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Editor’s Notes

U.S. senators warn against war with Iran
‘Bush missing chance for helpful talks’

Republican and Democratic senators warned Tuesday against a drift toward war with an emboldened Iran and suggested the Bush administration was missing a chance to engage its longtime adversary in potentially helpful talks over next-door Iraq. — 664 words.

Europe resistance, secret deals
colour U.S. pressure on Iran

European governments are resisting Bush administration demands that they curtail support for exports to Iran and that they block transactions and freeze assets of some Iranian companies, officials on both sides say. The resistance threatens to open a new rift between Europe and the United States over Iran. — 1,381 words.

Surge here first
Jordon king sees swift creation of Palestine state
as a must to avoid war from Beirut to Bombay

It was an electric moment in this mountain town last week when the young Hashemite king, Abdullah II of Jordan, stood in front of the World Economic Forum and warned of a conflagration that could spread "from Beirut to Bombay" — pitting Shiite against Sunni, Persians against Arabs with untold consequences for all. — 747 words.

Securing North Korea
To ban the bomb, sign the peace

Of all the crises facing the new United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki Moon, the fraying nuclear nonproliferation system is arguably the most consequential. Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, has warned of 30 "virtual new weapons states" on the horizon. — 604 words.

Putin prowls the Middle East
in competition with the U.S.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Jordan next month, the Kremlin said Tuesday, for a trip likely to focus on oil and gas, arms sales and terrorism. The trip, from Feb. 11 to 13, will be the first to those countries by a Russian leader since tsarist times. Last week he visited India, and over the past year he also has paid state visits to South Africa, Algeria, Germany and Finland. — 829 words.

Lukashenko beat Putin to the punch
in confrontation over oil-price hike

Yulia Latynina, a Moscow radio talk show host, says Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko has given his administration the assignment of replacing the $3.5 billion its economy lost as a result of higher prices for gas and crude oil from Russia. The two options suggested were the introduction of a rental fees for the land on which the pipeline to Europe stands and slapping a transit tax on Russian oil. — 615 words.

True North Canuck Fact of the Day

Millions of domestic killer cats stalk Canada

Cats first arrived in North America with European immigrants.  Large numbers
were imported during the late nineteenth century in an attempt to control a
growing rodent population associated with agriculture. It's estimated there
are now about five million domestic cats in Canada and these animals kill
approximately 140 million birds and small mammals every year.

Trivia compiled by Randy Ray and Mark Kearney. Visit their Web site at: www.triviaguys.com

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