaniards is their country's most divisive and potent reminder of the Franco era.
Starting this year, Mass will be held Nov. 3 in memory of all those who died in the 1936-39 Civil War that Franco's fascist forces won, said Anselmo Alvarez. He is the abbot of the Benedictine community overseeing the basilica, which houses Franco's tomb and is part of the sprawling memorial site carved into the side of a mountain.
The bodies of more than 30,000 people who died in the war are also buried at the site.
Name of source: guardian.uk.co
SOURCE: guardian.uk.co (9-14-09)
Zhura's views are not greatly unusual in today's Russia. What distinguishes the amateur historian from other Stalin fans is that he is going to court to prove his assertion that Stalin never killed anybody. And he claims to have an impeccable witness – Stalin's 73-year-old grandson.
At lunchtime tomorrow Yevgeny Dzhugashvili – the offspring of Stalin's ill-fated son Yakov, from the dictator's first marriage – is due to appear at Moscow's Basmanny court. Dzhugashvili lives in Tbilisi, Georgia. But at Zhura's invitation, he is flying to Moscow to take part in a libel action against Novaya Gazeta, Russia's leading liberal newspaper.
Name of source: telegraph.co.uk
SOURCE: telegraph.co.uk (9-16-09)
ntelligence chiefs singled him and a 'cadre' of other intellectuals to work at Bletchley Park, the codebreaking centre in Buckinghamshire.
Its staff - which included Alan Turing, the gay codebreaker - would later decipher the 'impenetrable' Enigma machines.
This saved Britain from German conquest by allowing the Navy to intercept and destroy Hitler's U-Boats.
According to previously unseen records, Tolkien trained with the top-secret Government Code and Cypher School (GCCS).
He spent three days at their London HQ in March 1939 - six months before the outbreak of the Second World War and just 18 months after the publication of his first book, The Hobbit.
But although he was ''keen'', Tolkien - a professor of English literature at Oxford University - declined a £500-a-year offer to become a full-time recruit.
SOURCE: telegraph.co.uk (9-16-09)
Rudolf Vouk, their lawyer, said the family has lodged a request for the repeal of a 90-year-old ban that prohibits its members from being elected Austria's head of state.
"Such a disposition is no longer justifiable and contravenes the right to free and democratic elections" as well as the principle of equality before the law, Mr Vouk said.
The family's application to end the ban - a year before Austria's next presidential elections - was filed with the constitutional council, with a copy sent to Werner Faymann, the Austrian Chancellor.
The Habsburgs ruled the Holy Roman Empire from 1438 to 1806, and the Austro-Hungarian Empire from 1867 until its demise in 1918 with defeat in the First World War.
Name of source: philly.com
SOURCE: philly.com (9-16-09)
His direct language was the start of federal efforts that led to the forced relocation of five tribes and the infamous "Trail of Tears," as thousands of Indians died from starvation, exposure, and disease.
But historians have always had to depend on a draft of Jackson's message - not the final copy carried by Maj. David Haley to Choctaw and Chicasaw leaders. It was believed lost to history.
Forgotten in a private family collection, the letter was discovered this summer, and sold to the Raab Collection, a Philadelphia-based dealer of autographs, historical documents and manuscripts.
Name of source: USA Today
SOURCE: USA Today (9-16-09)
"I'd be very saddened" if the financially troubled National D-Day Memorial in the southwest Virginia town had to close, says Boggess, 80. "This community made a sacrifice on D-Day. We want our young people to understand."
Bedford lost 19 sons on D-Day, more proportionally than any other U.S. community. In all, 22 soldiers from the town of 3,400 died in the invasion. That loss prompted Congress to choose the town 200 miles from Washington for a national memorial to the greatest amphibious assault in history.
Congress gave little more than its good wishes. Private funds covered the $19 million construction cost. The memorial has relied on admission fees and donations since its dedication in 2001.
Bedford's remote location, the recession and the dwindling ranks of World War II veterans have combined to decimate the memorial's bottom line. Ray Nance, the last surviving Bedford Boy, died in April.
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (9-15-09)
Inside the box, opened in 2003, he found an incredibly rare coin, wrapped in a delicate paper sleeve. It was a gold $20 piece with Lady Liberty on one side, a bald eagle flying across the other and, at Liberty’s left, the four digits that made it so valuable: 1933.
