Remains of the Jewish second temple may have been found during work to lay pipes at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in east Jerusalem, Israeli television reported Thursday.
Israeli television broadcast footage of a mechanical digger at the site which Israeli archaeologists visited on Thursday.
Gaby Barkai, an archaeologist from Bar Ilan University, urged the Israeli government to stop the pipework after the discovery of what he said is "a massive seven metre-long wall."
Television said the pipework carried out by the office of Muslim religious affairs, or Waqf, is about 1.5 metres deep and about 100 metres long.
The compound, which houses both Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, is located in east Jerusalem, which Israel occupied in 1967 and then annexed. It is the third holiest site in Islam after Mecca and Medina.
For Jews it as known as the Temple Mount, which they revere as the site of the King Herod's second temple, which was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD. It is the holiest site in Judaism.
All that remains today is the temple's Western Wall, or Wailing wall
Anthony North: Most people have heard of the crashed flying saucer at Roswell, New Mexico. But this was not the only supposed crash of an alien craft.[/b] One of the earliest recorded UFO crashes is said to have happened on 6 June 1884 when a blazing object crashed in Dundy County, Nebraska. Local farmhands rushed to the scene and found sand fused to a glass-like substance, and a large pile of hot debris. One person who got too close suffered blisters similar to radiation exposure today. It took several days for the debris to cool down, whereupon the local paper reported it was extremely light metal but incredibly strong. It could have been aluminium, except it had not yet been invented. Local papers of the time even speculated the object could have come from outer space.
They keep coming down: Researcher Todd Zechel learnt from witnesses about a possible UFO retrieval when a saucer crashed in Laredo, Texas, on 7 July 1948. Prior to the crash, the 90 foot disc was seen by pilots, and said to be travelling at 2,000mph. Witnesses at the crash site spoke of a craft being taken away by US forces, and that a hairless, four foot alien had died there. At the time it was dismissed as a hoax, and government papers since released show that Nazi V2 rockets were being modified in the area at the time.Researcher Ivan Sanderson collected sighting reports of an object that flew over the Great Lakes on 9 December 1965. Towards early evening there was a boom in the sky, followed by a trail of smoke and a tremor shook the ground in a wood near Kecksburg, Pennsylvania. A Soviet rocket, Cosmos 96, had re-entered that day, but 13 hours earlier.In 1980, the fire chief who attended the incident finally told that he saw a conical craft 12 feet high embedded in the ground, but they were cleared away by the military. Later that night, a truck left the site, the military claiming nothing was found.
The Bush administration has decided to give a "terrorist" designation to Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard, which would allow the US government to target the group's business and financial operations, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.
The daily reported that the Bush administration suspects the Revolutionary Guard, Iran's 125,000-strong elite military branch, of providing support to extremists in Iraq, Afghanistan, and throughout the Middle East.
The Post said that the decision follows congressional pressure on the administration to toughen its stance against Tehran, and reflects adminstration frustration with the ineffectiveness of UN resolutions against Iran's nuclear program.
The executive order, to be issued by US President George W. Bush in the coming days, will allow the United States to block the assets of terrorists and to disrupt operations by foreign businesses that "provide support, services or assistance to, or otherwise associate with, terrorists."
The Revolutionary Guard would be the first national military branch included on a US list of individuals, businesses, charities and extremist groups believed to be engaged in terrorist activities.
