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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 14, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas Suiiday, January 14/2007 - Herald-Zeitung - Page' 5Af FROM THE WIRE From The Associated Press KHARTOUM, Sudan OFFICIAL: MORE THAN 200 KILLED IN CLASHES THIS WEEK - More than 200 people have died in clashes between ethnic African farmers and nomadic Arabs in South Darfur in the past week, leading the Sudanese government to send emissaries to try to reconcile the tribes involved, officials said Saturday. The fighting was the latest outburst in a nearly four-year-long conflict that has caused more than 200,000 deaths and chased 2.5 million people from their homes in Sudan's vast Darfur region, where nomadic tribes and farming communities have long wrangled over access to scarce water. MOGADISHU, Somalia INTERIM PARLIAMENT AUTHORIZES GOVERNMENT TO DECLARE MARTIAL LAW - Somalia's acting parliament authorized martial law Saturday as the fledgling government struggles to assert authority over a country that has known little but clan warfare and chaos for 15 years. The vote will allow the U.N.-backed government to impose martial law for up to three months in this Horn of Africa nation of 7 million people, deputy parliament speaker Osman Ilmi Boqore said during a legislative session broadcast live on a state-owned radio station. V^HINGTON ADMINISTRATION PROPOSAL .WOULD CUT MEDICAID '_'. FUNDS - Many rural 7 hospitals and nursing homes would get fewer federal dollars under a proposal to save Medicaid almost $4 billion in the next five years. The change would have "a significant economic impact on a substantial number" of health care providers, the Bush administration acknowledges. At issue are financing arrangements between states and local governments. These deals tend to increase Washington's share of spending in Medicaid, the joint state-federal program covering 55 million poor and disabled people, even when a state's share is unchanged or drops. GEAR STOP On 1-35 New Years Specials! 10" Subtfoofers Phoenix Gold Bazooka Sound Stream $39.95 each CD/SAT/MP3 Radios Pioneer JVC Sony Dual Blaupunkt $99 or Less! 2.5 TV w/ DVD Inputs CD/TV/A M/FM Play DVD's w/ Alternate Source! Dual Audio $199 each Mon - Frl. 8-6t?m  Sat 9-lpm 830-606-8513 Nit VilH Willi ia� itkir Unm\ tr mpiM. Wkllt lilt. &WORLD THEY SAID IT I had just woke up and boom, they're there and that's it." - Carol Lopez, a Pennsylvania woman who discovered that someone had jumped the fence around her back yard and left 37 used Christmas trees, neatly arranged and standing upright Bush defends new strategy for Iraq WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush on Saturday challenged lawmakers skeptical of his new Iraq plan to propose their own strategy for stopping the violence in Baghdad. "To oppose everything while proposing nothing is irresponsible," Bush said. In a pitch to lawmakers and the American people, Bush said the United States will keep the onus on the Iraqi government to take charge of security and reach a political reconciliation. He countered Democrats "To oppose everything while proposing nothing is irresponsible." - President Bush and his fellow Republicans who argue that Bush is sending 21,500 more U.S. troops into Iraq on the same mission. "We have a new strategy with a new mission: Helping secure the population, especially in Baghdad," Bush said in his weekly radio address. "Our plan puts Iraqis in the lead." The president asked for patience from lawmakers from both parties. Democratic leaders in the House and Senate intend to hold votes within a few weeks on Bush's revised Iraq policy. The nonbinding resolutions would be one way to show their opposition to any troop buildup and force Republicans to make a choice about whether they support the president's plan. Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., said that he, along with most Democrats and an increasing number of Republicans, believe sending more troops compounds a bad situation. Walz, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, said diplomatic and political solutions are needed, not more troops. "Before moving forward with this escalation, we owe it to these troops, to their families, and to all Americans to ask the tough questions and demand honest answers about this policy," Walz said in the Democrats' Saturday radio address. Rice: Peace possible with creativity | JaPan earthquake sparks tsunami warning JERUSALEM (AP) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice explored opportunities Saturday for a fresh start in the stalled effort at a political compromise between Israel and the Palestinians. At the start of a week-long trip to die region, she warned that an enduring peace cannot be stamped "made in America." Rice said she did not carry a specific plan and she tried to lower expectations for quick changes. Any progress would require political risk-taking from weakened Israeli and Palestinian leaders, and some resolution to escalating divides in the Palestinian ranks. One idea is a bold stroke-sketching the rough outlines of a Palestinian state even though that day is far off. Other approaches include finding ways to speed up elements of an existing U.S.-backed peace plan. "This is a very important and challenging time in the Middle East, but a time that I believe does have promise if we exercise our responsibilities with creativity and with resolve," Rice said prior to meeting with Israel's foreign minister. TOKYO (AP) - Thousands of people in residences along Japan's eastern coast tied to higher ground after an 8.2 magnitude earthquake triggered tsunami warnings Saturday in parts of the Pacific region, including Hawaii and Alaska. The warnings, which were lifted nine hours after the quake, rattled coastal residents more man two years after giant waves spawned by an Indian Ocean earthquake killed at least 230,000. But the largest wave reported by late Saturday was a 16-inch tidal surge along the shores of Chichi-jima, a Pacific island 620 miles south of Tokyo, more than three hours after the quake. Earlier, a tidal swell of about 4 inches was recorded in Japan's northeastern coastal town of Nemuro, and a higher tide also was observed in other coastal towns, including Kushiro, Abashiri and Otaru, Japan's Meteorological Agency said. Hokkaido officials responded by issuing evacuation orders to 85,000 people in 22 coastal towns. O Interest for 12 Months! 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