The famous “double eagles” from that year were never officially released by the government. Only a few had ever made their way out of federal vaults, and only one had ever been sold publicly, in 2002. The price: $7.6 million.
And there were nine more of them in the safe-deposit box.
But after the Langbord family took the coins to the United States Mint to be authenticated in 2004, they got a rude surprise. The Mint said the coins were genuine and kept them.
The government claims that they are government property stolen from the Mint, most likely in the 1930s, by Mr. Langbord’s grandfather, Israel Switt, a Philadelphia jewelry dealer.
SOURCE: NYT (9-14-09)
The group, Human Rights Watch, had initially thrown its full support behind the analyst, Marc Garlasco, when the news of his hobby came out last week. On Monday night, the group shifted course and suspended him with pay, “pending an investigation,” said Carroll Bogert, the group’s associate director.
“We have questions about whether we have learned everything we need to know,” she said.
The suspension comes at a time of heightened tension between, on one side, the new Israeli government and its allies on the right, and the other side, human rights organizations that have been critical of Israel. In recent months, the government has pledged an aggressive approach toward the groups to discredit what they argue is bias and error.
Injected suddenly into that heated conflict, word of Mr. Garlasco’s interest seemed startling to many. The disclosure ricocheted across the Internet: Mr. Garlasco, an American, was not only a collector, he has written a book, more than 400 pages long, about Nazi-era medals. His hobby, inspired he said by a German grandfather conscripted into Hitler’s army, was revealed on a pro-Israel blog, Mere Rhetoric, which quoted his enthusiastic postings on collector sites under the pseudonym “Flak88” — including, “That is so cool! The leather SS jacket makes my blood go cold it is so COOL!”
Name of source: MSNBC
SOURCE: MSNBC (9-15-09)
The last time one that was introduced as a disciplinary action, according to the House Historian's office, was in 2003 by Nancy Pelosi against California Republican Bill Thomas. Thomas, then the chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, "called the U.S. Capitol Police to eject protesting Democrats from a committee room," The Hill recalls...
... Per the historian's office, here's the language of that "resolution of disapproval":
H.Res. 324 (108th Congress): Relating to a question of privileges of the House …. "Resolved, that the House of Representatives disapproves of the manner in which Representative Thomas conducted the markup of legislation in the Committee on Ways and Means on 18 July 2003, and finds that the bill considered at that markup was not validly ordered reported to the House."
(The motion was tabled by a vote of 170 to 143.)
More from the Library of Congress:
"Resolved, That the House of Representatives disapproves of the manner in which Representative Thomas summoned the United States Capitol Police to evict minority-party members of the Committee on Ways and Means from the committee library, as well as the manner in which he conducted the markup of legislation in the Committee on Ways and Means on July 18, 2003, and finds that the bill considered at that markup was not validly ordered reported to the House."
Here's a history of disciplinary actions, per the historian's office:
Office of the Historian
U.S. House of Representatives
MEMO: Resolutions of Disapproval
The term "resolution of disapproval" refers to two very different types of resolutions. House Resolutions in general are used for internal actions or expressions of the "sense of the House." One common example is a resolution expressing the sense of the House "disapproving" an action of a foreign government. This is a sentiment, and has no force of law. A resolution criticizing, or reprimanding, or censuring, or rarely, "disapproving" the actions of one of its own members, is a disciplinary action, under the privileges of the House. It is in the form of a House Resolution, and while it "disapproves" of the actions of an individual member, it is somewhat confusing to refer to this as a "resolution of disapproval." Such internal disciplinary actions are not normally referred to that way.
The most common use of the term "resolution of disapproval" involves a statutory review of a proposed executive branch action. "Congress has, from time to time, passed laws reserving to itself an absolute or limited right of review by approval or disapproval of certain actions of the executive branch or independent agencies. These laws, known as 'congressional disapproval' statutes, usually envision some form of congressional action," either a joint resolution, a simple resolution, or an action by a congressional committee. Some examples of such areas where there could be "resolutions of disapproval" include the War Powers Resolution, the DC Home Rule Act, a number of acts involving arms export controls, federal land policy, and the Defense Base closures and realignment. See Rules and Manual of the House, section 1130.
