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Friday, December 28, 2007

Breaking News::Video Photos of Benazir Bhutto Assassination

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Additional Video Pakistan’s ex-PM Benazir Bhutto is killed in a presumed suicide attack, a spokesman for her party says.

Video Bhutto killed in Pakistan blast Chaos and panic following the blast

Benazir Bhutto ‘killed in blast’

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Bhutto’s body flown home

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USA Checking al Qaeda Claim…

While al Qaeda is considered by the U.S. to be a likely suspect in the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Banazir Bhutto, U.S. intelligence officials say they cannot confirm an initial claim of responsibility for the attack, supposedly from an al Qaeda leader in Afghanistan.

An obscure Italian Web site said Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, al Qaeda’s commander in Afghanistan, told its reporter in a phone call, “We terminated the most precious American asset which vowed to defeat [the] mujahedeen.”

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Bush Condemns Bhutto Assassination…

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First female prime minister of a Muslim country…
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CNN VIDEO OF HER BEFORE ATTACK

Pakistan’s Bhutto Assassinated

Attack at a rally kills opposition leader; at least 20 others dead, officials say.

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Bhutto’s death poses dilemma for U.S.

U.S. officials huddle to assess impact two weeks before legislative elections.

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NBC’s Andrea Mitchell’s November interview with Bhutto

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Benazir Bhutto Assassinated in Pakistan


Former Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto, the first woman prime minister of an Islamic nation, was assassinated in an attack at an election rally in the city of Rawalpindi. She was 54.

``She's dead,'' a Bhutto aide, Imran Hayat, said today as he sobbed in a telephone interview from Rawalpindi General Hospital. Rioting began as her supporters gathered outside the hospital.

It wasn't immediately clear whether Bhutto died in the blast or was shot by the bomber before he blew himself up, Bhutto spokesman Farhatullah Babar told state-run television. Interior Ministry spokesman Javed Cheema said earlier in a phone interview that she was killed in the bombing. At least 15 other people were also killed and more than 60 were injured, police said.

President Pervez Musharraf condemned the killing and appealed for calm in a statement broadcast on state television, after rioting broke out in cities across Pakistan. In Rawalpindi, where the army has its headquarters, shops were torched and Bhutto's backers clashed with police. Unrest broke out in her hometown, Larkana, while in Lahore there were reports of gunfire from some parts of the city, Pakistan's AAJ television reported.

``It was Benazir Bhutto that posed the main threat to pro- Musharraf parties,'' Farzana Shaikh, Pakistan analyst at the London-based Chatham House foreign policy institute, said in a phone interview from Montpellier, France. ``Long-term it raises very, very serious questions about the stability of Pakistan.''

October Attack

The opposition leader survived an assassination attempt on the night of her return to Pakistan in October after eight years in self-imposed exile. At least 136 people died when suicide bombers attacked her welcome procession on Oct. 19 in Karachi, where thousands of supporters had gathered to receive her.

Harvard and Oxford-educated Bhutto was born in Karachi, Pakistan's biggest city, and was the eldest of two sisters and two brothers. She is survived by her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, son Bilawal and two daughters, Bakhtawar and Aseefa.

Bhutto attributed her interest in politics to her father, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the prime minister overthrown by General Mohammad Zia ul-Haq in a 1977 military coup.

``She was, like her father, a deeply flawed leader,'' Shaikh said. ``But, she was one of the few popular leaders of Pakistan. She did street politics like no other. She was able to give people a certain sense of belonging.''

Zia ul-Haq went on to become president in 1978. The elder Bhutto, founder of the Pakistan Peoples Party, was hanged in 1979 after his conviction on charges of authorizing the murder of an opponent. Both Bhutto's brothers were also murdered.

`It Chose Me'

``I didn't choose this life, it chose me,'' Bhutto wrote in the preface to the second edition of her autobiography, Daughter of the East, in April 2007. ``Born in Pakistan, my life mirrors its turbulence, its tragedies and its triumphs. Pakistan is no ordinary country. And mine has been no ordinary life.''

Bhutto was imprisoned for five years, mostly in solitary confinement, just before her father's execution. She later lived in London, returning to Pakistan in 1986. She was married to a man from a land-owning family of agriculturists in 1987.

``An arranged marriage was the price in personal choice I had to pay for the political path my life had taken,'' she wrote in her autobiography. ``My own parents had married for love and I had grown up believing the day would come when I would fall in love and marry a man of my own choosing.''

