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MONDAY, MAY 14, 2007

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Bush takes part in Jamestown events

JAMESTOWN, Va. — Fond of promoting the endurance of freedom, President Bush on Sunday hailed the nationís humble beginnings as a reminder that new democracies require huge sacrifice.

ďFrom our own history, we know the path to democracy is long and itís hard,Ē Bush said in a ceremony honoring the 400th anniversary of Jamestown, Americaís first permanent English colony.

On his first visit to Jamestown as president, Bush soaked in the scene like a tourist — first watching a dig for artifacts, then climbing aboard a replica of a majestic ship. He even grabbed a baton and playfully led the 400-piece orchestra before heading back home.

New York to host climate summit

NEW YORK — A global summit of leaders including former President Clinton convenes here this week to exchange ideas on addressing the threat of global warming.

Mayors and governors of more than 30 localities from Colombia to South Korea, along with executives from a number of international companies, will join Clinton and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for the C40 Large Cities Climate Summit that begins Monday. It is the second such gathering; the first was held in 2005 in London, drawing representatives of 18 cities.

Wildfire evacuees waiting to go home

LAKE CITY, Fla. — Authorities briefly reopened two highways crossing North Florida into Georgia on Sunday before dense wildfire smoke forced them to again halt traffic, while hundreds of Florida residents waited to return to their threatened homes.

Officials said Sunday that the wildfire that had raced through the Okefenokee Swamp in southeast Georgia and into Florida had charred more than 233,700 acres since it was started by lightning a week ago.

Iranís government detains academic

CAIRO, Egypt — Iran confirmed Sunday that it has detained a prominent Iranian-American academic, and a hardline newspaper accused her of spying for the United States and Israel and trying to start a revolution inside Iran.

Haleh Esfandiariís arrest, part of a recent spate of crackdowns against Iranian activists, appears to reflect President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad governmentís growing fear that the United States is using pro-democracy advocates to promote regime change, analysts say. Esfandiari, director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars in Washington, went to Iran to see her ailing mother last year.

Ethnic groups clash in Pakistan

KARACHI, Pakistan — Rival ethnic groups fought gunbattles in this hub of economic growth Sunday, an ominous turn in a political crisis that started with the ouster of Pakistanís top judge. The death toll from a weekend of fighting rose to 41.

Funeral processions were accompanied by gunfights between ethnic Pashtuns and Urdu-speaking supporters of a pro-government party. Gunmen fired on ambulances, killing at least one driver.

compiled from wire reports

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