Dick Cheney helped force George W. Bush to finally agree to dump top aide Karl Rove, sources say. Cheney and Rove have engaged in a mostly behind-the-scenes feud since the indictment of Cheney's top aide, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, in 2005. Rove was included as "Official A" in the indictment who also leaked information to key media members to try to discredit Iraqi war critic Joseph Wilson. Rove did not get indicted after giving depositions five times in the investigation and changing some of his statements. Cheney, who reportedly masterminded the vendetta campaign against Wilson himself, thought that Rove blamed the scandal on Libby, who he considered a scapegoat. Rove and Cheney have been at each other's throats since. Cheney's lobbying efforts to convince Bush to dump Rove were aided by Rove's dismal efforts in the 2006 elections and role in ensuing scandals involving the political firings of attorneys general and the improper use by White House aides of Republican National Committee email accounts. Even Bush knew Rove had become too big of a liability. Rove's lies that he is resigning to spend more time with his family, including a second wife and son in college who won't be around anyway, are laughable, to say the least. Perhaps Rove wants to spend more time with his gay stepfather, the one who left Rove and his suicidal mother during Christmas time one year, to talk about "family values." ORIGINAL STORY ON OPED
On board with Bush since the beginning of his political career in Texas, Rove was nicknamed "the architect" and "boy genius" by the president for designing the strategy that twice won him the White House. Critics call Rove "Bush's brain."
A criminal investigation put Rove under scrutiny for months during the investigation into the leak of a CIA operative's name but he was never charged with any crime. In a more recent controversy, Rove, citing executive privilege, has refused to testify before Congress about the firing of U.S. attorneys.
Since Democrats won control of Congress in November, some top administration officials have announced their resignations. Among those who have left are White House counselor Dan Bartlett, budget director Rob Portman, chief White House attorney Harriet Miers, political director Sara Taylor, deputy national security adviser J.D. Crouch and Meghan O'Sullivan, another deputy national security adviser who worked on Iraq. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was forced out immediately after the election as the unpopular war in Iraq dragged on.
Their discovery led anti-Mafia investigators down a months long trail of telephone and e-mail intercepts, into the midst of a huge black- market transaction, as Iraqi and Italian partners haggled over shipping more than 100,000 Russian-made automatic weapons into the bloodbath of Iraq.
As the secretive, $40 million deal neared completion, Italian authorities moved in, making arrests and breaking it up. But key questions remain unanswered.
For one thing, The Associated Press has learned that Iraqi government officials were involved in the deal, apparently without the knowledge of the U.S. Baghdad command—a departure from the usual pattern of U.S.-overseen arms purchases.
Why these officials resorted to "black" channels and where the weapons were headed is unclear.
London, Aug 11: Rock band ‘Pearl Jam’ have posted the unedited lyrics of the song in which they have criticised US President George W. Bush, on their own website.
The lyrics had been censored when a US telecom firm AT&T webcast a performance from Chicago’s Lollapolooza festival last Sunday.
Two lines from the band’s song ‘Another Brick in the Wall’ were included as part of their song ‘Daughters’, and both of them were cut.
The firm feels that the lyrics should not have been censored during the webcast.
"We regret that this happened and we're upset. Those lyrics in no way, shape or form, are something that should have been edited," the BBC quoted spokesman Michael Coe as saying.
He vowed to take up the issue with the firm that had been contracted to oversee the webcast. He also said that AT&T would seek permission from the group to put the unedited version of the track on its website.
In a statement on its own website, ‘Pearl Jam’ described the situation as "a wake-up call", and said this was "about something much bigger than the censorship of a rock band".
"AT&T's actions strike at the heart of the public's concerns over the power that corporations have when it comes to determining what the public sees and hears through communications media," the statement said.
As Georgia drummed up support over an alleged Russian missile strike this week, Moscow on Friday charged Tbilisi with threatening the region with a somewhat less sophisticated menace: dead pigs.
The hint of the highly uneven match-up stems from an epidemic of African Swine Fever that hit Georgia in June, threatening to wipe out its pig population of about half a million.
Russia accused Georgia of dumping diseased swine corpses in the Kodori river, which runs through Georgia's Russian-backed breakaway region of Abkhazia to the Black Sea.
"It is unacceptable to throw corpses of dead animals in the Kodori river... which given its consequences, is equivalent to carrying out biological terrorism," Russian agricultural watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor said in a statement.
Moscow called on the World Organisation for Animal Health to chastise Georgian authorities, as well as "warn the veterinary services of all Black Sea region countries of the dangers of such a practice."
