April 23, 2010 Nº 897 - Vol. 8

"Immaturity is the incapacity to use one's intelligence without the guidance of another."

Immanuel Kant

In today’s Law Firm Marketing, 21 ways to overcome competitive weaknesses and increase your credibility

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  • Top News

SEC divided on vote to file Goldman lawsuit

Behind closed doors, the two Republican members of the Securities and Exchange Commission sharply questioned senior investigators last week about whether the evidence they had assembled was strong enough to file a fraud case against Goldman Sachs, according to current and former SEC officials familiar with the matter. Commissioners Kathleen L. Casey, a former top Capitol Hill aide, and Troy A. Paredes, a wunderkind law professor, were skeptical that the evidence showed that Goldman had misled its clients because the investors were big, sophisticated firms who should have known what they were doing. The two commissioners warned that if the SEC erred by filing a flawed case, it could seriously harm the agency's reputation, and voted against approving it. But SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro, an independent appointed by President Obama, joined two Democrats on the commission, Elisse B. Walter and Luis Aguilar, to authorize the suit, arguing that it was important to hold Goldman responsible for improper conduct, even if the case had difficulties.

Buffett has 'great confidence' in Goldman Sachs

Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s Warren Buffett, who injected $5 billion into Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in 2008, remains comfortable with his investment after regulators sued the bank for fraud. He has great confidence in Goldman. Buffett, a longstanding Wall Street critic, has supported a firm that's become a lightning rod for politicians and people who feel cheated by the recession. Public regard for Goldman Sachs, the most profitable firm in Wall Street history, has plummeted in the year and a half since Buffett, 79, provided the company with capital in the depths of the financial crisis.

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  • Crumbs

1 - Along with SEC, other investigators and suits may target Goldman Sachs (Click here)

2 - Virginia legislature restricts abortion funding (Click here)

3 - Supreme Court backs bonuses for lawyers' public interest work (Click here)

4 - Florida Republican Party's credit card use examined (Click here)

5 - D.C. area jurisdictions begin immigration checks on inmates (Click here)

6 - Britain's deficit hits record £163 billion - but undershoots forecast (Click here)

7 - Facebook sets up Google-war with vast expansion through Open Graph (Click here)

8 - Obama issues sharp call for reforms on Wall Street (Click here)


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Chinese electronics tycoon on trial

A tycoon who only recently topped China's rich list has gone on trial on charges of insider trading and bribery. Huang Guangyu - the founder of China's second largest chain of electronics stores - has been in detention since January last year. He is suspected of manipulating share trading for two listed companies - Sanlian Commercial Co and Beijing Centergate Technologies Co.

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  • Law Firm Marketing

21 ways to overcome competitive weaknesses and increase your credibility

by Trey Ryder

All lawyers have competitive strengths and weaknesses. If you're a new attorney, your prospects may perceive your weaknesses to be your youth, lack of experience, minimum qualifications, lack of special training, less-than-elegant office, and so forth.

If you're a veteran attorney, your weaknesses may include your narrow focus, high fee threshold, busy schedule, lack of availability, and so on.

Your competitive advantages and disadvantages (aka strengths and weaknesses) are valid only when seen through your prospect's eyes. What your prospect perceives, your prospect believes. To your prospect, his perceptions are fact.

To use a legal term, your prospect's perceptions are rebuttable presumptions because your prospect presumes certain facts are true based on the information he has. Since you can provide your prospect with as much information as you wish, you have the opportunity to change how your prospect perceives you. In essence, you can overcome competitive weaknesses by providing specific facts.

When your prospect looks at your weaknesses, he weighs them against your strengths and then decides whether to hire you. If your weaknesses outweigh your strengths, your prospect won't hire you because he doesn't believe that you can solve his problem.

Here are steps you can take -- and information you can provide -- to increase your credibility and overcome your competitive weaknesses.

