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US homeowners face foreclosures

Many poorer homeowners face loosing their homes in the global credit crunch, as variable mortgage rates soar.

Al Jazeera's Tom Ackerman met one home owner who faces foreclosure. (more)
Added: January 23, 2008
Many poorer homeowners face loosing their homes in the global credit crunch, as variable mortgage rates soar.

Al Jazeera's Tom Ackerman met one home owner who faces foreclosure.

Probe into Heathrow crash

Investigators will continue their probe into the crash landing of a British Airways plane at London's Heathrow Airport on Thursday. Eighteen people were injured when the Boeing 777 flying from Beij... (more)
Added: January 18, 2008
Investigators will continue their probe into the crash landing of a British Airways plane at London's Heathrow Airport on Thursday. Eighteen people were injured when the Boeing 777 flying from Beijing came down short of the runway ripping off the plane's wheels. Aviation experts believe the crash was probably caused by a massive loss of power in the final stages of landing. Al Jazeera's Richard Bestic reports.

George Bush trying to scare the world...again

His own intelligence experts have downplayed the nuclear threat he's been so big on but George Bush is trying to find new ways to scare the world about Iran. He says it "threatens the security of nations everywhere" and must be confronted "before it's too late", accusing it of funding terrorism, the Taliban and even blocking peace in Lebanon. The call for nations to rally against it came during a speech in Abu Dhabi, on his third day in the Gulf.
Rob Reynolds reports.

Al Jazeera analyses Bush's checkpoint gaffe

As George Bush, the US president, tours Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories Al Jazeera discusses the significance of his attempted joke regarding checkpoints in the West Bank.
Rob Reynolds looks at Bush's news conference with Mahmoud Abbas, his Palestinian counterpart, while Ayman Moyheldin examines the daily struggles that Palestinians face negotiating the checkpoints.

Obama widens lead over Clinton in N.H.

Democrat Barack Obama has expanded his lead over Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire as voting there began today. Obama is now 13 points ahead of Clinton in a new poll. Republican Senator John McCain also widened the gap over former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. McCain is at 36 percent. Romney is at 27 percent.
A new poll out shows Senator Barack Obama leading over Senator Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire. The state will hold its primaries tomorrow. Obama, who won last week's Iowa caucuses, stands at 39 percent. Clinton is at 29 percent. On the Republican side, Senator John McCain leads former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney by a narrower margin...32 to 26 percent. Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is in third place at 14 percent.
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Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is blaming former prime minister Benazir Bhutto for her own assassination. Musharraf says it was her fault to stand up outside the car. Bhutto was killed last month while she was standing in an armored moving car after rallying supporters for parliamentary elections. Those elections have now been postponed. Her head was above the roof and unprotected. The cause of her death is still not clear. Musharraf says he welcomes an international investigation.Kristin Volk UPI

Obama takes the lead in Iowa

Kristin Volk with a UPI Headline Update.

Senator Barack Obama has grabbed the number one Democratic spot in Iowa as voting for the 2008 presidential election begins there today. That's according to a new poll just released. Barack Obama is in a four-point lead over John Edwards. Hillary Clinton has faded to third. In the Republican race, Mike Huckabee expanded his lead six points over former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. Former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson is in third place. Today's contest in Iowa kicks off a state-by-state battle to choose Republican and Democratic candidates for the November election to replace President Bush.

Oil hits $100, Dow drops

Oil jumped past $100 a barrel on the first trading day of the year, sending stocks to a first trading day loss record.Violence in OPEC countries Nigeria and Algeria helped drive oil prices across the $100 mark, just a day ahead of a US government oil supply report. Bobbi Rebell reports.

''Deadly riots in Kenya''

President Mwai Kibaki's disputed election victory triggers rioting and looting that leaves scores dead.
Police beat protesters and flushed looters out of buildings in the sprawling Kibera slum, which is within opposition leader Raila Odinga's Nairobi constituency.
The scenes of extraordinary violence in the slums of the capital were repeated in the western city of Kisumu. Scores of people have died, many shot dead by police.

Outlook on Israel and the Palestinians in 2008

Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has ruled that any new settlement construction in the West Bank must be personally approved by him.

The order comes just hours after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas made another plea to Israel to stop building homes for Jews in occupied East Jerusalem.

The row has paralysed renewed peace efforts following November's Annapolis talks.

Both leaders say they're aiming to sign a peace treaty in 2008, but as Jacky Rowland explains, many challenges lie ahead.