Here are several examples of the statutory "resolution of disapproval":
- H.Res. 79 (107th Congress): Providing for consideration of the joint resolution (S.J. Res. 6) providing for congressional disapproval of the rule submitted by the Department of Labor under chapter 8, title 5, of the U.S. Code relating to ergonomics. Introduced by Representative John Linder (R-GA) on 6 March 2001. Passed by a vote of 222 to 198....
Name of source: tampabay.com
SOURCE: tampabay.com (9-16-09)
Underwater archaeologist John William Morris, with the Florida Aquarium, said Tuesday a research team has found the ship, a vessel not seen since the night in 1863 when Union troops raided the shipyard.
Morris' team first spotted the suggestion of a ship Aug. 29 with new sonar technology, but it took until Tuesday to confirm that the shadowy trace in the sand was that of the lost blockade runner.
Name of source: Times Online
SOURCE: Times Online (9-12-09)
In the shed, next to the trowel and gloves, there will almost certainly be a well-thumbed copy of the gardeners’ bible written by Alwin Seifert, the country’s organic guru.
Now it emerges that at least some of Seifert’s useful tips in his bestselling book Gärtnern, Ackern-ohne Gift, (Gardening, Working the Soil without Poison) may have been gleaned from his observation of the experimental gardens set up on the grounds around Dachau concentration camp.
Tended by half-starved slave labourers, at least 400 of whom were killed, drowned in the carp pond or trampled into the mud of the latrine trenches, the Dachau gardens were established at the behest of Heinrich Himmler, Hitler’s security chief, and stretched to 211 blossoming hectares.
Seifert, who after the war became a founder of the Green movement, was one of the top landscape gardeners of the Nazi era. He even had the title Reichslandschaftsanwalt — advocate of the Reich’s Landscape. It was Seifert who managed to persuade the Nazi autobahn planners to make the motorway curve, following the natural contours of the German countryside. The well-connected gardener was also opposed to artificial fertilisers poisoning German soil and went to Dachau, apparently oblivious to the emaciated prisoners, to see what could be done in the gardens and arable fields of the Fatherland.
“The question has to be how much of the information that flowed into his book derived from the research being done in Dachau,” says the Munich-based cultural historian Daniella Seidl, who has been digging in the Bavarian and federal archives. “He was a regular visitor, maintained a correspondence with the head gardener Franz Lippert, and even arranged for a couple from the camp to work in his own household.” Some of the ideas being tried out in the Dachau gardens were certainly adopted by Seifert for use in his own garden in the Tyrol.
Name of source: Rasmussen Reports
SOURCE: Rasmussen Reports (9-14-09)
That’s up one point over the past month, but down six points from mid-May.
Name of source: Echo
SOURCE: Echo (9-14-09)
Archaeologists who made the find on the 34-acre site are set to unveil the full extent of the discovery on Tuesday, September 15.
The site where the mine was found is due to become a wildlife area, protecting a range of birds, animals and plants to offset any disruption caused during the construction of the port.
Name of source: ThaiIndia News
SOURCE: ThaiIndia News (9-14-09)
According to a report in Herald Scotland, the team of archaeologists, backed by volunteers from Renfrewshire Local History Forum, is carrying out a 12-day excavation of the drain.
An initial excavation revealed an arched corridor almost 6ft high, and uncovered pottery fragments and gaming pieces, a complete chamber pot, and other artefacts.
This month’s dig is the first subsequent excavation of the drain, which dates to at least the fifteenth century...
... “We’ll be finding out about the sorts of things that were growing in the gardens, and the things they were eating. So, it’s possible to reconstruct the lifesyle of the monks,” he further added.
Paisley Abbey was founded as a Cluniac priory in 1163, and became an abbey in 1245.
Name of source: Newswise
SOURCE: Newswise (9-14-09)
The hidden figurines were discovered when the researchers exposed a shop in the southeastern corner of the forum district of Sussita, which is the central area of the Roman city that was built in the second century B.C., existed through the Roman and Byzantine periods and destroyed in the great earthquake of 749 A.D. According to the researchers, it was clear that the followers had wished to hide the figurines, as they were found complete. The clay pieces are 23 cm tall and represent the common model of the goddess of love known to the experts as Venus pudica, "the modest Venus." This name was given to the form due to its upright stature and the figure's covering her private parts with the palm of her hand – perhaps another reason for concealing them from the new religion that presided over the empire.