1. Treat every prospect as if he's the most important person in the world. When you give your prospect your undivided attention, you build a strong relationship because your prospect knows you sincerely want to help them.

2.Ask your prospect what problem he wants to solve or what goal he wants to achieve. The sooner you focus on your prospect's needs, the sooner he trusts you -- and the sooner he concludes that the two of you are working toward a common goal.

3.Listen carefully so you can determine which points are most important to your prospect. One of the biggest complaints about lawyers is that they offer boilerplate solutions before they have listened to their prospect's problem. Even if their stories are nearly the same, prospects want to tell you their story so you appreciate the weight they carry on their shoulders.

4. Offer information about your prospect's problem and the solu?tion you recommend. The more you educate your prospect, the more your prospect believes that you understand his problem and have the skills and qualifications to solve it.

5. Explain how your prospect will benefit from your solution. First, your prospect needs to understand the solution you recommend. Second, your prospect needs to know how he will benefit from that solution.

For example, let's say your prospect has questions about a contract. You offer to review the document. How does your prospect benefit? After you review the document, your prospect (now your client) will (1) know how the document protects his interests, and (2) know any weaknesses that should be addressed. Further, after you correct those weaknesses, your client will be less likely to face legal challenges than if he had relied only on his own judgment.

6. Give your prospect a copy of your biography because it proves that you have the education, background and qualifications to solve your prospect's problem or help him achieve his goal. Your prospect wants to trust you, but most prospects don't have much, if any, information about your education and qualifications. When you provide biographical information, your credibility increases immediately.

7. Add power to your biography with a good marketing photograph. In the photo, you should be looking directly into the camera and have a warm, engaging smile. An attractive photo -- closely cropped for strong eye contact -- serves as proof that you are kind, pleasant and friendly.

8. Tell your prospect how you have helped other clients in similar situations. Every time you explain a case history, your prospect sees that his is not the first case of this type that you have handled. The more case histories you describe that are similar to your prospect's, the more your credibility increases in his eyes.

9. Offer information and advice in plain English. Your prospect finds it hard to trust a lawyer who uses words he doesn't understand. When you talk with your prospect, speak in simple terms. The more your prospect understands, the higher your level of credibility -- and the more your prospect concludes that you know how to solve his problem.

10. Package your solution so it is attractive to your prospect. When you offer your prospect a solution he likes, you increase your credibility and make it easy for your prospect to accept your offer.

11. Allow your prospect to make his own decision without pressure from you. All of us have learned to distrust the salesperson who tries to pressure us into making a decision. To increase your credibility, tell your prospect that you will provide information and recommend the solution you believe is in his best interests. At the same time, make sure your prospect knows that you will never try to pressure him into making a decision.

12. Make sure your prospect knows that you are happy to answer his questions now and in the future. The way to build trust and respect is to keep the lines of communication open. If your prospect isn't ready to make a decision, invite your prospect to call you any time he has a question or when he is ready to move forward.

13. Show your prospect comments from clients who have provided written testimonials about you and your services. Prospects place more credibility on comments from third parties than on comments from you. To emphasize the importance of testimonials, I tell lawyers that each testimonial from a consumer client is worth $30,000 in legal fees; each testimonial from a business client is worth $50,000 in fees. (A few jurisdictions do not allow lawyers to use testimonials, so make sure you check your bar's rules of professional conduct.)

14. Show your prospect letters of recommendation from colleagues and professionals. These letters attest to the depth of your knowledge, skill, judgment and experience -- and prove that your colleagues trust you. The more letters you have, the more they persuade. (As with testimonials, check your rules of professional conduct to see if you are allowed to use letters of recommendation in your jurisdiction.)

15. Provide your prospect with a list of references. Testimonials and letters of recommendation are better than references because the comments are already on paper. Even so, references increase credibility -- and the more, the better. Include the person's name, profession, phone number and e-mail address. Often, prospects don't actually call your references. The mere fact that you list them increases your credibility.

