August 6, 2010 Nº 941 - Vol. 8

"Cleverness is not wisdom."

Euripides

In today's  Law Firm Marketing, Five action steps to creating a persuasive biography.

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  • Top News

US Senate confirms Obama nominee Kagan to Supreme Court

The US Senate has confirmed Elena Kagan's Supreme Court nomination, making her the third woman on the nine-member court and the fourth in history. Five Republicans supported President Barack Obama's pick, with Nebraskan Ben Nelson the only Democrat to oppose it. Obama welcomed her confirmation, but opponents said she would advocate for liberal policies and criticized her lack of judicial experience. Kagan is unlikely to alter the court's ideological make-up. During the debate, Senate Republicans chose not to pursue a filibuster given the likelihood of its failure. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, questioned Kagan's "discipline" and called her an "activist, liberal, progressive, politically-minded judge who will not be happy to simply decide cases, but will seek to advance her causes." Obama praised her "formidable intelligence, her rich understanding of our Constitution, her respect for the rule of law and her excellent and occasionally irreverent sense of humour". Her swearing-in will mark the first time three women have sat on the court at the same time.

Where have all the lawyers gone?

Answer: to India. For some people free trade connotes sending business to factories overseas staffed by cheap unskilled labor, followed by serious job losses in the U.S. Images of the wind sweeping through the streets of a deserted Detroit come to mind. But some might find this vision of free trade more attractive: The jobs fleeing overseas belong to lawyers and the deserted windswept streets are Wall and LaSalle. A recent New York Times story describes a legal outsourcing industry of more than 140 firms in India alone, with clients including not only U.S. banks and insurers, but also even U.S. law firms. These firms employ not only Indians but also American lawyers who compare their meager prospects in the U.S. with managerial positions in India, a much lower cost of living, and an equity stake in fast-growing industry. Outsourcing firms charge far less than Western law firms and are looking to hire hundreds of lawyers at a time when U.S. law firms are stagnating if not shrinking. The days when associates fresh out of law school billed hundreds of dollars an hour to learn their trade have been ended by global competition for legal services. Clients once stayed with the same big law firm for generations because they needed the comfort of the brand. Then law firms got greedy and imagined their brand could justify billing out the time of associates in perpetuity. Clients got leaner and more cost-conscious, and their in-house legal departments became much more sophisticated consumers of legal services. Global transportation, communication and computing got cheap enough that legal projects did not have to be done in a single physical space. These developments fueled demand for legal outsourcing firms, quality control technologies and sophisticated computer programs. Machines and cheap labor now do much of the routine work that once required lawyers, including reading and assembling documents and contracts. The financial crisis was the turning point. Law firms downsized rapidly as their biggest clients no longer had bottomless pockets to pay them. New law graduates, the canaries in the coal mine, found their jobs disappearing. They might have hoped that the jobs would return with the economy. But by then it was too late: The jobs were going to India. The U.S. legal industry is not yet in the same shape as, say, cars and textiles. U.S. lawyers do not yet have to compete head to head with foreign competition. Even if lawyers in other countries become exactly as good as U.S. lawyers, they still need a state license in order to sell their services in the U.S. The license is also the basis of state regulation not only of lawyer conduct, but also law firm structure. These rules, among other things, forbid non-lawyers from owning firms that render legal services. That is why you must go to a "law office" to get legal assistance with drafting a will or forming a business even if you can get eyeglasses from a Wal-Mart. (Click here)