Name of source: The Chronicle of Higher Education
SOURCE: The Chronicle of Higher Education (9-15-09)
The proportion of Hispanic, Asian, and multi-ethnic students enrolled in the organization's member institutions jumped from 6 percent of the student population in 1986 to 8 percent in 2006. The total number of nonblack students of color increased by 64 percent. The organization represents 47 public historically black colleges and universities, or HBCU's.
"Diversity matters to HBCU's," Olivia M. Blackmon, a strategic research analyst for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, said in a telephone news conference last week. Ms. Blackmon pointed to the historic mission of HBCU's to support underserved communities and said the institutions are fulfilling that promise not only by reaching out to African Americans, but also by reaching out to other minorities.
Name of source: Inside Higher Ed
SOURCE: Inside Higher Ed (9-15-09)
Name of source: Science Fair
SOURCE: Science Fair (9-14-09)
"These pre-historic fossils are an invaluable part of the history of the People’s Republic of China and they will undoubtedly contribute to the scientific exploration of that nation’s past,” said the Department of Homeland Security's John Morton, in a statement. “The attempt to remove them from China ran up against a network of national and international customs laws that are in place to protect against the theft of cultural property.
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Pottery, coins and tools found at the site indicate the synagogue dates to the period of the second Jewish temple in Jerusalem, where the actual menorah was kept, said archaeologist Dina Avshalom-Gorni of the Israel Antiquities Authority.
The artist might have seen the menorah during a pilgrimage and then recreated it in the synagogue, she suggested.
A small number of depictions of the menorah have surfaced from the same period, she said, but this one was unique because it was inside a synagogue and far from Jerusalem, illustrating the link between Jews around Jerusalem and in the Galilee to the north.
Name of source: Time
SOURCE: Time (9-15-09)
Mirroring Mexico's history itself, most of Yanga's Afro-Mexican population has been pushed to neighboring rural villages that are notable primarily for their deep poverty and the strikingly dark skin of their inhabitants. Mexico's independence from Spain and new focus on building a national identity on the idea of mestizaje, or mixed race, drove African Mexicans into invisibility as leaders chose not to count them or assess their needs. Now many blacks want to fight back by improving the shoddy education and social services available to them and are petitioning for the constitution to recognize Afro-Mexicans as a separate ethnic group worthy of special consideration...
... Many of the country's mexicanos negros (black Mexicans), as they are called, know that their ancestors arrived in chains on boats that docked at ports in the sultry, steamy state of Veracruz. But they don't know much else. Indeed, Afro-Mexicans say that much of the history of los mexicanos negros is untaught or ignored by the rest of the country. Apart from Yanga, Afro-Mexicans claim Vicente Guerrero, who served briefly as President in the early 19th century and gave his name to the state of Guerrero, as one of their own, as well as revolutionary José María Morelos, who was executed by the Spaniards in 1815.
Black Mexican activists estimate the population of Afro-Mexicans at about 1 million, but there are no official figures. Earlier this year, they petitioned the National Institute of Statistics and Geography to include the Afro-Mexican population as a separate category in the next census, in 2010. Official statistics do not recognize blacks as a separate ethnic group (56 indigenous groups are officially accredited, the largest ones being the Nahuatl and the Maya, numbering more than 2 million each). As a result, Afro-Mexicans say they have been left out of institutional programs and are without a cultural identity. The group Mexico Negro A.C. is linking with similar Afro-descendant organizations in Latin America that have achieved success in securing better treatment. "We no longer want to be detained by security agents in our own country who say that in Mexico there are no blacks," says Rodolfo Prudente Dominguez, an activist with Mexico Negro...
Name of source: Independent (UK)
SOURCE: Independent (UK) (9-16-09)
Paddy the pigeon was the first bird make it back to England with vital news from the D-Day Normandy landings in June 1944.
His exploits of daring-do, avoiding deadly German falcons released to catch the airborne messengers, and making it back across the Channel, earned Paddy the Dickin Medal, the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross.