16. Provide your prospect with copies of articles that support the depth of his problem, reinforce the solution you recommend, or both. Generic articles -- which you did not write and in which you are not quoted -- prove that the problems and solutions you discuss are true. The more respected the publication, the more credibility attaches to what you say.

17.Give your prospect copies of published articles you've written. Even if the article's subject is not directly on point, a published article proves that editors respect and trust you as a reliable source of information. Published articles build instant credibility and reinforce that you are an authority in your field of law. The more well-known and respected the publications, the more positively they reflect on you. The more articles you have, the better.

18. Give your prospect a list of results you have achieved or transactions you have completed for your clients. This serves as proof that you are good at what you do. Whatever service you offer, create a list of 10 to 20 results and describe each case or transaction in two or three sentences. You don't need to include clients' names, but the results are more believable when you do.

19. Before your first meeting, send your prospect a short letter (1) offering information about your services, (2) answering frequently asked questions, (3) discussing what takes place during your initial meeting, and (4) outlining your fees. When you put your prospect's mind at ease, he is more willing to meet with you. What's more, you can quickly get down to specifics because you don't have to explain your services to each prospect

20.Provide your prospect with a list of your competitive advantages -- the many positive ways you differ from other lawyers. This list usually relates to the depth of your knowledge, skill, qualifications and experience.

21. Give your prospect a written schedule of services and fees. Salespeople are taught never to disclose the price until the end of their sales pitch. That's one of many ways salespeople miss the boat: By not disclosing the price, they arouse suspicion, increase skepticism, and undermine their credibility. And when salespeople finally do reveal the price, their previous stonewalling has built such a barrier between you that you don't want to do business with them at any price.

Make sure you do the opposite. Prospects trust what they see in print more than what they hear. When you talk about fees, you leave room for misunderstanding. But when you give your prospect a written schedule of services and fees, prospects grow more comfortable and you increase your credibility because prospects have your information in writing.

All lawyers have marketing strengths and weaknesses. You erase many weaknesses when you provide facts and third-party opinions that verify the depth of your knowledge, skill, judgment and experience -- and the quality of services you provide to your clients. The more of the above steps you follow, the stronger you make your marketing presentation.

  • Historia Verdadera


La Corporación Financiera Internacional, IFC, por sus siglas en inglés, acordó comprar una participación adicional de casi 6% en la minera canadiense Antares Minerals, con operaciones en Perú, por un equivalente a US$ 7,5 millones.


La mexicana Coca-Cola Femsa informó que su participación controladora consolidada -denominada antes del cambio de las normas de información financiera en México como utilidad neta mayoritaria- llegó a US$ 172,8 mlls., entre enero y marzo.


El brasilero Eike Batista, el octavo hombre más rico del mundo, invertirá alrededor de US$ 750 mlls., en la compra de carbón colombiano para la generación de energía en su país. El Grupo EBX de Batista adelantó la construcción de dos plantas termoeléctricas en la región de Ceará, al noreste brasilero. La otra estará ubicada en Maranhao.
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  • Brief News

Volcanic ash chaos 'a lesson for Europe'

Europe's ash cloud has triggered a flurry of anguished calls for the EU to improve its crisis response and co-ordination, as countries struggle to help thousands of stranded passengers. Despite EU integration in many other policy areas, air traffic control has remained in the hands of national authorities because historically it touches on sensitive questions of sovereignty and defense. There had been a "failure to differentiate between different zones of risk" and even member states "interpreting the same scientific maps in different ways". Fragmentation caused by a patchwork of different national decisions is limiting available airspace. This is not sustainable. A European approach is called for, instead.

There's a law to check 'misuse' of God

If a godman warns you of divine displeasure for not obeying him, don't be scared. The Indian Penal Code (IPC) has a specific provision to punish such doomsayers. Section 508 IPC deals with acts caused by inducing a person to believe that he will become an object of divine displeasure. The offence would attract punishment of jail term up to one year or fine, or both.