Zia ul-Haq's dictatorship ended when he was killed in a plane crash in 1988. Her government was dismissed in 1990. She won a second term in 1993 and was dismissed once again on charges of corruption in 1996.

Managed Party

She lived in Dubai and London since 1999 after being charged in Pakistan with taking kickbacks on state contracts. She wasn't convicted on the charges. While outside Pakistan, she spent time lecturing at universities and think-tanks around the world. She also remotely managed her party.

Zardari, Bhutto's husband and a member of the senate, also spent over eight years in jail on 18 corruption cases. He was released in 2004 without any convictions.

Bhutto flew back to Pakistan after President Pervez Musharraf, 64, gave her amnesty on the corruption charges and agreed to give up control of the military by Nov. 15. In return, Bhutto didn't object to him being re-elected president by parliament and he won another five-year term.

Vowed to Campaign

The former premier had said she would limit mass election rallies and campaign by telephone to avoid a repeat of the Oct. 19 terrorist attacks.

``We do not want to endanger our leadership unnecessarily, and we certainly don't want to risk potential mass murder of my supporters,'' Bhutto wrote in the Wall Street Journal on Oct. 23. ``If we don't campaign, the terrorists have won and democracy is set back further. If we do campaign, we risk violence. It is an extraordinary dilemma.''

The U.S. backed a partnership between Bhutto and Musharraf. President George W. Bush banked on the relationship to return stability to a nuclear-armed country that, according to U.S. intelligence reports and officials, is failing to combat a growing Islamist threat.

``Bhutto symbolizes everything that's anathema to the extremists,'' Lisa Curtis, senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, said in a telephone interview. ``They want a Taliban-like theocratic state in Pakistan and she stands for democracy, modernity and change.''

Bhutto's moderate view of Islam and close contacts with the Bush administration made her a potential target for extremists in the world's largest Muslim nation after Indonesia. Islamic militants had threatened to assassinate Bhutto on her return from exile.

`A Symbol'

``I know that I am a symbol of what the so-called Jihadists, Taliban and al-Qaeda, most fear,'' she wrote. ``I am a female political leader fighting to bring modernity, communication, education and technology to Pakistan.''

The twin bombings on her return to Pakistan in October also injured more than 500 people in the deadliest attacks since Musharraf took power in a coup in 1999.

Musharraf had been informed that three people may be behind the attempts to kill her, Bhutto told reporters on Oct. 22, without identifying them.

``We will not be intimidated,'' she told reporters at her Karachi residence, Bilawal House. ``Despite the heavy loss we incurred, we will continue.''

`Al-Qaeda'

Bhutto received a letter from ``friends of al-Qaeda'' on Oct. 23, threatening more suicide attacks, possibly using women bombers, her lawyer Farooq Naik said. Bhutto also said her houses in Karachi and Larkana in the southern province of Sindh were under threat.

Musharraf imposed emergency rule in Pakistan on Nov. 3 as the Supreme Court neared a decision on the legality of his re- election as head of state while also serving as army chief.

Bhutto called Musharraf's decision to suspend the constitution and impose emergency a mini martial law and said it jeopardized her power-sharing talks with the army ruler.

To contact the reporters on this story: Naween A. Mangi in Karachi at nmangi1@bloomberg.net ; Khaleeq Ahmed in Islamabad at paknews@bloomberg.net ; Khalid Qayum in Islamabad at kqayum@bloomberg.net .

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Brian Wilson Gets Honored

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Tonight is the Kennedy Center Honors on CBS, and Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys finally gets his medal.

In an interview before the ceremony, he discussed his favorite version of "God Only Knows," the "Beatle rivalry" how there will be no more Beach Boys and more.

There was a White House dinner, the ceremony and a chance to mingle with others.

"Itzhak Perlman told me that every 250 years, someone special comes along," Wilson said. "Before, it was Beethoven and now it's me."

At first, Wilson's music was confined to teens - fun stuff to hear while driving cars or watching girls. That has changed, now that his generation is in charge.

One sign came with "California Girls." President Bush, like others in the crowd, clapped and swayed. "He was crying," Wilson said.

That's logical. George W. Bush, 61, grew up in an era with music from Wilson, 65.

So did others. When Wilson's "Love and Mercy" was performed by Libra (a boys' choir), Diana Ross, 63, cried.