SOURCE: Independent (UK) (9-16-09)
"What is best in me, I owe to her," the 44th US President acknowledged in the second edition of his memoir Dreams From My Father. But Dunham has been little more than a footnote in his extraordinary story. In the preface, Mr Obama wrote: "She travelled the world, working in the distant villages, helping women buy a sewing machine or a milk cow or an education that might give them a foothold in the world's economy."
But he chose to highlight a dreaminess in his mother. "She gathered friends from high and low, took long walks, stared at the moon and foraged through local markets for some trifle, a scarf or stone carving that would make her laugh or please the eye." There is more than a hint of superficiality; a sense that his mother was a hippy chick.
What Mr Obama's narrative omits is any detail of how Ann Dunham was an economic anthropologist and that for 30 years she devoted herself to studying rural enterprise in Indonesia. She took on projects as a development officer with the Ford Foundation, the US Agency for International Development and the Asian Development Bank, pioneering micro-credit projects that extended small loans to the rural poor.
Dunham's legacy both as a scholar and a mother whose influences would shape her son will finally receive wider prominence later this year when her PhD treatise, which took 14 years to complete, is published by Duke University Press. A feature-length movie about her life, Stanley Ann Dunham: A Most Generous Spirit, goes into production next year.
Name of source: Sky News
SOURCE: Sky News (9-15-09)
We visited a school in Volgograd - formerly Stalingrad - and found patriotism and pride for Russia and its pivotal role in the Second World War are still strong.
During a history lesson pupils learned about Joseph Stalin the hero - not the villain.
The students are bright and engaged - the Kremlin's initiative to reinterpret history seems to be working.
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
Rome is calling for international sponsors to help fund the restoration of the 2,000-year-old amphitheatre's crumbling facade, with the project expected to cost at least £4.5 million.
The restoration of the Colosseum is part of a broader plan to spruce up the nearby Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, the jumbled collection of ruined temples and palaces which formed the heart of the Roman Empire.
Spielberg has said he would continue with his long-planned film about the US president who abolished slavery, after it emerged that Redford was planning a rival project that could be finished first.
The director told Variety magazine that he would not pull the plug on the film, which is set to star Liam Neeson.
Redford announced that his independently-financed film, The Conspirator, would start shooting next month, with a cast headed by James McAvoy and Robin Wright Penn, the Guardian reports.
Rather than a biopic, it is the tale of the assassination of the president by actor and Confederacy sympathiser John Wilkes Booth. The plot will focus on the story of Mary Surratt (Wright Penn), who was allegedly one of Booth's aides.
Reflecting on his political career and 10-year term as leader, Mr Blair also said he sometimes wished he had become a rock star instead.
Mr Blair made the comments as he addressed a star-studded audience of around 1,000 people attending the GG2 Leadership & Diversity Awards at the Grosvenor House hotel in London’s Park Lane.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (9-14-09)
The Te Hokioi was described as a huge black-and-white predator with a red crest and yellow-green tinged wingtips, in an account given to Sir George Gray, an early governor of New Zealand.
Scientists now think the stories handed down by word of mouth and depicted in rock drawings refer to Haast's eagle, a raptor that became extinct just 500 years ago.
The services will be allowed in all prisons where the inmates request them, said Marcial Miguel Hernandez, president of the Cuban Council of Churches.
The communist government's relations with the religious world have been rocky since the 1959 revolution that put Fidel Castro in power.
But tensions have slowly eased since a 1998 visit by Pope John Paul II.
Last Christmas and Easter, religious services were permitted in some prisons for the first time since the revolution.
For all his politeness in public, Mr Bush is alleged to have privately mocked fellow big name politicians, claims his former speech writer Matt Latimer, whose book Speech Less: Tale of a White House Survivor has been awaited with some anxiety by members of the previous administration.
Latimer, who was appointed in the last months of Mr Bush's presidency, had intimate access to the workings of the administration.
In his dealings with the press, and in accidental recordings with other world leaders, Mr Bush often displayed what has been called a patronising, "frat boy" sense of humour.