Toyota Corolla sales banned in Minas Gerais

One of Toyota's most popular cars, the Corolla, has been banned from sale in one of Brazil's biggest states, which says the model is a safety risk. The Minas Gerais regional government stopped sales of vehicle, claiming an acceleration problem was "putting in danger the lives of occupants". Toyota has recalled more than 8 million vehicles internationally. Accelerator and brake defects have been the main reason for the recalls.

US court rejects Roman Polanski's in absentia bid

A US court has rejected a bid by film director Roman Polanski to be sentenced in absentia for a child sex case. The move by the California Second District Court of Appeal clears the way for Polanski, now 76, to be extradited from Switzerland to the US. Polanski's attorneys had also sought the appointment of a special counsel to investigate alleged judicial misconduct in the case. Switzerland has said it will not decide whether to extradite the director until any appeal over his US trial is resolved.

US man names Pope Benedict in Milwaukee abuse lawsuit

A man who says he was the victim of an American pedophile priest is bringing a lawsuit against the Pope and the Vatican in a US federal court. His lawyers want the Church to release any files it has on abuse cases involving priests.

Brazil awards rights to develop Belo Monte dam

A consortium of nine companies has won the right to build a hydroelectric dam on a tributary of the Amazon in Brazil. Brazil's electricity regulator said the Norte Energia consortium would build the Belo Monte dam. It is led by the state-owned Companhia Hidro Eletrica do Sao Francisco. There was only one other competitor - the Belo Monte consortium. Earlier this month, two of Brazil's biggest construction companies walked away from the bidding process, saying the financial returns were too low. Aneel announced that Norte Energia had won the rights to develop the Belo Monte dam with an offer of 77.97 reals ($57.12) per megawatt produced. The government had set a maximum price of 83 reals per megawatt.

Blagojevich asks court to subpoena Obama

The ousted Illinois governor is accused of scheming to sell or trade the Senate seat left vacant by Obama's election as president. In a motion filed Thursday, Blagojevich said the president has direct knowledge of allegations made in the indictment. Legal experts say trying to subpoena a sitting president is a rare tactic and likely to fail.

Obama attacks critics of bank reform bill

Obama has attacked critics of his banking reforms in a speech, which warned that without change the financial crisis will be repeated. Reckless practices and financial firms that acted like "bandits" should never be allowed to operate again, he said. Regulatory reform was in the financial sector's interests, and bankers and lobbyists should not fight against it.

Swiss court limits UBS clients who can block tax data

A Swiss court slashed the number of UBS AG clients who can block the transfer of their account data to U.S. tax authorities, ruling emergency changes to national law removed obstacles to a tax-evasion settlement. The ruling by the Swiss Federal Administrative Court in Bern means that as few as 25 UBS clients may be exempt from an agreement with the U.S. that seeks disclosure of data on 4,450 accounts. The government elevated the agreement to an international treaty to circumvent earlier rulings that would have allowed thousands to challenge the data transfers. Switzerland agreed in August to process account data for the U.S. to help UBS settle a lawsuit that sought information on as many as 52,000 clients suspected of evading taxes. The Swiss Parliament is scheduled to vote in June on amendments ministers made to national law in March.

Egypt court to try Muslim Brotherhood members for money laundering

Five international Muslim Brotherhood (MB) members will be tried in an Egyptian criminal court on charges of money laundering, Attorney General Abdul Magid Mahmoud announced Wednesday. The members, including Muslim Brotherhood International Secretary General Ibrahim Munir, were referred to the Supreme State Security Emergency Court for trial. The five members have been accused of laundering money through a British-based Islamic charity in order to fund the MB movement, which has been banned in Egypt. In a statement, MB media spokesman Mohamed Morsy said the charges are a move by the Egyptian government to escalate the tense relationship between the two: “At a time when all opposition factors in Egypt including the MB are uniting in the call for the elimination of the oppressive 'Emergency Law', the ruling regime has once again demonstrated its inability to interact with its people and practice democracy. We, the MB, will continue the path of promoting peace and will continue calling for reform through the regulatory and legitimate constitutional channels in which we have always adhered to. None of the ruling regime's measures will deter us.” The Egyptian government has often used the country's emergency laws to arrest and indefinitely detain individuals it considered a threat to state security.

