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Monday, December 15, 2008

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  • Iraqi Journalist Throws Shoes At President Bush
    President Bush made an unannounced trip to Iraq on Sunday. He and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki signed a ceremonial copy of a U.S.-Iraq security agreement. Bush also dodged a pair of shoes flung by a correspondent for Al-Baghdadia television during a news conference in Iraq. Later, the president joked the shoes were a size 10.
  • Iraqi Refugee Sinks Roots In Atlanta
    Atlanta is a prime destination for Iraqi refugee families resettling in the United States. Bothinaa Mohammed, who arrived with her three teenage children a year ago, has struggled. But, she says, "America ... my country."
  • Rough Road Ahead For Afghanistan Legal System
    Corruption and nepotism in the struggling Afghan justice system have fostered rampant bribery and insider dealing. One expert believes it might take a generation or more to fix what only began in 2001, after the ouster of the Taliban.
  • New Thai Prime Minister Reflects On Recent Issues
    In an exclusive interview, Abhisit Vejjajiva rejects the notion that he had anything to do with the latest government's fall. But he said that the Thaksin-friendly government was simply too corrupt to stay on.
  • Financial Scam Hits Wall Street, Global Investors
    The list of investors who say they were duped in one of Wall Street's biggest Ponzi schemes is growing. Investors around the world who sunk cash into veteran Wall Street money manager Bernard Madoff's investment pool spent the weekend calculating their exposure.
  • Obama Team Keeps Grass Roots Growing
    While President-elect Barack Obama staffs the top rungs of his administration, his team is paying close attention to the campaign's grass roots. Over the weekend, supporters held thousands of "Change Is Coming" house parties across the country.
  • Fed Set To Overhaul Credit Card Standards
    The Federal Reserve meets later this week to finalize rules that would affect the credit card industry. The regulations are likely to include banning card companies from changing interest rates on existing balances, except in certain cases. The aim is to protect consumers, but industry representatives say the changes will cost them billions. Consumer advocates say the reforms don't go far enough.
  • Taste Test: Obama Soda A Hit With French Teens
    The election of Barack Obama has inspired one French entrepreneur to create a new soft drink. The maker of Obama Soda says he hopes his beverage, and its namesake, will inspire young people living in some of France's grimmest housing projects by giving them a little taste of the American dream.
  • Obama Figurines Crafted For Nativity Scenes
    Craftsmen in Naples, Italy, are selling figurines of U.S. President-elect Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, for Nativity scenes. Apparently they're top sellers, along with the baby Jesus and the Wise Men. Nativity artisans in Naples have a history of using politicians for creative fodder, perhaps to reach out to more light-hearted buyers. Other Nativity figurines for sale: Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni.
  • Illinois Legislature To Discuss Blagojevich's Fate
    The calls for Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to resign continue — even though a spokesman for the governor says that's not likely to happen. Illinois lawmakers meet Monday and say they will impeach the Democratic governor if he doesn't resign soon. Blagojevich is accused of scheming to sell the Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

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