Federal judge rules Proposition 8 unconstitutional

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Wednesday ruled that California's ban on same-sex marriage violates the US Constitution. Judge Vaughn Walker held that the ban, known as Proposition 8, violated both the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. He also emphasized that the fact that the law was passed by referendum was "irrelevant, as 'fundamental rights may not be submitted to vote[.]'" In finding that the ban on same-sex marriage violated due process, Walker held that same-sex marriage was required as part of the fundamental right to marriage affirmed by the Supreme Court in Loving v. Virginia. He said that by impairing this fundamental right, the state must demonstrate that the law survives strict scrutiny by being narrowly tailored to serve a compelling state interest and that the state had failed to do so. Additionally, the court found that the state's domestic partnership scheme did not satisfy the plaintiffs' right to marriage because it was specifically created to exclude same-sex couples from the "culturally superior" institution of marriage. In addressing equal protection, the court found that discrimination based on sexual orientation should be also subject to strict scrutiny, and that Proposition 8 failed to satisfy the even less stringent standards of review. Citing the Supreme Court case of Romer v. Evans, the court held that "moral disapproval of homosexuality, animus towards gays and lesbians or simply a belief that a relationship between a man and a women is inherently better than a relationship between two men or two women, ... is not a proper basis on which to legislate."

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  • Crumbs

1 - Can Brazil become the world's first environmental superpower? (Click here)

2 - Iran stoning case lawyer arrested in Turkey after escaping across border (Click here)

3 - Kenyans approve new constitution in referendum vote (Click here)

4 - San Francisco's phone-radiation law sparks similar proposals (Click here)

5 - Brazilian goalie charged with murder despite lack of corpse (Click here)

6 - Twitter and Facebook costing economy £14bn a year (Click here)

7 - Madoff trustee wins $180 million Vizcaya judgment (Click here)

8 - Don't deprive refugees of access to justice (Click here)

9 - Google and Verizon near deal on pay tiers for web (Click here)

10 - Poland set to hand over Israeli 'agent' to Germany (Click here)

11 - Court frees Abdullah Khadr, turns down U.S. extradition request (Click here)

12 - Revealed: How top judges go soft on worst crims (Click here)

13 - Woman fired for Facebook slurs (Click here)

14 - Court rejects Omaha development (Click here)

15 - Federal Judge Orders Russia to Return Religious Documents (Click here)

16 - Worldwide Hogan Lovells Team Advises Ford on Sale of Volvo (Click here)

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  • MiMIC Journal

China bank regulator says stress tests don't represent outlook on property

China's banking regulator said scenarios lenders are required to use in stress tests don't represent its outlook on the nation's property market, seeking to ease concerns that it expects steeper declines in home prices. The suggested risk factors aren't meant to signal likely changes in real-estate lending policies, according to a statement on the China Banking Regulatory Commission's website yesterday. Lenders will be instructed to "resolutely" curb speculation and "strictly" manage mortgage loans, it said.

  • Law Firm Marketing

Five action steps to creating a persuasive biography

Step #1: Put your name at the top of the page in bold lettering. Use one entire side of an 8.5" x 11" page for your bio and photo. (Don't stop at one page is you have more than one page of pertinent information you can include.)

Step #2: Put your photo in the upper left corner. Don't skimp on size. The larger the face size -- specifically, the larger your eyes -- the more powerful your photo will be. 4" tall x 3" wide is not too large. Start by establishing the photo size you want, then work your biographical material around it. If you create the biography first, you may not have room for a photo. So start with the photo and then create the biography. You can always change type sizes and add to or delete from your biography, as needed.

Step #3: Write your biography in paragraphs. State how long you've practiced law and where. Include when and where you graduated from college -- and when and where when you graduated from law school. List the courts in which you're admitted to practice, any special training or certifications, your Martindale-Hubbell rating and what it means, all of your bar memberships (including offices held), and all of your bar section memberships (including offices held). Include your memberships in lawyer associations (including offices held), and list any awards you've won, law-related or otherwise.

This is where most biographies stop. But -- for even more credibility -- include the names and publications in which your articles have been published, the names and dates of seminars you've presented, and other media appearances.

Also, include non-related law activities, such as your hobbies, outside interests, as well as charitable and religious activities.

Here's why: Your prospect looks for a connection between him and you -- something the two of you have in common. This connection may be that you both play golf. Or you both like photography. Or you both volunteer for the Salvation Army. When prospects see something about you that is similar to themselves, they immediately feel an emotional connection. So don't hesitate to include both law- and non-law-related activities. This one emotional connection may be all your prospect needs to choose you over other lawyers.

