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Rockets Hit Israel From Lebanon


ISRAEL - PALESTINIANS: At least three rockets have been fired into northern Israel from Lebanon -- on the 13th day of Israel's offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Officials say the rockets fell around the town of Nahariya today, south of the Lebanese border, slightly wounding two people. The Israeli army says it returned fire into Lebanon, aiming at the source of the attack. The Lebanese government condemned the attack and said it is trying to determine who launched the rockets. Lebanon's Information minister said he does not believe the Lebanese-militant group, Hezbollah, is responsible.

RUSSIA - EUROPE - GAS: Russian and Ukrainian energy chiefs have met for the first time since December to try to resolve a dispute that has cut off gas supplies to much of Europe. There was not immediate word on the outcome of today's talks in Moscow. More discussions are scheduled today with representatives from the European Union. The standoff has resulted in a complete shut off of gas deliveries to Ukraine and many European countries who get their gas from pipelines running across Ukraine. Russia has accused Ukraine of stealing gas meant for Europe.

US - LAOS - MILITARY ATTACHE: A Defense Attaché Office was officially opened on December 5 at the U.S. Embassy in Vientiane. The agreement to exchange military attaches between the United States of America and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic was first announced in 2007. The new U.S. Defense Attache, Army Lieutenant Colonel James McAden, met with senior officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of National Defense as part of the DAO opening. U.S. Ambassador to Lao PDR Ravic R. Huso also hosted a December 5 reception in honor of the Defense Attaché Office opening.

CHINA - EMPLOYMENT: China's government has announced new measures aimed at helping the country's recent college graduates obtain employment amid a slowing economy. Prime Minister Wen Jiabao held a meeting with the country's State Council or cabinet on Wednesday, to discuss offering subsidies, social insurance and loan repayment to graduates who decide to work in rural areas of China. The government is also offering incentives to companies that hire those who recently received their degrees. Favorable tax and loan policies will also be in place to encourage university graduates to start their own businesses.

ASIA - GREEN JOBS: Japan and South Korea have announced plans to create tens-of-thousands of new jobs aimed at boosting the economy while protecting the environment. The Japanese environment ministry says it is preparing a so-called "Green New Deal Plan" to create at least one million new jobs in energy-saving and other environment-friendly technologies. The plan could include incentives to encourage the production and purchase of electric cars and energy-efficient household electronics. South Korea's government Tuesday also unveiled a so-called Green New Job Creation Plan, expected to create 960-thousand new jobs.

OBAMA - ECONOMY: U.S. President-elect Barack Obama will unveil the details of his massive economic stimulus proposal in a speech today at a Washington-area university. Mr. Obama is expected to call for swift congressional passage of the plan, which is expected to cost as much as 800-billion dollars. The package will include spending on scores of public works projects, including roads, bridges and schools, as well as health care and energy. The plan also provides tax cuts for businesses and middle-income Americans. The incoming president had hoped to have the package ready for his signature when he is sworn-in on January 20th.

SRI LANKA: Sri Lanka's military says troops have captured more territory from Tamil Tiger rebels in the country's north, a day after the government reinstated a ban on the group. The defense ministry says soldiers have moved their offensive southward, taking over the town of Pallai in Jaffna peninsula early today. Also today, Sri Lankan military officials say war planes bombed two rebel boats anchored in a lagoon in the north. Government troops intensified their push into rebel territory last week, capturing the rebel capital, Kilinochchi.

BIG PINK LIZARD: Scientists studying wildlife on the Galapagos Islands, which are famed for inspiring Charles Darwin to theorize about evolution, say they have unexpectedly discovered a new type of lizard: a great big pink iguana. Italian researchers published their findings in a science journal this week, saying the pink iguana averages more than a meter in length and its DNA varies significantly from the two types of yellow land iguanas living in the area. The researchers said they are surprised no one had discovered the pink iguana before, because the islands are a popular area for study.

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