Sarkozy to introduce legislation banning full veils in public

A spokesperson for French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Wednesday that the president is in favor of a complete public ban on the burqa and other full face veils and will be submitting a bill to parliament in May. According to spokesperson Luc Chatel, Sarkozy wants the ban to be carried out in a way that doesn't stigmatize individuals for their religious beliefs and practices, but he feels that the veils are oppressive and harm female dignity. In addition to the bill, parliament will also be discussing a separate resolution on May 11, which will discuss ways of limiting the use of full veils. The issue has sparked debate with feminists supporting the ban because it prevents women from being forced into wearing the veils, and others questioning the proposed ban's constitutionality. France houses the largest Muslim population in the European Union with Muslims comprising about 10 percent of the total French population.

Facebook's bid to rule the web as it goes social

"We are building toward a web where the default is social," said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's founder. Facebook set out its stall to unseat Google and be at the heart of the web experience as it becomes more social.

Italy judges question law allowing Berlusconi to postpone trials

Milan judges presiding over the tax fraud trial of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi suspended the trial Monday while consulting with a Constitutional Court on the legitimacy of a new law that Berlusconi has invoked to postpone criminal proceedings against him for 18 months. The case is the second to be suspended this month, with the corruption trial postponed last Friday. The law in question was passed in March and allows cabinet officials to postpone criminal proceedings against them for up to 18 months if the charges constitute a "legitimate impediment" to performing public duties. The judges are questioning whether the new law violates the Italian Constitution because it improperly creates a new faculty for cabinet members through a law rather than by constitutional amendment, and because it alters the equality of citizens under the law. Berlusconi maintains that the proceedings are politically motivated.

Supreme Court rules legal error no defense against fair debt collection violation

The US Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled 7-2 in Jerman v. Carlisle that a debt collector's legal error does not qualify for the bona fide error defense under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled that although the defendants violated the FDCPA by giving erroneous legal advice, they qualified for the FDCPA bona fide error defense. In reversing the decision below, Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote for the court: “The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA or Act) imposes civil liability on "debt collector[s]" for certain prohibited debt collection practices. Section 813(c) of the Act provides that a debt collector is not liable in an action brought under the Act if she can show "the violation was not intentional and resulted from a bona fide error notwithstanding the maintenance of procedures reasonably adapted to avoid any such error." This case presents the question whether the "bona fide error" defense in &setc; 1692k(c) applies to a violation resulting from a debt collector's mistaken interpretation of the legal requirements of the FDCPA. We conclude it does not.”

Supreme Court kills animal-cruelty law

The Supreme Court struck down a ban on depictions of animal cruelty, dismissing claims the films had no First Amendment protection. By an 8-1 vote, the Supreme Court said Congress wrote the disputed law too broadly, potentially covering hunting and other activities that would not always be deemed cruel. The text of the law, used to prosecute a Virginia man who advertised videos of dogfights, covered "any depiction" in which "a living animal is intentionally maimed, mutilated, tortured, wounded or killed." The opinion invites Congress to craft a law targeting only "crush videos," which had inspired the 1999 law and which typically show women's heels digging into small animals.