Step #4: Either in your biography, or under a separate heading on the same page, list in detail the services you provide and the type of cases you accept. In marketing, generalities are weak, specifics are strong. If you try to describe what you do in general terms, many prospects won't know if you handle their type of problem. So instead, be specific. Create a detailed list (10 to 20 items, or more) of specific things you do so prospects will know immediately that you can help them. If prospects aren't sure whether they should call you, they will often call someone else if they know that person handles their type of case. So don't risk losing a client because the person didn't know you could help. Be specific.

Step #5: Include an invitation for contact at the bottom of your biography. Perhaps something like:

Provided as an educational service by Trey Ryder LLC. You're invited to call Trey with your questions or comments. You can reach him toll free at 1-888-873-9793 or e-mail trey@treyryder.com.

Make sure prospects know you welcome calls. Many prospects won't call attorneys if they think their calls won't be well received.

Summary: Put your biography into your prospect's hands as early as possible. The more credibility you have -- and the earlier you establish your credibility -- the earlier your prospect feels a bond with you. And if you can create this bond one or two weeks before your prospect comes into your office, you may form a bond strong enough that your prospect will not have any reason to contact other lawyers.

One other point: Send desirable prospects a hard copy of your biography and other marketing materials, even if you think they already saw them on your web site. The value of your prospects reading (or at least looking through) your marketing materials is so great that you'd do well to put your materials into their hands, even if this might be redundant.

As you create your marketing materials, make sure you have a powerful biography. And make sure you provide it to new prospects well in advance. A competent biography immediately sets you apart from other lawyers and can give you a big edge over your competitors.

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  • Historia Verdadera

Chevron

La petrolera Chevron pidió a la Corte de Apelaciones de Estados Unidos no la obligue a enfrentar un proceso ante la justicia de Ecuador y que de curso al arbitraje como lo estableciera un tribunal menor en marzo pasado. La petrolera enfrenta en tribunales ecuatorianos un proceso por contaminar la Amazonía, por US$ 27.400 mlls. (Presione aquí)

Matrimonios gays

La SCJ de México avaló el jueves la constitucionalidad de los matrimonios homosexuales en la ciudad de México, que están en vigor desde marzo y que han provocado la oposición de la iglesia católica y el gobierno federal. (Presione aquí)

Nada entre dos

El Congreso de Guatemala aprobó este jueves un proyecto que habilita la declaración del divorcio por voluntad de un solo cónyuge, en lugar del "mutuo acuerdo" que establecía el artículo 154 del Código Civil. (Presione aquí)

Colombia – Chile x Farc

Fiscalía chilena recibió un dossier colombiano que prueba vínculos entre indígenas mapuches y las FARC.

Esquivando la quiebra

Un juez federal de México aceptó la solicitud de protección legal de Mexicana de Aviación ante un posible incumplimiento de pagos, en medio de problemas financieros, y determinó medidas cautelares para permitirle seguir sus operaciones y evitar que le sean embargados bienes. La empresa también solicitó en Estados Unidos esta semana acogerse al capítulo 15 de la Ley de Quiebras en una corte de Nueva York.

  • Brief News

Are we edging toward Net neutrality detente?

The news is coming fast and furious in the battle over Net neutrality. After rumors began to circulate on Wednesday of a separate peace accord between leading combatants Google and Verizon Communications, the Federal Communications Commission suddenly announced on Thursday that it was concluding meetings aimed at resolving the regulatory logjam it had been holding since June with major stakeholders. While Google and Verizon, partners in wireless service for Android telephones, acknowledge long-standing discussions, both are also denying any specifics of those talks, or of the existence of any agreement that may be in development. Despite the end of FCC talks announced Thursday, there's still real hope that the nondiscriminatory principles of the open Internet will be embraced in meaningful, enforceable ways by everyone involved, preserving the "Internet as we know it" for future generations of users.

