July 05, 2005

News for July 05, 2005

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Russia to help China oust the USA from Eurasia (July 05, 2005) - The rapidly developing economy of China pushes the country to search for sources of raw materials and sales markets abroad. The USA is China’s major obstacle in this respect. China and the USA have been sharing their spheres of influence since 1979, when a semi-secret US-Chinese agreement about the strategic coordination was brought to light after Dang Xiaoping’s visit in Washington (the USA prefers to keep the document a secret). The significance of the agreement could be compared to protocols to the Molotov-Ribbentrop Treaty. Bill Clinton prolonged the agreement in 1999. China has been consistently asking the USA to withdraw its presence from Eurasia. The USA, however, believes that it can refer to Russia and the entire post-Soviet space as its catch. more...


China-Russia statement on new world order Link Lost (July 05, 2005) - China and Russia here Friday issued a joint statement on a new world order in the 21st century, setting forth their common stand on major international issues, such as UN reforms, globalization, North-South cooperation, and world economy and trade. The statement was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao after their talks. During their talks, the two leaders discussed ways to further enhance the strategic and cooperative partnership between China and Russia, and exchanged views on major regional and international issues. The joint statement said the two countries are determined to strengthen their strategic coordination in international affairs and promote peace, stability and prosperity of the world. more...


Surfers search for wave that went missing (July 05, 2005) - A famous European surfing beach has mysteriously lost its waves, to the consternation of locals and dismay of surfers, who fear that a “wonder of the world” has vanished forever. Surfers flock in their thousands to Mundaka, on Spain's north Atlantic coast, to master its enormous tube-like roller - a giant often reaching more than 20 feet. Now anyone arriving to catch the “Basque wave” will find themselves riding no more than a ripple. more...


Boffins create zombie dogs (July 05, 2005) - SCIENTISTS have created eerie zombie dogs, reanimating the canines after several hours of clinical death in attempts to develop suspended animation for humans. US scientists have succeeded in reviving the dogs after three hours of clinical death, paving the way for trials on humans within years. Pittsburgh’s Safar Centre for Resuscitation Research has developed a technique in which subject’s veins are drained of blood and filled with an ice-cold salt solution. The animals are considered scientifically dead, as they stop breathing and have no heartbeat or brain activity. But three hours later, their blood is replaced and the zombie dogs are brought back to life with an electric shock. Tests show they are perfectly normal, with no brain damage. more...


Volcano erupts beneath the Pacific Ocean (July 04, 2005) - AN UNDERWATER volcano has erupted near a remote Pacific island off southern Japan, spewing a column of steam more than 3,000ft into the sky, Japan’s coastguard said yesterday. more...


Israel, Egypt close to Philadelphi deal (July 04, 2005) - Israel and Egypt expect to reach an agreement on Egyptian troop deployment along the Philadelphi route within 10 days, officials said Monday. The comment comes following meetings Sunday night in Egypt between Maj.-Gen. (Res.) Amos Gilad, head of the Defense Ministry’s political bureau, and head of Egyptian intelligence Gen. Omar Suleiman. The sides are attempting to reach a final agreement on the placement of 750 Egyptian troops along the border to clamp down on the smuggling of weapons and other contraband in a way that would not lead to a revision of the peace treaty with Egypt, which proscribed such troop deployment. The Philadelphi route is a roughly 14-kilometer long strip running along the Egypt-Gaza border. Whether Israeli troops will remain along the corridor following disengagement has been a major point of contention. Diplomatic officials said that the agreement would not necessitate a revision in the peace accord between the two countries, and the agreement, when reached, would be signed by senior-ranking officers. more...


Israel’s new neighbor to be state of Taliban? (July 04, 2005) - With prime minister Ariel Sharon’s Gaza evacuation plan drawing closer, and Hamas swiftly gaining power in the area, analysts are worried the terror group will use its gains to impose a Taliban-like Islamist regime neighboring Israel. The Palestinian Authority announced yesterday it will hold talks with Hamas and other terror groups regarding the possibility of a “national unity government” that will incorporate the various violent factions. PA leaders have repeatedly expressed concern over Hamas’ growing popularity on the Palestinian street, particularly in Gaza, where the terror group has made strong showings in local elections. With PA leader Mahmoud Abbas reportedly weakened in Gaza, Mideast experts have noted Hamas – which now fires an average of three rockets or mortars per day at Gaza’s Jewish communities – is quickly filling the void. more...


Gaza Evacuees Promised: No Secular Neighbors (July 04, 2005) - Secular families will live only in the southern section - the one farthest from Nitzan - of a temporary neighborhood that is being built in the vicinity, the ministry said. On the Sabbath they will only be allowed to use the access road that does not pass through Nitzan. The agreement was reached Friday after Nitzan residents petitioned the High Court of Justice against construction of the temporary neighborhood, comprised of caravans, and expansion of the existing community. The residents are retracting the petition in the wake of the deal. more...


Israel Girds for Political Violence (July 04, 2005) - Settler leaders on Monday drew up a code of conduct to deter followers from violence during protests against the upcoming Gaza pullout (search), while Israel’s president warned that the increasingly charged climate could lead to political killings. more...


Israel Warns of Assassination Danger (July 04, 2005) - Israel’s president warned Monday that Jewish extremists opposed to this summer's pullout from Gaza and part of the West Bank could assassinate Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. more...