ICJ rules Uruguay may continue operating pulp mill on Argentina border

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague ruled Tuesday that Uruguay may continue operating a pulp mill on the River Uruguay despite breaching its treaty obligations to Argentina. The ICJ found that Uruguay did not breach its substantive obligation to Argentina to protect the environment under the 1975 Statute of the River Uruguay by planning to construct two pulp mills. The court did find that Uruguay had breached its procedural duties laid out in the statute by not cooperating with Argentina and the Administrative Commission of the River Uruguay (CARU) during the development phase and prior to the construction of the Orion (Botnia) pulp mill, but concluded that shutting down the plant or ordering damages would not be an appropriate remedy. The ruling was criticized by environmental activists but welcomed by diplomats from both Argentina and Uruguay who hoped it would help repair relations between the two countries.

  • Daily Press Review

Tensions high after Bangkok attacks
Al Jazeera, Doha, Qatar

Egypt Charges Saudi Preacher with Money Laundering
Asharq Al-Awsat, Pan-Arab daily, London, England

Hundreds attend opening of Womad
Gulf News, Independent daily, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Netanyahu ready to agree to Palestinian state within temporary borders
Haaretz, Liberal daily, Tel Aviv, Israel

JORDAN: Women Make Progress But Honour Killings Persist
IPS Middle East, International cooperative of journalists, Rome, Italy

Mitchell hopes to launch proximity talks
JPost, Conservative, Jerusalem, Israel

Fire destroys Mega Mall entrance
Khaleej Times, English-language daily, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

UAE eyes Bakra for nuclear complex
Middle East North African Network, Online financial portal, Amman, Jordan

U.S. Detains NY-bound Passenger in Puerto Rico
Nahamet, Online news portal, Beirut, Lebanon

Panel formed on Lebanon poll law
Saudi Gazette, English-language daily, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Club Med cancels Lebanon cruise after Israel passport-stamp row
The Daily Star, Independent daily, Beirut, Lebanon

Palestinian PM vows to step up peaceful resistance
Times of Oman, English-language daily, Muscat, Oman

UK offers sanctuary for Yemeni Jews
Yemen Observer, Sana'a, Republic of Yemen

In Brief - 1356
Yemen Times, (Independent weekly), Sana'a, Republic of Yemen

Parties seek boost from TV clash
BBC News, Centrist newscaster, London, England

Cowell charges up music rich list
BreakingNews.ie, Online news portal, Cork, Ireland

Nuremberg prosecutor Harris dies
Daily Express, Conservative tabloid, London, England

ELECTION LEADERS' DEBATE II: Brown and Cameron gang up on Clegg over immigration amnesty
Daily Mail, Conservative daily, London, England

Ukraine to re-examine Kyivstar, Vimpelcom merger
DMeurope, Online news portal, Amsterdam, Netherlands

UK - POLITICS: Heat on Clegg in second debate, no clear win
France 24, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France

Baku plans regions' larget transport logistics center
Hurriyet Daily News, (Liberal, English-language), Istanbul, Turkey

The Prada Collection We're Saving Our Pennies For
Look Magazine, London, England

Carlisle teenager joins his brother at National Youth Theatre
News & Star, Independent daily, Carlisle, England

Kyrgyz Government To Delay Decision On U.S. Military Base
Radio Free Europe, Prague, Czech Republic

TV Debate: Clegg And Cameron Neck And Neck
Sky News, Independent newscaster, Middlesex, England

Picture This: The Sun's New Light
Spiegel International, Liberal newsmagazine, Hamburg, Germany

Election debate: Clegg survives the storm
The Guardian, Liberal daily, London, England

US View: America faces step into unknown
The Independent, London, England

Polanski extradition moves closer
The Irish Times, Centrist daily, Dublin, Ireland

Drivers Fight Flashing Blue Lights With Buckets
The Moscow Times, Independent daily, Moscow, Russia

The Cam back kid
The Sun, London, England

Robert Pattinson: Torn between music and acting
The Telegraph, London, England

Iceland volcano: stranded passengers face long battle for compensation
The Telegraph, Conservative daily, London, England

Limited commercial whale hunts proposed by IWC
Times Online, Conservative daily, London, England