Latimer reveals that Mr Bush always believed the former first lady, Mrs Clinton, would win the Democratic nomination but thought she may have underestimated the job at hand.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (9-14-09)
Fans of Muntazer al-Zaidi plan to give the television reporter a riotous reception on his release from Baghdad's central jail.
He has been offered cars, money, a penthouse apartment by the television station for which he worked, and presents ranging from the eccentric, such as a statue of a golden horse, to the traditional, such as a wife.
Human Rights Watch, a group whose global reputation rivals that of Amnesty International, said it had sent Marc Garlasco home on full pay pending an investigation into his hobby.
Last week, pro-Israeli websites disclosed that Mr Garlasco, a former Pentagon intelligence officer, was an avid collector of German wartime memorabilia who had written a book about Nazi-era medals.
The pro-Israel lobby has made numerous allegations against Human Rights Watch, claiming it has sought to raise funds in Saudi Arabia and has hired researchers who have supported a boycott on the Jewish state or shown sympathy for terrorism. The organisation denies all such accusations.
The Lithuanians, a mixture of border guards and police officers, were captured by men of the Soviet interior ministry's Special Purpose Police Squad.
Ordering their prisoners to lie on the ground they then killed them with shots to the head.
One man survived but was left in a wheelchair by the severity of his injuries.
Nikulin, who later took Latvian citizenship and changed his name to Mikhailov, has denied any involvement in the crime, but if found guilty faces life imprisonment.
Name of source: BBC
SOURCE: BBC (9-16-09)
Finland has charged Francois Bazaramba with genocide and 15 counts of murder in Rwanda in 1994.
Finnish law allows prosecutions for crimes against humanity wherever they are committed.
If found guilty, Mr Bazaramba, 58, faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. He denies all the charges.
SOURCE: BBC (9-16-09)
Officials from Shropshire Council's Museum Service said the coins, thought to be from 320 AD to 340 AD, were found in a large storage jar.
They said the haul, found by an amateur treasure hunter, had been sent to experts in London to examine.
Councillor Stephen Charmley said it was the largest coin hoard to be found in the county in modern times.
SOURCE: BBC (9-15-09)
In a statement, Mr Obama said that it was in the US national interest to extend the Trading With The Enemy Act which covers the trade embargo.
It is largely a symbolic step because the final decision rests with Congress.
Under legislation from 1996, the Helms-Burton Act, the embargo can only be lifted when Cuba is deemed to have begun a democratic transition.
Name of source: Guardian (UK)
SOURCE: Guardian (UK) (9-16-09)
More than 130 years after her death, a bust of Tasmania's most famous Aboriginal woman, Truganini, is at the centre of controversy, with demands it be returned to her homeland by the British Museum which owns it.
Now representatives of the community have flown to Britain in the hope of reclaiming the plaster cast, along with remains of other ancestors still held by medical and academic institutions in the UK.
Name of source: Times (UK)
SOURCE: Times (UK) (9-16-09)
Doctoral dissertations are usually of little interest outside the world of academic research but this book casts an intriguing light on the beliefs of one of the Middle East’s most influential figures.
The publication by Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the eldest son of the Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and his second wife, is set to fuel the debate about the pace of democratic and economic reform in his homeland.
Perhaps because it is published under the surname Alqadhafi, the blue cover of the PhD thesis appears to have been little read since it was filed at the Senate House library of the University of London last autumn. Over 428 pages, the man seen as heir apparent to the socialist dictator who has ruled Libya for 40 years calls for democracy and greater influence for business in his vision of the world’s governing institutions.
SOURCE: Times (UK) (9-15-09)
Harrison travelled the world in his capacity as a paymaster-general in the Royal Navy, taking his camera everywhere. The enthusiast, who was also a talented marine artist, turned his photographs into slides for the magic lantern by painstakingly tinting each one by hand. Because he was on the spot, he was able to make sure that the colours were accurate.
In addition to the collection of magic lantern slides, he left detailed notes of his subjects. He travelled from Egypt to the South Pacific, taking in most of the important ports of call along the way. The photographs include graphic images of the punishment meted out by the Chinese authorities in the early years of the Boxer Uprising.
SOURCE: Times (UK) (9-15-09)
At least five women, all working as prostitutes, were murdered by a Victorian serial killer whose identity has been a matter of speculation for more than a century.
