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Robert Stafford dies; college loan named after him
23 Dec 2006 source: cnn.com

MONTPELIER, Vermont (AP) -- Former Vermont Sen. Robert Stafford, a staunch environmentalist and champion of education whose name is familiar to countless college students through a loan program named for him, died Saturday. He was 93. Stafford was surrounded by family at a Rutland nursing home when he died at 9:30 a.m., said Neal Houston, his former chief of staff. Stafford served two years as  ...

Inspired Ronaldo keeps United in control
23 Dec 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

LONDON (Reuters) - Leaders Manchester United began their holiday fixtures with a resounding 3-0 victory at Aston Villa as the goals flowed in the Premier League on Saturday. Two goals from an inspired Cristiano Ronaldo and a thumping Paul Scholes volley, all in the second half, maintained daylight between United and champions Chelsea who can cut the gap back to two points at Wigan Athletic later. ...

U.N. votes for trade sanctions on Iran
23 Dec 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously on Saturday to impose sanctions on Iran's trade in sensitive nuclear materials and ballistic missiles, a move aimed at getting Tehran to halt uranium enrichment work. "Today we are placing Iran in the small category of states under Security Council sanctions," acting U.S. Ambassador Alejandro Wolff told the co ...

Aston Villa 0-3 Man Utd
23 Dec 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

Manchester United returned to form with a convincing victory at Aston Villa. Villa were unfortunate not to take the lead when Craig Gardner headed against a post before United took control. Cristiano Ronaldo lashed home the opener after a great solo run before Paul Scholes crashed home an unstoppable 25-yard volley. United, who started with Wayne Rooney on the bench, added a third when the impressive Ronaldo slid the ball in from a Gary Neville cross. Before the game, former Villa manager Ro ...

BA resumes UK flights at Heathrow
23 Dec 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

British Airways domestic flights have resumed at Heathrow after being cancelled since Wednesday due to fog. The first flight to take off following the suspension left at 1322 GMT, bound for Newcastle. The airline hopes to operate 95% of its Heathrow services - including 87% of short-haul flights - on Saturday, and a full service on Sunday. More than 1,000 flights have been cancelled in recent days, and other airports in the UK have been affected. BA said 55 flights to and from Heathrow, in ...

Key Shiite cleric opposes Iraq national unity plan
23 Dec 2006 source: cnn.com

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Shiite lawmakers said Iraq's most revered Shiite cleric withheld support Saturday for a U.S.-backed plan to build a coalition across sectarian lines. The move jeopardized hopes that such a show of political unity could help stem the country's deadly violence. Members of the United Iraqi Alliance, the Shiite coalition that dominates parliament, met with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in Najaf after traveling to the holy city over the past few days. Al-Sistani holds no pol ...

U.N. Security Council approves Iran sanctions
23 Dec 2006 source: cnn.com

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council Saturday unanimously approved a resolution that would impose sanctions against Iran for its nuclear program, culminating two months of tough negotiations aimed at getting Tehran to suspend uranium enrichment. Heading into the session, it was not clear whether there would be unanimous support, with the votes of Russia, China and Qatar in question.  ...

Abbas and Olmert in formal talks
23 Dec 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is to hold talks with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. They will meet at 2000 (1800 GMT) at Mr Olmert's Jerusalem residence. The pair met informally in June, but it will be first formal talks between an Israeli and a Palestinian leader for a year and a half. It comes after a recent truce following months of fighting in the Gaza Strip after the capture of an Israeli soldier by Palestinian militants in July.

Olmert to meet Abbas in Jerusalem
23 Dec 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Saturday at the Israeli leader's residence in Jerusalem, Olmert's office and a senior aide to Abbas said. The meeting would mark the first between the leaders since Olmert assumed power in January after then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered a stroke. Officials had worked for months to pus ...

U.N. imposes sanctions on Iran
23 Dec 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council on Saturday unanimously imposed sanctions on Iran's trade in sensitive nuclear materials and ballistic missiles, in a move aimed at getting Tehran to halt uranium enrichment work.

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