Market ignores UBS auction-rate legal loss

A large arbitration panel ruling against UBS in a case involving auction-rate securities appears to have been met with a giant yawn by investors. In the case, arbitrators ruled UBS must pay $80.8 million to Kajeet, a company that markets cellphones to children. That is more than 10 times the $8 million Kajeet had invested in the securities. Auction-rate securities, a $300 billion market, were marketed to investors as super-safe instruments but the market seized up in 2008, preventing investors from getting access to their money. Kajeet successfully argued that the damage to its business from this event far exceeded the amount of money it invested in auction-rate securities. Many companies were forced to buy back billions in auction-rate securities as part of a settlement with New York Attorney general Andrew Cuomo. However, there are still more than 650 legal claims outstanding--a number sure to grow following the latest decision against UBS. This is a very significant case. It shows that arbitration panels are willing to award consequential damages where it's been proven that there's a securities violation. In this case it was a 10-fold award and that's really an eye opener for Wall Street. There is also some skepticism about whether the ruling in the UBS case will prove to be a benchmark for other cases.

Al-Qaeda in Pakistan is top threat

Al-Qaeda's leadership in Pakistan and its affiliates in Africa remain the biggest threats to US and its interests abroad, a US government report says. The annual terrorism report states that al-Qaeda encountered setbacks in 2009 but has proved to be "resilient and adaptable". Iran was said to be the most active "state sponsor" of terrorism, as with previous years. But attacks globally fell to the lowest level in five years. The report identified Pakistan and Yemen as of particular risk and said al-Qaeda had been able to create proxy groups, and managed to recruit citizens in the US and Europe, for attacks across the world.

Japan marks atom bomb anniversary

The Japanese city of Hiroshima marks the 65th anniversary of the atomic bomb attack, with the US attending for the first time.

Hillary Clinton in BlackBerry talks

Hillary Clinton will hold talks with the UAE over the ongoing BlackBerry dispute. The United Arab Emirates has said it intends to prevent the phones sending e-mails, accessing the internet, and delivering instant messages. Authorities are unhappy that they are unable to monitor such encrypted communications via the handsets. Clinton said authorities had to balance "legitimate security concerns" with "right of free use and access". "We are taking time to consult and analyse the full the range of interests and issues at stake, because we know that there is a legitimate security concern," Clinton said. "But there is also a legitimate right of free use and access. "So I think we will be pursuing both technical and expert discussions as we go forward," she added.

The supermodel and the warlord

Naomi Campbell appeared at the war crimes trial at The Hague on Thursday over claims she was given so-called "blood diamonds" by Charles Taylor, a Liberian warlord. She previously denied the allegation, but has now admitted she was given two or three "dirty-looking stones" in a pouch which she was later told were likely to be diamonds. The former president denies the claim, dismissing all the 11 charges against him, which include murder, rape and turning children into soldiers. Why does Naomi's evidence matter? Linking him to illegal "blood diamonds" is key to the prosecution's case. The trade in conflict diamonds was a major problem during the time of the civil war and the time Campbell received her diamond. Her evidence could be crucial because Taylor is accused of funding years of atrocities in the civil war in neighboring Sierra Leone and arming rebels from the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) in return for "blood diamonds". He denies this. More than 120,000 people were killed and two million displaced in Sierra Leone's civil war which was marked by brutal atrocities, the use of enslaved child soldiers and widespread use of amputation as a weapon of terror. (Click here)

Brazilian prison 'run by inmates'

Brazilian police raided a prison in Rio de Janeiro to investigate allegations of corruption among the guards - and were let in by the inmates. Police said some prisoners at the Polinter de Queimados jail had keys to the cells and controlled who went in and out. Other inmates were being forced to pay for privileges such as visiting rights for relatives. The only guard who was at the facility when police arrived has been arrested. A pistol, ammunition and several unauthorized mobile phones were seized. Brazilian prisons have long had a reputation for violence, corruption and poor conditions.

Mexico: Marriage law upheld

The Supreme Court upheld Mexico City's same-sex marriage law on Thursday in an 8-to-2 decision, but postponed deciding related issues, like the adoption of children by same-sex couples, until next week. Rejecting a challenge by the attorney general, the court based its decision on the principle of equal rights and the responsibility of state governments, including the federal district that includes Mexico City, for writing their own marriage laws. The federal government had argued that the law, the first in Latin America allowing same-sex couples to marry, violates a constitutional clause protecting the family. The justices in the majority said the Constitution did not define what constituted a family.