Two Indonesian seamen regarded as heroes in South Korea
Antara News, News agency, Jakarta, Indonesia

U.S. goes high-tech in US$100 bill redesign
China Post, English-language daily, Taipei, Taiwan

10th Seoul International Financial Forum Kicks Off
Chosun Ilbo, Conservative daily, Seoul, South Korea

Twenty militants killed in Orakzai
Dawn, English-language daily, Karachi, Pakistan

Kazakhstan intends to apply genetic examination at early stages of pregnancy
Gazeta.kz, Official online newspaper, Kazakhstan

Belgian PM resigns
Hindustan Times, New Delhi, India

'Pak may use surrogate Taliban to use nukes against India'
India Express, News portal, Mumbai, India

Malayalam actor Sreenath found dead
India Times, Conservative daily, New Delhi, India

Special agency pay unusually high
Japan Times, Independent centrist, Tokyo, Japan

Do not politicise labour law review, Subra tells unions
Malaysian Star, Online news portal, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

PNG: 18 dead as bus falls off cliff
New Zealand Herald, Conservative daily, Auckland, New Zealand

Commander surrenders
Pajhwok Afghan News, (Independent news agency), Kabul, Afghanistan

Earth Day celebration recognizes city's environmental leadership in Chigago (3)
People's Daily Online, English-language, Beijing, China

Indian American Vinod Khosla tops Forbes 10 greenest billionaires
Sify News, Chennai, India

Sponsors dump Storm
Sydney Morning Herald, Centrist daily, Sydney, Australia

China has many 'dirty words,' but what they are isn't clear
Taiwan News, English-language daily, Taipei, Taiwan

US voices support for Taiwan's WHA participation
Taiwan Today, Government Information Office, Taipei, Taiwan

Third Front says will take on UPA Government on price rise
Thaindian News, Bangkok, Thailand

I-T, ED officials question Modi
The Hindu, Left-leaning daily, Chennai, India

Antigua Sun Online, Independent daily, St. John's, Antigua

Oil rig sinks off Louisiana coast
Canadian Broadcasting Centre, Toronto, Ontario

ICC World Twenty20 2010 teams return to original flight plans
Caribbean360, Online news portal, St. Michael, Barbados

Census 2010 set for October
Cayman Net News, Online news portal, George Town, Cayman Islands

Two deported Dominicans to be charged with 36 murders
Dominican Today, Independent daily, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

CHILE: Business Tax Hike - Short-term or Permanent?
IPS Latin America, International cooperative of journalists, Rome, Italy

'Help us' - Acting commissioner calls on the public to aid crime fight
Jamaica Gleaner, Independent daily, Kingston, Jamaica

More than 2 million children work in Peru, according to official figures
Living in Peru, News portal, Lima, Peru

Sharks put bite on Avalanche
The Globe and Mail, Centrist daily, Toronto, Canada

McGuinty backs down on sex ed changes
Toronto Star, Toronto, Ontario

?Bharath still waiting
Trinidad Guardian, Independent daily, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad

Zimbabwe divided over Iran visit
BBC News, Centrist newscaster, London, England

South Kivu Governor Resigns
CongoPlanet.com, Independent online news aggregator

Tullow Says Kosmos to Stay in Ghana Until Production Starts
GhanaWeb, Online news portal, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Cartoon: Arabs acquitted
iafrica, Online news portal, Cape Town, South Africa

Baby battered in robbery
Independent Online, News portal, Cape Town, South Africa

Ethiopia's flower industry loses 1.75 Million Euros
Jimma Times, Online news portal, Jimma, Ethiopia

Hard times for softball team
Mail & Guardian Online, Liberal, Johannesburg, South Africa

Too little money for delivery
News24.com, Online news portal, Cape Town, South Africa

Policeman kills colleague over food
Vanguard, Independent daily, Lagos, Nigeria

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