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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Nation&World Fifty die in attacks on Iraqi forces

Bombers and gunmen launched an apparently coordinated string of attacks against Iraqi government forces yesterday, killing at least 50 people, a day after the number of U.S. troops fell below 50,000 for the first time since the start of the war. Insurgents have been stepping up their attacks on Iraq’s security forces in recent months as the U.S. has trimmed its military presence in the country. More than half of those killed yesterday — 27 — were Iraqi soldiers and policemen. There were no claims of responsibility for the spate of attacks. Their scale and reach, from one end of the country to the other, underscored insurgent efforts to prove their might against security forces and political leaders who are charged with the day-to-day running and stability of Iraq. The deadliest attack came in Kut, 100 miles southeast of Baghdad, where a suicide bomber blew up a car inside a security barrier between a police station and the provincial government’s headquarters. Police and hospital officials said 19 people were killed, all but one of them policemen. An estimated 90 people were wounded.

New-home sales fall 12.4 percent

Sales of new homes dropped sharply last month to the slowest pace on record — the latest sign that the economic recovery is fading. The Department of Commerce said yesterday that new home sales fell 12.4 percent from June to July to a seasonally adjusted annual sales pace of 276,600, the slowest pace on record dating back to 1963. The past three months have been the worst on record for new home sales. Weak sales mean fewer jobs in the construction industry, which normally powers economic recoveries. Each new home built creates, on average, the equivalent of three jobs for a year and generates about $90,000 in taxes, according to the National Association of Home Builders. Builders have been forced to compete with foreclosed properties offered at significantly lower prices. Partly as a result, new home sales made up

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Sexual Harassment Prevention Session for student interns will be held from 12:05 to 1 p.m. in Textor 103. WICB/VIC Rush Night will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Park Auditorium.


only about 7 percent of the housing market last year, down from about 15 percent before the bust.

Iran offers arms deal to Lebanon

Iran is prepared to sell weapons to Lebanon if Beirut asks for help in equipping its military, Iran’s defense minister, Gen. Ahmad Vahidi, said yesterday. Vahidi’s comments come a day after the leader of Lebanon’s Shiite Hezbollah group, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, called on the Lebanese government to formally seek military assistance from Iran. In a televised speech Tuesday, Nasrallah vowed that his Iranian-backed group could help secure the aid for Lebanon’s poorly equipped army. The Hezbollah leader made his suggestion after a U.S. congressman suspended $100 million of American military aid to Lebanon earlier this month over concerns the weapons could be used against Israel and that Hezbollah may have influence over the Lebanese army. Lebanon’s government has since opened an account at the central bank to receive donations to help it purchase weapons for the military.

West Bank building to resume

Israel’s foreign minister said yesterday that it would be unacceptable to extend a slowdown on West Bank settlement construction, even as Mideast peace talks get under way next week. Avigdor Lieberman, whose ultranationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party is a major partner in the governing coalition, told Israel Radio he realized that resuming settlement construction would antagonize both the U.S. and the Palestinians. He said maintaining tight restrictions on building would “punish” tens of thousands of Israelis living in the settlements. Lieberman’s comments added a powerful voice to a debate that is having deep repercussions for the U.S.-backed peace process. A 10-month moratorium on most West Bank construction expires Sept. 26 and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is under heavy domestic pressure to allow

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building to resume. Renewed construction in the settlements could spell disaster for the peace talks before they even get off the ground. But leaving the moratorium in place could cause Netanyahu’s hard-line Israeli government to crumble.

Death toll reaches 80 in Somalia

Fighting in Somalia’s capital flared for a third straight day yesterday. Eight people were killed, pushing the week’s death toll past 80 as insurgents tried to force government troops back toward the presidential palace, officials said. Mortar and rocket fire forced residents to flee and closed businesses. Fighting between al-Shabab militants and government and African Union forces has been fierce ever since the al-Qaida-linked militant group declared a new “massive” war against African Union troops Monday.

The fighting has forced hundreds of people from their homes. Women, children and the elderly could be seen fleeing the warfare yesterday. African Union tanks were in the streets to support the government soldiers.

Atlantic hurricane gains strength

Hurricane Danielle has strengthened as it swirls far out over the Atlantic. Danielle’s maximum sustained winds increased yesterday to near 85 mph. Additional strengthening is expected over the next two days. The hurricane is located about 795 miles east of the Northern Leeward Islands and is moving west-northwest near 17 mph. In the Pacific, Tropical Storm Frank is gaining strength as it moves away from Mexico’s southwestern coast. Frank’s maximum sustained winds have increased to near 65 mph.

SOURCE: Associated Press


august 26–september 1, 2010 friday

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Really Really Free Market, a free section of the Fall Creek North Star Market, will be open from noon to 3 p.m. at 202 E. Falls St.

Shabbat Services will begin at 6 p.m. in Muller Chapel.

The Ithacan Rush Night will begin at 8 p.m. in the Park Auditorium.

Shabbat Dinner will begin at 7:15 p.m. in Terrace Dining Hall.




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Catholic Mass will be held at 1 and 9 p.m. in Muller Chapel.

ICTV Rush Night will begin at 7 p.m. in Emerson Suites.

Hillel Welcome Back Barbecue will begin at 4:30 p.m. on the lawn outside Muller Chapel.

Society of Professional Journalists Rush Night will begin at 8 p.m. in Park 220.



Ithaca Gay Men’s Chorus’ first rehearsal will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church at 309 N. Cayuga St. in Ithaca. All men are welcome, and no auditions are required.

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Student Organization Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Emerson Suites. Park Productions Rush Night will begin at 7 p.m. in Park 220. Buzzsaw Rush Night will begin at 8 p.m. in Williams 323. Evensong, a Protestant Community worship service, will begin at 9:30 p.m. in Muller Chapel.

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Find out how rain and construction affected students’ move-in experiences in this week’s Snap Judgment.