The World Court's decision on Kosovo reinforces Georgia's case

On July 22, the International Court of Justice delivered an advisory opinion holding that Kosovo's declaration of independence in February 2008 "did not violate any applicable rule of international law." While analysts have underscored that the opinion resonates far beyond Kosovo, it is also worth noting that that the ICJ's ruling unambiguously confirms that Russia's continuing occupation of Georgian territory is a flagrant violation of international law. The legal question before the court was "narrow and specific" and did not deal with whether or not territorial secession is lawful. The UN General Assembly asked only whether or not the declaration of independence is in accordance with international law. It did not ask about the legal consequences of that declaration. It did not ask whether or not Kosovo had achieved statehood. It did not ask about the validity or legal effects of the recognition of Kosovo by those states that have recognized it as independent. The opinion thus leaves unanswered the validity of Kosovo's status as a state and its recognition by the international community. The ICJ knew that affirming Kosvo's independence would have created a chaotic precedent for "breakaway regions" around the world.

Centre promises law on 'honour' killings

The Centre, the national government in India, is considering a proposal to either amend legal provisions or enact a law to tackle 'honour' killings. A group of Ministers was constituted to consider a draft bill. "At present, there is no separate law to deal with the problem; it is dealt with under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code or the Criminal Procedure Code. The government intends to bring a law on the matter in the current Parliament session itself."

Intel settles FTC antitrust lawsuit

US chipmaker Intel has settled an antitrust lawsuit filed against it by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Charges that Intel had "illegally stifled competition" have been resolved. Intel had been accused of "a systematic campaign to shut out rivals' competing microchips by cutting off their access to the marketplace". (Click here)

Republicans push to revise 14th Amendment

The immigration debate sparked by Arizona's controversial new law has revived calls to reconsider the Constitution's 14th Amendment. The amendment, ratified more than 140 years ago, grants automatic citizenship to nearly any child born in the U.S. Critics say it's an irresistible lure to illegal immigrants — and needs to be revised. "People come here to have babies," Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said. "They come here to drop a child — it's called drop and leave. To have a child in America, they cross the border, they go to an emergency room, have a child and that child is automatically an American citizen. That shouldn't be the case — that attracts people here for all the wrong reasons." Graham has been joined by other leading Republicans, including Sen. John McCain of Arizona and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, in calling for Senate hearings on whether changes to the 14th Amendment are needed. They say not only are tourists taking advantage of the automatic citizenship clause, but so are illegal immigrants who use their citizen children to petition for legal residency. Many refer to these children of illegal immigrants as "anchor babies."

Google will sell brand names as keywords in Europe

The Internet giant Google said on Wednesday that it would change its search policy for most of Europe to allow advertisers to buy and use as keywords terms that have been trademarked by others. Previously, brand owners could file a trademark complaint with Google to prevent third-party ads from being returned alongside the results of a search of a trademarked name, like Louis Vuitton or Prada. The decision will be effective Sept. 14 and extends to the rest of Europe changes that were made in Britain and Ireland in 2008. In the United States and Canada, Google has been using the policy since 2004. Google's move stems from a decision by the European Court of Justice in March. The court broadly ruled that Google had respected trademark law by allowing advertisers to bid for keywords corresponding to third-party trademarks.

BP facing $10 billion class action lawsuit over chemical leak

Oil company British Petroleum (BP) was sued Tuesday in a $10 billion class action lawsuit over a toxic chemical leak that lasted for 40 days at its refinery in Texas City, TX. The complaint was filed by Texas attorney Anthony Buzbee in the United States District Court in the Southern District of Texas on behalf of more than 2,000 plaintiffs made up of refinery employees and local residents. The suit alleges that BP knowingly allowed over 500,000 pounds of toxic gases, including 17,000 pounds of benzene, a carcinogen, to escape from a malfunctioning hydrogen compressor from April 6, 2010 until it was repaired on May 16, 2010 and did not notify Texas City officials of the leak until it was repaired. In addition to the leak, the suit cites 13 incidents from 2002-2009 at the refinery where toxic gases were released into the environment as well as several fires and explosions that killed more than 20 workers and injured more than 1,000 people. The document criticizes BP's safety record and recalls recent investigations and incidents across the country, including the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The plaintiffs are suing the oil company for negligence and private nuisance as well as assault and battery, alleging that BP's conduct was committed purposefully or with the knowledge that the plaintiffs would be harmed by the company's actions. The plaintiffs are also seeking an injunction to prevent BP from destroying or altering any evidence that they possess regarding the leak.