The charge was the oddest turn in months-long tensions between the two states, which climaxed on Monday when a Russian-made missile landed on Georgian territory.
Tbilisi called it an intentional attack, while Russian generals adamantly deny they launched the missile.
Japan's central bank injected 1 trillion yen ($8.4 billion) into money markets Friday amid a Tokyo stock plunge and growing global worries about dubious U.S. mortgages.
The Bank of Japan joined similar overnight moves by the U.S. and European counterparts -- the first time the central banks took such action together since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The Australian central bank also followed suit.
But Japanese Economy Minister Hiroko Ota tried to allay fears about a fallout on the Japanese financial system, calling the damage from U.S. subprime mortgages here "limited."
"It's hard to tell how the subprime issue will affect the Japanese economy right now," she told reporters. "Its impact on the country's real economy is limited, but I will closely monitor its effects."
The Bank of Japan's move, designed to curb an overnight jump in a key interest rate, came as the Nikkei 225 index plunged more than 2 percent in early trading, following a sharp decline on Wall Street overnight. The benchmark for the Tokyo Stock Exchange lost 2.4 percent, while the broader Topix dropped nearly 3 percent by the end of session.
The impact in Japan from the credit market problems in the U.S. was more widespread than initially thought, said Takahiro Tazaki, head of structured credit and securitization research, Japan, at Barclays Capital.
"This is a very serious problem," he said, adding that the exact extent of the problem in Japan was still unclear.
"The exposure to hedge funds and others has never been totally clear in Japan. But when you take in regional banks, life insurers and so on, then there's got to be a great deal of exposure," Tazaki said.
The Reserve Bank of Australia injected A$4.95 billion ($4.19 billion) into the money market, more than double the daily average.
Singapore's central bank said it was prepared to intervene if needed.
"We will stand ready to inject liquidity," Ong Chong Tee, Deputy Managing Director at the Monetary Authority of Singapore said. "At this stage market conditions remain relatively stable."
On Friday, Aozora Bank Ltd. said it had about 21 billion yen ($178.2 million) worth of exposure to debt obligations related to U.S. subprime loans as of the end of June. Aozora wrote off 4.48 billion yen ($38 million) of these assets in its earnings for its first quarter that ended in June.
The Bank of Japan's injection followed similar moves by the central bank's European and U.S. counterparts overnight.
To calm such jitters, the European Central Bank provided more than $130 billion to money markets, the bank's biggest infusion ever. The U.S. Federal Reserve added a larger-than-normal $24 billion in temporary reserves to the U.S. banking system.
Overnight, the Dow Jones industrial average slid 2.8 percent, continuing a jittery pattern of triple-digit gain or loss since July 19.
A Bank of Japan official said the bank was not certain whether the climb in the overnight call rate, the key interest rate, to above its target of 0.50 percent, was related to the recent turmoil over subprime mortgages.
Tohru Sasaki, J.P. Morgan Chase Bank strategist, said so far the market turbulence is unlikely to affect the Bank of Japan's likely decision to raise interest rates in the next few weeks -- a move that has been expected because of recent signs of a robust recovery in the overall Japanese economy.
"But if this panic gets worse, we may need to change that outlook," he told Dow Jones Newswires.
Market expectation lately has been for the Bank of Japan to raise the benchmark rate to 0.75 percent from 0.5 percent at its two-day policy board meeting ending Aug. 23.
The government spokesman expressed confidence in the central bank.
"The financial authorities are always working closely internationally. I think they will make the right decisions," said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuhisa Shiozaki.
Since 2003, the number of high ranking Republican officials, Governors, and Congressmen who have been brought up on serious criminal charges has been staggering. This video is a short summery of the most high-profile Republicans that have been convicted and investigated. At the very least it shows Republicans as a party of hypocrites who flagrantly disregard the law. At the most, it reveals the modern GOP as a political organization rotting from the top down