But some only turned to prostitution later in life after the break up of their marriages. Records from the 1881 census, which go online today, show several living with husbands and children.
Name of source: Daily Mail (UK)
SOURCE: Daily Mail (UK) (9-16-09)
Research presented at a conference in York yesterday suggested that traumatic stress can trigger Alzheimer's and other conditions.
More than 700,000 people suffer from dementia in the UK and Dr Karen Ritchie, from France's National Institute of Health and Medical Research, believes that many of today's cases could have been caused by armed combat, or by the Blitz.
SOURCE: Daily Mail (UK) (9-15-09)
But the satnav system may not be as modern as we think.
According to a new theory, prehistoric man navigated his way across England using a similar system based on stone circles and other markers.
The complex network of stones, hill forts and earthworks allowed travellers to trek hundreds of miles with 'pinpoint accuracy' more than 5,000 years ago, amateur historian Tom Brooks says.
Name of source: CNN
SOURCE: CNN (9-16-09)
Carter made similar remarks at an event at his presidential center in Atlanta, Georgia, The Associated Press reported Tuesday, pointing to some protesters who have compared Obama to a Nazi. "Those kind of things are not just casual outcomes of a sincere debate on whether we should have a national program on health care," the former president said at the Carter Center, according to AP. "It's deeper than that."
The House voted Tuesday to formally disapprove of Wilson's behavior during the joint session of Congress. The resolution was approved largely along party lines, with Republicans calling the measure unnecessary partisan politics
SOURCE: CNN (9-14-09)
But is this actually the worst of times in congressional politics? Not really. When the going gets tough, congressional politics has often gotten ugly. Throughout much of the 19th century, legislators disliked each other so much they often got into fistfights on the floor.
The most infamous incident occurred in 1856 when Rep. Preston Brooks of South Carolina attacked Massachusetts Sen. Charles Sumner with his cane, beating him into a bloody state of unconsciousness. Brooks was unhappy with one of Sumner's speeches against slavery that focused on his uncle, Sen. Andrew Butler.
During debates over pivotal issues, tempers have flared often. When a peace activist approached Massachusetts Republican Henry Cabot Lodge in the Senate hallway in 1917 and branded him as a "damned coward" for calling on America to enter into World War I, the senator hit him in the face. A fistfight ensued in the corridor.
When opposing America's entrance into the war, Sen. George Norris warned, "We are going into war upon the command of gold . . . I feel that we are about to put the dollar sign on the American flag." His colleagues yelled "Treason! Treason!"
Then there were even more bitter debates over race and communism between the 1930s and the 1970s. The rhetoric was so bad in this period -- one we often mistakenly remember as a model of consensus and civility -- that even Rep. Wilson would be aghast by what his predecessors said. Sen. Joseph McCarthy accused members of the State Department and other officials in the executive branch of actively assisting international communism.
SOURCE: CNN (9-14-09)
The letter's path from the Virginia home of Robert Kennedy's widow, Ethel Kennedy, to a locked evidence vault in the Dallas field office of the FBI is described in a six-page affidavit filed last month in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Texas by Special Agent John Skillestad.
It says Max Kennedy, the son of Ethel and Robert, alerted the bureau in July 2006 to the letter's pending auction at Heritage Galleries and Auctioneers Galleries in Dallas.
Max Kennedy, who said he is the sole person in charge of his parents' papers, "stated that he had not given authority to sell, give, or donate any papers of Ethel or Robert Kennedy to anyone," the affidavit says.
SOURCE: CNN (9-15-09)
Muntadhar al-Zaidi told reporters after he was released that he was beaten with cables and pipes and tortured with electricity immediately after guards removed him from a news conference for hurling both shoes at Bush.
He said he was taken into another room and beaten even as the press conference continued.
Name of source: Reuters
SOURCE: Reuters (9-15-09)
Plavsic was convicted in February 2003 of persecuting Bosnian Muslims in the 1992-95 Bosnian war, but will have served two-thirds of her sentence in October, making her eligible for parole under laws in Sweden, where she is being detained.
Judge Patrick Robinson at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia said today that Plavsic should be granted early release as she is entitled to under Swedish law, "notwithstanding the gravity of her crimes."