She was an honoree, along with Steve Martin, 62; director Martin Scorsese, 65; pianist Leon Fleisher, 79; and Wilson.

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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

NORAD Santa Tracker- Santa Rader


Santa Tracking Control Center

NORAD has started their annual tracking of Santa Claus as he makes his way around the world (his current location is Aqtobe, Kazakhstan). This year NORAD is working with Google, tracking Santa using Google Earth and using special Santa Cams to upload videos of his travels to the NORAD Tracks Santa YouTube channel. For ongoing updates on Santa’s location, see the NORAD Tracks Santa website.

The NORAD Tracks Santa (NTS) program has been around for a long time, since 1955 to be exact! We believe that Santa Claus is alive and well in the hearts of people throughout the world.

NORAD uses four high-tech systems to track Santa - radar, satellites, Santa Cams and jet fighter aircraft.

Detecting Santa all starts with the NORAD radar system called the North Warning System. This powerful radar system has 47 installations strung across the northern border of North America. NORAD makes a point of checking the radar closely for indications of Santa Claus leaving the North Pole on Christmas Eve.


Beginning at 2:00 am MTN on Christmas Eve, you can track Santa Live as he makes his historical journey around the world!

This is exciting, as Santa travels fast and NORAD Santa Cams take photos of Santa and his reindeer!

Download Google Earth in preparation for tracking Santa in 3D on Christmas Eve.

Countdown to Track Santa

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On Santa Claus's trail: one billion people will log on to track his progress


Monday, December 17, 2007

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Celebrate Christmas by decorating your own Christmas tree widget online with lights, bulbs, candy canes & stars. Send free Christmas cards, ecards & greetings to friends and family & wish them Merry Christmas.



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It's Christmas ! Time to adorn your home with wreaths, stars, bells and brighten it up with candles and lights. Spread the true spirit of Christmas among your loved ones.

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Christmas is the jolliest time of the year. Celebrate the joys of this wonderful time and have fun-to-the-max with your friends & loved ones.


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The light snow, jingling of bells and festive spirit all indicate one thing - Christmas is here! It is the time of the year to meet up with family and friends and greet them on this auspicious occasion as well as look forward to a brand New Year. With everyone planning their Christmas Eve parties, how can you lag behind?

Merry Christmas To You

It's Christmas... it's time for fun and good cheer! Spread the joys of this merry and jolly time of the year among your friends. Send our cute Christmas Friends ecards to wish them a wonderful time. Send them from our collection of Christmas Friends ecards and make them feel special on Christmas.


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It's Christmas! Enjoy this Christmas by sending these free Christmas cards, ecards and online Christmas greetings to all your loved ones and wish them Merry Christmas

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It is that time of the year when we want to wish our loved ones and celebrate the joys of the season. It is not always possible to wish your loved ones personally. Today technology is so much more advanced that you can send them your love by spending less than 5 minutes using tools online.

Sending snail mail cards is losing its way just like sending letters did. Just like email which replaced the letters and chatting which replaced the regular phone calls, eCards too will eventually take over the snail mail cards that you send.

To keep yourself well prepared for the season we will look at the top sites that allow you to send Christmas eCards without having to spend a penny. And you do not have to do it just before the Christmas or New Year’s you can schedule your eCards to be sent on a future date too. So no more postal delays anymore everything will be delivered on time.

All of these e-Greeting sites we will look at allow you to personalize each of the cards you want to send out with the receivers name, your own name. A personal message to tell them what you feel. You can also send the same card to multiple recipients.

Christmas eGreetings

As the name suggests Christmas eGreetings is a site specifically dedicated to Christmas. They have a lot of different categories which spoil you for choices. Some of the categories includes Christmas Carols, Christmas Decorations, Christmas Pranks and much more.

123 Greetings

123 Greetings is probably one of the oldest sites I have used and also provides you with a lot of categories. They have specific categories for friends, families, business and religious e-Greetings. They have also newly launched their beautiful Christmas widget and facebook application.

In addition to that they also have a special section where they have e-Greetings where you can send out invitations for your get together and Christmas parties.

American Greetings

American Greetings is one of the most popular eCards site I have known and they are the most popular because of the innovations they have brought into personalizing your eCards.

They have some very cool features where you can add your photos and voice to the eCards which will add a more personalized touch to them. On the Flip side most of them are paid options. But you can still use most of the free eCards from them to send your wishes to your loved ones.