Thursday, April 19, 2007

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NEW YORK (AP) - The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 12,800 for the first time Wednesday, signaling Wall Street's recovery from its steep decline in February as investors rewarded companies with strong earnings.

April 19 (Bloomberg) -- China's economy grew at a faster- than-forecast 11.1 percent pace in the first quarter from a year earlier, raising the likelihood the government will increase interest rates to curb the risk of overheating.

NEW YORK, April 18 (Reuters) - Users of the hand-held BlackBerry e-mail device, a communications lifeline for movers and shakers from the White House to Wall Street, endured hours of disrupted service before the system was restored on Wednesday.

Iraq could hold almost twice as much oil in its reserves as had been thought, according to the most comprehensive independent study of its resources since the US-led invasion in 2003. (FT)

VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran has begun making nuclear fuel in its underground uranium enrichment plant, the international atomic watchdog said on Wednesday, in a move by Tehran that raises the stakes in its showdown with world powers.

China claimed yesterday to have caused a snowfall for the first time as part of its increasingly ambitious attempts to control the weather. (UKTELEGRAPH)

( - Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, pledged Wednesday to push legislation that would put caps on carbon emissions in an effort to fight global warming.

(CBS/AP) BROOKLYN A young whale thrashed the water, beached itself at an oil depot dock and died suddenly on Wednesday after two days of swimming aimlessly in a small bay off an industrial section of Brooklyn.

MOSCOW -- Russia plans to build the world's longest tunnel under the Bering Strait to Alaska as part of a $65 billion project to supply the United States with oil, natural gas and electricity from Siberia. (Washington Times)

(Jerusalem ( - Nineteen-year-old Najwa Hashash was so unhappy after her recent wedding that she was ready to carry out a suicide bombing, a report on the Israeli internet site YNET said. Israeli forces arrested Hashash in the Balata refugee camp of the West Bank city of Nablus earlier this week.

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