Will gay marriage ruling be a ripple or tsunami?

California's same-sex marriage ban was overturned Wednesday, sparking rallies across the U.S. and reigniting debate about a raft of legal and political ramifications. While some say the ruling helps legitimize the issue, others are skeptical it will survive an appeal.

Prosecutors criticized for tactics against contractors

In the starkest cases, prosecutors have transported foreign defendants accused of bribery schemes from overseas military bases to the U.S. to face trial. But legal experts are balking at these strong-arm tactics that are designed for terrorism cases -- and what they say is a misuse of U.S. law enforcement resources.

  • Daily Press Review

Pakistani exodus as floods spread
Al Jazeera, Doha, Qatar

Gunmen Kill Three Security Personnel in South Yemen
Asharq Al-Awsat, Pan-Arab daily, London, England

'Terror act' damaged Japanese tanker in Gulf strait
Gulf News, Independent daily, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Hamas leaders in Syria urge West Bank operatives to kidnap Israeli settlers
Haaretz, Liberal daily, Tel Aviv, Israel

Iran Benefits from Arab Disillusion with Obama
IPS Middle East, International cooperative of journalists, Rome, Italy

US releases 2009 terror report
JPost, Conservative, Jerusalem, Israel

Mystery of two abandoned babies solved
Khaleej Times, English-language daily, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Kuwait airport passenger traffic rises 1% in July
Middle East North African Network, Online financial portal, Amman, Jordan

Flash Floods Kill 60 in Indian Kashmir, Pakistan Readies for More Havoc
Nahamet, Online news portal, Beirut, Lebanon

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

Canadian Foreign Ministry issues Lebanon travel warning
The Daily Star, Independent daily, Beirut, Lebanon

Lebanon, Israel troops clash on border
Times of Oman, English-language daily, Muscat, Oman

Foreign Ministers of IOR-ARC member states convene in Yemen
Yemen Observer, Sana'a, Republic of Yemen

The OPEC Fund for International Development Scholarship
Yemen Times, (Independent weekly), Sana'a, Republic of Yemen

RBS half-year profits hit GBP 1.1bn
BBC News, Centrist newscaster, London, England

Jolie finds it hard to refuse daughter
BreakingNews.ie, Online news portal, Cork, Ireland

Moscow shrouded by blanket of smog
Daily Express, Conservative tabloid, London, England

'Innocent' student extradicted to Greek prison hell under EU arrest warrant
Daily Mail, Conservative daily, London, England

NXP Semiconductors cuts IPO price
DMeurope, Online news portal, Amsterdam, Netherlands

JAPAN: US, British and French envoys attend Hiroshima memorial for the first time
France 24, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France

Istanbul's artistic scene
Hurriyet Daily News, (Liberal, English-language), Istanbul, Turkey

Congratulations Lily Allen!
Look Magazine, London, England

Bus 'lifeline' to ease Cumbrian residents' roadworks misery
News & Star, Independent daily, Carlisle, England

The Rundown - August 6
Radio Free Europe, Prague, Czech Republic

Varley Fires Fresh Broadside Over Reform
Sky News, Independent newscaster, Middlesex, England

Facing Trial in Germany: Poland to Extradite Alleged Mossad Agent
Spiegel International, Liberal newsmagazine, Hamburg, Germany

RBS moves back to black
The Guardian, Liberal daily, London, England

Rockets moved as Russian wildfires spread
The Independent, London, England

Allianz operating profit rises
The Irish Times, Centrist daily, Dublin, Ireland

Medvedev Fires 5 as Moscow Chokes
The Moscow Times, Independent daily, Moscow, Russia

I'm so proud I've still got him... lots of other sons don't come back
The Sun, London, England

Top plus-size model complains of airbrushing
The Telegraph, London, England

RBS in profit for first time in three years
The Telegraph, Conservative daily, London, England

Six of world's best wild-water swims
Times Online, Conservative daily, London, England

Two foreign ministers discuss Peninsula situation
Antara News, News agency, Jakarta, Indonesia

New Taipei City Hall Bus Station opens to commuters
China Post, English-language daily, Taipei, Taiwan

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

Flood relief flights grounded in northwest Pakistan
Dawn, English-language daily, Karachi, Pakistan

Kazakhstan Emergency Ministry To Send Two Helicopters To Russia
Gazeta.kz, Official online newspaper, Kazakhstan

Obama congratulates people of Kenya on 'peaceful' vote
Hindustan Times, New Delhi, India

Flash flood kills at least 59 in Leh
India Express, News portal, Mumbai, India

DDA to offer 15,000 new flats in Sept
India Times, Conservative daily, New Delhi, India

Setouchi: the art of island hopping
Japan Times, Independent centrist, Tokyo, Japan

Ecologically sensitive zones needed for all rivers: USM Don
Malaysian Star, Online news portal, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Family joins search for Air NZ pilot
New Zealand Herald, Conservative daily, Auckland, New Zealand

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

IMF forecasts 7.1% GDP growth for Brazil in 2010
People's Daily Online, English-language, Beijing, China

Hollywood style icons turn fashion designers
Sify News, Chennai, India

Mother and baby missing
Sydney Morning Herald, Centrist daily, Sydney, Australia

Asia markets down as U.S. dollar tumbles
Taiwan News, English-language daily, Taipei, Taiwan

Taiwan Power makes case for nuclear energy
Taiwan Today, Government Information Office, Taipei, Taiwan

Six dental myths demystified
Thaindian News, Bangkok, Thailand

Games Committee suspends 3 officials, treasurer quits
The Hindu, Left-leaning daily, Chennai, India

Minor federal cabinet shuffle expected
Canadian Broadcasting Centre, Toronto, Ontario

Antigua PM names his picks for electoral body
Caribbean360, Online news portal, St. Michael, Barbados

Minister extends public consultation on Conservation Law
Cayman Net News, Online news portal, George Town, Cayman Islands

In parting shot, Clavedigital lists more names in seized luxury building
Dominican Today, Independent daily, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

RIGHTS-COLOMBIA: A Cemetery Full of Questions
IPS Latin America, International cooperative of journalists, Rome, Italy

'We'll clear Dudus'
Jamaica Gleaner, Independent daily, Kingston, Jamaica

Marketing expert Martin Lindstrom to speak at Peru conference
Living in Peru, News portal, Lima, Peru

Students carve path through Arctic waters
The Globe and Mail, Centrist daily, Toronto, Canada

Half million flee as floods threaten Pakistan's Sind
Toronto Star, Toronto, Ontario

Water taxis damaging nets
Trinidad Guardian, Independent daily, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad

South Africa recalls Rwanda envoy
BBC News, Centrist newscaster, London, England

Muzito Signs $42 million Loan Agreement with India for Kakobola Dam
CongoPlanet.com, Independent online news aggregator

Gov't Plans Bond Market After Economy Stabilizes
GhanaWeb, Online news portal, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hiroshima: 65 years on
iafrica, Online news portal, Cape Town, South Africa

Wikileaks posts huge encrypted file
Independent Online, News portal, Cape Town, South Africa

Ethiopian is most profitable airline in Africa
Jimma Times, Online news portal, Jimma, Ethiopia

Enough with the diversions, already
Mail & Guardian Online, Liberal, Johannesburg, South Africa

Pakistan relief flights grounded
News24.com, Online news portal, Cape Town, South Africa

Police, NCC, others investigate false crime alerts
Vanguard, Independent daily, Lagos, Nigeria

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